Friday, July 19, 2019

Femi Odere

    Furthering the Diaspora remittance debate

Furthering the Diaspora remittance debate

The recently released “Migration and Development Brief” of the World Bank for 2018 that scored Nigeria as the highest recipient of Diaspora remittances, once again, in sub-Saharan Africa (which stood at $25.1 billion), and had triggered my response with an article, has generated quite a significant amount of interests from Nigerians in Diaspora by way of the commentaries that barged [...]

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    Diaspora remittance and national development

Diaspora remittance and national development

Like the reports that preceded it, the 2018 “Migration and Development Brief” of the World Bank that tracks the remittances of immigrants in high- and middle-income countries of the world--which was recently released--is an important document that the Nigerian government should be elated about because of its contribution to and enhancement of the country’s economic life. Just as the previous [...]

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    Politics of cohesion: The Ekiti state example

Politics of cohesion: The Ekiti state example

When it dawned on him that he was on his way to losing his bid for re-election as governor of Ekiti State in 2014 before the official pronouncement by the electoral umpire, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi delivered his concession speech to the people of Ekiti State--and the world at large--precisely on Sunday, June 22, 2014. In the speech, the then [...]

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    Ekiti: Furthering the ‘Reclaiming our land, Restoring our values’ concept

Ekiti: Furthering the ‘Reclaiming our land, Restoring our values’ concept

A few weeks before his much-anticipated--but still too good to be true denial in some political circles both within and outside the state--public declaration to join the legion of aspirants for the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in preparation for the Ekiti state governorship election, then Hon. Minister of Mines and Steel Development Dr. John Kayode Fayemi was [...]

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    2019: Osinbajo on 2023

2019: Osinbajo on 2023

In an election season, especially Nigeria’s electoral cycle that can better be described as a scorch-earth contestation for political power in which what the highly Politically Exposed Persons (h-PEP) says can deliberately be misconstrued and/or intentionally twisted in order to arrive at a pre-determined conclusion (no matter how senseless and outlandish) in their bids for votes, anything and anyone is [...]

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    Fashola: Between substance and shadow

Fashola: Between substance and shadow

A friend once described Nigerians as such atypical, hopelessly-hard-to-satisfy creation on the face of the earth that just when you thought it was time to roll out the carpet and beat the drums for you for having satisfied their yearnings and demands, you see them carrying placards and beating war drums again asking for yet another set of yearnings and [...]

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    Fayemi and politics of the ‘New Left’

Fayemi and politics of the ‘New Left’

In a society not known for applying rigour to the critical issues of its time, and whose attention span whenever it does these issues that are capable of fundamentally reshaping its wellbeing and sustainability in both the medium and long terms are only skin-deep--or woolly at best--but spends much time and energy on the mundane and the ridiculous (which someone [...]

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    Fashola: A leader beyond reproach

Fashola: A leader beyond reproach

In an election season in which a president whose interrogation of the body politic has not only brought an upset to the applecart, but whose actions has also resulted into a tectonic shift in the dominant governance paradigm----and seeking re-election----it is not inconceivable that a few but very powerful segment of the society that has maintained a collective vice grip [...]

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    Beyond Fayose, Abati and future of Ekiti

Beyond Fayose, Abati and future of Ekiti

As one of Nigeria’s brilliant minds in the Fourth Estate of the Realm whose credibility with his readers was built largely by several years of expressing their true feelings about their governments and speaking truth to power through his weekly column in the hey day of The Guardian newspaper, Dr. Reuben Abati was not only considered a class by himself [...]

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    Ekiti, Fayemi and hope rekindled

Ekiti, Fayemi and hope rekindled

In “Paradise Regained” written by John Milton, the English poet quipped that “The childhood shows the man, As morning shows the day.” Probably only the discerning would have recognized how this immutable truth intricately weaved itself around Dr. John Kayode Fayemi on yet another date with history on Tuesday, October 16, 2018----a day of his inauguration as the governor of [...]

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    Regional economic integration as Fayemi’s ‘foreign’ policy

Regional economic integration as Fayemi’s ‘foreign’ policy

After several months of painstaking deliberations and presentation of policy options and roadmaps by some of the finest public intellectuals, entrepreneurs of repute, eggheads in academe and government officials of the Southwest geo-political extraction, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission was birthed by the Governments of Southwest States of Nigeria in July 2013.With the inordinate support of the [...]

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    Re: Tinubu and the penalty kicked into throw-in

Re: Tinubu and the penalty kicked into throw-in

It is meet to, once again, engage Festus Adedayo’s piece of Friday, August 17, 2018 with the above title in the Tribune newspaper which also appeared in some of Nigeria’s major online newspapers and other social media platforms just as this writer did sometimes in November of last year in an article that this ace columnist titled “Tinubu, why you [...]

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    The coming Fayemi government

The coming Fayemi government

Since what one thinks about himself and/or his activity either in general terms or in any given circumstance can be misleading, diametrically opposed, if not worlds apart from what others think also either in general terms or in a given situation, I did not realise that what I honestly think has been my modest involvement in articulating and interrogating not [...]

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    Ekiti 2018: Oni’s legal action and matters arising

Ekiti 2018: Oni’s legal action and matters arising

For those who have been conversant with the twists and turns of Ekiti State politics, most specifically among members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in their preparations for the July 14, 2018 governorship election, the very recent development and awareness that Chief Segun Oni had filed a lawsuit against his party and Dr. John Kayode Fyemi (the party’s flagbearer) [...]

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    Ekiti 2018: Fayose and his continuity agenda

Ekiti 2018: Fayose and his continuity agenda

“The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe because its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them.” - AnonymousI have been waiting for the auspicious time to comprehensively interrogate Governor Ayodele Fayose’s “Continuity Agenda” which----for all practical purposes----the only pillar upon which his support for Prof. Kolapo Olusola (his deputy) [...]

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    Ekiti 2018: Revisiting the ‘Fayemi Question’

Ekiti 2018: Revisiting the ‘Fayemi Question’

"Most people think they know the answer. I am willing to admit, I don’t even know what the question is.” -- Arsenio Hall, an American comedian, actor, and talk show host.Perhaps the best way to interrogate if a question----or a set of questions----with the propensity to coalesce into a larger question for an individual and/or his persona may be to [...]

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