__by Demo Adewusi
We have lost everything we met on the land. Cocoa, palm oil, groundnuts, cotton, cashew and rubber have been forgotten and are better produced by nations who came to learn from us. We have lost our moral compass, our society is fractured, our statehood is threatened. Our citizens are in all prisons around the world. Some of them prefer foreign prisons to Nigeria. Our passport is treated with disdain everywhere you present it.
1. A week ago, I had cause to address Nigerians on the security challenges we are facing in parts of the country, which necessitated the declaration of a state of emergency in 15 Local Government Areas in four states of the Federation. That course of action attracted widespread support and a demonstration of understanding. With that declaration, government had again signaled its intention to combat terrorism with renewed vigour and to assure every Nigerian of safety.
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_By C. E. Oyibo
Subsidies are anathema to the neoliberal policies peddled by the West (particularly the US and Western Europe) and international financial institutions like the IMF. There is now a convincing argument that the Jonathan administration implemented the fuel subsidy removal on January 1, 2012, at the instance of the IMF. According to a credible report, the fuel price increase was “compelled on African Nations by the IMF due to supposedly rising global oil prices and the Europe recession.” We will recall that the IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde visited Nigeria in December 2011to meet with President Jonathan. Reportedly, the purpose of the visit was to “drive home” the fuel subsidy removal “directive”!
Fellow Nigerians, let us continue to educate and enlighten ourselves as we press ahead in this struggle. Be rest assured that what you’re fighting against is a just cause, a fight for your life and the future of your children. You cannot afford to stand aloof or lose this fight. Though the forces arrayed against us be formidable and will not give up easily, there is an assured victory in collective will of a determined people . Your continued poverty is their own gain and no slave master ever grants liberty to his captive without a fight. You must be prepared to fight, or stay in servitude for as long you live. Let us fight this one till we emancipate ourselves from the bondage of slave masters and oppressors – old and new.
_by Azeenarh Mohammed (@xeenarh)
The people are restless and the demands for a demonstration are loud. I am very happy to hear those calls, but once again I must call for caution. The events that took place at #EagleSquare in Abuja and other parts of the country yesterday the 2nd January 2011 only serves to buttress my point: we simply aren’t ready…YET.
C. E. Oyibo
In an essay and a follow-up article on the Nigerian fuel subsidy debate, I recommended a set of steps the Jonathan administration should take in regards its goal of fuel subsidy removal:
_A few days ago, we published “An Open Letter to President Jonathan in Regards Ongoing Terrorism within Nigeria”. It appears the President is heeding at least some of the suggestions contained in that letter (or, at least, is listening to advisers that agree with the letter's recommendations for arresting the scourge of domestic terrorism). The President is reported to have issued a “proclamation” declaring a state of emergency in parts of the country. Further, the verbiage of the “proclamation” is reported to be as follows:
1. Fellow Nigerians, it has become necessary to address you on recent events in some parts of the country that have threatened our collective security and shaken the foundations of our corporate existence as a nation.
2. You are all aware of the security challenges which the activities of the Boko Haram sect have foisted on the country. What began as sectarian crises in the North Eastern parts of the country has gradually evolved into terrorist activities in different parts of the country with attendant negative consequences on our national security.
WE WILL NOT FORGET