Tuesday July 29th, 2014
Tuesday July 29th, 2014
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You should not honour men more than truth — Plato

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JonaChibok1

This meeting has been long time coming and I am sure that he realises that the gesture and words of comfort was not as complicated and or painful as he first thought. In fact, it must be quite cathartic. So should we be rehashing old grounds? Yes, we should. The delay to meet with the families should be a future lesson to all that it is important to reach out to those suffering such loss; is the only decent thing to do. Politics aside, we should always show compassion; it is the key to being a decent human being. I know that some may feel that he has put right the wrong by finally meeting with the distraught parents of the missing girls. But, we should not forget that the girls went missing in April and he did not meet with them until last Tuesday .

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Dirty, rotten scoundrels

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Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai (L) watches on July 14, 2014 Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan look at a book at the State House in Abuja. Malala on July 14 urged Jonathan to meet with parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped three months ago by Boko Haram. Malala, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 and has become a champion for access to schooling, was in Abuja on her 17th birthday to mark the somber anniversary of Boko Haram's April 14 abduction of 276 girls from a secondary school in the northeast Nigerian city of Chibok.
AFP PHOTO

The window of opportunity was three months ago and now he weasels out of the promise he made to a 17-year old. There is no amount of spin doctoring that can make Jona look lily white. The facts are there for the world to see: on his watch, he and his administration failed and they failed spectacularly. The girls remain missing and there is an almost daily onslaught by Boko haram, with no end in sight of abating. All the entire world and our people witness from Jonathan is more posturing, lame pronouncements and no action.

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Osun: Let the people decide!

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Aregbosola

My father was not too pleased when I wrote that I wish I was from Osun. For those that read my page you know that I find the Ogbeni’s leadership inspiring and refreshing. Ogbeni puts his opinion of leadership so well when he said, “Indeed, it is my belief that leadership offers a golden opportunity to serve the people and bring improvements to bear on their lives and existence.

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What a country! We are the people!

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EDO ASSEMBLY CRISIS—Police at the Edo State House of Assembly as the crisis in the House continued, yesterday. Photo: Barnabas Uzosike.

I pray that we all take time to be the best that we can be, be tolerant and extend peace and love to everyone we meet, that through these good deeds we indeed, show the true meaning of being a good Muslim.

In the UK, during the summer months fasting is a long affair that lasts up to 18 hours. We wake up very early and break our fast after nine in the evening.

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This country deserves good news

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An Ekiti State University student displaying a bag of rice he got from Ayo Fayose

How much is our vote worth?
The Ekiti people have spoken and they have voted for Ayodele Fayose for governor of the state. It does leave a bitter taste (pardon the pun), when one knows that both main candidates did give raw and cooked rice to the people in the state prior to the election. Long after the rice have finished would it be worth their votes, I wonder. Call me a cynic, but this is not a proper way to conduct a free and fair election, it taints the result, which by the way, was largely a safe and trouble free by Nigerian standards.

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No ifs, no buts only merit will do

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Ambode; Will he succeed Fashola?

For some time now there been the incessant furore about the next governor of Lagos State and what religion he should belong to, despite the fact no one had put their hat in the ring. Some had said that there would be trouble if a Christian is not in the government house after the election. These people are trouble rousing and they are being divisive. It would be wise that any selection of candidate should consider, reflect and represent the population they serve, so above all else it should be on merit.

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Reformer Sanusi, is new Emir

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Emir-Sanusi

They say, “be nice to people on your way up, because you might meet them on your way down, “the spin would have been wise to heed the saying as the new Emir of Kano was turbaned. They must have been frantic backtracking and spinning hoping to limit the damage they had already done to Lamido Sanusi’s reputation.
He was named last Sunday by the Governor of the State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, from a shortlist of candidates selected by the royal household after the death previous Friday of Ado Abdullahi Bayero. Ado Bayero had held the position since 1963 and was a widely revered figure. The ousted CBN governor could not wished for karmic retribution.

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Talk is cheap

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Okupe: Mind my roar

On the 3rd of June, BBC Hardtalk presenter, Stephen John Sackur interviewed Doyin Okupe, a senior adviser to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. The opening question was; “Are Nigeria’s leaders capable of rescuing their country?” And most of the interview centered on the government’s ineptitude and failure to locate and rescue the Chibok girls.

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Let these achievements be your guide

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Aregbosola

There have been some rumblings; in fact, it is more like a roar and sabre rattling. Some quarters in Osun State, believe that it is about time there was a change in the government house come the next election

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Up the Creek without a paddle

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Ammunitions used the Boko Haram insurgents

Amongst the theories doing the rounds; the whole BH is a North Islamic plan to grapple power from the present administration. Those other major tribes is discrediting the Jonathan- led government, that it is the APC’s plan to destabilise his administration, that North brought it on themselves because they wanted Sharia law and BH sprang from that assertion.

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Let’s stand together

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unity

Nigerians have been in the doldrums for far too long that most of us have lost the means to feel for others, we have stripped ourselves of every shred of compassion for our fellow human beings. So in a country where most profess to be religiously minded, we definitely do not practise what we preach.

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Bring Back Our Girls!

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One of the mothers of the missing Chibok school girls wipes her tears as she cries during a rally by civil society groups pressing for the release of the girls in Abuja on May 6, 2014, ahead of World Economic Forum. Members of civil society groups marched through the streets of Abuja and to the Nigerian defence headquarters. AFP

The ease with which this monster makes his audacious pronouncements is horrific and alarming that such rag tag army have held the people of Nigeria for so long to ransom. The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu, spoke to the U.S. officials that the April 14 abduction happened in a part of the country “where up till today we still beg parents to bring their children to school.

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Bring back our daughters

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Some of the abducted who escaped their abductors in Sambisa forest in Borno

here is a saying that “a society is measured by the way it treats its weakest members”. In the eyes of the world, Nigerian society lacks compassion in the way we treat our young and the vulnerable.

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There is only one Truth

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PETER OBI: I have no ambition to go to senate

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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Do we care?

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BOKO HARAM VICTIMS—A relation of one of the officers and soldiers killed in Borno, Yobe states and Unamid weeping during their burial at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja, yesterday.Photo:  Abayomi Adeshida.

“There are things that I love – when mankind works together – helps each other – learns from each other – teaches each other – cries for one another – laughs with one another – builds with one another – heals one another – entertains one another – worships with one another. The unity of mankind. There is nothing so glorious.”

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See how we lost our humanity

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kidnap-toon

Where do you begin? They say, it does not rain but pours. In Nigeria, the misery keeps pouring down in buckets. And when you think that you have seen or heard the zenith of all the depravities meted by Nigerians to fellow Nigerians, then the mother of all depravity comes along and overshadows the last.

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The young have a wasted future in Nigeria

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protest: Uzere youths protesting at Shell Petroleum Development Company facility in Uzere,Tuesday. PHOTO: Akpokona Omafuaire.

“We are forced to fall back on fatalism as an explanation of irrational events (that is to say, events the reasonableness of which we do not understand).” — Leo Tolstoy

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Educating Nigerian girls would transform our nation

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Child-slavery

This is one of my favourite quotes and one that holds true today and in every aspects of driving growth and progress for women and men around the globe. Sadly, this maxim is one that many governments, including Nigeria, have not striven to achieve. Last Saturday, March 8th marked the International Women’s Day.

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Song and Dance

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wole-soyinka-cry

Modern Nigeria came into being one hundred years ago, so it was with the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of the former British colony. Stay with me now. One hundred years ago there was a merger, that long ago but fast forward today the south/north divide remain divided and has not changed for the better. It is in fact a gulf and in the midst of paranoia and distrust on all sides.

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See no evil, hear no evil

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A survivor of the Yobe massacre. Courtesy: Sahara Reporters.

What will it take for the government to act and cleanse the nation of these cold blooded killers who are attacking, abducting, maiming and killing at will? What will it take the government to throw in the towel and admit they are powerless and clueless to stem the frequencies of the killing of innocent people, young defenseless students and teachers going about their normal business? How can we let terror reign unabated and we have our government peddling empty, meaningless and unconvincing sound bites?

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Brown is the new White

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Dencia

Say it loud, I am black and proud;sang James Brown. The song carried so much weight and when you sang the song, you believed it. It meant so much to hear that when I was growing up. It was a time when race and colour was wrestled out of the hands of those who systematically defiled and oppressed the whole black race and wrote us off as inferior.

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Suffering and smiling (2)

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*Sule Lamido

Every day my people dey inside bus, every day my people dey inside bus Forty-nine sitting, ninety-nine standing,Them go pack themselves in like sardine,Them dey faint, them dey wake like cock,Them go reach bed, power no dey,Them go reach road, go-slow go come,Them go reach road, police go slap,Them go reach road, army go whip,Them go look pocket, money no dey,Them go reach work, query ready”

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Suffering and smiling…. 18 days and still counting

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PHCN-CARTOON

I knew something was amiss, when my father quoted Fela’s shuffering and shmiling in his text to me, two days ago. Here is the text: “Shuffering and shmiling was Fela’s song some decades ago, except that we, in the community in Dopemu, Lagos, are not smiling. This is our fourteenth day without electricity; there has been no news as to when the light will be restored.

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Cut off your nose to spite your face

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Aregbosola

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Arebgesola was in the UK recently on the invitation of the All-party parliamentary group on Agriculture and food for development and the partnership for Child Development, Imperial College, London to deliver an address inside the House of Commons.

The invitation was in recognition of the outstanding performance of Arebgesola’s elementary school model, O ‘Meal. If I am preaching to the converted, I wholeheartedly apologize. Nigeria does not often get good things to celebrate. This is one of those rare moments, that is worthy of pride and deserving of recognition.

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In the best interest of Nigerians

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Anti-Gay-Marriage-1

Since President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law a ban on same-sex marriage in Africa’s most populous nation, there have been rumblings in some quarters. It is not whether Nigeria did pass ban on same sex marriage into law, it seems it is about the acceptance from certain international quarters.

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A plane too many (2)

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File: Photo NDA—From left: Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State, welcoming President Goodluck Jonathan and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D'ivoire at the Kaduna Airport for the Nigerian Defence Academy convocation, weekend.

For our president, one plane was never going to be enough. Our ten-plane president, if it is to be believed, is to add to the fleet for a procurement of a brand new private jet, which will become the Presidential Air Fleet’s (PAF) 11th aircraft. The PAF already boasts of two Falcon 7X jets, two Falcon 900 jets, Gulfstream 550, one Boeing 737 BBJ (Nigerian Air Force 001 or Eagle One), and Gulfstream IVSP. Others are one Gulfstream V, Cessna Citation 2 aircraft and Hawker Siddley 125-800 jet. The combined estimated value of the PAF is about $390.5m (N60.53bn).

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Show me your friends

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BasketMouth

And women of course, have little or no support other than keep quiet and say nothing. It is traumatic and the psychological ramification lasts much longer than the physical damage. And for the men who perpetuate such criminal acts, they are by all intents and purposes rapists. Yes, I said it! if a man forces themselves on a girl or woman,they are in the eye of the law rapists. We have misplaced our sense of morality and integrity if we think we can justify this away. Not this time this proverbial cat is out of the bag. When something is wrong it is wrong. As a daughter, mother and sister, it is important to speak out. Every girl, woman, wife, mother, sister, niece have the right to feel safe and protected.

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Put your money where your mouth is

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May I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a brighter and purposeful 2014!
On January 1st, Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th New York Mayor, I do not know much about him but, much have been said about his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg . Bloomberg had made his fortune before he became Mayor of New York. What made him outstanding was he rejected the $US2.7 million worth of salary to which he was entitled. He instead accepted just $US1 a year, yes,a paltry $1.

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The Paralysis of low expectations

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primary-school

The saying goes: “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man”, the memo obviously got lost in transit prior to getting to Nigeria. If we cannot mould and prepare our young for the future then how can we then prepare them for adulthood or mould them into useful and productive citizens?

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Pot calling kettle black!

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obj-jona-faceoff

I do not know what it is, but Nigeria is descending into free fall and the unnerving thing is; that we all stand helplessly by to watch. So OBJ wrote to GEJ, trying to score cheap political points? At what point does the kingmaker stop demanding obedience from the king?

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Nelson Mandela, in our life time

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MANDELA1

“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity”-Nelson Mandela.

Last Thursday, a bright light dimmed but will never be extinguished. That beacon of light will continue to light the way through the darkness for years to come.

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Sleeping with the eyes open

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*Okene just before his rescue

There is no better time to applaud the spirit and stoic determination of Harrison Okene, the 29 year-old man who survived two-and-a-half days trapped 30m (98ft) deep in freezing seawater. Although the incident occurred in May 2013 , it has only been widely reported in the last couple of days and his survival has captured the imagination of experienced deep Sea divers and lay people alike

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