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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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Buhari meeeting speaking  Journalists  at his Dura home

Home is not where you live… home is where you belong

My father had thrown down the gauntlet and told me that he will no longer come to the UK to visit me until I come home. Home, meaning Nigeria. He does have a point. I haven’t been home for over 27 years. My son is 26 and my daughter is twelve and they are pretty savvy as to their culture and their identity but nothing will compare to first-hand knowledge of their homeland. Why did it take me so long? The call of home was never loud enough for me to respond to, so people come and go and then on their return they come with good and bad stories. None of the stories ever coloured my opinion of my home land. Well, I can very much make up my mind and I am immersed in the goings on in Nigeria. I write about it every week.

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Men do suffer from emotional abuse

Matthew Gansallo walked to my office and told me that he was going to write a book to help men who have been going through emotional abuse. I sense there was more to his intent. Matthew Olaseni Gansello, you see, is qualified in the history of art, fine art and architecture and is building an international education consultancy. Although, he lives in London, he is very much a Nigerian and has a vested interest in the Nigerian community.

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Dasuki Sambo

Time to give back

It is high time Nigerians received a windfall, we know what is going on; there are billions of pounds that have been recovered and are languishing in the coffers or there about. This money can definitely make a difference in the quantity of lives of ordinary Nigerians. It is about time the government acted expediently to circulate the clawed back loot from the greedy politicians, and give back the money to the rightful owners: the Nigerian people.

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Sim-cards

Show me the money!

My apologies, I am not a crooner and my children will attest to that, but I know a good and meaningful lyrics when I hear one, and this particular one by Bob Dylan comes to mind and it goes like this: “The Times They Are A-changin” that best describes the sweeping changes in Nigeria to a tee; “..Then you better start swimmin’, Or you’ll sink like a stone, For the times they are a-changin’..

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