Nigeria, Northern Nigeria and Boko Haramites By Muhammad Muntasir Adamu

An old Yoruba adage says “the death that will take you doesn’t call by your name”

For the past three years,Northern Nigeria has been undersiege both internal and external. The North’s economy has gone from manage to damage, her people are killed every day like flies that the number is too much that we have lost count. Cities like Maiduguri, Damaturu, Potiskum, Kano, and many others have been turned into a battlefield by Nigerian troops and the insurgents.

I spoke to some friends of mine Sani Usman Hardo in Damaturu and Aaron Amos in Maiduguri who both lamented on the long curfews and fears that ordinary citizens are faced with everyday. Businesses shut down, People leaving in fear and taking refuge only in their houses. Aaron who is a student of University of Maiduguri said “Every day
when I leave home for school and return back safe and sound, I give all the glory to God” and Sani said “As we speak, a bomb blasted some meters away from my house three hours ago, it is so sad. Allah ya kyauta”. The both conversations are examples of an almost everyday living in such places.

 

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State recently said the security threat by the Boko Haram in the northern part of the country had stalled development in the region.

“I am not satisfied with the slow pace of development in the northern region…In terms of progress, I am not satisfied with the situation in the North now, because of insecurity slowing down economic activities to the extent that when you invite investors, they are afraid to invest their money for fear of losing their investments,” he said.

Aliyu, however, said the slow economic activities was not peculiar to the region alone but the country at large as the activities of the group had given the country a negative image abroad.

So many times I have shed tears, been depressed,thrown insults to our leaders and to us also the followers for our actions and inactions since when this drama began regardless of colours(differences).

The problem of the North, South, East or West should be the problem for all unlike how today when many are saying the North should solve their problems themselves. I dare say where is the Nigerian blood that flows in all of us? Where is the brotherliness? Where is love? I guess we have all lost it. My first allegiance lies with the Nigeria state before my region.

I therefore call on our brothers from other regions of the country to join hands with us in fighting these insurgency that we are facing now.

Like I said earlier the death that will take you, does not call you by your name as such, we such should all wake up to cleanse our nation of all this negative vices from Official Boko Haram, Boko harams, kidnapping, robbery and all the others before it consumes us all. Hate is no alternative to one love.

POETRY You make me feel safe

Folded here neatly

I fit into your embrace
I can hear your heart
Beats of life – a part of me
Your body feels warm to touch
And I feel your breath
waking up emotions
I never knew were there

You make me feel safe
Away from the world
Away from the chaos
Away from myself
And how I feel safe
Here with you. In your arms

Eyes closed in sleep
I watch over you
Smiling, possessive
Wishing you’ll never leave
Tho’ I know someday
Those chains will come
to take you away from me
so I sail into dreams
Fleeting time, worth eternity

Away from the world
Away from the chaos
Away from myself
Oh how I feel safe
Here with you in my heart

Bridge
And tho’ that time will come,
When memories of now will be all I have
I bear no regrets, no pain, no grudge
Because then as now, I will remember
this peace of my heart holding on to you
knowing you’ll always be here to take me
away

Away from the world
Away from the chaos
Away from myself
God, how I feel safe
Here with you in my head.

Osundolire Oladapo Ifelanwa

OIO
for Aphrodite

Facebook: Nigeria’s Tahrir Square by Muhammad Muntasir Adamu

Tahrir Square (English: Liberation Square), also known as “Martyr Square”, is a major public town square in Downtown Cairo, Egypt. The square was originally called “Ismailia Square” (Mīdān al-Ismā‘īliyyah), after the 19th-century ruler Khedive Ismail, who commissioned the new downtown district’s ‘Paris on the Nile‘ design. After the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 the square became widely known as Tahrir (Liberation) Square, but the square was not officially renamed until the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, which changed Egypt from a constitutional monarchy into a republic. The square was a focal point for the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.

Tahrir Square was the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak. Over 50,000 protesters first occupied the square on 25 January, during which the area’s wireless services were reported to be impaired. In the following days Tahrir Square continued to be the primary destination for protests in Cairo. On 29 January Egyptian fighter aircraft flew low over the people gathered in the square. On 30 January, the seventh day of the protests, BBC and other correspondents reported that the number of demonstrators had grown to at least 100,000, and on 31 January Al Jazeera correspondents reported that the demonstrations had grown to at least 250,000 people. On 1 February, Al Jazeera reported that more than 1 million protesters peacefully gathered in the square and adjacent streets. However, such media reports that so many people congregated in Cairo’s largest public square are believed to be exaggerated for political purposes and, accordingly to Stratfor analysis the real number of gathered protester never exceed 300,000 people.

In Nigeria, Facebook is our Tahrir square, where youths and adults due come out and express their happiness and grievances on many national issues. I remember last year during the subsidy protest, social Medias but most particulary Facebook helped in the mobilizations of that protest. I must commend Nigerians for their doggedness and courage that helped in pressurizing the government to reduced the price of litre to N97.

It is on facebook that you get to understand that Nigerians are divided base on religion and ethnicity. I don’t to go into details as such I will just give some words of advice. For the love God, let’s forget religion and ethnicity when it comes to the interest of the Nigeria state.   

It’s a good thing that we have a voice now to challenge our leaders to do more for us. Just like when policies that are a seen as good for the Nigerian nation is highly praised and the bad ones are criticized by the citizenry all via facebook and other social medias.

I want use this opportunity to call on Nigerians to unite under this umbrella for a better Nigeria. And afterwards, take this unity to Aso rock, States Government houses, National assembly, States assemblies, Local Government Secretariats, federal and states ministries, departments and agencies.

It is my humble prayer that one day our leaders will not be seen as Muslims, Christians, Igbos, Hausas, Yorubas, Fulanis, Bogghoms, Ijaws or Biroms but just as leaders who are ready and able to change the fortunes of this nation for good. Because it is only on basis of unity can peace and development be actualize in our beloved Nigeria.  

Like my mentor will put it, “Those who wish to sing always find a song”. If we all believe that we desire a change from this present mess, then unity is key to that actualization. One Love

Nigeria, Northern Nigeria and Boko Haramites By Muhammad Muntasir Adamu

An old Yoruba adage says “the death that will take you doesn’t call by your name”

For the past three years, The Northern Nigeria has been under sieges which are both internal and external. The North’s economy has gone from manage to damage, her people are killed every day like flies that the number is too much that we have lost counts. Cities like Maiduguri, Damaturu, Potiskum and many others have been turned into battle field by Nigerian troops and the insurgents. I spoke to some friends of mine Sani Usman hardo in Damaturu and Aaron Amos in Maiduguri who both lamented on the long curfews and fears that ordinary citizens are faced with everyday. Businesses shut down, People leaving in fear and taking refuge only in their houses. Aaron who is a student of University of Maiduguri said “Every day when I leave home for school and return back safe and sound, I give all the glory to God” and Sani said “As we speak, a bomb blasted some meters away from my house three hours ago, it is so sad. Allah ya kyauta”. The both conversations were last couple of months.

So many times I have shed tears, been depressed, throw insults to our leaders and to us also the followers for our actions and inactions since when this drama began regardless of colours(differences).

The problem of the North, South, East or West should be the problem for all unlike how today when many are saying the North should solve their problems themselves. I dare say where is the Nigeria blood that flows in all of us? Where is the brotherliness? Where is love? I guess we have all lost it. My first allegiance lies with the Nigeria state before my region.  I therefore call on our brothers from other regions of the country to join hands with us in fighting these insurgencies we are facing now.

Like I said earlier the death that will take you, does not call you by your name as such, we such should all wake up to cleanse our nation of all this negative vices  from  Official Boko Haram, Boko harams, kidnapping, robbery and all the others before it consumes us all. One love

Nigeria: Christmas during hard times by Muhammad Muntasir Adamu

Congratulations to our fellow Christian brothers for a successful Christmas celebration. Even though there was some minor hiccups especially in the North from the shootings in Bauchi a day to Christmas, attack on a Church in Yobe, assassination attempt on the life of a Local Government Chairman in kano, the stealing of a two months old baby on Christmas day, fire in some part of Lagos Island and so on. It is so sad and painful what our nation is going through at this critical moments of our national history.

I want to use this medium to call out on Nigerians from all and sundry to never lose faith on this nation. I know for sure that there is a divine interventions and reasons why Nigeria still remain a one strong indissoluble and indivisible nation regardless of attempts to break this nation.  We all owe Nigeria a duty to leave her more than we received her from our father. I know times are hard but I see great and good days ahead of us as a nation. I pray that we will all see that functional and vibrant Nigeria of our dreams. One love