Sunday March 29th, 2015
Sunday March 29th, 2015
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Morning after the day before

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Voters from an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Maiduguri queue to get registered for Nigeria's presidential elections in Maiduguri on March 28, 2015. Polling stations opened in Nigeria today, the electoral commission said, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest campaign in the country's history.  AFP PHOTO

By now, it is becoming clear which way the political climate will be for the next five years. Whatever the decision, I pray that there will be calm and acceptance. We hold in our hands the power to shape Nigeria, no matter what our opinions and political affiliation is, we have to strive whatever the majority decision to contribute to nation building.

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Time we moved the dogma

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File photo: Protesters during the post-election riots in Kaduna

Violence and politics seem to go hand in hand, at least in Nigeria, it does. People have come to expect mayhem and disorder in the run up to any election and the youths are paid to carry out these dastardly activities by the politicians.

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Thine self be true

  /   in Outside looking in 12:24 am   /   Comments

*Patience Jonathan

It was a relief not to write about Nigeria and its brand of politics last week. It felt so much better not to be embroiled in the dark arts of its politics. Then the lady had to speak and here we are again. They often say it’s not over until the fat lady sings that does not seem to be the case, as this lady wants to go on and on. I really do not want to rehash old grounds, but when the fragrant lady took to the rostrum and she incites the crowd to stone anyone who does not vote for her husband.

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Make it happen!

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America women

‘I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.’- Michelle Obama

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Never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense

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BuhariChat

We have had so much rumblings about the Buhari’s visit to the UK. It has whipped the rumour mill to a frenzy. Depending on what was written by the conspiracy theorists; the London visit, did not really happen, he came for medical checks and anyway, the campaign is running out of funds and so on. The tittle-tattle has been going on for so long that, it would be wrong for me not to mention how this behaviour and how it comes across to rational human beings. Sadly, the reality of the situation is lost on those who cannot see sense.

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The gloves are off…

  /   in Outside looking in 12:58 am   /   Comments

LG polls to be held in Lagos State today

It is becoming painfully obvious that the electioneering is going to be one long gerrymandering mean fest; who can shout the loudest, spend the most money, wear the most colourful attires, pull the most crowd, insult the most, the most incorrigible, most abusive, throws the most blows or cause the most upset and rent the largest crowd.

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Delayed but never denied

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Electioncartoon

Election day has been postponed we are told as there are concerns of insecurity and safety of voters. That is the official story and whether we believe it or not, they are sticking to this official line. So now when Election Day approaches, Nigerian lives matter! Pull the other one, I say, Nigerians will have their say whatever time it is. The subterfuge is transparent and to some they had seen it coming. So though it came as a surprise to many, it seems that some had expected that the government was going to but spanners in to the works.

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Election posters: The good, the bad and the very hilarious

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Campaign-posters

As we hurl towards the 14th of February election, it is becoming fever pitch and almost irrepressible. You could not miss the campaign posters all around the place as several political parties jostle for positions in already saturated surfaces. There have been problems with posters and defacing of opponents’ posters and accusations flying right, left and centre. The posters are on the high streets, highways, public buildings, private buildings and overheads. There are posters pasted everywhere that even one goat seems to be enjoying eating a Buhari poster.

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House of cards

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File: Jonathan and Buhari

I don’t know about you, but this certificate thing is getting tedious. We need to move on to talk about what really matters; the future of Nigerians. GMB has come out and rejected claims that he did not obtain his school-leaving certificate and as we know, that prospective presidential candidates must have it as a minimum requirement to run for office. The government spin doctors are hell bent on diverting attention away from campaign issues such as unemployment, insecurity and corruption.

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All French were Charlie

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This combo shows handout photos released by French Police in Paris early on January 8, 2015 of suspects Cherif Kouachi (L), aged 32, and his brother Said Kouachi (R), aged 34, wanted in connection with an attack at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in the French capital that killed at least 12 people. French police on January 8 published photos of the two brothers wanted as suspects over the bloody massacre at the magazine in Paris as they launched an appeal to the public for information.   AFP PHOTO / FRENCH POLICE
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A week ago, terror visited France and claimed 17 of its citizens. We watched on TV as France went into lock down and swiftly smoked out the culprits and delivered a decisive action.

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Nigeria needs a leader not a ruler

  /   in Outside looking in 12:26 am   /   Comments

Jonathan or Buhari  who will you pick ?

I have often wondered if Nigerians understand the difference between ruling and leading. I said this because, the insults and innuendoes bandied about recently regarding level of education; semi-illiterates, Ph.D holders speak volumes. Nigeria needs a leader not a ruler. We are a democratic country aren’t we?

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Buhari or Bust… The mail bag

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BUHARI DECLARES—Arrival of Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, during his declaration of intent for All Progressives Congress, Apc, Presidential candidate in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

It seems that there is so much polarisation when it comes to the two presidential candidates. I was not expecting the deluge of responses from far and wide. It does not take a genius to know that there is great expectations and anxiety come February 2015. Either way, people seem to have pitched their camp already. We should put sentiments aside and the priority should be for the good of all Nigerians and Nigeria.

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Change must come, they have no choice

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo greet supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

“We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: “He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.”– Chinua Achebe

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2015: Nigerians should decide

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LG polls to be held in Lagos State today

“You can fool some of the people all of the time,and all of the people some of the time,but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time

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Buhari or bust

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Buhari

Black Friday, cyber Monday and don’t know about you but if the last couple of days has been nothing to go by, then last Thursday is definitely a super Thursday. Well, for our politicians and those who have a stake in their progress or lack of? To be honest, it was predictive; a two horse race. There was a lot of horse-trading, double dealing, political musical chairs and defections. Threats, legal wrangling, and innuendos, bargaining, pleading, begging and blaming.

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Laying dangerous precedents

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anti-corruption

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants-” Isaacs Newton

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This House of Disrepute

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Lawmakers at the National Assembly Thursday.

Those that seek evidence that our highest hallow House in the land has badly behaved, must have seen on TV and read in the papers how uncouth and disgraceful they are. Those that still are not convinced, I have nothing more to say to them as they have obviously lost their moral compass. What we saw were grown men behaving like rent a mob and scaling the fence to force their way into the inner sanctum of the House.

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This House of Disrepute

  /   in Outside looking in 12:53 am   /   Comments

Lawmakers at the National Assembly Thursday.

Those that seek evidence that our highest hallow House in the land has badly behaved, must have seen on TV and read in the papers how uncouth and disgraceful they are. Those that still are not convinced, I have nothing more to say to them as they have obviously lost their moral compass. What we saw were grown men behaving like rent a mob and scaling the fence to force their way into the inner sanctum of the House.

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‘My heartfelt sympathy‘- we’ve heard it before

  /   in Outside looking in 12:26 am   /   Comments

Yuletide-tragedy

Tragedy once again has revisited our shores and being in the UK watching the news, makes me feel saddened and despondent. Yet, again there is no decisive plan as to what will be done to rid the country of these nefarious cold blooded murderers.

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Political pandemonium

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Tambuwal and Goodluck Jonathan

A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honourable, generous, tolerant and respectful.-Charles W. Pickering

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Exit the King Cobra

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Zambia's President Michael Sata (R) takes oath during his swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court in Lusaka, on September 23, 2011. Sata took office today, kicking off with a pledge to crack down on the rampant corruption that turned voters away from his predecessor Rupiah Banda.    AFP PHOTO

President Michael Sata, the president of Zambia died on Tuesday at a London Hospital. He was 77 years old. Nicknamed King Cobra for his abrasive and acerbic rhetoric, he was larger than life and he had a warm relations with President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and he was accused by critics of autocratic tendencies.

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So what makes you a Nigerian?

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Nigerian-fans

We often take our citizenship for granted, we automatically assume the privilege of being a Nigerian is ours for the taking and that we can jolly well use it, discard it at will,when we choose and when it pleases us. We should know that with these privileges come responsibilities. And we should take our responsibilities seriously if we value the privilege of truly being a Nigerian.

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FRK-An awesome and formidable Nigerian

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funmilayo-kuti2

“Every generation must recognize and embrace the task it is peculiarly designed by history and by providence to perform.”-Chinua Achebe October 1, marks 54th independence from colonial rule in 1960. Every year, for some time now I have not celebrated Independence Day, as I feel there is so little to celebrate. Some Nigerians are in

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Fear is the sum total of Nigerians

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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and his wife

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela

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“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish”

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Jonabringback

Just when I thought our politicians could not sink any lower, they then go and show that there are depths lower than low they can easily crawl out of. Last week, my British colleague alerted my attention to a sickening report about Nigeria covered by the BBC and the Washington Post. It seemed that Goodluck’s sycophants had unfurl banners round Abuja, using similar hashtag campaign of the missing Chibok girls. They, in their absolute stupidity and arrogance flew the flag for Jona’s 2015 campaign. Only they could have thought it was right to capitalise on other peoples’ tragedy.

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The health of our people

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health

I have wanted to write about the health concerns of our people for some time, but other issues kept getting in the away and so it had been consigned to the back burner for some time until…now. In my day job, I work with the black community in South London.

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These trying times, it’s good to talk

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Last week, I said that that there are no permanent enemies or friends, just permanent interests. I believe that to be true. So I pose a question: what is one’s enemies’ enemy called? A friend? Does that then make one’s friend’s enemy, now an enemy? So, it was a surprise that Iran considered joining forces with the US to fight the insurgents in parts of Iran and Syria The Sunni radical of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is making sworn enemies strange bedfellows.

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There is permanent interest but no permanent friends

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Aregbesola and Omisore

Who would have thought that the West is considering working with Syria to get rid of ISIS? They say, my friend’s enemy is my enemy. So when does your enemy become your friend? It is all about interest and changes in perspectives. So you see, there is a permanent interest but no permanent friends. At the moment, Oyinlola is very pally pally with Aregbesola. Aregbesola on the election trail goes as far as describing Oyinlola as his brother. Just in case you have forgotten the former was a sworn enemy of the latter. The former Governor stole the mandate of Aregbesola and even swore to run the Ogbeni out of town. You probably remember the Osun/Osogbo episode where the Good Lord saved the Ogbeni from assassination.

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Let him that would move the world first move himself

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soldiers

I don’t usually agree with IBB, but he recently made rather valid point that it is difficult to ignore; the use of soldiers during elections. I did mention exactly this concern last week that I feared that the FG is setting up a dangerous precedent and the fear of breeding future guns for hire.

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He won fair and square

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Aregbesola

I don’t know what the voters in Osun State were expecting, but last Saturday’s election was one of intrigue and anticipation. I will say this, it was followed avidly beyond Osun State and Nigeria. There was drama which runs up to the election. I was forwarded an email last week, with pictures attached of security agents with balaclavas, armed to the teeth. They poured on to the streets and also dispatched some to block the Freedom Square where workers supporting the governor were holding a rally.

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My daughter won’t watch the news

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GAZA

My 11 year old daughter is a budding diplomat. Like all children they see everything in clear terms, it is either one thing or the other. She said some years back, about the Israel and Palestine situation: that “mum, it’s simple; can’t they just divide the area and stop the fighting”

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Ebola: No need for panic, understand the facts

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Medics in full gear to avoid contracting the virus

Ebola is a virus that causes a potentially lethal illness called hemorrhagic fever. It renders the body’s blood vessels porous and they start to leak, causing catastrophic internal bleeding. It is said that up to nine out of ten people who contract the virus will die without immediate medical attention. It is actually pretty hard to catch Ebola. It is not airborne and contrary to the rumour mill, unless if bodily fluids was. The major outbreak of Ebola disease has killed at least 672 people so far in West Africa and British airports and airlines are on high alert to stop passenger’s disease, Passengers thought to have virus are being barred from taking flights to UK as Ebola can spread through sweat and saliva and there is no vaccine or cure yet.

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