How jobs, stronger economy can unite Nigerians, stem sectarian strife

How jobs, stronger economy can unite Nigerians, stem sectarian strife

Over the last few months, our nation has had to reopen a fresh chapter in the conversation on internal security, peace and unity in the wake of renewed violence in the North Central and North East of our country. These sad episodes have not only led to questions by young Nigerians (and Nigerians as a whole) around the effectiveness of our security structure, but also questions about the integrity of Nigeria’s unity.

Unity is not something we just have because we are Nigerians, or because someone …

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Black Panther – A good film with many lessons for Nigeria

Black Panther – A good film with many lessons for Nigeria

Over the weekend, I joined my children to watch the much talked about ‘Black Panther’. It was a good film, and I was happy they took me to see it. However, I came out of the movie theatre a little upset.

When the first scenes came up, and I saw “Sambisa Forest” I was unhappy that the only reference the film makers could have for Nigeria was a negative one, but I was later encouraged by the thought of Africans solving African problems. That is a …

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Nigeria Does Not Need a Rwandan Déjà vu

Nigeria Does Not Need a Rwandan Déjà vu

It has come to my attention that a song disparaging people of Igbo origin, and which wishes them dead, is circulating in some parts of the nation. I totally and unequivocally condemn this development, and I call on all men of goodwill to rise up against this evil.

 

This song is reminiscent of the beginnings of the Rwanda Genocide. Nigerians need to be aware that the Rwanda Genocide was believed to have been ignited by a song titled Nanga Abahutu (I hate Hutus), sung by Rwanda’s …

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Beyond Terrorism: Education and Sustainable Development

Beyond Terrorism: Education and Sustainable Development

Remarks By Atiku Abubakar, GCON, former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Founder, American University of Nigeria, Yola, at the 10th Founder’s Day Celebration of the University, at Yola

14 November, 2015

Protocol

In a way it is difficult to believe that this is the 10thFounder’s Day of this dream we call AUN, the American University of Nigeria, Yola. The years have passed rather quickly. But they have been very memorable, challenging and rewarding years. That we have turned this wilderness, in the middle of nowhere, so …

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In a race against time

In a race against time

With #BringBackOurGirls we have come to a turning point in our contest against terrorism in Nigeria. It is a critical moment for us; the war will not be won without us winning this battle. In short if one is not part of the solution, they become part of the problem.

And at a moment like this we can no longer afford anything but a united commitment to stamping out a great evil that threatens the very existence of the only place we call home.

On social media I have been …

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At Easter, we must imbibe the spirit of love, wherever we may come from

At Easter, we must imbibe the spirit of love, wherever we may come from

As we celebrate the Christian season of Easter, I would love to enjoin Christians, and indeed all Nigerians, to internalise the spiritual gains and benefits of the season for an improved society. This is the only path to enthroning a Nigeria where the basic human rights of the rich and poor are respected and upheld, and where citizens can dwell in peace and safety.

We need to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers and, above all, make sacrifice an integral part of our existence. That is …

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Never take unity for granted

Never take unity for granted

As we mark the centenary celebration of the amalgamation of the Lagos colony with the Northern and Southern Protectorates by the British Colonial occupier forming one country, Nigerians need to pat each other on the back for we have truly come a long way. However, we must redouble our efforts towards building a stronger and more united Nigeria rather than concentrating energies on division or breakup.

The recent clamor by some of Nigeria’s leaders for a renegotiation of the continued being of Nigeria are dishonest and …

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OPED: Internationally incarcerated Nigerians need our support

OPED: Internationally incarcerated Nigerians need our support

By Atiku Abubakar

Scattered across the globe are hundreds of thousands of our Nigerian brothers and sisters who have left the Nigerian homeland in the hopes of building a better life. As a result of pervasive corruption, insecurity, dismal economic prospects and persecution, these Nigerians have left their homes, loved ones, and property, to find opportunities and security otherwise unattainable in Nigeria. United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, recently stated that, “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better …

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OP-ED: Two prongs of counter-piracy

OP-ED: Two prongs of counter-piracy

Originally published in the Daily Trust
Image credit: www.newsrescue.com

By Atiku Abubakar

… In a recent and tremendously damning report by Mark Doyle of the BBC, Nigeria was found culpable of the drastic increase in pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea as a result of “peculiarities of the Nigerian economy and widespread corruption”… maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea stems largely from an increase in violence, insurgency and instability in Nigeria. As a result, the entirety of West Africa is losing roughly two billion USD per year, and Nigeria’s large …

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OPED: Atiku Abubakar: It’s time for maritime security in Nigeria

OPED: Atiku Abubakar: It’s time for maritime security in Nigeria

Originally published in the Daily Post

By Atiku Abubakar

… No one should be allowed to operate in Nigerian waters whose reason for existence is to disrupt the commerce of our country and deprive our people of their legal livelihood. Our anti-piracy efforts are vital, not only because of lives lost, but also because of the significant economic toll that piracy in the Gulf of Guinea takes on Nigerians. The inexplicable misuse of power and the diversion of security resources away from the anti-piracy effort requires a thorough investigation of the …

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OPED: Ending Violence in Nigeria

OPED: Ending Violence in Nigeria

Originally published in ThisDay Newspaper

By Atiku Abubakar

As the former Vice-President of Nigeria, I am deeply pained by the latest surge of violence and the aggressive approach taken by terrorists operating in our country…

… Extremely disturbing are reports that the few factories in the North that had previously continued to brave historically high production and energy costs, have, as a result of the violence, cut their operations in half or completely shut down. The unprecedented economic cost, however, does not even begin to reflect the social …

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