Saturday, October 3, 2015

ATM, Banks and Helpless Customers


Automated Teller Machines otherwise known as ATM were designed to reduce stress on customers of banks seeking to withdraw money. ATMs provide services to card holders wherever they may find themselves. Some of us who know the cheque era can remember the frustrations customers experience collecting money especially at the end of the month when salaries are paid. Customers have to be given a tally because the queue is so long and chaotic. In the Nigeria’s characteristic manner of impatience, people shun the queue, reserve and even physically fight.

Some readers may remember one popular advert, I can’t remember for which bank where customers come to banks with their sleeping mat and that popular phrase ‘’give me my tally number’’ is still fresh in my mind. To make things worse, you can only cash money from the bank whose cheques you have. For instance, you can’t use First banks cheque to collect cash at UBA. If you are given a Unity Bank cheque you can only cash it at a Unity bank. Transfers take longer time, one have to use bank drafts etc.

Today, many young people do not even know that people use cheques to cash money. Some months a go my ATM has experienced and I needed money, so I gave my son, a level three undergraduate student a cheque to cash and he was puzzled. What is this? I explained to him what a cheque is and he was surprised that one can use that paper and collect money. All he knows is the ATM card. It was an experience for him to cash money using a cheque.

During the pre-ATM era, people go to the bank once, twice or thrice in a month and manage their spending in such a way as to avoid going to the bank again until the coming month. That in some way helps customers to spend less and with some degree of discipline. It helps customers to ensure that they have cash at hand for every future transaction they may do because when the time comes the banks might be closed or the long queues may delay or stop the transactions. In that period, it is money on demand-like. The coming of the ATM changed all that.

When ATMs were introduced, many people hesitate to use them because they are scared of the technology and reliability of the cards. So it was started as a kind of a voluntary service. If you want, you apply and get one. As usual young people who see it as vogue started adapting the ATM before old people who are more used to the cheque system. But the Federal Government at the time was pushing for what it calls a cashless economy, even when many people including me feel it is too early to go fully cashless. Today, most bank customers have ATM cards, sometimes at request sometimes automatic. Even housewives have their ATMS and usually send someone to cash on their behalf, giving the cashier their pass word and all with no insurance.

With an ATM gave us more freedom to cash money at will. It gives us the opportunity to do transactions using our computers or even mobile handsets. It gives us the freedom to withdraw money from any available ATM anywhere in the world. ATM cards created many opportunity we never thought possible. But they also come with their unique problems. Every new technology brings its challenges to people’s way of life. Just like mobile phones changed our lifestyles leaving us wondering how life will be without them (forgetting that we lived without them safely and well), so have ATM cards.

Here we are holding beautiful well designed cards that we can always use anywhere anytime to withdraw cash and do transactions with the available monies in our account. So, with our ATM cards today, we have changed the way we spend money. We no longer have to cash money in advance and keep because we can always cash money from the ATM. We spend more money now and spend more at shops that operate Point of Sale (POS) where one can use his card to pay for transactions. One doesn’t feel as much pinch when he uses ATM card as when he uses cash, so one can spend more using card.

The major challenges customers faces using the ATM cards include annoying phrases like dispense error, temporarily unable to dispense cash, the issuer is none cooperative, out of service and the ATM queues which are different from the banking hall queues.  Let’s start with the quality of service provided. All the signboards of ATMs usually have 24/7 on them, meaning, available for 24 hours daily, 7 times a week. This shows that one can withdraw money any time we chose. But, is that so? Can we really get the money anytime anywhere? There are ATMs located in bank premises and some outside bank’s premises. It is understandable that you go to a non-bank premises ATM and fail to get money, but it is inconceivable that you fail to get money in a bank-premises ATM.

This is one aspect that bankers show most irresponsibility to customers. Bankers should know the frequency and quantum of withdrawals at different periods of the month and ensure that monies are made available at peak points-usually month end. What are their research units doing not to understand customers demand pattern? One can visit 10-20 ATMs and being annoyingly told temporarily unable to dispense cash. This attitude must stop, the Central Bank of Nigeria that is preaching and imposing this new innovation must come to the aid of customers. In some banks, the night watchmen at their own will or on instruction lock the gates of the ATMs at 10:00 pm while the signboard is still telling you that the ATM provides services 24/7.

There is also the problem of dispense error, I changed my bank because the could not get my monies back, I was debited a hundred thousand without dispensing and my bank could only get me 60,000 naira and for over four years today my 40,000 is still missing in action. In the new bank I transferred, it took me 43 days to reverse a dispense error of 20,000 naira. In fact, many people lose monies unnecessarily due to dispense error. I have no doubt that, if CBN is to commission a study on dispense error, it will find that Nigerians are loosing billions. Where are the monies going? No one is being punished.

Finally, I want to stop here with a call on the supervising agencies to come to the aid of customers. Customers pay for the services giving by banks and banks should be made more responsible to meeting customer’s needs. Severe punishments must be meted on erring banks that make customers suffer from their incompetence and neglect.
This article was pubished in DAILY TRUST, Sunday, September 20, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015


March 14, 2015

Dear Senator Basheer Garba Lado,

I am a citizen of Kano and a resident of your constituency.  I am from Giginyu quarters not far away from your family home. For the last five months or so your campaigns for re-elections in the media are everywhere.

To tell you the truth, many people like me are even tired of listening to the same thing again and again. We always hear about your 108 projects that you executed in the 15 LGAS of your constituency and many programs about your assistance to religious schools and cash gifts to women and so on. You are really campaigning very well and if any politician will be voted because of his campaigns in Kano, you will be the one.

As an informed citizen and electorate, I am not convinced by all the hullabaloo of your campaign which targets ill-informed, ignorant and illiterate members of the electorates. As a senator representing me, I know your duties are more of legislation rather than projects which form the crux of your campaign strategy. I therefore write this open letter to you to ask the following questions.

I visited your website to search for the answers for the questions I wanted to ask you, but did not find any. All I saw was that 108 list of your campaign projects and some pictures. Under your motions and bills link I found only one bill on the urgent need to discourage (not ban) Nigerian public officials from sending their children and wards to schools abroad which could not open. There was no other bill, no single motion and no list of motions you supported or opposed.

I also saw under your achievements link four giant projects namely the dualization of Kano-Katsina road, Tamburawa bridge, Kundila flyover bridge and Darmanawa-Hassan Gwarzo road which were presented as your constituency projects in your radio campaigns. For the dualization of Kano-Katsina, it is a speculated that it was initiated during late ‘YarAdua’s presidency, in any case, these are actually in fact not your projects. Rather they are projects you said you initiated and facilitated as is reported in your website.

In order to have clarity about your true achievements and for the benefit of other informed people like me to be fair to you, I decided to write you an open letter which I am sure your ferocious media team can help you answer. I will like you to publish your answers in the same medium I asked the questions so that we can read them and decide whether we can vote for you, get more support for you or just ignore you.
I want to beg you please not to send verbal mercenaries to reply or abuse me in the radio. The questions are as follows:

1.      Among the 108 projects you said you have done, how many are part of your constituency projects and how much were you given for the constituency projects? We have seen solid projects by other senators like Senator Gwarzo and Senator Gaya.

2.      How many of these projects (108) are from your salary and allowances and not funded by constituency funds?

3.      How many times did you engage other senators in any debate on motions and bills passed that will help or harm people from your constituency?

4.      How many motions have you presented and how many have been passed?

5.      How many times have you come to your constituency from May 29, 2011 to February 28, 2015 to consult with stakeholders (I don’t mean party visits or meetings with politicians) but the other members of your electorate whose voices matter on matters of national interest?

If you answer these questions to our satisfaction, we assure you of our support because what we really need in the senate is a worthy representative. As you rightly say in your radio programs, as a senator, you are not a governor or LGA chairman, for that, there is no basis for comparison with a governor or chairman. As a senator, your main duty is actually not these projects you are using to campaign with, but to make laws. Your success is measured based on your ability to ensure that we are not short-changed at the National Assembly in the Nigerian game.

While wishing you success in your campaign, we eagerly await your response.

Yours faithfully,
Yusuf Adamu PhD


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kwankwaso Factor and Chances of APC in Kano, NIGERIA

The political atmosphere in Kano is heated and all observers are waiting anxiously to see how the coming 2015 elections unfold. Two parties are competing for all the political positions. The APC and PDP are the two major parties that every observer takes seriously even though one cannot dismiss the chances of other smaller and little or unknown parties. This article examines how Kwankwaso factor will affect the outcome of the 2015 elections in Kano.

The APC is confident that it will win the elections with an overwhelming majority because of a number of factors which include the progress they brought to Kano is self evident to grant them people’s vote and of course the Buhari factor. The PDP is also confident that it will win because of a number of factors which include manipulation of people’s emotions and the belief that Shekarau is still that Saint-politician of 2003 with huge support from masses (and that will be their Buhari-factor.)

Kano people will vote for presidential, gubernatorial and national assembly elections. The campaign for all the positions is intense, but the campaign for Kano Central seems to be most amusing and controversial. For politicians therefore, the most important and crucial seat in 2015 elections in the State is that of Kano central. One wonders why every radio program on politics is centred on Kano central senatorial seat. So the battle is that of supremacy between those who are with Kwankwaso and those who are against him. This problem will have serious implication for the chances of APC in Kano.

No observer, participant or listener of radio programs in Kano can ignore the desperation of Senator Bashir Lado of the PDP. Perhaps, no senatorial candidate in the history of Kano politics has mounted a mammoth and ferocious media campaign as Bashir Lado. Whether one likes it or not, he must hear Lado campaigning using many unconventional strategies and methods like buying groceries and meat for people, dashing moneys to women and paying hospital bills and using the radio to amplify it. This guy goes to the extent of having many programs to remain visible and relevant. Whether this will help him get re-elected or not remains to be seen. But what surprises observers is why is the man to beat showing reluctance in fighting for election to the Kano central senatorial seat? Is he scared of Lado and have already giving off or what could be the reason? Some are of the view that Kwankwaso is actually not scared of Lado and that he must have a strategy which many do not understand. Some are of the opinion that looking at his profile, he is just sure of himself and he assumes Kano people know that he will be a better representative of Kano than Lado and has decided to allow Kano people to chose for themselves. Time will tell.

Kwankwaso’s credentials for the senate seat are excellent. No one can doubt that with Kwankwaso as a senator, Kano will be well represented. First of all, Kwankwaso is a seasoned and polished politician. He was a member of the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) senate representing students; he was a deputy speaker in the national assembly of the third republic (derailed by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida). So he is conversant with the workings of the parliament. He is exposed, articulate, bold and fearless. So, if he wins the senate seat and APC wins at the Centre, he can be a great asset to the party, if APC didn’t at the centre, he will still be a major force in the opposition.

In addition, if Kwankwaso lost in the senate elections, and APC wins at the centre, the party will lose a competent senator in the parliament. But, it is very likely that the APC led government will certainly have to work with Kwankwaso in the executive or somewhere else. So, for him, if APC wins at the centre, it is a win, win situation for him.

Now, why is Kwankwaso’s candidature facing so much opposition from within the party and outside it? Why are politicians very bitter about this fine son of Kano? Even though many observers and citizens of Kano State believed that Kwankwaso’s Autocratic/task oriented leadership style is the best style for Kano of today, arguing that he has delivered, many politicians see Kwankwaso as arrogant and hot-headed man who doesn’t care about their interests and welfare.

For true politicians, politics is all about self interest whatever it may be. To, many politicians in Kano and many other people who benefit from politics of ‘abundance’ in the past, Kwankwaso’s style is too mean, miserly and inconsiderate. They have serious grudges against him because unlike his predecessor, he did not ‘build people’ and so is useless politically speaking. One may ask, what can such politicians say about all the solid and visionary projects that his government has done in Kano? Even if one is blind, he would know that Kano has changed and it will certainly benefit from his educational and youth capacity building programs. The answer is simple; politicians are not after projects rather what they directly benefit from a government.

From within the party too, the opposition against Kwankwaso from within is another important factor that will decide the outcome of 2015 elections in Kano. From available information in the public discourse sphere, when APC was being formed, members from ANPP, ACN and CPC party were in the merger before PDP members decamped to APC. However, the decision of the party to give leadership position to a serving governor where one is available polarises other important figures in the other parties.

People like the former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau could not imagined being under the leadership of Kwankwaso, so in order to remain politically relevant he, to the shock of many, decamped to the PDP, making him a politician in the true sense of the word. In politics, self interest is always ahead of collective interests.

Others who remained in the Kano APC stayed because they belief in the party whatever happens or whosoever leads it. Some stayed because they love General Buhari while others yet have a hope of getting some positions to contest. When the primaries for governorship and national assembly were held, most of those APC members from the Legacy Party lost. Some, like General Lawal Jafaru Isa, (a strategic general as he is) accepted defeat and go on with his political life. He now gives all his attention to the National APC and to Buhari campaign in particular. You hardly hear him in any controversy or making unguarded utterances. This earned him more respect and admiration from many reasonable and respectful people in Kano and in the polity.

Others, who feel bitter and or betrayed, decided to form an internal open opposition without leaving the party. Their sole goal is that of ensuring that Kwankwaso as a person lose the election at any cost, including giving the PDP serious advantage. So, this time is about the politics of vengeance. Between them, there is a rising dust of dark cloud of internal opposition which is short of being called an anti-party team. Their goal as they always claim is to ensure that Kwankwaso fails and NOT to harm the party. The question is how can they do this and what is the implication of this action to the outcome of the 2015 elections in Kano?

This internal opposition with the invisible helping hand of the opposition are busy demonizing Kwankwaso and trying to convince the electorate not to vote for him but still vote APC for other positions. This team is of the belief that they can make Kwankwaso lose without affecting the party. They are of the opinion that local electorate in Kano can differentiate between different ballot papers and can vote for PDP or any other party in Kano central and APC in other positions. Although this is a risky experiment that many see as an ill-informed strategy for APC, the members of internal opposition feel it is a risk worth taking.

Therefore, the people of Kano central will have to decide whether to vote for APC as their idol General Buhari said (SAK-at all levels), or help internal opposition and bring down Kwankwaso. The greatest challenge and defining factor in the outcome of 2015 elections in Kano central at least is how well or not so well the Kwankwaso factor has played a role.

In the end, as a citizen of Kano, I will not lose sleep whosoever wins Kano central or Kano State for that matter even when I prefer one party over the other, since my vote will not make that difference. Whoever Kano people finally voted for, all of us will share the dividend or bear the consequences.

As for politicians, after the elections, they will re-align themselves again. Those that are fighting today will become allies tomorrow and those who are friend might be the enemies of tomorrow. They are like that, they will never change. It is therefore a big challenge before the well informed people of Kano to responsibly educate their people to vote wisely. The choice we make is the choice we will live with for the next four years and continue to bear its consequences for God knows when. May God help us.

 February 19, 2015

Shorter version was published on LEADERSHIP SUNDAY Newspaper of March 15, 2015 on page 67 

Monday, January 26, 2015


By Su’eddie Vershima Agema
Have you heard about the Nigerian Writer Series (NWS)? No? It is a publishing imprint of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), modelled after Heinemann’s African Writers Series (AWS). The AWS pioneer editor was the literary legend Chinua Achebe. The Nigerian Writers Series was started with a ten million naira grant given to the Association by Governor Aliyu Babangida Muazu of Niger state in 2012. In 2013, submissions were received all over the country and ten manuscripts were selected from the pool by the Series editors: Unoma Azuah, Tanure Ojaide and Chuma Nwokolo. The manuscripts were published in November 2014 by four publishing consultants to the NWS: Parresia, Kraft Books, Jemmie and The Book Company. Presented here (as taken from the blurbs) are the ten servings from the NWS kitchen… Open mouth J

Burning Savannah echoes the menace terrorist groups like Boko Haram inflict on Northern Nigeria even as it convincingly captures the ethno-religious conflict in Jos. In the midst of this chaos is a story of love. 
Burning Savannah

Emeka, an Igbo resident of Haliru Street, Jos, falls in love with Hauwa, a Hausa-Fulani girl. The city-dwellers frown at the relationship, describing it as "haram", evil. Unknown to the lovebirds, Hauwa is betrothed to Hassan, the son of a popular Sheik who happens to be the father of the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jos.  Trouble starts for the young lovers when they are caught pants down by Hassan. The crisis that ensues does not only engulf the innocent lovers, it engulfs the entire city.

Anugba Chikwendu is from Umuchieze in Abia State. He is a graduate of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Currently, he is an Assistant Superintendent II in the Nigerian Customs Service.

Cat Eyes is the story of Pededoo, a country boy, who struggles to maintain a civil relationship with his father who has just returned home after many years abroad with a family of Cat Eyes (a white family). 
Cat Eyes

Despite Pededoo's resentment for his father and the new family, he is hardly able to resist and truly dislike Melissa-Jane, the amiable and dashing cat-eyed blonde. Cat Eyes is a bildungsroman, a book of family, adventure, self-discovery and love that would take readers on a voyage they would hold dear.

Pever X’s real name is Pever Martins Paul Aondofa Marie. He is a trained accountant, student member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Managing Partner of PEA and Associates, a firm into everything in the book industry. In 2013, Pever emerged first runner-up for the ANA Prize for Prose Fiction with his book, Cat Eyes. He lives in Makurdi. Cat Eyes is his first published book.

Crimson Clouds by is a rollercoaster ride into the world of deceit, power, crime, politics and relationships. It is the story of two people from extreme worlds who decide to fight for their right to love each other against all odds. In the process, they find themselves on a quest for justice and become the hope of a nation that wishes 
Crimson Clouds

to bring evil-doers to justice. While written with a political nuance and a plot that progresses fast, Crimson Clouds is ultimately a love story that explores love as it rises above difficult circumstances and triumphs in a world turned upside down by greed and injustice.

Ayodele Arowosegbe is an essayist, literary blogger, and media professional. His works have appeared in SAGE, a lifestyle magazine, and Inscribed, an online literary magazine. In July 2011, he co-founded the Literary CafĂ©, now LitCaf Nigeria, an outfit that seeks to promote creative writing as a social consciousness in Nigeria. Ayodele completed a Master’s degree in Media Enterprise at the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos. He currently does freelance media consulting and blogs at Ideology’s Corner. Crimson Clouds is his first Novel.

Cupid’s Catapult is a collection of twelve short stories set in Nigeria,
Cupids Catapult

depicting how love relationships often begin and blossom. From Lawrence who comes to Amina’s rescue in “Baggage to Love”, until we meet Kate in “Subtle Changes”, who after her stepfather’s death, moves to her benefactor’s house where she slowly loses her heart to Jude, Cupid keeps aiming and shooting, spinning this universal emotion as he pleases. The stories in this collection show us the many faces of love within life’s potpourri of laughter and pain. Above all, they urge us to keep believing in love despite all odds.

Hannah Onoguwe spent most of her growing-up years in Jos where she discovered her love for writing. She studied at the Universities of Ibadan and Jos. Her work has appeared in various journals in print and online. She enjoys travelling and has a weakness for romantic comedies.

Patroits and Sinners x-rays a typical under-developed country bedevilled by corruption and sundry ills. Siella, the stubborn and self-willed daughter of the President is in the centre of the story. Siella refuses to school abroad, choosing instead to confront the rot in her home
Patriots And Sinners 

country. She becomes a victim of a high-profile kidnap saga that brings her face-to-face with the rampaging evils that hold sway in the country she loves unflinchingly. When she meets the patriots, a group of deadly, dare-devil men, she is forced to see the other side of crime and to assess patriotism from a different angle. It is a story of love, crime, betrayal, corruption and above all, hope.

Nnenna Ihebom hails from Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state. She is married into the Ihebom family of Umuomi Uzoagba in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo state. She wrote her first story book, The Rejected Stones in 2007. Her novel, The Web, won the ANA/Chevron prize for environmental writing 2009. She has a passion for Igbo writing and also won the ANA/Ken Nnamani prize for Igbo literature 2007.

Souza Boy is a moving account of a motherless Nigerian boy who is born in Cameroon and grows up 
Souza Boy

with his father to become inextricably involved with the foreign surroundings in which he is birthed. But a sudden relocation into a supposed “Land of Promise” soon casts a terrible cloud upon him and the bliss he once experienced abruptly turns into nightmares, a shocking experience from which he never recovers. The result is a gripping work of art – a work of art committed to its artistic values. The author, with remarkable deftness, takes his readers on a gripping voyage from Cameroon to the West African nation of Nigeria to produce a literary piece which is unputdownable.

Elias Ozikpu is a playwright, autobiographer, novelist, student, and a social commentator. He was born in Souza, the Littoral Region of Cameroon but hails from Obudu, Cross River, Nigeria.

The Angel That Was Always There
The Angel That Was Always There talks about single parenting in the Niger Delta. It is a true-life account of the author who is himself a product of a single parent.
Julius Bokoru is an essayist, historical-fiction writer and memoirist. His works have been featured on various local and international literary magazines. In 2012 the government of Bayelsa state named him among the 50 most influential people of the state for his literary contributions.

The Oath is about Ojeiva Jumbo, a poor school teacher, who realizes he needs to get involved in partisan politics and secure power to save his people from the onslaught of poverty, violence and illiteracy in the fictional state of Azayi State.  But this power will not come free as he will require the
The Oat
assistance and connections of a powerful godfather. Jumbo is made to take an oath to reward his godfather financially when he becomes the governor which he will break eventually, drawing the ire of forces hell-bent on destroying him. Jumbo will however survive plots against him, and work hard to fulfil his mission in the government house in this suspenseful political thriller.

Habib Yakoob was born in Okene, Kogi State. He had his first degree in Mass Communications from Bayero University and second degree in Media Arts from University of Abuja. He has published several   articles, and written many yet-to-be published short stories and poems. His play, The Ugly Ones Refuse to Die, published in 2004 has been on the reading list of secondary schools   since 2006.  

The Right Choice is a novel about a group of young military officers who, under the leadership of Brigadier Saleem Sa’ada, strikes and overthrows the regime of General Danjuma. The new military 
The Right Choice

government designs a five-year transition programme to shift power to a democratically-elected government. As the elections approach, the UPP, a political party, lobbies Sameera, a radical writer and journalist, to accept its presidential ticket. After a heated race, Sameera emerges victorious. She will instantly become a world political figure who will set about to actualise her vision of a united economically and politically vibrant African continent.

Zaharaddeen Ibrahim Kallah is a Kano-born writer. He holds a B.Sc. Sociology/Political Science, and Masters in Development Studies. He is a bilingual writer, writing in English and Hausa languages. He works with the Directorate of Academic Planning, Bayero University.

The Threshing Floor is a collection of a dozen short stories that has just a bit of everything. From religious hypocrisy, marital infidelity and human deception and fraud, to spiritual mysteries, the limits of justice (in our land), the many and uncertain shades of love, and the redemptive value of 
The Threshing Floor
suicide, Isaac Attah Ogezi skilfully and sensitively explores the human condition in its social, psychological and spiritual dimensions. The stories are both universal and uniquely individual as everyone can identify with one or another of the characters whose experiences are portrayed in The Threshing Floor. The author's mastery of language and power of narration will surely seduce any reader.
Isaac Attah Ogezi is a legal practitioner and writer. His published works include: Waiting for Savon (2009), Casket of Her Dreams (2010), Under a Darkling Sky (2012), Embrace of a Leper (2013) and The Threshing Floor (2014). In 2014, he was nominated for both the Soyinka Prize for African Literature and NLNG Prize for Nigerian Literature for his Under a Darkling Sky.

So, there you have it! The books as told by the blurbs… What do you think? Interesting enough? Go grab a copy and see why the Editors took these ones from a full pool… And please, don’t forget to share your thoughts too. You can follow Nigerian Writers Series on twitter @NWSBooks or like the facebook page.

Su'eddie blogs @ and tweets @sueddieagema

Saturday, January 10, 2015


 Bala Muhammad

One had thought the New Year and the Maulud dual breaks would come with a real break – some hiatus one can enjoy devoid of Nigeria’s politics and other things mundane. One had really hoped the holidays would come and pass without as much as a whimper – or even less. Alas! The last few days – nay, almost the last day – of the year 2014 came with a bang, a shocker; the story that Nigeria, of all countries, at the United Nations (UN) in far-away New York, had betrayed the long-suffering Palestinian people.

Nigeria, the country which, despite its distance from the vicinity of the struggle, had earned itself the honourable title of a ‘frontline state’ in the fight against apartheid South Africa (and had chaired the UN committee against apartheid for many decades); the same Nigeria that had sacrificed resources – human and material – to save the peoples of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Mali and many other nations from annihilating themselves; the same Nigeria that had always stood for justice in the comity of nations; now is the same Nigeria that has betrayed Palestine.

The Betrayal of Palestine is NOT in my name!

The betrayal story was broken Thursday morning by many media organisations. Daily Trust, daily sister of this newspaper, carried the bold front-page headline STATEHOOD BID AT THE UN: NIGERIA ABSTAINS, PALESTINE LOSES in its Thursday edition. The story ran: “A last-minute decision by Nigeria to abstain from voting at the United Nations (UN) Security Council…helped defeat a resolution calling for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory by 2017. A ‘yes’ vote would have paved the way to compel Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip which dated back to1967…

“The Palestinians needed nine votes in the 15-member Security Council but fell short of one when at the crucial moment Nigeria’s envoy Joy Ogwu, abstained from voting. China, France and Russia were among the eight countries that voted in favour of the text. Other countries who supported the resolution are Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan and Luxembourg. Australia and the United States voted against, and five other countries – Nigeria, Britain, Lithuania, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda – abstained. Diplomatic sources said Nigeria had been expected to support the resolution and changed its stance at the last minute. Nigeria had previously said it would vote for the resolution.”

So Nigeria is more Israeli-loving than China, France, Russia, Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan and Luxembourg, and especially France, Argentina and Luxembourg that can count many Jewish politicians among their leadership.

The Betrayal of Palestine is NOT in my name!

Immediately after Nigeria’s show of shame at the UN, it was reported that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come out openly to praise President Goodluck Jonathan “after Nigeria pulled a last-minute surprise that helped thwart a resolution calling for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory by 2017…Mr. Netanyahu said he [had] personally spoke[n] to President Jonathan and [had] received his assurance of support [to thwart the Palestinian Statehood Bid]”, according to one version of the news reports. Meaning, it was all planned – there was nothing last minute about the vote.

As should be expected, the Palestinians are in anguish in relation to what Nigeria has done to their statehood aspirations. Palestine’s Ambassador to Nigeria Montaser Abuzaid said his country and its people were shocked, disappointed and hurt at how Nigeria abstained from voting in support of the resolution to end Israeli occupation…Abuzaid said they were shocked because they looked up to Nigeria as a big brother that has been in the forefront fighting for justice all over the world.

 Alas! That was then! This is now a new Jonathanian Nigeria which is more Israeli-loving than France, Argentina and Luxembourg!

The Betrayal of Palestine is NOT in my name!

In order not to try to reinvent the wheel, two recent media releases from two organisations should suffice to show our collective anger on this Jonathan Administration’s betrayal of the Palestinian people. The first was from the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) signed by its Director Professor Ishaq Akintola, while the second was from the Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) and signed by its Executive Chairman Disu Kamor.

MURIC says interalia: “Nigeria…abstained from voting during the United Nations deliberation on whether Palestine should be recognized as a full-fledged state. The abstention cost Palestine denial of the recognition just when it needed only one vote to scale through. Eight votes were secured by Palestine out of the mandatory nine votes as Nigeria refused to cast a vote…Whereas Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan, Luxembourg, China, France and Russia (8 justice seeking countries) voted ‘Yes’ to a Palestinian state…Nigeria joined Lithuania, South Korea, Rwanda and Britain in the abstention camp. The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is astounded by this conservative shift in Nigeria’s foreign policy.

“It is on record that Nigeria has always been in the forefront of Africa’s struggle for freedom, justice and equal rights. The latest support for Zionist Israel which is notorious for killing unarmed civilians, women and children is therefore most baffling, uncharacteristically cowardly, highly reprehensible, long in impunity but short in principle. Nigeria has always been known for its principled stand on international issues. This great African country confronted the apartheid regime of South Africa until it collapsed…The basis has always been the promotion of fundamental human rights on the international scene. On what basis has Nigeria supported Israel this time around…?

MPAC, in its own release, said among other things that the Centre “is deeply concerned over the shift in Nigeria's foreign policy made apparent…by the refusal of Nigeria to cast a "Yes" vote during the question of Palestine and the Palestinians’ bid to be formally recognized as a state and a full member of the U.N. The apparent shift of the Nigerian position on the issue of Palestine has serious implications and Nigeria's refusal to support a vote that may have acted as the impetus for peace in the region is indeed historic…

“Given that the conflict in Palestine is based largely on the historic wrong of the dispossession of Palestinians, and that a majority of world’s population sees the resolution of the issue of Palestine statehood as a crucial component of any peace negotiation, Nigeria's refusal to take a public stand of support entails the dangerous implication that states can get away with illegal annexations of territory provided they make the process irreversible through the establishment of settlements and demographic shifts…

“Nigeria's ‘no-vote’ during this festive period when the Palestinian Christian community has its spiritual, cultural and economic links between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, located just a few kilometres [from each other], nearly severed due to the construction of Israeli settlements around the city sends a clear message to the Palestinians about where we stand on the issues of peace and justice…The refusal of Nigeria to support this bid has strengthened the extremists’ voice, encouraged the actions of the colonists in Israel, and those in Washington and London who pretend to speak for the ‘international community’. It is very sad that on an issue of important universal human rights struggle, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has let the opportunity to side with justice pass…”

The Betrayal of Palestine is NOT in my name!

Inna lillaHi wa inna ilaiHi raji’un! (We are from Allah, and unto Him shall we return!); And HasbunalLahu wa ni'imal Wakeel! (Allah is Sufficient for us and He is the Best Disposer of affairs!)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dalilan Yajin Aikin ASUU


Koyaushe a ka ce malaman jami’a na yajin aiki mutane kan faxi albarkacin bakinsu. Wasu su goyi bayanmu wasu kuma su goyi bayan gwamnati. Wasu kuma su tsaya a tsaka-tsaki suna ganin laifin kowa. A wannan karo ma haka muka tsincin kanmu.

Da yawa mutane na mamakin me ya sa muka xauki yajin aiki da muhimmancin da har wasu suna ganin cewa da mun nemi abu an hana mu sai mu tafi yajin aiki. Wannan dalili ne ya san a ga ya dace a matsayina na malamin jami’a in yi wa jama’ar Nijeriya bayani akan halin da muka tsinci kanmu a wannan karo ko ma yi wa juna adalci.

Yajin aikin Malaman Jami’a da ya fara shahara shi ne wanda aka yi lokacin mulkin soja na Janar Babangida qarqashin shugabanci Dk. Attahiru Jega a 1992. Yajin aiki ne da aka yi fiye da wata shida ana yi har ya jawo an rufe dukkan jami’o’in Nijeriya. A wannan lokacin, bayan tsayar da albashin malamai da aka yi har ma ta kai an haramta Qungiyar malaman jami’ar watau ASUU. Daga bisani ma aka kori duk malaman jami’o’in Nijeriya. Da malamai suka jajirce a qarshe dai aka daidaita tsakanin Gwamnatin Tarayya da ASUU, wannan yarjejeniya ana kiranta da ASUU/FGN Agreement

A sakamakon wannan yarjejeniyar ne aka kafa hukumar taimakon Ilmi ta ETF watau Education Trust Fund. Manufar ETF shi ne tara kuxaxen da za a gudanar da harkokin jami’oi da su. Sai dai ba a samu cimma wannan manufa  ba domin ETF ta zama ta Ilmin Firamare da na Sakandare na da Manyan Makarantun gaba da Sakandire da kuma jami’o’i. ETF ta tara mahaukatan kuxi daga harajin masana’antu da ASUU ta bada shawarar a riqa karva domin Gwamnatin Tarayya ta ce ba ta da kuxin da za ta biya buqatun jami’o’i. An ci gaba da tara waxannan kuxaxe tun lokacin Babangida har yau. A lokacin mulkin Janar Sani Abacha an qara wani yajin domin gwamnati ta aiwatar ko cika alqawarin da ta yi wa malaman jami’a kamar yadda yake qunshe a cikin yarjejeniyar. Wannan yajin aikin shi ma an yi fiye da watannin shida ana yi, kuma har janar Abacha ya mutu ba a daidaita ba. Mun yi wani yajin lokacin Obasanjo, mun yi lokacin Umaru Musa ‘Yaradua wanda a 2009 aka zauna aka amince aka kuma sa hannu tsakanin Gwamnatin Tarayya da ASUU.

Wasu za su ce wai mu ba mu da wata hanyar sa gwamnati ta yi abu ne sai yajin aiki? Amsar ita ce ‘E’ Dalili kuwa shi ne muna da shugabanni ne waxanda ba su san ya kamata ba. Mutane ne waxanda talaka ba ya zuciyarsu, qasar nan bat a gabansu, kuma ba su damu da kowa ba sai abinda zuciyarsu ta raya musu.

Wannan yajin na yanzu da muka tafi ba sabon yajin aiki ba ne. Mun tafi yajin aiki ne bayan mun bi gwamnati iyaka yinmu. Mun lallava ta mun kuma yi ta bada gargaxi cewa matuqar gwamnatin Tarayya za ta ci gaba da qin aiwatar da abubuwan da aka amince da su a yarjejeniyar da muka qulla da da su to za mu ajiye aiki mu shiga yajin aiki. Gwamnatin Dk. Jonathan ta yi kunnen uwar shegu da mu. Mu ba shegu ba ne to.

Ya kamata jama’a su fahimci cewa ASUU da ‘ya’yanta ba su qaunar yajin aiki ko kaxan domin su ma yana shafar su. Yana shafar aikinsu da xalibansu, suma suna da ‘ya’ya a jami’o’i, saboda haka ana shiga yajin aiki ne kawai bayan an yi iyaka qoqarin abu ya ci tura.

A watan Oktoba na shekarar 2009 Gwamnatin Tarayyar Nijeriya bisa wakilcin jami’anta suka kai matsaya da ASUU aka kuma sa hannu da amincewar ita Gwamnatin Tarayya za ta aiwatar da abubuwan da aka sa hannu a kansu. Manyan abubuwan da aka amince das u sun hada da;

i)                    Samar da kuxaxen da ake buqata domin farfaxo da jami’o’in Nijeriya

ii)                  Taimakon Gwamnatin Tarayya ga Jami’o’in Jihohi

iii)                Qara kasafin kuxi daki-daki har ta kai Nijeriya na ware kashi 26 na kasafin kuxinta ga vangaren ilmi daga 2009 zuwa 2020

iv)                Biyan alawus-alawus na Malamai bisa ayyukan da suka riga suka yi daga 2009-2012.

v)                  Maida shekarun ritaya na Farfesoshi zuwa shekara 70 maimakon shekara 65.

vi)                Miqawa Jami’o’i kadarorin gwamnatin na gine-gine dake Legas domin samar da kuxin tafiyar da jami’o’I kuma a ragewa ita gwamnatin wahala.

vii)              Kafa sashen bincike a kamfanoni domin inganta su maimakon dogaro da qasashen waje koyaushe da kuma samar da kayan aiki a xakunan bincike da ajujuwa a jami’o’i.

Mun tafi yajin aikin gargaxi daga Disamba 8, 2011 zuwa 20 ga Maris 2012 amma abu guda kawai Gwamnatin Tarayya ta aiwatar watau xaga shekarun ritaya zuwa 70. Daga wancan lokacin ASUU ta yi ta faxi tashi da fafutuka ta hanyar tattaunawa da kwamitin aiwatarwa na Gwamnatin Tarayya, tattaunawa da Kwamitin ilmi na Majalisar Tarayya, rubuta wasiqu da bayanai a jaridun duk don gudun shiga yajin aiki. Duk wannan bai yi amfani wurin shawon kan gwamnati tarayya ba.

Daga bisani Gwamnatin Tarayya ta sa kwamiti mai zaman kansa ya zagaya duk jami’o’in qasar nan domin ganin haqiqanin halin da suke ciki, suka kuma kawo mata ruhoto. Ina xaya daga cikin waxanda suka zagaya wasu jami’o’i a gabanshin qasar nan kuma abubuwan da muka gani sun tayar mana da hankali. Lokacin da aka gabatar wa Majalisar gudanarwar Gwamnatin Tarayya da ruhoton sai kunya ta rufe su, kowa ya fara kallon xan uwansa yana cewa shi bai san lalacewar da ta kai haka ba. Wallahi wasu jami’o’in ko darajar Sakandare bas u kai bat a fuskar kayan aiki. Mun ga makarantar da ake lakca a sitadiyom, mun ga wadda malami huxu hard a Farfesa ke zaune a ofishi guda. Mun ga rijiyoyin da xalibai suka faxa saboda neman ruwa. Mun ga xakunan binciken da kayan aikinsu tun na 1960 zuwa 1970 ne, su ake amfani das u. Mun ga… mun ga… abubuwa dai mara sa daxi.

Mu ba jahilai ba ne, kuma kowane xan Nijeriya ya san yadda ake varnar kuxin qasa ta hanyoyi mara sa amfani.  Mun ga yadda ake biyan ‘yan majalisa albashi zabtari-da-kanka (har da masu dumama kujera). Mun ga yadda aka yi da masu satar ragowar kuxin mai wanda har yanzu maganar ta sha ruwa. Mun ga yadda aka sace kuxin NEPA aka yi shiru da maganar. Mun ga yadda ake rabon kuxi ga mutanen da ba sa qarawa qasar nan komai illa wai ana samun mai a yankinsu. Muna ganin yadda gwamnoni ke sayen jiragen sama. Muna ganin varna iri-iri. Duk da wannan sai Ministocin Jonathan su shafawa fuska toka su fito su ce wai Nijeriya ba ta da kuxin da za ta gyara jami’o’i.

Mun ji su xiyansu suna wasu qasashe suna karatu, to amma ai dukiyoyin da suke hannunsu ban a sub a ne na qasa ne, na ‘yan Nijeriya ne. Mu riqo muka ba su. Kuma ba abin kunya ba ne halin da jami’o’i ke ciki a qasar nan. Ba yabon kai ba, malaman da suke koyarwa a jami’o’inmu za su iya koyarwa a kowace qasa a duniya. Amma babu kayan aiki, babu kayan bincike me za ka yi?

Ya kamata mutanen Nijeriya su fahimci cewa zaman da muka yi muna aiki a jami’o’i ba wai don mun rasa aikin yi ba ne, illa kishin qasa. Dukanmu za mu iya barin aji mu shiga gwamnati ko mu shiga siyasa a dama da mu. Za mu iya barin qasar mu tafi ci-rani koma mu yi qaura ta dindindin. To amma, in mun yi haka mun yi wa qasarmu adalci? Mu da kuqin qasa aka ilmantar da mu don haka muka gay a zamar mana wajibi mu zauna mu taimaki qasarmu ta haihuwa.

Lokaci ya yi da ‘yan Nijeriya za su fahimci cewa yajin aikin nan da muke yi muna yin shi domin a gyara domin shi kaxai ne yaren da gwamnatocinmu ke ji. Muna neman goyon bayan al’uma da kuma addu’arsu. Allah ya taimake mu a gyara jami’oi’nmu domin qasarmu ta ci gaba amin.

Farfesa Yusuf M. Adamu, marubuci, manazarci, malami ne a sashen labarin Qasa (Geography) na Jami’ar Bayero ta Kano (



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Dr. Yusuf M. Adamu is a Professor of Medical Geography at the Bayero University Kano. He is a bilingual novelist, a poet, and writes for children. He is interested in photography and run a photo blog ( All the blogs he run are largely for his hobbies and not his academic interests. Hope you enjoy the blogs.