Boko Haram

The One Year Hangover from Change

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The messiah of Nigeria and supreme anti corruption crusader who is friend to everybody and belongs to nobody (who cares what he said, he translated hausa to english and thought it would sound as good, it sounds better in hausa) has spent a year in office. We have had a year of the party who came onboard with the change mantra in power. I bet over this weekend we have read thousands of articles about this and I guess this is one more. Before I go ahead I would like to acknowledge that the PDP gave us 16 years of mediocre leadership and oversaw a kleptocracy which led to the limiting of the potential that is Nigeria. Whatever successes they might have had, Nigeria could have been a lot better; before someone enumerates the ways in which PDP succeeded I am neither a PDP nor APC voltron. My name is HRH SIR Farouk and I just want to make esoteric sense because obviously if I wanted to make common sense then what I would say would lack any insight and be the same with what any Tolu, Dike or Hassan would say. Anyway so a year after changing the party in charge and leadership, how do Nigerians feel?

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Nigeria: Where Are The Sustainable Solutions?

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There is a lack of sustainable solutions in Nigeria. It seems we always like to tackle problems from a myopic view and by we I mean our political class, policy makers and leaders. Politicians come out and criticize one another and seem only adept at trying to solve problems from the surface. We are a country in dire need of think tanks and policy makers who would listen and reason with the recommendations of such think tanks to offer lasting solutions to the many problems that beset our nation. We are a nation of brilliant, intelligent, hard working and creative men and women so it behooves me why we keep giving temporary and short term solutions to long term and recurring problems.
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Dear Nigerians – Five Things ->

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Dear Nigerians,

1. No, Boko Haram and the insurgency is not a conspiracy by the North or even Northern leaders to make Jonathan look bad. I hear grown intelligent men and women down here below the Niger spew this rubbish and it makes me boil. What the hell is wrong with people in this country? I recently saw on the internet that 85 percent of people in the South South and South East believe Boko Haram is a Northern conspiracy against Jonathan, they also believe there were no Chibok girls (see 2 below) So a region decides to destroy itself to make a leader look bad? Get out of here! People have died and it is an insult to their memory to question the legitimacy of their deaths by turning it into a conspiracy theory. Read the rest of this entry »

The Nigerian Millitary: A Tribute and Debrief

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January 15th is Armed Forces day in Nigeria and is a day that is supposed to provide an avenue for our citizens to remember those that have fought for this country and in many cases died in the line of duty. It should be a day when we put all our bullshit partisanship, ethnic and religious differences and pay tribute to the Nigerian soldier. Read the rest of this entry »

Hometowns & Boko Haram Attacks

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In Nigerian parlance where you are from most often refers to the place where your ethnic group resides and before the advent of urbanization where your greatgrandfather and co lived. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Things About #Bringbackourgirls

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We all know that you are probably tired as hell of the topic of the kidnapped girls and just wish they will send Jack Bauer in to rescue the girls, torture Shekau, give him a slow painful death (No, when it comes to that animal I don’t know if I can abide by the Geneva convention or whatever the hell Amnesty International prescribes) and destroy the whole boko haram gang but alas real life is way more complicated than that. I grieve for the families of the young girls and with my fellow Nigerians, I sincerely hope that the girls are found alive and I support #bringbackourgirls and hope for an end to the activities of Boko Haram.

Here are my two cents
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Here’s The Thing: Death, Terrorism and Nigeria

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May the souls of all those lost to terrorism in this country rest in peace and may the perpetrators of these acts face justice in this world and the world after (should it exist). As sad as the deaths in Abuja yesterday were and how close to home they came to many of us (Most Nigerians have at least one relation or acquaintance who stays in Abuja unlike Borno for instance, people can go their whole lives without knowing anyone who lives in Borno), it is key to note that weekly almost daily Nigerians are dying. People in the Northeast are dying from this or that attack by the boogie monster of the current Nigerian and Arewa reality, “Boko Haram”, people are also dying from “Fulani” attacks, this is not to discount the regular preventable deaths people in this country face due to poverty, crime, road accidents, poor health facilities, ignorance, and the list goes on.

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