Ekiti: Moving on Properly

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Ayo Fayose. Credits: Tribune.com.ng

The elections in Ekiti may have come and gone but it’s important that there is a sustained and balanced discussion of all that transpired, not just because “a new sociology of the Ekiti people may have evolved” as Governor Kayode Fayemi suggested in his concession speech but because the circumstances of his loss indeed warrant a study. For many like me, it was hard, and probably still is, to comprehend how an incumbent Governor with such sterling intelligence, charisma and enviable record of good governance could lose his re-election bid, considering that the most touted quality of his successful opponent was popularity, not competence.
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Are We Ready for the World Cup

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The 2014 world cup has started in Brazil and thankfully, there was no need of a last minute transfer of football’s biggest tournament to England as some egocentric English pundits might have secretly hoped, what with their persistently pessimistic reporatage of Brazil’s preparations. No stadium collapsed and the protests (expected considering economic realities in Brazil) have subsided and all we have to do now is stay awake to enjoy the matches, with our girlfriends and wives too. Having seen a couple of matches particularly the host country’s victory over Croatia in the opening game and Netherland’s vengeful trouncing of Spain, my mind shuttles to the hopes of the Nigerian team, our very own Super Eagles. I ponder our chances and I ask if we are truly ready for this world cup. I asked the same question on Twitter recently and most responses seemed to suggest the team is only in Brazil to make up the numbers. I am not satisfied with that. Continue reading

Now that Sanusi is Emir

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Everytime it is suggested that traditional rulers be given constitutional roles, I often think of the illogical distribution of our budgets, placing a destructive emphasis on the luxurious pampering of public officials through unconscionable remunerative packages. With due respect to monarchs and the value many people place on traditional institutions, I am yet to find sufficient reasons to robe them with more powers or responsibilities that will result in more budgetary allocations to maintain the excess official paraphernalia that will be thus created. The new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is one however that may cause me to reappraise my position. His famed intellect, remarkable leadership of Nigeria’s economic renaissance while he held sway as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and his whistle-blowing role while in that position speak volumes and may justify the endowment of some form of constitutional role that borders on economic stability and infrastructural development that we greatly need in Nigeria as a whole, in the North and in Kano to be more specific. Continue reading

On Chibok and our Diverse Begging

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It may hurt to imagine that you – we – live in a country where nothing is guaranteed. You can’t be too sure of the quality of the water you drink irrespective of the brand name or the fact that there’s some easily overlooked NAFDAC number printed on the bottle or sachet. If you do not have some more-than-natural well from which you draw assurances, you are better off fearing for your survival, your health, your next meal, your next home and your next anything. Hope counts for little in Nigeria and when you pray, you must do more than ask for daily bread, you need to request for the day itself. Continue reading

On Chibok and the Diverse Begging

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It may hurt to imagine that you – we – live in a country where nothing is guaranteed. You can’t be too sure of the quality of the water you drink irrespective of the brand name or the fact that there’s some easily overlooked NAFDAC number printed on the bottle or sachet. If you do not have some more-than-natural well from which you draw assurances, you are better off fearing for your survival, your health, your next meal, your next home and your next anything. Hope counts for little in Nigeria and when you pray, you must do more than ask for daily bread, you need to request for the day itself.
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