Sunday April 26th, 2015
Sunday April 26th, 2015
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Who is a Lagosian?

  /   in My World 12:33 pm   /   Comments

File Photo

About 12, 15 years ago, when the issue of who is really a Lagosian was nothing more than a stimulating debate among friends, I had asked a friend to write an article on it for me. His was one of the more passionate voices when the issue was discussed at Ikoyi Club amidst banter and drinks then. He had every reason to be passionate. He was born and bred in Isale Eko, the ‘cradle’ of Lagos of Edo father and Yoruba mother.

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Riding into sunset

  /   in My World 1:30 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (L) WITH THE CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL PEACE COMMITTEE FOR 2015 ELECTIONS GEN ABDUSALAMI ABUBAKAR DURING AN AUDIENCE AT THE END OF COLLATION OF RESULTS FOR THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON TUESDAY (31/3/15)

It is exactly six weeks to May 29 today. Six weeks to the end of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s six year presidency. This, as traditions go all over the world, is called the transition period and it is a most difficult period to manage—for the incumbent, the incoming and the nation.

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Lest we forget

  /   in My World 12:27 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan’

By Muyiwa Adetiba Eminent personalities from within and without have been effusive in their praise of President Jonathan since the remarkable concession that gave the electoral victory to General Buhari. And so it should be. Very few men in history and fewer still from Africa, have conceded defeat even before the final count was announced.

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God is at the window

  /   in My World 1:06 am   /   Comments

GOD

By Muyiwa Adetiba Tomorrow is Easter Sunday; one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the day Jesus, our Redeemer, rose from the dead thereby destroying the power of death. It also signifies an end to the six week Lenten season. To us in Nigeria, it also signifies an end in

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A prayer for Nigeria, my country

  /   in My World 2:36 am   /   Comments

praying

Just picture this scene. A bus full of people of different ages and nationalities, is parked at the slope of a hill, a few meters from the sea. The sea waves are gentle as they caress the base of the hill. The sea looks calm but deep.

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Final appeal to fellow Nigerians

  /   in My World 12:51 am   /   Comments

Buhari, Jega and Jonatrhan

Nigerians go to the polls Saturday to choose their next President. If all goes well, it would be a fresh mandate for the lucky winner and a new lease of life for Nigeria. The two main contestants, Buhari and Jonathan, by now have a pretty good idea what the problems of the country are simply by going round the country and listening to the people.

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Old school values

  /   in My World 12:08 am   /   Comments

Gov. Aregbesola with students of the O' School Reform initiative.

Last month, I stepped, no, drove confidently with a wife and son in tow, to the same compound I first tentatively stepped into as a shy, small boy some 50 years ago. My first port of call was the chapel where a thanksgiving service was going on. This chapel held many bitter/sweet memories for me because it was, in my early years before the school hall was rebuilt,more than a prayer ground.

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Main factor against Jonathan’s re-election

  /   in My World 12:07 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the factors that would likely inhibit General Muhammadu Buhari from occupying Aso Rock in June. The reaction I got surprised me. People I had not heard from in a long while called to register their views.

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Re: The forces against Buhari

  /   in My World 6:13 pm   /   Comments

BuhariChat

Excellent article! Bottom line message is clear: Nigerians must seize the destiny of Nigeria from the hands of its oppressive and corrupt ruling elites and install intelligent, competent and patriotic anti-corruption crusaders. India, China, UAE and Qatar used to be Nigeria’s contemporaries. They were at one point worse off than Nigeria. But look at how they have leaped forward today.

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The forces against Buhari

  /   in My World 1:58 am   /   Comments

Gen. Muhammadu Buhar

I got a call from a close friend the other day that left me speechless. He had expressed the thoughts that he was wary of a Buhari presidency because of the fear of Islamisation. He is a medical doctor; well travelled and well read.

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Let’s give a damn…for once

  /   in My World 12:32 am   /   Comments

INEC Chairman, Prof. Jega

Today would have been the D-day. The day Nigerians would have gone to the polls to choose a new leader or endorse the old one. The conduct of the elections would have been as important as the outcome. It was another opportunity to show the world that we are serious about governance and due process. But it was not to be because the date was shifted seemingly out of the blues by the umpire. The reasons given are the security lapses which have been with us for at least six years. The new date to solve the security problems and have a credible election is six weeks away, on March 28.

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Ambode/Agbaje: Battle royale in Lagos

  /   in My World 12:39 am   /   Comments

Ambode and Agbaje

Eight years ago, Jimi Agbaje ran a very impressive campaign when he first came into public consciousness and was contesting for the gubernatorial job in Lagos State. His jingles were catchy and his message resonated. He even had one jingle where he came dancing acrobatically to a melodious tune. It was full of verve. It was full of energy. Fashola in comparison led a dull, dour almost uninspiring campaign. At least, that was what it seemed like to me and I told my late friend who was handling his campaign ads that his man did not come across as a confident candidate.

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Stop diabetes before it stops you

  /   in Health, My World   /   Comments

File Photo: Breast examination

JOHN was diagnosed diabetic at 40, but instead of focusing on the disease, he ignored it. After all, he didn’t feel sick. But gradually, his health was failing.

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My life has been a series of accidents — Peter (PAN) Enahoro

  /   in My World 2:00 am   /   Comments

Peter-ENAHORO4

The writings of Peter Enahoro who turned 80 recently played a part in my taking to journalism. I interviewed him in 1979 when he came back from a 13-year self –imposed exile. I also interviewed him in 1981 when he launched ‘Africa Now’, a pan African news magazine. These two interviews reveal a bit about his person and his craft. I have taken excerpts from them as my tribute to this icon of African journalism. Enjoy!

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A Nigeria Without Prisons

  /   in My World 12:50 am   /   Comments

*Nigerian prison

I must confess I didn’t hear it: I read it in one of the publications but then neither the PDP nor President Jonathan has denied it. I am referring to the statement that the President was reported to have made in one of his campaign rallies that the Nigeria of his dream is a country without prisons. This was supposed to be a sort of dig at General Buhari who had many politicians jailed for long terms under his watch.

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The squandering of goodwill

  /   in My World 12:41 am   /   Comments

naira-Dollar

If a week- seven days- is said to be a long time in politics, then seven years must be an eternity. Time enough at least to write your name on marble or on a shifting sand on the beach. It took less than seven years for example for Obama and the US to bring America out of economic depression and start creating jobs and wealth again

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What would you do….if you were told you had 6 months to live?

  /   in My World 3:49 am   /   Comments

happy-new-year1

I love the thought of a New Year. I love the notion that the good, the bad and the ugly of the past year are behind me and I can start on a new slate. It’s a form of closure and I love it. I also like the feeling of having a blank page, a white canvass to play with. I love the energy of the first few days as I try to plan the year and luxuriate on the purity of my vast, virgin canvass. In many ways, it is like a new birth.

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Show me your friends…

  /   in My World 12:21 am   /   Comments

Jonathan or Buhari  who will you pick ?

One of the few things that gladdened my heart this yuletide season was an announcement by my Parish Priest that the Lagos Arch-diocese of the Catholic Church had pledged the Christmas day second collections to helping our brothers and sisters in the North East. We were therefore enjoined to contribute generously to the project and those who wanted to do more could send personal cheques to the pool.

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What does technocrat Osinbajo bring to the political table?

  /   in My World 12:03 am   /   Comments

Osinbajo

We have all moaned about the political landscape in the country. A landscape that breeds corruption, incompetence and mindless greed. We have all complained about the fact that we are ruled in the main, by our second eleven and the decay in health, education, energy to name but a few is an eloquent attestation to our choice of leaders.

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For those who don’t know the difference

  /   in My World 1:03 am   /   Comments

christmas2

It will be Christmas in a few days. Many buildings are already well decorated with Xmas lights as are quite a few streets especially around the Lagos Island. They look quite nice at night and bring the spirit of the season home. The activities of the yuletide season are also here.

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The power of little things

  /   in My World 12:12 am   /   Comments

xmas-shopping

This season, called the Ember months, always fills me with some trepidation and I usually heave a sigh of relief when it rolls to a crescendo on January 1. About this time next week, it would be a year since a dear friend Sesan Ogunro lost his life to armed car snatchers. Till today, to the best of my knowledge, none of his assailants has been apprehended.

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When the party is over

  /   in My World 1:46 am   /   Comments

Oil-Thief-cartoon

Have you ever arrived at a party that has just finished? I have and it is not a pretty sight. This was many years ago in Edo State at a small town on the outskirts of Benin City. All the elements conspired against me on that day; bad roads, bad traffic, nonchalant traffic officials. On top of all that, I didn’t know my way and missed important turnings a couple of times.

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Why are we here?

  /   in My World 1:05 am   /   Comments

Cemetery in Yaba

Last week Saturday, exactly a week ago, Mr Bode Fadase known to many as Barry, passed on. He was 71. The news of his death filtered into the social circuit shortly after his demise and spread like wild fire. His was a death that shocked many especially his peers who still have memories of him in his imperial element as he often was for Barry loved life. He loved to have people around him. He loved camaraderie and jokes. Simply put, he loved to hold court.

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God, why did you create the poor?

  /   in Achebe: Exit of a literary giant, My World 3:06 am   /   Comments

An abode in Lagos

This is a true story. A close friend was driving on a fairly busy road on Lagos Island when he was stopped by a traffic light. He looked right and his eyes caught a nine or ten year old child crying uncontrollably by the side. The sight so moved him that he parked his car and got down to see what was making the child so distraught. It turned out that the figures didn’t add up for the poor child.

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We can never know the depth of their anguish

  /   in My World 1:31 am   /   Comments

BOKO-WOMEN

By MUYIWA ADETIBA First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionist and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out—because I was not

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Softly…. Softly…. Softly

  /   in My World 12:29 am   /   Comments

From left; Chief Martins Kuye, Minister for Commerce; Governor Gbenga Daniel; Ogun state PDP gubernatorial candidate, Maj-General Tunji Olurin(retd); Vice-President Namadi Sambo; President Goodluck Jonathan; Alhaji Haliru Mohammed, Acting PDP National Chairman and Speaker House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole during the PDP presidential campaign rally held yesterday at MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta. Photo:Lamidi Bamidele & Wunmi Akinola.

It is all so predictable and all so sad. Our number four citizen and Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal jumped ship last week Tuesday. I don’t think his defection caught anybody by surprise least of all the powers that be in the PDP. You would have had to be living in Mars to be surprised by his defection. It was always going to be when not if

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A Muslim/Muslim ticket

  /   in My World 12:43 am   /   Comments

Buhari and Atiku

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a Christian, last week slammed the very idea that APC was considering a Muslim/Muslim ticket for its Presidential campaign describing it as insensitive and naïve.

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Lying to the world?

  /   in My World 12:46 am   /   Comments

jonathan-boko1

I stumbled across an advert on NTA last Sunday with the theme:‘They Lied To The World’. It was centred on the campaign for the release of the Chibok girls who were captured some six months ago.

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Shifting the paradigm

  /   in My World 12:48 am   /   Comments

PDP Special National Convention:   President Goodluck Jonathan addressing at 2013 PDP Special National Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

It is no longer news that the PDP leadership has presented itself—and us by implication—with a ‘fait accompli’. It has endorsed unanimously, the candidature of the incumbent President. Now the choice is ours come 2015, to reject or accept the endorsement.

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It’s amazing what you can see on a bad road

  /   in My World 12:11 am   /   Comments

File: Another bad portion on the road

The President commissioned the Benin-Ore Expressway a couple of weeks ago. This must be good news to those who ply that road and who must have suffered untold hardship for several years. I don’t ply the road: not any more.

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That unanimous endorsement

  /   in My World 12:33 am   /   Comments

Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido to endorse the presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

I was gobsmacked when I learnt that the PDP governors together with the party’s NEC had unanimously endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the second term. Some two short years ago, several Northern governors were grandstanding as they raised several—mainly self-serving reasons—Jonathan should not re-contest.

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My killing days are over – Benjamin Adekunle, Black Scorpion

  /   in My World 12:57 am   /   Comments

General-Benjamin Adekunle

I met the man called the Black Scorpion who died a couple of weeks ago, about four times in the 70s. One of them was when I had this interview with him. I thought of sharing my impressions during those meetings but I believe excerpts of my interview done in August 1977, will better capture the essence of him

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