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President-elect Tinubu: When A Man Is Destined To Win!



President-elect Tinubu: When A Man Is Destined To Win!

President-elect Tinubu: When A Man Is Destined To Win!

The Insight by Lateef Adewole

In the last fourteen months, since flurry of declarations for political offices towards 2023 general elections started, with thousands of aspirants indicating their political ambitions publicly, I have had course to write some articles about some of them, their aspirations and their chances. This was applicable to the top office in particular, the presidency. So, when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, now President-elect, declared on the 10th of January, 2022, on Saturday of that week, I wrote an article titled: “Tinubu And 2023: When A Kingmaker Wants To Be King”.

I received a lot of knocks from Tinubu’s traditional supporters then. This was because of the points I raised as my concerns about his chances and the likely obstacles he would face. Die-hard loyalists often throw reasons and logic away whenever they defend their principal. They don’t like to hear any divergent view that might seem to be against the ones they hold. This often is the problem that leaders faced with sycophantic followers. They won’t tell them the truth. However, true to my words, the obstacles were precisely what he faced in his journey to Aso Rock. Actually, he faced more and worse, as I never even envisaged many of the political existential battles he had to fight, not only against opponents from outside, but from enemies within.

As time went on, I wrote a few others as he became the flag bearer, and as the war against his ambition unravelled. In the history of Nigeria, both the one I have witnessed and the one I read, I have never seen or read of any presidential candidate of the ruling party at the centre, who had to face all the troubles he faced. I do not think such will happen again as it is most illogical thing to happen and against the norm. Where does one start from? But, in Nigeria, everything is possible.

But today, we have had the presidential election, a keenly contested one at that, a winner has emerged and Tinubu is that winner, against all odds. This is why many believed he should be a subject of academic study by political science and history students. His last 30 years of political journey should be subjected to critical analysis by students of power politics. I congratulate him once again for a battle well-fought and a victory well-deserved.

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In Nigeria, hardly had any loser in an election accepted their loss graciously and moved on. They often resort to discrediting the polls and challenging the outcomes in court, when they acted in civilised way. There have been instances of crudity and barbarity of inciting supporters to violence. It is no exception this time around too as the losers have approached the courts, though, with some crude behaviours by the side. However, warts and all, with the kind of results from that polls from different states and regions which cummulated to Tinubu having the highest number general votes, it is hard to comprehend how it can still be alleged that he won based on rigging. It is ludicrous. The results were “abnormal” in the sense that, they did not follow the traditional pattern of votes that often brought presidents to power.

That is why many, including me, believed it is only the will of Almighty God that made him to win. As the candidate of the ruling party with 21 states under their control, majority in both chambers of the National Assembly, one would have thought it would be an easy ride for him, but no. Not even with the internal battle he had to fight. And the worst and most dangerous enemies are enemies within, who also camouflage as friends. These were no ordinary people but persons with power and influence. That was the kind of situation that faced him in the last one year since he declared his intention to run for that office. The difficulties became more gigantic as we moved closer to the election itself.

Apart from having to bear the brunt of negative energy of Nigerians who were displeased with the management of the country by the Buhari administration in the last eight years, despite that he held no government position or had any official role, his antagonists made it a duty to heap all the blames for Buhari’s government on him. Yet, the same administration decided to build road blocks on his path by creating situations that hurt the citizens badly; the fuel scarcity and the thoughtless CBN cash confiscation policy. These pains and anguish created additional resentment for the ruling party, the flag of which he carried. He suffer for what he was not responsible for.

With all the forces against him from his own party and government, no one could accuse him of having the advantage of federal might. No one could use vote buying as the means with which he won. No one could say he used the police, military or any other security agents to muscle his way to power. This could be the reason why those who lost had to invent some other excuses for their failures, because the usual rhetorics were not tenable. In fact, the opposition candidates and their parties suddenly became fans and supporters of Buhari and his policy that hurt the people, with the hope that they will turn the tide in their favour. It was not funny at all seeing them defend the Federal government’s actions.

At the last count, Tinubu scored 8,794,726 (37%) to win the polls and had 25% in 30 states, to satisfy the constitutional requirement. A critical look at the spread would show a “miraculous” win. Out of the 21 states with APC governors, he only won in 9 of them. He lost in 12. And where the losses took place were most incredible. To start with, Lagos, the stronghold of the candidate himself, whose parties have been in charge for the past 24 years, who was a governor there for 8 years and has been instrumental to his past 3 successors from the same party, APC lost there. I don’t want to go into all kinds of electoral malfeasance that people later dicovered and still discovering, that took place in many areas during the elections. Within the South West region where he came from, he also lost Osun state.

Then, the leader of the party and the president of the country, President Buhari, also lost his home state, Katsina. This followed the trend of his companions in the bloc vote region called “KKK” (Kaduna, Kano, Katsina). Historically, for a president to win, he has to do well in these states where huge votes usually come from. In my pre-election projections too, I gave Tinubu two of the three, in the least. Shockingly, he lost in the 3 of them. This was despite the massive efforts of the very loyal governors of APC on ground in the states.

On regional basis, he won in 3 regions; South West, North West and North Central, and came 2nd in the other 3; North East, South South and South East. This was what gave him the edge over his competitors, who either won in one region, their base only, or didn’t win in any. They also came 3rd in regions where they lost, outside their strongholds. This is a very peculiar outcome.

Again, among all the candidates, only Tinubu won, not based on tribalism or religion, despite the religious war that some political christian leaders waged against him and his ambition. They did everything humanly possible within their powers to make sure he never won but men’s way is not God’s way. I have many personal friends who are Christians and pastors, who did not buy into the religious divisiveness of these so-called men of God turned politicians. This is why he had the better spread. He won in many christian-dominated states outside his region like Rivers and Benue.

He had very good votes in many muslim-dominated states and won some others, despite competing with two other strong muslims from the North, who shared the muslim votes with him. He won in Jigawa, Borno, Niger, Kogi and Kwara. He did well in others, despite losing them. In summary, he won 12 states; 5 in south, 7 in north. That is 4 in SW, 1 in SS, 4 in NC, 2 in NW and 1 in NE. This is the best spread among the contestants that indicates widespread acceptability. This is not one based on his tribesmen’s or his religious people’s votes alone or majorly. That was the undoing of other candidates who banked on these two factors to win. No one person or group can lay claim to his victory. It belongs to Nigerians across the country.

As he is now waiting to take office on May 29th, 2023, we believe he is doing his preparatory homework. This is what we know him for; a man of vision, with mission, who gets things accomplished. For someone whose life ambition was to become the president of Nigeria, now that he has it, we expect that he is prepared and ready to hit the ground running. No excuse will be entertained by Nigerians. He is a man with wealth of experience in leadership and governance as seen in Lagos, the envy of all states, where he governed and has overseen its continous developmental trajectory in over two decades. These experiences should bear on his leadership of the country.

I have repeatedly stated that if Nigeria, as a whole, can make as much as 50% of the kind of growth that Lagos has experienced in the last 24 years under his watch, directly or indirectly, Nigeria will be among the top countries globally. He is a man who knows what he wants and how to go about getting it. One thing that endeared a person like me to him is his style of leadership as exhibited while he was the governor of Lagos State. He assembled a formidable team of brilliant, energetic and dedicated subordinates. All of them have grown to be giants on their own now, both personally and or politically.

Effectively now, from his school of politics, he has produced local government chairmen, state lawmakers, commissioners, governors, house of Representatives members, senators, ministers, across the country, then vice president and he has now crowned it with the presidency. Doesn’t such a person deserve a dedicated study?

It is such team that we are all looking forward to when he takes office in May 29.

As Nigerians, who stand to benefit from whatever good that will come out of his administration, we can only continue to pray for his success. We pray that God gives him long life and good health. May he be blessed with knowledge, wisdom and understanding that he will require to manage the country effectively for the progress of her citizens and all.

As we look forward to electing our state governors and members of the state houses of assemblies in various states, we should all go out enmass to vote for candidates of our choice, peacefully. We should eschew violence. The next elections scheduled for next Saturday are even more crucial to us as a people. These are political office holders closest to us. Their actions and inactions have more direct impact on us. So, we should be more concerned and focused on who occupy these positions. May the best candidates win.

May God continue to protect us and guide us aright.

God Bless Nigeria.

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March 11, 2023

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Engr David Umahi: The Minister in my Heart, By Prof MK Othman




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Engr David Umahi: The Minister in my Heart, By Prof MK Othman

Engr David Umahi: The Minister in my Heart, By Prof MK Othman

A round peg in a round hole may not perfectly describe Engr David Nweze Umahi’s appointment as the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Works. A round peg with a correct diameter inserted in a round hole with a fitting diameter best describes Engr Umahi’s appointment as the current Minister of Works.

Nigerians cannot ignore his superb performance in the ailing Ministry of Works, bedridden with supersonic corruption since his assumption of duty. It is the ministry responsible for the construction of the federal roads nationwide. The systematic and gargantuan corruption has made road construction per kilometer in Nigeria the most expensive compared to developed and developing nations globally.  

As far back as 20 years ago, a report published by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) indicated the cost of constructing a kilometer of road to be between N400 million and over N1 billion from the study conducted by the World Bank in 2000. Compared to South Africa, constructing a kilometer of road costs an equivalent of N7.6 million in Limpopo.

The scale of Nigeria’s road infrastructure problem is staggering. A 2019 study estimated the total length of roads in the country to be 200,000 kilometers, of which 34,000 kilometers belong to the federal government. The rest are owned by the state and local governments, at 16 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Furthermore, the condition of these roads is so poor that only about 35 percent of the network is motorable.

Road construction projects in Nigeria are the most frustrating to motorists. Upon award of the contract, the contractors will dismantle the old road and make it unmotorable or motorable with herculean difficulties while the contract work moves at snail’s speed. One may think that time is not a factor in Nigerian road construction projects. Many two or 3-year projects last between 15 and 25 years.

You will see the beginning of the construction of the road project, but you will be lucky to see its end. There are many examples of such roads- Katsina to Kano road of 150 km is over ten years with less than 80% completion with skeletal work still going on; what of Maiduguri to Kano, Lokoja to Abuja, Kano to Abuja, and several others? One particular annoying road project is that of Gusau to Zaria; after over 90% completion in over ten years, the portion from Milgoma to Samaru, a 5 km distance, started June 2023, and the work is going on to God knows when.

Some of us residing in the area are battling the laterite dust hovering over us; I can imagine how asthmatic patients survive under the area’s harsh, polluted air conditions. Road construction contractors do whatever they like, and nobody seems to supervise what they do. You will see them working today and disappear in one week or so without being accountable. They behave as if they are doing Nigeria a great favor when mobilize to sites and seem free to do whatever they like.

They take advantage of Nigerians’ docility and compromising attitudes of leaders, unscrupulous civil servants, and non-performing consultants. Under this scenario, the savior, Engr David Umahi, took over the ministership. 

Unlike many ministers who are content with occupying and warming their seats, Engr Umahi has been tirelessly crisscrossing the entire country, inspecting active, non-performing, and abandoned road projects. His dedication is not just a mere statement, but it’s evident in his actions. For instance, he once challenged a fake engineer who couldn’t differentiate between sharp sand and gravel.

In the clip, he sternly warned the non-performing contractor and his collaborators, unscrupulous civil servants who have been milking Nigeria dry through project upward review and non-performing. If Engr Umahi had his way, he would have summarily dismissed the Engineer and terminated the contract, but due diligence is required to take action by a public servant.

Another clip showed the minister giving the individual non-performing contractors a few minutes of the audience. Before the encounter, he went around those non-performing projects and summoned the contractors to find a way forward. The contractors, primarily non-Nigerians, were not used to this treatment. Someone is challenging their dubious acts; they were used to getting away with anything in Nigeria, hook or crook.

There was no hiding place, and they had no option but to do what was needed as the Minister was determined to change the narrative. His actions have not just instilled a sense of hope in me as a Nigerian but also a double happiness with ahead high as a fellow engineer. I have never been so proud to be an engineer like that day. I wonder how powerful Umahi is; the minister can trample on the toes of the powerful and insist they must abide by the rules of the game and execute parts of their contract.

Nigerians were amazed to watch the unfolding drama between the minister, contractors, and crooks in the civil service, between light and darkness. Who is Engr Umahi? How did he develop the audacity to confront the politician’s back, contractors?
Engr Umahi is a civil engineer, businessman, and politician.

He was born on 25 July 1964 to the family of Elder Joseph Umahi Nwaze and Margaret Umahi at Umunaga, Uburu, in Ohaozara Local Government Area, Ebonyi State. Umahi received his secondary education from Ishiagu High School and the Government Secondary School of Afikpo before his admission to read a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 1982 and graduated in 1987.

In 1990, Engr Umahi co-founded Norman Engineering and Construction Nig. Limited with Ombo Isokarari and served as its general manager until 1993. Until 2011, he served as chairman and CEO of Brass Engineering & Construction Nig. Ltd., Focus Investment Nig. Ltd., and Osborn La Palm Royal Resort Ltd. 
Engr Umahi first appeared on the national political scene in 2007 as the acting chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Ebonyi State chapter.

From 2009 to 2011, he served as the state’s substantive chairman of the PDP. During that term, he served a year as chairman of the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba.
As a Nigerian politician in Ebonyi State, Engr Umahi served as deputy governor from 2011 to 2015, a two-term governor from 2015 to 2023, a senator representing Ebonyi South senatorial district from June to August 2023, and finally as the current minister of works from August 2023 to date.
Like most politicians in Nigeria, Engr Umahi’s political vocation is shrouded with controversy, allegation, and counter-allegation.

He defected from PDP to APC with his deputy when he was a governor, and they were dragged to court to vacate their offices. High Court granted the prayer but was upturned by the Appeal Court, saying, “Court of Appeal in Enugu State affirmed Umahi as Governor of Ebonyi State, saying his defection to the APC was immoral but not unconstitutional while affirming an earlier judgment by the Federal High Court in Ebonyi.” An online newspaper, Peoples Gazette, accused Umahi of corruption during his tenure as deputy governor and governor, alleging a transfer of more than ₦3.6 billion to his company, Brass Engineering & Construction Nigeria Limited.

Umahi denied this and demanded the paper retract the report. When the paper failed to do so, he sued the Peoples Gazette for defamation and demanded ₦2 billion in damages.

Despite the controversy, Engr Umahi’s action and proactiveness won my heart and have become a shining example of how a minister should be. Several ministers have disappeared from the public gaze; they are neither seen nor heard performing in the privileged positions President Tinubu granted them.

The president has promised to boot out non-performing ministers enjoying their office privileges while shirking away from their office responsibilities. Non-performing ministers are a liability to the nation, and Nigeria can never make progress with such personalities retarding its growth.

Engr David Umahi: The Minister in my Heart, By Prof MK Othman

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Is Nigeria Worth Calling a Country?



Is Nigeria Worth Calling a Country?

By Sunny Awhefeada

The harsh and disparaging title of this essay was uttered by a sixteen year-old girl, fresh out of secondary school. It was her response to her mother’s correction on a family whatsapp platform that the name of a country should be spelt with an initial capital letter. After thanking her mother for the correction, the lass fired the salvo, “Is Nigeria worth calling a country?” The worried mother then realized that the daughter’s scripting of Nigeria as “nigeria” was a deliberate act of negation and revolt against a country that has anguished her generation. What followed the girl’s query was an attempt by the parents to talk her out of her grievances against Nigeria. The parents were shocked to discover that the girl was not alone. She spoke the mind of her siblings. Father and mother discovered in the ensuing conversation between parents and children that they held inveterate grudges against Nigeria. They chuckled and abjured patriotism. Their thoughts and eyes are trained on Europe and America. To them, Nigeria was not the place to be.

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Growing up and up till about ten years ago, not many young people wanted to leave Nigeria. Leaving secondary school, many of us sat for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board examination and secured admission into universities. At the university, we looked forward to graduating and working in Nigeria. Despite the hostile and abrasive reality of military dictatorship, many of us were hopeful that “everything good will come”. The lure of “japa” was then largely a Benin phenomenon which was prevalent among those who didn’t get into universities. And as students of the University of Benin, only an inconsequential few thought of leaving the country. During the early years of return to civil rule, although characterized by many oddities, our young people still hoped that good times were around the corner. Unfortunately, that hope was ruptured and in the last eight years the idea of leaving Nigeria became running away from Nigeria not just to Europe or America, but to anywhere, just anywhere.

Our youths are fleeing and they are doing so in droves. The number of reference letters my colleagues and I write every week for our former students seeking greener pastures abroad indicate that our best and brightest have lost confidence in Nigeria and are leaving in search of what they consider to be better places. Beyond our former students are other professionals, young and middle aged, family men and women, who are also fleeing Nigeria. We prefer to use the term relocating, but they are actually fleeing and escaping. They see neither hope nor a future in Nigeria. Many years ago, there was the tendency to scoff at those who left and describe them as exiles who could not live and compete in Nigeria. Today, those people are deemed to have been foresighted and fled long before the Nigerian house caught fire.
Nigeria has gravely wronged her citizens, especially the downtrodden who have been condemned to multi-dimensional poverty. If the objective of government is the security and welfare of the citizens, it has not been so in Nigeria in the last fifteen years.

Government caters only for those in government at the expense of the citizens. My generation and the ones before it knew what it meant to have a government, despite the many failures of the many regimes under which we grew up. But this has not been in the last fifteen years. No doubt, things were rugged in our younger days, but we were hopeful knowing and trusting that there was a tomorrow to look forward to. If we were hungry, we knew there would be food. Our homes, farms, markets, streets and roads were safe. We went to school, learnt and returned to our safe homes. Our public libraries catered for us beyond the school walls. We had doctors and nurses who attended to our health needs. Our roads were good and we had something close to regular electricity. When Lawrence Anini terrorized Benin, he was caught and his menace ended. We looked forward to the future. It was the inspiration that powered us in the struggle against military dictatorship.
The sixteen year-old girl and her contemporaries had not the least of the foregoing experience. The Nigerian narrative gets worse with each passing generation. The generation under focus was born into turmoil with a kind of trauma that is worse than what was experienced with the Nigerian Civil War. The girl’s generation was born into a frazzled landscape and where their parents are struggling against odds that defy solutions. They are seeing their parents sinking into agony and helplessness as they toil to make ends meet. Then from across the country, aided by digital media, they heard echoes and saw images of young people like them killed during the ENDSARS protests of October 2020. It was at that point that that generation and the one before it snapped and jettisoned Nigeria, first psychologically and now physically. The generation has disowned Nigeria.

Their grudge against Nigeria is legion. Besides, the state orchestrated killings that greeted the ENDSARS protests, the present generation now think that the nation holds no reprieve. The easy access to information occasioned by ICT daily inundates members of this generation with the cruel oddities buffeting Nigeria daily if not hourly. This is made worse by the harsh economic climate that has driven the poor beyond the worst margins of poverty. This generation abjured Nigeria because they knew what happened in the last general elections. Many of them saw the outcomes of the elections at all levels as not only a betrayal, but a robbery of their investment in hope. They resorted to “all eyes on the judiciary”, but the judiciary merely confirmed that it was an ass and no longer the hope of the common man. They recall the incidents at Buni Yadi, Chibok and Dapchi and they feel a sense of dread and gloom.
Troubled by poverty, diminishing opportunities and looming anarchy, they woke up on 29 May this year to hear of an unanticipated astronomical increase in the price of petrol. That incident jolted the nation and the citizens are yet to recover. Life is now being lived in deficit. These children now spend three days travelling from Warri to Lagos, whereas their parents did that journey in four hours. Their social studies book taught them that Nigeria is the world’s sixth largest producer of crude oil, yet petrol remains unaffordable. Electricity supply, good schools and health facilities have become motifs in folktales. These children are now daily hounded and robbed by security agents who dehumanize them. They hear of officials of examination bodies making false and indicting reports against their schools because the latter didn’t offer bribes. They hear of judges receiving fat bribes to confirm Niyi Osundare’s “My Lord, tell me where to keep your bribe”. All around them are hopelessness and indices of state failure. They hear of lawmakers buying expensive land cruisers for themselves while millions of citizens have no food to eat and are dropping out of school. Those who graduated from universities endlessly roam the streets without jobs.

The young girl had ventilated her feelings and rejection of Nigeria. But the parents gave her lessons in patriotism never minding how dire the situation has become. Every nation passes through rough patches. Nation building has never been a hundred-meter dash. It is always an ongoing project. And citizens engage the project with deliberateness insisting on how they want to be governed. Countries do not become great or better when the citizens flee from her. Nigerians must rethink options and fleeing must not be one of them. We must affirm that NIGERIA IS WORTH CALLING A COUNTRY!

Is Nigeria Worth Calling a Country?

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Re: Israel-Palestine Conflict: Two-State Solution or Unending War, by Prof MK Othman



Re: Israel-Palestine Conflict: Two-State Solution or Unending War, by Prof MK Othman

Re: Israel-Palestine Conflict: Two-State Solution or Unending War, by Prof MK Othman

As a peace-loving man, I hate to see blood spilling, no matter whose blood. In the last two weeks, I have had to close my sensitive organs against the news of Israel’s war on Gaza to avoid developing high blood pressure.

The World is watching a calamitous pogrom against the defenseless Gaza people in the name of fishing or wiping out Hamas, and nothing much is done to arrest the situation. Israel is applying the law of disproportionate revenge against the Hamas attack of October 7, 2023, thereby jettisoning the enshrined principle of proportional justice in the Holy Book phrase “An eye for an eye.” 1,400 Israelites were the estimated victims of Hamas’s October 7th attack, but as of last week, Gaza’s Ministry of Health estimated the death of over 11,000 Palestinians with more than 27,000 injured people in Gaza, and the counting continues.

Most of the victims of the Israeli deadly missile attacks are women, children, and older people. Daily, the number of deaths and injured has become a mere input to graphical, tabular or numerical statistical expressions. Of course, disproportionate revenge law application is not peculiar to Israel; its closest ally, the USA, is similarly guilty because of 9/11. On September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists launched attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, resulting in the deaths of 2,977 people. USA and allies went on the revenge mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, where more than 300,000 military, police, and civilians paid supreme prices.

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Is the revenge mission the answer against future attacks? Is coordinated and abrupt attacks on innocent people a solution to injustice and inequity being perpetrated by the powerful to the weak? Attacks from both sides are inimical to peaceful coexistence with heavy prices while subjecting innocent souls to the trauma of injuries, deaths, and displacements. World leaders must take decisive action on these burning issues for peace to prevail otherwise we may end up in soup.
My article on the above subject attracted many reactions for and against. I am presenting a few of such reactions as reflections of people’s opinions. Happy reading:

May God reward Prof Othman for concern over this seemingly “unending” war. The war is part of the destiny of human beings on Earth, but it has an end very soon. God in his wisdom has created man. In the metaphysical World, before coming to this physical World, God gave all creatures a choice between granting some free will or pure subservience to Divine ordains. All creatures rejected freewill but man. So, man is guided in two ways: Obedience versus disobedience. There is a day of accountability in the metaphysical World. In His mercy, the Almighty sent Prophets to remind humanity of His covenant with his Lord. God made lots of favors to Banu Israel (Children of Jacob).

There were many Prophets among them. However, they turned ungrateful. The curse of the Almighty and some of their Prophets befell them. They were given the last chance when the seal of the Prophets came. Yet they transgressed. They had a peace covenant with this last PROPHET, but they breached it. That was why they were driven out of the environs of Medina.

At this juncture, let me point to the fact that these Zionists will never allow a peaceful two-state solution. Even if they pretend to accept any truce initially, they would breach it the soonest. So, the issue is that these people have maintained their hard-heartedness and transgression in addition to the curse of Allah, which has been affecting them. They became alien human beings throughout contemporary history.

They would never possess a land of their own. Check the history of their expulsion from individual European countries. Check their somewhat exaggerated holocaust by Hitler of Germany. They exaggerated it to attract sympathy when they wanted to occupy Palestinian land. They used terrorism and banked on the support of Britain and the hypocritical stance of the League of Nations to occupy Palestine. And this was by design.

Of course, they have been living and terrorizing Palestinians for almost 75 years now; they know now more than ever before that Israel’s apartheid state will crumble. The trend now is that not only Hamas, Qassam brigades, etc, but the whole axis of Resistance against American cum Western European hegemony is at war with Israel. The tug of war will continue. It may subside for some time when there comes a ceasefire agreement. But only to be kindled again.

All parameters on the ground indicate this carcinogenic state’s final destruction. It will crumble with its supporters, the USA and the West. The World will then see justice and harmony after it has been filled with injustice, insecurity, tyranny, and transgression. This change is around the corner, God willing.
Dr. D. Nalado Dangora

Greetings Prof M. K. Othman
I read your back page article on National Dailies Blueprint titled; ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT: TWO STATE SOLUTION OR UNENDING WAR?

You seek to make your readers believe that the problems originated in 1948 when Palestine land was divided and used to create the Jewish State of Israel. You did not recognize that the Jewish state of Israel had ever existed in human history until the 1948 declaration of a new Israel as a state recognized by the United Nations after 400 years of Ottoman destruction and occupation of Jewish and Israeli territory as the Arab Islamic Empire.
As your name implies, if I am not mistaken, you maybe by name an affiliate of Ottoman Islamic rulers, The Turks of the Ottoman Empire, that annihilated and conquered the Jewish State of Israel and ruled the area as the Islamic Arab Empire of Palestine for about 400 years before their fall in the World War I and the possible creation of New Israel State after the Holocaust by Hitler and Nazi against the Jewish People in World War II.

The new and enduring Israel and Jewish State today was created by British mandate in 1948, which was rejected by all Arab nations and Palestine.
You also failed to let your readers know that all the Arab nations and Palestine rejected the two-state solution as proposed by the United Nations Assembly in 1948, and they fought Israel together in 1949 and were defeated. From 1948 till date, Israel and Arabs, including Jordan, have fought about seven wars, and the agenda is to destroy the newly created Israel Jewish State and declare all Arab territory. They seem to be returning to a two-state solution because they could not win the wars as intended.

Your proposed 2-state solution and possible division of Jerusalem into east and west Jerusalem, one for Arab Palestine and the other for Jewish Israel, as a room for peace in the Middle East, is just lip service as such, cannot bring peace until, the Jihadist Islamic Agenda of achieving No Jewish State of Israel and declaring all the land an Arab controlled Islamic area is concluded perhaps in the next World of illusions.

What I see in the Middle East is a human blood sacrifice where the Islamist terrorists use civilians as human shields to advance their extreme religious objectives instead of protecting the Palestine people with their weapons in every conventional war. Yet, they blame Israel for any death of any civilian and get donations around the World by playing the victims card against Israel as if Israel does not have the right to self-defense when attacked as a nation and people.

The level of peace achieved presently between Israel and Palestine in getting an independent state of Palestine has gone a long way but now drastically reversed by the present Hamas Attack on October 7 on Israel, killing about 1400 Israelis and kidnapping more than 200 civilians and children to get human shield in their Hamas bunkers.

You are a Prof and student of history. Still, at times, sentiments of religion or tribe or political affiliation may affect even scholars in their sense of judgment as they seem to take sides in a conflict by bringing a narrative to support their prejudice and win the audience to themselves, especially in their political correctness fueled by hypocrisy.

Thanks, Sir, for the insightful analysis. However, this adds to several other perspectives highlighting that violence will never beget peace. It is there written in the books of history. Blood will only continue to flow; cold-hearted Palestinians will continue to harden as more are flattened. It is a cycle.

The American foreign policy, and by implication the Western policy, regarding the Middle East will likely stay the same for a while. We do not need to be taught that in a classroom. Meaning blood will continue to flow with no end in sight. Events that preceded the previous WWs point to a similar trajectory we currently witness.

As events unfold, with each day yielding different tunes since October 7, we must keep praying that, as we believe in miracles, one day, to our dismay, a miracle that brings lasting peace will eventually come down to Mother Earth.
Dr Mohammed Makeri

Re: Israel-Palestine Conflict: Two-State Solution or Unending War, by Prof MK Othman

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