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Nigeria: Missing – Why Is Our Money Always Missing?

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 14, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Some Insights into Democracy and How it can work in Nigeria by Femi Fabiyi and Akintokunbo A Adejumo

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Legislative Immunity for Nigerian Lawmakers: A Very Bad Idea.

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 11, 2013 at 2:21am — No Comments

What Nigerian Political Leaders Could Learn from The World’s “Poorest” President

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on December 5, 2012 at 2:49am — No Comments

A People Beyond Redemption?

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on August 29, 2012 at 5:35pm — 2 Comments

‎The Dana Airline Crash: Another Tragedy of Corruption

”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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on June 8, 2012 at 12:50am — No Comments

Corruption Incorporated Nigeria Limited (Or Unlimited?)

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 30, 2012 at 7:01am — 2 Comments

NIGERIA, So What's Next…….After The Mother Of All Protests?

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,…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 26, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

NIGERIA: Fuel Subsidy Removal - Fraud, Deception, Corruption or Good-intentioned?

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 4, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Death Of A Nigerian Icon – The Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 29, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Corruption Is Good Business

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 7, 2011 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Defining Achievement, Performance and Humility of Nigeria’s Political Class

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on June 20, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

The Unimaginative and Purposeless Political Recycling

This article is not intended to offend anyone personally but recent developments in the nation’s socio-political environment warrant comments and focus on the situation so readers of this medium can be fully apprised of developments around them.



When I opened the pages of the newspapers recently and read that the PDP, which had been ruling since 1999 had come up with a list of 270 nominees for Ministerial and other positions for the new (?) incoming government of Goodluck Jonathan, I… Continue

Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on May 28, 2011 at 1:55am — No Comments

A Farcical And Anarchic Look At Nigerian Car Plates

A Farcical And Anarchic Look At Nigerian Car Plates







Akintokunbo A Adejumo

akinadejum@aol.com



Laughter, they say is the best medicine. Let’s take a comic look at our predicament in Nigeria.

A “farce” is defined as “A light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect”. And “The broad or spirited humor characteristic of such works”. Or “A ludicrous, empty… Continue

Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 27, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Party Politics And The 2011 Elections

In previous articles, since 2007 I have always defended and given the excuse for our aberrant democratic practice as being nascent, (i.e. new, embryonic, blossoming, hopeful, promising, and budding). In fact, I try very hard to believe in my own folly, always trying seriously to believe myself that we cannot perfect our brand of democracy so soon. After all, as they say, Rome was not built in a day, and even the great democracies of the modern world like the United States of America and Great… Continue

Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 8, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Amos Adamu’s Travails: the Consequences of Greed and Corruption

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.…



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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 19, 2010 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Of Nigerian Democracy, Governance And Profligacy

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…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 8, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Where Are The nation Builders?

“Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression. There are no ‘Nigerians’

in the same sense as there are ‘English’, ‘Welsh’ or ‘French.’ The word ‘Nigerian’ is merely a distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of Nigeria and those who do…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on September 20, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

NIGERIA FOR SALE: The Insult Of Babangida/Odili And Saraki Presidential Ambitions

In the opening paragraph of my article, Really Must Be Really Scared

Now!”


written in June 2009(
http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com

) I wrote…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on September 15, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Wole Soyinka’s “The Avoidable Trap Of Cultural Relativism”* – A Comment

I think in order to discuss Wole Soyinka’s speech, (whether I am really qualified and intellectual enough to do this is another question, but I will try

nevertheless) as above, it is necessary to understand what Cultural Relativism

implies. The first use of the term, “Cultural Relativism” was around 1924 when

Alan Locke described Robert Lowe’s “extreme cultural relativism”, and since

then there have been…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on August 19, 2010 at 3:24am — No Comments


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Honor Native Treaties - Protect The Earth: Share the River of Life Teach-In, Brooklyn NYC

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Below is more information as to which events will be held at which of the two Brooklyn locations: Friday evening event will be at the Brooklyn Friends School, 375 Pearl Street Saturday events as follows:9 a.m. Gathering -- Brooklyn Friends…Continue

Ways to Choose the Best Movers Packers in Pune Mumbai and Bangalore

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Arranging residence relocating with a correct and specialized shifting firm will certainly make your transfer simple and easy. You might have complete assistance in the complete procedure from packing of the very first article at your present house…Continue

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Children, Tweens & Teens Empowerment Conference‏ @ Essynce Couture University, New Jersey

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ESSYNCE COUTURE UNIVERSITY TO HOST CHILDREN, TWEENS AND TEENS EMPOWERMENT…Continue

Who is Davontae Sanford?

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Who is Davontae Sanford? He is Detroit's Forgotten Child. Innocence raped in the grips of overzealous cops and a prosecutor who…Continue

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African Americans urged to boycott Ashley Furniture and Albers Grits

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ASHLEY FURNITURE AND ALBERS GRITS URGED TO BE BOYCOTTED FOR MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM BLACK CONSUMERS, BUT FAILING TO SUPPORT BLACK NEWSPAPERS-- Major furniture company and food brand targeted by Black newspapers nationwide --…Continue

Muhammad's Economic Blueprint - A program for Black people to help themselves create jobs, end poverty & want

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NEW PROGRAM ENCOURAGES THE BLACK COMMUNITY TO INVEST IN BLACK AMERICA'S FUTURE-- Muhammad’s Economic Blueprint was introduced by Minister Louis Farrakhan in February 2013 and launched in October 2013 in Tuskegee, Alabama together with Major Johnny…Continue

Black Conservatives Helped Challenge Government Agency's Race-Card Attack on Job Applicant Credit Checks

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Federal Race-Raters Dealt Major Court DefeatBlack Conservatives Helped Challenge Government Agency's Race-Card Attack on Job Applicant Credit ChecksHypocritical Federal Government Fought Company for Using the Same System Government Uses to Screen…Continue

Patrice Lumumba T-Shirt: Break the Silence Congo Campaign

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Kinetics partners with Stolen Outfitters to raise funds and awareness around the…Continue

Civil Rights Activist Junius Williams discuss his memoir: Unfinished Agenda-Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power.

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 Junius Williams discusses his new book, his moving and very detailed memoir, Unfinished Agenda-Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power. Williams is currently the director of the Abbot Leadership Institute, a project that educates parents and…Continue

 

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