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Nigeria’s Myopia to Insecurity- Hafsat Yola



Hafsa Yola


We’re gradually losing ourselves yet content. Very few are voicing the turmoil we’re facing, or are we all secretly waiting for the inevitable to achieve a silent agenda?.


We’ve embraced death reports like another wedding announcement. Our life’s worth a fly’s because it can be smashed any moment and we’re content with it.

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Do we still have empathy towards those paying ransom for their kids, that lost homes, families, and lives to terrorist attacks, massacres by bandits and God knows who?


Yet, we’re not agitating for a security revolution, together with leadership. Perhaps it’s the resignation towards hope that the country might not be saved because no one is inclined to fight for our so-called ‘beloved country’.


There should be a demand for the ban on National Anthem recitations in schools or The pledge, no Independence day celebration until we can shout in good spirit ‘my fatherland’ again, what are we even celebrating? Terror?


In schools, we’re taught that Sovereignty is one of the major attributes of a nation, but Nigeria is on the brink of an earthquake from internal forces.


Do we even still have nationalists that want to do right by our country? Our youths are in illusion led to yearning for foreign countries’ identities against theirs, it’s like picking a child and allowing yours to sink in the mud. We’re slowly losing our identity and content with it.




Hafsat Muhammad Yola

Is a level 400 student in the Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Communication, Bayero University, Kano


Expanding Civic Space: Empowering Youth for Democratic Participation



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By Hafsa Yushau Yusuf

The United Nations, an organization renowned for championing human rights and democratic principles, once stated, “Youth participation is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive, and stable societies.” This powerful statement underscores the indispensable role young people play in shaping the course of our shared future. As we stand on the cusp of unprecedented global challenges and transformative opportunities, empowering youth for democratic participation has become more critical than ever before.
Civic space, the bedrock of a thriving democracy, grants individuals and organizations the freedom to voice concerns, advocate for change, and foster social progress. By expanding this space, we empower youth as catalysts of change, where diverse perspectives converge, and collective aspirations shape a brighter future.
Youth participation is vital in shaping societies amidst complex global challenges. Their fresh perspectives and commitment to social progress make them catalysts for change. Engaging with political systems fosters accountability, while technology amplifies their impact. Empowering youth for democratic participation is an investment in a just, equitable, and sustainable world, addressing urgent issues like climate change.
This article delves into the transformative potential of expanding civic space as a catalyst for empowering young people in democratic participation. By exploring the multifaceted dimensions of civic space, examining the challenges young individuals encounter, and showcasing the significance of youth-led initiatives, this discourse aims to illuminate the path towards fostering an inclusive and vibrant civic ecosystem where the voices of the youth resonate with impact and shape the future of societies worldwide.

“Civic space, as defined by Kumi Naidoo, a renowned human rights activist and former Secretary-General of Amnesty International, encompasses the fundamental freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. It is a crucial arena that empowers youth to voice concerns, foster social progress, and actively participate in shaping a more just and equitable society, as we face complex global challenges.”

In the pursuit of a more inclusive and just society, youth involvement in civic and public life is indispensable. However, the challenges they encounter, such as safety risks, Unequal access to technology that creates a digital divide, hindering some youth from fully participating in online civic activities. and limited representation, necessitate concerted efforts to ensure their well-being and meaningful engagement. The EU stands firmly behind youth involvement in civic and public life, recognizing their crucial role in shaping a better future. As expressed by Jutta Urpilainen, the EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, supporting youth activists and human rights defenders through mechanisms like ProtectingDefenders.eu is vital to safeguarding the pivotal role young individuals play in shaping our shared destiny. By embracing and addressing these challenges, we can create an enabling environment where the voices and aspirations of the youth flourish, paving the way for a more resilient and equitable society.
Numerous youth-led initiatives and organizations drive positive change globally, spanning climate activism, gender equality advocacy, technological innovation, and social entrepreneurship. A standout example is the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) program, a United Nations initiative empowering young changemakers to advocate for sustainable development. Chosen as SDG advocates, these leaders promote and inspire action on the 17 SDGs, addressing issues like poverty, education, and environmental conservation. Through their efforts, youth exemplify the transformative potential of their engagement, showcasing the power of inclusive, sustainable development in creating a better world for all.
Among the inspiring array of youth-led initiatives driving positive change, one stands out for its transformative impact on education: MyVoiceMySchool. Empowering students to actively shape their learning environments, this innovative youth-led initiative has harnessed the power of digital tools to create a platform where young voices resonate with clarity and conviction. Through MyVoiceMySchool, students find their voices and play a central role in the decision-making processes that govern their educational journey. By bridging the gap between students and education authorities, this initiative exemplifies how youth-led initiatives can contribute to democratic progress at the grassroots level, transforming education into a force for social change and progress.

In the pursuit of a flourishing democracy and an inclusive society, the significance of engaging young voices cannot be overstated. As we stand at the crossroads of history, facing intricate challenges and transformative opportunities, the agency and vision of today’s youth emerge as a powerful force for positive change. At the core of this transformative potential lies the concept of expanded civic space, a dynamic arena where the rights of freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly intersect, fostering an environment conducive to active citizenship.

In conclusion, by heeding the call to expand civic space and empower youth for democratic participation, we lay the groundwork for an inclusive and vibrant civic ecosystem. Embracing the diversity of perspectives and harnessing the potential of young changemakers, we can collectively address the complex global challenges that lie ahead. Together, let us build a world where every voice matters, where the dreams of today’s youth intertwine with the promise of tomorrow’s possibilities, and where democracy thrives through the relentless pursuit of a better, more equitable world for all.

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Save SES Tudun Maliki From Collapse




Tasnim Muhammad

Assalam alaikum to all concerned in special education training and development in Kano State and in particular many of us who attended Special Education School (SES) Tudun Maliki Zoo Road, Kano, especially the hearing impaired graduates among other physically challenged persons.

It is all about our former school. I am sad and worried about the information coming out from our alma-mata, most especially the poor teaching conditions, lack of discipline in the school, the lack of classrooms and teaching materials as well as many other things including the houses, accommodations and school environment which are all said to be in very bad and deplorable conditions.

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I am feeling really bad upon hearing this disturbing news. I don’t want our school destroyed or at the end of the day even closed down due to its bad state. I just want to continue seeing good developments happening in the school environment. I know many of you hearing impaired have heard about these situations, but have chosen to keep silent without expressing any complaints.

I swear by Allah that I don’t want that school closed. If for nothing, I know there are many deaf and blind children of persons in our society who are eager to come and join the school, but because of the bad environment of SES Tudun Maliki, Kano some parents don’t want their children to come there, and some don’t want them to continue getting educated in the school like this.

Some of the students are currently being transferred by their parents to other schools of hearing impaired, because of the lack serious teachers who can train or teach them well, unlike it was obtainable before, during our time or in the past I mean. I also learnt that nowadays the students of our school SES are not serious in their studies. Some of them don’t even know how to recite the English or Hausa alphabets from A-Z! Others are not good in maths and other subjects.

We are also reliably informed that many of the teachers who are good at teaching and can communicate very well in Sign Language have been transferred to other hearing impaired schools. While new teachers brought to teach in that school don’t know how to teach deaf students with the all important sign language.

This to say the least is too bad. By doing this they are seriously harming and even destroying our future. Many of us are striving to get educated despite being deaf and blind, yet this development is doing us further damage. We are getting nothing of benefits from it.

It is a pity that in our former school now students do not obey laid down rules and regulations, and there is no controlling of students as if it is a market place where everyone can wander aimlessly around the compound with no one staying in their classes.

I am begging you for Allah sake all hearing impaired graduates of the SES school, please don’t let our former school get destroyed or emptied. I want to see the students (males and females) grow up good within the school environment, get good education and have good moral and religious training.

Also let me use this opportunity to call on some of us phearing impaired ex-students of SES Tudun Maliki Kano who are opportune to attend various tertiary institutions in Kano, Nigeria and even abroad, and have graduated with NCE, ND, HND, B.A, B.Sc, M.A, M.Sc etc from colleges, polytechnics, universities and so on to please come and help us save the situation.

Come and give something back to the school by formally applying to get employed as teachers at SES Tudun Maliki to assist in teaching and training these physically challenged students, so that they can become well educated, thereby contribute their own quota to society. Also we are appealing some of our retired teachers who can teach in Sign Language, they should come back from retirement and teach on Contract Basis.

May Allah grant us this our prayer. May these our hope, aspiration, secured future and dream come true, amin. Thank you.

Tasnim Muhammad
Former Student, SES Tudun Maliki Kano

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How I trekked To Govt House To Submit My Son’s Credentials For Kwankwasiyya Scholarship




By Ibrahim Adam

Malam Shaharani is a father of one of the beneficiaries of Kwankwasiyya Scholarship Scheme. His son (Mashahud) was sponsored twice by the administration of HE Sen. Kwankwaso for undergraduate degree and Msc by Kwankwasiyya Development Foundation, all in India.

While he was weeping and thanking Sen. Kwankwaso yesterday on behalf of other beneficiaries parents, during a 3-Day Job Fair for Kwankwasiyya Sponsored Students, he narrated how he trekked from his house to Kano govt House with just 10 Naira in his pocket, to submit the credential of his Son, after he heard on Radio station, the advertisement of Scholarship abroad by Kwankwaso’s administration for Kano State Secondary Schools graduate that graduated with 9 credits. That is, in the year 2012.

Luckily enough, his Son was sent to Sam Hagginbattom University in India for his undergraduate where he bagged 1st class degree in Pharmacy. Upon his return, Kwankwasiyya Development Foundation under the auspices of Sen. Kwankwaso sponsored him again to Sharda University In India where he bagged his Msc.

He narrated how all this happened with having no connection with Kwankwasiyya govt and Kwankwasiyya Development Foundation.

While Listening to the fulfilled father talk, my mind and attention quickly shifted to Madugu who was sitting far from the podium, as he listens to the emotional father talk. You could see fulfillment, even bigger and greater than the father’s in Sen. Kwankwaso’s face. I still wonder what he must have always felt whenever beneficiaries of his vast human capital development programmes or their parents make public testimonies in appreciation of how he changed their lives. “ There sits a great man” I told myself, the only reflection of the likes of Sardauna and Balewa.

Ibrahim Adam is the Media aide of Kwankwasiyya movement


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