Okay I do. I start with this apology. I was going to call yesterday, but I didn’t. No. I have no excuse. Please forgive me. Please. And this is me try to make up for my omission. Please forgive me.
Happy birthday Modupeoreoluwa Sanwo-Olu. Happy Birthday Charles Adekunle. I wish the both of you a very fulfilling year ahead. And I pray that this is the least you will ever be. I pray that the two of you will fulfill purpose. I pray that you are light and salt to the world, to your family, to your workplace and wherever else you may find yourselves. I pray that your lives continually remain a testimony of God’s greatness. I pray that you grow in all areas of your life. I pray that your parents will never weep over you, that you continually remain a source of joy to them, and that they reap the fruits of their labour upon your life. (Amen).
I just realized that I haven’t written an opinion piece in a long time. You would notice, that I try to keep my personal life out of the Internet (in this case, my Blog) as much as I can. My opinions, of course, are influenced to some extent by my personal experiences. Nevertheless(I like this word), I would like to share my few thoughts in the next three to four paragraphs (I am not counting).
Presently, I am a member of the National Youth Service Corps. Some call us Otondo, some call us Corper. I think the name that has stood out for me is ‘Buhari Pikin’. I still don’t understand that one. And no, I am not getting into the argument of whether the NYSC should be scrapped.
I went for the Orientation Programme in a state in Eastern Nigeria. (Please permit me to spare little personal information. Thank you.) Culture shock? Not really. I mean, I can’t count the number of times, people walked up to me and started conversations in Igbo. And I have to admit I wasn’t as adventurous as I would have liked. I had the famous ‘Okpa’ (Soya Bean Pudding) and ‘Abacha’ (African Salad) only once. And I learnt to say ‘I am in Enugu’ in Igbo. Not good enough, I agree. But I digress.
For France, 7 May, 2017 will remain a historical date for a country that prides itself in its great history and enlightenment. Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron, a 39 year old relatively unknown political figure hitherto never elected to a political post has been saddled with the momentous responsibility of dragging a nation out of the brim of hostile Islamist insurgency and terrorism, a failing economy and a youthful population that yearns to play a greater role in its national affairs.
The lessons of this political development can be quite enriching to our contemporary Nigeria where in their forties the vast population of its citizenry still questions their role in a society that has self-perpetuated men of yesteryear at the helm of affairs even amidst constant failures in every segment of the fabric that makes up the nation. There has always been the case for youth inclusion in politics and governance. Ironically, while the youths control the majority of votes cast during elections and events leading up to elections, they are actually left with nothing when elections are over.
However a close reflection on Nigerian history will show that the youth has not always been at the back seat of political vehicle in Nigeria. But down recent memory lane, the story is not exactly the same. Yakubu Gowon became a military head of state at age 31, Richard Akinjide became Minister of Education at the age of 32. Audu Ogbeh was a Minister at the age of 35. He is still serving today as a minister of Agriculture under the Muhammadu Buhari government who himself served as a petroleum minister at the age of 35. Continue reading “MACRON AND THE LESSONS OF POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND LEADERSHIP IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA”→
I have read the statement credited to Lagos based Lawyer and Activist , Mr. Ebun Olu Adegboruwa calling for the impeachment of President Buhari on the ground of gross misconduct.
The gross misconduct according to him was occasioned by the letter transmitted by the President to the National Assembly in which President Buhari purportedly appointed the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, as the Coordinator of government affairs in his absence as he embarks on medical vacation in London.
With all respect due to my learned friend, I think his position is untenable and even against the spirit and letters of the Constitution particularly on the issues of acting presidency and impeachment. It is simply making a mountain out of a molehill.
To start with, I am of the firm view that President Buhari’s letter is in accordance with section 145(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
For purpose of clarity, Section 145 (1) provides that: “whenever the President is proceeding on vacation or is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, he shall transmit a written declaration to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to that effect, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, the Vice President shall perform the functions of the President as Acting President”.
They’re a strange thing consciences. Trouble is, what feels best isn’t necessarily what works best.
Richard Rampton (Denial 2016)
So, this is a movie review, and like I always say – no spoilers. And this particular review is no exception. I usually find movies based on true stories very boring. As a matter of fact, I find it difficult to read books detailing or narrating true events. They just never appeal to me. So I started watching this movie with an expectancy of boredom.
I have always heard about Hitler, and the Nazis and the killing of the Jews and the Holocaust, but I never paid attention to it. To me, it was just one of those bad things that happened a really long time ago. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know the meaning of Anti-Semite (I am ashamed, thanks) until I watched this movie. Suffice to say, I know zilch about the Holocaust, except that it happened. And I was really surprised to even realize that people deny that it happened. Continue reading “DENIAL: DID THE HOLOCAUST REALLY HAPPEN OR NOT?”→