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 , 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 of 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.
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
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
If Katsina happens to be the first home for my President, then there is no doubt Bauchi is supposed to be his second home. Bauchi has been recorded among the highest state where APC got richly highest margin votes especially in presidential election. Bauchi is among the states where PDP had a poor outing in the 2011 presidential election. President Jonathan had 258,404 votes in that exercise while Buhari won with 1,315, 209 votes. However, in 2015 Muazu, the former governor of the state and the national chairman of PDP then, was expected to deliver the state for his party. But eventually the good people of Bauchi showed them that his influence in the state was insignificant despite being a strong political figure in the state where they gave APC – 931,598 (APC wins) and voted PDP down with only – 86,085 votes.
But I wonder if Mr. President is aware of the gross unstable perilous condition that Bauchi state is drawn in. It seems to me that the President is still oblivious about this political instability in the state. The number one person of the state has jumbled and mixed up everything whereby the people of the state are in critical condition of hunger and poverty. The workers’ salaries have been detained for months despite the fact that you gave him the bail out to settle the financial problems inherited from the former administration. Instead to settle it, he rather add more salt to the injury by aggravating the situation even worse.
Therefore, I will like to humbly make an appeal to the evenhanded and the most kind president to intervene as the people of Bauchi are in desperate need of his intervention.
If APC wants to maintain the good result it usually gets in Bauchi it must therefore come into the rescue of the people before the eaters of the living finish their preys. Before the habitant of the APC followers turn into their graves, before the active activists of AKASA A TSARE famished and starve to death. Before the Buharists angrily turn to anti-buharists.
Inconclusion, I will like to call upon the government of Bauchi state to please release the innocent but just a mere political activist Musa Azare who always advocates for good governance. (MK FORMULA pleads)
Fellow Nigerians, you must be wondering what this title is all about. Please, calm down, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, one of Nigeria’s iconic politicians, is not about to dump his party, APC, for PDP, the party he fought hard with others to sack from power just last year.
The reason for bringing PDP into this article which largely concerns the Tinubu conundrum is very simple and straight-forward. PDP has suffered calamities upon catastrophes since General Muhammadu Buhari sacked President Goodluck Jonathan from office. It is hard to imagine, or believe, that a party that held Nigeria by the jugular for 16 solid years could attain meltdown so soon and almost disappear into oblivion.
One would have expected PDP, despite its electoral misfortune, to provide a formidable opposition to APC and keep President Buhari on his toes but that has not been the case. APC has wasted no time in sending PDP to an early grave by throwing poisonous darts at it from every angle.
The war against corruption has been a most veritable weapon with stupendous impact used by APC to scatter most of the PDP apparatchik to the winds. The strategy was to weaken them by showcasing the humongous corruption that was perpetrated and perpetuated during their reign. The PDP brand was thus obliterated in a jiffy. Many of their bigwigs confessed to nefarious and horrendous crimes of looting and brigandage. They coughed up or vomited incredible sums of cash.
All entreaties and shouts of a vengeful witch-hunt against President Buhari fell on deaf ears. The more they screamed the more they were horse-whipped into submission and made to weep bitterly.
As if that was not bad enough, PDP engaged itself in a war of attrition and became a house divided against itself. It was only a matter of time before it crumbled like the proverbial cookie does. Today, PDP has become its own worst enemy with the brickbats being thrown at one another by members of what used to be touted as the biggest political party in Africa. How are the mighty fallen!
The aim of my piece this week is to attempt what I did in 2014 when I wrote a permutative article titled ‘In Search of Mathematicians’. That was how I predicted a win for Buhari when many pundits still doubted such possibility. I intend to do so again in this column by painting a picture of what to expect in 2019. If you think that year is still far away, perish the thought.
The battle for the next Nigerian Presidential election started as soon as the last one was lost and won. The hurly-burly of the elections had not yet settled down when the potential gladiators picked up their gauntlets in readiness for the next combat.
The ruling party APC has suffered its own casualties as a result of its self-immolating wars of anticipation. What do I mean? The new men of power are already thinking ahead and wondering who may be too ambitious within their own fold. Any of such recalcitrant and ambitious rebels must be cut down to size, no matter his or her contribution to past victory and glory. Without mincing words, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is the first victim and he has suffered massive collateral damage on account of suspicion. APC itself has suffered almost fatally in the process. The only thing holding it together for now is the fact that it is the party in power and thus presumably has limitless opportunities to distribute largesse to the army of party operatives and their cronies.
By this time next year, as this government enters its third year in power, reality would begin to set in and President Buhari will begin to discover and see original animals in human skin.
I foresee and predict a re-alignment of political forces from 2017. President Buhari will be encouraged and persuaded to run a second term by those who are currently profiting from his government. It is only normal and it is their legitimate right. Nothing stops the President from seeking a re-election within our Constitution. The only snag is that many politicians are going to gang up against him because they see him as an outsider in politics who has benefitted from their massive support but in return has been messing things up for them.
If the President remains stoically stubborn and refuses to play ball with politicians, he would have to fight dirty to win his ticket. It seems to me that he would have to do everything to retain the loyalty of one man by all means, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It is almost impossible for any candidate to become President of Nigeria without the overwhelming support of the Yoruba and their current generalissimo, Tinubu, in particular.
Tinubu derives his stranglehold on power from his iron grip on Lagos. Lagos is a microcosm of Nigeria. Whoever controls Lagos owns the commercial nerve-centre of Nigeria, just like the California of America. Tinubu has been very lucky in that his anointed candidates, Babatunde Raji Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode, have been very cerebrally successful. The current Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, is already set, after just one year in office, to surpass all expectations.
According to impeccable sources, Buhari may therefore be forced to risk and pick Tinubu as his running-mate if push comes to shove. Tinubu’s protégé, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is the current Vice President, who comes with intimidating credentials but may not have enough political muscle to deliver enough votes to the kitty. The dilemma for Buhari is whether he should buck the trend set by his predecessors, starting from Shehu Shagari, and jettison his Vice President, especially when a cordial and mutually respectful relationship exists between them. In addition, Osinbajo has been doing exceedingly well and he is seen as one of the few shining lights of this Administration.
There is also the fact that Prof Osinbajo is a highly regarded and esteemed senior Christian figure and the President has needed him to silence those detractors that consider him an Islamic fundamentalist.
However, I believe that the controversy that could ensue from a potentially volatile Muslim/Muslim ticket may have been fixed substantially. Firstly, there is a precedent set by Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola the acclaimed winner of the 1993 elections who picked a fellow Muslim, Alhaji Baba Gana Kingibe, as his running-mate and still won in Nigeria’s freest and fairest election to date. Secondly, though Tinubu is a devout Muslim, his beloved wife is a hard-core Christian and a top-notch member of the same Redeemed Christian Church of God as the Vice President. Thirdly, there is the fact that Tinubu supported a Christian, Akinwunmi Ambode, as his anointed candidate for Governor of Lagos State, a deft move calculated to pacify those who may wish to foment religious crisis and conflagration then and in the future.
Tinubu is believed by many to have served Nigeria meritoriously and selflessly by suppressing his own personal ambition for that of others and it is believed that the kingmaker deserves a chunky reward the next time around if he so desires. He is acknowledged as being one of the most knowledgeable leaders in Nigeria today and a lot of people feel that his background in business and politics could bail Nigeria out of the economic quagmire of the moment. He is known to be a practical politician who knows how to make the world better for most people.
If the hawks succeed in getting Buhari to snub Tinubu because of his perceived threat to the President himself, the APC may split like PDP did before the collapse of the Jonathan Presidency.
One potential candidate is hovering in the wings and that is the Turaki of Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who has never hidden the fact that he wants the Presidency by all means. My next permutation is that the former Vice President and Tinubu who are two of the three most powerful and influential politicians in APC today (the third is Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki with his firm control of the Senate) may combine forces to thwart a Buhari re-election bid. They have been old allies since the time of Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. If they join forces, it may therefore spell doom for those seeking the re-election of President Buhari.
After the seeming lull in the Buhari-Tinubu love, it seems the recent appointments given to some of Tinubu’s acolytes appear designed to assuage his feeling. But would this be sufficient to bury the combustive ambition of a man who believes he still has so much to give to his country?
The third option which also involves Tinubu in the mix is one on which for a variety of reasons Buhari chooses not to run again. Without doubt, there are several other forces contending for power in case Buhari decides not to seek re-election. In this category, Tinubu’s name still features prominently. No one can deny the ability of Tinubu to transform Nigeria the way he did in Lagos. It is presumed that Buhari may generously want to pay Tinubu back for the support he gave him. He may also want to leave a lasting legacy and shed the toga of an ethnic jingoist by handing over to a Southerner. If this happens, I foresee the visionary Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, a core Buhari loyalist, becoming Tinubu’s running-mate, notwithstanding that this is another Muslim/Muslim ticket. Many APC loyalists believe this combination may fly.
There is a fourth option and this is coming from the direction of PDP. The theory here is that PDP can still spring a surprise on Buhari and pay him back in his own coin. The PDP apologists believe the North has lost more under Buhari despite allocating many political appointments to the region. They are of the opinion that former President Jonathan did more for them and gave them access and respect than their own man Buhari who they accuse of being standoffish. This is the reason that many Northerners, apart from his kinsmen in the South South, have become the biggest promoter of PDP.
In case you think Jonathan is dead and buried politically, perish the thought! He still holds the biggest ace in PDP. In fact, many in PDP today see him as their best candidate in 2019 because some of his transformation agenda are beginning to come to fruition. They are hoping and banking on Buhari becoming so unpopular that Jonathan would be sorely missed by Nigerians who would practically beg him to come back.
The rising profile and the promotion of Jonathan in the international community is part of that systematic way of re-polishing, repackaging, redefining and preparing him for a return to power. Every attempt to smear him with a tar brush would be rebuffed by his die-hard loyalists who see Buhari as someone trying to kill any future role for Jonathan as Nigerian President. They are totally committed to ensuring that Jonathan is well protected between now and next year when serious politicking would have reached a crescendo again. The hope is that as a former civilian President, he can bounce back to power like President Mathieu Kerekou did in Benin Republic, when he returned in 1996 after quitting in 1991.
Who knows tomorrow?
Dear Islamic Feminist,
It is my hope that you are in a good mood today, for I do not hope to be on your bad side. This is my second article on feminism, so let me get straight to the point. Since you have chosen to give Feminism an Islamic side, I have few questions and comments:
I have noticed how the moment someone asks questions or casts doubts on Feminism you throw shades and resort to insults and name-calling, so I ask, is that a part of Islam, did Rasulullah react that way even to known hypocrites like Ibn Ubayy?
I would love to know why it is compulsory for me to support your cause, and, if I do not support your cause, does that make me a lesser human being?
You say you seek after equality between both genders, and the rights of women, So I ask, in what Sense? For, the Islam I know is a complete religion that granted women the rights of inheritance, right to own properties and more, over 1,400 years ago, before the white man/westerners even thought of granting women basic rights.
In Islam, men & women are equal before Allah, it is only their deeds that separates them. Nonetheless, men and women play separate roles in the society. Allah (SWT) said “And the male is not like the female” Al Imran (36).
Allah (SWT) also said “but the father of the child shall bear the cost of the mother’s food and clothing on a reasonable basis” Al Baqarah (233). This clearly shows a difference in roles/duties played. We are unique creations of the Lord. HE created us differently, internally and externally.
Women have always been the support system, the back-bone, the strongest pillars in Islamic societies, for the progress of the society depends on them. Women have always been given a high status in Islam, Rasulullah (SAW) said: “The most complete believer is the best in character, and the best of you is the best to his womenfolk” [Tirmidhi 1162]. There is no need for any competition because Allah (SWT) described Muslim men and women as “clothing or garments for each other” Al Baqarah (187). If truly your feminism seeks to fight for the rights granted to you by Islam, then all practicing muslims are indeed feminists.
As you demand for equality and respect, I hope you demand for it in all ramifications, not a lop-sided one. Using your ‘need for Islamic Feminism’ logic; I am certain you hear stories of men being maltreated by their wives too (which we mostly love to shove aside) I hope It is okay for me to start a campaign for men to be treated better by their wives and society, without you deriding me? Hope I can also start an ‘Islamic Meninism’ campaign using Hadith & Seerah that mostly speak about being good to men, as justification?
Using your logic of equality, I would also love more women to participate in not only corporate but menial jobs as well. Let’s drop the principle of being ‘gentlemen’ and ‘courteous’ as it might lead to misogyny. Let me just stay on my seat in a bus, for, If I stand for the pregnant or old lady, it is tantamount to me disrespecting women! Also, in the interest of equality, I ask, why should more women be given the upper hand in government agencies and parastatals, when at the same time they cry for equality?
My dear Islamic feminist, It is my hope that beyond the internet, in your home, you do not have an underaged girl that serves as your babysitter or maid, following you with your baby to school?
Are you sure you do not have a little 13, 14 or 15 year old that boils water for your kids to shower and go to school while she remains at home? I also hope you do not have an ‘almajiri’ that washes your plates and clothes, instead of going to school? Charity, they say, begins at home! If we don’t see you, God sees you…..
I also hope that you would one day stop deriding mature women in their life choices, choices voluntarily made; like a woman voluntarily choosing to wear a niqab or choosing to get married and having children without you looking down at her choices. I still do not understand why it is okay for an Adult to have sex with whomever, whenever she pleases but it’s not okay to get married when she pleases. Simply does not add up. At least, for me!
I would also love to know when and how you became the legitimate representative of all Muslim women and who gave you the sole right to determine what is oppressive or not!
My dear Islamic Feminist, In the words of feminist scholars Leila Rupp and Verta Taylor: Feminism ”is a contested term even in the present, and historical literature is full of kinds of feminists who would surely have had a hard time finding common ground: Nazi feminists and Jewish feminists, Catholic feminists and Islamic feminists, socialist feminists and utopian feminists, social feminists and national feminists” As Feminism in itself is contradictory, in an identity crisis. Who do you really represent? Are you really content with Islamic laws or you seek to cherry-pick and panel beat injunctions to fit your narrative? For, the Islam I know is about (social) justice for everybody, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike, and if feminism will lead us all to ‘Just’ societies then let us do it properly! Is your Islam greater than your feminism or your feminism greater than your Islam? That, by the way, is between you and your Rabb. I would just like you to search your conscience!
I know it is not compulsory for you (even if you’re a stay at home wife) to cook for your husband But should we discard various hadiths/narrations that discuss being kind to your husband/family? There’s this Hadith From Asma’ bint Yazid (in her capacity as a representative of the women) she complained to the Prophet (SAW) about women “being confined to the houses and bearing children while the men attend congregational prayers, funerals and other Islamic duties” AND “when men go for Hajj, they look after their properties, weave clothes and raise children” She asked, “will we not share with you (men) the reward?” The Prophet (SAW) turned (responded) saying “Understand O woman, and tell the other women behind you, that a wife looking after her husband, seeking his consent, and going along with his assent is equal to all that (i.e all that has been commanded to the men by the religion). She went back, her face, shining with happiness. This has been narrated by Baihaqee and also by Ibn Atheer in Usd al Ghaabah.
I pray that your face shines like that of Asma’ bint Yazid as you read this. This is not about either of us winning, rather, it is about seeking to understand each other. But let me categorically say this as a response to the insults and self-entitlement you mostly portray as you go about justifying feminism; I do not have to like you or your ideas, neither do you have to like me or my ideas, what I must rather do is, to respect the fact that you have a right to your belief!
Let me also say this; It takes an educated man to know his rights upon his wife and her rights upon him, BUT it takes the fear of Allah for him or her not to overstep.
At the risk of making this article too bulky, I shall stop here…for now.
Your Sincere Friend,
1. Some of you got fingers burnt out of a passion for anything “Buhari”. This message is addressed to you, not the scammers who exploited your naiveté.
2. Note that PMB – as important as he is today – is only a symbol of our cherished values and not the values themselves. So, stick to the values even as you support PMB, and before next you join a group peddling his name, identify its motives; inquire on its leadership, and insist on seeing all relevant documents. You would take these measures before buying land to avoid being swindled, but between land and reputation, I’d rather lose land, so I’d inquire more before joining a group.
3. The women among you should please resist telling your intimate details to friends you meet on the internet, because once you two fight, and sooner or later women often do, rest assured of the world knowing those details – along with a sprinkling of lies to make them more credible.
4. If you want to make Nigeria better, do something that will last well beyond PMB’s tenure in office. Among many good ideas I saw recently on Facebook are public awareness campaigns to help educate boys and the girl-child; campaigns against women-trafficking and “baby factories”; and sponsored radio programs and jingles to dissuade female BH suicide bombers. They will all save lives and improve quality of life in our societies.
5. To achieve credibility, do not associate your activities with the presidency or seek financial contributions from public officials. Those are well-trodden paths in Nigeria’s corruption culture, and the farther you keep away from them, the nearer you are to your goals. The best way to fund NGOs is through membership dues. Imagine 10,000 members each contributing N2,000 a month (less than most people’s phone bills). That is N240 million yearly, which can build five classroom blocks or 10 rural health clinics.
6. If anti-corruption is your only interest, N240 million can go a long way in exposing corrupt public officials through citizen action committees, media campaigns, use of IT, and even hiring of 10 SANS to help prosecute the corrupt.
7. Restlessness is an asset when handled properly.