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The Twin-Evil Of Religion And Ethnicity In Nigeria By David Abu – The Maravi Post



Nigerians are among the self-acclaimed religious people on our planet. Most of them wear it on their sleeves as a badge of honour. Truth be told, however, our people may wax lyrical about religiosity, but it is devoid of the controlling influence of God—–Our people honour God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him. Yes, it is abundantly true that churches and mosques spring up like mushrooms in every nook and cranny of our towns and cities, and some of the so-called men and women of God who preside over the affairs of those houses of worship also have a vice-like grip on their congregants, who, on their part, have helped them prepare a fertile ground for the commercialisation of churches, thereby propping up the marble palaces of our present day Pharisees and Sadducees. In short, I regard many of them as the synagogue of Satan. Honestly, if I were an atheist, it would have been easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for any of those pseudo preachers to convert me to christianity.,

Looking at biblical exegesis, I can now predict with a deadly accuracy that the Kingdom of God has come upon those who have misinterpreted the Bible for their own self ends and caused untold pains and sufferings to the hoi polloi seeking the way. According to Prof. G.B. Caird, “They are men to whom a lie has become second nature, so that, faced with the love and forgiveness of the sacrificed Lamb (Jesus Christ), they can see only a figure of inexorable vengeance.”

Now, here is what one of the lunatic exploiters of our people penned. Pastor Goodheart Val Aloysius wrote on his Facebook page the following: “BROTHER DAVIDO IF YOU DON’T PAY TIHTE (sic) FROM THAT MONEY GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR FRIENDS, I’M AFRAID YOU WON’T MAKE HEAVEN.”

He is definitely in excruciating pain because Davido announced that the money (200 million naira) he received from his friends and fans during his crowdfunding will be given to orphanages across Nigeria. 
This pastor’s statement is an eloquent testimony to the fact that some of our so-called men of God are disgraceful absurdities. Pastor Aloysius should bury his coconut head in shame!

Christianity and Islam, we are told, are two great Abrahamic religions. But, in practice, especially in Nigeria, there is nothing Abrahamic about their doctrines and traditions. They have become the enablers of all sorts of conflicts, manipulations, and criminality. 
The commonality of the adherents of both religions, especially the political behemoths, comes to the fore in matters of financial brigandage against the Nigerian people—they quickly set aside their religious differences and help themselves to our common patrimony. 

It is an open secret that the extreme poverty in the North is largely due to religion—the practice of Islam mixed with feudal system. Saudi Arabia, the citadel of Islam, has shown a willingness to evolve by opening up its society to Western education and technological development, and the positive results are there for everyone to see. On the contrary, we have littered the core North with Almajiris, and 70 percent of our girls in the North don’t have a School Leaving Certificate. Yet, our Northern leaders and policy makers refuse to see the serious drag these have on national development. While they actively promote Islam and feudalism at home, for self-aggrandizement,  political expediency, and hegemonic control, they send their children and wards to some of the choicest schools abroad. 

To them, elections have to be contested and won. And calculatively, they gathered a group of religious extremists and miscreants together as thugs, saddled with the responsibility of intimidating political opponents, their supporters, and the snatching of ballot boxes. They placed those anal retentive malcontents on their payroll. But, after all said and done, they dumped them. Mohammed Yusuf and co would not go away quietly, and Boko Haram was formed. Even after the demise of Yusuf, the group soldiered on, and before long, embarked on a killing spree of civilians coupled with the sacking of towns and villages, all made possible by a strong moral and financial support of Northern politicians and elites. 

The havoc this ragtag group has wreaked on Nigerians, both civilians and military, is unparralled in Nigeria’s history. Despite the existential threat they pose to Nigeria, a list containing the names of their sponsors has been tucked away by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Sadly, according to a Presidential spokesman, the names of their sponsors shall never be made known to the Nigerian public. That the government is not interested in naming and shaming their sponsors. Oh dear!

What role has ethnicity played in our disunity as a country, one might ask?
In order to fully understand how we got here, it is perhaps of paramount importance to revisit our past.
At independence in 1960, the inhabitants of the expanse of land situated on the western coast of Africa saw themselves as Nigerians. Within a short period of four years, it became painfully evident that our much touted unity in diversity was a mirage. In 1964, the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, who was the Premier of Northern Region, in an interview with a British journalist said, inter alia, “We are implementing a Northernization policy. Northerner first. Before I came here in 1952, there were only 10 Northerners in the civil service. Now, all important posts are been held by Northerners”. 
In the same interview, he criticized the Igbos as a people who want to dominate everybody, a statement, which, with all due respect, is balderdash and cockamamie, simply because, Mallam Umaru Altine, a Fulani man from Sifawa in Sokoto Caliphate, an NCNC member, was elected the first Mayor of Enugu in 1952, a position he held till 1958. Apart from being married to an Igbo woman named Esther, he was a product of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe’s nationalistic and cosmopolitan outlook. 

Fast forward to present day, it is now crystal clear to all and sundry that Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) has taken a page from Sir Ahmadu Bello’s play book. He took it a step further by exposing our fault lines in a way and manner any other Nigerian leader has never done before by Fulanizing our national security architecture and using his exalted position to protect terrorists of Northern extraction from arrest and prosecution. 
In other words, he runs a regime that sanctions organized criminality. Don’t look bemused because Sheikh Gumi would confirm this statement confidently and gleefully!
On Buhari’s watch, the much repeated slogan “unity in diversity” has become a ludicrous catechism.

He knew that the deliberate imposition of his ethnic group on other Nigerians with its attendant killings and seizure of land, sooner rather than later, would lead to a chain reaction of protests and resistance. And it did. And if it didn’t in the South, it would have been tantamount to a betrayal of the Yoruba and Igbo ancestors who were already turning in their graves because of the cowardice exhibited by some men of timber and calibre. 
If the Fulani herdsmen’s foray into the South was not halted by a concerted effort led by the likes of Emeritus Professor Stephen Adebanji Akintoye, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, their nefarious activities would have resulted in a cataclysm of tsunamic proportions. 

From the foregoing, it is abundantly clear that religion and ethnicity, as twin-evil, have been used by false prophets/prophetesses and clever manipulators of power to dispossess our people, lead them astray, and lord it over them. 
Our political leaders have wickedly exploited the Christian/Muslim dichotomy to feather their own nests—-this musical chairs is often played during national elections. 
Enough of this recrudescence of evil!

Nigeria is at a crossroads. We have lost our moral compass. Yet, we are parachuting deeper and deeper into the valley of the stupid. We may never soar again like the eagle of which Dr. James Kwegyir Aggrey spoke, if we don’t deliberately recalibrate our patently defective value system. 
Buhari and his subalterns cannot in good conscience talk about national cohesion and religious tolerance when they are submerged in ethno-tribal gutters and actively pursue religious parochialism. 

David Abu writes from The Netherlands.

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Ghana: Commercial drivers begin strike over high fuel prices – The Maravi Post




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There are chaotic scenes in parts of Ghana as commercial drivers begin an indefinite strike.

The Coalition of Commercial Transport Owners declared the nationwide strike as part of measures to compel the government to scrap some taxes on fuel to enable reduction at the pumps.

According to the Coalition, the government for the past two weeks has failed to heed their calls for some taxes to be scrapped off hence the decision to embark on the sit-down strike.

More than ten unions have joined the strike including the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Association of Tipper Truck Drivers, Harbor Transport Owners, Ghana National Cargo Transport Association, Ghana Committed Drivers Association, Concerned Drivers Association, Digital Drivers and Commercial motorbike riders, popularly referred to as Okada.

Passengers stranded

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Reports from the capital Accra and other parts of the country revealed that the strike has left scores of passengers stranded.

In some situations, passengers who boarded vehicles in the early hours of the day have been forced to alight, leaving them with no other option than to trek to their various destinations.

“We don’t know what to do now. They forced us to get down from the vehicle after we have already paid our fares. Now we can only walk or fly. The situation is unbearable” one passenger said.

Strike to persist

Spokesperson for the drivers Abass Imoro noted that the government must find a lasting solution to the hikes in fuel prices.

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“We started this crusade for about two weeks now, we have applied all humble measures to this. Each time we come out with our program, government authority steps in, oh wait, give us time then we will reverse whatever decision we have taken.

Not once, not twice but thrice or four times hence our people started accusing us that we are not good leaders,” he said.

The aggrieved transport operators are demanding that government to scrap off taxes like the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy, Special Petroleum Tax, the Energy Recovery Debt Levy and the Sanitation levy.

They have warned that the  industrial action will take place until the government is ready to engage the group for a lasting solution moving forward.

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African Development Bank-supported road project stimulates improved health, education and household incomes in northern Ghana – study – The Maravi Post




Communities and households in northern Ghana are enjoying the benefits of better road conditions, increased local economic activity, and better access to health and education, thanks to a road project funded by the African Development Bank.

The findings were made in an impact evaluation conducted by Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) at the African Development Bank, four years after the Bank supported the flagship Fufulso-Sawla Road Project, which was completed in 2015, financed with a $156 million grant from the African Development Fund.

In addition to building a 147.5 km road along a transit corridor linking Ghana’s Tema Port to landlocked Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, the project provided other infrastructure such as health centers, schools, markets, and water and sanitation facilities, which have improved livelihoods in the area. This approach provided an integrated response to the needs of the beneficiary districts, with an estimated population of 30,000 in the immediate road vicinity.

The evaluation compared the beneficiaries of the project with a control group who did not receive the intervention, and examined several measures to determine the impact of the road on poverty and economic development. It found that the project achieved the desired effects: a 2.16% decrease in the Multidimensional Poverty Index among beneficiary households in 2015, and a 2.59% decrease in 2019 when the evaluation took place. Monthly household income increased by around $68.

Other notable results include a 33% decrease in commuting time (120 minutes per month), improved market conditions, market integration, and market diversification (a 14%, 7%, and 2.2% increase, respectively), as well as a 17% increase in the water quality index, and 14% improvement in the sanitation conditions index among beneficiary households in 2019. This led to positive health and education outcomes, with women and girls benefitting considerably from this impact.

At the same time, the evaluation found that the project’s benefits were highly unlikely to be sustained. Interviews with beneficiaries revealed that poor maintenance affected many of the facilities provided, especially health centers, schools, bungalows built for teachers and nurses, and the water treatment plant. Part of the road had also degraded, reducing the impact of the project. Finally, the project negatively affected the environment due to marked growth in charcoal-burning activities in the three beneficiary districts.

Evaluations such as the one carried out by IDEV also produce lessons and provide recommendations that can in future guide similar infrastructure projects, especially in the use of an integrated approach to maximize development impact.

The report recommends that, to sustain the benefits, the beneficiaries should be active participants and not simply information recipients. For example, in the case of the Fufulso-Sawla Road project, participation could have taken the form of collaboration in maintaining the road and its adjacent facilities.

Among the recommendations by IDEV in the report is strengthening the human and institutional capacity to sustain development gains in similar projects. Investing in transport infrastructure is one of the key priorities of the Bank and is critical to achieving sustainable economic growth and reducing poverty. By proactively adopting community development projects in road projects similar to the Fufulso-Sawla Road through strong project design and a focus on results, a significant difference in the reduction of multidimensional poverty and inclusive development can be achieved.

Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) at the African Development Bank conducts independent evaluations of Bank operations, policies and strategies, working across projects, sectors, themes, regions, and countries. By conducting independent evaluations and proactively sharing best practices, IDEV ensures that the Bank and its stakeholders learn from experience and plan and deliver development activities to the highest possible standards.
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Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Invitation To Youths For Walk Of Shame, By Bayo Oluwasanmi – The Maravi Post




What defines Nigerian politics is death of shame. Nigerian politicians feel they can lie about everything, say anything even when Nigerians can easily see their falsehood. Our politicians are steadfastly, almost impressively impervious to shame.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu cherry picked 11 out of the 32 recommendations of the reports of the judicial panel he set up to investigate the Lekki massacre. He bluntly denied that no one was killed at Lekki. He sent out invitation to the youths to join him in the “walk for peace” after he ordered the killings of peaceful youth protesters at Lekki. He said he would lead the “peace walk” to bring healing to the land. Really? Healing to the land? How? 

For those with conscience, shame controls their lives in many powerful ways. Shame serves as their moral compass. Sanwo-Olu has neither conscience nor shame. Sanwo-Olu in his dirty shamelessness, took N450 million from the state coffers to bribe students at universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education in Lagos State to join him in the walk of shame to celebrate the death of their colleagues. 

Sanwo-Olu represents shameless threats with an unfettered and unregulated desire to fulfill his own needs and most importantly, that of his political god father Bola Tinubu above and beyond any concern for the youths. He lacks reflection, judgment, and respect for the dead as well as for the living. To call Sanwo-Olu’s walk of shame “beyond the pale” is to conjure an image of a murderous deviant. For Sanwo-Olu to be so shameless is to be (from) “beyond the pale.” 

As history teaches us, the world was slow to recognize the danger of Adolf Hitler because he unraveled his plans in small doses, carefully observing what the world would tolerate along the way. Similarly, Nigerians, the youths especially, are slow to recognize the danger Sanwo-Olu represents.  On behalf of his political god father Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu slowly unveils the larger plans for Tinubu 2023 in small doses to see how stupid, gullible, senseless, forgetful, and clueless the youths are. Sanwo-Olu’s walk of shame is solely for the purpose of narcissistic adulation to test the waters for Tinubu 2023. 

Let’s see how many miles of shame N540 million given to the hungry, blind, deaf, and dumb youths would give to Sanwo-Olu in his invitation for walk of shame. 

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