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A few days a ago while reading a book by one of the Holmes brothers, this statement “The greatest haunt of all is Man haunt” struck a chord in me so I decided to write about it, lending my voice to the age long quest and axiom as written on an ancient Greece temple “man know thyself”.

As a student of truth I very well believe that the first priorities of every man walking the face of this earth are; to know one's self, find one's self and finally to birth him/herself . it is my personal conviction that it is the inability of man to accomplish these three tasks which are very personal in nature but with social, national and race consequence that is partly responsible for

THE media buzz last week was President Jonathan's “unscheduled” visit to the Police College Ikeja (PCI), Lagos.  As a public relations stunt, it was a huge success. But beyond the razzmatazz, TV cameras and punditry lies the need for a deep national reflection on not just the collapse of infrastructure and institutions across the country, but also the absence of a reformative national ethos.

''I can go back to fight a war to keep this country together even at 71… Some people are saying that should anything happen to President Jonathan, forget about Nigeria and so on. I know those who are saying this. Yes, they are supporters of the President. But I know the President is a sensible person so doesn't waste your time saying that the world would come to an end if something happens to your son. Of course he is your son but he is our President.

I have always respected these people but these things that they say amaze me. These are the same people that went to school, people who went to universities, people that are educated and people who have held positions of responsibility. There is a doctrine known as the ''Doctrine of Nigeria's Settled Issues'' and nobody should attempt to tamper with them. Number one, I don't want any one of us to tamper with anything to do with Nigerian unity. Number two, the republican constitution is also a settled issue, more or less. Number three; the states are the federating units of this country and number four we are a capitalist country.

TO find a glimmer of hope on the Israel-Palestine question has become difficult, if not impossible. Most Israelis now believe that a peaceful solution will not come in their generation. As for the Palestinians, the political stalemate, and ongoing Israeli occupation, has led to radicalization: if they cannot have “something,” they want it all.

LATE last month, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi rolled out figures about the parlous state of the education sector in Nigeria. Speaking at an event in Kaduna to mark the 80th birthday of Prof. Adamu Baike, a former vice chancellor of the University of Benin,  Sanusi noted that “although there are no comprehensive data on the number of Nigerian students abroad, recent data have shown that there are about 71,000 Nigerian students in Ghana paying about N155 billion ($1.03 billion) annually as tuition fees as against the annual budget of N121 billion ($806 million) for all federal universities”.

If those figures were intended to shock us, I am not sure many Nigerians were shocked. We have become inured to the waste, brigandage, and purposelessness of our ruling elite. And Mr. Sanusi should know what I am talking about. Not too long ago, it was reported that the CBN which Mr. Sanusi supervises spent almost N20 billion ($133 million) of taxpayers' money for a piece of land (originally belonging to the federal government) in Abuja to build “a world class international conference centre”. The CBN, and its governor, have yet to offer any plausible reason for such wanton waste of public fund. And chances are that nothing will come out of a public enquiry, if at all any is held.

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