Sunday April 20th, 2014
Sunday April 20th, 2014
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Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid in the world

  /   in Outside looking in 12:03 am   /   Comments

Senate President, David Mark and Speaker of House of Reps, Aminu Tanbuwal

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.

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A time will come….?

  /   in Outside looking in 12:31 am   /   Comments

Artists representing Nigeria perform during the opening ceremony of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, held before the Group A football match between Brazil and Japan, at the National Stadium in Brasilia on June 15, 2013.  AFP PHOTO /

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 future

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Trouble rousing

  /   in Outside looking in 12:06 am   /   Comments

Deportees from Lagos

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.

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From the Master to a Columnist: A tribute

  /   in Outside looking in 12:00 am   /   Comments

My daughter, Aderenle, asked me: can you write a bit about Alhaji Alade, please? We need to honour him, sir. Don’t you think?

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Can the real Nigerians please stand up?

  /   in Outside looking in 12:06 am   /   Comments

Senator Ahmed Yerima

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.

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Dirty, rotten scoundrels

  /   in Outside looking in 12:14 am   /   Comments

Cartoon-Rivers-crisis

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.

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Lift up others to rise up

  /   in Outside looking in 12:09 am   /   Comments

Opon Imo

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 and

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Imagine Nigeria

  /   in Outside looking in 12:44 am   /   Comments

*Obama

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.

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Show me the way to go home

  /   in Outside looking in 12:00 am   /   Comments

Elizabeth II and Cameron

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.

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Let’s do something

  /   in Outside looking in 12:10 am   /   Comments

cartoon-poverty

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.

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We can stand together

  /   in Outside looking in 12:04 am   /   Comments

NADECO [National Democratic Coalition] Marks the 19th Anniversary of Late Chief  M K O Abiola s 1994 Epetedo Declaration of  president Elect held at Epetedo Multipupose Hall Lagos Pix Shows  the starture of late Chief MKO Abiola at Epetedo lagos  Photo Shola Oyelese

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.

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The aggressor will fall on his own sword

  /   in Outside looking in 12:06 am   /   Comments

Amaechi and Jang

Couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article titled; Jet, ladies and all things tasteless(12.05.13) which mentioned Rotimi Ameachi and the trouble between him and GEJ. So, fast forward two weeks, it does not look as if the fight is abating anytime soon.

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The trouble with Nigerians

  /   in Outside looking in 12:03 am   /   Comments

File: London Police

Last week, Wednesday, evil visited the streets of South East London and in broad daylight too. The news came in trickles so as not to alarm people; it was in the evening that the full horror of the event was unleashed as we watched a surreal still picture of a young man clutching a bloodied cleaver and knife. It was very horrific, gruesome and shocking. Across the street, you could catch glimpse of a body lying on the floor. It was the lifeless body of drummer Lee Rigby, a serving soldier in the British army.

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Turning the other way….

  /   in Outside looking in 12:00 am   /   Comments

The suspects

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people” – Martin Luther king, Jnr.

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Berlusconi goes to prison

  /   in Outside looking in 12:06 am   /   Comments

Berlusconi

It seems the Teflon Don is finally getting his judicial just desserts or so it seems. On Monday when the Italian prosecutors demanded that the former Italian President Silvio Berlusconi, should be handed a prison sentence as well as a life time ban from politics, outside the court building the judgement was greeted with equal measures of cheers and jeers. Such reaction is typical Silvio he, often divides the emotions of Italians over the years and it seem that whatever he does or says, he gets away with it.

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Jets, egos and all things tasteless

  /   in Outside looking in 12:00 am   /   Comments

amaechi-plane

Pardon my ignorance; I really did not pay closer attention to the existence of Governor Chibuike Amaechi until the private jet situation. The River State governor,it must be said has a passion for the finer things of life. And I guess, he does feel his office demands the absolute respect wherever he goes in and out of his state. His ego must have taken a huge dent when he was told that his private jet cannot take off.

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Big Brother is watching

  /   in Outside looking in 12:02 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-cartoon-second-ter

I do not think much of our progress in relation to crime fighting and justice. And the federal government then goes and throws the proverbial spanner in the works and proved me right. If Nigerians regularly compile crime statistics, they will be staggered by how much crime is committed in our country on a daily basis and it shows no signs of abating.

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The White Elephant…

  /   in Outside looking in 12:05 am   /   Comments

nationaltheatre380

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” – Mahatma Gandhi

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An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

  /   in Outside looking in 12:03 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan and the 'ghosts'  Boko Haram

A quick disclaimer: I am a Muslim and no, I am not a terrorist and I do not have, never will have or harbour terrorist tendency and I wholeheartedly condemn any act of violence, killing and segregation in the name of Islam. Good, so that we are clear, very clear from the word go. The Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, put it so well that Boko Haram “does not represent Islam and that it is not a Muslim organisation.”

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A week is a long time in politics….

  /   in Outside looking in 12:04 am   /   Comments

*Margaret Thatcher

“With all due respect, sir, I have done battle every single day of my life and many men have underestimated me before. This lot seem bound to do the same, but they will rue the day.”-Margret Thatcher.

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Nigeria is green and rich but…

  /   in Outside looking in 12:10 am   /   Comments

Oluwole Awolowo

As they say, those with ear should listen. I believe that boat has long sailed with us in Nigeria. We have instead been grappling with the day to day hustle and bustling. Majority of Nigerians cannot look beyond the day to look at the bigger picture; that of saving our land.

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Ode to the Bard

  /   in Achebe: Exit of a literary giant, Outside looking in 12:08 am   /   Comments

Late Prof Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident who gave literary birth to modern Africa with Things Fall Apart, has died. He was 82. I was in my office when I heard of the passing of our elder, Chinua Achebe. The news shook me to the core, then I scrambled to the nearest computer pot. I was stunned there was no mistake, it was true that Chinua Achebe was no more.

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All the president’s men

  /   in Outside looking in 12:02 am   /   Comments

Pope-inauguration1

All eyes were on Rome for the inauguration of Pope Francis. On addressing the devoted and the world leaders immediately at the Mass where over 200,000 gathered, he called on world leaders and people all over to defend the weak. He seemed to address the leaders directly that the young, old and those in need were often neglected and ignored.

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Rauf is the real thing

  /   in Outside looking in 12:10 am   /   Comments

Aregbesola

There are times when it seems pointless talking about the obvious and after awhile it does get to you and it has got to me that I refuse to slip into the doldrums of doom and negativity. I assure you it is very hard when you talk about the shenanigans of our government and lives of the masses.

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My brother’s keeper

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Damino

“I am, because we are”. -Ubuntu Philosophy
A Zulu philosophy that explains that a person with ubuntu knows his or her place in the universe and is consequently able to interact gracefully with other individuals. One aspect of ubuntu is that, at all times, the individual effectively represents the people from among whom he or she comes, and therefore tries to behave according to the highest standards and exhibits the virtues upheld by his or her society.

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Ladies, lies and leadership

  /   in Outside looking in 12:05 am   /   Comments

* Dame Patience Jonathan

The lady doth protest too much! So the president’s other half, Patience in her inestimable candid humility would like the Senate and the House of Reps to pass the budget of N4 billion earmarked for her “pet” project- The Ladies Mission House. This edifice she tells us will be left for the people of Nigeria and she in her words “will not carry the building with her when her tenure ends”.

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Peace through strength

  /   in Outside looking in 12:06 am   /   Comments

Photo File: victim of an explosion

I have been long troubled at the level of violence and casualties in the senseless waste of human lives in the last couple of years. There is a big elephant in the room and it seems the elephant in the room is getting so large and yet no one seems to want to talk about it! This big elephant that no one dare speaks its name is Boko Haram.

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Credit where credit is due…

  /   in Outside looking in 12:25 am   /   Comments

*Pope Benedict XVI

The world was reeling from the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI had announced that he would step down at the end of the month. It was a seismic announcement where I was and there all manners of conspiratory theory abound among which is; he is going to make a confession or was there an inside job in the Vatican?

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Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

  /   in Outside looking in 12:13 am   /   Comments

Dr. Abati

I read with bewilderment Dr. Reuben Abati’s article titled ‘The Hypocrisy of Yesterday’s Men” (3rd Feb.2013) which was published in almost every newspapers in the land.

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Flight or fight?

  /   in Outside looking in 12:05 am   /   Comments

EFCC21

The blinkers are finally slipping off the eyes of die-hard Nigerians, who have just cotton on to what many have been saying so loudly, for so long. It is one that they customarily brushed aside, with the usual “God save Nigeria! Or “Nigeria will get better”.

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What the president saw

  /   in Outside looking in 12:06 am   /   Comments

File: Jonathan in  Police college hostel in Lagos

The depiction by the Channels TV regarding the appalling state of the Police College, Lagos has indeed given us the reasons why our police are the way they are. It goes further than that: it is a microcosm of how every aspect of our everyday living condition has gone to pot.

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Difference between a politician and a statesman

  /   in Outside looking in 12:04 am   /   Comments

File photo: President Goodluck Jonathan with US Secretary of State, Mrs. Hilaryclinton During the Visit.

“Look at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy.”– Aristophanes

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