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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Discourse 344. Buhari vs. PDP: The Dog and the Baboon Parable

Discourse 344
By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde

Buhari vs. PDP: The Dog and Baboon 2015 Parable

A fight between the dog and the baboon must be one of those very rare encounters in the Animal Kingdom. Animals fight over territory, food, mates, and in defence of their lives, or of the young. It is very hard to foresee the two animals fighting over any of the above because on most of items, the paths of the two animals hardly cross.

In Africa and particularly in Hausaland where this near impossible idea was contrived as a proverb, such a fight can only happen under the influence of man when in hunting he sets the dog to catch the baboon or its baby. In that case, that fight would surely be one to witness.

The dog uses its power of speed and strong canine teeth, the baboon his powerful shoulders, limbs, claws, hands, and under extreme conditions, his teeth. And this condition is extreme – a fight for his life or that of his baby. So we better assume that the baboon will deploy his entire arsenal.

The camera of kare jini biri jini Hausa proverb often pictures a very fierce and inconclusive fight between two contenders. We can picture the dog first barking incessantly, with its jaws wide open hoping to scare the baboon into submission. The well-built baboon, on the other hand, is not a coward. He would not jump up the trees to escape the attacking dog; he would not fly. He turns wild too, flexing his muscles, beating his wide chest and destroying the surrounding shrubs to intimidate the dog. He jumps at a branch, breaks it and hurls it at the dog, but the carnivore remains recalcitrantunder the command of his master, barking, barking … and now ready to charge.

And the fight ensues and continues for several minutes and, perhaps, hours…

As the proverb depicts, the fierce fight ends inconclusively with both parties sustaining deeps cuts and innumerable browses. Each contender was lucky to survive it and returns to its shelter licking its wounds. The dog gives up hunting for that day, returns home and is granted a sick leave by its master. The baboon keeps his life and his baby and remains in his territory or migrates to a safer one. The only conclusion reached was that the dog learned to avoid the baboon henceforth, while the baboon learned to include the dog among its dangerous enemies in the Kingdom.

In the above, I have tried to capture the proper context and scenario of the proverb. It simply connotes a situation where the fight for something is fierce, where you give your challenger a good run for his money, but where despite the ferocity of the contest, its outcome was not conclusive. In short, when you tell your contender that za a yi kare jini biri jinni, it simply means the battle will be fierce. In the case of Buhari, he was promising his supporters from Niger State that 2015 elections will be fierce; or put in another way, the PDP wIll not have it easy. Simple.

How this simple statement translated into a political missile that says Buhari is promising a bloodbath come 2015 remains one of those sad stories in our practice of journalism.

Let us have a re-read of the mistranslation:

"If what happened in 2011 (alleged rigging) should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.”

Does this reflect the proper context and meaning of the Hausa proverb kare jini biri jinni that we explained above? No. That is because, among other things, if by the time both the dog and the baboon are soaked in blood, both would have been dead, a picture which the proverb never envisaged. It would have been better for the reporter to say, “Come 2015, I promise you, the fight will be fierce.”

Here, I must say that the words of Buhari were misinterpreted, perhaps deliberately, to entertain the Nigerian public with a sensational story that will keep the presently near-static mill of public opinion running once more, or to invent a weapon to knock him down again in the ring of 2015 presidential contest.

But, to be fair to the reporter also, it was a mistranslation that I think was informed by the history of the General’s consistent call for mass action since 2003, of CPC’s unguarded campaign utterances in 2011 and how they were widely believed to have inspired the post election violence that year, and of the strategy of the General’s supporters of the ANPP especially in Bauchi state in 2007, a la his doctrine of protect your votes, a kasa, a tsare, a raka.

These were the elements in the background that also informed the supporting and opposing comments which trailed the publication of that mistranslated proverb. Nigerians became divided overnight into three camps.

The first group – Buhari’s opponents – jumped at it saying, “Aha. There we go again. This notorious and bloodthirsty coup plotter is still dreaming of a bloodbath.” If Buhari, by his statement, was serving such opponents with a notice of an impending doom, they did not heed to it. They did not show any sign of repentance from the sin he is accusing them of. Instead, they continue to direct their accusing fingers at him.

On the other hand, his supporters, the second group, to me, showed the most disheartening response. They did not take the pain to verify and analyse his statement. Not a single one of them came over to say that he was misrepresented. Have they done so, it would have cooled the atmosphere and reassured us. They adopted the mistranslation, in situ, as if it were right, and presented an alibi, saying, “Only election riggers are be afraid of Buhari’s statement. Would there be a bloodbath in 2015 as a result of rigging, it is the PDP that should be held responsible.”

The third group, we the onlookers, are terrified that we will be disastrously caught in the crossfire, once more, as it happened to hundreds of Nigerians during the 2011 elections, when, especially in Southern Kaduna and Bauchi state, the lives of the innocent were lost and thousands of people displaced to date across Northern Nigeria.

Here was a corper medic, for example, riding an ambulance in Toro, stopped and hacked to death by the very people he came all the way from the East to serve after his long and tedious training as a doctor, at a place where he had nobody to protect him except the mores of civilization. His sin was simply that he did not belong to the ethnic group or religion of Buhari, the opposition presidential candidate. The mob on that fateful day was found wanting in those mores, defective in conscience. That is how many like him paid the ultimate price across the state.

And there was a primary school girl in southern Kaduna, witnessing her primary school teacher hacking her father to death in Zonkwa, Southern Kaduna, for no crime but that the father belonged to the religion other than that of the incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan. She never thought that the savage gene of the teacher would overcome the etiquette of civility that her familiarity with him would engender. On that fateful day, humanity was lost, the feeling of civilization was gone, and no guarantees were kept. Months after that massacre, the girl would tell her story to the ears of a deaf and dumb nation that allows the assassin teacher to walk the streets freely, earning his salary. That is how hundreds of the like of her father died and thousands of her type continue to suffer as the politicians behind the crimes remain unscathed.

To date, nobody is man enough to directly or remotely claim even a vicarious responsibility for those atrocities. The PDP that is accused of rigging the election refused to admit that it rigged it in the first place. Instead, it shifted the blame to Buhari, citing what it called his “inciting statements” at his campaign rallies. Buhari and his supporters, on the other hand, returned the blame to PDP, with three reasons: he was a victim not a partaker in the violence; the dastardly acts were carried out not by his supporters but by hoodlums who did not spare him either; and that it was in fact the ruling party that instigated the violence in the first place by rigging the elections. So did the trading in blame continued until our father, Justice Ahmed Lemu, inconclusively closed the chapter.

His panel came up with an ingeniously ambivalent verdict, saying both Buhari and the PDP are right. It said it is true that Buhari inspired the violence but it is also true that PDP's rigging machine provoked it. In effect, the report claimed, there is an egalitarian share of the blame. Case closed. Court!!!

With that we return to our churches and mosques to pray that may God have mercy on those departed souls! And may he protect us, the living, the onlookers, the ordinary citizens, from the evils of power – of its keepers and seekers alike.

I was caught by the same fever when I read the mistranslation in English. I wondered how Buhari could make such a statement after his widely condemned “lynch them” directive of 2011. But when I heard his actual words in Hausa two days ago, I quickly understood that he said nothing unusual, for it is proper for politicians to inject hope in their supporters. Telling a delegation of such supporters that his party will put up a fierce fight next time is just one of those confidence preserving measures.

With this, I hope our journalists will in future show a better sense of responsibility in their reportage. They should use their brains not their minds. We are tired of hearing Buhari mistranslated by a section of the media. More importantly, however, our politicians on both sides of the divide, should refrain from any contemplation of violence or cheating, or asking their followers to take the law into their own hands, whatever the situation would be. If they think that winning an election is a religious duty, then they must not forget that none of our two dominant religions call to violence as a means of winning power or as a reaction to defeat. In Islamic tradition, the injustice of forty years is preferred to the fitna (unrest) of a day.

The government and INEC must do their best to ensure free and fair elections in 2015. The electoral body has two years ahead to fully prepare for it and get rid of imperfections. Let there be a clean fight that ends in a clean winner and a clean loser. If the government is not ready for this, my dear friend, Professor Attahiru Jega, should throw in the towel. The defeated in this case - whether baboon or dog - must accept defeat and allow us live in peace.

If our advice is not accepted, we shall then pray that may our compassionate God deliver us from the evil of that day, when the dog and the baboon fiercely slug it out in the court of Nigerian election. We pray that He restricts their evil to them. And on that day, neither the dog nor the baboon should not return home clean. We are tired.

Oh Lord, answer our prayer.

Let all peace-loving Nigerians say Amen.

Bauchi,
20 May, 2011

75 comments:

Barr. Mannir Dahiru said...

Amen Dr.

suleiman musa said...

A teacher is always a teacher(a good one)i wish you long live and good health and may Allah increase your wisdom and knowledg.Ameen.Ameen again for your prayers.

Dr Murtala. said...

A very loud Ameen to that sir.Violence, has never and, can never be a solution.Both the "Dog" and the "Baboon" will be better up without the fight!

Musa Almustapha Husaini said...

Ameen.

Yusuf Musa Chindo said...

Amien Dr. Zakin Sardauna Ahmadu Ballo na yau.

Anonymous said...

Ameeen thumma ameen.

Inuwa kontagora said...

Such eloquent & precise write ups is/are required in our dailies, in order 2 clense the inciting public perception as well as the wrong doings of the media houses.

Ameen, Dr.

Babagana said...

Ameeen

Nura M. Daura said...

Ameen Dr. Tilde.
I was listening to "political flatform" a Ray Power FM, Abuja, program on the same issue, one of presenters 'Mustapha Muhammad' tried to explain the exact meaning of Buhari's proverb. Unfortunately, the other presenters told him that why was he defending Buhari. And that was the end of his true interpretation of the meaning.
For me, Dr. Tilde, Nigeria is already divided along ethnic/religious line as you can see in the case of these journalists who are suppose to be objective in their analysis of issues. I see Mustapha's effort to explain the issue as trying to do journalism objectively but UNFORTUNATLY his colleagues, ofcourse of southern origin & different religion denied the audience the chance to see the true picture of it.
Having said all these, i think people like Mr. President, Edwin Clark, Reuben Abati to mention a few have all at one time or the other made some inflammatory comments that are worse than what we're discussing now, yet they all went without such attacks. For example: Imagine our President, after MEND had taken responsibilty for 1st Oct. 2010 bombing, telling us that it was NOT MEND & that he knows who's responsible. What is happening now in South Africa with the mastermind "Orkar" is enough to be national issue and more important than Buhari's comment.
Finally, Dr. Tilde, actually I lost confidence in this administration as well as most of our Media Houses. I called them: "Agents of Division".

bashirunnazirun said...

I say, Amen. Better still, is to pray that neither the dog nor the baboon will be a feature on that election day!

Dauda Lawan said...

may Allah reward u,,,,,n protect us from evil doers

DANAMADU said...

My dear doctor,i think reporters who do not speak a particular language very well should get a translator totranslate what anybody says properly before taking it to the public via their medium.That will save us this embarassment of who has said what and stop putting words into peoples mouth.
Thank you
Ahmad M Ibrahim

Anonymous said...

Amin to your prayers.I hope both the dog and the baboon will take the path of honour and spare the lives of innocent nigerians come 2015.

Daras Shehu Gamawa

Anonymous said...

Ameen Sir. I pray both the dog and the baboon will learn to co-exist peacefully. I also hope our Journalists will learn to abide by the ethic of their profession. Nothing is as sad as misinterpretation or misrepresentation. May Allah deliver us.
Ameen

MS Abubakar said...

Ameen, more strength to your fingers as your hit the keyboard!!! Well done very balanced narration

Anonymous said...

Amin, and to Govt & INEC may Allah help them to entertain justice come 2015.

Saadatu Hamma said...

Aamin Dr.Nigerias situation is really sad.

Abubakar Sadiiq said...

Thank you Dr. Tilde. It is unfortunate that many people either due to political bias or total ignorance, went on giving wrong interpretion to Buhari's proverbial expression as to the context he used it. He made the statement in hausa native language. It is an abuse of journalism the way some journalists went to give wrong meaning of that hausa proverb, ' kare jini biri jini '. They should have contacted those who are sound in hausa language to give them the right interpretation. The thing is that nowadays many claiming to understand hausa are just mere hausa speakers.

To a typical hausa man 'kare jini biri jini', means nothing but un-easy encounter or challenge. For example even in a football match when both teams played a hard game that ended in draw, a hausa fan or player of either of the teams could say, 'mun yi kare jini biri jini da su'. Simply, that it is.

Anonymous said...

Ameen summa ameen

musa yola said...

Ameen Dr.

Anonymous said...

GOOD SIR, A WELL ARTICULATED WRITE UP. THAT VIVIDLY EYPLAIN THF WHOLE ISSUE

Anonymous said...

Aptly written!

Anonymous said...

a beautiful writeup that ended just like the Lemu report; blamin both Buhari and d pdp.

Anonymous said...

A well written and insightful post.I completely agree with its contents. Keep up the good works our amiable Doctor.

Anonymous said...

Mischief makers should read this traanslation to catch the proverb - "KARE JINI BIRI JINI

Anonymous said...

Uhmn thatz Dr. For u! U always mae the equation balanced. Finally I say Ameen

Anonymous said...

"Kare jini Biri jini parable" - a must read. Nigerian journalists should learn to be fair in their reporting. They should stop reporting out of context. They often misconstrue by contriving mischievious statements. Remember the falsehood reported that Buhari called muslims vote muslims. Can you imagine how someone could report about an issue said in Hausa and in Sokoto, when the reporter does not understand Hausa, and was in Lagos instead of Sokoto where the event took place?

What about the misinformed translation of "Kare jini Biri jini", probably by those who do not understand Hausa as "Bloody 2015". Both moves against Buhari were out of context. Journalists be objective enough to verify fact, meaning and be deep in context before going to the press.

Ashiru Tanko Makarfi said...

Ameen, Magajin Ahmadu, without people like you Doctor, Nigeria could have been a FAILED STATE.

Anonymous said...

Thank you sir.

Anonymous said...

Ameen Dr.

Anonymous said...

A well written and blanced piece. No one has explained this drama better. Ameen to all the prayers.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely spot on. I've said it several times that by translating the individual words that constituted the proverb, Buhari's statement was unnecessarily blown out of proportion.

Anonymous said...

There is no thing wrong with Buhari's statement let them conduct free and fair election i beleive nothing will happen, if u are not a theif why should u be afraid if they say who ever steal should be kill? And if pdp are ready 4 justice why did'nt impliment and brings out white paper on eldr Lemu's report on isue of past election and it consiquenceis 4 me d baboon should not steal again from d dog and peace shall reign 4 ever 4 unity stability and peace of dis country let avoid riging if not the dog and d baboon will really soak in blood the peaceful sleeping dog is awake

Yakubu Abdullahi Riyo said...

Dr. Ameen.

Anonymous said...

Thats great

Anonymous said...

I must say that this is the best of your articles that i ve read to date from when we first crossed each other's path at APC.  I consider it an award winning type.  A harmless statement was made and the pen hackers transformed it into something else. Not one of them tried to justify his or her invented meaning in the context of a better understanding of the usage of the verbs and nouns that were key to General Buhari's literary construction from an intelligible methodology based on or tied to philological research, comparative method, dialectological application and semantic change. But it would appear to me that even before GMB's phrase was distorted by reporters, those who heard him verbatim and not reported, surprisingly gave it the same meaning.  The nation less PDP was simply waiting for the its war against FGN and INEC to be escalated to a higher level.  So the refusal by listeners or readers to come to terms with the ordinary meanings of words harmlessly deployed to advance an ongoing or predict a future political warfare was deliberate. Yet, if the escalation goes beyond a level that democracy itself would permit or understand, it would be because governance has undermined itself through indifference, arrogance and nonperformance. At this point governance is actually much more culpable. 

I always like to listen to Buhari's statements in Hausa.  No politician after the demise of Aminu Kano and Sabo Bakin Zuwa has found a more effective political use for hausa language than GMB.


Best regards

Anonymous said...

May Allah reward u SIR .....

Anonymous said...

I get amused when northerners expect fairness and understanding from southerners who view them as unwanted parasites. Let's please wake up and realise who we have as co-Nigerians; a set of people who will never see any good in northerners.

Kafin-Gana said...

AMEEN

Anonymous said...

Sir it is good that you interpreted what the General meant by his words but we should remember that what ever we try to do to explain his words will not make them succumb to the hatred they have for the Generel just like the hausa proverb that says idan aka tsani mutum ko ruwa ya fada sai ace ya tada kura. Therefore we should just take the meaning as they want it and let them go to hell.

Anonymous said...

Excellent as always by the ever observant dr, Aliyu Tilde. God bless!

Anonymous said...

We are vry grtful DR,i beliv dt mny press a very stupid all thy care is how can i marketed my news at expense of any things, also is a known fact PDP has failed to fulfil 20% of it promises so they are looking at any channce to spoil reputation of any body in order to succeed 2015 election for dt i dont boza my self. peace loving gen not a looter.

Anonymous said...

Good work Dr,at last someone is saying it the way it is. I say ameen to d prayer!

Abbas Sule said...

Ameen Dr, more greese to your elbow.

Ibrahim Modibbo said...

Dr, I think we are in trouble with our noble profession. Instead of Educating, informing, entertaining and most probably setting an agenda for national and international discourse, we are on the verge of setting a template to further confuse Nigerians. How sad! Since even reporters of Hausa origin fall short of meeting the basic minimum standard of the language, I want to advice GMB to speak to reporters in fulfulde. This is Karen jini, biri jini. This piece is wonderful and I think it has gone a long way in explaining Gen. Buhari's...biri jini.

Dr. Emmanuel G. Msheliza said...

Amen Sir. This is a balanced analysis. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

An objective analysis. At dis trying moment we need the likes of you reminding us on wats wrong n wats right. A Loud Ameen frm me Dr

Dele O. said...

This is what i learnt, Never to rely on the reports on any Nigeria Newspaper. Thank you very much sir for your unbiased submission.

Anonymous said...

Ameen sir.

mannir said...

It is sad Dr Tilde, I expected you to be specific and candid- call a spade a spade. We all know that the pdp and most southerners used this speech by Buhari to deliberately cause this kind of confusion and blackmail Buhari. You already explained that the statement was an innocent one. Yet at the end you did what you accused the Lemu panel did. No one is at fault no one is right! Everyone knows, including you (from your previous articled) that since 2003, elections have been outrageously rigged by mainly pdp, and Buhari is on of the major victims. Yet you now want us to believe they all carry the blame! Well I believe every responsible citizen knows that defending his vote is worth dying for. So we may not like violence, but is the present situation of average nigerian peaceful? what is differentiates our situation with a nation at war? Is it gunshots or bombs? the worst scenario of war is the inconsequence of lost of lives and properties. that is exactly our situation, so what peace do nigerians enjoy now that will entice them not to fight, with their lives to protect their votes? You may have some differences of opinion and approach with Buhari, but I think you should be fair and face our reality. Moreover, the only force pdp fears is violence from the people. So if it takes that to rescue our nation and future from pdp and any other looter, I think it is worth doing so. Apologies to respond to you in public, but I think I want to share my opinion with many of your readers, cos I believe you shape the opinion of thousands, including myself. God bless you.

MS Jalal said...

In gaskiya ta bayyana............
I wonder why anytime General Buhari talks PDP gets jittery! I'm disappointed that even people like Sule Lamido and Kawu Baraje who are supposed to understand Hausa are joining the group of PDP illiterates in condemming General Buhari's innocent comments!! Allah ya sa su gane

Anonymous said...

Amin. Allah ya kara maka basira ya kuma sa mu gane.

bambeenno said...

The write up vividly depicts the true meaning of the term "kare jini biri jini". I felt as if I was watching a clip of wildlife from the National Geographic. i wonder from where this inspiration came from. i have never seen any one do justice to a proverb and gone this length to explain a term as this. Only great teachers do that. Keep up the good work.

Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde said...

I have deliberately blocked comments advocating violence. This blog is not meant for them, I am sorry to say. I can swear by God that none among the advocates of violence had his child, brother or father killed during the post election violence of 2011. None. Why do we elites behave selfishly? Is it simply because we feel protected? Haba. But if anyone is hell bent on calling for violence, as I said in my prayer, Oh God, please let it affect him. Next time he won't.

Lawal said...

Allah Ya saka maka da Alkhairi Dr.

Anonymous said...

thank you very much Dr. And God bless. But there is one thing i want your readers to understand about journalism in the south; the people there mostly choose lies over the truth and that they love those who lie to them, so journalist are specially trained by the societies to be beautiful liers. Buhari said we are battle ready!!! 'Pam' this is what every body wants to hear. So it is unfortuenate that hypocrisy is becoming a norm in the southern part of this country. We all have to be just and truthfull if we want peace in Nigeria. There is no way one will sit back and watch others decieve and cheat him willingly, it is against nature's balance. God bless you sir and Long live Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

May the almighty Allah continue to bless you and increase you in knowledge and wisdom. As for Buhari, we will for ever be solidly behind him, let them translate his speech to whatever form they like, we know he means well for the Nigerians, more than these bunch of criminal killers, looters, and senseless rulers. MUHAMMAD KANO

Abuhanifah said...

Amin

Abuhanifah said...

Ameen! Ameen!! Ameen!!!.

You have just reminded me again to always be slow at passing judgements. It is always good to dig into facts.

May Allah reward you and similar wellwishers abundantly.

yay said...

Amin, thats Good one

Anonymous said...

Today in Nigeria, we have two types of journalists; the news reporters, and those that inteprate their report.

Anonymous said...

Thank you a wonderful peace, sir. I believe those who mistranslated GMB's comments did so knowingly with hatred in their hearts and wicked intention to stop the latter in his tracks by all means possible. They shall not succeed, insha Allaah, for the truth shall prevail sooner or later. If not GMB then surely someone else would be in that saddle some day when we shall witness a rebirth, with or without their approval.

Nurudeen Tambaya said...

OH-ALLAH deliever us from the evil of that day, when the dog and baboon fiercery slug it out in the court of Nigeria election.
OH-ALLAH we call You with all the names You call yourself with, to restricts it to them and there family, Amin.
OH- ALLAH reward the author with more wisdom and ability to say the truth at any given time, amin.
ALLAH YA BIYAKA DR.

Anonymous said...

I am impressed and proud of your write ups - your GOBA senior, 1973. Keep it up

Mohammed Bello said...

Assalamu alaikum, ranka ya dade, I finished reading your article thinking that you have not done a full analysis of Buhari’s use of “kare jini biri jini”. A more detailed analysis would show that it is still an unfortunate choice of words on Buhari’s part whether the “mistranslation” in the press is factored or not. For the purpose of this communication, let me adopt your own translation of the phrase so that we can exclude mistranslation as a factor. Let us assume that what Buhari said was actually “if there is rigging again in 2015, the contest (or fight) will be fierce”. So, at what stage of the election is he promising this fierce contest? In my understanding, there are only two legitimate opportunities for a contestant to give a fierce contest to his opponent: either he mounts a fierce campaign before the election or he pursues a fierce litigation after the election (if he loses) in order to reclaim his victory. Any other step is likely to be outside the Law. Which of these two do you think Buhari was referring to? At what point is he going to be “fierce”? My conclusion is he was not referring to either of these two occasions. It sounds like he was promising a third moment of fierceness other than these two. These are my reasons: since he promised in his statement to be fierce if there is rigging again in 2015 it means he was not referring to the campaign period since rigging happens during the voting after campaign has ended. Now then, was he referring to the second one, i.e a fierce legal battle? I don’t think he was referring to that either because the way he spoke, he was clearly promising something new in 2015, not something he did before. He went to court three times before, so it is unlikely that the fierceness he is predicting will turn out to be just another legal battle. So what was he promising? Since anything other than a fierce campaign and a fierce legal battle afterwards is likely to be illegal, I dare to say that whatever Buhari was promising in 2015 will be something outside the Law and therefore his words, even if correctly translated as “fierce contest” were inappropriate.
Thanks,
M. Bello, Abuja.

Anonymous said...

Ameen. Balanced write up!

Anonymous said...

The massage has been clearly stated, only the myopic will give it negative meaning. More grease Dr.

Tahir Abubakar said...

you have given the actual meaning to what Buhari said. We are glad to among those recieve your post. Thanks

Y.Y Babanyara said...

Dr. Tilde, Keep on the good work.

Anonymous said...

Our Media again!

A.B. Ibrahim said...

It is only when the Dog and the Baboon would join us to say Ameen to your prayers that they would be spared of fierce fight and unnecessary blood bath. We then shall live in peace and harmony. God bless you for that piece Dr. Tilde.

Anonymous said...

Ameen, so help us God!

Anonymous said...

Allah rene Dr. Thanks for yet another throwing another light to today's darkest/murky waters of journalism in Nigerian. Inja'a kum fasiqun bi nabain?!.....fatabayyanu!! What do you do when a Fasiq comes with a news? gullibly accept it? Or investigate properly?

As for M Bello from Abuja, why are you limiting your interpretations of GMB "Kare Jini Biri Jini" to only two lawful means of fierce battle pre or post elections times.

Our attitude should always be "allazina yastamiunal qawla fayattabiuna ahsana" -- following the best interpretations to a story and in doing that we are happy with Dr. Interpretation.

Similarly let me also add that GMB could also mean a fierce battle during the election/voting time to ensure that all means of rigging is fiercely blocked/protected from taking place - from the time of voting to when votes are transmitted and collated at the INEC collation units etc. Fiercely protecting people's mandate from riggers -- lawfully.

It cold also mean fiercely and legally protesting for rigged election in a similar way Nigerians protested the fuel subsidy saga legally and Law makers sided with Nigerians. Another interpretation to add to yours Mal Bello.

And finally Ameen to your Dua.

Salihu Garba

Musa Shuaibu said...

Thank you Dr.Tilde, I think what Buhari is saying if I understood his words in Hausa (Daura) language is that if PDP should impose their candidates on the masses, as PDP plan to rig election as they usually did in subsequent elections, the masses will come out to depend their votes, because they will drow experience from what happened in Turkey, Egypt and possible in Nigeria come 2015

Anonymous said...

"Kare jini biri jini" refers to "standstill" in Hausa only. We the Hausas that is what We meant by it generation after generation, may be except now when political definitions are given to it by Politicians!. But all Languages in the World have similar acronyms, why deny Hausa one?