Using secular nature of Nigeria constitution as the weapon to fight Boko Haram

Prof. Soyinka is one of the very few Nigerians of his age around today that does not disappoint. He is not shy away from telling the simple truth just as is.

Inspiring to see an elder whose idea of a peaceful nation goes beyond regions knowing we are all in it together and we must collectively deal with the elephant in the room.

Hope those insisted this is northern Nigeria was can see WS points, especially in relation to the forth coming election.



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  1. From the statement of Prof. WOLE SHOYINKA on the present election ,I can see that The Man is dying in Him. Is Kongi now ready to Havest because of frustration ? Quid Sera Sera! There was Great reason in MANDELA ‘S Compromise with the Appartheid regime to get Freedom because the alternative was Mass suicide but What is at stake in NIGERIA now is to avoid a compromise with the Devil because there are no “Satisfactory Alternative ” Like if you cannot Make Heaven ,YOU RAISE HELL!!! Any Coup plotter cannot think clearly whenever Discipline is the standard on Test!Even with a Nobel Price!!Tell Prof. We want to Set off in the Morning !!! When there is plenty of Light and we are not Cowards!!!!

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  2. It is great to hear WS anytime…. It is so wonderful to hear him point out “Nigerians should prepare to go into the trenches”. Spot on sir!
    Either way, whoever is shown in on May 29th, the battle is going to get tougher. Believe me!

    He points out we shouldn’t settle for this cycle of mediocrity, & that is where I stand.
    GEJ or GMB? Rubbish…..
    It is none of the above for me.

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    • Trust me I believe you and that is the sad truth any Nigerians with a bit of sense would know by now.

      And you are right that they are both not worth our supports but keeping Egbon Jona there would mean he has done all in his power to give us the basic need we deserve – peaceful co-existence.

      Relax bro – hear what WS says that we need to be “ready to be disappointed, again” so sleeping with one eye open – well that’s what we are in for – not over until it is truly over so to speak.

      “circumstances have changed… so w’ll be ready to deal with new betrayer…with the same passion, commitment and understanding of a lack of alternative”

      Agree with you, that man – WS is a gem!

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      • I guess we agree that both GEJ & GMB are the least ideal candidates to govern Nigeria.

        Then if not voting for GMB means keeping GEJ in place to continue his rubbish, then voting in GMB equally means repeating the same mistake twice; letting another clear candidate for betrayal into office, to hoodwink us again. I won’t be bitten twice. I rather I don’t have it on my conscience that I did.

        Nigerians should be smart enough to know they have the third option of not voting at all. That is a statement on its own, a huge start that will make the clearest statement that we will not be forced into making conditioned choices that don’t meet our expectations & aspirations. Then I assure you, both parties will get credible candidates, the next time out. Now they are giving us what they want. Look at all the guys that did the presidential primaries for the APC? Don’t you feel shortchanged?

        I want change, but won’t settle for just any kind of change. The world is so sensitive to any kind of upheaval now. Most Arabs will rather go back to the economic subjugation & suppression of the old, than keep this spade of violent uncertain change going on in their part of the world now.

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        • I see your points but the option of not voting would not work in Nigeria, let’s face it. See what happened in Ekiti – 5kg rice for hand vote for Fayose.

          It would be great if we could be disciplined to do that but I bet if it was their family alone that voted, it will be counted and someone would assume power.

          I believe Nigeria youths must work harder to get Nigeria into the state that benefit us all. We don’t want to be passive aggressive – Abacha came to mind.

          While having GMB is clearly isn’t the preferred option for many, the insurgency must be defeated for the benefit of not just the northerners but for everyone as nothing is stopping this coming south as it stand today.

          GEJ can not do it and would not even if he could, and four years is way too long to have to live with continuing torture. His only weapon is religion attack – we don’t need another religious junkie because this isn’t just about religion.

          Now, I wish we can tell now what will happen post March 28…but something will, hopefully it will be to restore peace and confidence.

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  3. Props to the Prof, he talks clearly and with sense.

    My question is this, “fighting Boko Haram with the constitution?” – Are Nigerians constitutionally minded? Is the unofficial presidential rotation – constitutional (the answer, is no) yet it stands?

    Many of Nigeria’s Muslims do want the forcible Islamisation of Nigeria, they may not take up arms for it, but they are sympathetic to it. (Similarily, many Christians are for the forcible Christianisation of Nigeria). Like Alhaji Dangote said “..one should not be too extreme about religion, it is a personal matter …”, but he is very much a minority in Nigeria.

    So this begs the question how can this battle be won? Tackling Boko Haram is one part of the battle, those who formed them, aided them and supported them must be “dealt with”, names such as Babangida and Sherif have been banded about, but like the “banks in America and Britain, which are too big to fail…”, these guys are too powerful to be brought to book…

    You can see this thing will not be dealt with cleanly. Those victims of Boko Haram, I think will not see justice in Nigeria (like the victims of Kenya’s most recent election where up to 1000 people were killed and many more displaced by Uhuru Kenyatta’s party).

    We will see how this whole Boko Haram strategy plays out. I don’t think they will be wiped off the face of the Earth due to military might, but we shall see…

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    • No, we are not constitutionally minded. However, we still use constitution to back up more barbaric acts ever such as Senator Yarima proudly yelled in one of their meetings quoting a line in the constitution that confirms it is okay for a 53 year old public office holder to marry a 13 year old girl.

      My interpretation of WS statement was that ‘were lo le mu were’ – Fight crazy with craziness. Sounded a lots sweeter in Yoruba.

      Of course Christians would love to ‘win all souls’ for Jesus and in the process subjecting church members to unbelievable humiliation (i.e asking grown women to do certain tests before the church could marry them) all in the name of dragging us to heaven.

      Totally agree with you wiping off BH in Nigeria will need to be systematic. Now, we need drastic actions followed persistent efforts from all regions – will take some time.

      One thing I know for sure is that all Nigerians need to turn it down a notch on religion fronts.

      For the northern states – this will be done through resuscitating of the school system – incentives needed badly not just for them but so we can all live in peace to enjoy this country.

      Southerners definitely do not need leaders who go from church to church or hitting head on Israel’s Wailing Wall.

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      • The constitution needs to be revisited, as it stands “it is neither fish or fowl”. It claims to be secular yet large parts of Nigeria are covered by Sharia, non-Muslims are subjected to this law even though they don’t abide by it. This brings confusion and tension.

        Boko Haram massacre anyone they feel like, you would have thought with this indiscriminate murder, Nigerians would be united against them, even this fails to unite them. Yet Nigerians profess to be religious and at the same time turn their backs and avert their eyes from the victims of Boko Haram. How will this unity be forged, remains to be seen.

        For sure religion, must take a back seat. Nigerians can go overseas with their religions and in most instances live in peace, but back in Nigeria are prepared to destroy one another on account of ‘religion’, this to my mind makes no sense. I thought when I encountered this way of thinking decades ago, that with younger and more ‘enlightened generations’, such outdated thinking will die out, far from it, the youth are as bad as the older generations.

        Jonathan already has built a number of ‘makaranta’ (schools) for the ‘almajiri’, when before him, they were left to roam the streets and beg. Yet they stone his convoy when he merely exercises his right to campaign. If these schools fail to produce the desired results, what will?

        I think some fundamental questions need be asked here.
        1) Why have Nigerians allowed ‘the politics of thuggery to rule’. Not just Yerima, Orji Kalu, of Fayose (supervising the beating of a judge). With people such as this rising to prominent positions, we can only expect the worst.
        2) The ability of some Nigerians to operate beyond the reach of the law, former rulers and military personnel.
        3) The basic lack of humanity and common-sense to see a common threat and to co-operate to eradicate that threat.
        4) Why are Nigerians hell bent on sabotaging democracy at any level? Why can’t robust institutions be put in place to weed out the ‘bad eggs’.

        I read this article, and when you view the complex schemes being played out in Nigeria, it is hard to see a way through this situation.

        http://www.pambazuka.net/en/category/features/91745

        I think the rest of Nigeria can a lesson from the Western region, where divisions over religion are downplayed.

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        • Whao! You didn’t warn the link was an epic! Very interesting read and I can see the truth from the piece as most Nigerians knew Boko Haram was politically motivated just because these guys are what they are – human lives means nothing.

          Well, the northerners wouldn’t use Jonathan school, the damage was systematic and took decade, solutions would not be quick fix however, we can do it. Northerners as it is now needed a champion of their own to show the benefits of education, this is where someone like Emir Lamido and man of his mindset would play a good role.

          The way I see our problem is that we have never given true democracy a chance, we have always preoccupy our selves with regional sentiments hence no one really cares about national identity – this has backfired because in reality those that were selected from each regions did not necessarily serve the interest of the people they claim to represent.

          By the way, not sure if you heard this early last year during the commotion of the National Conference (Confab) well, the constitution was single handedly written by one person (can’t even remember his name) a guy from the north. I am sure a group would have been paid handsomely to read and provide edits, oh well, did they do their job to the interest of millions of people?

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          • FK, your patience is to be admired.

            Please forgive me:
            Many times in the past people have pinned their hopes on leaders to deliver or offer a way out, and on every occasion they have failed to deliver. So, in theory I’d say yes, the Emir Lamido should be able to do something, but as you said elsewhere the inertia to maintain things as they are is entrenched and has been there for decades, so we can’t expect the core North to turn around anytime soon. The man is out for self-preservation primarily as such he will move carefully and slowly. The Northern elite are resistant of giving up their traditional way of having access to power and money.

            What is it with Nigerians and democracy, that they always allow people who don’t have their interests at heart to rise to power (the regional sentiment thing), and make such a horrendous mess, and start complaining? Look at Zambia, they have had successive elections that have been peaceful.

            The Confab was a chance to show that the lessons of the past had been learned, and yet this was thrown away, and used as an excuse to make money and waste time while talking nonsense or sleeping. I can’t say the corner has been turned and a bright new future beckons.

            The key question is when will this downward cycle be broken, we are now in 2015, some 55 years down the line and are ‘like a dog chasing it’s tail’, time will eventually run out and there is no sign any lesson has been learned.

            You remain optimistic, so I’m sure you can see something to give you hope (as you’re logical), there has to be a basis for this.

            The article was very good, you can see the web of scheming and plotting going on. The elites are playing the people like fools, to suck the life and money out of the nation.

            I’ve not given up on Nigeria, but am not holding my breath given the past record.

            Thank you.

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            • Ha ha, glad to read this “I’ve not given up on Nigeria, but am not holding my breath given the past record.” And that is it really, because if it wakes us up in the middle of the night or we have to think about it during the day – then we can’t give up.

              See I don’t think Lamido would perform miracle, it will take time but he is clearly different from Bayero – w’ll see, for starters, he is talking about the importance of education – that is wonderful. Apart from him there is a couple of public figures too that are very reasonable.

              Glad you see all the sleeping the first 3 weeks of confab 🙂 And did you notice the number of deaths – Nigeria! More than half of the attendees were paid to sleep + to blown their horns on much they have ruined the country.

              Thank you, I think things are changing, it is slow but promising, I see Nigeria from my small town, and the focus in the state could be better but it has been for the most part empowering individual and a lot of attention has been shifted to educating youths including technical skills – this we have lost for at least 2 decades.

              Before, most of us have no idea what goes on underground still not really much but a lot is been leaked to the open thanks to social media, at least we can all see a bit of how our lives are been shaped

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              • Yes, I heard of the deaths.

                Can the Lamido, turn back years of established serfdom in Hausaland? Let’s wait and see…

                FK, you have answered my questions on this, and thanks to you and YasNiger, I have a better understanding of the situation.

                I must confess that I thought (and still do think), that education was never an issue in the Western region as they all (generally speaking) tend to gravitate towards their studies. I’m going by the Yoruba diaspora in Britain are very academically oriented (those I attended school with did average to very well at school) . So I was a little suprised to hear you say, that for the past 20 years, this was not the case back in Nigeria (where the parents would be even more uncompromising with regards to education).

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  4. Some words of wisdom.Let us pray for Nigeria to make the right choice.

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