Time to stand up to South Africa

Time and time again, Nigeria has always played the big brother role in Africa, much to the disadvantage of the country. Despite all the sacrifices made for many African countries, little is appreciated, and especially from South Africa, the country that hates Nigeria the most. We should learn to stand up to certain circumstances as a country, we can’t continue wasting time and resources for people who never appreciate anything we do for them, merely condemning the violent actions against Nigerians in South Africa or sending envoy has little impact.

Tochukwu Opurum, Umuahia

That $9.6bn judgment debt

The federal government should endeavour to find out the details of the contract that resulted in the $9.6bn claim by the British firm, P&ID. The petroleum ministry cannot afford to keep quiet over the development, and whoever is involved should be exposed. All hands should be on deck to ensure that no Nigerian asset is seized as being threatened, rather, those privy to the contract should be made to account for it. Public funds should not be used to protect a few who failed to do their jobs properly.

Matty Adesina, Apapa, Lagos

Why the attacks on innocent priests?

I wonder why innocent Catholic priests have become targets of violent killings in the recent past. Catholic priests are not prosperity priests who acquire enormous wealth and still task members of their congregations, but live on whatever comes to them without harassing members. As such, I wonder why they should become preys in the hands of violent killers. Efforts should be made to track down the killers of the priests and ensure that justice is properly dispensed on them.

Caroline Adanu, Adoka

Almajiri system as a scare on Northern Nigeria

The Almajiri system of education is one of the major scars in Northern Nigeria. Northern traditional rulers, Islamic scholars, youths and others groups have started agitating for the modernisation/elimination of the system, seeing it as a serious menace that causes many problems. Many individuals including elder statesmen see the Almajiri system as a menace, with multi-dimensional effects that spread from religious, economic, social to political challenges. It is very unfortunate that this has turned like a tradition in Northern Nigeria where people take begging as a profession, especially children sent to seek Islamic knowledge, and vulnerable people. Efforts should be made by governments and stakeholders to work on this phenomenon and save the North from the disadvantages associated with it.

Sabitiyu Abdulrashid Yunus, Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri.


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