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Except in narratives created by a colourful imagination, good triumphs over evil relatively consistently. That probably means that humanity, as expressed on the cosmic big picture, is striving and setting up good as a fundamental ideal. In everyday life, good and evil exist together and must exist together – one needing the other in order […]
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Except in narratives created by a colourful imagination, good triumphs over evil relatively consistently. That probably means that humanity, as expressed on the cosmic big picture, is striving and setting up good as a fundamental ideal.

In everyday life, good and evil exist together and must exist together – one needing the other in order to give meaning to the idea. It is a binary paradox wherein one part cannot and will not tolerate the other yet at the same time one cannot exist without the other. Looking at the world as a whole and throughout history, it looks like good triumphs more often on the small scale, with subjects helping and looking out for each other and for the community for instance – whereas evil seems to triumph more on the large scale when you look at it from say the perspective of government plutocrats, cultural and religious institutions as well as corporations lording it over populations for their own gain. It appears that the bigger the entity, the more prone to evil it is.

The way I see it, there are two classes of evil among humans, at least those who come from this part of the world, the two being rational and irrational evil. The most common evil is rational and has its roots in the natural concept of competition for resources and reproductive success. People who own the access to resources, in the human world that is money and political power, want to hoard it for their own gain. The hoarding instinct is stronger than the sharing instinct, more so beyond the confines of personal identity. When a colony of ants hoards all the seeds it can drag back into the labyrinths, and fights other creatures who raid the stash, we don’t call that evil. But among people we call it greed. And it is greed – because we know better. When a silverback defeats another silverback becoming leader of the troop and claiming all mating rights for himself without consulting the females themselves, we don’t call that evil either. But in humans we would, and should… because we know better.

The other evil is irrational evil. This is where mentally deranged people go on killing sprees for example. Something an Abubakar Shekau would do. So it often seems like evil is more powerful, because good has structural limits and has to stick to rules of fairness and integrity and doing no harm, whereas evil has no such limits.

Looking at the history of this country from 1999 to date, it looks like both good and evil are expanding, but I think good is ultimately winning over evil, even though most people actually believe that it is the other way round. But that is of course not by a wide margin, and much too slow, but hopefully speeding up recently and maybe after the choice we must make in 2023, we will have lift-off or a meltdown. That is the point, but bear with me a little bit.

nigeria, or the world as a whole, is a very small place these days. Our ability to travel faster and farther, and the advent of things like the internet were supposed to make us feel less isolated from each other and also make us all feel less estranged and more like a human, national community. Somehow, it seems not to have worked that way at face value. We hear about evil deeds, but the deeds are seldom punished. But they actually are – in that they are being exposed and will be held accountable, somehow, somewhere we are more and more confident of. We see how institutional evil is affecting not just our own communities, but everyone everywhere in the country whatever their identity happens to be. Our primal consciousness experiences compassion for others across the Niger and beyond because now we can see and hear about them via the media. Ironically, the media bringing us closer together is also showing signs of evil, talking about misinformation and premeditated manipulation. On some level, we are materially learning that our fates are linked together as human beings so it is in our interest that we are fair-minded, that we mean and act well for each other, for our own good. So the goodwill that exists among family will overflow into the community and onward into the fabric of the nation – this is a necessity more than it is a humanistic rationale.

For whatever reason, our traditional faultlines are not the question this time. I note, with glee, that there is very little talk about the showdown between a Fulani and a Yoruba. For about half of this primal divide, it is heads you lose, tails I win kind of thing. Both are Muslims. There is this uncanny subtle spin in the mix which you can make out from the daily theatrics and it is that it is not about those differences, it might actually be about good and evil!

Where I come from, you are never going to see a Buzu (a Tuareg) without his headdress. This is so much that such a scenario is likened to the type of rapture that will answer every question you have, so you don’t hold your breath while expecting to see that. A rawanin buzu, the Tuareg’s turban is part of Tuareg’s head. You only see it on the ground when the head is on the ground itself and you do not want to be around when that happens. Either that, or you really want to be around for that.

What the coin toss in 2023 will determine is not whether the Buzu in the picture would indeed lose his turban as a fallout of one of the two gladiators (Atiku and Tinubu) winning and the other losing – the turban is on the ground regardless. This is clearly a bridgehead for good, a clear pivot has been achieved. Whether this pivot will be a force for good or evil is also a different matter.

Unless you overindulge your imagination, you know that it is either heads or tails when you flip a coin. So it is going to be APC or PDP, Tinubu or Atiku. But then sometimes, coins do end up standing on their curved edges. So, the Chaos Theory may pull the rug off everyone’s feet to crown Kwankwaso or Obi. This is what it comes to – from where I am standing. Heads or tails, or even something else… the Tuareg will lose his headdress in 2023.

Huzaifa jega

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News Update?Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Sitting Begins October 26

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Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will on October 26 begin a full hearing of the petition filed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the declaration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as governor-elect.

Lifestyle Nigeria reports that the tribunal made this pronouncement after concluding the pre-hearing session on Thursday.

The tribunal was asked to dismiss the applications of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking the discontinuation of the petition brought to it by Governor Oyetola.

Counsel for Oyetola and the APC, Lasun Sanusi, SAN, at the sitting of the tribunal argued that Adeleke’s, PDP’s and INEC’s reliance on a Federal Court High judgment was nothing but an abuse of court process.

Sanusi argued this while replying to separate applications of the trio, seeking the dismissal of the petition based on the already appealed Federal High Court judgment disqualifying Oyetola from contesting the election.

Citing Supreme Court decisions in the case of Jegede Vs INEC, 2021, 14NWLR, Pt 1797, page 409, the counsel said the court had ruled that the signatories to the letter conveying the nomination of a candidate were not the nominators; rather, the nomination was done by party members at the congress, hence, the judgment could not stand.

Meanwhile, the counsel for INEC, Prof. Paul Ananaba, SAN; counsel for Adeleke, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN and counsel for the PDP, Dr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, agreed that any decision the tribunal would take on the matter would have to wait until the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court decided on it.

They noted that they just decided to argue the applications to have it on record, a position which the tribunal agreed with and put on record.

Also, in other applications totalling nine by the three respondents, they asked the tribunal to strike out some paragraphs of the petition on the grounds that they were either lumped together or not related to the 2022 election.

In response to each of the applications, Sanusi said all the cases cited by the respondents were misconceived, adding that they were not applicable in the instance case.

He cited the case of INEC Vs Otti, 2016, 8NWLR, where the Supreme Court hinted that INEC was supposed to be neutral, arguing that all the processes filed before the panel have not portrayed the commission’s neutrality.

Sanusi further argued that the applications filed by the respondents were only meant to prevent the tribunal from focusing on hearing the petition on merit, asking the panel to dismiss the applications.

Subsequently, counsel for all parties in the matter agreed to begin the full hearing starting with the calling of witnesses on October 26.

In his ruling, the tribunal declared the pre-hearing session concluded and announced that the pre-hearing conference report would be presented on October 17.

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Politics?Why Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Adichie Rejected National Honour From President Buhari – Aide

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Lifestyle Nigeria gathered that award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who was recently decorated with Harvard University’s iconic W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, has broken her silence over her non-appearance at Tuesday’s conferment of national honours by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Putting the records straight, a member of Chimamanda’s communications team, Omawumi Ogbe, told newsmen that the author declined the honour.

Ogbe said in a statement: “Following the recent conferment of national awards by the President, there have been conflicting reports about one of the announced recipients, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Some social media users say the award-winning writer rejected the award, while others say she accepted it.

“The author did not accept the award and, as such, did not attend the ceremony. She, however, did not want to create undue publicity around it, so her non-acceptance was conveyed privately,” Ogbe said.

While conferring the award on 450 Nigerians and foreigners, President Buhari had justified the honours, saying the awardees had distinguished themselves in the service of the nation and humanity.

“We have among the recipients today, Amb. Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who are doing our country proud on the international scene,” Buhari said. “Our dear sisters are a source of inspiration to our young women that through the dint of hard work and dedication, they can achieve greatness.”

This is not the first time an honouree will turn down a national honour from a Nigerian president.

Late Prof. Chinua Achebe, the world-acclaimed Nigerian literary giant and author of Things Fall Apart, rejected the national honours award in 2004 and 2011, leading to an uproar at that time.

Achebe said he rejected the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) award because he was dissatisfied with the handling of the country’s affairs by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration. In 2011, Achebe rejected the same award from the Goodluck Jonathan administration, saying the reasons for rejecting the offer when it was first made in 2004 had not been addressed.

Also, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, foremost human rights activist and lawyer, also rejected the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) conferred on him in 2008 by the Umaru Yar’Adua administration.

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Politics?Buhari approves 12,000 metric tons of grains for flood victims

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved 12,000 metric tons of grains for victims of flood across the country. Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Habib Ahmed, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during the 2022 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. DSS DG’s son body shames Teni for ‘disrespecting’ Buhari Buhari seeks collective action against threats […]
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved 12,000 metric tons of grains for victims of flood across the country.

Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Habib Ahmed, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during the 2022 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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He said NEMA was also sending out relief materials.

He said though the flood in Lokoja, Kogi State, was affecting the transportation of the materials, security agencies had been alerted to ensure the materials were successfully conveyed.

Ahmed said the heavy impact of the flood disaster across the country this year was because communities ignored early warnings.

He said the Federal Government alerted states and local government areas about the dangers ahead of the flood and used risk mapping to identify vulnerable areas that would be affected, but the warnings were not heeded to.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouk, represented by Director, Humanitarian Department, Ali Grema, said the scale of devastation caused by this year’s floods could only be compared to the 2012’s. 

“More than 500 lives have been lost, more than 1.4m persons affected, about 90,000 homes both partially or completely destroyed and still counting. 

“And also destroyed are thousands of hectares of farmland; thus worsening fears of a disruption of food supply in Africa’s most populous country These widespread cases are in 27 out of 36 States and the FCT.”

She urged communities to take climate predictions and flood outlooks warnings seriously, noting that all disasters as local.

“As we reflect on the present flood situation in nigeria, let’s consider the focus of the 2022 IDDRR. Did we not have enough warnings or was our predictions and flood outlook wrong? Did we not act enough to prevent or mitigate what we’re confronted with today? While we shall not apportion blames, we need to acknowledge the fact that we all had enough warning and our advocacy was timely. We can’t outright eliminate flood but we can keep people safe. That responsibility is collectively ours.”

She recalled that in September, the Federal Executive Council had approved the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan developed by an inter-ministerial committee.

 

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