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).Read More →
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.Read More →
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.
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?Read More →
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?Read More →
“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.Read More →
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 alikeRead More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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 SouthRead More →
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?Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
“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
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.Read More →
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 ShawRead More →
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.Read More →
Can someone tell me the direction in which Nigeria is heading as am beginning to lose my orientation. In the last couple of weeks there have been so much going on and none of them any way to move towards the futureRead More →
I am still trying to get a handle on what really happened, how 72 Nigerians of Igbo extraction were dumped in Anambra State. Really, can you be deported in your own country? So what exactly is going on? The former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, was up in arms that the Governor of Lagos State acted unconstitutionally by deporting them that he has issued a 7-day ultimatum for the governor to apologise and stop future illegality from happening.Read More →
My daughter, Aderenle, asked me: can you write a bit about Alhaji Alade, please? We need to honour him, sir. Don’t you think?Read More →
The emotive assault in the last couple of days has renewed the debate for the rights of women in Nigeria. I am not going to rehash the high voltage of sentiments of the current protest movement but what I am going to say is that the current debate has open old wounds and it is high time we lanced the boil and let the healing and progress begin.Read More →
Words really fail me for what I am about to write but write I must. The behaviour of Nigerian law makers has sunk to the lowest depths.I would have thought any right thinking person could not have imagine a depth this low. The River state assembly had the dubious venue of the crime most foul.Read More →
By Denrele Animasaun “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.”-Walter Reuther As you know, I am a reverent supporter of the dynamic Ogbeni Aregbesola. I cannot say it enough andRead More →
The Obamas made a trip to sub Saharan Africa with all the fanfare that one would expect from a consummate head of state, diplomat and an enigma.Read More →
You know how they say; East, West, home is best? Right. Well, I haven’t been to Nigeria for close to 25 years now so, where do I call home? I have always felt that Nigeria is my home but, my son came up with a happy medium that home, is where your family is. So I guess it is the UK because that is where my family and my heart is. When push comes to shove, though, I am a Nigerian born in the UK. I will always carry Nigeria with me, and I let people know that from the onset. Why haven’t I been home? And why that long? I don’t know, it just happened.Read More →
It has long been established that Nigeria is a country of extremes. Many of its appellations is not worthy of praise nor its citizens got much to be proud of lately. I know Jonah brought out his score card and gave his administration a pass. Well, I am sure those who mark their own score sheet are biased and they would do so dishonestly, especially if they are failing miserably. The facts speak for itself; too many Nigerians have never had it so bad and it is unlikely to change their lot any time soon, unless this government can honestly acknowledge like the other administrations before it; they are squandering our national wealth.Read More →
Wednesday 12, June 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of a free and fair election to have ever taken place on Nigerian Soil. That day, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola was the anticipated winner of the presidential election as figures coming in showed that he was in overall lead in fourteen states. The world was watching and the Nigerian populace was eagerly awaiting a real change to take place in Nigeria.Read More →