By: on November 15, 2020
POLITICS is a lucrative venture in Nigeria. Although it should be a vocation, many now errorneously embrace it as a career; a big occupation of economic and social value. Government, therefore, is attractive because of the pecks of office, which may come with or without much sweat. The corridor of power is perceived as an avenue for primitive accumulation by effected and appointed officials, instead of an avenue for service delivery. This is counter-productive. ...
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By: on November 15, 2020
Lagos has taken a bad beat, as they put it boxing parlance. Three weeks after the uprising, its infrastructure remains shattered and its populace stricken and wary. There is anxiety in the air. Having burnt their bridges—or more appropriately their buses- sullen crowds of forlorn commuters loiter endlessly in designated stops waiting for buses that will never come. Stranded among this lot, the approach of dusk brings no joy. You never know when you will bump into hoodlums or when hoodlums wil...
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By: on October 29, 2020
There are lessons for all of us in the EndSARS protest that finally ended in an endless tsunami. It is not clear even now that the protest, fueled by the relentless internet warriors, would petter out. Whatever way the denouement comes, our country would no longer be the same. We have seen now that the rich cannot sleep because the poor are hungry. Those who started the protest were the ajebutter children of Lekki, who understood the meaning of Instagram and Facebook and all those jargons of ...
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By: on July 6, 2020
Opportunity-turned-hazard: from Ebola to COVID-19, Lagos, as Nigeria’s foremost aviation hub, has twice turned the country’s epicentre of a serious epidemic and a ravaging pandemic. On both occasions though, the state government has admirably rallied against the threat; and somewhat acted as bulwark against a country-wide free-wheeling infection. But for the Lagos response, to both Ebola and the present COVID-19, Nigeria would have been far worse hit by both. Which is why the state’s rever...
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