Corruption Fight In Nigeria And The Lee Kuan Yew Example

The current climate of opinion in the country that looks upon corruption in public offices as a threat to the society calls for celebration on the part of the government. But this celebration is also viewed as superficial by some commentators as the purported achievement only exists in the frame. The reason for this position as advanced is simple and comes in double fold. First, many believe that the corruption fight as orchestrated by the federal government is more of a well said rather than a well-done phenomenon. The second…

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WHEN SILENCE IS NO LONGER CONVIVIAL, INACTION UNECONOMIC

One inherent challenge associated with opinion writing in Nigeria is that intellectually, opinions are more often accepted but politically rejected without justification;  a development that presents the writer’s effort as a baggage of goodness without good luck. However, despite these incessant rejections, opinion writing neither abates nor wanes.  Instead, it increases geometrically with a torrent of it coming from respected religious organizations, socio-cultural bodies, ethnic/tribal organizations and talented Nigerians well educated to build a modern nation. Regrettably, while these opinions are being rejected daily, the issues/ challenges they were tailored…

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DELTA ELECTION AS 2019 GUINEA PIG

Though the LG election in Delta state has come and gone, leaving the entire Deltans as ‘causalities’, not of a civil war but a deformed democratic process occasioned by the will of man. An outcome that has, in turn, left the proponents of disorder praying in their inner selves for courage and stamina to face Deltans they have wronged. Coincidentally, while Deltans were mourning this political regression which has become a reality to worry about, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja released the electoral timetable for the 2019…

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PMB’S REMARK ON ‘RESTRUCTURING’ AND MATTERS ARISING

From observations, there is no doubt that our leaders are experts, PMB inclusive,in listening without being attentive to the masses; an attribute that has, in turn, made their relationship with the people civil but cold. A situation occasioned by our handler’s inability to learn that ‘success is a lousy teacher which makes a winner feels that he cannot lose’. Accordingly, these cold silences have become ‘a word made flesh and now dwell among us’ in the form of the Fulani herdsmen mindless and continual use of the innocent Nigerian’s blood…

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BAGGAGE OF 2030 SUSTAINABLE AGENDA

There was a veiled agreement among stakeholders at a recent gathering in Lagos, that the governments in Nigeria at all levels are shirking the traditional but universal responsibility of provision of economic and infrastructural succor to the citizenry which the instrumentality of participatory democracy and election of leaders confer on them. The passionate plea for government-private sector collaboration for sustainable development underscores this assertion, thus eliciting this jigsaw: If it has been said that government has no business in business, what business does the private sector have helping government to…

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AS DELTANS GO TO THE LOCAL COUNCIL POLLS ; A REMINDER

With just days pointing at Saturday 6th, January 2018, a day slated for the all-important Delta state Local Council polls, all eyes are now fixed on the state. This feeling is understandable as the ”ground of battle’ and the battlers have suddenly become unpredictable, full of intrigues and uncertainty. What is adding fuel to this political battle is the belief that this LG polls will shape the support structure come 2019 general election. But the joy of the above is that while the state-actors (the government, the DESIEC and the…

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NOW THAT ATIKU HAS GONE BEYOND THE LAST BUS STOP

That Atiku Abubakar has resigned his membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is no longer news. The interesting aspect of this episode is that as speculated, he has finally reunited with his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). To Atiku and his teaming supporters scattered across the states of the federation, it is more of a homecoming as he explained that the issue that made him leave the PDP in 2013 has been resolved. With the above in mind and considering our nation’s political platform where swapping of…

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WHAT THE NATIONAL STADIUM LAGOS TOLD ME.

That was several weeks ago. I was invited to a religious programme at the National Stadium. First, when I queried the appropriateness of using a sporting facility for a religious function, my friend promptly told me that considering the number of worshippers expected, the National Stadium remains most suitable for the exercise. With this explanation given, I have no reason to probe further So, capped with my prayer intentions; I arrived the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, that fateful morning, for this all-important religious exercise. I had no time looking…

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ROBERT MUGABE TRAVAILS AND THE LESSONS TO DRAW

When one is favoured with longevity, says my grandfather, he must in the same vein contend with one out of these two inherent situations. If the individual is not met with a flood of blessings, chances are that such a fellow may be visited with torrents of afflictions during this extra or ‘injury time’. But unfortunately, I did not for a long time deemed it necessary to unravel what this words of wisdom connotes until recently when Robert Mugabe’s saga burst forth. A few months back, after reading a piece…

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STATE GOVERNORS AND BEGGAR BOWL LEADERSHIP APPROACH

It is no longer news that most of our states are currently faced with serious socioeconomic issues bordering on sustainability inabilities. Although this has been on over time but as a nation that plays politics with everything, we decided to live in denial. But as it currently stands, it has gotten to the brim and the State Governors are faced with either confess or collapse options, hence the bailout carols. But in rushing to Abuja for a bailout, our State Governors have forgotten that one of the negative attributes of…

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