By: on January 22, 2021
THE Presidency triggered a needless controversy recently with its brash intrusion into the legitimate efforts by the Ondo State Government to secure the lives and property of residents. In an unseemly and swift reaction to an order by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to cattle herders to vacate the state’s forest reserves that had become hideouts and bases for kidnappers and killers, a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, weighed in to equate the action to ethnic profiling and a violation of the herder...
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By: on January 22, 2021
We are not strangers to hyperbolic self-adulation by political leaders. It matters in human management because of the applause factor in political leadership. A current political administration measures its success by how negatively it portrays its predecessor. The less positively we remember the past, the more positively we appreciate the present. I can see that President Muhammadu Buhari is irritated by the elite criticisms of his administration who are comparing his watch with the past wat...
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By: on January 21, 2021
The recent decision of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to close the state forest reserves to herdsmen’s activities because of the worsening security situation in the Sunshine State has curiously attracted a prompt combative reaction from Mallam Garba Shehu. The security challenges foisted on the people of Ondo State are centered on regular vices such as kidnapping for huge ransom, banditry, killing of notable citizens and rape of women – all of which have been linked to armed Fulan...
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By: on January 21, 2021
The other day, an online news portal, SaharaReporters, reported that, “Nigerians on Twitter have reminded the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, not to forget his promise of helping to end the perennial traffic situation on the Apapa Expressway in Lagos.” My initial reaction was, Can he? I just don’t get it. Many of us are of an analytical bent. Has Osinbajo presented any credible proposal, no matter how woolly, to end the decades-old gridlock on Apapa roads and ports? Failing that, has h...
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By: on January 21, 2021
It is interesting that the Presidency finally found its voice concerning the security situation in Ondo State. In recent months, Ondo State has been at the centre of grave insecurity in the South West. It was here that a first-class traditional ruler was kidnapped and killed. It was here that the daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of Afenifere, was also killed in an attempt to kidnap her. It was here that Chief Olu Falae, once the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and wh...
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By: on January 21, 2021
We do our nation incalculable harm as we sponsor or promote persons into pivotal or strategic offices of the state beyond their mental capacity, competence, industry, or gravitas. Our state of perplexity should not drive us into finding an easy way out of a hard plight as politicians interminably postpone our destiny. The sloppy performance of the Goodluck Jonathan years had led us into a sickly sentimental decision to massively vote Candidate Muhammadu Buhari into power. His party’s cult follo...
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By: on January 21, 2021
IT is not yet time for governors in the South-West to rest on their laurels after the joint establishment of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun to combat crime in the region. The southward migration of herders is obviously causing violent competition over land with local farmers as it is in the North. Marauders and kidnappers in particular appear to be on a wild mission to wreck the region as residents live in fear of being murdered, abducted and kidnapped for ransom. Mor...
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By: on January 20, 2021
Travelling, they say, is part of education. I have travelled far and wide, outside and within Nigeria. Out of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, I have been to all but four until last week. By the end of the week, out of the initial four, namely Borno, Yobe, Taraba and Kebbi states, I had the privilege of visiting Maiduguri, the Borno State capital from January 13–15, 2021. I was there on a study visit. By the time I left the town last Friday, it made a lasting impression on me. ...
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By: on January 20, 2021
Someone, alarmed by the unthinking directive of the Nigeria Communications Commission requesting Nigerians to immediately obtain the National Identification Number from the lethargic National Identity Management Commission and link it to the Subscriber Identification Module of their mobile telephones in just two weeks, sent in this text message: “Dear Lekan… I will like to draw your attention (to the) mindless endangering of the lives of Nigerians by the NIN registration deadlines in the heat...
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By: on January 20, 2021
Iam not sure I know how to address you especially now that the formal Ranka ya dade is of no use to you since you are now in eternity. However, because this is a very special year, I had decided to write two letters, one to you and the other to Sir Tafawa Balewa. I thought I should start with you for obvious reasons. These letters are my formal way of having an imaginary conversation with both of you. In a way, I want to give you a report of what you left behind, what your immediate successors h...
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By: on January 17, 2021
Let me state from the outset that the specific objective of this article is to engage the power elite in Western Nigeria, the most developed region in Nigeria, on why they do not need a federal Development Commission at this time to develop their region. It is also not to berate the southwest federal legislators who have sponsored the South West Development Commission Bill (2019) now being debated in Abuja. I just would like us to ‘calm down’ and reason together without raising dust over needles...
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By: on January 17, 2021
We are outcomes of our society and our society is a consequence of our essence. We live by the governing examples and norms of our community and we cannot be more than what we settled to be -- most especially when we are averse to change and unwilling to disrupt the punitive order. Simply, we cannot exist outside the prevailing moral and cultural dome. Our law enforcement agencies are a reflection of the ugly underlay of our society. I believe even if the best police or security agencies in ...
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