Wednesday August 20th, 2014
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Truth, reason and nation building (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:05 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 /

The sporadic violent uprisings between 1945 up to the eve of independence in which Southern Nigerians resident in the North, especially the Igbo, were attacked by their Northern compatriots, the lopsided colonial political arrangement which favoured the North despite its educational backwardness and economic dependence on the South, pernicious inter-ethnic suspicion and political rivalry among politicians from different parts of the country, indicated that the Nigerian federation which emerged on October I, 1960 was far from being a unified colonial amalgam

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Truth, reason and nation building (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:18 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 /

Ordinarily and in our daily transactions, truth is not a difficult concept to understand, because most people operate implicitly and explicitly with the correspondence theory of truth, according to which truth is the correspondence of beliefs and propositions with reality

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Understanding the role of emotional intelligence in corporate success (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:10 am   /   Comments

At the personal level, self-knowledge, attitude and behaviour are crucial. Knowledge or self-awareness in this context involves accurate understanding of our own feelings, preferences, goals and values, grasping how others feel about us and applying that information in our daily transactions. A positive attitude for success grows by cultivating a “can-do” or winning mentality and believing in ourselves, overcoming self-doubt and taking reasonable risks, being assertive and not aggressive, being goal-motivated, admitting mistakes, and moving on after each setback. With respect to behaviour, the focus is on how to act appropriately in stressful situations, putting our emotions under reasonable control, adaptability and balancing rational and emotional considerations.

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Understanding the role of emotional intelligence in corporate success (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:00 am   /   Comments

To explicate the role of EI in the quest for corporate success, we shall use the insurance industry as an illustration. This is because an overwhelming percentage of Nigerians, including the educated ones, are yet to embrace the practice of insuring themselves, their loved ones and their belongings. Secondly, since insurance is typically concerned with compensation for every form of damage or loss incurred by the insured, the emotional factor plays a preeminent in insurance. The questions that naturally rise at this point are, what is insurance?

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Understanding the role of emotional intelligence in corporate success (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:00 am   /   Comments

Emotional intelligence (or EI afterwards) is one of the most exciting concepts that appeared occasionally in the literature of psychology in the 1970s and 1980s. Therefore, it is fair to say that the concept is relatively new when compared to more established Freudian and behaviourist notions such as Oedipus complex, superego, reinforcement and conditioned reflex among others.

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Notes on the origin and nature of religion (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:21 am   /   Comments

*Muslims at prayer

The things we long for, or dream about, sometimes correspond to an object in reality – for example, the glass of water we obtained in a dream – and sometimes not – for example paradise on earth. A belief constitutes an illusion when a wish-fulfilment is a prominent factor in its motivation.

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Notes on the origin and nature of religion (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 7:17 pm   /   Comments

For example, the notion of projection cannot account for the psychology of fear and devotion associated with religion. Besides, human nature is multi-dimensional and difficult to define. Therefore, if the idea of God is just the projection and worship of human nature, what determines aspects of human nature that are projected unto God and the ones that are not? It is difficult to answer these pertinent questions based on Feuerbach’s theory.

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Notes on the origin and nature of religion (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:38 am   /   Comments

From left: Co-Chairman, Nigeria Inter-religious Council (Nirec), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; National Co-ordinator/executive Secretary,  Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, and Co-Chairman, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III, at a meeting of NIREC with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja. NAN Photo

Nigerians are among the most religious people in the world. But most of them hardly spend time to reflect on the origin and nature of religious worship. Moreover, they accept the doctrines of Christianity and Islam uncritically, and hardly deviate from the religions of their parents or of the society to which they belong. Given the recurrent problem of religious intolerance and recrudescence of fundamentalist violence in Nigeria and in different parts of the world presently, it is important that believers should periodically reflect on the essence of their faiths. This is because such reflection can lead to better understanding of the purpose of religion as a means of attaining spiritual enlightenment leading to a better practice of life. To trigger the much-needed reflection is the major objective of this paper.

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Notes on the beautiful game

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 1:37 am   /   Comments

Iran's defender Khosro Heidari and Iran's midfielder Andranik Teymourian (C) fights for the ball with Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel (R) during a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

“Iron gate Emmanuel Okala throws the ball to Chairman Christian Chukwu. Chukwu taps the ball to dean of defence Yisa Sofoluwe; Sofoluwe sends a telegraphic pass to midfield maestro Mudashiru Lawal. Muda Lawal dribbles two opponents and sends the ball to mathematical Segun Odegbami. Odegbami dilly-dallies, shilly-shallies, and locates elastic Humphrey Edobor. The storm is gathering near the opponent’s goal area, and it would soon rain a goal. Edobor turns quickly to the right and returns the ball to Odegbami. Odegbami kicks the ball towards quicksilver Sylvanus Okpala who shoots an intercontinental ballistic missile from outside the penalty box. It is a goal! It is a goal! Nigeria has scored!”

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Homoeroticism: A plea for rationality and tolerance (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:15 am   /   Comments

Most people who believe, uncritically, that there is a normal or natural sexual relation proper for humans do so on the basis of taboo morality derived from antiquated and superstitious religious doctrines. Biologically, human beings may be classified as such without imputing any normative considerations whatsoever. As we already noted, there is no rigid human nature. Human beings as sentient creatures with the capacity to use language and the power of self-consciousness are culturally emergent beings whose values are intimately connected with the doctrines, ideologies and ideals of the societies in which they grew up, all of which are subject to change.

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Homoeroticism: A plea for rationality and tolerance (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:11 am   /   Comments

Homoeroticism or homosexual relation, simply put, is erotic desire for, and sexual activity between, members of the same sex. Most traditional accounts of the origin of eroticism attribute it to supernatural beings that created woman and man for the purpose of procreation.

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The mystery of death: An essay in memory of Professor A.B. Sofoluwe (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:26 am   /   Comments

Prof Sofoluwe, VC, UNILAG

When I mildly protested, he smiled and said, “Oyinbo man, you are not working hard enough. I will buy you a drink after doing what I asked you to do.” About twenty minutes later, the waiter placed a chilled bottle of Star lager in front of me and said “from the VC.”

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The mystery of death: an essay in memory of Professor A.B. Sofoluwe

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:09 am   /   Comments

Prof Sofoluwe, VC, UNILAG

TWO weeks ago, the second annual memorial lecture in honour of the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, late Prof. Adetokumbo Babatunde Sofoluwe (fondly called ABS by some of his admirers), was held at Afe Babalola auditorium in the main campus of the university

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Criticism and the unmistakable signs of a society in decline (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:11 am   /   Comments

Prseident Jonathan, Senate President david Mark and other at the scene of the blast at Nyanya , Abuja, Monday. Photo: Olamikan Olugbenga.

In the fight against corruption where he could have made a good impression, the President’s achievement is far below average.

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Criticism and the unmistakable signs of a society in decline (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:01 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan and President Paul Biya, Cameroon

Therefore, it is largely a frustrating and futile exercise to recommend solutions to a group of bulimic politicians preoccupied with acquisition and retention of power at all costs, and sustenance of official avenues for primitive accumulation.

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Criticism and the unmistakable signs of a society in decline (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:10 am   /   Comments

A mammoth crowd at the Liberation Stadium for the rally. Eleven individuals died following a stampede

Therefore, it is largely a frustrating and futile exercise to recommend solutions to a group of bulimic politicians preoccupied with acquisition and retention of power at all costs, and sustenance of official avenues for primitive accumulation.

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Criticism and the unmistakable signs of a society in decline (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:10 am   /   Comments

jonathan office

Last week, I received an arrogant SMS message from a certain Dr. Nelson in response to my essay entitled “The anti-intellectual character of Nigerians,” in which I lamented the overbearing anti-intellectualistic influence of religion in the consciousness of Nigerians. In the text, Dr. Nelson claimed that “Nigeria is in need of people who can give advice and solutions to its many problems.

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The anti-intellectual character of Nigerians (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:21 am   /   Comments

File photo: From Left; Pastor Folu Adeboye, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and President Jonathan at the 2013 Holy Ghost Congress, Friday night.

I strongly believe that when the President, governors and other top public office holders regularly solicit for prayers and attend extracurricular religious programmes, superstitious emotionalism is being substituted for strategic thinking as the best approach to the challenges of leadership.

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The anti-intellectual character of Nigerians (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:23 am   /   Comments

Jonathan arriving COCIN church in Abuja, yesterday.

Notwithstanding overemphasis on publications by the system, I give priority to good performance in the classroom, lecture theatre, and laboratories where students are expected to learn from their teachers.

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The anti-intellectual character of Nigerians (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:05 am   /   Comments

Crowd at the  Abubakar Gunmi Central Market in Kaduna State on June 24 after relaxation of 24hrs curfew engendered  by multiple bomb attacks which killed many in the state  Photo by Olu Ajayi.

Last week, I received a text message from an anonymous critic (Mr. X for convenience) who responded to my riposte on the national conference going on in Abuja. In the text, Mr. X called me a hypocrite for criticising the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) anytime it embarks on indefinite strike to press home its demands from the federal government while at the same time complaining that lecturers are not well paid.

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Profligacy and Aggravated Intelligence Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:05 am   /   Comments

CONFAB

When I read that each of the mostly President Goodluck Jonathan’s handpicked delegates to the national conference going on in Abuja right now will collect N12million at the end of their three-month meeting, I was outraged. My reaction was based on the following considerations. First, as a very senior academic in one of the best universities in Nigeria, my emolument in a year after sundry deductions at source is less than N4million.

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Nigeria’s Centenary celebration and its discontents (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:10 am   /   Comments

Centenary-leaders

At this point, let us discuss one of the main reasons for having a low-key centenary celebration, namely, our inability to tame the octopus called corruption and indiscipline, whose ugly tentacles have spread to every facet of our national life, including the judiciary, the purported “last hope of the common man.”

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Nigeria’s Centenary celebration and its discontents (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:20 am   /   Comments

Centenary-leaders

They point to the big brother role Nigeria has played, and still plays, in the West African sub-region and in the African continent as a whole. One can concede all that and still maintain, correctly in my view, that although the country might be beautiful abroad, she is ugly at home. Even so, Nigeria’s standing in Africa, and in the world generally, has nosedived since the 1990s. For instance, the irritating subordinate status accorded Nigeria during the burial of Nelson Mandela is a telling demonstration that things have fallen apart with respect to her rating by other African countries.

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Nigeria’s Centenary celebration and its discontents (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:34 am   /   Comments

Centenary-leaders

Penultimate, week, the country’s ruling elite led by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan held the centenary celebration of Nigeria as a single geopolitical and economic unit. From media reports, about twenty-eight heads of state or their representatives attended the event held in Abuja. As a bona fide Nigerian citizen who knows that billions of naira must have been spent for the occasion, it is pertinent to ask pertinent questions, answers to which would help clarity the propriety or otherwise of the celebration.

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Reflections on Nigerian politicians (3)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:27 am   /   Comments

APC-visit-obasanjo

This is one of the root causes of politics-with-bitterness, largely responsible for the notion noted at the beginning of this discourse that politics in Nigeria is a dirty game. If politicians conduct themselves within constitutional bounds, political excitement is less likely to cause problems. But our politicians are yet to internalise self-restraint, democratic culture and patriotism that will dampen the urge to cause trouble by channelling political excitement to harmless or less destructive outlets.

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Reflections on Nigerian politicians (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:10 am   /   Comments

*New PDP:  From Left, Rivers State Governor  Rotimi Amechi , Niger State Governor Aliyu Babangida , Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar , New PDP Factional National Chairman Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Kano State Governor Rabiu Kawankwazo at Press conference announcing new PDP  Factional Leadership in Abuja.   Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Rivalry is another strong motive in politics. It involves competition between at least two individuals or groups. In moderation, rivalry is good because it tends to foster healthy competition. However, if it becomes pathological, as in when an individual considers winning elections at all cost an end in itself, then many negative things are bound to happen. For example, there is some reason to believe that unhealthy rivalry between Dr. Azikiwe and Chief Awolowo was exploited by the Northern Peoples Congress, led by Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, to make political inroads in Western Nigeria, which eventually caused breakdown of law and order in the region in the early sixties.

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Reflections on Nigerian politicians (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:04 am   /   Comments

APC-Atiku

In Nigeria, it is customary for people to say that politics is a “dirty game.” That negative assessment stems from the fact that since the country began experimenting with modern forms of civilian governance, most key players in the political arena have tended to sacrifice the nobler forms of politicking on the altar of primitive egoism, crude Machiavellism and bulimic materialism. Therefore, description of politics as a dirty game in this country underscores the fact that a typical Nigerian politician is willing and prepared to do virtually anything possible either to win an election or get a lucrative appointment in government.

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An old sour wine in a new wine bottle

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:45 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan wave to the crowd shortly after the conferment of se -lo-lia (Star of the Nation) on him during the courtesy visit to the king for the burial of the first Lady's mother , Madam fynface Oba in Okireka , River state ...yesterday

By Douglas Anele Largely, President Goodluck Jonathan is a man under intense pressure, notwithstanding his cool, calm and dapper looks in newspapers and television. I strongly believe that our political leaders deserve opprobrium for their outward show of opulence and indulgent materialism when a vast majority of ordinary Nigerians are facing severe existential challenges daily.

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A report card on Alagbo’s burial

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:24 am   /   Comments

In last series of this column entitled “Yuletide experiences and acknowledgments,” I wrote about the death of my father, Alagbo Ebere E. Anele, at the age of ninety-four. Before travelling to the village on December 27, 2013 to commence preliminary preparations for his funeral, I was a bit apprehensive because the stress of my late mother’s burial about three years ago was still fresh in my memory.

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Yuletide experiences and acknowledgments (2)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:07 am   /   Comments

Christmas-today

What is the student-teacher ratio in state schools? Can the meal subsidy buy a decent meal for the children? We have already noted that the roads constructed by the state government are substandard, which means that, ultimately, the money spent in constructing them is wasted. To worsen matters, the poor quality of governance at the executive level is replicated in the Imo state House of Assembly.

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Yuletide experiences and acknowledgments (1)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 12:25 am   /   Comments

Christmas-today

The year 2014 is about three weeks old. All over the world, both Christians and non-Christians are recovering from the excesses of Christmas and Near Year celebrations – excessive spending, eating, drinking and other ostentatious debaucheries that take a heavy toll on the health and finances of people.

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How religion underdeveloped Nigeria (4)

  /   in Sunday Perspectives 2:09 am   /   Comments

Sultan of Sokoto and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, CAN President

Apart from direct dangers to the mental and physical well-being of individuals, the two dominant religions in Nigeria tend to engender hatred, division and enmity in families, villages, towns, states and the country as a whole.

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