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What the confederates and Public should know about ASUU Strike



Dr Nuraddin Danjuma


From the 1999 to present day there has been up rise in  harmonious relationships between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Academic Staff Union of Universities. According to some sources and unfortunately, getting to 4 years (almost 5 sessions) was wasted within the last 22 years. So sad indeed as the situation is today very much caved-in courtesy of the FGN and often complicated by her agents (some of which are religious scholars and academics) and the public. The FG, her agents and the public should know that to varying degree their actions are undermining education in Nigeria. ASUU is only wallowing to survive and resuscitate the system.

The FG and her unrelenting pursuit of abstraction of common pool resources (supported by vested self-interest minds and the terms and conditions of the Bretton Woods lenders – IMF and World Bank) often with no consideration of public opinions
is the main problem of Nigeria today. As for Public Universities in Nigeria, the present action of the FG is perhaps the most brutal to the System and one in many attempts by pro-gamers to privatise such as institutions to service external debt that tripled past governments’ figures under this administration ($39.69 billion as of March, 2022 well above Egypt’s $157.8 billion within same period). This administration that has been known as ASUU’s friend – the President, his VP, Chief of Staff, Minister of Education as well as ES NUC are all associated at one time with the Union. It is only now that we understand that their ultimate aim was merely to cling to the top and serve the Supreme Being of Man who according to Ali Mazrui is ‘Man’. In order to support Mazrui, Adamu Adamu came out and told Nigerians that 80% of the demands by ASUU are met but all will be captured in 2023 budget. For goodness sake, which sane people who know how this government operates by scam and Yahoo boys tactics will accept such a ‘offer curve’?.

Similar to their masters, the agents of FG such as Professor Maqari and one Paiko from IBBU Lapai are mostly parasitic-opportunists with blurred lenses. Having gone through Maqari’s academic resume, I found more questions difficult to answer but by him. While there are still issues to puzzle out, I got an early hint that he is a leapfrogger, a parasite and an opportunist. First, he spent his 21 years hopping from ABU Zaria to Jama’atu Institute of Advanced Studies, Zaria to FCE Zaria to Nigeria Arabic Village to KASU and later BUK (where he became a Professor). This is typical leapfrogging hence he can only publish 20 articles in grey journals. A casual search of JSTOR, Scopus, Arabic Collections Online (ACO), Index Islamicus, Qatar Digital Library, Bibliography of Asian Studies as well as Researchgate and Google Scholar speaks differently. *Tunaninka kamanninka* so said in Hausa.

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Maqari ought to be very patriotic by staying one more decade in this excruciating environment doing quality job in order to justify his assertions. Like a parasite he jumped out immediately after Professor when he is needed most in the system. With 20 years sojourn amidst hopping on, Maqari’s false assertion like others’ is mere tales by moon light. Take – it – or – leave!. Anyway, we must also recognise that he is protected by the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria. Religious man like you should please sue for peace Maqari.

As for Paiko, its either he’s provoked by the frustrations in the system or wanting to trail the likes of good researcher Maqari. Let him know that a loner is like a low hanging fruit. Paiko please go for ASUSU. You’ll be tamed in ASUSU (money bank in Hausa) like a coin.

With the dominance of bandwagon effect, the public were made to understand that the struggle is all about personal benefits. All the three well educated people I met in two days were condemning ASUU in my face. That ASUU is unpatriotic and aiding and abating to kill the system. That according to Adamu Adamu about 80% of our demands were met yet we remain adamant. I share with them the video cliff which Adamu bluffed and ask them to watch with open mind. We met later and all stated that Adamu instead of ASUU got the wires crossed. And I said can’t you see that he couldn’t make head or tail of this situation after six months and after three weeks of ultimatum?. This is how the public should judge a book not by its covers. The public should be aware that by joining Adamu and others to serve the new Supreme being an end to public education in nearer.

My ASUU colleagues “success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts…..”. Strong men always say “a bend in the road is not the end of the road”.

Nuraddeen Danjuma
Bayero University Kano


Dr. Idris Abdulaziz Dutsen Tanshi: A Case Consuming Ego Interferring With Reason



Idris Abdul'aziz Dutsen Tanshi

Na’Allah Muhammad Zagga

“Knowledge can be dangerous. Smart people can do monumentally stupid things. Intelligence can be put to a bad use. But this doesn’t mean that knowledge and intelligence are to be avoided. It means only that they need the proper accompaniment–wisdom.”
~Tom Morris.

Even Tanshi’s worst enemy cannot dispute the fact that he is colossally learned. So, why he is so isolated by other scholars, including his own fellow Izala brothers? Sheikh Idris Abdulaziz Tanshi achieved distinctions in all his scholarly studies in prestigious universities in Saudi Arabia.

Why should such a great scholar become such a controversial figure? To say he is learned is an understatement. His is a case of virtue spoilt by style. I have not come across a preacher with penchant for insulting other scholars as Dr. Idris. He hardly acknowledges the knowledge of other scholars. He uses his platform to engage in name calling. He spares no one.

No how do you attract people to Islam by using your knowledge to scare rather than inspiring others? Over 90 percent of his preaching is dominated by name calling. He publicly calls Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi and Prof. Pantami nasty names. His latest altercation is with his own Izala brothers. He openly insults Sheikhs Bala Lau and kabiru Gombe.

If we go by Islamic history, the Prophet Mohammad had used wisdom and personal examples to inspire and attract people to Islam. He demonstrated incredible refinement in his attitude towards others. He had never used foul language to address even his own enemies, those who disagreed with him or those that mocked him. He demonstrated patience and emotional intelligence in his interactions with others.

Incivility was not in the character of Muhammad. How can you openly call other people’s faith into question day after day without making needless enemies? He unapologetically calls Dariqa members kafirai. Dr. Idris Abdulaziz Tanshi talks as if your salvation depends on his approval; he behaves as if he controls the keys to heave or paradise!

It’s high time Dr. Idris Abdulaziz humbled himself and do a soul-searching on his own way of doing things. Leadership requires composure, patience, calmness and remarkable comportment. Don’t inspire your followers with uncultured behaviour or encourage them to insult others. Respect is the foundation of relationship at any level. You can’t belittle, vilify and insult other scholars without creating needless enemies.

Vanity can destroy even great people. Vanity is like Vodka. It intoxicates and intoxication impairs our reasoning ability. No man is an Island. The most dangerous delusion is the spirit of self-righteousness. A self-righteous person is like a patient who believes he is in perfect health, despite all the dangerous signs of his condition. He argues even with his own doctor, despite the fatal consequences of his own obduracy.

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Climate Change’s Stealthy Impact on Health-Faith John



Faith John


Maiduguri, the heart of Nigeria’s Borno State, is silently grappling with an adversary that’s affecting more than just the environment – climate change. The rising temperatures and erratic weather patterns might not scream catastrophe, but their toll on public health is undeniable.

The increasingly hot days are more than just discomfort. They bring a surge in heat-related illnesses, from heat exhaustion to heatstroke. Vulnerable populations, including children and the elderly, bear the brunt of these health risks.

Changing climate patterns influence the spread of diseases. The city has seen an uptick in diseases like malaria and dengue, as rising temperatures create favorable conditions for disease-carrying vectors.
Water scarcity resulting from droughts and shifting rainfall patterns leads to unhygienic water sources and a higher risk of waterborne diseases, jeopardizing public health.

Another risk faced is air pollution from extended droughts which leads to respiratory issues, affecting both children and adults. Dust and air quality pose a growing threat.

For the past few weeks, Maiduguri have experienced haze weather known as harmattan haze during the season typically between November and February. Harmattan haze is caused by the movement of dry, dusty air from the Sahara Desert. This haze can have several effects on health.
Respiratory Issues: The fine dust particles in the haze can irritate the respiratory system, leading to symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and worsening of preexisting respiratory conditions like asthma or bronchitis.
The haze can reduce visibility, making travel and outdoor activities more challenging and potentially increasing the risk of accidents.

Dust particles in the air can cause skin dryness and irritation. Additionally, they may lead to eye irritation, including redness and discomfort.

Increased Vulnerability to Infections: Prolonged exposure to haze can weaken the body’s natural defense mechanisms, potentially increasing susceptibility to respiratory infections.

To mitigate the health effects of Maiduguri’s harmattan haze, individuals can take precautions such as staying indoors during peak haze hours, using air purifiers, wearing masks, and staying hydrated to help soothe irritated respiratory passages. It’s important for local authorities to issue health advisories and take measures to reduce the impact of haze on the population.

The health implications of climate change in Maiduguri are crystal clear. Urgent measures are required to protect the health of the city’s residents. We urge the government to invest in healthcare infrastructure, public awareness campaigns, and sustainable practices to mitigate climate change’s impact on health.

Maiduguri’s fight against climate change is more than an environmental struggle; it’s a battle for the health and well-being of its people.

Faith John
University of Maiduguri

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Low Birth Weight” Impact on Newborns




Faith John

The significance weight of a newborn carries more than mere numbers on a scale. Low birth weight, a silent but profound challenge, casts a shadow over the promising dawn of infancy.

The World Health Organization (WHO) sees low weight as weight at birth less than 2500 g (5.5 lb). Low birth weight continues to be a significant public health problem globally and is associated with a range of both short- and long term consequences. Overall, it is estimated that 15% to 20% of all births worldwide are low birth weight, representing more than 20 million births a year.

At the forefront of concerns is the vulnerability of these infants to a myriad of health complications. From respiratory distress syndrome to developmental delays, low birth weight amplifies the risk of a spectrum of issues that can cast a long shadow into childhood and beyond. The fragility of underweight newborns demands vigilant medical care and heightened attention to safeguard their well-being.

Cognitive development, a cornerstone of a child’s future, stands at the crossroads when low birth weight enters the narrative. Research suggests that these infants may face a higher likelihood of cognitive impairments, affecting their learning abilities and academic achievements.

Low birth weight babies are more likely to have health problems later in their lives. These issues may be related to also being born prematurely, or to failing to get the nutrition they needed at critical times during their gestation. Early intervention and treatment are critical to helping growing kids develop normally.
The goal of the World Health Organisation is to achieve a 30% reduction in the number of infants born with a weight lower than 2500 g by the year 2025. This would translate into a 3% relative reduction per year between 2012 and 2025 and a reduction from approximately 20 million to about 14 million infants with low weight at birth.
WHO’s Member States have endorsed global targets for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition and are committed to monitoring progress. The targets are vital for identifying priority areas for action and catalysing global change.
As medicine allows smaller and more prematurely born infants to survive, we see these children developing a range of health outcomes. Some have no illnesses or negative outcomes at all, while others continue to have slower growth, more illnesses, and other problems throughout their lives. Babies with low birth weight born into situations where they are at risk socially or economically are more at risk for health problems

About 80 percent of low birth weight infants suffer some long-term side effects, from impaired immune systems or lung problems to learning disabilities, behavior problems or even cerebral palsy. About 20 percent of premature and low birth weight babies go on to have no health problems at all. However, parents of all low birth weight infants must provide good nutrition and health care throughout childhood to ensure the best outcomes for these children.
Advances in medical science, coupled with proactive healthcare measures, offer a beacon for positive change. From innovative interventions during pregnancy to specialized neonatal care, the healthcare landscape is evolving to provide tailored solutions for newborns on the lower end of the weight spectrum.
The societal response to low birth weight must transcend the confines of the clinic and extend into communities, fostering a culture of awareness and support. Education on prenatal health, access to nutritional resources, and destigmatization of preconceived notions surrounding low birth weight are vital steps toward a more equitable start for every child.
Governments and health practitioners can play pivotal roles in addressing and reducing low birth weight by Investing in accessible and affordable prenatal care services, ensuring that all pregnant individuals have timely and comprehensive healthcare throughout their pregnancies.
Health practitioners should emphasize the importance of early and regular prenatal visits, monitoring the health of both the mother and the developing fetus. Implement programs that focus on improving overall maternal health, including nutrition, mental health support, and lifestyle guidance. Educate women on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle before and during pregnancy, addressing factors such as proper nutrition, regular exercise, and avoiding harmful substances.
Governments should work towards reducing socioeconomic inequalities that contribute to disparities in birth weight. This involves initiatives that improve access to education, employment opportunities, and social services. Ensure that healthcare facilities are adequately equipped to provide specialized care for low birth weight infants, including neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and trained healthcare professionals. Health practitioners should receive ongoing training to stay updated on the latest advancements in neonatal care.
By adopting a comprehensive and collaborative approach, governments and health practitioners can significantly contribute to the reduction of low birth weight, fostering healthier beginnings for the next generation. Thanks to the WHO Global nutrition target which is aimed at reducing low birth weight.

Faith John Gwom
Department of Mass Communication
University of Maiduguri

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