Friday, February 8, 2019

Ademola Adeoye

    Atiku and Buhari: The rich also cry

Atiku and Buhari: The rich also cry

In 2011, a few days before the presidential election, a retired army general broke down in tears while lamenting the problems confronting Nigeria, same way every past president lamented before taking over power, either through bullets or ballots.The venue was the International Conference Centre, Abuja. General Buhari broke down in tears at the event organised by the party—to mark [...]

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    True change begins from the top, not the bottom

True change begins from the top, not the bottom

Do I unbiasedly want PMB to pass on the baton of leadership? Yes, but my stance has nothing to do with him being lifeless as carelessly opined by President Donald Trump; I am just of the opinion that staying in power beyond 2019 is going to destroy the petite credibility he has left. Like Jose Mourinho (the current manager of [...]

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    Foreign reserves rise, but standard of living falls

Foreign reserves rise, but standard of living falls

The fitness of the future president of Nigeria has nothing to do with trekking, covering 800 metres because that cannot solve any problem for the common man in the 21st century. It is not going to put food on the table of the common man. And it is also not going to get back to school, several millions of our [...]

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    Like leaders, like followers: The greed factor

Like leaders, like followers: The greed factor

Each time an election is being conducted in Nigeria, it cuts through one’s heart how electorates allow themselves to be bought cheaply. Not long, I sat and reflected for hours—on the way electorates willingly allow themselves to be cheaply bought in Nigeria and I was able to see that it does not reflect ignorance and poverty. The truth is, both [...]

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    Integrity romances corruption at midday: PMB’s only card for survival

Integrity romances corruption at midday: PMB’s only card for survival

To currently swim to the shore, without being drowned in both—our polity and politics, you would need to fight dirty and without any iota of veracity. Each time browbeaten and chained people attempt to fly the kite of the integrity of any man in our politics today, I just know that they are unwittingly ignorant. No man can truly hold [...]

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    An ‘honorable’ lie from a senator on recess

An ‘honorable’ lie from a senator on recess

Current events happening in—both our polity and politics have revealed that those swimming in the pool of democracy are not likely going to deliver the Nigeria of our dreams. They do not have the naturalness, restraint, integrity and the mettle to deliver a great nation. It is not in them, so waiting for them to deliver a great nation will [...]

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    APC and PDP: Two sides of a coin

APC and PDP: Two sides of a coin

Power resided in the house of the PDP for sixteen (16) years and instead of using it to better the lot of the common man; they used it to enrich themselves, cronies and their family members. When they became fat and corpulent, they boastfully said they would be in power for the next sixty (60) years. As if that was [...]

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    Ekiti gubernatorial election: The tricksters met their match

Ekiti gubernatorial election: The tricksters met their match

All that transpired in Ekiti State in the last one week reminds me of “Jacob” and “Laban” in the Bible. Jacob was known to be a trickster and swindler, who did outwit and outfox his blood-brother, Esau. But before the story did end, he also met his match in Laban of this world! The story reveals that every trickster will [...]

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    Saraki and Buhari: ‘Politically-sinless’ before the law

Saraki and Buhari: ‘Politically-sinless’ before the law

Governments (especially those ones practicing same systems of government as ours) that work prolifically in saner climes—are working productively with three arms: Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. In Nigeria, I opine that our type of government that is supposed to have three arms have been amputated by those who are in the corridors of power, serving themselves, their wives, children, siblings [...]

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    President Macron’s visit to Lagos: The good, bad and ugly

President Macron’s visit to Lagos: The good, bad and ugly

Maybe after President Macron’s public position on the issue of insecurity (saying that France is not in a position to help us), Nigeria would stop expecting countries that are working to come and think for us. There is no nation on earth that is going to solve our problems for us. You know why? One, it is because they do [...]

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    APC vs PDP: What’s the scoreline?

APC vs PDP: What’s the scoreline?

The ongoing world cup being hosted by Russia has been so interesting; I am of the opinion that some referees were not fair to the continent of Africa, though. If I were the “CAF” president, I would have ordered the continent of Africa to pull out of the next world cup, because it seems there is a subtle racial discrimination [...]

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    Nigeria: A nation incapable of protecting her citizens

Nigeria: A nation incapable of protecting her citizens

Our national security system has completely fallen out of order and if anyone tells me that what is going on does not have religious colouration, then I would say that the person is just simply being wicked and mischievous. About three days ago, I was alerted (by my people in Plateau State, especially those living in the affected areas) about [...]

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    Figurehead chief security officers

Figurehead chief security officers

Of what good is the humongous monthly security votes the executive governors of every state in Nigeria collects when they are actually not in total control of the security apparatus of the states they are voted to protect? I have said it before and I want to say it again: the current constitution of Nigeria has too many holes like [...]

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    What you don’t know about June 12

What you don’t know about June 12

Many years ago, I was taken to the “Hall of Fame” on the inside of the Aso Villa and even if you are not serious as a citizen, when you enter the place, without being told nothing, you would wake up into living a life of meaning and purpose. When I was taken home on same day, I became more [...]

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    Questions begging for answers as beggars beg for alms

Questions begging for answers as beggars beg for alms

Some decades ago — when I was in primary school, in the ancient and beautiful city of Ibadan, there was a notably tall beggar who used to daily beg for alms. He was always shouting on top of his lungs, asking people to give him some coins, so he could live to tell the tale. As a sharp-eyed lad in [...]

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    Two-faced presidential talking head

Two-faced presidential talking head

Politicians are connoisseurs at dribbling the credulous and naïve masses as the Portugal born soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo. And the truth is, in Nigeria today, there is no opposition party! The two major political parties in Nigeria are the same within the context of ideology. And when they make it look like they are fighting themselves, the goal is to [...]

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