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On Shehu Sani’s Verbal Diarrhoea, By Jiddare Ummsulaim

Over the past one and a half years, I have on several occasions had to stop myself with all my might, against writing on Comrade Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central Constituency in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yes, I have to emphasize the title and position due to its significance in our polity and in the cause of nation building.  I did not only cast my vote for Shehu Sani ...

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In Search Of Our Collective Humanity (2) By Jiddare Ummsulaim

Humanity today is like a walking dreamer caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks abut cannot find the precise place and  hour. We have created a star wars civilization with stone age emotions, medieval institutions and god like technology. We thrash about, we are terribly confused by the mere fact of our existence and a danger to ourselves and to the rest of lif ...

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Now, Their Watch Has Ended, By Jiddare Ummsulaim

The story of the martyrdom of Lt. Col MA Ali has reverberated across all the nooks and crannies of this nation.  The way all Nigerians came together to celebrate the life of this great Hero, and commiserate his loss gives me hope on the future of this great Nation as a united entity. Lt. Col MA Ali’s selfless sacrifice has broken down the walls of religious and ethnic bigotry that is prevalent in the minds ...

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Now That We Know, By Jiddare Ummsulaim

Sometime ago, I put up a post on my Facebook page narrating my ordeals and how it was always a Christian friend that was coming to my assistance then. And also asked the question why I am being told not to have them as friends as a Muslim. Of course, my Muslim Brothers and sisters took it to heart and made a lot of conclusions about it. However, the essence of that post is neither to belittle nor put down I ...

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Woman: Woman’s Greatest Enemy, By Jiddare Ummsalaim

Having acquired the reputation of being a feminist, I have now accepted my role as one and loving it. I would do anything in my capacity to help out a fellow woman. I know being a woman; I have an idea or two about what women go through in life. Hence I simply cannot understand it when people say ‘the woman is the woman’s greatest enemy’ . I remember some years ago, (cannot remember the exact issue) the con ...

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In Search Of Our Collective Humanity, By Jiddare Ummsulaim

I am appalled and stunned beyond words; speechless and numb with astonishment at the way this issue has been swept beneath the rug and politicking has taken over. I had silently and painstakingly followed events on our ever bubbling public arena; hoping to see a heated debate as well as a lot of campaigns and hashtags instigated for justice to prevail. Alas! For days now, it is still ‘Aisha Buhari and the o ...

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Monster Step Mothers, By Jiddare Ummsulaim

(They)  have been on the rise in Nigeria; especially Northern Nigeria. But let’s get real. Everyone knows that the average stepmother in 7 out of 10 cases is mean, vile, wicked and generally unmotherly towards the step children. The story of wicked step mothers did not begin last year with the case of little Musa from Kano whose step mother broke all his limbs, almost cut out his eyes and cut out his tongue ...

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Rahama Sadau And The Rest Of Us! By Jiddare Ummsulaim

Ordinarily, I should just let this pass, like I did many issues especially those that concern the Hausa movie industry Kannywood. But then as they say; old habits die hard.  Regardless of my ability to turn a blind eye and pretend not to see or hear anything; my heart  hurt and bled several times due to the unjust and chauvinisti manner I had seen the Hausa movie industry being handled. Over the years, I ha ...

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How Not To Sing The National Anthem, By Jiddare Ummsulaim

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM Arise o compatriots, Nigeria calls obey. To serve our Father’s land, With love and strength and faith. The labor of our hero’s past shall never be in vain. To serve with heart and might, One nation bound in freedom. Peace and unity. THE NATIONAL PLEDGE I pledge to Nigeria my country, To be faithful loyal and honest. To serve Nigeria with all my strength. To defend her unity, And uphold h ...

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Abuja-Kaduna Rail: Much Ado About Nothing, By Jiddare Ummsulaim

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is the title of a book, which almost every Nigerian of our generation has read for literature? I do not know about the others, but it remained one of the books that never made sense to me regardless of the number of times I have read it.  It is the same feeling of disenchantment I felt when I rode in the Abuja/Kaduna train. Unlike most Nigerians, I received the news of the inaugurat ...

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Before You Share That Post…By Jiddare Ummsulaim

Penultimate week, the whole of social media was besieged with the picture of a very pretty lady who was alleged to be the leader of a ‘robbery and kidnapping gang’. A lot of people shared the post, urging Nigerians to be wary of stopping to help any lady on the high way; especially the pretty one whose picture became the darling of Facebook and whatssapp the entire week. When I saw the post and picture, my ...

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I Was A Blashphemer, By Jiddare Ummsulaim

Exactly two days to the start of Ramadan which was a Friday, I became an apostate and a blasphemer. And here is how it happened. I was changing house that weekend having made up my mind I was not going to observe the Ramadan fast where I was due to lack of water and other basic necessities, so I went to the central Market to buy some stuff for the house I was moving into. I finished my shopping and drove ou ...

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