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AHMADU BELLO

The Hausa-Fulani And Sentimental Politics

To the Hausa-Fulani politics is religion and religion is politics; the two are hyphenated in the emulsion of power. Since the Uthman Dan Fodio jihad of 1804, when Hausa kings were deposed and Fulani emirates established, the north has always played sentimental politics. The sentiments of religion are rooted deeply in Hausa-Fulani political culture, evident today. The reason for this is historical. The Fulani emirs, who replaced the Hausa kings, were people of strong religious interests. They were the disciples or…

Pioneer ICPC boss, Justice Akanbi To Be Buried Today

A former head of Nigeria’s Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Justice Mustapha Akanbi will be buried today. One of the children of the late legal luminary, Dr. Usman Akanbi confirmed the burial to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Sunday in Ilorin. He said the pioneer ICPC chairman, died around 1:00 a.m on Sunday and that he will be buried according to Islamic rites on Sunday afternoon. Born on September 11, 1932, in Accra, Ghana, Justice Akanbi, was appointed the ICPC chairman by the then President…

Separating The Wheat From The Chaff

You knew there would be serious trouble when Lagos state had to be shut down – apparently for security reasons – to allow President Muhammadu Buhari visit. Life was made unbearable for millions of Lagosians whose livelihoods were put on hold for the visit. It needs to be said that Lagos is a city where there are real economic activities and where real people make real money doing real business. If Nigeria was a country that appreciates productivity, we would have calculated the losses to the economy before the lockdown. And…

‘I’m Grateful’, Buhari Tells Nigerian Investors

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed appreciation to foreign and local investors that agreed to commit their investment into Nigeria, aimed at boosting the country’s economy. Buhari, who unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit to the Eko Atlantic City project, expressed his appreciation to investors after being shown round the project by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State. He said that their investment had helped to provide employment for Nigerians, reducing the rate of unemployment in the country. “I…

Restructuring For A Balanced Federation

I must confess that I have been following with keen interest the raging national debate on the issue of restructuring the Nigerian federation. For those who are conversant with the political history of this country, the on-going discourse is nothing new or novel. All the constitutional conferences that were held in London and Ibadan in the 1950s in the run-up to independence in 1960 were meant to work out an acceptable political structure for the emergent nation. At the end of it all, the nationalist leaders including Dr.…