CAGING THE DEMAGOGUES IN OUR POLITICAL SPACE

They were voted to provide good and qualitative leadership; elected to bring the nation’s economy out of the wood and were chosen to bring democracy’s dividends to the people. But, instead of providing the lavishly promised and highly expected leadership, they visit the masses with cluelessness and Utopia. Instead of reviving the comatose economy, they threw it further down into recession and instead of bringing dividends of democracy, they democratized poverty, institutionalized unemployment and governmentalized hopelessness and frustration. They are not authentic leaders but political demagogues. Welcome to a nation…

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THE CROCODILE PREYS WHILE NIGER DELTA PRAYS .

In one of the most celebrated media related trials in the United States Of America (USA), the trial Judge, Justice Lewis Powell, of the United States Supreme Court remarked that ‘the inherent worth of speech in terms of its capacity for informing the public does not depend upon the identity of the source, whether corporation ,association, union or individual’. The above statement was made back in the days but I still consider it relevant and holds it with reverence in my day to day activities as a media practitioner though…

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THE MAN AT THE ‘MASS’ AND THE REST OF US

That was back in the days and the event transpired during the celebration of the holy mass in one of the Catholic churches which happens to be my parish. Readers that are conversant with the Catholic order of worship should understand what the holy mass is all about, as time and space may not allow us the luxury to dabble into details. But procedurally, one of the major high points of the mass is called the prayer of the faithful. This is a time when carefully and well-rehearsed lay faithful…

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HATE SPEECH; AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW AND EVER…

“Freedom of speech is not about good speech versus bad; it’s about who holds the power to decide which is which” -Robyn E. Blummer, Editorial Writer, and Columnist. It is the truth that our nation Nigeria is not a natural country but an artificial creation. Equally important is the fact that we are made up of multicultural, multireligious and multilingual groups. Bearing these facts in mind, any government that is willing to succeed in this political entity called Nigeria must be guided by the proverbial traffic sign “Slow Down” as…

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WOBBLING TRIPOD AND DOCTRINE OF “TRINITY”

One of the most challenging riddles I grappled with during my formative years was the doctrine of “Trinity”. It was during my catechism class as a Catholic (Christian) and the topic of “Trinity” posed a huge task to me. This doctrine is a dogma which teaches that God, the supreme being, is actually three persons in one .These three persons, as I was later told, are God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit coexisting as one entity sharing equality in substance, essence and divinity . As…

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT AS ELIXIRS TO YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

BY JEROME-MARIO UTOMI One of the cardinal promises of the APC during the 2015 electioneering campaign was massive job creation for the army of young unemployed graduates in the country. That promise and a legion of other similar promises combined to give the party victory at the polls. But more than two years down the line, the narrative has changed.The recently released unemployment index by the National Bureau of Statics (NBS) reveals that the fight against unemployment is not yet Uhuru as this hydra headed problem appears to be winning.…

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