Friday, June 22, 2018

Yinka Olaito

    APC, is this a family affair?

APC, is this a family affair?

All Progressives Congress (APC) held its nationwide ward congresses yesterday. The reports coming from Ekiti, Oyo, Adamawa, Imo, Rivers, Delta and many other states are better imagined as  fairy tales. A common response when there is internal crisis and chaos within a party in Nigeria is 'it is a family affairs'. Is this a family affair also?I am tempted to [...]

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    Politicians are not to be blamed

Politicians are not to be blamed

It was Workers' Day yesterday. As a keen observer, I paid close attention to events organised by various groups as well as speeches made. I checked activities of labour unions, labour-related nonprofits and semi-religious bodies across Africa or where the day was marked. My conclusion was that the politicians are not to be blamed for our national woes. Many of [...]

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    Chimamanda Adichie, feminism and the single story

Chimamanda Adichie, feminism and the single story

An interview conducted by Chimamanda Adichie with Mrs Hillary Clinton had sparked off a thunderstorm. The backlash on the social media, especially on the Nigeria social media ecosystem, had been majorly negative. Some of these feedbacks may or may not be unwarranted depending on which position one holds but more importantly if those who reacted had done so based on [...]

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    The drama at the senate

The drama at the senate

Nigeria appears to be a proper stage for a theatre of the absurd. The theme, plot, scene, and characters are doing well in an increasing order. We are never behind in anything which suggests to the world our directors, cast and the audience are not serious individuals. Wherever human beings live there must be a level of drama and conflict but [...]

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    Any hope for Nigeria’s maladjusted youth?

Any hope for Nigeria’s maladjusted youth?

Nigeria's latest population estimate stood at 198 million. Half of this population is made up of youths between ages 15-34. As of 2012, when the total population estimate was 167 million, Nigeria already had over 11 million unemployed youths. Due to lack of planning, structured policy, vision, great role modelling and personal drive, many of the Nigerian youths are maladjusted [...]

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    Ethical professionals and national development

Ethical professionals and national development

Every profession has code of ethics. Aside from the technical skills, professionals swore to respect and promote good practices, sound judgement with regards  to the profession and overall development of the society they operate in. They also swore where there is conflict of interest, they would rather stand for what is good. In Nigeria, we have countless number of professional [...]

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    What do Nigerians really want?

What do Nigerians really want?

A major concept in economics is the concept of wants and needs. Human challenge springs from inability to identify what the difference between wants and needs are. Until a balance is created between human wants and needs, the situation may never be different from what a bird goes through when it perches on a rope. Nigerians are in trouble today just [...]

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    Now that we know

Now that we know

The return of the abducted one hundred and four out of one hundred and ten Dapchi school girls for me is a cheery news. The swift return of these schools girls to their families is something we must all applaud the Buhari led administration for irrespective of our political associations. Unfortunately in our country, we have a sizeable number of [...]

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    Senators’ N13.8m monthly jumbo pay

Senators’ N13.8m monthly jumbo pay

A recent revelation about the monthly jumbo pay of a Nigerian Senator indicates the country is highly infected with a terminal disease. It may takes angels amongst us to reclaim the nation's soul from the claw of death. Bono had said the greatest disease in the world is corruption and the only cure is transparency. Based on this I am [...]

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    National assembly and Nigerians’ sufferings

National assembly and Nigerians’ sufferings

National legislative assembly in democracy has a vital role to play. Aside from making laws, it serves a check and balance function for the other arms of government. The power of national assembly is so huge that its chamber is compared to how God's name should be referenced. It is referred to as  'hallow chamber'. Ideally, members are supposed to [...]

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    Nigerian doctors and patients’ rights

Nigerian doctors and patients’ rights

Doctors on graduation swear to an oath. The oath demands they should seek to protect lives and that with care. Aside from this, patient's everywhere around the world have rights which are sacrosanct and need to be protected. Unfortunately in this part of the world, ninety nine percent of the patients do not know they have a right.The Nigeria Medical [...]

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    Boko Haram and Nigerian schoolgirls’ politics

Boko Haram and Nigerian schoolgirls’ politics

A major function of any government is to guarantee safety, protection of its entire citizenry. Any government which fails to do this may lack moral claim to sound good governance. If the citizen can trust a democratically elected government with their mandate, the government must be agile in its duty by ensuring strategic channelling of national resources at its disposal [...]

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    Who is Buhari going for?

Who is Buhari going for?

Essence of great leadership is service. Outstanding leader holds the collective mandate of the entire society in trust. Effective leaders strive to balance the needs of everyone as fast as time permits. Great leaders know they are racing against time and time waits for no one. The faster they can go and the larger the imprint of their footprints on [...]

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    Nigeria’s pythons and 36 million naira

Nigeria’s pythons and 36 million naira

In Nigeria, we live in a fairytale land. There is no story we will not and cannot  hear. Most of the stories shared here are very disturbing and mental health induced. Many Nigerians suffer mental health related diseases. Not by choice. Our government and its officials daily supply the drama and enough inducement which trigger the disease. Ours is a [...]

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    APC, is the falcon now hearing the falconer?

APC, is the falcon now hearing the falconer?

The good book says when you hear rumour of war and counter wars, just know the end is near. The same goes for politicians. When you hear reconciliation and superlative promises, one should just know a common selfish interest of the group is at stake or election is pretty close. Yesterday, President Buhari mandated Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu to lead the [...]

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    Sexual objectification of women in the society

Sexual objectification of women in the society

Sexual objectification in its purest form appears to be a clean market space where there is a constant demand and supply. But when holistically viewed, it is a market space with notable damage. The essence of sexual objectification of women is focused on profit while the health of the society has long been ignored. Interestingly women activists had remained silent on [...]

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