Friday January 30th, 2015
Friday January 30th, 2015
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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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Fighting in the name of Allah

  /   in My World 1:53 am   /   Comments

Sallah

What image comes to your mind when you hear that a Christian Group is coming to town and what would be your reaction? In all probability, it would be the image of a boring group of Scripture Union adherents in long, loose fitting attires, probably made of dull colours.

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Mourinho vs Wenger: as the fever begins

  /   in My World 4:05 am   /   Comments

Mourinho and Wenger

This article is not on the Ebola fever about which much has been written. It is about a different kind of fever; the type that gripped the world (World Cup) about the time Ebola gripped West Africa. This is the season of soccer.

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Tinubu’s legacy

  /   in My World 3:09 am   /   Comments

R-L Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Former Governor of Lagos State/APC Leader and Engr Tele Ikuru, Rivers State Deputy Governor  yesterday at the Rivers State Government House during a visit of the APC Leadership to Rivers State. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

One man who has shot into political prominence—and stayed aloft—is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the man variously and fondly called BAT, Asiwaju, Emeritus, Jagaban or Leader. Some simply but aptly call him Eko because of his almost complete hold on Lagos, the nation’s richest and most influential State.

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The gods must be angry

  /   in My World 12:51 am   /   Comments

Cartoon-ebola

The room was dark; matching his mood. But the grey light that filtered in through the slits between the heavy drapes showed dawn had finally broken.

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Re: This beauty that makes me sad

  /   in My World 12:29 am   /   Comments

Two survivors of a suicide bomb blast sit in the emergency unit of Kano's hospital, northern Nigeria, on May 18, 2014. Five people including the bomber were killed when an explosives-laden car exploded near an open-air beer garden, destroying six cars and shattering windows of several buildings. AFP

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article captioned ‘This beauty that makes me sad’. It was centred around my experience on a cruise where I touched on the beauty of nature and our inability as a country to harness and use nature for the common good. It was an article that led to comments on twits, blogs and emails. A friend and reader described it as ‘your soliloquy on the sea’. It was an apt description; why didn’t I think of it?

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What are we without passion and compassion?

  /   in My World 12:07 am   /   Comments

Hospital

I received a very good news a couple of weeks ago.A childhood friend’s child had just been given a new life; literally.

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Welcome to the club; Abubakar

  /   in My World 1:34 am   /   Comments

Ex IGP, M D Abubakar

My interview with Dr Ukpabi Asika, the late administrator of the then South Eastern State, must be one of my memorable ones if not one of my best. (His interview was one of the few I did in two parts).

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Trouble in the sky

  /   in My World 12:34 am   /   Comments

*Crashed plane

One, two, three crashes in a week! It seems the aviation industry has never had it so bad in recent times. It didn’t help that I was thousands of miles away from home that week. It didn’t help that I had four flights to connect from two airlines a few days later.

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This beauty that makes me sad

  /   in My World 12:52 am   /   Comments

A man checks the wreckage of a car at the scene of a suicide blast at the predominantly Christian Sabon Gari neighbourhood in Kano, northern Nigeria, on May 18, 2014. Five people including the bomber were killed when an explosives-laden car exploded near an open-air beer garden, destroying six cars and shattering windows of several buildings. AFP PHOTO

I had slept with the blinds raised up because I wanted to see the sun rise. But I was more tired than I thought and I over slept. But the sun found me as I hoped it would, and its warmth woke me up. The sun rise was gone, but the view that greeted me was still breathtakingly beautiful.

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The fourth of July

  /   in My World 1:40 am   /   Comments

US goalkeeper Tim Howard (R) reacts after Portugal's forward Silvestre Varela (L) scored during a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014.   AFP PHOTO

Providence brought me within a few miles of the American seat of power in Washington around the Fourth of July, the day all Americans celebrate their independence.

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The power of planned neglect

  /   in My World 12:40 am   /   Comments

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi shoots to score his second goal, during a Group F football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO

We have had many thrilling moments in this World Cup. We have seen extra-ordinary skills from extraordinary talents. As we salute those skills, we must also pause to appreciate the hours of devotion and discipline that have produced those inspiring achievements.

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That toast to victory

  /   in My World 12:07 am   /   Comments

Ayo Fayose casting his vote yesterday...

I am still trying to understand the loss of Dr Olukayode Fayemi in the gubernatorial election of Ekiti State and it is not because ‘I am involved’ by lineage. As a bystander, and as a professional journalist, I am involved and therefore curious.

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Asari-Dokubo at 50

  /   in My World 12:29 am   /   Comments

Asari Dokubo

Everybody is misunderstood at some point by someone, somewhere. I have heard people described as aloof and arrogant simply because they are shy and withdrawn. People who have to deal with myriad of issues under pressure are often seen as hard and unfeeling, only to find in a different setting, that they are actually sensitive and caring. In a world of instant coffee and instant news, instant judgements come a dime a dozen.

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For security reasons

  /   in My World 12:21 am   /   Comments

MAN-OF-THE-YEAR-SECURITY

A couple of weeks ago, we all woke up to find that our favourite newspapers were off the newsstands. This was something we had not seen for a while, and it took many of us by surprise. Many reasons flew around; many of them too preposterous to mention here.

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