Lion Share And Baboon Share

On Sunday 1st October, 2017, two things of great interest happened in two different continents as Nigerians were celebrating the 57th independence anniversary here. In Spain, on the European continent, authorities were busy that day trying to prevent the people of Catalonia from voting in a referendum which they organised to express their willingness to separate from Spain and for their country, Catalonia. The country’s Constitutional Court declared the vote illegal. Police prevented people from voting, seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations. In the end, 90 percent of the over 2 million people who were able to vote opted for separation. In neighbouring Cameroon on the same day, soldiers shot dead at least eight people and wounded several others during protests in that country’s English speaking regions by activists calling for its independence from the Francophone majority. Due to perceive marginalization, the protests, which began last year, against...

This Is Not The Buhari We Knew

Abba Mahmoud    There is confusion everywhere. The government lacks direction. There is no clear policy on anything be it economic, security, foreign, aviation, environment or any other issue of importance. Everyone is virtually doing what he or she likes with nobody to call anyone to order. President Buhari is not in touch with the party that gave him a platform to contest and come to power, even though last week he suddenly realize that he needs the party which necessitated his caucus and NEC meeting almost belatedly. He appears not be in charge of anything, even admitting that he gave directive for boards to be reconstituted since October 2015 but that directive is yet to be carried out! He appears to not only over delegate his presidential powers but apparently abdicates his responsibility too. Obviously, this is not the Buhari we knew. Soon after he was sworn in as President, General OlusegunObasanjo released...

Apc And Internal Democracy

By Abba Mahmood Democracy is a process at the heart of which is the political party which is the platform and vehicle for any politician aspiring to come to power through electoral means. There are provisions for independent candidates in some countries but an independent candidate even in advanced democracies like the US can only win at most legislative elections. No presidential candidate has ever won any election anywhere without the support and structure of a political party. This is the reason why a stable, cohesive and healthy party is necessary for the formation of a stable government, and vice versa. Relative to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is new. One of the main reasons for the decline and defeat of the PDP in the 2015 general elections was its lack of internal democracy. Candidates were imposed and the space was restricted for...

Professor Nye On Secession

The new in-thing all over the world is secession. Even European countries that were thought to be sacrosanct as far as boundary adjustments are concerned are now having separatist tendencies. Harvard University Professor Joseph S. Nye Jnr. is an authority on this issue. He recently wrote a very nice piece titled: The Who, Where and When of Secession, which I want to share with you my dear readers today. After all, no one is afraid of the issue of separation or secession any more. It is hereby reproduced verbatim in the following paragraphs. Happy reading: This week, Kurds in northern Iraq voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence for the country’s Kurdistan Region. With some 30 million Kurds divided among four states (Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran), nationalists argue that they deserve the world’s recognition. In Spain, some 7.5 million Catalans have raised the same question. Does it matter that polls show Catalans,...

Assessing The Brain Drain

Abba Mahmood One of my favourite columnists is Mr. Eugene Enahoro. I personally enjoy reading him always as his articles are always very incisive, analytical and patriotic too. Recently, he wrote on the migration of Africans, particularly Nigerians, in search of greener pasture elsewhere. The article was titled: The Grass Isn’t Green on The Other Side. I hereby reproduced it below for you my dear readers. Happy reading: Every year thousands of Nigerians abandon the country legally or otherwise, and there appears to be no end in sight. The largest overseas Nigerian communities are in the UK and USA, while significant numbers also live in South Africa, Canada, Ireland and Portugal.This exodus has been enormously costly to the nation as some of the best, brightest and most able citizens have left in a “brain drain”. For example, in the USA, Nigerians have the highest percentage of Bachelor Degree holders amongst African...

The State Of Insecurity

At St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State there was gun attack on worshippers on Sunday August 6, which left 11 people dead and eighteen others wounded. The attack occurred at about 6.30am when worshippers were attending morning Mass. Preliminary report had it that a lone gunman stormed the church in search of an alleged drug baron but that he had fled on getting wind of the plot. The gun man just opened fire indiscriminately into rows of worshippers. Police said that the incident was as a result of a feud between two individuals from the same community living outside Nigeria, one of the individuals having built the church where the shooting occurred. By every definition it was a most condemnable act. The same day the Anambra sacrilegious killing occurred in a place of worship of all places, Boko Haram militants killed 34 innocent...