If an entire society or community or nation or family is well so provided LESS ONE PERSON, it is generally or collectively backward and irresponsible. It is like being one-eyed or one-legged.M. S. JIMADA
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I am a Participant Observer to the abject poverty of our society, afflicting close to half of our number. I am a Participant Observer to the thread of temporary shield from poverty to more than half of the remaining half, made up largely of those employed. I am a Participant Observer to the threat of poverty that is genuinely faced by the quarter of the remaining half, who bear the security of the three quarter balance. This condition is inspite of our resources in individual and collective capacities and efforts.
My belief is that if poverty is associable with more than one digit percent of a society and in a cross cutting manner, the intelligentsia, the leaders and producers of that generation have failed WOEFULLY. The simple reason is that it is absolutely not excusable and sensibly intolerable. It is a measure of irresponsibility for any individual in a family and society to LACK basic food, drink, shelter, literacy and companionship.
As a Muslim, I have found in the Qur’an and Hadith the fundamental ORIENTATION which is capable of INTERVENING with quadruple distinctions. I have attempted recording the elements of this necessary ORIENTATION that NEEDS TO BE LEARNED irrespective of religion, ideology, tribe or location in a series of seven (7) books published by the Sadaqatu Tayyibatun Foundation. They are available and can be downloaded for free from the main website.
Here, I present a set of other publications that focus on politics, economy and society. They arise from the basic orientation defined by the 7 but are independent of the 7. These twin sets of publications will enable an ORIENTATION, a MINDFRAME of better Muslims and non-Muslims – a foundation for easier attack and security of dealing with poverty and the sustenance of prosperity.
THE EXPLANATORY NOTE: UNVEILING THE TOTAL NATURE OF POVERTY
As the title goes, this book tries to explain the true meaning of poverty over and above the Encarta Dictionary definition of “the state of not having enough money to take care of basic needs.” The reader will discover that poverty has three strata: not having enough, having just enough and having more than enough but painstakingly using mostly unethical means to sustain the tempo irrespective of the consequences, for the simple FEAR of rolling back to either of the first two. Those in this stratum are more interested in building themselves rather than the society.
The author advocates that developing human capacity is the surest way of curbing poverty; not money, budgetary provision or financial plan.
– Imran Muhammad
THE INEVITABLE AND THE ULTIMATE PURPOSES OF LIVING AS HUMANS AND AS BELIEVERS
All animals struggle to “exist” and “survive.” In the process, some fall out, are defeated or die. Evolutionists call this Natural Selection or Survival of the Fittest. This is same with humans. But at what stage will humans said to be different from animals in their quest to exist and survive? What factors militate against the attainment of this enviable status? As believers, is the ultimate purpose of living purely to exist and survive? The author provides detailed answers to these questions and more in this captivating write-up.
– Imran Muhammad
THE ANSWER TO OUR HISTORY AND THE PATH TO IT
Before the year 2000, we have heard of “Education for all by the year 2000”, “Housing for all by the year 2000,” etc. These could not be realised. Presently, it is clear that the Millennium Development Goals cannot be accomplished by the set target year of 2015. The “Vision 202020” of Nigeria is equally a hoax. Now, what is the problem? Is the vision, the dream, or the aspiration of these programmes that is wrong or the implementation? Can’t we set goals for ourselves and attain them?
According to Jimada, in order to achieve what I call “Prosperity for all, forever”, or what he calls “The Answer,” three simple but radical steps have to be taken. These are what governments and even the United Nations are missing. Experts and researchers in Developmental Economics might not have thought of these steps. Thus, the ultimate result will not be “killing two birds with one stone”, but “killing as many birds as you like with three stones.”
– Imran Muhammad
THE COMPLETE PROCEEDINGS OF OUR CONSTITUTION DRAWING COMMITTEE
Constitutions anywhere in the world are considered sacred documents which provide a modus operandi for government business on one hand and its relationship with the citizens on the other. This book highlights the complex dynamic nature of the social man in disagreeing in order to agree on a “Code of Conduct” in a heterogeneous society like Nigeria.
It also brings to fore the character and nature of elitist intervention and influence in political power game especially in decision making process as dramatised in a much touted African sleeping giant.
– Ghazzali Sa’idu
A TRIALOGUE ON THE POLITICO-ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DIRECTION FOR NIGERIA
This book serves as a clarion call to Nigerian leaders and followership alike about the essence of domesticating policies especially in this era of globalisation in line with the peculiarities of a heterogeneous Nigeria.
The author explores pressing national issues such as secularism, religion or ideology, ethnicity, family planning, national unity and integration, etc while explaining the interconnectivity between socio-cultural development and that of politico-economic development.
– Ghazzali Sa’idu
TO THE PHILOSOPHER KING AND PRINCES
This book will easily pass for a progressive write up on Public Policy but with a radical departure from conventional emphasis on cosmetic beauty of policy nomenclature to that of genuine policy implementation and positive feedback. There is no doubt about Nigeria being a potentially great nation but for debilitating factors all attributed to corruption despite the availability of numerous anti graft agencies and laws.
The author therefore advocates for a radical reorientation of all stakeholders in the business of fighting corruption and moving the nation forward. The book did not stop at providing an extensive explanation about the concept as well as the factors that fuel corruption; it also brings to fore the responsibilities and challenges that a philosopher King and Princes are bound to face in the struggle to sanitize the already distorted and corrupt-ravaged system.
– Ghazzali Sa’idu
THE PATH TO UMMAHOOD IN NIGERIA
This book is a collection of papers written and presented by Muhammad Sa’idu Jimada at various Islamic fora, though in one or two occasions, a representative delivered the paper(s). These were picked out of several others because they attempt to define the prerequisites of establishing an Ummah especially in an environment like Nigeria. The papers included in the book are:
- Discipline as an explanatory solution to all explanatory solutions that have failed in contemporary Nigeria.
- The Islamic framework for the unity of Muslims (Towards an understanding of Islamic consciousness).
- The Muslim Ummah: Overcoming the inertia and facing the challenges of today (An introduction to the perplexed).
- Who is a democratic leader? An attempt to unveil the realities of: Our empty political struggles, our destructive social beingness, our wretched investments.
- Sincerity the key to success: The case of Islam.
- Towards an understanding.
– Imran Muhammad
OUR FAMILY, OUR HISTORY, OUR PURPOSE, OUR POVERTY AND THE ANSWER
In this short write-up, Jimada advocates that if wealthy and influential “brothers and sisters” in the society do not save and serve the poor and less influential with their surpluses AS A RESPONSIBILITY, the latter will not be better off with the loans, grants or aids they receive from the former. This idea of being responsible for others is better appreciated when we consider our history and the purpose of our lives as humans and as believers. The world will be a better place if each and every one of us leaves behind sadaqatu jariya (everlasting charity).
– Imran Muhammad
TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE AND POLITICS
The six papers contained in this brief publication include two valedictory addresses at my sent forth, lavishly organized by my beloved department and the entire Institute (N.I.T.T. Zaria), arranged by a Management Committee. The second is a memorandum aimed at improving the operations of the Department of Governance and Institutional Reforms with regard to training of public sector retirees. The third is my modest submission as a participant observer in Nigeria, where the public service and politics are justifiably primarily responsible for all major credits and failures in our national being. The fourth summarizes my assessment of leadership in Nigeria and how the rot in the system can be corrected, while the last one defines the status quo problems of Nigeria as corruption, bad governance, and new breeds. Two solutions have been proposed: long term and immediate (short term). The former should however not hinder the implementation of the latter. The sixth reviews my understanding of democracy, the connection between democracy and corruption especially in Nigeria as well as how the present administration can arrest the situation to ensure long lasting, efficient and permanent democratic governance.
– M. S. Jimada
UNDERSTANDING POVERTY AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES ARISING FROM THE DEFINITION, FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA
“Understanding Poverty and the Responsibilities Arising from the Definition, For Good Governance in Nigeria” authored by Muhammad Sa’idu Jimada is a flawless breakthrough to unbound the seeming realities of vast accumulation of valuables, the worthlessness attached to the satisfaction of human appetite, as well as the negligence and ignorance of our society and nation as a whole in accepting leaders who care only about themselves and the followership is left to be cared for by God. One of the shameful things in life is that each and every one of us is buried as he or she was born. Hence, the author dismissed the claim to ownership of anything by anyone. He advocated that until there is a national character reform in our leaders, we will continue to wallow in poverty.
The second part of this write-up deals with the seven fundamental principles of achieving good governance in Nigeria. They serve as a compass for achieving Nigeria’s political and economic freedom. The author called them “CROSSROADS”. They are: leadership by example, salaries and retirement package for revenue generating agencies must be adequately taken care of, harmonious working relationship between the three arms of government, transparency and accountability, all citizens must be above poverty index, in a democratic setting intellectual blame must be admitted and taken care of, as well as an all-inclusive government with civic awareness of its policies and programmes. To my mind, these summarises the responsibilities and burden of leadership in Nigeria. In an attempt to ignore or compromise any of the outlined strides, history will continue to linger itself on the corridors of good governance. I would not fail to articulate my appreciation of its organized presentation and highly recommend it as a blueprint to our present and future leaderships.
– Mustapha Muhammad