Dedicated to Nigeria's socio-political issues
October 3, 2007 - December 2, 2007
A Peep Into My Mail Box
March 17, 2005
The regular readers of my column had shown that they are concerned, some encouraging and others having an axe to grind with the various submissions. Enjoy reading; On Abubakar Rimi's Satanic Verses Response to Sam Omatseye
Thank you for this level- headed article. You distinguish yourself from
self-seeking tribal jingoists and you wrote as a true Nigerian. I have been
quite dismayed at the way some Nigerians put their points across to the public.
Tribal sentiments and unfounded allegation of "so many other Nigerians are
afraid of a particular tribe because they were perceived to be more advanced in
everything! "than the rest of the nation has been responsible for not freely
submitting 2007 Presidency to that tribe, have always filled many write-ups
particularly from the east. Nigerians should continue to act in their God-giving
wisdom and should not submit to black mail. The President of Nigeria should be
one adjudged most fitting for our needs irrespective of his/her tribe or
tongue-a true Nigerian by all standards. May this be the lot of our dear country
in 2007. Please keep up with your balanced views not bruising any body.
Have a pleasant season and a happy 2005.
Mamza: Thank you for your observations.
On This Animal called corruption well done job
I saw your message in the newspaper, where you wrote something about respect. I am saying job well done . I hammman GADZAMA. I say more grease to your elbow I expect to here from you soon bye .
Mamza: Mr. Gadzama you are welcome.
On Yakubu Gowon at 70
Your article of the above title is in bad taste, possibly offensive. We believe that Mr. Yakubu Gowon is a bestial murderer and genocidist who supervised over the death by starvation of over two million African people during the period 1967-70. Under Mr. Gowon, Gbadamosi King, a Yoruba flying a Russian-built Mig 17F aircraft deliberately shot down a Swedish DC10 Red Cross Plane flying food and medicine to war victims at Eket, killing 5 Christian relief workers. This alone made Mr. Gowon a common war criminal fit only for the tribunal at The Hague even though he attempted to cover his crime by demolishing the graves of his victims at Uli in 1970. We find it distasteful that you would extol such a character.
After the war, Gowon and his Jihadist mentors expelled all Christian missionaries from Igboland and confiscated their assets including schools and hospitals. They also prevented the supply of food and medicines to the starved and dying of eastern Nigeria. If you have any doubts about man's in- humanity to man enacted by Mr. Gowon, go to the Island of Sao Tome today and see for yourself, the rotten mountains of food and medicine donated by international organizations which Gowon prevented from reaching those who needed them. these mountains of unused relief supplies are a veritable museum of Mr. Gowon's wickedness and bestial crime against humanity.
Please stop vandalizing our collective memory and apologize to all Nigerians offended by your unwarranted and provocative write-up.
Mazi Kevin Ani
I have not heard about him for years. I read about his 70 birthday online. Gowon and Shagari were my favorite presidents. President Gowon was the head of the state during the Nigeria and Biafra war. As a young teenage Owerri girl then I loved him due to his positive role he played to end the war. I careless what my people said about him. I knew then he worked hard for Nigeria to come together. I hope that the present and future presidents will follow his footsteps and seek advice from him.
Because he is a wise man. I am thankful to God that I did enjoyed Gowon government. No peace in Nigeria like it used to be when I left the country 21 years ago to United States.
Thanks again for your article. You make my day when I read the article.
Mamza: Thank you for your observations and God bless.
GOWON IS 70-YEAR OLD.....
Where is Gowon and what is he doing at present?
Mamza: Thank you for your mail, but for reasons best known to you I would be able to give you the General's address here.
CONGRATS TO THE GENERAL
I am a keen reader of most of your published articles on Gamji web site and wish to commend your efforts and contributions in this regard? Please keep doing the good job.
L.P. Damuut (Scotland, UK)
Mamza: Thank you very much. Till I hear from you again.
Date 7th June 2004
Thank you for this wonderful and well informed article keep it up. Many regard and good luck
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I appreciate your article on the above subject matter which provides us with a basis to compare Abacha's achievements and those of governments that ruled before and after him. However, perhaps because the article was first written four years ago( his death was still fresh and Mohammed was in detention), you did not spare a sentence or paragraph to highlight his weakness which is expected in all humans. As an academic, I think you should give both sides of the coin for proper analysis of his leadership in relation to other Generals. This may be a basis for informed appraisal of his tenure and that of some Generals who are still jostling to lead Nigeria as civilian Presidents. For example I would like to see a critical analysis of the pre vailing notion in Nigeria, based on recent revelations of stashed money in foreign banks by the Abacha family ( even though widely propagated by a section of the press) that Abacha was the greatest treasury looter that ever Presided Nigeria vis-a vis his multitudes of achievements as espoused in your article. Was he all that good? Are his weaknesses overblown or is he just another hypocrite who preached accountability, forced discipline and probity on the rest of Nigerians but himself did directly the opposite? I believe an article from you addressing these issues will go along way in unraveling the real Abacha in the unfolding political struggle for power in Nigeria and in order to give Abacha his proper place in the political history of our great
Suleiman L. Umaru
Re-The fall of politics in Nigeria
to buy up and also enter the competitive market. Nobody, you hear me Paul,
nobody is holding them back!! But where are they in the scheme of things?
Nowhere!!! Have they entered the Telecom market which many Southerner have gone
into now? No!!! Who are the vast number of engineers working in the North?
They are Southerners!!!. So the North has a problem of illiteracy. And what do
the politicians and eminent people in the North do to stem this problem? Ladies
and Gentlemen, it's Sharia Law!!! Yes, Sharia. Not pumping money into
education, math, engineering and science. By the way, the Sharia Law doesn't
apply to the eminent men in the North. Is just another way of surprising the
people in that part of the country?? I hope the people don't bulge. I am not
against religion or religious practices ( I don't belong to any) but why should
Sharia be a priority in the face of more pressing problems? Surely it should
have come later!! Furthermore, the vast majority of the ordinary Northern people
seemed to be ignorant about what is going on in Nigeria today. The Governor of
Borno state wants to investigate a former governor of the state but is prevailed
upon by some traditional rulers in the state to abandon the case (interference I
might say). The governor does what he's told and drops the case. The money
involved is 7bn Naira. So this money remains lost and never recovered. This is
money that could have been used to build infrastructure in Borno state!! Where
were the people of Borno state? Where was the state assembly members?
Sleeping??? Where is the criticism from Paul Mamza? None of course!!
Mamza: There is no place in the article in question that warrant for this anger. The article is a summary of the political happenings in Nigeria and not targeted at a particular regime
(Obasanjo's) as you alleged.
Of course politics in Nigeria is dead because people are putting too much attention on regional politics and not party politics. The ANPP, the biggest opposition party in Nigeria is in a pitiful state with no manifesto or policies. The Nigerian people don't know what it (The ANPP) stands for and members of the party, apart from being at each others throats, are not making any attempt to organize or build the party properly. Nigerians want to win elections but they are not prepared to work hard for it. In US/UK and Europe, we know that political parties work hard on their policies and even go to the grassroots. They get statistics and figures on education, health, crime, the economy and on many more issues and use them to formulate their policies. You also have professional policy makers who hard for the party. Every political party also has a central ideology which is rock solid. Also, for your information, every party has a website which normally gets hits from readers who may contribute to their policies. But what we see in Nigeria today, are politicians who go into politics for the money and cross to another party when it suits them. Okadigbo is a typical example. It's all about what they could get out of it and not about ideology. And where are all these problems coming from? Because Nigerians don't want to unite and instead keep championing tribal and regional issues. The mainstream political party's are all filled with strange bedfellows. It's like dinning with the devil.
We are like a bunch of spoilt children fighting over food. Every
region is complaining about marginalizing!! This is how lazy and greedy we
have become. Before the advent of oil Nigerians used to work very hard. Oil
has brought in a new generation of lazy Nigerians who feel that you can get
something for nothing. Fraud, 419, shrines, corruption you can count the lot.
Yet our present crop of politicians have let us down. The National Assembly is
a monumental failure with it's inability to tackle corruption with most members
hardly attending sessions. Some of our governors are not very honest and most
of them (including my state Governor, Ibori) spend most of their time abroad
siphoning money. The Niger-Delta states (of which I'm an indigene I'm ashamed
to say) are already receiving 15% more state allocation revenue than all the
other states but most have nothing to show for it because of the stealing
governors. Yet we (the Niger-Delta people) keep complaining (wrongly of course)
of marginalization . Obasanjo has tried to assemble state accountant-generals
and state assembly members so as to scrutinize the governors (a job which our
Senate and NASS should no doubt be doing) but to no avail. Yet the President
gets accuse of corruption or not doing enough to stop it. I've never heard Paul
Mamza criticizing the Governors, the Senate nor the National Assembly members.
Recently, the President also sacked the IG of police (a Yoruba man) for
corruption. This was a very courageous act which has rarely been carried out by
some of our previous leaders. Was any praise for him? No!! This kind of
Nip-picking (the act of focusing attention on only the things that are bad in
Nigeria) is a very narrow minded take on this country and I it is one of the
reasons why Nigeria will never progress.
On the fall of politics in Nigeria. Your article was a master
I have been following your writes up for quite some time. And I have found them educative, informative and sensitive, crossing every aspect of human Endeavour. politics, history, economy, education and Religion. I think there is so much I would learn from you because we share the same opinion in many ways. I am also a chemistry undergraduate student currently on IT at Center For Energy Research And Training here A.B.U.. Zaria. Therefore, would glad if give the opportunity to communicate with you more often through your box.
Till I get your reply.
Thanks. Jonah Shehu
Mamza: Please, let's communicate through my mail box.
On Haruna Yerima and "the Reps of corruption".
they collect 'bribes', or using Arokodare's euphemism- 'PR
money', and then pass motions which are directly related to that industry or
person without pondering its consequences on the Nigerian electorate. This is
shameful and criminal. It should not surprise Nigerians why they are still
paying GSM tariffs that are amongst the highest in the world. Allah ya sakama
wanda aka zalumta.... ameen.
Thank you. .
Still on Haruna Yerima and "the reps of corruption"
When I read Hon. Yerima's story, I shook my head and wondered where our Elected
Reps. were headed. But I took consolation in the knowledge that one of their own
has exposed this corrupt action. This means that all is not lost yet. Hon.
Yerima is a brave man, and a man of the people- the anger of his colleagues not
withstanding. The FOI coalition should write to him expressing support and
encouraging him to be resolute in the face of such travail.
Nigerians would stop worshipping at the temple of the God of Conspiracy.
Everything wrong with Nigeria is caused by "the World Bank and IMF". Nobody
blames inept Politicians in Military Uniform who misgoverned the Nations wealth,
or exported them to foreign Banks, Nobody as harassed past inept CBN Governors
who couldn't arrest the tide of failing banks, instead it is the Breton woods
institutes that gets all the mudslinging.
Mamza: Thank you Charles. I will furnish you with some informations on how the IMF and World Bank policies had crippled the developing nation. Till then.
have just read this piece. Methinks you sound so much like both Ribadu and
Fani-Kayode whom you accused of trying to nail IBB. By “already foreseeing his
presence around Aso Rock – the seat of power”, and by saying “this is a reality
that Nigerians must live with for now”, smacks of your wish to see IBB in Aso
Rock at all costs, not minding how (good or bad), whether the two top officials
like it or not. Of course, we know the General is powerful, more than powerful
enough to use the familiar methods to win elections in Nigeria. You have decided
to deliberately refuse to highlight this sour aspect of how IBB will go to Aso
Rock (if he wants) in 2007. Will this “reality” ome to pass because Nigerians
will vote IBB to Aso Rock or because IBB and his supporters will rig themselves
to power? It is really unfortunate that not the citizens’ votes, but systemic
electoral fraud will determine who goes to Aso Rock in 2007. If some people in
power want to personalize and use their offices to truncate IBB’s 2007 ambition,
it is not enough to criticize such people and simply state that this is a
“reality that Nigerians must live with for now”. I think it is also fair to
define the “reality”, especially when it is unenviable. The unenviable “reality”
here is the abounding evidence that IBB or whoever will rig himself to Aso Rock
in 2007, irrespective of the vote
Mamza: Thank you Mr. Philip. I have gauged your feelings which I do share too.
But the point I had raised is a moral question. For instance, if Alhaji Nuhu
Ribadu as the Chairman of EFCC could not trace any clue about the IBB's
financial deals what hope will the National Electoral commission even with the
likes of Ribadu as its Chairman that IBB will not rig an election leaving a
AN ADDENDUM: Sensing Mischief.
IBB: Between Nuhu Ribadu and Femi Fani - Kayode on page 10. The article bears no
name and is a mutilated form of my article which is only sent to Leadership
newspaper which I write for, Gamji, Amana on line websites (being Gamji writer
and Amana on line writer) and Dawodu.com. This is sequel to an earlier
advertised article by the same intentions (IBB and "His secret agents")
published in about six different newspapers. My grouse is that I had never sent
such article to Daily Trust or any other paper for that matter, more so with the
alterations which is offensive . I deserve an explanation on this, please.
- Mamza writes in from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
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