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Aren’t the Fulani herdsmen Nigerians too?

If my ancestors came from the Fouta-Djallon region(now modern day Guinea), over 200 years ago to conquer a territory that is now Northern Nigeria, does that make me any less Nigerian than someone whose ancestor left the ancient Dahomey empire in today’s Bénin Republic to marry a woman from Abeokuta? Is an African-American whose ancestors came from West Africa on slave ships any less American than an Irish man who fled the 19th century Irish potato famine then settled in New York?

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Time for a new War Against Indiscipline

On Election Day 2015, Nigerians decided they preferred order to chaos and seemed united in the belief that we must finally have a country where hard work and merit, rather than looting public funds, amount to something. This war is not about APC or PDP, we must learn in this country to dissociate facts and logic from ethno-religious sentiment and party affiliations.

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The Nigerian elite’s aversion to competition

LAST week through this column I discussed social mobility as a means to tackle corruption: if talent and merit determined success, corruption which exists and is facilitated in part because the wrong sort of individuals have access to government positions, etc., would be lessened. But why are people corrupt in Nigeria? It is important to tackle this question beyond the obvious answer, being greed and a desire for an increase in economic clout or status.

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To end corruption in Nigeria, end nepotism

Quite a few people requested “further reading” after last week’s article. I recommend To Kill a Mockingbird, by Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee for anyone interested in understanding the rise of Donald Trump, the workings of the South in America, racial (or, in our climes ethnic) politics, economic backwardness, a feudal system where poor Whites blame poor Blacks for their misfortunes while ignoring the White chieftains who uphold a medieval “Rankadede” system whereby patronage and keeping literacy levels low ensures a profitable arrangement goes unchallenged. Politics all over the world is basically the same.

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Donald Trump, the Nigerian within

It is somewhat amusing that public commentators in Nigeria find a man like Donald Trump horrifying, while we in our country have consistently voted for and empowered men like Donald Trump in both business and politics. “The Donald”, with his racist, fascist rants about Muslims and foreigners,is the same bigoted, narcissist one finds in positions of authority across Nigeria.

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Courage to take on Sharia courts and evangelist extremists

Religion in Nigeria produces zealots who spew gender inequality and discrimination masquerading as religious doctrine.The pursuit of power at any cost is the hallmark of many religious organisations. The Bishop of the Wusasa Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Kaduna State, Reverend Ali Lamido, recently bemoaned a situation whereby the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, “turned government houses into ATMs”.

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Before we #BuyNaija, let’s educate ourselves

Nigerians, we love trends and the bandwagon effect, anything to make one seem intelligent or to arouse attention and curiosity from others. Social media in Nigeria is used mostly for this purpose and birthed many half-baked ideas which are pleasing to some politicians because they make them appear intellectual or knowledgeable although, upon analysis, some thoughts are revealed to be nothing more than sentimental drivel.

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