Zainab Usman

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Nigeria inaugurates committee to implement restructuring of ministries, parastatals

The Federal Government wants to embark on the restructuring of its parastatals, commissions and agencies. The Federal Government has inaugurated an implementation committee for the White Paper on the restructuring and rationalisation of its agencies, parastatals and commissions. In August 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated a Committee on the Restructuring…

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Boko Haram and a nation gripped by fear, By Zainab Usman

"The reality is that fighting such an entrenched insurgency anywhere will be a gruelling and bloody war of attrition". In most cultures of the world, a word exists for a frightening creature or the bogey man. In Hausa for instance, it is the dodo. A fiendish entity, other-worldly, yet beastly…

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Make your new year worthwhile, enrol in a free online course, By Zainab Usman

The onset of a New Year is usually accompanied by a tide of resolutions we typically abandon before the end of January. My efforts to resist the temptation of making elaborate plans for 2014 on New Year’s Eve were futile as I reflexively reflected on things I’d like to accomplish.…

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Mandela: The Personification of Humility, By Zainab Usman

I am one of many who hoped to meet Nelson Mandela in person someday. I am one of millions of Africans in awe of his statesmanship. I am one of billions around the world who knew he would leave us one day, but was shocked by his passing never the…

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Thoughts on Nasir El-Rufai’s “The Accidental Public Servant”, By Zainab Usman

“…to put on record my version of events…” is one of the reasons Nasir El-Rufai puts forward for writing his provocative autobiography, The Accidental Public Servant. It’s a book which could easily tie with Chinua Achebe’s memoirs, as the most debated in Nigeria’s recent history. Flipping through the pages, it…

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Time for Nigeria’s “Big Men” to Give Back to Society, By Zainab Usman

Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, recently announced that he is offering one undergraduate/postgraduate scholarship to young Nigerians, to cover study within Nigeria or in a foreign institution. The details of the scheme titled “Education Solutions” are available on his website here. The scholarship scheme has been attracting mixed reactions on…

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A Knee-Jerk Approach to Managing Immigration in the UK, By Zainab Usman

A proposed scheme by the UK government that would require first-time visitors from certain Asian and African countries to deposit a £3,000 bond to obtain a visitor’s visa to the UK has provoked outrage from these countries, notably Nigeria and India. The pilot scheme to commence in November 2013 would…

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Premature election fever and security challenges in Nigeria, By Zainab Usman

 "…These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state… As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this," declared Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. This was during his recent imposition of a State of Emergency to mark the onset of army raids…

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Boko Haram Rejects Amnesty Offer: What Now?, By Zainab Usman

"Mr Shekau said his group had done no wrong and so an amnesty would not be applicable to them. It was the Nigerian government that was committing atrocities against Muslims, he said. "Surprisingly, the Nigerian government is talking about granting us amnesty. What wrong have we done? On the contrary, it…

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APC: The Game Changer? By Zainab Usman

"This is a new dawn for our generation. This is unusual. It is gratifying that they are here to see and share with us," the middle aged man remarked with tears of joy when he saw the nine state governors trekking through the volatile Monday Market in Boko Haram hotspot,…

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Nigeria’s dual economy and its cosmetic economic growth, By Zainab Usman

[caption id="attachment_113762" align="aligncenter" width="452"] Zainab Usman: There is certainly more to Nigeria than economic reports and figures do capture. The beautiful projections in the midst of widespread poverty often leave me confounded and confused and at times dismissive and cynical[/caption] Back in secondary school, I distinctly remember being taught in…

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The burden of souvenirs, and the fear of coming home, By Zainab Usman

I just made it to Nigeria yesterday morning. I am finally home for a visit, after what seemed like eternity because the last time I was in the motherland was August 2011. I put off my trip home several times last year, and in the interim, I “endured” concerned, cheeky…