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Notes on Northern, other elders national summit: Good journalism, neighbourliness matter

On reading the write-up, “Why Good Journalism Truly Matters” by Adewale Kupoluyi, I found a window for RIPPLES to take a peek into a most vexatious issue that has been causing all the tensions in the land over the past decades we have been at war with each other for no identifiable and just reason. Kupoluyi said’ “the media, democracy and development are tripartite partners that could drive any modern society”. Note the word “could” and look at how the tripartite partners are out of sync with each other in our country.

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The almajiri as economic refugee

Last week Wednesday (July 4th) the National Assembly held a Public Hearing on Almajirai. The hearing was by the Senate Committee to tackle the problem of out-of-school children, the girl child and the itinerant child Qur’anic scholar, the almajiri. RIPPLES today has a few notes from views collated by a Kano NGO we are involved with, Kano LEADS for the Senate Hearing. 

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Who are the morons of Nigeria? Certainly not Yorubas, Igbos, or Christians!

Our beloved VANGUARD Newspapers has an Igbo man as Editorial Board Chairman. He is Mr. Nnanna Ochereome, a celebrated journalist and column writer who recently ruffled Yoruba feathers. I understand he was said to have referred to Yorubas as “sophisticated morons” who allow themselves to be taken for a ride. This was in reference to GMB’s political maneouvre of “honours” for MKO Abiola and his declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day.

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Ripples and ripples of responses

There is always so much to write on these days. The National Assembly in particular has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons, at least from the perspective of the common man. Of recent it was on the reordering of elections and the ill-advised intervention of INEC and some Man Fridays from the executive trying hard to bar the legislature from the reordering which is clearly the constitutional responsibility of the NASS.

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Of Hisbah, state Police and the trouble with “supermen” in power

Contributing, one of the members announced he had passed the report and film clip to the Kano Hisbah Board for necessary action. Though he was quick to add, it wasn’t because the “evil” was perpetrated in Kano, because he had doubts that such evil would be perpetrated in my beloved state of Kano. He is from Zaria, even if he first went to university in the very late ’70s in Kano before returning to complete his university education and graduate back in Zaria, his home town.

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Gideon Orkar’s madness: Another April anniversary(1)

April is no doubt a very eventful month. It is the month that we had two significant anniversaries in Kano — that of Late Governor Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi and his PRP political leader, Late Malam Aminu Kano on the 4th and 17th of April respectively. Malam Aminu’s death was 35 years back, in 1983 while Rimi’s, they both bear repeating, was only eight years ago, in 2010.

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Re-awakening of Kano, the North’s laboratory

“From relative obscurity, each generation discovers its mission; and fulfills or betrays it”. I have since 1979 always had these, or words to that effect ascribed to Frantz Fannon or was it Amilcar Cabral?, as a powerful motivation for any political activism I have been involved with. This phrase was drummed into our ears in the first set of Political Science 101 tutorials, at the “8pm to infinity” sessions of Late Dr. Bala Muhammad in 1979 at the Bayero University (BUK) Kano.

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