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USAfrica is an international multimedia company, founded since 1992 by Dr. Chido Nwangwu [author of Mandela & Achebe: Leadership, Identity and Footprints of Greatness], with its headquarters in Houston, Texas. Also, he established the 1st African-owned, U.S.-based professional newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com, both assessed by the CNN and The New York Times as the largest and arguably the most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks. USAfrica’s first print edition of USAfrica magazine published August 1993; USAfrica The Newspaper on May 11, 1994; The Black Business Journal in 1998; CLASSmagazine on May 2, 2003; PhotoWorks.TV in 2005, and several platforms and products. USAfricaonline.com is powered by the global resources of USAfrica, CLASSmagazine, CLASSmagazine.TV, PhotoWorks.Tv, USAfrica.TV, MandelaAchebeChido.com, AchebeBooks.com and ChidoNwangwu.com

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  1. obinna aguh says:

    i must confess, in recent times ive not seen a true nigerian like mallam sanusi, he impressed me first on the day he went for senate confermation, for this singular act, i gave him a copy of my book''inventing a new nation'' then it was''nigera;awaken potentialities'',today again, i stand to be corrected, if we have 100 sanusi's in nigeria, we would challenge any nation of the world to any duet,and we would win,as a political scientist–ABU–product, quote me any day! all what he said is a fact, with documents to buttress his view points, i am priviledged to come across some of the documents he quoted from, there exists even more documents that buttresses his points you can visit the KIL library in zaria. the present challenges we are facing in todays nigeria are all creation of our past masters. yet today its our time to change our past and begin to think, talk, walk, act like the people of the 21st century.

  2. Kabiru says:

    I really agree that Northerners were great victims of neocolonialism, first and foremost on Education. That if you educate the Northerner you will produce progressive Muslim intellectuals of the type we have in Egypt and India. So, do not educate them. This policy intentionally denied prominent Northerners access to higher decrees, rather they were forced by the colonial masters to work under Native Authorities or retarded to Teachers in Elementary Schools. While their contemporaries were flown abroad to study in best schools ( then at the expense of Norther resources), where they are trained with some valuable characteristics that are beneficial to them and their communities. Was this not a highest level harm that colonialism did to Northerners?

  3. fola oludare ayodele says:

    After carefully gone through Mr Sanusi Lamido's comment on subject matter,I wholeheartedly supported the CBN Governor.However,I wish to draw his attention to one obvious fact as regards rulership in Nigeria.The North has been privilledged to control the leadership of Govt in the country for many reasonable years be it military or so called democratic. It is unfortunate that the LEGACY left behind by the founding fathers were bastardized and that explains the situation we are today. Gowon's administration had the opportunity to turn the country into a model African state,but the reverse was the case, same to other successive administrations which has Northerners in control.The reckless spending and abandon projects would have been controlled by the military as done in many developed nations.

    Today we hear of billions naira budget we dont know where these spendings drained into. Many Nigerians today live in terrible abject poverty,yet these leaders are not bordered.something really need to be done quick.The issue is not north or south,but the few clicks who are not ashame of themselves thinking that the country is in their pockets.

  4. sanusi lamido sanusi says:

    For all those who are interested in the true facts of British Colonial education and how it in fact differed in northern nigeria from all other territories I advise, before rushing to judgement that you do some research. to start with you may wish to buy and study this book: P. K. Tibenderana, Education and Cultural Change in Northern Nigeria(1906-1966): A Study on the Creation of a dependent Culture (Fountain Education Series). the argument was not contrived or defensive. the british were allies of the NPC and the northern feudal aristocracy. they were not allies of the northern people. The NPC was not the party of the northern people. Those were NEPU and UMBC. blaming "the north", if by north we mean northerners, is the classic case of blaming the victim. I will try not to reply to further comments-I have given an independent source, and the author is a professor of education who is not Nigerian!

    1. Olatunde Adeniran says:

      @Sanusi lamido sanusi, you wrote as if Nigerians from the South did not live and work or school among and made close friends with the northerners. Anybody can write a book and say whatever they want or think, but we Nigerains we know each other. Let us set aside what the colonial master did. Lets stop this Hippocrates of praising Awolowo?Azikiwe now. Who were the greatest opponents of Chief Awolowo’s free education for all in Nigeria? Who were the people who vaiwed that the “evil Awo” must not rule Nigeria? Who are still (2017) teaching the average northerner youth that western education is haram(is bad)?…the muslim cleric…who pays the salaries of these muslim clerics….the northern governments(have you seen any state south paying salaries of religious leaders? You Sanusi and every Nigerian knows that these same clerics are hired by muslim north elites to tell the average youth that poverty is good that the poor will make 1st classes heaven and these corrupt government officials who divert the money for the greater north development into private pockets are publicized as enriched by Allah(such gather and feed these poor youths daily and use them to destroy properties of prosperous southern Christians living in the north anytime they want…but these elite northerners send their own kids to the best schools in and outside Nigeria including “infidel” nations like USA and Britain). Even people like Yar Dua, the vice President was misled to think Obafemi Awolowo University was getting more federal allocations and wasting(when he visited the university and saw beautiful buildings), until he was respectively corrected by the VC that his excellency can go check records of all university allocations. Yar Dua must have been appalled by the dilapidated substandard buildings in ABU (Ahmadu Bello University)which were constructed with super inflated inflated contracts to line the pockets of elites in the north who are still blaming the British in 2009.. Let’s suppose the british deliberately prevented northerners from attending the 1st higher education institutions set up one each in each region, I know from personal experience( I was in the system) that the children of the poor were deliberately sent to teacher training/lesser schools and only the children of the elite were allowed to attend Kongo college in Samaru, Zaria where they are more readily prepared to for degree programs in ABU and elsewhere. We thank God for what Gowon did by introducing the NYSC which opened the eyes of the average norther(when they go the serve in southern Nigeria) who went through the hard path to get a degree. He who rides on a tiger should be ware as one day they too can end up in the stomach of same tiger. Now these same poor/jobless youths in the north have been take over by Boko Haram who is now killing more muslims northerners than even the christian. Those who are looking the other way from the Fulani headmen who are killing southern Kaduna christian population and in other parts of the south will also reap what they sow. It is food Sanusi is preaching one Nigeria. I sont agree with sir Ajayi or anyone who is preaching a divided Nigeria. We must stop worshiping money and thieves in our mist or blaming another group and work from inside our homes, tribes to root away economic parasites, that way, we can come together to build Nigeria. Let us call our local leaders into accountability to build our local areas like Awolowo, Jakande, and the current Lagos state governor is doing.

  5. Barth Nwachukwu says:

    Having read Ben Aduba's critic of Sanusi's expose on the state of affairs in Nigeria, I would have to agree with him that Mr Sanusi comes off as defensive, and oftentimes, contrived, as he tried to meander through the delicate landscape of tribal relations in Nigeria. His take on the colonial history of Nigeria, as it relates to the education of the regions is also questionable, to say the least. Mr Aduba is also correct in his assessment of Sanusi's decision to cite Olu Falae and Kalu Idika Kalu, as evidence of complicity, during the despotic and autocratic regime of Babangida, as an attempt to mislead. Anybody who knows anything about military rule in Nigeria knows better.

    I will, however, take issue with Mr. Aduba's critic for failing to address the larger issue of Mr. Sanusi's speech. Mr. Sanusi's contention is that Nigeria's predicament and her deplorable state of affairs cannot be blamed on one tribe, or region, alone. He denounced Nigeria's apparent inability to produce Statesmen of Awolowo and Azikiwe's caliber. People who, at one time or another, in their political lives, undertook causes far greater than themselves. The problem, he says, is that Nigerians of all stripes have not been committed to the edification of the country, to help make it the great country it is capable of being.

    Mr. Aduba keeps saying, Mr. Sanusi is from The North; as if, being from The North, he is incapable of being objective. Unfortunately, by playing the "tribe card" Mr. Aduba helps Mr. Sanusi make his case, which, in synthesis, is that we should focus more on Nigeria and less on tribes. In trying to point out Mr. Sanusi's bias, Mr. Aduba, inadvertently, exposes his. Mr. Aduba could have made an effective case without, repeatedly, pointing out a fact which Mr. Sanusi made clear, himself, at the beginning of his speech.

    I am not a Sanusi apologist, but, all things considered, I cannot help but agree with the premise upon which his speech is predicated. As a country, Nigeria seem to exist only in the figment of the imagination of every Nigerian. What we call Nigeria today is, apparently, a conglomeration of people of diverse cultures and divergent interests. The coming together of a people who seem to have, absolutely, nothing in common, except as it relates to tribe, and of course, petroleum. I dread to think of what would happen to Nigeria if the oil wells were to, suddenly, dry off.

    In a country where public figures dissimulate corruption and bury their misdeeds with wanton bravado, I think it is refreshing to have a man stand among his peers and decry the fact that Nigerians have not done right by Nigeria, and that, in spite of our individual achievements, as a country, we have very little to write home about.

    The Nation-building experiment that informed the creation of Nigeria was undertaken by the British to prove that people who have no, prima facie, common interests could survive effectively under the rule of law. Survived, we have. When it comes to nation-building, though, we are still tied very loose.

    The British did what they had to do as a colonial power; giving the country lambs for lions and placing their interests well above and beyond the interests of the colony. The Nigerians who came posteriorly, after independence, ironically, followed in the footsteps of the colonialists. Not much has changed since then. A generic Nigerian public servant would, if the opportunity presents itself, empty the national coffers and transfer the proceeds to Britain or a Swiss bank; just like the "master" would. The ''learned behavior" in Nigeria is to get it before someone else does and call one a fool for not getting it. As any "good nigerian'' would be quick to assert, What belongs to everyone belongs to no one. All these, to the detriment of the country.

    Some would be quick to blame the British but I would invoke Cassius to say "the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars", It is neither in the North, nor the East, West nor South. It is not the Yorubas, the Igbos nor Housas. neither the Efiks nor any other tribes, for that matter. "The fault is in ourselves that we are underlings."

    Unless we conceive of Nigeria as a gestalt, greater than the sum of her individual parts, ours is bound to be the story of the bird that took flight as an eagle and landed with a disappointing whimper.

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