Day: April 9, 2018

Turning Adversities into Blessings

By design, our lives aren’t carved out to be one long stretch of bliss. At some point, we get to taste the bitter side of life—we experience misfortunes, heartbreaks, failure. We make mistakes; we suffer the loss of loved ones. This is a given. What is not a given is the way we interpret these occurrences and respond to them. Do we act like the whole world has crumbled down on us, waggle in self-pity, apportion blames and traumatize ourselves? Or do we try to get past these inclinations by finding the higher purpose behind these adversities and making...

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The Revolution Has No Tribe

Do you not know that poverty is not an Ijaw man? He will not spare the rest of us and afflict only the Ishan He will step over the river and come across the border So, when the drums sound let everybody answer Do you not know that corruption is not from Nekede? He will not hear that Ife had no dealings with Modakeke He will wake up all of our children at might with hunger So, when the drums sound, let everybody answer Do you not know that HIV/AIDS is not Kanuri He will not select his victims...

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Nigeria: The Politics of Corruption

In a surprise move, the Nigerian government recently released a list of alleged treasury looters from the immediate past administration. In power on the political platform of the All Progessives Congress (APC), the Muhammadu Buhari administration was responding to a dare by Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who wondered why the country’s vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, a professor of law, would make blanket accusations of corruption against his party members. It was probably a mistake. With the chairman of the PDP topping the list, the Buhari administration might have also erred. Because now the...

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Where Is the Nigerian Opposition?

Less than a year to the next general elections in Nigeria, the biggest deficit in the political process leading to that moment is the absence of a robust, virile and effective opposition. The role of the opposition in a democracy is to question, criticise, challenge, and audit the governments of the day – local and national – and make them more transparent and accountable, and even if these twin-objectives may not be immediately achieved, the opposition exists nonetheless to put the people in power “on their toes”, as it were in the people’s overall interest. This is the underlying...

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