You don’t need to be a legislative member or even a governor to serve your people: A message to Taraba youthsRead Now
Today, my thought, hoped it’s not skewed, is about my brothers, the youths of Taraba state. From time immemorial, everyone knows the future of every society rests on the shoulders of its youths. This is true in Taraba state. But, I don’t see a secured future with almost every young person aiming at one target – to be a House of Assembly member, a chairman or a governor. Folks, politics is now an old-fashioned game for the youth. The buzzwords are education, technology, entrepreneurship and partnership.
If you’re just a seldom social media visitor, you don’t need to be told that our young people in Taraba state, it might not be only Taraba, put so much energy in politics today. Why? Many of them ironically believe this is perhaps either the only way or the best way to serve the people. It might be one of the ways, however, as far as I understand, it’s the narrowest you can step your feet on to cause any desirable change and the most dangerous on your faithful journey to the Creator.
Imagine what’s going on with President Buhari, of all people, with regards to the approval of Magu’s appointment. Politics (or democracy) as a system may have the best structure for proving people, led or the lead, with the opportunity to thrive in all circumstances, but there’s much more to its attainment, especially in a society like ours. This is my opinion though. Wait to see what Buhari will end up with after 4 years, or hopefully if Nigerians give him another chance, 9 years. President Obama narrowly escaped with just a legacy: Obamacare, that is, if President Trump is not back to it for repeal and replace.
Come to think of it, the truth of the matter is these public office holders are everything but employees paid with the tax collected from ordinary citizens - petty traders, teachers, nurses – all those who work so hard to earn a living. Citizens employ them because they believe they (citizens) are too busy with their work, so decide to pay a group of people among themselves to look after the roads, supply of water, children education, security and so on.
Two categories of people apply for this job: first, the lazy among the citizens who are tired of working hard or do not want to work hard, but simply want to make easy money out of the ordinary people’s tax; and the second category are those passionate individuals among the citizens who either have identified certain problems in the society and would like to fix them, or are just by nature willing to sacrifice, while others are busy doing their jobs and raising their kids, by taking care and watching over their fellow citizens’ welfare, life and property. It’s everything but the sacrifice of a watchman. I stand to be corrected, among recent leaders, I always see Obama as an example of such individuals. In Nigeria, I could have contemplated Buhari, but it’s not the time yet.
Put aside the question of who is who, or in what category most of these aspiring youths belong. What kind of society do we intend to build with a majority going to one direction? What I perceive, I don’t know if you do, is most of our youths think politics is a business. It is indeed if you know the kind of life our politicians live, which is the result of distracting our able young population from focusing on what their counterparts in developing countries do focus on – education and innovation.
The worst part of the situation is sometimes the perceptions we hold. We’ve been made to believe, either in Friday sermons or on pulpits of Sunday service, or even by our conscience that only when we become governors and members of the house of assembly that we can change our destiny. This is not true.
We can change our destiny by first changing ourselves and our immediate families. We all know the truth that charity begins at home. Mahatma Gandhi also told us ‘be the change that you wish to see in the world.’ And, the most important change will come when we begin to think inwardly and focus on what is primary. You don’t need to be a member to help some young students pay their WAEC or JAMB registration. Instead of blowing off that money on building campaign offices, you can contribute with a block of classrooms or a community training centre. Turn to immediate families and neighbours around you. There are brothers, cousins, nephews and nieces who need your help! In fact, the best of rewards for a gift with Allah is the one to your immediate family. This is Allah’s wisdom to encourage us to build formidable families that would firmly sustain a society.
There are a lot of choices for contributions. There are teachers in villages and cities who on a daily basis work hard to provide less-privileged children with an opportunity to acquire the best education. God knows about them, and history will not forget them. Unless you’re bent on following the easiest and if not careful the dirtiest way, you can be the best doctor or engineer or policeman or religious leader or make-up artist of your community. Why not the best musician? Come on! It's trading. It’s all about why and how you do it. By all these, you’d have served humanity best and help many along the way; you’d have hopefully less blame here and, above all, fewer questions to answer in the hereafter.
Truly, I’m not discouraging the youths from going into politics. Neither am I saying there are no the likes of Obama among our youths. What I foresee, however, is that the rate at which we fancy and die for politics is consequential to our collective development. We can’t go anywhere without massive investments in our able population regarding self-reliance, developments in science and technology. Growing societies cut public liability and increase private sector productivity. A majority of the youth clamouring for political offices, many leaving their well-paid jobs and many carelessly avoiding potential opportunities all around them, is a total reverse of this understanding.
Today, if Sir Ahmadu Bello and his contemporaries were to start a new life, I have no doubt, they would never choose politics. They did then because it was necessary; in fact, it was the last thing they considered. Most of them were teachers and farmers, professions they believed would change society faster and better.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook visited Nigeria mainly to meet a group of young Nigerians most of them in their early 20s, to see the great job they’ve been doing. They are young software developers who inspired themselves to make a difference not through political office, but through innovation. They help companies as reputable as Microsoft. The international intervention they even get, Facebook support is one of them, is because of the initial effort they put on the ground. Every young talented person in Taraba or anywhere in Nigeria has equal opportunity Andela availed themselves nationally and internationally.
I believe we from Taraba state can learn tremendously from the entrepreneurial trends going on around Kaduna, Abuja, Kano, and what has been happening for decades in Lagos, Port Harcourt and many southern states. To start with, we have Arewa Start-Up, an initiative by another young person, I think, from Kebbi state. There are Kaduna Start-Up, Niger Start-Up and a host of others. It's high time for Taraba Start-Up to take off?
I said all these not because I am unaware of the challenges on the ground. Besides capacity and capital, there is also a significant lack of thriving environment. These challenges have been there and will continue to be. People breakthrough limitations by insistence and consistency. We reach to a goal by rising up to every obstacle against our way in a dynamic, positive way. Our broken system cannot take us anywhere when we too relent so much on our minimal effort.
I hope Taraba state young people will understand that I’m one of them who is not looking for a fight but a path that can prepare us together for the responsibilities that lie ahead. In our time, we will not be building classrooms with woods and iron sheets. We will be constructing them with PHP, Html and Java. We will not be saving money in abandoned mansions and overhead reservoirs. We will be operating a cashless economy. These are just examples of the very basic things we must achieve to get Taraba compete with other states in the country.
Often, people face choices in life, especially good ones, that pose challenges to their conscience. I don’t know what most people of Jalingo local government think about this Saturday’s chairmanship election between Abdul Nasir Bobboji and A. A. Liman. It appears to be a challenging one that perhaps many, as of now, have not yet made any decision. In times like these, putting aside what does not matter and focusing on a common goal could help.
It may seem quite easy for the supporters of Alhaji Abdul Nasir Bobboji to have confidence given his many years of experience in the local government service and his credible disposition that many describe as “tested and trusted.” To many of these supporters, his competence and trustworthiness are no match alternatives to play a dice game with the state capital in the hands of A. A. Liman who they consider inexperienced.
On the other hand, I’m sure the A.A. Liman’s admirers strongly believe he’s the man of the moment, with a modern touch, who might bring that desirable change they feel Bobboji is old to provide, or that he represents a sort of a reverse to the status quo. No doubt, A. A. Liman seems to be holding the flag of a new face of hope.
The choice here presents itself, to me and apparently to the people of my local government, as a choice between confidence and hope – Bobboji epitomises a confidence for what we’ve known to be true and Liman signals hope for a better tomorrow. None of the two candidates, as far as I’m concerned, causes a serious uncertainty being in the driver’s seat of the local government.
No doubt, I can attest better for Abdul Nasir Bobboji because he’s someone I’ve personally known for decades or nearly all my life, right from the playground of Galadima Best to working closely in community youth organisations at local and state levels. Even though I did not work with him at the local government council, I definitely trust the testimony given by his colleagues and friends.
From what I know, A. A. Liman was a promising and distinguished young leader right from his university days. He seems to be growing with promises from strength to strength. He might not have Bobboji’s experience, but certainly, has a record that can be relied upon for the leadership of the council.
Fellow men and women of the capital city, for sure, if I should have the chance to vote, I certainly will vote for only one of them, and so will you! The choice is not as tricky as it looks, and whatever happens, there’s no cause for alarm.
As far as I can see, the preference in this election depends on what parameters one uses to collect one’s voter’s card, deep one’s thumb in the blue ink and place it on the ballot paper. My dear people, I wish you and of course, myself, God’s choice, which is the best!
With all these discoveries and recoveries of looted billions of dollars (cash in apartments) from government officials who were trusted with the nation’s revenue sources, you still doubt why Nigeria is on its knees? We’ve never seen this before, not as far as I know. We had seen such amount of money taken to chambers’ floor for gratification, but not taken out of residences as evidence of criminalization. Fellow countrymen, this is a clear path to the sanity we all prayed for so hard.
It’s not about Buhari, at all! But, whatever the case, having a credible leader to take heads on people who destroyed our country because they were believed to be sacrosanct is a great God-given deal that is difficult to achieve in a hundred years. We must acknowledge the sacrifices of the Nigerian security, the EFCC and the Nigeria Customs. The Judiciary is under check and balance. The financial system, not the whole economy, of course, is being transformed to boost the country's global credibility for investment. Agriculture is reclaiming its original place in the economy.
With so far what's going on, we expect to see a reverse in unemployment, infrastructural dilapidations and institutional weaknesses - it's about reforming core societal values to achieve the rest!
I pray this administration will be successful in its fight against corruption, something that we all agree is the biggest obstacle ahead of our collective progress. I also pray God will strengthen us, as a nation on trial once again, with the grit to put off things that really aren’t the core issues and give this administration a chance to succeed.
The biggest criticism of the present administration, as far as I know, is that President Buhari turned a blind eye to the corruption allegations of some of his subordinates. Did we say Buhari is corrupt himself? If a government is like a family, with the president as the head, striving to make a difference, why can’t we take a minute and reflect into the membership of our own families – the role that everybody plays?
Let’s not forget, building a nation is like a battlefield. Your commandant, like the head of your family, might not necessarily be your smartest or knows everything. How much support you give him and how willing you are to sacrifice, utilising your strengths and weaknesses, determine your collective victory.
That was why Obama maintained decorum by not only respecting a smooth transition but also appealed to Americans to support Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton did the same, and despite all odds, graced Trump’s swearing-in ceremony with her husband and participated in all activities. Again, that was why recently a supreme court judge vowed and took a leave when President Trump sacked her on a decision that even the Court of Appeal stood by so far.
All these actions were clear instances of wisdom managed to look beyond Mr Trump’s controversies in the nonnegotiable and sovereign interests of the American system.
Often time, we do things in Nigeria either for or against an individual at the cost of the nation. The looted funds are a good example. A pointless opposition is another. I agree, blind support also does not allow people with genuine arguments to keep governments on their toes. We must distinguish between criticism and castigation, the former is meant to improve, the latter is to pull down.
The way forward is to put the nation first. Part of it also is to carefully give the government of the day a chance to experiment its antidotes. We need time. We need confidence in our government and in ourselves. Above all, we need perseverance. May Allah make it easy for us.
Irin korafe-korafen da ke faruwa a yanzu game da gwamnatin Shugaba Muhammadu Buhari, babu tantama ya yi kama da abunda ya faru a 1984, lokacin mulkinsa na farko. Yawa-yawancin jama’a suka kosa saboda tsaurin rayuwa, daga karshe suka yi fatan Allah ya canza musu shi. Shekaru kadan bayan Allah ya kawo karshen mulkinsa, jama’a suka fahimci kuskurensu. Allah bai sake dawo da Buhari ba, sai bayan sama da shekaru talatin na gwagwarmaya, har da rasa rayuka. Sai gashi nan yau cikin kasa da shekaru biyu na mulkin Buhari, wata sabuwar kalma wai ita ‘buhariyya,’ wacce ke nufin tsaurin rayuwa, ta shigo kuddin kamusun Hausa – ma’ana, tarihi ya maimaita kansa. Wai shin a ina matsalar take ne? Kuma shin menene yan Najeriya ba su fahimta ba game da Muhammadu Buhari?
Ko shakka babu, sanin tarihinsa da shaida na wadanda suka san shi sani na hakika, Buhari mutum ne adali mai kishin kasa da kokarin yin abunda ya kamata iya gwargwadon karfinsa. Wannan fahimtata kenan. Na yi imani Buhari na da kyakyawar nufi wa Najeriya, kuma yana iya kokarinsa wajen ceto ta. Ba laifi bane bayyana matsaloli da damuwowi da hakikanin gaskiya al’ummar Najeriya tana ciki, to amma yana da kyau mu lura cewa, ba fa gyaran kasa ba, ko gyaran gona ne, matukar ta lalace, shekaru biyu – kai ko shekaru hudu ne – sun yi kadan, iyakar yin kadan, a ce mutum ya soma dauke tsammani a kan Najeria ko shugabancin Buhari.
Babu jayayya, a matsayinsa na dan Adam, Buhari, kamar kowa, yana da nashi rauni, kuma yana da kyau masoyansa su amince da wannan. Ra’ayin shugaba Buhari irin na mazan jiya, wanda shine yasa kowa ya yi amanna dashi kuma shi ya banbanta shi da sauran batagarin yan siyasa, wani lokaci, ya kan sanya shi ya turje wa al’amura har sai ya fahimci gaskiyar lamari, kafin ya amince. Wannan ya faru a lokacin da masana suka yi ta bashi shawawar ya karya darajar Naira, wanda bai yarda ba cikin sauki har sai da kamar lokaci ya kure. Ina kyautata zaton wannan yanayi shi ya kawo jinkirin nadin jami’an gwamnatinsa har sai da ya shafe kusan rabin shekara.
A irin siyasarmu ta Afirka, a dai halin yanzu, gaskiya tsagwaro, ba koda yaushe ta ke warware bakin zaren mai jagorancin al’umma mai girma da banbance-banbance irin Najeriya. Yadda shugaba Buhari ke gudanar da siyasar fatinsa ta APC bisa dukkan alamu yana jawo tafiyar hawainiya, wanda idan bai yi hankali ba yana iya shafar gudanar da mulkinsa. Ana iya fahimtar haka, yadda al’amura ke gudana tsakaninsa da majilasar kasa da kuma yadda kyakkyawar fahimta ta kasa dorewa a fatin, har gashi yau yan Najeria sun fara tunanin wani daban ba Buhari ba. Amma fa mu gane, duk sanadin wannan shine, kokarin yin adalci da baiwa kowa hakkinsa da barin komai ya gudana da kanshi, shi ya sanya Buhari yake yin hakan.
A ganina a na kuskure wajen irin matakan da a ke bi don taushe zanga-zanga, misali irin wanda yan Shi’a ke yi. A na anfani da karfi fiye da kima wanda ba zai haifar da da mai ido ba. Hasali ma dai, irin wannan salo ne a ka yi anfani da shi a 1984 wajen kawar da sace-sace, barace-barace, yawon banza a kan titi, rashin da’a, rashin tsabta, da dai sauransu. Wadannan na daga cikin dalilan da yan mata ke yiwa Buhari waka, suna cewa, ‘Buhari ka cucemu, Buhari zambemu, ka hana yan mata talla – lale walale.’ Kuma shi yasa talakawa ke ganin Buhari ya cika tsanani, har suka yi Allah wadai da mulkinsa. Duk da cewa muna ganin salo ne mai tsanani, amma shin don Allah, ba wai wadannan abubuwa da makamantansu ne suka bata Najeriya ba?
Har’ila yau, bisa dukkan alamu zamananci ya soma tsere wa dattijo. Na tabbata in ba don yan Najeriya sun rasa samun kamar shi ba, da za su so a ce, Buhari na hutawa a gida, Allah ya albarkaci sauran rayuwarsa. Halin da Najeriya ta shiga kafin nasarar zaben Buhari, al’amarin ya kai gargara, ba kuma ina nufin shugaba Goodluck ne kawai sanadi ba, wanda ko shakka babu, shi ya kawo dalilan da yan Najeriya ke ganin babu mai ceto kasar sai shi. Hatta kusoshin Najeriya wadanda kowa ya sani sun tsani irin Buhari ya hau mulki, amma sun gwammace kidi da karatu, sun gwammace da yan Boko Haram su cimmusu, kamar yadda suka cimma bayin Allah a Borno da Yobe da Adamawa da Kano har da Abuja – Allah ya saka musu – sun gwammace Buhari ya cimmasu. In ba don mantuwa irin na dan Adam ba, kowa ya san irin ci gaba da a ka samu a fagen tsaro sanadiyar dawo da darajar sojojin Najeriya da Buhari ya yi. Allah ya jikan wadanda suka riga mu gidan gaskiya a wannan yaki da ya buwayi kowa.
Yan’uwa yan Najeriya, na yi amanna, duk da wadannan rauni da muke gani, ko in ce nake gani, bana zato har yanzu muna da kamar Buhari, kuma ba don wai ina nufin mun shiga tsaka mai wuya ba ne. Korafe-korafe ko neman canji cikin gaggawa ba shine mafita ba a yanzu. Menene mafita? Ku biyoni a makala ta gaba za ku ji dalilan da suka kai mu ga wannan hali da irin tsokaci da na yi a kansu game da yadda ya dace mu yi. Allah ya samar mana mafita da mafitarsa.
I don’t think tomorrow’s speculated industrial action organised by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is a good development for Nigeria. It’s undisputed, the economy is biting hard, and the recent removal of oil subsidy would make it even harder. But, a standoff against a decision that, given the current effect of global economic meltdown, appears almost irreversible, doesn’t seem to me having both feet on the ground for NLC and Nigerians.
Come to think of it, the oil price crisis is a trend that affects almost every country at the moment. I believe, having almost put behind Nigeria top security challenges, such as Boko Haram, the country has achieved significantly in the last one year of unifying against all the odds to vote for a government that Nigerians so much trusted. Yes, challenges lie ahead, most crucial among them is getting through the turbulence of current global economic downturn that left no country untouched. We have lots of work on, among other things, corruption, unity and integration, societal reorientation and educational and economic reforms that would focus on innovations and programs that genuinely drive development.
Don’t be under any illusion. President Buhari cannot and will never achieve all these in one term or two if he has the opportunity. Since the work has just begun, I believe, putting back on track a nearly ripped country should be the focus, and supposedly this is where Buhari-Osibanjo’s efforts and energies are directed. Deregulation in the economic sphere, proper channelling of revenue sources, tougher sanctions are a few measures that could bring about that desirable change. And, none of these would be achieved without all hands on deck for the hardship, hard work and sacrifice of rebuilding a system that was entirely held over by corruption and all forms of crimes.
To cite just an example, Saudi Arabia is a country that has one of the world’s highest oil and foreign reserves, and coincidentally that’s where I earn a living, but with the dawn of oil price crises, the country has already for the first time in decades cut 50 percent of retail oil, from 0.60 ($0.016) of to 0.90 ($0.021) riyal per liter. Though this might not arithmetically seem like a huge amount compared to the price of petroleum in Nigeria, which, with the removal of subsidy stands at N145 ($0.7), it is statistically a significant hike in the Saudi context. In addition to recording the lowest decline of foreign reserve since its peak in 2014, with more than $150 billion down, the country also introduced many economic sanctions to cushion the economic slump in the meantime and be ready for all the challenges in the long term. Put together, this is a country with only about 17% of Nigeria’s population.
Every country that its leaders mean well for the people must adopt similar measures, however proportionate to its economic policies and aspirations of its population. It’s unfortunate, this is coming at the time Nigeria had already had its many years’ feast of undirected governance, for which it could be easy for President Buhari to be the lightning rod. In fact, even if there were no impending economic recession, Nigeria should have expected an exceptional one for the recklessness of its handlers.
Thus, embarking on a nationwide strike at this time is a crucial decision that NLC and all Nigerians should reexamine because many things are at fever-pitch, and the chances are that we might be playing into the hands of unscrupulous individuals who could exploit the fermenting situations to cause havoc to the recuperating nation.
No doubt, education is the equaliser. More than that, it’s a tool that determines the future of every society. Giving the youth the opportunity to acquire that tool is a first step toward securing the future. This and many others are the ideas President Obama speaks unequivocally to American students, echoing all the fundamental challenges and steps that societies, and particularly our youth should embrace, to move society forward. I believe there are great lessons youth around the world could take home from this inspiring speech.
No right-thinking mind can justify the carnage that happened in Zaria, Nigeria last weekend. The action of barricading the road for the Chief of Army Staff’s motorcade was totally wrong, be it by the Shiite members or any group that would dare the authority of the Nigerian Army, but the overzealous response of the army was utterly ruthless, unlawful and condemnable. Far more ruthless was the insensitivity of some people towards this matter, only based upon ideological differences and not justice and human compassion. Whosoever you are, justifying and celebrating an unjust killing of humanity is UNGODLY!
Everyone knows this is a tough time for all Nigerian security agents, given their vulnerability to intimidation and terrorists’ target, an unfortunate situation they find themselves or Nigeria, as a whole, finds itself, as a result of their gallantry and sacrifice to fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. More than any time, Nigerians need the army, and they too need the support of Nigerians to win this battle. At this difficult moment of a staggering nation, it is unlawful and apparently an imprudent calculation for any citizen to carelessly challenge the forces that on a daily basis put their life on the line to protect him. This could easily lead to overreaction as that of a wounded lion. And, it did, unfortunately.
Often, our strength is not in the power we exert but in the coordination of our wisdom. Responding to a delicate and complex situation that involves unarmed citizens in resistance, such as this one, must be handled carefully with utmost concern about human right violations and consequential effects of overreaction, which many perceive to be the reason for the escalation of Boko Haram insurgency. The Nigerian government must condemn this action and bring the obsession of the military, and anyone found involved to justice.
For Nigerians who still do not understand what this country is all about should wake up! Different people, freedom of worship, over 450 languages, unique cultures and admirable talents are the ingredients that make up this beautiful nation. What bound this diversity into strength is tolerance – the compassion to give someone a square meter space where God has endowed you with a hundred-meter shelter; the wisdom to put yourself in someone’s shoes, in good and in bad; the faith to look at your enemy and say, ‘may God be with you.’ This is the distinctive character of Prophet Muhammad upon whom be peace and blessing of Allah. When his enemies abused and stoned him, he would cry and pray for Allah to forgive them. He was never happy because someone, human or an animal, was devastated. Allah has admonished his servants to be just to friends and foes alike.
President Buhari must wake to the call of a grieving nation. If carefree and clueless leadership in the face of the insurgency were drowning Nigeria, indiscriminate killing of innocent citizens, such as the one that happened in Zaria last Saturday, would never rescue her.
It is difficult to imagine a tragedy at the scale of this year’s Hajj stampede occurred without directly or indirectly affecting many. This one affects me, among many others, personally. I lost an irreplaceable mentor, a great scholar per excellence, a quintessence of humility, Professor Tijjani El Miskin. May Allah grant him and the hundreds of martyrs with him Al-Jannah ul Firdaus.
My relation with Prof. started as far back as 1994 when I was an undergraduate at the University of Maiduguri, where he taught and remained a pillar of research and community advancement throughout his life. I left the university four years later, nevertheless because of his compassionate spirit we never lost contact with each other. Many instances, he would take the lead to call me just to find out how I was doing, mainly to make sure I was up and doing with my academic developments. Prof. remained the constant referee on my cv. I will forever remain grateful to him.
My last communication with him was last year here in Saudi Arabia when he came for Umrah. We didn’t meet, but we spoke extensively on the phone, particularly recalling those peaceful days of Maiduguri before the devastation brought about by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Alongside Prof., many other bright Nigerians, such as the prominent Nigerian female journalist, Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf, breathed their last. Many lives might have been part of this tragedy, as at now, a host of individuals’ where about is yet to be authenticated. Wherever they might be Allah’s mercy is with them.
Sadly, I now lost a dear and an extraordinary teacher. University of Maiduguri and Nigeria have indeed lost an exceptional beacon. Your great legacy will forever be remembered, Sir.
Tarabans, help me out if I missed anything out there. Beside appointments that were deeply characterised by exclusion controversy, I’m truly yet to know where our journey, as a people that urgently need reparation, has begun or where we’re heading to since the commencement of this dispensation.
Governments around the country celebrated and won trophies for distinctive 100 days in office. Some displayed concrete infrastructures, as in Rivers and Kano; others demonstrated genuine competence to come up with laudable and life changing policies, like in Sokoto; the likes of Kaduna distinguished themselves on both policies and physical developments as well as clear readiness for the job.
For Governor Darius, I could only stumble upon a report on NTA website, dated 15th September 2015, which neither adequately explained the significance of the event nor listed at least one accomplishment of the government. NTA on professional journalism, again!
If we cannot see, at least we should hear some things are going on in the right direction. It isn’t what matters to get hold of the seat but to demonstrate a commitment to the oaths and responsibilities we pledge ourselves to it. We might be consumed by legal scuffles to confirm the mandate we deservedly or undeservedly earned; however that is, as far as the interest of a common Taraban is concerned, immaterial.
Don’t get me wrong! I’m less troubled about PDP or APC, even though I’m fade up with the fruitless governments that PDP keeps producing, with the exception of Danbaba’s short-lived regime, in addition to the fact that political corruption or human corrupt-tendency is not part-bound. Is it? I’m, however, concerned about a healthy and expressive debate that would first yield credible candidates irrespective of party or personal affiliations, and second challenge the candidates to deliver on their obligations by exploiting that nature’s gift to transform our lives.
With the way things are going so far – unclear direction underscored exclusion and inclusion issues - it doesn’t seem to me, Governor Darius is ready for the job.
It looks so disturbing what’s happening in the Mediterranean Sea, at the Hungarian train stations or at the Slovakian borders. Unfortunately, the reality is, these humanitarian crises did not start at any of these unfortunate scenes and so would not end there without long-lasting adverse effects across the world.
When external forces vested interests that caused a serious standoff between them and the nonconformist Syrian regime, one would not say they couldn’t imagine what the devastating consequences might be, given the high alert of diplomatic consultations that converged the world at that time, but they only turned a blind eye. However, cautious of what happened that will no longer allow Iraq and Libya to see peace anytime soon, they dragged, and still, do, the uncertain intervention, which made situations for Syria even worst and unresolved that today set not only European borders at crises but their individual countries in social and economic quandaries.
It is tragic to see innocent children’s carcases are being washed away by the sea, families are being torn apart, youths are being abused on their ambiguous journey and nations are being gradually forced on their knees, destructive actions that could be avoided if minds were just and human.
To add insult to injury, desperate individuals in some parts of Africa and Asia least affected by humanitarian crises have been gambling with their lives they could make better at home, embarking on unwarranted expeditions which were part of the reasons that complicated the crises.
Despite noble efforts that are being made by countries like Germany and to some extent Britain and Sweden, the solution may not be reached without getting all European nations and allied countries shared in the responsibility. For now, countries that are perceived to be economically stable would have to bear more burden. However, the effects would no doubt cut across all nations, small or big, within or outside the Mediterranean.
While we profusely cry and pray for Syrians, Iraqis, Somalis, Libyans and all societies that are inflicted by these crises, including those that would apparently face them in the future, we also hope their cases would serve as lessons for our ‘so-called’ comfort zones. In today’s world, you never will be at peace when your neighbour is at war.
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