Tuesday September 30th, 2014
Tuesday September 30th, 2014
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Inspiring a generation – An Olympic dream

  /   in Outside looking in, Voice of Reason 12:10 am   /   Comments

Opening Spectacle •••Animals and actors enter the stadium for the  the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27 .AFP PHOTO

On the 27th of July, all eyes were on London. How could they top the Bejing opening four years earlier? The pride of England was at stake and boy, did we know it. Billions watched around the world when the Red Arrows jet formation flew across the stadium spewing the red, white and blue of the Union Jack. The Brits usually are known for their stiff upper lip and are not known to blow their own trumpet.

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Tribute to my dad

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:10 am   /   Comments

From left:  Oba Adedayo Olaloko Shobekun, Alhaji Kola Animasaun, and Engr Abiodun Adenekan, during the public presentation/ launching of the Voice of Reason Volume 2, by Alhaji Kola Animasaun, in Lagos. Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.-Anonymous
I cannot tell you when I first had my first proper conversations with my dad, but I know he has always been present and handing out those pearls of wisdom of his for as long as I can remember. I know for sure , that I am a daddy’s girl and when I was younger, I remember going to my father to report my mother!

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Kola Animasaun: Songs for the Voice of Reason @ 73

  /   in News, Voice of Reason 12:22 am   /   Comments

IN the same manner in which world’s greatest writers had shaped the world into what it is today, Nigeria must look at Alhaji Kola Animasaun as one great chronicler of the Nigerian polity whose thoughts had helped shaped Nigeria and at least, held it together.

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Vanguard columnist, Animasaun’s books for launch tomorrow

  /   in News, Voice of Reason 12:39 am   /   Comments

A veteran journalist and columnist with Vanguard Newspapers, Alhaji Kola Animasaun, will be celebrated tomorrow in an epoch making event where his book, ‘Voice of Reason Vol. 2’ and his autobiography, ‘One Thousand Nine Hundred & Thirty Nine’ will be presented to the public.

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Moral leadership

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

Permit me, if you would, to start with the words of late Segun Olusola: “It is unfortunate that many people have missed opportunities to make peace.

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The Lawan saga continues

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:25 am   /   Comments

Rep. Farouk Lawan

Farouk Lawan, you know the House of Representatives Subsidy Probe panel Chairman (who since last week, has been stripped off his post). Please keep up, because it is going to get rather messy. Last week, the member of the House of Representatives was accused by Otedola that Lawan and the ad hoc committee’s secretary, Boniface Emenalo, collected $120,000 on Lawan’s behalf.

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Who is casting the first stone?

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

Lawan Farouk

“Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”-George Orwell

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Five stages of grief: The Dana crash and countless of others

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:07 am   /   Comments

File Photo: Dana air crash scene

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.-VACLAV HAVEL

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Time for young people to be high on Govt Agenda

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

*Lagos State Governor, Fashola

“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members” —Pearl S. Buck

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Thoughts on government and state at this time

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:08 am   /   Comments

Every nation has the government it deserves-letter from Russia, 1811
At this time, once thought goes to government and the state. Why? In two days, Nigeria would have rounded another bend in her experiment in democracy. The 29th of May will mark the day when oaths were taken to usher in new governments in the country.

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The death of a good man

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

Late Olaitan Oyerinde

“Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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The act of giving

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:03 am   /   Comments

We all have the means to bestow on others the most lavish gifts; love, joy, peace, hope, kindness, acceptance, encouragement, laughter, forgiveness, time. There is not enough money to buy them and not too little money to give them. The more you spend, the wealthier you become; yet nothing will cost you more than what you freely possess to give. -Eden Elliot

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Terrorist or freedom fighter?

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:19 am   /   Comments

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity – Francis Maitland Balfour

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Breivik: Mad man crusader

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

…. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

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A common criminal – Judge

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

Chief James Ibori

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.” – Hunter S. Thompson

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World Bank: Who the cap fits

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

*Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” -Harold R. McAlindon

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Stealing in billions

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:30 am   /   Comments

James Ibori and his sister, Christie Ibori-Ibie

The extreme of opulence and want are more remarkable, and more constantly obvious, in this country than in any other than I ever saw. -John Quincy Adams

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Nigeria in Ferment

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:24 am   /   Comments

Nigeria-map

On Wednesday (28/03/12) I heard it for the umpteenth time. It was the 4th Bola Tinubu Colloquium on the eve of the 60th birthday. Chief Emeka Anyaoku , a seasoned diplomat, said what some other Nigerians have said and what Nigerians are still saying. Even he put a fiat, and that is not also new: that to break up the country will not be entertained. And that is not to say that yours truly have not said that a number of times.

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Olumide Apagunpote – death or suicide?

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:29 am   /   Comments

Late Apagun Oluwole Olumide and Otunba Gbenga Daniel

Oluwole Olumide, an architect and tourism promoter is dead. He was more than that. He was the Balogun of Imo, a well-known quarter in Abeokuta and the Apagunpote of Egba Land. Olumide would have been 70 years old if he had lived till May this year.

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“Segun is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased”

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:03 am   /   Comments

Olusegun Osoba

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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Remembering the political martyrs

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:23 am   /   Comments

This week my mind goes to the men and women who had walked on this earth and had taken their byes. I remember Nigerians who had names and not without names. I remember them particularly in this time when many of them did one thing or the other. Take for instance M.T. Mbu; Sam Aluko. Now remember the one just interred – Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who had so many names from his Igbo compatriots.

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Odidigborigbo of Africa

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:11 am   /   Comments

Chief James Ibori

“Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit” – Hosea Ballow.
In a packed courtroom Ibori, dressed in a dark grey suit and black shirt, appeared in the dock to enter ten guilty pleas to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy on what was due to be the first day of a 12-week trial.

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‘A letter to my Egbon, Dr Bekololari Ransome-Kuti (2)

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:50 am   /   Comments

Tribute From Oludotun Malomo
I am now seeing the fruits of your labour at the Yoruba Constitution Group along with other patriots coming to fruition. The work for self-determination, the frequent trips for the Igbimo Omo Oduduwa meetings in Ibadan.

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‘A letter to my Egbon, Dr Bekololari Ransome-Kuti (1)

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

I could not believe it is six years ago that we met at your office at Centre for Constitutional Governance at Ilupeju on the eve of a ‘town meeting’ taking place at the Airport Hotel Ikeja. There I sought your permission to be allowed to speak after your invited speakers might have aired their views against or in support of the Constitutional Conference of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo planned early for 2006.

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Let us surrender to lawlessness, a bi!

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:52 am   /   Comments

Jonathan: Battle ready?

It does not matter by who, what is clear now is that the police, the Nigerian armed forces including the intelligence have failed. Otherwise, why would we surrender to the rule of the mob?

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Al-Mustapha gets its own deserts

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

CONDEMNED—Major  Hamazat Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, (left)  at the Federal High Court Igbosere, Lagos, yesterday. Photos: Kehinde Gbadamosi.

There are not ten people in the world whose deaths would spoil my dinner, but there are one or two whose death would break my heart.

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Is it to your tents, Israel?

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:25 am   /   Comments

This is not the Nigeria and the North we inherited and for us it cannot be the North we desire to bequeath to our children. The present North was not bequeathed to us and neither our children are responsible for it. — Yakubu Gowon.
As at the end of last week we were informed that Boko Haram attacks have killed at least 935 people since they launched their terror on the people of Nigeria , according Human Right Watch.

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The pretext for soldiers

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:20 am   /   Comments

Subsidy Protest: Protesters at the Gani Fawehinmi Park Ojota,Lagos

Nigerians would do anything to attract votes- including selling their mothers. And I am surprised that Babatunde was surprised. Most Nigerians politician would do the same.

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I hope good sense prevails

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:10 am   /   Comments

“If we don’t bring sense to the public finance, we can’t do any of the good things that we want to do”-Nick Clegg- Deputy Prime Minister of United Kingdom.

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GO TO HELL:“Shrug your shoulders”

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

When things happen, you look for precedents. Just as the case of the subsidy removal from the petrol. You would think its not done. But there are lots of that before.

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Conflict between evil & good people

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

Alledged Boko Haram members and their late leader, Yusuf

We have to do something decisively about the Boko Haram . We have decided that (have we not?). The Boko Haram group of lawless people who have decided to bring mayhem to the nation. There is nothing Islamic about them, it seems to me that they are political at best and vaguely sectarian.

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Moral leadership

  /   in Voice of Reason 12:00 am   /   Comments

Protesters clash with the police

You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it. Malcolm X

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