Tuesday September 2nd, 2014
Tuesday September 2nd, 2014
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God must be a Nigerian

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:09 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.

“When we say that God is a Nigerian, some people think we are hallucinating, but deep within me, I know it is true or how else can one explain how we have been surviving terrible situations that have sent other nations over the brinks?” asked Mary in the Oshodi-bound commuter vehicle this Tuesday morning as the vehicle made its way gradually in the heavy traffic.

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A question of ‘staff’ passengers

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:38 am   /   Comments

A Lagos commercial bus popularly called DANFO

If she enter this bus, I no go move from here, I swear!” declared the driver of the Ogba-bound commuter bus this Thursday evening as a policewoman tried to get on the bus. He was shouting so much that passengers had top wade in. At this point, the policewoman could not utter a word; she stood by and watched the unfolding drama between those for her and the very few against her.

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Fear of Ebola, beginning of wisdom (1)

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:21 am   /   Comments

Medics in full gear to avoid contracting the virus

OGA Ebola! Hmm, the almighty HIV has become a child’s play. God please save the poor woman and us too!” said Nneka, a commuter in the Tin-Can Island-bound commuter bus this Tuesday morning as the bus approached the notorious Second Rainbow Bus-stop along the ever- busy Apapa-Oshodi Expressway where the usual hold-up had built up.

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Police harassment: Send offenders to Borno State

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:12 am   /   Comments

An okada rider arrested by Fashola's security aide for riding against traffic  on Hubert Macaulay way,Yaba, Lagos Tuesday.

The rider of the Lawanson, Surulere-bound tricycle, popularly called Keke Marwa, was trying to avoid the many potholes on the road already filled with water from incessant rainfall so that the vehicle will not topple over.

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Apapa traffic: Relocate tank farms

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:44 am   /   Comments

Standstill at Mile-2 to Tincan, along Oshodi-Apapa expressway yesterday. Photo: Joe Akintola, Photo editor.

Traffic on Lagos roads is becoming unbearable! A nightmare! When are we going to be delivered from it?” asked Joe, a commuter in the CMS-bound bus as the driver tried to manoeuvre through the early morning traffic snarl.

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Apapa-Oshodi traffic nightmare

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:10 am   /   Comments

Standstill at Mile-2 to Tincan, along Oshodi-Apapa expressway yesterday. Photo: Joe Akintola, Photo editor.

Kai, which kind hold-up be this? Our lives are being cut short instalmentally and we behave as if all is well,” commented Mike this Monday morning as the commuter bus passing through Boundary Road to Mile 2 stood at one point for over 30 minutes without moving an inch.

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Commuters: You can’t beat them

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:59 am   /   Comments

File: Traffic gridlock on Apapa/Oshodi express road, due to slow construction job of the road by Julius Berger and commuter spent sever hours on the road. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

You have to create your own happiness and that is exactly what commuters in the Oshodi-bound commuter bus decided to do. Seems they were tired of all the bad news – from Boko Haram and all their atrocities, to bickering between the ruling PDP and opposition APC.

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We are breeding future terrorists (2)

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:31 am   /   Comments

NANS-LASU1

Let members of the National Assembly work on part-time basis as suggested by participants at the ongoing National Conference so that some of the funds used in paying them and maintaining the Assembly will be available for other things,” suggested Nike.

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We are breeding future terrorists

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:26 am   /   Comments

LASU-savelasu

Many Nigerians live in poverty and for most people, the only hope of getting out of poverty is through quality education. Unfortunately, that opportunity to get a good education is fast slipping through the fingers of the poor,” commented Joshua this Monday morning in the Mile 2-bound commuter bus as a newscaster said something about the crisis in the Lagos State University.

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Is #BringBackOurGirls being politicised?

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:24 am   /   Comments

ChibokZonta

“IT’s going to two months and the government has not found the abducted Chibok girls. In saner climes, President Jonathan would have resigned. He simply cannot do the job of governing us,” said Lucky, a commuter in the CMS-bound bus.

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Is #BringBackOurGirls being politicised?

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:49 am   /   Comments

Protest against the abduction of the Chibok female students spread to Ogun and Ondo states from Lagos and Abuja, yesterday. Above: Protesters marching to the office of the Lagos State Governor in Lagos. Below left: Protesters in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Below right: Protests in Ondo. Photos: Bunmi Azeez.

“IT’s going to two months and the government has not found the abducted Chibok girls. In saner climes, President Jonathan would have resigned. He simply cannot do the job of governing us,” said Lucky, a commuter in the CMS-bound bus.

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Boko Haram members in the armed forces?

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:41 am   /   Comments

Chibok

‘I HAVE no doubt anymore that we have people in the armed forces who are loyal to the Boko Haram insurgents and are sabotaging the nation’s efforts at curtailing their outrageous activities,” said Tony this wet Tuesday morning as the debate on whether the government should yield to the demands of the insurgents to exchange the girls for their members being held in various prisons by the government raged.

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GEJ’s Chibok miss

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:37 am   /   Comments

I have always said it! This matter is too complicated. The evil Boko guys want to use these innocent girls as bargaining chips or human shields so the army cannot use force against them,” said Sandra this Monday morning as the commuter bus moved slowly through the usual Monday morning traffic along the Wharf – Mile 2 road as another commuter raised the issue of President Jonathan’s last minute cancellation of his proposed visit to Chibok at the weekend.

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Abducted schoolgirls: Who’s to blame? (2)

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:21 am   /   Comments

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

Ehn, I heard the soldiers were informed of the Chibok school attack but failed to act. Why?” asked Julie.

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The safest means of transportation?

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:03 am   /   Comments

ACCIDENT: The truck that ran over students of Itori Comprehensive High School, reportedly killing 10 and injuring others, yesterday. PHOTO: Daud Olatunji.

‘I don’t even know which one is the safest anymore, whether air, land or sea; they are all dangerous in Nigeria,” noted Phina, a commuter in the Wuse, Abuja-bound bus as the vehicle passed a car accident scene.

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Abuja blast: Why security must be tightened

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 6:03 am   /   Comments

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‘OH my God!! How could people be so wicked? This is in a world where people profess to know God. Imagine what would have been happening if there was no God at all. At least the fear of God is restraining some people,” sighed Ebuka in the Apapa-bound commuter bus as the Nyanya, Abuja bombing photos were displayed by newspaper vendors.

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Our leaders are insensitive!

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buses-today

‘HOW could these people feel comfortable going about their normal businesses with this fire raging on the mountain? It’s like a man whose house is on fire but he is busy chasing rats. I mean it’s not done!

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Economic growth: The more you look, the less you see!

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:21 am   /   Comments

Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

“Please spare us all the balderdash. Every day, they keep reeling out figures they manufactured to deceive us; all words and no tangible action,” hissed Joe, a commuter in the CMS-bound bus as a radio presenter said that Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had projected 6.75 per cent growth for the economy in 2014.

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Tragic end of a panel beater

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:05 am   /   Comments

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What would have prompted two friends, one of them an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC and the other, an official of Nigeria Customs Service to throw caution to the wind to beat an innocent civilian to death?

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Our gullibility knows no bounds

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:42 am   /   Comments

IT was a beautiful Saturday morning in the CMS-bound vehicle; a man was vigorously trying to market a book on dreams and interpretation. “Buy this book and deliver yourself from the clutches of Satan. Stop running from pillar to post when you have a nightmare. You can interpret your dreams by yourself and say the relevant prayers to cancel bad dreams.

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Immigration Tragedy: Prosecute all involved

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:39 am   /   Comments

*Pix. 4: Applicvants who could not find seats await further insatructions as others take seats to write the Nigeria Immigration Service examinations at the 60,000 capacity National Stadium, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

I said it. I knew it would come to this,” shouted a commuter by name, Jossy, in the Oshodi-bound commercial bus this Sunday morning as the newscaster told of how many people died while many more were injured during the Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment exam held last Saturday across the country.

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Boko Haram: GEJ should act decisively now! (3)

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:01 am   /   Comments

Adamawa-boko

Reports said that the soldiers who could have helped those innocent children at Federal Government College Buni Yadi, were called off a day before the attack. The question is: why and who gave the orders?” asked Tim.

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Boko Haram: GEJ should act decisively now! (2)

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:44 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN

‘DID you read the interview of an ex-Boko Haram member named Nasir Isiaku? He said they used to kill Christians because they believe that by killing them, they will enter heaven at death? Their leaders told them the Quran said they should kill their enemies – Christians. He said their sponsors are wealthy Nigerians, some in government, and many are past leaders. Among them are governors and senators who sponsor them heavily. He even mentioned names but they were withheld. He said they have infiltrated the armed forces and those members help them a lot whenever they want to fight,” narrated lyke.
“We still have a very long way to go. Imagine them telling the President to change his religion because they see him as inferior to them, so he is not fit to lead them. Imagine the insolence! Recently, one Sheikh Abdulkadir Ahmed called during a Radio Nigeria programme to say that the only thing that will stop Boko Haram and return peace to Nigeria is if only Northerners are allowed to contest the 2015 presidential election. I was flabbergasted,” said Tim.
Said Julia: “Yeah, I heard the story. He even went further to tell us who and who should contest on what platform: PDP – Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; APC -Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari; PDM – Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and VOP (Voice of the People) – Alhaji Sule Lamido.”

Right to contest elections

“Oh, he is way behind the times. All these people have changed parties. So the Southerners no longer have any right to contest elections? I just dey laugh. They should not forget that no one has the monopoly of violence. If a Northerner becomes president in 2015, the Niger-Delta guys will unleash their own brand of terror on the nation so they better think well,” cautioned Ade.
Said Florence: “Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger State said recently that ‘the situation has gone beyond the normal pattern that we gave to Boko Haram and I think we need to really appreciate the gravity of the situation’. Just imagine that!”
“What? The pattern they gave Boko? Tell me you are kidding…” shouted Tim, mouth agape. “He said it. He was not misquoted at all,” insisted Florence.
Said Tim: “The implication is that they, the Northern governors and the elite, are the ones sponsoring Boko Haram terrorists and the relationship has kind of gone sour and the dogs are now attacking their owners…pay back time!”
“Water don pass garri’. No wonder they are all condemning the terrorists now, right, left and centre. So it was okay for them to kill Southerners and Christians and moderate Moslems? Whatever a man sows, he will surely reap! The Bible was very clear on that,” said Ade.
“I don’t think that was what the man meant. I think it was a case of grammar not well constructed. No right thinking person would make such a statement. He may have been saying that the Boko guys have deviated from the pattern they were known to follow,” noted Julia. “He meant exactly what he said! It’s divine intervention. God is in the matter now and true confessions will continue to flow. First was the season of open letters and now this! Nigeria must be saved from all the vampires holding her by the jugular. The blood of all those innocent people murdered in cold blood is crying out for vengeance,” said Florence.
“I feel the Federal Government should engage the services of the international community. These guys are terrorists and not just armed robbers or kidnappers,” submitted Julia.
Continues next week

‘Did you read the interview of an ex-Boko Haram member named Nasir Isiaku? He said they used to kill Christians because they believe that by killing them, they will enter heaven at death? Their leaders told them the Quran said they should kill their enemies – Christians.

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Boko Haram: GEJ should act decisively now! (1)

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:12 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan and the 'ghosts'  Boko Haram

‘These guys are becoming bolder and bolder by the day. The killings are getting out of hand,” commented Florence in the Apapa-bound commercial vehicle as the vehicle crawled slowly through the usual early morning traffic.

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Nigeria Police at it again!

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:12 am   /   Comments

police

Hmm, I thought we have passed this stage,” lamented a commuter by name John, in the Oshodi-bound commercial vehicle as a Police van drove past and came to an abrupt stop in front of the bus as the bus driver stopped at the bus-stop so that some passengers could alight.

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Nigerian politicians are without scruples

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:11 am   /   Comments

Nigerian politicians have no principles at all,” stated Joe, a commuter in the Apapa-bound bus, matter-of-factly.

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Same-sex marriage: Double standard by the West

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:08 am   /   Comments

“Nigerians don’t know a thing about nationhood,” said Mike this Monday afternoon as the debate on the new law against same-sex marriage raged.

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We are not yet ready to fight corruption

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:00 am   /   Comments

“This year will be more difficult than last year – economically and financially going by the indices we are working with. There will be fewer jobs, decrease in oil price, the economy will be down and the polity will be heated up. We don’t need to deceive ourselves,” said Austin this Tuesday morning as the vehicle inched its way in the usual Lagos traffic.

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Lai Mohammed’s brand of opposition

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‘OH please spare us,” shouted a commuter by name, Frank in the Apapa-bound bus to no one in particular as he read a story in one of the national dailies. Other commuters in the bus were taken aback and looked questioningly at him. “Na Lai Mohammed, the APC spokesman.

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Obasanjo/Jonathan face-off (2)

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“Obj is an attention seeker, no doubt. He wants us to know he is still alive and well. He has written letters to almost all the ex-leaders, not just Jonathan. He writes when he feels things are going wrong. So as the headmaster of this great school called Nigeria, he has to act,” noted Edith

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Obasanjo/Jonathan face-off (1)

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:47 am   /   Comments

obj-jona-faceoff

“Aha, this is more like it! I like this photo of GEJ. For once, let him be serious, no smiling,” said a commuter, by name Akan, in the Oshodi-bound bus as he displayed a photo of President Jonathan in a national daily for all to see.

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Delay on drainage work: Who to blame?

  /   in Bus Stop Parliament 12:10 am   /   Comments

MANY Nigerians are often quick to blame government for their travails, which they readily attribute to the failings associated with a faulty system. As far as they are concerned, the postulation of the late literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe, that the problems of Nigeria are traceable to poor leadership, holds true in most cases, including the most trivial.

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