Thursday April 17th, 2014
Thursday April 17th, 2014
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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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Old wines, new bottles

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nPDP MergeS with APC: From left, former nPDP Chairman Abubakar Kawu Baraje, former Nasarawa State Governor, Senator Abdulahi Adamu,  APC Leader Bola Tinubu, APC Leader Ogbonnaya Onu; Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and others shortly after merger of  nPDP  with APC in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. – Plato

Far from me stating the obvious, the writing has been glaringly on the wall and so it came as no surprise. The mutineers have finally taken a decisive turn. So rather than walk the plank, the renegades seven jumped the ship in a spectacular fashion.

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To be a critic: A riposite

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Aregbosola

Whatever their rationale, it is important to have a sane and civil dialogue without reducing the discussions to a mudslinging match. It is not going be too good for anyone that we cannot deal with our differences without throwing the baby out with the bath water.

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To be a critic: Say nothing positive, do nothing positive and be nothing positive

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Aregbosola

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that it will not accept the results of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra state if voting does not take place in all local governments, especially in the party’s strongholds of Idemili North and South as well as Akwa South

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We are the village….

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Domestic-Violence-3

Not too long ago, we acted as a collective, where we acted as one and believed in the mutuality of the collective. After all, African coined the adage that;” it takes a village to raise a child”. So, where is this village, the collective when some of our vulnerable are suffering in silence and we turn our face and ignore their sufferings? How can we pretend to be religious and pious and yet perpetuate this heinous crime?

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It is not over until this lady sings…..

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Aviation Minister, Princes Stella Oduah taking the oath before presenting her position beforte the House Committee on aviation during the Public Hearing on the procurement of two BMW Bullet-Proof cars by the NCAA at the National Assembly, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

Someone once asked the American actor, Will Smith the best advice his father ever gave him, he said that he told him that everything in moderation, that he could not drive more than one car at a time.

How I wish Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi had such advice, she might have not have got herself in this mess, evading questions from the senate and the people.

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Religion, politics and sectarian double dealing

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From left: Co-Chairman, Nigeria Inter-religious Council (Nirec), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; National Co-ordinator/executive Secretary,  Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, and Co-Chairman, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III, at a meeting of NIREC with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja. NAN Photo

They say that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. In Nigeria, it seems that the blind is leading the blind and they do so willingly and that is more the pity.

They seem to go towards the precipice without questioning the true intentions of the leader. The piped piper plays on and like the mice of Hamlin they follow doggedly leaping from one disaster to the next without a flicker of reflection or conscience.

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The land of sublime lunacy and ridiculous contradictions

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*Oshiomhole

I don’t know about you,but Nigeria is in a perpetual state of ignominy. We honour and fete the corrupt and the criminals, and then we punish the hard working and good people in Nigeria. Ever wonder why people think it does not pay to be good in Nigeria and why people think we all at it? Any wonder why it does not pay to be good at the same time we profess that we are godly and yet we serve ourselves and not others.

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What makes a good citizen?

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FROM LEFT: FORMER HEAD OF STATE AND CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF CENTENARY CITY, GEN. ABDULSALAMI ABUBAKAR; PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONTHAN AND VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO, DURING THE VISIT OF THE BOARD TO THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (7/10/13).

Couple of days ago, the national television station held its yearly national programme, called the PRIDE OF BRITAIN. Here the cream of human kindness at its best were showcased where the ordinary people up and down the country do the most incredible act of heroics to complete strangers, loved ones and colleagues. They were awarded for their selflessness and acts of bravery in the face of adversities.

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Education is the key

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Opon Imo

My father often tells my siblings and I, that “education is not an inheritance, any one can’t take away from you once you have it, “. I agree, but the sad reality is that in Nigeria the young are deliberately and systematically denied the opportunity to have an education. So between the poor leadership, to corrupt officials, Boko Haram insurgency, the abject poverty and the ASUU strike, the young are in dire situation.

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Reasons to feel valued – On Independence Anniversary

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Independence-day

I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger- Swahili Proverb

We are nearing that time of the year again, where we look back collectively as a nation. Nigeria is 53 and if the truth be told as a nation, there is so much more we should be doing at that age; in fact, we are worse off than we were at 10 or 20 than where we are at 53.

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Even the man of God is not immune

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Reverend-kattey

The Nigerian simply adjusts. He\she shakes off every volley of disaster, disgrace no matter how audacious. It simply rolls off the back of the Nigerian. Not so long ago, there were lines we did not cross as children, adults and as people. Now those lines have either disappeared or have been disregarded all together.

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Nigerian leaders are not what they should be

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Late Prof Chinua Achebe

“Nigerians are what they are because their leaders are not what they should be”
“They have not always elected the best leaders, particularly after a long period in which they have not used this facility of free election. You tend to lose the habit.”- Chinua Achebe

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Education in Nigeria: Status critical

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File photo: students protesting ASUU strike in Lagos

A couple of days ago, I was watching Al jazeera, where the presenter, had mentioned a special feature exchanging information about the current situation that Nigerian university students who are facing prolong the Nigerian’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

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Let’s eradicate Polio 2

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polio--kids

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity-George Bernard Shaw

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Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid in the world

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Senate President, David Mark and Speaker of House of Reps, Aminu Tanbuwal

Nice job if you can get it. No wonder the Nigerian Lawmaker fights tooth and nail to stay on the gravy train. It is a known fact that Nigerian Lawmakers are the highest paid in world.

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