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
EDUCATION FOR PROMOTING THE UNITY, STRENGTH AND PROSPERITY OF OUR NIGERIA
Education for Promoting the Unity, Strength and Prosperity of our Nigeria is an inside look at what goes on behind the doors of a monstrous legislative arm of a dissimilar Nigeria. The book rolled it eyes over the genuine call for restructuring and the narrow mindedness of the latest attempt by the National Assembly to the areas that would hardly impact our collective well being, hence making a mockery of the plights of its representatives.
Education is more wanting and badly lacking in our individual and collective entity as a people and a nation if we must survive. The collective willpower of a country like Nigeria should only be tempered with for our collective fortune.
– Mustapha Muhammad
EDUCATION FOR THE POSITIVE TRANSFORMATION OF NIGERIA
Nigeria is now fifty-seven years old, but how far have we gone? As a nation, we can lay claim to some marginal achievements, we have also recorded colossal theft of public resources, the raise of ethnic militancy, and ethnic disintegration. In this write-up, the author carefully examined the lost manuscript of the Nigerian elite minority. It further reveals the layers in the class with everyone of them playing a critical role according to his poverty of thought by habitually undermining the sprouting of a prosperous Nigeria. According to the author, this social class is critical to the growth and development of the Nigerian state and it is this same category that is to be blamed for the failures and successes of Nigeria.
The fiasco of the leadership in the ruling All Progressives Congress to stamp its authority on the elite class both inside and outside government to a shift in philosophy of self-serving to nation building has further intensified the troubles of the electorate. He further warned that “the mishap of these efforts is that, the leaderships at the state and local government levels, are largely either unable to do the same or better”. More fearful is the fact that “the end picture does not bring out a unique identity of All Progressives Party in better management of public trust”. In reality, it is only then that Nigeria will think of germinating and harnessing the dividend of democracy.
– Mustapha Muhammad
THE GRANDIOSITY OF OUR ELITE SHAMES: A CULTURAL HANDBOOK FOR PUBLIC PALACES’ TRANSIT OCCUPANTS
The Nigerian privileged minorities are not those who may not have gone to the best schools or come from the best families but those who have the fire in their bellies to have positioned themselves better. They are much more than a portrait on the wall or a face in news. They are bosses, mentors, rarely patriot and often perceived as great Nigerians. As men of thought and action they exerted great influence from the beginning. There are reasons now to question how and what Nigeria would be without the elite.
How can the elite who led us to struggle and assert our right and freedom become a nuisance? It is strange, strange in logic and strange in definition. It is like suffering on the despot and prospering under just rule. From the failure in creating a fair society to the picture of a welfare society or even worse is that despite our enormous resources the nation’s wealth has failed to be redistributed through asset enhancement which has become more of subsidy for consumption. In whatever form the elite choose to serve, it shouldn’t fail to reflect the values and interest of Nigeria first. This nation will continue to be poor without their deliberate intervention because if individually the elite have succeeded in achieving what they have achieved, now put your mind to what they could achieve when they are one and working in the interest of all. The author’s trajectory is a long term project, and it cannot be less problematic to achieve in reality than it looks on paper. But in truth it is the only way forward, and yes it can be done. He further outlined a carefully sieved knowledge, an unambitious power in the form of authority, and resources as the means through which it can be realized as in other developed nations. With the size of their failures now around our necks, as a nation we can no longer be satisfied with the snail growth and development thrown at us.
– Mustapha Muhammad
THE OUGHT CONCERNS FOR POLITICAL OPPOSITION
Any well-meaning government needs a proactive and vibrant opposition to keep it alert. That is the essence of having Shadow Ministers in the UK for example. In Nigeria, the opposition is almost non-existent because it is disorganized and seems not to appreciate the valuable contributions it can make to the development of the country. Thus, according to Jimada, “it is possible to have an intelligent opposition representative leading in relevant law making in a midst of ruling accidental majority.”
Just like the three basic questions of production: what to produce, how to produce and for whom to produce; the principles of opposition as outlined in this piece include: WHO should be the stakeholders in opposition, WHAT should be their priorities, FOR WHOM it should be done and HOW to go about it. If any, some or all of these are missing, the electorate more often than not finds it difficult differentiating between the ruling party and the opposition. As a result, the welfare of the people is thrown to the dogs.
– Imran Muhammad
THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER FOR NIGERIA
The objective of this piece is to serve as a de-facto manual for serving and aspiring democratic leaders in Nigeria. More often than not, they are carried away by power and comfort. Their consciousness tends to reset after leaving office or when attempting to run for a second term which may be too late. Thus, they should realize that: one, they do not have the luxury of time to make the impact of their stewardship felt by all and sundry. Two, they are not there to serve themselves, their families, tribe or religion. Three, copying and pasting policies and programmes from other countries without due regard to our peculiar circumstances is the beginning of failure. We assume anything from Europe and America is the best.
Jimada enumerated five challenges leaders and leadership in Nigeria need to tackle head-on in order to succeed. These include misplacement of focus or direction such as “the prioritization of establishing airports over schools even when it is clear that flights cannot be more than three in a month with two of these as chattered flights for the governor.” Also, a leader should be wary of hypocrites and sycophants around him who may even be his blood relations. Instead of seeing clearly, they tend to blur his vision and subsequently behaves like someone suffering from cataract. For aspiring leaders, your aspirations may be unrealistic when you get there given the resources at your disposal. So, do not be afraid of recasting your dreams. It’s better to have a realistic two-point agenda than hallucinating twenty-points of which the citizens cannot find even one after you leave office.
– Imran Muhammad
EDUCATION TOWARDS 2019 ELECTIONS AND BEYOND
In this piece, Jimada bears his mind regarding several issues as Nigerians go to the polls in 2019. These include age, rotational leadership and religious affiliation. Just because an aspirant is not too young to run, do we overlook other qualities such as his track record and vote for him? If we really care about good governance and welfare of the masses, should leadership positions be rotated? Can’t we identify a good person irrespective of his religion or where he comes from and vote for him? Talking about a “good person”, Jimada advices Nigerians to be weary of apologetic sinners in choosing their leaders because “while it is not impossible for a repentant atheist to become a priest or a former armed robber to make a good guard, priests are normally picks from among godly worshippers and persons clean of criminal records are usually trained for security jobs.”
Next, the reader will discover how to HONESTLY evaluate the performance of leaders especially those seeking re-election. The aim is that both the ruling and opposition parties should be guided in defending or criticising the performance of leaders as noise making is not an element of democratic rule. Thus, Jimada calls for re-orientation by politically educating the general public.
– Imran Muhammad
FOR NOTING BY THE YOUTHS, THE OPPOSITION PARTIES AND THE ELECTORATE AGAINST BUHARI AND THE APC
Nigerians were mobilised by some forces to vote out Goodluck Jonathan because he was “clueless” regardless of the good things he did. Now, we know better. With 2019 elections approaching, the same forces are calling on Nigerians to “send Buhari back to Daura” because he is too old to rule. The rhetoric is that youths should be allowed to take up the realms of leadership. In this piece, Jimada is calling on Nigerians to have a rethink so as not to be taken for a ride again. First, he redefined the age bracket of youths. With that, he submitted that the youth have always been at the helm of affairs in this country from independence till today. Majority of members of state and national houses of assembly are youths. They have failed to use their positions to curtail the excesses of the executive. And who are those padding the budget? Most of the culprits are youths! The bottom-line is that AGE is not a guarantee for good governance. We have seen youthful governors misbehaving.
In addition, the forces asking Buhari not to seek re-election were once leaders when they were youths. They failed to groom the next generation to take over from them because they want to always be involved in governance one way or the other. As a result they contributed in destroying the system that built and nourished them because the same system cannot effectively produce youths who are ready to be leaders. According to Jimada, “unless and until attention is turned to our System development, no efforts can give us the optimal benefits that we deserve. Our institutions are weak, our Operators are less competent with dangerous UNWILLING orientations.”
Our political parties have also been caught into the web of confusion. Tell me one vibrant party that has a youth as its National Chairman. Which party has a formidable structure for youth leadership development? And we want to produce the likes of Emmanuel Macron? Jimada attests, “there are at least hundreds of youths who can lead us out of the woods. BUT, which party is committed to breeding or has bred such?”
Yes, Buhari has his shortcomings. He is slow; he has health challenges. His most valuable credential of integrity can be matched by tens of others. However, we should not allow ourselves to be fooled a second time by accepting the “not too young to run” propaganda hook, line and sinker. We will likely regret it as we did when we accepted the “clueless” propaganda.
– Imran Muhammad