The message below is for all Nigerians, in particular the Security Institutions, with the hope that someone will listen and respond to the cry of the missing girls. The silence is deafening. I wonder how we all manage to go to bed at night.
I earnestly long for a response from one and all.
Whose child or school is next?
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Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said the advert currently running on major television channels comparing President Goodluck Jonathan with great leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and others as well as showcasing his achievement in the area of security and infrastructure is blasphemous.
Fashola commented on the issue on Tuesday at the public presentation of a book titled “Giants of History” (The Making of Our World), written by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba at the Civic Centre, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
According to Fashola, the video advert, comparing some select world leaders like President Barack Obama, the late President Nelson Mandela and former Singaporean President, Lee Kuan Yew with Jonathan, is to say the least blasphemous.
“If those people think everything is all right, then it must be two things; it is either they are watching the news on black and white television sets or they are reading the newspaper upside down. It is not the leader who would tell us that he or she is great.
“We would be the ones to say it and acknowledge it because we wear the shoes and know where it hurts. At the end of the day, when the people are still crying out about their safety and electricity issues, it means that we are not speaking the same language and that we are not responding to the same stimuli,” he stated.
Governor Fashola said that proclaiming greatness should not be the lot of leaders themselves but the natural testimony of people who have felt the impact of their greatness, adding that great men do not tell the tales of their own greatness.
According to him, there is a leadership question in Nigeria which is primarily about the leadership vacuum that exists in the public sector, maintaining that there are so much resources in capacity and talent in the private sector.
He added that the answer to any question about whether Nigeria had the men and women who could deliver the goods in the public sector would elicit a definitive answer, but that the most pertinent question should be: have such people been deployed to areas where they are most needed?
Fashola asserted that the quicker the nation resolved to redeploy the men and women with the capacity to the areas of the public sector where the shoe pinches most, the better it would be for everyone.
The governor reiterated that this was not the best of times to be a leader because demands had not only become complex but the problems too had become complex, stressing that a leader must lead in good or bad times.
Fashola commended Ibirogba for picking the gauntlet when he challenged members of the cabinet to write and enrich public space because there is a dearth of books on public service life.
He expressed the hope that through the publication of such books which retell already told stories and people get to read them, they will feel inspired to do something about what they don’t like.
In his review of the book, Tunde Ipadeola described the book as a broad publication which shows the difference between fame and infamy, quite versatile and capable of use by people of all ages as it is concise and precise.
He added that having read the book with an inner radar turned on for why any particular choice was made, he discovered that each chosen example earned his or her place in the pantheon and could have been more but because the author chose to settle for the statistically significant number of 150.
The book was later publicly presented by Governors Fashola and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, while being supported by the representatives of the Governors of Ogun State, Mr Yussuph Olaniyonu; Edo State, Mr Louis Odion; Oyo State, Prince Gbade Lana and Mr Tayo Ekundayo from Ekiti State.
Prominent among those who witnessed the event were members of the state Executive Council including the Secretary to the State Government, Dr (Mrs) Ranti Adebule, Commissioners for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Taofik Tijani, Youth, Sports and Social Development, Mr Enitan Oshodi, Finance, Ayo Gbeleyi and several local government chairmen and party leaders.
JD:I honestly dont understand why the Presidents media team engage in sycophancy with their boss which ultimately brings him to ridicule.One finds that ad in completely bad taste and almost insulting to the gentlemen used as reference points.So so sad
Jonathan had on June 12, 2012 announced the change of the institution’s nomenclature from University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University, leading to a protest.
The move also led to a court case, forcing the Federal Government to back down on the plan, with a request to the National Assembly to amend the law setting up the institution.
THAT officers of the Nigeria Police and other security operatives could be illegally deployed and used wantonly by privileged Nigerians (especially politicians and government contractors) to harass and assault other citizens, or address personal grievances reflects the level of impunity in the land. It also exposes the unprofessionalism and administrative decadence in the law enforcement and security circles.
Recently, insalubrious events brought this to public focus. Prominent among them was an Abuja High Court award of N5 million exemplary damages against the Inspector-General of Police for human rights abuse of one Bonny Okonkwo, a businessman and critic of Emeka Offor, a chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Okonkwo was said to have been arrested on July 17, 2013 at his Lagos residence by a team of policemen and illegally detained for 37 days.
The police, it was gathered, charged Okonkwo with writing an alleged defamatory article against Offor on a website.
•The attitudes of the president, his team and the military to the abduction of 234 girls expose incompetence and insensitivity
Tears are flowing in Borno State. Tears of fathers and mothers. Tears from the absence of daughters abducted by militants who pass themselves off as the messengers of God. The nation at large is caught in this emotional pain and outpouring.
Hours after bombs detonated at the popular Nyanya bus terminal in Abuja, the daredevil bigots drove trucks into a secondary school, the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State. Initial reports had it that the young men whisked away 100 girls. Later the number moved up to 129. Newspapers reported on Tuesday that the number suffered from steep undercount. The real figure, adding 105 arts students, leapt to 234. This number came from the testimonies of the parents who are still at a loss why their wards sent to school under the bower of a government protection should be removed into a place they cannot imagine, subjected to treatment they cannot conceive and they could be wondering, in the absence of any clue, whether their girls are dead or alive.
It is instructive to note that the provision of adequate electricity supply is germane to the supposed massive transformation agenda of this government.
Six months into the new era of electricity privatization, the teething problems, which have led to very low level of electricity supply in the country are in full swing. In virtually all of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja there is the tale of woes about the worsening problem of power outage. It is such that economic activities in most parts of Nigeria are grinding to a halt, with the small and medium enterprises counting their losses. In the first quarter of this year, the quantity of power supplied was estimated at about 3500 mega watts (mw). But now in the second quarter, the level has dropped to less than 2000 mw. And this is at the backdrop of expert recommendation that Nigeria requires 40,000 mw (minimum) to meaningfully drive her economy.
Last year we had DUBI IMEVBORE, at The Discourse,disscusssing IFA.The discussion was inconclusive.This Sunday at The Discourse we will again have Dubi, lawyer,Ifa advocate and Oluwo ijo Orunmila,(UK) in the house to continue his discussion with Jimi Disu on Ifa and other African religions. dnt miss it
Sport is no different from politics. There is a syndrome that means it’s all but impossible for one star to follow another
You don’t have to be a football fan to understand the trouble with David Moyes. Anyone familiar with the highest reaches of politics will recognise his predicament immediately. For those who turn rarely to the back pages, Moyes is in his first season as the manager of Manchester United. He inherited a team that had just won yet another title as Premier League champions, but under him they are struggling. Now ninth in the league, they are a full 13 points off the top spot. What’s more, Moyes has broken a few awkward records. Under him, the team have lost at home to Everton (his old club) for the first time in 21 years and on Saturday lost to Newcastle at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972.Tonight another unwanted feat threatens. If they lose to the Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk, it will be the first time United have suffered three successive home defeats in 50 years.
Former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, has said she has no regret leaving office, just as she declared that she was privileged to serve the nation at the ministerial capacity.
Her words: “It is a privilege, like I said, to serve Nigeria; to serve my nation…a country where you have 170 million people and you were given the opportunity to serve and make a difference, you leave a footpath behind, it is not easy, it is an honour, and I am very grateful to Nigerians.”
July 1: Moyes starts work as Manchester United manager after the retirement of Alex Ferguson.
September 1: Liverpool beat United 1-0 at Anfield, inflicting the first Premier League defeat under Moyes’ leadership in his third league game in charge.
September 22: Manchester City hammer city rivals United 4-1. One week later lowly West Brom beat United at Old Trafford where they have not won in 35 years of trying.
Lt. General Oladipo Diya (rtd) was Chief of Defence Staff – the highest position in the military – and later became the Chief of General Staff ( second highest office in the country), a position he held for four years under the military regime of Late General Sani Abacha. In 1997, he was accused of plotting a coup along with some top military officers, an allegation he has consistently maintained was a set up. He was sentenced to death but his death sentence was commuted to a 25-year jail term after the death of General Abacha. He later regained his freedom and received presidential pardon. Gen. Diya recently clocked 70 and took time off to share his experiences in life with THISDAY. Fielding questions from Tokunbo Adedoja, Anayo Okolie and Akinwunmi Ibrahim, he sheds light on some of the events under the Abacha regime. Diya, who also served as military governor of Ogun State under the regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) between 1984 and 1985, believes military in governance is an abberation and also contests the view that the military institutionalised corruption in Nigeria. Excerpts:
You just clocked 70 years, how does it feel to be 70?
Well, I must say that I am really satisfied. I am happy and I feel fulfilled. I give thanks to Almighty God for sparing my life that I could make the biblical age of 70.
We observed when we came in, apart from the patches of grey hair, you don’t really look 70. Does it have anything to do with your military background, nutritional regimen?
I used to have a boss and anytime you tell him you don’t look your age, he will say go and change your glasses and look well. I think I feel 70 and there is no doubt about it. I know what I used to do; what I felt I could do, especially when I was much younger than this. But now, it is alright, one is 70 and I feel 70 and I feel happy being 70.
Nigerians may not be amenable to any attempt to alter and extend the set calendar of the confab beyond the stipulated 3 months.
It is quite unfortunate that about one month after the formal inauguration of the national conference by President Goodluck Jonathan on March 17, 2014 the confab is still tinkering with the preambles of their terms of reference. This has left the increasing worry of the capacity and capability of the confab to achieve its purpose within the set time frame of 3 months.
Moreover, with the confab getting so prone to extraneous distractions posed by the everyday events in the Nigerian society, many Nigerians wonder whether it has not derailed from its assigned task. The rate at which the confab permits its delegates to belabour it with very deep interests in the political, social and economic current affairs also makes many worry about its accomplishment of its aims and objectives. This Newspaper, therefore, calls upon the leaders and delegates to the confab to sit up and commence deliberations on the precise purpose for which the confab was set up and funded with taxpayers resources.
THE base year for computing Nigeria’s GDP has now been officially shifted from 1990 to 2010. By 2016 government says the base year would shift to 2015 and every five years thereafter.
In a country devoid of good news, there was palpable excitement on the part of Nigerians and the federal government. Something positive is coming out of ‘Bethlehem’. With the excitement over, the time for sober reflection and introspection is here. Following the rebasing of the GDP the estimated size of the Nigerian economy in 2013 is now $510 billion (N80.22 trillion) with a per capita income of $2,688. The rebased nominal GDP for 2013 represents an increase of 89.22 per cent over the nominal GDP using the old base year.
This rebased GDP makes Nigeria the 26th largest economy in the world and in terms of GDP per capita it is the 121st in the world. By rebasing the economy the composite sectors of the economy increased from 37 to 46 meaning that more sectors like telecommunications, entertainment, motion pictures, vehicle assembly, ICT and a few others were added. It is gratifying to note that the structure of the Nigerian economy is changing and the dramatic rise in the share of services in the nominal GDP has displaced the old belief that agriculture was the largest contributor to Nigeria’s GDP.
Last week’s bombing of the Nyanya Motor Park in Abuja by the Boko Haram sect put a seal to any doubts which remained about the worthlessness of life in Nigeria. Except for the so-called big men who are never the targets of the Boko Haram, the life of the ordinary Nigerian seems to mean nothing.
As vexatious as that bombing was, especially with the huge casualty figure, we have carried on as if nothing serious happened. The few meetings held by security agencies and the FCTA seem to be just what it seems: a knee-jerk reaction of the moment; nothing strategic. Just few days on from now and that terrible event will be nothing other than a reference point in our nation’s travails. And you can be sure of this: no lessons learnt; nothing in the way of preventing a recurrence.
In the heat of the euphoria over the rebasing of the Nigerian economy which puts the country at the top spot on the continent at South Africa’s expense, most Nigerians may have missed the import of the other sobering statistics released by the World Bank, which puts Nigeria among the top three countries harbouring the world’s poor. The figures, as released by World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, puts Nigeria, with seven percent of the world’s poor, in the third place, behind India with 33 percent and China with 13 per cent. Bangladesh, harbouring six per cent of the world’s poor, is fourth while the Democratic Republic of Congo with five per cent is fifth. In-between the five reside 760 million of the world’s poor, of which Nigeria accounts for a frightening 53.2 million – nearly a third of the country’s population.
No doubt, the findings by the World Bank would merely confirm the reality of the wide chasm between official claims of superlative growth and the reality on the main street. After what was supposed to be a soar-away economic growth that has averaged seven percent in the course of the last decade –this latest testimonial – which suggests that nearly one out of three citizens still lives in extreme poverty goes beyond mere repudiation of government’s pretensions about achievement, what it does is to call for a completely new thinking on how to distribute the so-called gains of economic growth.