Extremism fanned by Imams and clerics is at the root of the crisis in the north. Admit it or not, it'll remain a problem until the region does soul-search.
During my time as NANS Chief in 1990/1991, we contended with the most dangerous religious extremism fanned by Muslim Students Society of Nigeria. The hotbed was Bayero University, Kano
A NANS Convention slated for BUK in 1993 was disrupted by members of the Muslim Students Society. Students activists and leaders were knifed and macheted, with many sustaining life threatening injuries
These were helpless activists who dedicated their youth to the fight against military dictatorship. Attacked right inside the campus of BUK!
When intellectual terrorists come here to defend Pantami, I scorn off and deride their tomfoolery. I witnessed the most egregious extremism there can be and as a member of the progressive student unionism of the late 80's and early 90's I fought it
In UniJos where I had my first degree, we ensured that religious fanaticism of any kind didn't take root in the campus. We also took the fight to cultists.
Same thing in ABU where radical students unionism ensured that religious fanaticism and extremism had no place in Samaru and Kongo campuses
Same cannot be expressed for BUK and UDU Sokoto. They were hotbeds of extremists. In fact, some human rights activists I know began as an extremist of the Muslim Students Society in BUK
Today, he champions freedoms as a leader of one of the global groups dedicated to amnesty and transparency around the world.
Good morning from the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine

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18 Apr
#PantamiResign isn't about Christianity v Islam, North v South, mediocrity v competence. Don't muddle things, Isa Pantami.
Here's what it is:
1) Your extreme and inflammatory Salafist rhetorics
make your present position untenable;

2) Your public support for terrorist groups and terrorists makes your position untenable;

3) Your rhetorics may have led to the deaths of countless Nigerians who took to extremist Salafist ideology based on your teachings
4) It is untenable to continue to occupy the high office of state when it is on record that you supported a group that murdered Nigerians on 9/11 in the USA
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17 Apr
The Pantaker's videos audio tapes I have came from sources in northern Nigeria. Other materials are online. Don't journalists have the materials? They do. Can't they report on them? Here lies the problem 》》
Our journalists and activists - many of them it must be said - have their heads in the anuses of politicians. They are so corrupt that I wonder if they have not surpassed the politicians
A journalist who is paid a little below N150k per month, who owns a big home worth millions with exotic cars parked on the lawn cannot report zilch
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17 Apr
Case of One Ministry and Two Ministers.

Do you remember that famous phrase, "If you Tarka me, I will Daboh you"?

Yes?

Ok, let's see how it relates to #PantamiResign.

Let's go, history calls!
On 8 July 1974, Nigeria woke up to the claim by Godwin Daboh that the Minister of Communication, Joseph Tarka, had used his office to enrich himself
The claim was earth-shattering. Daboh claimed that Tarka had set up a company, Keatar ( with Ikeazor) to run multimillion contracts awarded by his Ministry.
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16 Apr
Like Che famously said, I am not a liberator; the people are the liberators. All I owe the people is to be truthful to my conviction and conscience and point them to truth, light and conscience. They Liberate themselves!
If you are an intellectual and all you do is turn your back on truth and worship falsehood, may your conscience set thunder and lightning on you!
If you are a journalist who ought to speak truth to power and all you do is hype the preachments of power, may the barrel of the pen swallow you.
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11 Apr
On the issue of the printing of N60b which was shared to governors, I am reminded of the public policy disaster of IBB in the late 1980's when he banned wheat import to boost local wheat production that was non-existent. The ban became the cover for fraud. How, Great Oracle?
Governors became soil and crop scientists as they marched to the seat of power claiming their soils were best suited for growing wheat. They were handsome funds to grow wheat in their states.
As it turned out, it was all a scam.
The ban on wheat import was reversed.
But, one thing was achieved with the wheat ban: it sparked a debate between our economists and industrialists. I recall late Alfred Rewane publicly pitched against late Prof Ojetunji Aboyade
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11 Apr
I am still struggling to understand how printing N60b is a recipe for growth. If you are student of Keynes, you may have an understanding of how of printing of money can help oxygenate an economy with revenue deficit, zero balance of trade; or poor economic growth
Or how new money can be held against existing public debt, while hoping that it will create good money. But, when you print N60b and share it to governors who'll pocket the money, you've opened the gate to hell - runaway inflation.
Lest you ask, Oracle, you are a lawyer; not an economist.

True. But, I spent 5 years studying economics at the ordinary level and two years at the advanced level- the two years are equal to the first-two years of the undergraduate class in economics.
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