Fulani Herdsmen and Auto-colonialism

 
“Guilt by community association” (GBCA) is back in Nigeria in fresh form in 2018 not by the actions of a foreign colonialist but those of the local Nigerian auto-colonialists courtesy Fulani herdsmen affairs. In the colonial state of Nigeria under British rule, the main means by which the Nigerian staffed police force secured conformity and order from Nigerians was community arrest and faux crime taxation. If a person dropped dead in Ilesha, Oron, Keffi or Ughelli (or some village), the police would arrest all the heads of family in the area (or village) requiring each to bail themselves at a prohibitive cost; GBCA was born. The people quickly learned that a police matter was a money matter. This was the very first habit the Nigerian police force acquired that ensured that they would become hopelessly corrupt in future. Corrupt initial conditions bred both corrupt post-Independence foundations and institutions, a legacy of empire. Today, Nigerian auto-colonialists carry the blame for GBCA.

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Fraternities are Viruses in Nigeria: Part 8

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Fraternities in Nigeria are now specialists in accumulating “financial bounties” and their leaders craping them; corporate malfeasance. It may be unfortunate if not tragic that while the original founders of University Campus Grown Fraternities (UCGFs) established them, perhaps for noble intentions, they have come to embody the very antics of “corporate malfeasance”. Operating just below the radar or not facing criminal prosecution is not evidence of clean hands. UCGFs depend mainly on the money members contribute and as their sizes have proliferated so has their kitties. Financial bounty taking by leaders in UCGFs is strictly about misappropriating members’ money and funders’ largesse, perennially. The bounty taking activities of UCGFs did not start one day or overnight. The bounties came in phases and often took years or decades to perfect. Continue reading

Unionised Cultists: Okada Riders Rule with Impunity

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Trade unions are purely or originally organisations that were created and existed to protect the rights of workers especially from the exploitation and insensitivity of the owners of capital, their employers. Things like annual paid holidays, adequate working conditions, fair pay, secure working contracts, the 35-40 hour week etc. are the gains of trade union activities. However, there are malignant and highly deviant mutations of trade union or its ethos going on in Nigeria and elsewhere in the form of gang or cult activities. Continue reading

Fraternities Are Viruses in Nigeria: Part 2

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University campus grown fraternities (UCGFs) recently have as rule and mode of evolution taken their preaching about government “badness” and their prescriptions of “good” to ever-dizzying heights. UCGFs have the fullest right to critique any part or aspect of government it deems worth critiquing. However, when it comes to the question of corruption that happens within the realm of government UCGFs have to take a good look at their own wanton yet systematic practices of corruption within the boundaries of their organisations. UCGFs are a sophisticated corruption virus in the society. Continue reading

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