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Economy

It is the people who must save the environment. It is the people who must make their leaders change.And we cannot be intimidated. So we must stand up for what we believe in.”– Wangari Maathai

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Fayose-best1

Motor mouth: The man loves the sound of his own voice

Ayo Fayose, has got form. And what is predictable about him is that: he is predictably erratic. The man likes the sound of his own voice, he has an over inflated view of his persona and ego; believes his own hype that he is the man of the people, that he has grassroots connect ability and with a devil may care attitude. As long as the attention is on him, the better his ego feels and like a seasoned performer, he puts on a show; goes to the market, jump on the back of the Okada. He feels he has scores to settle and not for the first time too, he holds court to simply to lambast anyone he takes a dislike to, or those that refuse to give him his due or in his case, the respect or the attention he deserves. Can someone, anyone please, tell Ayo that respect is earned and cannot be demanded.

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Asiwaju of Yoruba is 64!

The air has been full of felicitations for his birthday from the 28th and up to now as I write this. It covers the radio, television and then newspapers. Bola Ahmed Tinubu was 64 years old on the 29th of March. Akanbi, has not been a common man- as an Accountant and a Politician of note. He was senator of the Federal Republic and two-time governor of uncommon Lagos State.

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Ese-Oruru

Blinkered majority

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief” —Frantz Fanon

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...Cross section of Almajiri students

Poverty of Ambition

I thoroughly concur with the above quoted position credited to His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, and agree also that it is about time we addressed the greatest scourge and abuse of millions of people in our society. It is a common place in our society to accept that some citizens are meant to be nothing and do nothing but beg from cradle to grave. Those holding this belief, inadvertently, promote and relegate a huge number of citizens to a bleak future. And those who make begging their livelihood purposely marry and breed their offspring for a lifetime of begging. And the ones that give to them are equality responsible for perpetuating this heinous practice. Giving to professional almajiris will not absolve them of their sins, it is a false sense of absolution. it will be better to consider what is better of the two sayings: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” and the better option is clear. The almajri system has created a dependent culture.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

If the cap fits

When the president was last in the UK he gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph. There was an uproar due to some of his comments in the interview. It seems that his remarks cut too close to some peoples’ sensitivities and perhaps, too honest,way too honest for some. It is not a secret that there are some, I mean, a higher than acceptable level of criminality among Nigerians and these criminals are feted in a big way. In other countries, they lock their criminals and they make an example of them.

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Buhari travels to Kenya on a state visit ; Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo

Let them talk

PMB is on an official visit to France, where he will be meeting the President of the European Parliament, and the President of the European Commission and he will address a special session of the European Union Parliament. This meeting will be attended by members of the executive and legislative arms of the Union.

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Presidential  media chat

Something for nothing Nigerians

President Buhari’s presidential media chat was hotly anticipated, some have argued that his delivery was a storm in a teapot, I disagree. The president held his own and was very frank in his delivery. I hope that the journalists heed his appeal to do more investigative journalism about important national issues. He is right. Malcolm X once said that; “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

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