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The Shi’ites And The Rest Of Us: A Slippery Slope To Another Insurgency Nigerians Don’t Need

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Shi'ites protesting the unlawful detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
Shi'ites protesting the unlawful detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Shi’ites protesting the unlawful detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Images are a million times more powerful the words we read or hear. I was reminded of this by the recent clash between the Shi’ites and security men in Kaduna on Thursday.

I had seen the headlines on Nigeria News. I refused to read the stories because I figured it was just another group of stone-throwing youths expressing their anger over the unlawful detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

But I was forced to open one linked that claim the rioters (or demonstrators if you like euphemisms) had stoned a policeman to death. Really?!

I opened the link; and there it was, a grisly and disturbing picture of a policeman lying in a pool of his own blood, lifeless. Around his body were stones of varying sizes, the murder weapons in plain sight for all to see.

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I wished I hadn’t. That could be somebody’s father, brother, a son, husband, a breadwinner. Even though the police are not my favorite people, seeing one murdered that way in the line of duty completely humanized the cop.

Killing a man is never something anybody should take for granted no matter what they did.

It was really upsetting.

The last time I ventured to open a link like this was when Boko Haram was making a mockery of our army in the previous administration.

The link was a video of the terrorist killing a Christian. I went into a mild depression after seeing how the female Youth Corner was decapitated with a knife while she still alive.

The men watching (fellow Boko Haramists) were shouting ‘Allahu Akbar‘ while this was going on.

It was then I promised never to open a link like that. Until now.

What were the Shi’ites thinking for God’s sake? We all know how this problem started about three years ago.

The Shi’ites had blocked traffic in Zaria. Unfortunately, the Army Chief was on his way to an official assignment that day. They refused to allow his convoy through.

In the end, they were forcefully dispersed with bullets. Reports say many died there on the expressway.

The army though were not satisfied with just clearing the highway. They proceeded to the home of the Shia leader and allegedly killed more people before arresting him.

He has been in detention since then in spite of several court rulings that he should be freed.

It is either the Shia youths have no sense, were ill-advised, felt like being martyrs or have very short memories.

If several of them were killed for just blocking a highway 3 years ago, can they imagine what would happen now they have killed a policeman?

Have they forgotten this is a lawless country were SARS get away with murder and other human rights violations daily?

Extrajudicial killings by the police and other security services are so common we now take it for granted.

When almost 40 corpses were found floating in Ezu River in Amansea, Anambra State, in January 2013, nothing came off the outrage from conscientious Nigerians.

The Government then didn’t think the dead men were important enough to order an investigation.

The closest the victims got to an official acknowledgment was when Governor Peter Obi visited the scene and hurriedly planned a massed burial, pre-empting any autopsy on the bodies thereby hampering proper investigations. That effectively killed the case.

It is not likely the Shi’ites would stop all these demonstrations anytime soon. Most of them are not afraid of death because they believed it is a divine calling. Many of them even welcome it.

This is a certain slope the Shi’ites are going down as they seek to have their leader released. What they would meet at the bottom of the slope is clear.

For the rest of us, this is one more crisis the country doesn’t need. The Boko Haram problem escalated almost the same way. The members turned to armed conflict after their leader was arrested and extra-judicially killed.

We are still grappling with that problem and paying the price almost a decade later. The human cost of the resulting conflict is incalculable.

At this point, it is the responsibility of government to learn from history and rein-in the police. They should not be allowed to go on a killing spree to avenge their murdered colleague.

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NYSC: How Major NYSC Camps Look Like and What to Know as Potential Corps Member

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National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)  is a mandatory one year service for all Nigerian graduates.  The programme is aimed at fostering and enhancing unity among Nigerians and also to promote patriotism and to build a sense of national consciousness among the Nigerian youth.

As soon as you receive NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) draft notice or you see your name in the NYSC mobilization list, you should be prepared for a new stage of your life, a stage of one-year serving your fatherland. Now you become interested in NYSC orientation camps in our country. We will try to give useful information and define the best NYSC orientation camp in Nigeria.

The major aim of each of the different NYSC Camps in the country is to foster love and unity among the corps members who raised from different ethnic, religious and family backgrounds. Without forgetting, getting the corps members familiar in knowledge and actions with paramilitary drills is also a core part of NYSC orientation camp.

It is worthy of note that NYSC orientation camps are located in all 36 states of the country including the Federal Capital territory in Abuja.  This means that there are 37 NYSac orientation camps in Nigeria.

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However these camps defer in terms of structural and comfortability settings as some camps are better than the others in terms of structural and infrastructural beauty and comfortability. Despite these infrastructural differences,  social life remains almost the same in the various camps.

For the purpose of getting you familiar with these camps,  NigeriaNews has compiled the list of the 7 best NYSC orientation camps in the country.

1. AKWA IBOM STATE NYSC CAMP
It takes the 1st place in our chart, statistics shows, that many graduates want to spend an obligatory year period exactly there.
*LOCATION: Ikot Itie Udung/Nsit Atai Local Government Area (LGA).
* STATE ALLOWANCES: 20,000 NGN
Other positive sides: nice weather, peaceful people.

2. LAGOS STATE NYSX CAMP
* LOCATION: Iyana Ipaja/Agege.
* STATE ALLOWANCE: from 5,000 to 15,000 NGN
* OTHER POSITIVE FACTORS: nice weather, promising employment opportunities, side attractions, interesting people, the business center.

3. FCT, ABUJA NYSC CAMP
* LOCATION: Kubwa/Bwari Area Council/FCT.
* STATE ALLOWANCE: 4,000 NGN
* OTHER POSITIVE FACTORS: high level of protection and safe.

4. ZAMFARA STATE NYSC CAMP
* LOCATION: Beside FRSC Office/Tsafe LGA.
* STATE ALLOWANCES: 3,000 NGN

5. OGUN STATE NYSC CAMP
* LOCATION: Ikenne Road/Sagamu LGA.
* STATE ALLOWANCES: 5,000 NGN

6. OSUN STATE NYSC CAMP
* LOCATION: Aisu College Hospital Road/Ede North LGA.
* STATE ALLOWANCES: 5,000 NGN

7. KANO STATE NYSC CAMP
* LOCATION: Kusala Dam/Karaye LGA.
* STATE ALLOWANCES: 5,000 NGN

We wish you all the best in your service year

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Achebe was Better than Soyinka, He should have Won the Noble Prize Instead – Reno Omokri

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Former presidential spokesperson and writer, Reno Omokri, is well known for sharing his views without apologies on social media even if they are sometimes controversial.

This time around, Omokri seems to have shaken some tables and stepped on some toes with his latest tweet about the Nobel Prize awarded to Wole Soyinka as he claimed that Chinua Achebe should have gotten the award instead.

Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe have written a lot of literary works which has influenced and continue to impact millions all around the globe and their works have been praised by Africans and non-Africans as their work will remain relevant for years or even centuries to come

According to Reno, he would have awarded the Nobel Prize to Chinua Achebe 100 times out of 100 instead of Soyinka. He explained that he has read the works of both writers but he feels Achebe’s works are by far more superior to Soyinka’s.

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According to Reno Omokri’s tweet: “Between Chinua Achebe and Professor Wole Soyinka, I would give the @NobelPrize for literature to Achebe 100 times out of 100 times. I still don’t understand how Soyinka got it and Achebe did not. I read their books. Achebe’s works are by far the more superior works of literature.”

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