​Re: Buhari, not Nnamdi Kanu is the biggest enabler of Biafra by khalifa musa muhammad 

The above subjective piece, by Farooq Kperogi, appeared in the “Daily Trust Saturday” of 15 July 2017. For the umpteenth time, Dr Kperogi demonstrates that he is a lazy, irresponsible and reckless scholar. In addition he is a charlatan.

Tension over the Biafra affair has reached fever-pitch in Nigeria. Efforts are in top gear to douse the tension. Our sagacious Acting President in tandem with all stakeholders especially the Northern Governors Forum are working assiduously to calm frayed nerves. But, nincompoops like Dr Kperogi are adding oxygen to the fire with half-truths regarding President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB).
Farooq Kperogi is an educated illiterate that is why he does not know that the Biafran brouhaha predates PMB. The agitators have a number of issues which they summarize in one word: marginalisation. A senior citizen told me that alleged marginalisation of the Igbos has been advanced by prominent Igbos since the 1980s. In fact the word ‘marginalisation’ was popularised by a second republic presidential adviser of Igbo extraction since the late 1980s. This erudite Nigerian later led the Senate in the fourth republic.  It demonstrates poor research and lazy scholarship by Kperogi to put the blame of agitation for Biafra on PMB.
The nebulous claim of alleged marginalisation of the Igbos hovers around on a number of factors like having five states in the south-east and seven states in the north-west of Nigeria. Meanwhile, the north-west geo-political zone is several times bigger than the south-east. Even Sokoto State alone is about the size of all the five states of the south-east combined. Besides, what about comparing  the population of the two zones? Another factor is the struggle to have an Igbo president. For crying out loud PMB is not the stumbling block to Igbos having a president in Nigeria. After all in 2015 PMB did not contest against an Igbo candidate. Appointments at the federal level (read sharing of the national cake)is another bone of contention. Kperogi is so thick-headed not to notice that even states that contributed massively to PMB‘s victory in 2015 got junior ministers. These are Borno, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Yobe. I am not aware people from these states are complaining. Meanwhile, most states from the south-east got senior ministers courtesy of Buhari’s statesmanship. This leadership quality of Buhari is reinforced by appointing the head of service of the federation and a service chief from a south-south state that did not vote for him. Cynics like Kperogi turned a blind eye to all these noble actions by President Buhari.
Farooq Kperogi should know that as far as “marginalisation” is concerned all the six zones in the country have one or two grievances. Thus, it is not only the Igbos that feel marginalised.
In paragraph 14 of the piece, Kperogi criticised PMB for advising corpers to admonish their brethren to forget Biafra. The exhortation by PMB to the young Nigerians was an acme of statesmanship. Truth is bitter and it must be told categorically no matter whose ox is gored. History will vindicate PMB – or “the just” – to quote the great Zik of Africa.  Again, this shows that Kperogi is a worthless scholar for quoting Mr President out of context and for asserting that our imperfections should be swept under the carpet.
To buttress the fact that Kperogi is a disgrace to PhD holders he compared apples with oranges in the same paragraph 14. For Dr Kperogi’s information all well-meaning Muslims from the Sultan of Sokoto down to Youth Corpers and primary school pupils condemn terrorism: the obnoxious act is diametrically opposed to the ideals of Islam.
However, as regards the current Biafran agitation by Nnamdi Kanu no prominent Igbo son, until recently, came out to condemn him. He was spewing vitriolic, virulent and vicious language against Nigeria (which he calls a zoo), PMB, Hausas, Fulanis and northerners. How dare you Dr Kperogi blame PMB! This is unfair, uncalled for and misguided.
In another vein, I said you Dr Kperogi are a charlatan. Yes, you are! You tried without success to delve into psychology to prove some points. You should stick to your profession which is mass communication. Otherwise you will keep on exposing your intellectual bankruptcy. And, sooner than later, your Uncle Sam employers would realise that you lack substance and sack you as a faculty member in their ivory tower. For instance, an imbecile of a college professor like you kept on asserting that it was a Songhai scholar, Abd-al-Sadi in 1655, that coined the word “Yariba” for the current name Yoruba (of the south-west Nigeria). Yet, as a professor you relied only on one source. You threw all the guidelines of research methodology; you did not do a rigorous analysis. You ignorantly missed some basic facts. Hausaland is closer to Yorubaland than the home of the other scholar you mentioned who lived hundreds of kilometers from the home of the Yorubas. You did not contact experts on Hausa language who are abundant in Bayero University where you got your first degree. Hausas have traded, inter-married and had a host of other social, political and economic interactions with the people called Yariba (now Yoruba) for decades before 1665. Works by the pre-eminent historian, Dr Bala Usman and others, have shown that there were commonalities among almost all the present six geo-political zones for centuries. Yet, the Hausas never had a name for their esteemed neighbours! This cannot be possible by any stretch of imagination. You are lousy scholar Farooq. You stupidly argued that the Hausas borrowed the word from elsewhere through Sultan Bello only in 1812 (your column in ‘’Daily Trust’’ 1 July 2012).
What must have happened was that the people of Mali and Songhai empires had earlier and closer contact with great Arab writers like Al Maghili, Mahmud Kati, Ibn Batuta, Leo Africanus and their precursors. Therefore, they had imbibed the art of chronicling events as a result of earlier, closer and more frequent association with these great Arab historians. The literacy level in Hausaland, in Arabic language, which was one of the universal languages of intellectual discourse, was not that high in the mid-seventeenth century.  So, Dr Kperogi carry out more research and please jettison your cock-eyed theory that it was not the Hausas that coined the word Yariba (now Yoruba). It is disappointing that as a teacher of communication you do not know some of the basics of etymology.
My humble advice to you Dr Kperogi is to pursue research in these unexplored areas and push the frontiers of knowledge. Even at this, you should collaborate with the relevant experts: historians, anthropologists, sociologists, geographers and economists. There are scores of them in your great alma mater – Bayero University Kano.
Farooq Kperogi you nauseate a lot of people with what the Hausas call “karamin sani kukumi ne” (little knowledge is dangerous). You know so little but you try to show that you know a lot. Learn from the great philosopher Socrates who always said: “I don’t know”. Well, history and posterity know better – Socrates was highly knowledgeable. Not you Kperogi are an incurable and haughty ignoramus.
As an African child, avoid insulting elders like Alh Lai Mohammed and PMB. One day you too will grow old. As for PMB, at the last summit of African Heads of Government in Addis Ababa he was given kudos for his various policies. His wife, Aisha Buhari, was given the singular honour of reading to the whole world the communiqué of the resolutions of the First Ladies. And, most tellingly, even Baba Buhari’s staunchest critics acknowledge that he is not corrupt.
Unfortunately, narrow-minded columnists like you do not see all these – that Africa has enormous respect for our dear President Buhari. These are issues you should dwell on not the infantile, shallow and woolly-headed articles you write. On a positive note your column in ‘’ Daily Trust on Sunday’’, Politics of Grammar, is educative. Toe that line and become a universally acclaimed professor. For example, a Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, was awarded a French literary award for one of her works (‘Daily Trust on Sunday’, 16 July 2017). She is focused as writer and does not blindly stray into an unknown terrain and turf unlike you Kperogi. So, borrow a leaf from Chimamanda Adichie. Avoid delving into troubled waters of social criticism without knowing your onions. Worse still, you employ crude, intemperate and unmagisterial language against our elders and leaders. Quintessential columnists in the stable of ‘Daily Trust’ like Dr Jibrin Ibrahim, Ibrahim Dooba, Gambo Dori, Al Ghazzali, Tunde Asaju, Wole Olawoye, Eugine Enahoro, Jideofor Adibe and Sonala Olumhense are effective as social critics without being abrasive and crude like you Farook Kperogi. Thus, I humbly advise you to drink from the mature and measured style of your aforementioned colleagues.
On a final note, please try and avoid this Biafran issue so as not to aggravate tension in Nigeria. There are a thousand and one topics you could address. We want peace, stability, economic development, employment, industrialisation, efficient infrastructure in our fatherland. All-peace loving Hausas, Igbos, Fulanis, Yorubas, Baribas, Batonus, Nupes, Efiks, Ibibios, Ijaws, Yalas, Tivs, Eguns, Kanuris and the over 250 ethnic groups want one Nigeria. And, on a serious note, irresponsible, crude and bellicose columnists like Dr Farooq Kperogi should be censored by “Daily Trust”. Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Khalifa Musa Muhammad

​Whistle Blower Policy and Financial Crime by Khalifa Musa Muhammad (Malam Wiz)

On December 21, 2016 the Federal Government adopted a new policy on whistle blowing. Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun issued a statement after the Federal Executive Council meeting, chaired by President Buhari. She said: “the policy is a stop gap initiative until the National Assembly formally passes a law on whistle blowing. The new policy encourages Nigerians with information on financial crimes to disclose it”. She added: “the anonymity and protection of whistle blowers will be guaranteed.” Another crucial aspect of this policy is the incentive: 2.5-5% of the recovered loot will be given to the whistle blower.

President Buhari is known for his integrity and honesty; throughout his years in the Nigerian Army he displayed these qualities. As a Head of State(1984-1985), Buhari implemented War Against Indiscipline and also dealt with corrupt individuals. Even after his years in the Army, Buhari has advocated for fight against corruption; he is incorruptible and detests corruption.
We have different corrupt practices but the one Nigerians are sick and tired of is financial crime. Financial crime includes: fraud, money laundering, bribery and looting amongst others. Financial crime is a precursor to corrupt practices and can also lead to social vices. Financial crime in an organization will badly affect the economy of that organization.
To Buhari and his supporters this policy is a boost and good development to the fight against corruption; to the looters and their sympathisers this is a setback and an obstacle. Most importantly, Nigeria will benefit from this policy and any patriotic Nigerian will support it. The policy has started yielding fruit so far. The Federal Government has recovered $136,676,600.51 from an account in a commercial bank under a fake name, followed by 7 billion Naira and $15 million from another person and 1 billion Naira from yet another (Vanguard 12 February, 2017).
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said “when we told Nigerians that there was a primitive and mindless looting of the national treasury under the last administration, some people called us liars. Well, the whistle-blower policy is barely two months old and Nigerians have started feeling its impact, seeing how a few people squirreled away public funds. It is doubtful if any economy in the world will not feel the impact of such mind boggling looting of the treasury as was experienced in Nigeria. Yet whatever has been recovered so far, including the $9.2 million by the EFCC, is just a tip of the iceberg” (Vanguard 12 February, 2017).
In recent years, we have had two whistle blowers whose claim were futile and unfortunately both of them were suspended. This happened before the whistle blower policy was adopted. 
Some $9.8m and 74,000 pounds were found in the house of a former Group Managing Director of NNPC. This is mind boggling; the mode of concealing the illicit funds was exceptional. In an era where the general populace thinks that illicit funds are hidden in Lagos and Abuja, he brought it to Kaduna. In Kaduna State one would expect that the funds will be hidden at U/Rimi or Malali amongst others. As a good strategist, he was able to divert attention and confuse anticipation: he took the money to Sabon Tasha and hid it in a fire proof safe. Outstanding!
Sabon Tasha is not one of the posh areas in Kaduna State. Sabo as it is popularly called is one of the slums in Kaduna. If Sabo had anticipated being in the limelight as the hideout of illicit funds it would have declined such offer. One expects that the house that will keep such a whopping amount will be beautiful, but hell no! The house had no fence or gate. To cut a long story short, the house does not seem capable of stashing a million. Certainly, looks deceive.
The children and grandchildren of Sabo will be told stories of how it housed such amount without benefitting. If Sabo had a deity it will surely curse this man.
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano ordered the forfeiture of the money to Federal Government. This man fought back and asked a court in Kano to set aside the order of forfeiture (Daily Trust 20 February, 2017 Page 4). He is telling us that he got the money as gift from unnamed persons. If it was found at the residence of one of the country’s billionaire – with a legitimate business – the case would have been different.
It was alleged that the Southern Kaduna Coalition of Professional issued a statement supporting him; saying he is being witch-hunted. This kind of sycophancy and ethnic bigotry is annoying and disappointing.  Why not wait and see how things unfold? Or prove that the money is legitimate. Yet they call themselves professionals.
The whistle blower policy was adopted at the right time. People are now on the lookout, they don’t care if it’s their relative or friend. This policy will aid in the fight against corruption.
At a two-day judicial colloquium, organised by the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS). The then Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walker Onnoghen highlighted section 1 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act signed into law by President Jonathan in 2015. He said “the purpose of this act is to ensure that the system of administration of criminal justice in Nigeria promotes efficient management of criminal justice institutions, speedy dispensation of justice, protection of the society from crime and protection of the rights and interests of the suspects, the defendant and the victim” (Daily Trust February 21, 2017 Page 31). It’s been two years since the act was signed into law, but the pace at which it is driving the anti-corruption fight is lethargic. Nigerians want something better that will serve as a catalyst to this fight.
A lawless society is in the state of anarchy and impunity will surely reign. A society without law is in a terrible condition. A society that will jail a goat thief and allow a looter to keep roaming about is slightly different from the aforementioned. The law is not fair and we are tired of this inequality.
These looters are rich. In the society they are influential and wield a lot of power. Their CVs can be intimidating and some have reached the peak of their careers. We the youths used to look up to them. This makes one to believe that in Nigeria you reach the top only by contact with the corrupt: either by brushing their shoulders or to wine and dine with them.  Now that their masks have been unveiled – no need to look up to these characters.
A glance through the illicit funds forfeiture cases pending shows a huge amount of funds yet to be recovered. The siphoned money will significantly fund the budget of most African countries.  If the looted funds were invested in infrastructure, Nigeria would have been better off in terms of socio-economic development.
Identifying these looters is a defining moment in the history of this great Nation. Posterity and history will judge this administration for exposing the bad eggs. I urge the National Assembly, Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Nigerian Bar Association and all stakeholders to support this fight. Necessity is the mother of invention; so they should create and implement measures that will facilitate the fight against financial crimes in Nigeria. Those culpable should face the full wrath of law. No more excuses! No more prolonged detention! All we want is conviction!
I support what the erudite columnist Jibrin Ibrahim said “we should open a register in what should be called the National Hall of Shame, where the names and terrible deeds of mega thieves will be displayed”.
I duly believe this will help in curtailing corrupt practices for subsequent generations.
Khalifa Musa Muhammad (Malam Wiz)
A Concerned Nigerian….

RE: PROPAGANDOCRACY AND THE BUHARI MEDIA CENTRE by Khalifa Musa Muhammad (Malam Wiz)

Dear readers please ensure that Dr Farooq Kperogi and Muhammad Labbo (Chairman Buhari Media Support Group) read this rejoinder. Thank you. 
RE: PROPAGANDOCRACY AND THE BUHARI MEDIA CENTRE
The above-mentioned piece, by Farooq Kperogi, appeared in Daily Trust of Saturday 4 March 2017. It was, among other things, a rejoinder to Muhammad Labbo’s article in the opinion column of Daily Trust on 2 March 2017. In paragraph 17 his 20-paragraph rejoinder, Dr Farooq Kperogi advised Muhammad Labbo to take ‘elementary lessons in grammar and logic’. I will dwell much on this in due course.
I have followed Kperogi’s writings in the last few months and he seems to derive pleasure in insulting people, especially President  Muhammadu Buhari’s (PMB) supporters who do not share his views. A lot of people are appalled by the despicable language Dr Kperogi uses many a time. The conclusion my friends and I draw is that Kperogi is a disgrace to scholarship.
By all standards, Dr Kperogi knows his onions as an expert on English grammar. As an acclaimed scholar, Dr Kperogi should know that life is not restricted to “grammar and logic” – there are zillions of variables, factors and issues that influence man’s social, political, economic, cultural, legal and environmental activities. Reducing everything to “grammar and logic” by Dr Kperogi poignantly demonstrates that he is an educated illiterate – despite the fact that he is a PhD and teaches in an American University.
In the same issue of Daily Trust that Dr Kperogi threw tantrums at Muhammad Labbo and our dear PMB another Nigerian, much younger than him (Kperogi), was being celebrated. The novelist Chimamanda Adichie has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Daily Trust 4 March 2017 page 38). She has etched her name in the annals of America’s great writers. Kperogi should learn from Adichie and other greats in the literary world – Rabindranath Tagore, Jean-Paul Sartre, Abubakar Imam, Abubakar Gimba, Achebe, Soyinka, Senghor, et al  – and enter the hall of fame in scholarship. Otherwise, I gleefully predict, that at the end of your career, you would be banished – in sha Allah – to the labyrinth of ignominy.
You, Dr Kperogi may be too thick-headed to join the club of the great icons. But, you can contribute to scholarship in many ways without insulting PMB and other leaders you do not agree with. Let me assure you that your “Politics of Grammar” column is good. You could continue along that line and Allah (SWT) knows how many great heights you can attain beginning with your seminal work on “glocal” English. Dr Kperogi, my humble advice to you is:  do not stray into areas like logic which obviously you are an ignoramus. There is no logic you can refer to from Socrates, Aristotle, etc to the present day to deny the achievements of PMB especially in the fight against corruption. Therefore, stop chasing shadows with your sesquipedalian grammar and dispassionately look at other social issues PMB is addressing.
PMB, if I may let you know, has a pedigree throughout his public service career in the Nigerian Army.  A few examples will suffice: he was one of the junior officers the then Lt Col Yakubu Gowon trusted and therefore  deployed in Lagos in January 1966 to bust the lopsided, ethnically biased bloody mutiny led by Major Ifeajuna in Lagos (and Major Nzeogwu in Kaduna). Buhari fought gallantly during the Nigerian Civil War (See Obasanjo’s “My Command”).  Buhari served diligently as a military governor, minister (then known as federal commissioner) of petroleum and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos. Let it be known to a narrow-minded teacher of journalism like you that as GOC in Jos in 1983 Buhari decisively ended the menace of Chadian ragtag soldiers who were harassing Nigerian civilians along the shores of Lake Chad.
 Furthermore, let armchair critics like Dr Farooq “Fraud” Kperogi who cannot see beyond the four walls of a university classroom know that Buhari handled the funds from the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) where he exhibited probity, transparency and accountability. A lot of infrastructural projects were executed throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria; drugs and facilities were supplied to hospitals; books and other equipment were supplied to schools (primary to tertiary). It is on record that up to now there are PTF books in libraries in schools in the country. These few examples have few parallels in history of leadership in Africa. Buhari’s sobriquet should be “Farooq” – one who distinguishes right from wrong. The appellation should not be for a nincompoop like you. Let me add that you are antithetical to the beautiful name Farooq.
Yes, I dare say that Dr Farooq Kperogi you are myopic.  Your attitude towards contemporary leadership issues in Nigeria is the nadir of scholarship. The zenith of an intellectual, Dr Kperogi , is to accept that “I do not know” – also known as Socratic logic. It is a disgrace to you as a scholar for us, much younger people than you, to teach you Socratic approach to learning.
Dr Kperogi, you have the mistaken impression that it was people like you that worked for PMB’s epic victory in 2015: this is a monumental lie and a delusion. Buhari had built a solid reputation in public service from the mid-60s to the mid-80s as outlined above. Most of the voters in Nigeria and most parts of Africa and even advanced countries are not swayed by campaign slogans which you are obsessed with ad nauseam. In essence, the success of Buhari at the 2015 polls was more on his integrity than sloganeering. After all, how many voters read newspaper columns – even in advanced countries. Even if they do, it is not columns like yours that stand logic on its head. Yet, with a volcanic voice, my dear US college professor, you claim to profess logic.  
I know Dr Kperogi you have a tendency for insulting people who disagree with you. I am a young, patriotic Nigerian and I am ready for whatever barbs from you. You can sneer at my grammar in English but I do not give a hoot. After all, how many Japanese engineers can construct three correct sentences in English? Yet they are highly advanced technologically.  Life is not all about English grammar Dr Kperogi.  As Hausa will say “girmanka ya fadi Faruku” (Farooq, your status has fallen).
As for Muhammad Labbo, older people have told us that he is a journalist too and a quintessential reporter on the Nigerian Television Authority. As an academic, you need to be humble and consult people like him to learn the ropes of electronic journalism and possibly add value to your students in America. Not for you an arm-chair critic to criticize everybody that disagrees with you; discuss issues like logic which you do not know; and arrogantly pontificating as if you are the only grammarian. Sadly, you lack logic and you do not even know what is wrong and what is right. Learn from other Daily Trust columnists like Bala Muhammad,  Mohammed Haruna (now an electoral umpire), Dr Jibrin Ibrahim, Adamu Adamu (now Minister of Education) and Jideofor Adibe who do not insult anybody in their columns. Some readers, once in a while, disagree with them. But it does not reduce their status as great icons in the fourth estate of the realm.
My last word for you Dr Kperogi is: be sensible, logical, accurate, objective and learn to criticize constructively.  
Khalifa Musa Muhammad (Malam Wiz)

A Concerned Citizen.

​Lying behind the lefe debates by Ari-J

Lying behind the leefe debates are realities both sides are avoiding either intentionally or unintentionally. I have tried to out together a few. 
1. There are ladies who allow men to sleep with them in single rooms yet won’t marry them because they’re poor. 
2. There are men who are not financially capable and can’t marry even when they are given a zero leefey policy, yet they’ll go ahead and propose to ladies, keep talking to them for a long time and eventually sleep with them. If asked, they’ll say it’s because leefey is expensive. 

(And this is popular amongst those who should know better) 
3. Some ladies want the leefey themselves yet are hiding behind ” it’s the parents”. 
4. There are men who can afford to marry per what they have today, yet have decided to wait till they build a mansion and buy a car. In the process, they’ll be fornicating. When asked, they’ll say leefey is expensive. 
5. There are parents who are fully aware that their daughters are fornicating, yet they’ll resist marriage proposals either due to poverty on the side of the man or their daughter is too “young” to marry. When the daughter eventually gets pregnant, they’ll give her off for free to avoid shame. 
6. There are parents who are fully aware that their sons are fornicating. In fact, they bring the ladies to the house. Yet when issues of marriage is raised, they’ll lament that their sons are too young to be married. 
7. There are men who don’t want to choose ladies from families they can easily marry from. When asked, they’ll say their swag level is low. However when asked to present leefey to maintain the swag, they’ll lament. 
8. There are those who are hiding behind “leefey is expensive” to justify their fornication. When they know they are where they are bcs they chose to date. 

My brother, kindly face your reality and let the lady go. 
9. There are parents who have married their daughters off to men who are zero on deen and eeman bcs they offered them expensive leefey. 
May Allah make affairs easy for us, grant us righteous spouses and make us equally righteous. Ameen.

Who wants president Buhari dead? By @delemomodu

Fellow Nigerians, please allow me to say wherever two or more Nigerians are gathered these days the topic of discussion must, naturally, dovetail to our dear President’s state of health and the consequential suggestion that our country is ailing as a result. This controversy didn’t start today. I remember how Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose, the enfant terrible of Ekiti State, raised a horrific alarm, just before the 2015 election that eventually catapulted Major General Buhari back to power. He had screamed to the whole world, indeed to high heavens, that the then APC Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, had suffered brain damage and that he had to be flown abroad in an air ambulance for treatment. I was in London at that time and I remember making frantic calls to impeccable sources who I believe would know the truth. I was able to obtain picturesof visitors to the modest apartment General Buhari was staying at the time, which was somewhere in the high brow Mayfair. The visitors included Nasir El Rufai and Kayode Fayemi and they were able to dispel the ugly rumour even if some doubting Thomases still believed the worst had happened as Fayose continued to spur them on.

Dele Momodu

It is about two years since that happened and it doesn’t seem much has changed. The only difference is that Buhari is now the President of Africa’s biggest nation and any news about him would be of greater interest to Nigerians, wherever they may be, and indeed the rest of the world. Since assuming power as Executive President, whenever the President has travelled abroad on vacation, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive with all manner of people espousing their own theories as to what is wrong with the President and the sort of treatment he has gone to receive. This trip is no different. It has been compounded by the fact that it was announced on this occasion that the President was going on a medical vacation as he would take the opportunity of his holiday to see his doctors. This is why I believe the President’s information managers should try harder to dispel the rumours. They left the door ajar with the small piece of information they provided. Mischief makers would make capital out of this once nothing more was said about the matter. There is no big deal telling us how the President is spending his holiday, where he is staying and so on. If indeed he is seeing doctors for a routine check up or worse still his health is failing like happens to all mortals, there is nothing to be ashamed of. We should be provided with the information and updated regularly with what is happening. If the President had routinely gone into hospital Nigerians should know the hospital as a matter of right what hospital he has gone to and if possible the doctors attending to him. The doctors should be allowed to inform the public as much as possible without jeopardising his right to the little privacy that he has left. The citizens of Nigeria and the rest of the world are anxious to know every little information about the President of the most populous black nation and they should be obliged.

What seems clear to me is that those in charge of disseminating information about the President do not seem to realise that once you become President of Nigeria, especially now in the era of social media, you become a gold fish with no hiding place. The President of Nigeria is no longer a private person upon assumption of office. His life belongs to Nigeria and Nigerians. That is the simple truth that the President and his publicists must realise and accept. It was in the dark ages when people think that they are protecting the President and Nigerians by not telling us about things happening to the President and around him.

If the President’s PR people are not obliging Nigerians then, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo should take charge properly by addressing the public and allaying the fears of the people. He is a very cerebral person who must appreciate the debilitating effect that the kind of stories being peddled about is having on the polity and the economy. This has led to people even carrying some salacious tales that some infernal cabal have asked Professor Yemi Osinbajo to resign in order that a Northerner can act as President and to prevent a Yoruba man from becoming President in the event that the worst happens to the President. The reason that such fiction is able to thrive is because people feel that the Vice President has not come out powerfully enough to demonstrate that he is truly the Acting President. For many, his body language leaves too many questions unanswered. They claim that he either appears like someone in the dark about events around him or that he is just being too careful not to send wrong signals. The way we disseminate news still leaves much to be desired. We seem to treat power with too much trepidation and thus allow touts to take over and rule the airwaves and cause confusion all over the place. I know that is not the case because the Vice President is not that kind of person. He is a careful but deliberate man who brings his intelligence and experience to bear on all that he is doing. However, it is clear to me that he has not been faced with this kind of dilemma before. I am sure that the Vice President knows that neither the President nor himself have any real private life again. It is clear that the President’s handlers do not know this. I was surprised to hear what my brother, the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, had to say about this matter suggesting that it was left to the President to tell us what he wished about himself, his vacation and his health.

Silence is not always golden. It can be somewhat destructive if care is not taken. I’m reasonably certain that President Buhari is on a short vacation as announced when he was travelling. Even if I do not know exactly where he is, I believe he is resting and possibly seeing his doctors for an annual check up. Why make a song and dance or fetish of this? President Buhari is human after-all. It is sad that we often make mountains out of molehills by our actions, inactions and ill-actions. Nigeria ought to have learnt useful lessons from the days prior to the death of former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. This was how Nigeria was thrown into total confusion in 2010 because of the inordinate ambitions of a few people. I believe we have come a long way since then. I thought we had established that our public officers, especially our leaders, are in the spotlight and the full glare of the citizenry. That is the price you pay for leadership. You cannot expect to be in that role and then want to be a private citizen. If you want that, then you stay in the confines of your sitting room or the “other room”! You certainly do not aspire to public office, if that is your desire. There are very good reasons why we need to know what is happening to our leaders, especially the President and the Vice President. Our Leaders forget that they are Public servants. Emphasis being on the word “Public”. They are being maintained by our hard earned money, tax payers money, whether they are on holiday, or on a routine medical check or a major medical operation. We therefore have a right to the information that is presently being hidden from us. If the President does not care as some of his aides are suggesting, we care! It is our country and we asked him to lead us.

The state of health of the President, Vice President, and other major leaders in the executive, the legislature and the judiciaryare of paramount concern to us. If they are ill and unable to govern, legislate or dispense justice, we, the people, must know. They cannot be patched up. It is them, the elected leaders, and not their cohorts, associates and acolytes that we elected to govern and legislate for us. Those associates, kitchen cabinet members or other surrogates cannot overreach the Constitution and govern on behalf of the President or Governors. That is what almost happened during President Yar’Adua’s last days. We vigorously resisted those that sought to hijack the government at that time and succeeded in driving them out of Aso Rock. Nobody can take us back to those dark days. We are not prepared for anybody to set us back.

The Nigerian Constitution is clear on what would happen in case of any eventuality to the President. No Jupiter can change that unilaterally, not even the Vice President. Fortunately, Prof Osinbajo is an esteemed and erudite lawyer. I am positive that he will not allow the Constitution to be suborned. He is a God-fearing and courageous man and will defend the laws of our land as he has pledged to do. I expect that President Buhari will do the same. That is why he has consistently transmitted a message to the Senate that the Vice-President is to act for him when he is away on vacation.

What happened in The Gambia just last week should have shown clearly that the days of reckless rascality in government and governance in Africa are gone forever. Fortunately, Nigeria and its leaders have taken the lead in enthroning democracy in other countries, cue Charles Taylor and Liberia, Gbagbo and Ivory Coast and now Jammeh and The Gambia, and so cannot now turn around to do the opposite in our own country.

On a more serious note, someone needs to talk some sense to the ruling party, APC. In case, the party apparatchik are still living in denial, it should be told in very clear terms that APC is flailing and floundering aimlessly and dangerously. The party is not living up to expectations. Nigerians are suffering and crying. No excuse can change the fact that most of the promises we made have not been kept. Volunteers and non-party members like us are being harassed and confronted on the streets by those who feel let down by a government we helped to midwife. It is shocking that a party which coasted to power on the wave of a significant majority of popular votes has virtually wasted and frittered away its goodwill so fast. Something drastic and urgent has to be done to arrest the slide into oblivion. The best and most charitable friends of APC would admit privately, if not publicly, that this government has failed to sparkle, in fact, that it has been too lacklustre and sluggish. It is as if it feels it has all the time in the world. Why is APC unable to fly?

There are just too many questions begging for answers and APC has stubbornly refused to own up to its many shortcomings and seek help from within and outside. If you not know the way forward, one should be able to retrace his steps before it is too late. Those who invested in APC did so in the hope that it was coming to demolish the behemoth called PDP and make life better for most Nigerians. Never did we campaign that the journey was going to be an Israelite one that would take a total of 40 years instead of four. I believe Nigerians are very patient and understanding people but they often justifiably get impatient whenever they feel someone has taken them for a ride. This is why it may seem they are kicking fitfully and restlessly against the APC and unable to endure the hardships they currently face.

True change is needed and maybe the way to start being accountable is to publish details of the President’s state of health so we truly know where we are!
Momidu

REMINDER TO ALL FROM THE CONFERENCE PAPERS OF MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND by Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, PhD

May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you, 
This is a short reminder from the messages I contributed and/or also grasped as a result of my participation in this conference, so far:
1) Good Governance cannot be achieved without both-Retributive and Distributive Justice;
2) Islam as a comprehensive religion, addresses the issue of “Good Governance” more than any system being adopted in our contemporary world;
3) Justice sustains and promotes governance, while Injustice destroys governance;
4) Good Governance begins with Self-Rehabilitation. Each and everyone must identify his weaknesses and rehabilitate himself;
5) Self-Rehabilitation has four components. These are: Honesty; Purity; Unselfishness; & Love;
6) Corruption must be fought in establishing good governance;
7) Selective-Justice is an injustice. All laws should be applied to all without favourism;
8) The greatest and professional enemy of Good Governance is Injustice; 
9) Just Governance brings Human Security and Social Development;
10) Information Technology is very essential in establishing Good Governance and eradicating Corruption. This is very relevant to one of the areas of my interest, i.e Forensic Computing;
11) There are many misconceptions about Islam. However, all praises and thanks are due to Allah. I was able to clear many misconceptions about Islam in my discussion with participants and I also used the opportunity to invite people to Islam;
12) We need to partake in more community services and charitable activities to complement the effort of government;
13) Justice anywhere is a support to Justice everywhere, while injustice anywhere is a support to injustice everywhere;
14) Any responsible government should be very committed in addressing the challenges of Hunger, Unemployment, Instability and Corruption;
15) Good Governance is a responsibility of all and sundry;
16) Among the six habitable continents of the world, perhaps Africa is the most underdeveloped and affected with artificial disasters;
17) Humility and Humbleness are necessary ingredients that elevate the status of a leader, and/or helps him towards establishing good governance;
18) Islam is very compatible with contemporary world and has an answer to every problem that may come up in the world;
19) Victory comes with patience;
20) Always avoid, “If you cannot beat them, then join them.” Try to remain incorruptible;
21) We should learn to demonstrate good governance in managing our houses, while dealing with our children and spouses. “Charity begins at home”;
22) Learn to say “I am sorry”, if you wrong someone; and
23) We should all put our trust in Allah, and engage in what is humanly possible;
May Allah help our countries towards establishing Good and Just Governance,…
Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, PhD

Montreux Switzerland

❝THOSE WHO ACCUSE CHASTE WOMEN❞ by Umayrah cool

There seems to be a growing increase in people making accusations with no proof, slandering, backbiting, spreading baseless rumours and other sins, and we seek refuge in Allāh ﷻ from this. These crimes occur only where there is an absence of Taqwā, a lack of Hayā & Ghīrah, and no fear of accountability for one’s speech and actions.

Some of these things occur simply due to disagreements or out of anger, yet how quickly do we fail to realise that a deed done in a moment of anger can lead to a lifetime of regret. 
From amongst the worst and most severe of these sins is ❝accusing chaste women❞.
Allāh ﷻ mentions in the 4th Āyah of Sūrah al-Nūr:
وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ الْمُحْصَنَاتِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَأْتُوا بِأَرْبَعَةِ شُهَدَاءَ فَاجْلِدُوهُمْ ثَمَانِينَ جَلْدَةً وَلَا تَقْبَلُوا لَهُمْ شَهَادَةً أَبَدًا وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
And those who ACCUSE chaste women, and produce not four witnesses, flog them with EIGHTY stripes, and REJECT their testimony forever, they indeed are the FASIQŪN (liars, rebellious, disobedient to Allāh).
al-Imām Ibn Kathīr رحمه الله mentioned that this is applicable to the man who is accused as well as the woman.
So for anyone who wants to make an accusation towards a Muslim/Muslimah of committing a prohibited sexual act, irrespective of what term they decide to use to do this, and they cannot produce FOUR WITNESSES that can testify to actually seeing this act, then there are THREE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES according to the law of Allāh ﷻ:
1. They should be publicly FLOGGED/LASHED 80 times
2. Their testimony will be REJECTED FOREVER 
3. They are declared as FASIQŪN
So before we take such a thing lightly, and utter words without thinking twice, let us realise and understand that a single word we utter is enough to take us to Jahannam, and we ask Allāh ﷻ for protection from this.
It is such a serious matter that the great Mufassir al-Imām al-Qurtubī رحمه الله in his explanation of this verse mentioned TWENTY DIFFERENT MASĀ’IL which are deduced just from this one verse!
(If I get time at a later date I may try to translate this and share it)
If that is not enough to shake our hearts, then know that Allāh ﷻ also mentions again only 20 verses later in the 24th Āyah of Sūrah al-Nūr:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ الْمُحْصَنَاتِ الْغَافِلَاتِ الْمُؤْمِنَاتِ لُعِنُوا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ
Verily, those who ACCUSE chaste women, who never even think of anything touching their chastity and are good believers, are CURSED in this life and in the Hereafter, and for them will be a great TORMENT. 
Once again for those who dare to accuse a Muslimah of committing a prohibited sexual act without proof or evidence, often out of anger, hatred or a personal grudge, then Allāh ﷻ has prepared THREE MORE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES for such an individual:
1. They will be CURSED in this Dunyā
2. They will be CURSED in the Ākhirah
3. They will receive a great TORMENT (in Jahannam)
So for the one who is prepared and ready to face these SIX SEVERE CONSEQUENCES, then let him do as he wishes, but as for the one who fears standing in front of his Lord and he fears the Day of Accountability when all scores shall be settled, then let him hold his tongue and save himself in this Dunyā & Ākhirah.
�اللهم ارنا الحق حقا وارزقنا اتباعه وارنا الباطل باطلا وارزقنا اجتنابه
والله اعلم وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم