Hannatu Musawa

Barrister, Solicitor, Lecturer, Human and Women’s Rights, Political Activist. Muasawa is a syndicated columnist to about half a dozen publications in the country. She currently works at Hanney Musawa and Associates.

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Now the bigger threat to Humanity, By Hannatu Musawa

As we watch man threaten its very existence with its inhumanity to itself, our focus is very dangerously taken off a bigger peril. While we plant bombs and launch arsenals in a bid to win unwarranted wars, a silent war against the human race is being declared by an even…

Breaking the Taboo, By Hannatu Musawa

Pope Francis’ strong condemnation of the sexual abuse of children by some rogue Catholic clergy and his apology to the sufferers of the abuse must be greatly commended at every level. Last week, during a Mass held for six victims of priests’ pedophilic abuses at the Vatican, Pope Francis addressed…

Mutating from Defeat to Hope in Ekiti, By Hannatu Musawa

As the dust in Ekiti settles in the aftermath of the gubernatorial election, memories of the grueling and hard fought campaigns have already started fading from the nation’s collective consciousness. And as we witness the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in Ekiti state, there is one…

Exit of the Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, By Hannatu Musawa

With news that Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano, passed away in the early hours of Friday the 6th of June 2014, the country lost a great leader and an even greater man. As we mourn his passing at the ripe old age of 83, we also reflect on the…

The Silence From Our Neighbours, By Hannatu Musawa

As we watched the campaign to #BringBackOurGirls take a life of its own on a global scale, we breathed a sigh of relief. At last the tragedy that had befallen Nigerians and over 276 families living in Chibok town, Borno State was being acknowledged by a force greater than the…

The Failure of a People, By Hannatu Musawa

It is with great anguish and heavyheartedness I’m penning down this article on the yet to be rescued abducted teenage Chibok girls. As a parent and a Nigerian, a human, it is difficult for one not to  feel a profound sense of responsibility in voicing out ones melancholy and distress over…

Ghosts Of The Past Should Be Lessons Of The Future, By Hannatu Musawa

Twenty years on and it still haunts me; and so many people around the world. On April 6, 1994, Hutus began slaughtering the Tutsis in Rwanda. As the ferocious slayings continued, people and governments all around the world stood indolently by and watched in shock as the murders continued. By…

The Chicken before the Egg, By Hannatu Musawa

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer to this age old conundrum had baffled scientists and riddle lovers for centuries. The challenge has always come from the fact that a chicken can only come from an egg, but an egg, on the other hand, has to be…

Surprise Inspiration, By Hannatu Musawa

Last week was an extraordinarily difficult week for me professionally, personally and medically. Usually when I go through periods in my life that challenges me, I normally recline into my shell, remove myself from whatever situation I was in before, to reassess what part I may have played in the…

Bloody Job Hunt, By Hannatu Musawa

No one more the families and friends who suffered the loss of their children last week in Abuja, during the job application scheme can will fully appreciate the feelings agony of the families of the Job Hunt tragedy. Nothing anyone says or does will change the outcome. No one can…

The PDP and the “Janja Weed” Influence, By Hannatu Musawa

The irony of the All Progressives Congress, APC, adopting the broom as its national logo to sweep away the canker-corruption worms and indirection in Nigeria that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has steered us into for the last 15 years can hardly be lost on anyone. Especially when the PDP…

Alas, the Pot Tags the Kettle Black! By Hannatu Musawa

Some days back I had the bizarre experience of reading a statement made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, Olisa Metuh, on the just concluded nationwide membership registration exercise by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Bizarre, because, not only did Mr Metuh accuse the APC of a plot to…

The Tragedy of Rape, By Hannatu Musawa

Some weeks ago, I went to meet and speak to a brave 2-year-old girl in Abuja. As I walked into the building, where she was standing with her parents, she became startled at the sight of what she must have identified to be a stranger and quickly grabbed her mother’s…

Nigeria: I Pray Be Reborn, By Hannatu Musawa

Two thousand thirteen was a year of surprise, Comprised of some highs, few sighs and goodbyes. It commenced when Obama was again called to arise As the head of his nation, for the world to sanitize. He tries to be wise, applies much advice. But the size of his duty…

The Battle For Supremacy Between Nigeria and South Africa, By Hannatu Musawa

 Nigeria’s foreign policy thrust needs to be articulately defined to locate Nigerians’ interest as the centre of her foreign policy objective, especially in conformity with the foreign policy thrust of  the major developed countries of the world. (more…)

What Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Meant To Me, By Hannatu Musawa

As the news of the passing of a hero broke on this sad December morning, the heartbreak and sadness felt by many of us had to be juggled by the stoical sense of realism in the knowledge that a critically ill man, who had dedicated the vast majority of his…

The moving message from an AIDS Victim, By Hannatu Musawa

I pray that the spread of HIV and AIDS will stop. But for it to stop, each and every one of us has to be aware of HIV and AIDS. (more…)

Know the facts to get ahead of AIDS, By Hannatu Musawa

HIV/AIDS has had a great impact on society; as an illness, as a source of discrimination and as having significant economic impact, as it has over the years, attracted large-scale funding and international medical and political attention. (more…)

The Anambra Chaos and the Imperative for Change, By Hannatu Musawa

 Foul political mud slinging. Under the belt insults. Campaign and personal attacks Offensive media tirades. A dismal, disgraceful and disastrous performance from INEC yet again. For anyone who followed the activity within the Nigerian terrain last week, they would know that it describes the Gubernatorial election conducted in Anambra state…

Child Bride Is Not Islam: An Alternative Perspective, By Hannatu Musawa

This week I wanted to write on a very interesting and enlightening piece a knowledgeable and enlightened academic and Muslim scholar referred me to. The piece brings in a different perspective to the argument of the age of ‘A’ishah, the wife of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) when she wed The Rasul…

Anambra As Litmus Test for 2015, By Hannatu Musawa

As Anambrarians elect their governor through the polls today, some gubernatorial candidates and their political parties have continued relentlessly using such means as threats, goading, bogus rumours and propaganda in an attempt to influence votes to their sides. Also, despite security agencies and INECs continued assurances that the gubernatorial election…

The Corruption of Silence, By Hannatu Musawa

The most inequitable conduct any leader can exhibit in a country that faces the kind of challenges Nigeria does is being corrupt or supporting officials who engage in embezzlement, nepotism, bribery, extortion, influence peddling, and fraud. The Jonathan administration, or at least some members of the administration, have not only…

Non Accountability as a Norm, By Hannatu Musawa

Apart from the outrage most felt at the tenacious sit-tight attitude of the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, after our numerous air mishaps under her tutelage, the recent expose of the outrageous purchase of bullet proof cars with public funds for the Minister is quite simply an affront to the…

Trigeminal neuralgia: Living With the Enemy, By Hannatu Musawa

SHOCKS OF EXCRUCIATING PAIN RADIATE ACROSS THE SIDE OF THE FACE LIKE A FIERCE ELECTRIC SHOCK. IT FEELS LIKE A BURNING HOT METAL ROD OR HOT COAL IS BEING PRESSED TO THE FACE WHILE THAT SAME FACE IS BEING GOUGED WITH A SPIKY OBJECT AND A RAZOR-BLADE GRAZING DOWN IT…

Letter to My 5 Year Self Since Independence, By Hannatu Musawa

My Dearest Nigeria, I’m writing you this letter fully knowing that you’re going to think everything I’m about to tell you is complete rubbish, because at the stage you are now, you’re a nation with so much promise and hope; a nation that is out to conquer the world. OK, right…