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The Nigerian crude, media and agenda 2019

Politicking gets a kick start with the All Progressives Congress, APC organising a national convention this weekend to elect its national officers to midwife its campaigns. Other political parties would follow soonest. Scores of political parties and many politicos are jumping into the murky waters of 2019 electioneering that would be greatly influenced by critical national issues. The beauty of democracy is that it is determined by the majority. In essence, democracy is majority rule. In the Speech delivered by former United States Presisident, Jimmy Carter to the Indian Parliament on the 2nd of June 1978 he said that: “Democracy is like the experience of life itself—always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested for adversity.” President Carter cannot be further from the truth as emergent aspirants and candidates mount the soapboxes in what would be expensive national campaigns. 

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Wolves in sheep’s clothing:Lagos pharmacies and quackery

The rot is deep. The health sector is a suppurating sore. Quackery is rife.  If there is regulation, it doesn’t catch rogues. In nearly every district in Lagos there are flourishing  fake clinics. It isn’t just auxiliary nurses masquerading full time as doctors.  There are people who have received no medical training  but who are  confidently running thriving hospitals. The unsuspecting public are not to blame.  Patients do not usually scrutinize doctors licenses and qualifications. This army of  counterfeit doctors  attend to light and grave cases  and  routinely evacuate products of unwanted  conception. The roadside patent medicine dealers have been around since the ages. They have been dangerously filling gaps left by a decrepit health system. They  play the roles of doctors, pharmacists and nurses, combined.  They are responsible for most of the avoidable deaths from illegal abortion.

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June 12: That history might be written well

Teju Abiola, one of the youngest – if not the youngest – wives of MKO Abiola during his lifetime, was a vociferous human rights advocate, up until her demise in 2010. A woman of great beauty, sharp wits and a delicate frame, she hardly fit the profile of a rabble rouser; but she was, devoting much time and resources to forcing out the post June 12 dictators and then watering the seedling of the democracy which had germinated out of the June 12 struggle.

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This has become an S.O.L(Save Our Lives)

An old friend died of prostate complications on Sunday. He died in the US. While every death diminishes humanity, every death abroad diminishes the country and every preventable death points an accusing finger at our health care system. Yomi Ismael’s death to me represented all of these. I have known Yomi for about four decades and he was always so full of life. He always seemed to have a joke for every situation. I am glad I did not see him bed-ridden or tongue tied so I can always keep that bubbly, jovial image of him. His death is raw in its suddenness and it hurts. So raw that you still feel like lashing out at our health system for his lack of timely awareness; his need to go abroad for treatment; the dearth and growing exodus of qualified medical personnel from our country which makes going abroad for surgery almost inevitable.

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Who are the morons of Nigeria? Certainly not Yorubas, Igbos, or Christians!

Our beloved VANGUARD Newspapers has an Igbo man as Editorial Board Chairman. He is Mr. Nnanna Ochereome, a celebrated journalist and column writer who recently ruffled Yoruba feathers. I understand he was said to have referred to Yorubas as “sophisticated morons” who allow themselves to be taken for a ride. This was in reference to GMB’s political maneouvre of “honours” for MKO Abiola and his declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day.

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A world, too dangerous for children

AUSTRALIA, Israel and the United States, US, are countries of migrants, but they are also places that are dangerous for children, especially if they are not White. I am not referring to the  common-place massacre of children in US schools by the clearly deranged, or the routine murder of Blacks in ‘God’s Own Country’.

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Dangerous road to APC Convention

As members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gather for the party’s elective convention in Abuja this weekend, the APC can hardly look in the mirror and recognise itself as the vibrant coalition that swept the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from office three years ago.   I still remember Lai Mohammed shelling PDP. The party was a band of thieves, a criminal enterprise with an incompetent captain at the helm, determined to drag the country down. Impunity and violence were the PDP’s official languages, while the smell of money and the desire to share it were the only things that kept the PDP’s heart beating.

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Bridging the gap between the rich and the poor: Priority for candidates

It is written that man cannot live by bread alone. In 1789, a sudden rise in the cost of bread from Eight (8) Sous to Twelve (12) Sous was enough to propel a large percentage of the citizenry of France, who before then had endured the pains of a harsh economy, worsened by enormous war spending, towards a revolution which ultimately resulted in the historic Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The French Revolution was therefore not only a means of bringing about political change but also a mechanism by the poor of the French society for improved living conditions and a change in general economic fortune.

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