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Indonesia a home of Hospitality 

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Indonesia a home of Hospitality 

By: Raphael Oni, Abuja

As a diplomatic reporter, most of my work is among the diplomatic community. Having covered the foreign Missions in Nigeria for over 10 year now, I can say authoritatively that Indonesians are full of hospitality. I have worked closely with three Ambassadors of Indonesia to Nigeria, and each time I see nothing but a heart for others.

It has become habit of the Indonesia community in Abuja to reach out to communities especially during festive periods. The activities around this time include donations and provision of food items, domestic items to local communities within the Federal Capital territory. This hospitality put forward is certainly a reflection of the Indonesian people over there in South East Asia.

In the year 2015, I was part of the WTA-UNESCO event organized by the Tangerang BSD City of Indonesia. The hospitality we received is second to none, which clearly confirmed my thought on Indonesia.

It will therefore, be wrong for certain individual hide under an ugly scene to roll out there personal agenda, while trying to drag other innocent Nigerians along. 

Under no circumstance should any human be subjected to inhuman treatment let alone a serving diplomat in a country. It is no longer news that a Nigerian diplomat had an unpleasant treatment from some Indonesian Immigrations Officers in Jakarta some days back. A critical look into the scenario, one will be asking where is the diplomatic immunity for such an individual? Certainly there are certain questions that are begging for answers.

Diplomatic immunity is a form of legal immunity that ensures diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host country’s laws, although they may still be expelled. Modern diplomatic immunity was codified as international law in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) which has been ratified by all but a handful of nations.

I am one of those who believe so much in the regulation of media as will go a long way to bring sanity to our society. Good journalism is not about just breaking the new, but in breaking the news, it is expected that the journalist get the facts correctly so as to avoid unnecessary tension in the society. As a diplomatic reporter, I believe so much that diplomacy is a specialized field as such those who report issues that affect cross boarders should be specialists.

 Technology today should be harness to better diplomatic relations and not to cause cracks in good relations. Nigeria and Indonesia are two brotherly countries that have enjoyed good relations from inception. However, the video that went viral weeks back give room to unnecessary tension which could have been avoided. The report was mischievous as the reporter did not capture the incident that precedes the video.


In as much as I don’t support the action meted on the Nigerian diplomat, the situation could have been avoided both parties allowed humanity to play out. I tried to beam a search light on the ugly situation and come to a conclusion that both party have questions to answer. The attitude of the Nigerian involved does not portray that all Nigerians will act in the way he did, neither does the Indonesians Immigrations officers at that time portray Indonesia as a country. Therefore, it will be wrong for certain individuals to begin to call out to Nigerians government to wade sledge hammer on Indonesia.


Ugly incident that calls for tension among nations are promoted by non-state actors who has lost relevance in the society and looking for ways to become relevant. Such individual will go all the way out to sale their hidden agenda just to win the sympathy of some in the society.

I watched with disbelieve as Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary to the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Timi Frank, called on the Federal Government not to treat a recent attack against a Nigerian Diplomat, Ibrahim Abdulraman, by Indonesian officials with levity. Since falling apart with the ruling party, he has been looking for relevance. It not a surprise that such person will be glad to become an Ambassador to East Africa and Middle East by the Interim President of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Provisional Government a  movement that has no legal standing in the United Nations.

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Timi insisted that Indonesia has become notorious for meting out racist treatment against blacks just like it has done to West Papuans for over 50 years, which is not true, but he is trying to justify his position as an Ambassador to a movement yet to be recognized by the United Nations not to talk of Nigeria.

The claim that Government of Nigeria and leaders of the black race to take urgent punitive measures to stop Indonesia from treating blacks like monkeys, dogs, slaves and sub humans by ensuring freedom for West Papua. At the junction, it became clear that he is only looking for avenue to sell his product, and not the interest of the Nigerian diplomat.

Indonesia that I know is a country full of hospitality, the Indonesia people are hospitable always ready to put smiles on others. Indonesia adopts the language of the minority as the national language, but it’s still a very diverse country, a home to hundreds of different ethnic groups that traditionally speak different languages. Nowadays, almost everyone living in civilized areas can speak the national language of Bahasa Indonesia, but some people may still prefer to speak their native language at home or within their social circles. Children learn at least one native language at school, along with the national language and English

After a detailed investigation, we find out that the Nigerian diplomat could have taking a better bearing and things could have been better, likewise the immigration officers. It is the issue of human errors that could have come from any other person, as of today, both the Nigerian diplomat and the Immigration officers are already in good terms because the error was only accelerated a better relationship between the two countries

For individual calling on a fight with Indonesia, I will advise that the individual should consult history. Ask question from historians before jumping into conclusion. Please read more about Asia Africa and the Bandung spirit 1955 Asia African Conference because I heard you talking about colonization.

In order to clearly justify my position that certain individuals are just out to spread negativity about Indonesia I have to do some investigative works.
According to report made available to media men by the Institute of Trade Development in Asia said, the Indonesian government plans to evaluate the efficacy of special funds for Papua. These funds have been disbursed to the easternmost region for nearly two decades.

In recent time the government of Indonesia has invest heavily in the developmental projects in Papua and West Papua. Local and national government representatives of Indonesia and dozens of private sector executives attended a High Level Meeting on Green Investment for Papua and West Papua on 27 February 2020. The meeting focused on the potential for green investment to bring revenue of up to USD 200 million and create livelihoods for 60,000 families across both provinces, while following the principles of inclusive and sustainable development.

The meeting is the result of a series of dialogues between the provinces of Papua and West Papua, civil society organizations, indigenous groups and the private sector since 2018, supported by the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investments of the Republic of Indonesia and facilitated by Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (IDH). Innovative solutions for forest protection and the development of potential commodity value chains in Papua and West Papua were among the anticipated outcomes of the event.
The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said, “We want the private sector to invest in low carbon development, such as nutmeg, coffee, cocoa and seaweed. No more deforestation, no more palm oil. We are not only talking about huge investments, but we want small medium enterprises to be developed as well,”
 In term of tourism in Indonesia, the government has been in the forefront of promoting all provinces in Indonesia. Most tourists have described Indonesians as resilient, resourceful, tenacious and courageous, putting up with life’s difficulties with good humor. The Indonesian character can loosely be generalized as a mix of Muslim, Southeast Asian and its own indigenous elements. Among most of the countries in the South East Asia, Indonesia hospitality is second to none.

 Indonesians are for the most part tolerated and comfortable living in a society shaped by diversity: between devout Muslims and liberal ones; between Muslims and Christians; between modernists and traditionalist; between Java and the other islands; and between the various ethnic groups.  Indonesians are very polite and courteous.

Governor of West Papua Dominggus Mandacan stressed that, “On 4 April 2019, with the Governor of Papua we made a commitment to protect the forest. Only 33 percent of the 2.7 million hectares of land outside the forest area has been utilized for the development of land-based commodities. This is the untapped potential that needs to be realized to increase economic growth and community welfare, while maintaining the preservation of forests and land in West Papua.”
Raphael Oni, is the Publisher of Diplomatic Extra and wrote this from Abuja

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Nigeria: Why the youths must say “NO” to protest. 

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Nigeria: Why the youths must say “NO” to protest. 

By: Dr. James Bwala

History should teach us lessons. And we have so many examples that are part of the history of some countries around us. Protests as being engineered and called for are never in the interest of the young Nigerian; rather, they are a way to further suppress and darken the future of young ones, and therefore, I see this as another evil rising on Nigeria, which I hope the youths will see as reasons not to be tempted to join those who do not mean well for them and for Nigeria. Those who want to cash in on the protest to their advantage are pushing their own evil interests to deny the young Nigerian his or her own hope for the future. 

I followed many calls on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and listened to many voices calling on the Nigerian youths to join them on the days to demonstrate and show their displeasure to the government over hunger in the land. They claimed it was about a policy, and I did not really understand the truth about such claims. Some pointed to the issue of insecurity that people cannot go to their farms and blamed the present administration led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima, and on this too, they are not speculating on facts that are leading them to want to express anger through protest. 

I could not understand why all the things they are pointing to have been on their doorsteps for over 10 years and they would not protest until now. Does it mean that their eyes are now open to the situation we all found ourselves in? I have lived in northeastern Nigeria, and I have seen situations created by insecurity where children, young men, and adults hold each other’s hands and cry out for help to have a drop of grain and for one cut of a handful of mold grain flour to go through their mouths and down their throats for the day, but they could not have the assurance of such a meal. No one came to the rescue; no one called for a protest, and the people built their resilience until the heavens brought succor. 

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The situation in which certain individuals are coming to tell young Nigerians to protest or to demonstrate against the administration requires a deeper look into their motives. It may not be about hunger in the land afterwards, for we have endured many hungers and we did not protest, so why now? Politics is still in the play, and a few individuals—I mean, very few individuals—who are not happy with the Tinubu and Shettima administration are orchestrating the wind horses. Some young Nigerians may think otherwise, but believe me, there are many more evils behind the call for protest than what you are hearing on social media, and these are about destroying a whole lot of what you have hoped for. 

I will suggest that no Nigerian youth should join or listen to calls from those who have sent their children abroad for you to continue to be their foot soldiers, and in the end, they achieve something and you achieve nothing. Take a look at the protests or demonstrations in the past. Not outside Nigeria, but within. Some of you have participated, and you are still on the street after that protest. Your peace and happiness have been taken. Those you fought for—have they come to salvage your situation? Unless you want to remain perpetually a fool on the street with very little to gain and no knowledge of what you are bargaining, then you may choose to go with the evil callers; otherwise, say ‘NO’ to protest as it is not actually in your interest. 

This administration, which you are being instigated to demonstrate against, has won many battles in the last year. The latest in the Hope initiative are the achievements of the court ruling on local government autonomy. This government has achieved free imports for drugs and rice and brought peace through the establishment of the livestock ministry. These are a few achievements from the last six months. We have waited for eight years in hope through the Buhari administration, and no one has seen positive changes, but we waited. Herein, with the Tinubu and Shettima administrations, we are seeing the moves and the results. Can we not hold on to this renewed hope since we are seeing the changes coming? 

Nigerian youths, let no one deceive us into doing their bid. They have places to go; we only have Nigeria, which is all we have. When they moved out, we remained here. They cannot come from Europe and America to ask us to set our houses on fire while they go back to their second homes and leave us in the shackles that we used our own hands to perpetuate their desires against us for their selfish and evil interests. No, we must not come to the level they want us to reach. We must rise with renewed hope and join this administration to build a Nigeria where peace and justice reign, just as we pledged to build in our re-engineering calls for a better tomorrow. 

Dr. James BWALA, PhD, writes from Abuja.

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Why Borno residents should support the Zulum Administration

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By: Yusuf Adamu

Unfortunately, the lack of electricity and shortage of water in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, have continued to turn some sections of the state against the government. While many are thinking it is the government job to provide electricity and water, a lot of people are not looking at the efforts the government is putting in during the phase of challenges from saboteurs and terrorists as it affects the issues of electricity in the state, particularly.

Borno State has been in darkness for the last two weeks, and the governor spoke with concern from faraway Saudi Arabia, where he went to worship, and he was informed of the electricity issue back home. Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has done tremendously well in ensuring that Borno State overcomes the issue of electricity, to the extent that he went beyond his jurisdiction to ensure that he solved the problem.

He went further to collaborate with the NNPC, which informed the setting of a gas plant in Maiduguri to support the epileptic power supply as a result of the continuous attacks on the electricity supply lines feeding Maiduguri. However, the activities of saboteurs, who would rather, out of their greed, overload the gas plant, have constantly resulted in the disruption of the gas plant’s capacity to provide adequate supply.

Rather than people condemning the government for some of this man-made distraction, I think the people of Borno State should pray for an end to the activities of terrorists and the saboteurs who continuously take advantage of the situation to speak ill of the government. If the opposition is speaking, we would understand, but when citizens say otherwise, we would like to remind them that the governor of Borno State has been doing everything possible to make Borno State great. 

The collaboration with NNPC and the purchase of electric vehicles to ease pain for people are things to see and agree that the governor meant well for his people. This is aside from the numerous projects he was able to achieve in the state. We are also lucky to have the Vice President, who is our own and whose focus is also to see Borno State become great again.

Just yesterday, he was speaking on the issues affecting the state when he arrived in the state for the sallah celebration. He gave hope for a better Borno state and spoke well of the collaboration the federal government is having with Borno state to end the perennial challenges facing the state at the moment. Let us continue to uplift our leaders in prayer and support their dream of making Borno one of the best things that happens to its people in the current administration.

***Yusuf Adamu writes from Maiduguri and is the former political adviser to Kashim Shettima.

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Katampe Estate: An iftar special for both Muslims and Christians in Abuja

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Katampe Estate: An iftar special for both Muslims and Christians in Abuja

By: Dr. James BWALA

Residents of Urban Shelter Katampe Estate, Jahi, in Abuja organize an iftar—breaking of the fast. One may think that this is only for the Muslim community in the estate, but it was special for the residents of the estate to demonstrate love and togetherness as well as promote and showcase peaceful coexistence amongst the adherents of the two major religions in the country. Christians were part of the jolly evening, and I am also there to share the joy and happiness that brought together human beings that are working to bring understanding and support for one another, as should be in the spirit of Ramadan.

iftar at Urban Shelter, Katampe Estate

It was a gathering that brought the lowly and the might men and women. I kept an eye out and captured the mood, which triggered happiness and informed my decision to write on this. Indeed, if everyone would take a line with this example of love amongst the two religions in the country, we would not be asking what is wrong with the system that governs us as a nation.

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I was invited for iftar as always by my brothers, who are Muslims, but this one was different. It has been a tradition that the Katampe Estate has kept for years. I was told by some people that we were seated at the same table that those who introduced the occasion desire a community where peace is truly said and practiced, and that can only be achieved when both Muslims and Christians understand that we all have to be humans and also understand that we are all created by God for his worship.

The explanation as I listened gave me the understanding that the problem with Nigerians is not about the religion we practice but the individual understanding of the region we all practice. If the residents of the Urban Shelter Katampe Estate in Jahi have this understanding of building a community, I believe there are many lessons we can learn from their coexistence, where a Muslim and a Christian can look into each other’s eyes with love and sincere wishes.

iftar special at Katampe Estate in Jahi

On the table where I sat, the talk and laughter made me see that Nigeria can build a stronger state if there is understanding between humans and everyone wants the good of the other, as everyone was encouraging each other to eat from the variety and trying to help one another get the best of the table. Such selfless understanding should always be practiced. 

Perhaps I write this piece to trigger the adoption of such an attitude not only in a month like Ramadan but also in all days and months in each year of our existence as people and as a nation. If we can all inculcate this and put it as part of our daily lives, there would not be hunger in the land, and everyone, as I see at the Katampe Estate, where both the mighty and the lowly eat together to their satisfaction and more food remains for a takeaway, reminded me of the Biblical feeding of the five thousand. And this, in my opinion, is the gospel.

James BWALA, PhD, writes from Abuja.

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