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Change the mindset(2)

I am sure there are many Owolabis up and down the country and many may have succeeded in ending their lives. It is not realistic to expect people to work for nothing and expect an increase in productivity. This is wholly inhumane and insane. Eighteen out of the thirty-six states owing salaries and their coffers are empty.

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Our roads: Not fit for purpose

Our roads are littered with the tales of loss of lives. Over 70 people died and countless others injured at the Upper Iweka Roundabout in Onitsha, Anambra State. This happened last Sunday when a fuel tanker ploughed into a building and burst into flames. It happened in broad daylight; the horror was compounded as the fire extended to and touched 15 passenger buses, motorcycles and burned its occupants beyond recognition. Amongst the victims were a pregnant woman and number of children.

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The next best thing

This week has been abuzz with speculations in the UK politics, after a bruising results for all but the Conservative party in the mainland. Labour slumped to its worst defeat in almost 30 years in last week’s election finishing ninety-nine seats behind the Conservatives, with 26 fewer MPs than even former Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown managed in 2010. The labour party was left bewildered by their dismal showing and the leader of Labour, Ed Miliband, did the most honourable thing, he resigned.

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With freedom, comes responsibility

This week, there was a story doing the rounds that Wole Soyinka had made derogatory remarks about Igbo people, that he said: that they “tend to put their votes where their stomachs take them” and suffer “from incurable money-mindedness” during his lecture at Harvard. All hell broke loose and the poor man was pilloried by readers of the story, a few people were cautious of the source and the content of the story but many threw insults and such language used, it would not be polite to repeat it in polite company

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Cock crows at dawn, roll on May 29

It is good to talk and also, talk can often be cheap. So what can we do to ensure that words are transmuted into action? I mentioned in the last couple of weeks that Nigerians have to have a conversation about tribalism in particular, the hostilities between tribes and long held views that affects the way we see each other and how it stops us from moving forward as one people. In all together forward on April 12, 2015, I made mention of the South South, East and North divide and in particular, what the Oba of Lagos said, as well as Rochas Okorocha to the gathering of Igbo heads in Owerri.

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