A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honourable, generous, tolerant and respectful.-Charles W. PickeringRead More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
“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 inRead More →
“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 MandelaRead More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
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”Read More →
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.Read More →
This meeting has been long time coming and I am sure that he realises that the gesture and words of comfort was not as complicated and or painful as he first thought. In fact, it must be quite cathartic. So should we be rehashing old grounds? Yes, we should. The delay to meet with the families should be a future lesson to all that it is important to reach out to those suffering such loss; is the only decent thing to do. Politics aside, we should always show compassion; it is the key to being a decent human being. I know that some may feel that he has put right the wrong by finally meeting with the distraught parents of the missing girls. But, we should not forget that the girls went missing in April and he did not meet with them until last Tuesday .Read More →
The window of opportunity was three months ago and now he weasels out of the promise he made to a 17-year old. There is no amount of spin doctoring that can make Jona look lily white. The facts are there for the world to see: on his watch, he and his administration failed and they failed spectacularly. The girls remain missing and there is an almost daily onslaught by Boko haram, with no end in sight of abating. All the entire world and our people witness from Jonathan is more posturing, lame pronouncements and no action.Read More →
My father was not too pleased when I wrote that I wish I was from Osun. For those that read my page you know that I find the Ogbeni’s leadership inspiring and refreshing. Ogbeni puts his opinion of leadership so well when he said, “Indeed, it is my belief that leadership offers a golden opportunity to serve the people and bring improvements to bear on their lives and existence.Read More →
I pray that we all take time to be the best that we can be, be tolerant and extend peace and love to everyone we meet, that through these good deeds we indeed, show the true meaning of being a good Muslim.
In the UK, during the summer months fasting is a long affair that lasts up to 18 hours. We wake up very early and break our fast after nine in the evening.Read More →
How much is our vote worth?
The Ekiti people have spoken and they have voted for Ayodele Fayose for governor of the state. It does leave a bitter taste (pardon the pun), when one knows that both main candidates did give raw and cooked rice to the people in the state prior to the election. Long after the rice have finished would it be worth their votes, I wonder. Call me a cynic, but this is not a proper way to conduct a free and fair election, it taints the result, which by the way, was largely a safe and trouble free by Nigerian standards.
For some time now there been the incessant furore about the next governor of Lagos State and what religion he should belong to, despite the fact no one had put their hat in the ring. Some had said that there would be trouble if a Christian is not in the government house after the election. These people are trouble rousing and they are being divisive. It would be wise that any selection of candidate should consider, reflect and represent the population they serve, so above all else it should be on merit.Read More →
They say, “be nice to people on your way up, because you might meet them on your way down, “the spin would have been wise to heed the saying as the new Emir of Kano was turbaned. They must have been frantic backtracking and spinning hoping to limit the damage they had already done to Lamido Sanusi’s reputation.
He was named last Sunday by the Governor of the State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, from a shortlist of candidates selected by the royal household after the death previous Friday of Ado Abdullahi Bayero. Ado Bayero had held the position since 1963 and was a widely revered figure. The ousted CBN governor could not wished for karmic retribution.
On the 3rd of June, BBC Hardtalk presenter, Stephen John Sackur interviewed Doyin Okupe, a senior adviser to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. The opening question was; “Are Nigeria’s leaders capable of rescuing their country?” And most of the interview centered on the government’s ineptitude and failure to locate and rescue the Chibok girls.Read More →
There have been some rumblings; in fact, it is more like a roar and sabre rattling. Some quarters in Osun State, believe that it is about time there was a change in the government house come the next electionRead More →
Amongst the theories doing the rounds; the whole BH is a North Islamic plan to grapple power from the present administration. Those other major tribes is discrediting the Jonathan- led government, that it is the APC’s plan to destabilise his administration, that North brought it on themselves because they wanted Sharia law and BH sprang from that assertion.Read More →
Nigerians have been in the doldrums for far too long that most of us have lost the means to feel for others, we have stripped ourselves of every shred of compassion for our fellow human beings. So in a country where most profess to be religiously minded, we definitely do not practise what we preach.Read More →
The ease with which this monster makes his audacious pronouncements is horrific and alarming that such rag tag army have held the people of Nigeria for so long to ransom. The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu, spoke to the U.S. officials that the April 14 abduction happened in a part of the country “where up till today we still beg parents to bring their children to school.Read More →
here is a saying that “a society is measured by the way it treats its weakest members”. In the eyes of the world, Nigerian society lacks compassion in the way we treat our young and the vulnerable.Read More →
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” — Mahatma GandhiRead More →
“There are things that I love – when mankind works together – helps each other – learns from each other – teaches each other – cries for one another – laughs with one another – builds with one another – heals one another – entertains one another – worships with one another. The unity of mankind. There is nothing so glorious.”Read More →
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.Read More →
“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 TolstoyRead More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →