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“If we can learn to be bold enough to restore the value of truth in our society, then we will have justice. Without truth, we cannot have justice” - Jerry Rawlings, ex-President of Ghana
“And without Justice and Truth, we cannot have a Democracy” – my own humble addition.
When the late ex-President Umar Yar’ Adua was in incommunicado and invisible, due to his failing or failed health for many months, probably even dead, and his wife and so-called…Continue
Corruption: Synonyms - Sleaze, dishonesty, exploitation, bribery, fraud, venality, vice.
Many of us think we know what corruption looks or is like – a state governor dipping his dirty fingers in the treasury and amassing ill-gotten wealth; an illicit deal carried out by politician; a government official or civil servant taking a cut in a deal; a policeman on the road harassing drivers, demanding and collecting bribes or a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria collecting…Continue
"The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury” has been a popular quotation on many websites since the global financial crisis of 2008. The quotation is usually attributed to George Washington (1732-1799), but there is no evidence that he ever said it.
Dear reader, please pardon me if it appears that you are being suffused with another entrée on corruption in our notoriously corrupt country. But don’t you just have enough of day-to-day…Continue
As far as public money is concerned in Nigeria, the word MISSING has taken on a whole new sinister meaning. Every day, it is one massive amount (usually in billions, soon to graduate into trillions) of money missing from the coffers of one government ministry/department/agency or the other. The states are not left out and I bet the local government are only able to keep a lid on it because the torch is not shone on them, and we tend to underestimate the fraud and theft going on in these…Continue
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Some Insights into Democracy and How it can work in Nigeria.
Democracy promotes the same sets of value no matter where it is practiced. Simple definition implies that government is made up of people, and should serve the people. In order to enjoy the fruits (or as we call it in Nigeria, the dividends) of democracy, all its various components i.e. people and its…Continue
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Many Nigerians were expectedly shocked, concerned and apprehensive at the news on 07 March 2013 that the (notorious, inept and ineffective) Nigerian House of Representatives is planning to include immunity for federal legislators in the on-going amendment of the 1999 constitution, with the bills passing a second reading, and inevitably will be overwhelmingly passed as an Act. It was reported thus: “a bill for an act to alter the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 by…Continue
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I have been reading the story of President Jose Mujica — the leader of Uruguay (please note the word “LEADER”) and I find it to be a singular example of humility, sacrifice and an uncommon disdain for all worldly material and other acquisition. In my opinion, this is a leader who may be worthy of emulation by our so-called leaders in Nigeria, and indeed, in Africa.
However, please let us recognise that being "poor" has not necessarily made Mr Mujica a successful or good leader…Continue
Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on December 5, 2012 at 2:49am — No Comments
I have been moribund, as far as writing articles, for about three months. Honestly these days, I just don’t feel like writing, however, I comment on other peoples’ writings or on national issues on social media like Facebook and Twitter. And since I do not write for a living, in fact, I never get paid; I am never under any pressure or deadline. Maybe that will save my health from deteriorating further in despair, frustration, anger and desperation. Please I am not blaming it on anybody or on…Continue
”After three days of mourning. What's next?
After three minutes of crying. What's next?
After three hours of begging and pleading. What's next?
After three months of investigation. What's next?
The self generated disaster continues and those that are affected remains hopeless and helpless. The fear of the unknown!” - Olatokunbo Akinsanya, Atlanta, GA on Facebook
Greek mythology tells the story of Icarus, the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, his attempt to escape…Continue
Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on June 8, 2012 at 12:50am — No Comments
Murder, Inc. (or Murder Incorporated) was the name given by the American press to organized crime groups in the 1920s through the 1940s that resulted in hundreds of murders on behalf of the American Mafia and Jewish Mafia groups who together formed the early organized crime groups in New York and elsewhere. The name was a journalistic invention.
This same phrase should be applied to Nigeria’s main industry of nowadays – Corruption, since it is now beyond doubt that it is a well…Continue
I am almost afraid and weary to write this article. This is probably because of my penchant to dwell very long on issues that are very close to my heart, but don’t want to bore the reader with a long treatise.
Unfortunately, however, the problem of Nigeria is my problem, your problem, and you know what, the world’s problem.
In sitting down to write this article, I have had to rely very heavily on comments made by my friends and other people in the newspapers, internet media,…Continue
Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 26, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I will be very frank with you; despite the raging debates over the past six months or so, I had not the slightest intention of writing on this contentious and controversial issue of fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria until the Federal Government actually did it on 1st January 2012. One reason I did not want to is because I feel that deregulation of the petroleum sector is something that should happen, if only we have a responsible, accountable government and an efficient and less…Continue
Prior to the 1966 coup which ushered in General JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi, very few people in Nigeria had ever seen soldiers before. They were mostly confined to the barracks. Most of us in those days did not even know that Nigerians soldiers were sent to the Congo. Even now, most history books never recorded the exploits and bravery of Nigerian soldiers in the West African Auxiliary Force who distinguished themselves in the First and Second World Wars on the side of the British colonial masters in…Continue
Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 29, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments
On the way to Ibadan from Lagos, just after crossing the first of the concrete bridges on that most horrible and dangerous of roads called Lagos/Ibadan Expressway (more like expressway to hell) on the Lagos/Ogun States border, on the right you will see the business empire of one Otunba Ghadaffi (SAN), and the sign saying “SHIT BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS”, referring to the commendable fact that he has departed from being a lawyer and made a fortune in dealing with what most of us are repugnant…Continue
Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 7, 2011 at 3:43pm — No Comments
As I was having a brainwave and contemplating what to write about the topic of our political leaders’ “achievement," “performance” and their “humility”, it occurred to me that I personally don’t resound with the concept of focusing life on achieving end results outside of myself. The English dictionary’s definition of ‘achieve - to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain; to gain as by hard work or effort - states that by its nature, achievement or accomplishment is a result, a…Continue
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On Saturday 16 October 2010, Complete Sports magazine did a poll to its readers titled: “Is Dr. Amos Adamu A Curse Or A Blessing To Nigerian Football?” I took my time to trawl through all the comments and feedback left by Nigerians.…
Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 19, 2010 at 6:48pm — No Comments
I have spent a total of nine months in Nigeria since my relocation experiment started and everyday I wake up to see what those ruling us have done and are still doing to Nigeria, I…Continue
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