Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: Author Presents Four Books to the Public

Some books were launched by Head of Department of Political Science, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Nuhu Ramalan Jibril Zaria in July and December 2011 after launching his book titled: Politics of Rotational Presidency and Survival of Nigeria at Arewa House, Kaduna in December 2010.

On July 23, 2011, the author launched two books titled: Shari'ah and Politics in Nigeria and A Critique of Implication of Sharia for Democracy, Development and Fundamental Human Rights at Congo Conference Hotel, Zaria. The book foreword was written by Dr. M.B. Uthman, Head of Department of Islamic Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The occasion was marked under chairmanship of Professor Shafi'u Abdullahi (Wakilin Makarantar Zazzau) who also ably represented His Royal Highness, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Dr. Shehu Idris. Amongst Special Guests of Honnour were the Chief Imam of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Kaduna, Sheikh Usman Abubakar Baban Tuni and erstwhile Commissioner of Environment, Kano State, Malam Garba Yusuf Abubakar (Kawu). Guest Speakers were Professor Y.Y. Bambale and Barrister Bello Ibrahim Jahun all of Faculty of Law, ABU, Zaria. Shari'ah and Politics in Nigeria discusses the resolve of some Northern Nigerian State Governments to restore Shari'ah Legal System that was retrenched by Colonialism and sustained by Nigerian Government after Independence, and controversies that surrounded the resolve in the Nigerian Political Process, especially in retrospect of the fact that Nigeria is a heterogeneous political entity as found in the existence of different religious and ethnic groupings.

The book indicates that Shari'ah is about totality of Muslim life at both private and public levels. It offers that these natural diversities should not, in a civilized manner, be a source of crisis, but should be appreciated and respected for mutual understanding, harmonious co-existence and development of Nigeria.

On the other hand, a Critique of Implication of Shari'ah for Democracy, Development and Fundamental Human Rights of Women is a critique of a thirty-four-page paper titled: "Perspectives of Shari'ah: Implication to Democracy, Development and Fundamental Human Rights of Women", written and presented by Mailafiya Aruwa Filaba of the Department of History, ABU, Zaria at a National Conference organized by Institute for Development Research (IDR), ABU, Zaria. The book was foreworded by Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, the former Executive Governor of Kano State. The paper is a response to the resolve of the Northern Nigerian State Governments' resolve to restore the Shari'ah Legal System.

The book analyses assertions of the paper with a view to concurring and parting company with it where it is right and wrong, respectively, so as to clarify issues, create ambient environment for mutual understanding amongst Nigerians and further research to expand their scope and horizon of scholarship.

On December 3, 2011, the author launched another book titled: Politics of Education in Nigeria at the Federal College of Education, Zaria. Professor Ango Abdullahi was Chairman of the occasion. Arch. Ja'afaru Saidu (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Kaduna State) represented the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa and Commissioner of Science and Technology, Kaduna State, Alhaji Bashir Ibrahim Sakadadi.

The Emir of Zazzau was ably represented by Alhaji Yahaya Yusuf (Wakilin Yaki Da Jahilci), while the Secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Alhaji Lawal Sama'ila Yakawada was ably represented by Director of Special Duties of his office. Dr. Hudu Ayuba Abdullahi, Head of Department of Political Science, ABU, Zaria, reviewed the book.

The book was foreworded by the Honourable Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'I when she was Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Jigawa State.

The book is a synthetic analysis of the Nigerian Educational System which is bedeviled by crises engendered by External, Systemic and Societal factors from Colonialism to date. It argues that the entire base of the NES stemmed from the British Colonialism which produced concomitant odious consequences on Nigerians, sustained and furthered by Nigerian ruling and governing elite via racketeering of the State coffers, lack of planning, management and implementation of programmes and policies. And Parents, 'well-to-dos', teachers/lecturers and students also contributed to the parlous state of Education in Nigeria.

Therefore, the book offers that the philosophy of the NES embedded in its nature, meaning, pursuit and realities needs urgent, meticulous, sterling, realistic, synergic and concerted efforts of the stakeholders for the parlous state of the Education to be redeemed.

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