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7 IDEAS ON THE BOKO HARAM CRISIS

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Editor's Note: This article was written by Mukhtar Usman-Janguza: A London based Africa and Middle East public affairs commentator. He blogs at janguzaarewa.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @JanguzaArewa

In this post, I outline four policies and three experimental concepts that I would implement if in an alternate universe I went to bed and woke up as Nigeria’s President and Commander-in-Chief.
1. State Organs and Institutions Put on a War Footing
Irakli Toidze’s iconic “Motherland is calling”. A Word War II propaganda poster from the Soviet Union (sovietposters.com). The poster was published in 1941, just after Germany’s invasion of the country. The motherly figure is a personification of the Soviet Union and in her arms the Soviet soldier’s oath of loyalty.
Whether we choose to believe it or not, ours is a nation at war! Therefore, I will immediately put every organ of the State – i.e. the ministries, parastatals and State institutions – on a war footing. I will defend this radic…

A JOINT SESSION OF PARLIAMENT DEALING WITH THE BOKO HARAM CONFLICT

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Editor's Note: This article was written by Mukhtar Usman-Janguza: A London based Africa and Middle East public affairs commentator. He blogs at janguzaarewa.blogspot.com
Given dramatic developments in the northeast – Boko Haram mutating into a formidable territorial force; a recent “ceasefire” agreement announced by the government – a Presidential address in Parliament dealing solely with the now five-year conflict is long overdue. 


President Goodluck Jonathan presenting the 2013 budget at a Joint Session of the National Assembly (Today.ng)

Map showing at least 16 towns and villages in the northeast controlled by Boko Haram (Stratfor)
Whether we choose to believe it or not, Nigeria is at war! Terrorist insurgents have marched into the northeast intent on carving out an independent state. Despite a “State of Emergency”, and a military occupation, having been in place for 19 months – first declared in May 2013, subsequently extended in November – in the three most affected northeastern …

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR ASPIRING WRITERS

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I had initially declined to write about this topic when my cousin Nafisa suggested it to me. Reason being, I started writing about four months ago and I felt I was a novice and thus had no useful tips to offer aspiring writers. Then I reconsidered. Experience is experience and no matter how little it is, it can be shared and can aid others as well. So, to those who love writing and aspire to someday become writers, here are some useful tips to aid you in achieving your dreams.


1.READ: So you want to be a writer? Yet you do not like reading? Well, I’m sorry to break it to you but your aspirations will hit a brick wall. The fact is you cannot be a writer if you do not like reading. That is the only way you can improve your vocabulary, enhance your knowledge of history, literature and broaden your intellectual capability. Considering the fact that reading a dictionary in the hopes of improving your vocabulary is a boring and burdensome task, your best hope of…