Lest We Forget

a commentary on socio-political developments and institutional policies

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Of Badoos and Political Fraternities

The siege on Ikorodu by Badoo Boys has run into several weeks. The airwaves and newspapers are filled with reports of orgy of killings and gruesome murder of the people. The offence of their victims was that the hapless citizens could not afford to fortify their residence with electric fence, security guards and alsatian dogs. Their …

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Bukola Saraki ….

There are times that I often wonder whether Dr. Bukola Saraki is indeed Yoruba or Fulani. It seems to me there is too much Fulani blood in his veins, much more to shame a full-blooded Fulani. He may actually bear Yoruba name like his progenitors,  but his conduct is too machiavellian, which in the Nigerian …

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Ode To Yoppy

She is my first baby girl And the epicentre of the family. She took charge of the home majestically And all the chores she did matronly And we all depended on her absolutely. Once she’s around all challenges disappeared. She cooked the food, fixed the gas, Powered the generator, handled the laundry, Fumigated the house …

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The Nigeria Police: Time To Tame The Behemoth

Without any modicum of doubt, the Nigeria Police has gone full circle, becoming exactly  the disease that it was created to cure: lawlessness. Hardly would a week pass without a gory tale of lawlessness of Police officers in one form or the other. If they are not venting their anger on innocent Nigerians, they are …

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Fela And The Nigerian Dociety

Today, I remember Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 Oct.1938-2 Aug. 1997) in a very special way. As the Scripture says, “A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house”. It does not cease to amaze me why the authorities had to hound him down …

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Teacher, Don’t Teach Me Nonsense

It was the vintage Fela Anikulapo Kuti in his characteristic anti-establishmentalism that likened government, in one of his timeless musical releases, to a teacher that was trying to teach (him) nonsense. He ended by telling off the teacher, ostensibly Government, that he and the teacher were not in the same category (class). In other words, …

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Once Upon A Sanusi

Constitutionalism will not cease to amaze me. It is one form of government that eminently distinguishes orderly society from jungle community. It has a set of rules by which everyone should live, behave, conduct personal affairs and official duties, especially governmental duties.  While every society entails hierarchical order, constitutionalism surreptitiously avoids Absolutism. Regardless of whom …

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HONESTLY, WE ARE DISHONEST!

“Honesty is the best policy” is supposed to be a time-honoured aphorism except that there is something so dishonest about it. It is an orphan. Being without parents, an orphan is everybody’s errand boy but with no-one to clothe, shelter and defend him. He is easily used and easily abused. Time has recklessly worn out …

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Mbu And The Rest of Us

Next to religion and ethnicity, politics is the most emotional subject. Because political parties have their ardent adherents to whom political criticism or appraisal is sacrilegious, making social comments on political development is a thankless job. Indeed,  it’s more dangerous than thankless. Yet politics and political parties are the vehicle for governance, and good governance …

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Hypocrisy of Human Rights

“The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defence authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals — or bestiality.” – cnsnews.com December 1, 2011. Put another way, the online news was reporting the Senate’s decision, …

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