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Nigeria Corruption

Written by Agency reporter Friday, 28 December 2012 02:42

Corruption did not begin with President Goodluck Jonathan's government.

 

 

Southern Sudan’s Independence: What It Means For Nigeria

Written by Nigeria NewsDay Wednesday, 22 June 2011 08:03

One Sunday in January, something rarely seen in Africa happened. The people of Southern Sudan had the chance to choose where they wanted to belong – in the European created Sudan or their own country of Southern Sudan?

For students of Africa, the referendum of that Sunday was a remarkable event. It finally brought an end to two decades of civil war that killed over two million people.

All across Africa, countries created by Europeans exist. Many have similar constitutions and crises like the Sudan. And many more have fought similar wars with millions killed.

In West Africa, dozens of countries from Nigeria to Ivory Coast have the same compositions and conflicts. In the North are Muslims while in the South are Christians.

These African countries have experienced more years of strife than they have experienced peace. And for all those years, the common refrain had been that something was sacrosanct about these countries created by the Europeans.

In Congo, Chad, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and many others, millions of Africans have died in the fight to keep these countries one.

Next month, Southern Sudan will become an independent nation.

The willingness of the international community to give the people of Southern Sudan the right to decide where they want to belong is a step in the right direction. For the past fifty years, taking the option off the table had been a disaster in the lives Africans.

Now, leaders of African countries will think twice before they embark on policies to dehumanize the minorities within their countries. They will now know that the international community can indict them, the way Omar Hassan al-Bashir was indicted. And once indicted, these leaders will be will to consider what was once impossible – break up of their countries.

With the surge in hostility against the Nigerian state from Boko Haram, including the recent suicide bombing of the Police Headquarters in Abuja, it is time for Nigeria to seriously an alternative plan. A referendum for Nigerians, with all of restive places involved, may be the way to go.

Nigerians, and indeed, Africans, suffered a lot due to colonization. They do not need to suffer more in the name of preserving the crumbling edifice the colonialists left behind.

 

 

 

Putting an End to the Lawlessness Of Soldiers And Policemen

Written by Nigeria NewsDay Monday, 13 June 2011 19:14

The recent incident in Badagry where soldiers from the 242 Recce Battalion went on rampage, killing any policeman in sight, should be a watershed in the never-ending lawlessness of uniformed men in Nigeria.

   

Still on President Jonathan’s Cabinet

Written by Nigeria NewsDay Friday, 03 June 2011 21:06

The issue of who becomes a member of President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet is so important that we have to address it twice.

 

On May 29, 2011

Written by Nigeria NewsDay Saturday, 28 May 2011 03:33

By all indications, May 29, 2011 is going to be a great day for Nigeria. On that day, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will be sworn in as the dully elected leader of Nigeria.

   

Finding a Few Good Men & Women for the President

Written by Nigeria Newsday Thursday, 19 May 2011 23:49

President Goodluck Jonathan is going through the process of selecting a few good men and women who will serve in his government as ministers. It is the first big call the newly elected president will make. In that call lays the potential for the president to make or mar the next four years of his administration.

 

Rescuing the National Youth Service Corp Program

Written by NigeriaNewsday, Detroit Thursday, 12 May 2011 13:10

On Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan received in Aso Rock the families of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members killed in Bauchi and Niger States in the aftermath of the April 16 presidential elections.

   

Election 2011: A Return to 1999?

Written by Nigeria Politics Daily Monday, 02 May 2011 14:52

Now that the elections of 2011 have come and gone, Nigerians need a debriefing. A deconstruction of what happened in the elections is essential for the wellbeing of the nation. It is more pertinent in the light of all the negative trends that emerged in the elections, including the carnage in the North following the presidential election.

 

A Case for One More Presidential Debate

Written by Administrator Thursday, 07 April 2011 18:54

In the run-up to elections next month, Nigerians deserve to learn something about what each presidential candidate stands for. In addition, the electorate as well as the citizenry should have the opportunity to gauge how the more than a dozen men seeking their nation’s highest political office stack up.