• The World On Edge - Remembering August 6, 1945

    06/Aug/2016 // 607 Viewers

     


    August 6, 1945, goes down in history when the detonation of a very dangerously powerful explosive  reportedly changed the world and re-wrote its history.

    It is not in dispute what that explosion succeeded in doing what was none other than cutting down to size the rogue regimes that existed at the time which were bent on annihilating great civilizations by a few ambitious men who wanted to bestride the world like a colossus.

    Countries that took the lead at the period under sad review were Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Japan under Emperor Hirohito after a tripartite pact was signed on September 27, 1940.  At this time, Japan had become a military power to reckon with in the whole of Asia pacific with only China as its rival in the region  which it, however,  subdued and emerged as the undisputed military power and leader in the whole of Pacific and Oceania.

    History tells us that as Japanese politics lurched to the right, fascism too seemed a ''kindred spirit'' while Germany and Japan spoke of shattering and remoulding the international order. Be that as it may, the Japanese leaders,history recorded , were  motivated by a deeper conviction that Emperor Hirohito was to be the nucleus of a new regional cosmology.

    The sad event that took place on that day , an event precipitated by the evil pact left a scene of horror, sorrow, tears and blood which lingers to this day.

    On August 6, 1945, a B-29 American-built jet bomber named 'Enola Gay' took off from an island somewhere in the Pacific  and  flew over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on a sortie and  dropped  twenty thousand tons of TNT nicknamed ''Little Boy'' whose explosive force incinerated all life's forms.

    The sky was darkened for hours resulting from the  nuclear explosion which reportedly destroyed every building within 2.5 km radius and shattered windows 16 km away. What hitherto stood as houses and humans in the city disappeared into red-hot dust so much so that one of  the men that piloted the 'Enola Gay' was quoted as saying, Oh my God, what have we done?'' No fewer than 70,000  inhabitants of Hiroshima were killed instantly by the explosive force of the bomb while over 200,000 were killed later by the resultant nuclear radiation.

    Today, the world is again gambling with lives as a number of misdirected and misguided Homo Sapiens have resolved to cause disaffection among  peaceful civilizations under the guise of religion. Recently, there have been terror-linked attacks all over the world. Many countries in Africa have fallen a prey to terror attacks. These same attacks have also happened in Europe, the Middle East, and many parts of the world resulting in the death of many people. 

    In Nigeria, for instance, no fewer than 20,000 people have been killed by the dreaded Nigerian terrorist group, Boko haram. The Islamist sect says it is fighting the  Nigerian government in a bid to actualize a sovereign Islamic state in a country that is nearly equally divided between Christianity and Isam.

    Boko Haram, an affiliate of Boko Haram and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb  have exported their reign of terror abroad by launching attacks on neighboring countries, particularly Cameroun and the Niger Republic where scores of towns and villages have also been sacked and many people killed.

    In the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has almost acquired territories where they hold sway and from there launch attack for territorial expansion by unleashing fury via a Jihadist insurgency. Many people have fallen victim to their reign of terror and  murdered in cold-blood.

    Like Boko Haram, they often carry out terror-linked attacks beyond their domain  considering the recent attacks on countries in western Europe. The ISIS has claimed responsibilities for many attacks that took place in France, Belgium, and Germany while other countries like  Italy and the USA are being targetted.

    Now the question is; into what dangers would these Jihadists plunge the world? Who are their sponsors? Just as one cannot make bricks without straws so also the self-styled Jihadists cannot plan and execute attacks without money and weapons. Hence, it has become absolutely necessary to identify their  sponsors and source of weapons.

    This brings the rogue regimes into focus.  Many countries have been reasonably suspected in this regard particularly in the Middle East which supply arms to Jihadists to carry out their dastardly acts. Such countries can not extricate themselves from the atrocities they commit when eventually caught redhanded.

    After the September 11 attacks in the USA, the masterminds' abode was traced to Iraq and America under George W. Bush Jnr went ahead and prosecuted a war there with their military allies  and that country still utterly suffers the effects of terrible and agonizing devastation to this day. 

    On the first day of the heavy artillery blitz on Baghdad, the then President Saddam Hussein urged the Arab world to join forces with him in the war against imperialist forces on the armed invasion of his country but fortunately or unfortunately his call was rebuffed thus a situation dangerously close to another World War was averted at the period under sad review.

    A dangerous scenario is gradually unfolding  capable of precipitating a global crisis that may trigger off another August 6  if adequate precaution is not taken.

    The Hiroshima and Nagasaki disasters , I think , would be a child's play if the  countries that fund the Jihadists be eventually identified and caught red-handed. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been fingered on many occasions as a sponsor of terrorism because of its shady activities with Hamas and others in a bid to annihilate Israel.

    Iran has often boasted that on the eventual acquisition of nuclear weapons Israel would be its first target and Israel on its part is also nuclear-armed , hence I wonder what the final showdown between the two countries would be like in the event of a full-blown nuke war which Iran has consistently threatened.

    The bomb used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has since been developed to be 100  times more powerful by the ones used on the above-named cities and with the ever-growing threat of another attack on the US by ISIS with the possibility of rogue regimes tacitly backing the Jihadists the possibility of another August 6, 1945 is not ruled out if we need reminding.

    It would be recalled as the war raged during World War 2, attacks were carried out by the USA on two fronts with undiminished intensity, Germany here in western Europe and Japan in the Orient. However,  three days after Hiroshima was destroyed, on  August 9, another American plane dropped an atomic bomb named “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, causing the immediate death of another 40,000 people. Japan laid down arms on 15 August, thus ending World War II.

    Seventy-one years after, Hiroshima and Nagasaki still suffer the terrible effects of the bomb via nuclear radiation that sometimes causes deformities in the body parts in the region.

    Although the then President of the USA, Truman, under whose regime  the bomb was dropped   was criticised for his decision  just three days before the Hiroshima bombing, he admitted that Japan was seeking the way of peace. While some of Truman’s political advisers did not think the bombing was necessary, they failed to convince their commander-in-chief. 

    Some experts have since speculated that Truman wanted to show the power of America to the then USSR, and he wanted the atomic bomb to be the launch of the Cold War.

    Hence, it is about time the Jihadist who operate under whatever guise sheathed their swords because, in the event of a Republican-controlled government in the USA, it is definitely not going to be business as usual under the sun in the past eight calendar years.

    Iyoha John Darlington, a Turin-based scholar, social activist and public commentator on national and global issues writes from Turin, Italy.


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  • Why Aregbesola may soon be stoned by his own people - Abdulrofiu Muhammed

    06/Jul/2016 // 589 Viewers

     

    Beyond all shadows of doubt, the emergence of the present administration in Osun was indeed a popular opinion. In 2007, it came as the long-expected messiah to the people, who they now seek help from God and gods for a way out of the unsympathetic manner which the government of today cohabit the ideology of frustrating the citizens of the state. 
     
    To my humble surprise, the same person they once prayed to take the mantle had seemingly become the destiny killer, what an irony of expectation to say the least.
     
    Alas, after the election, a sigh of relieve was their companion, a breath of victory at last gladden their mind, and an expectation of a new dawn was at a stone throw proximity. They believed a wide river had been crossed and what next was to start enjoying the fruit of such  endeavor, but again, their hope were shattered, their faith dampened, their believe crippled, their smiles turned  sour. The enthusiasm used in voting and waving to eulogize the new chief servant became a memory to curse for many. In fact, children were reported to have the culture of waking to pray for ‘AREGBE’ first before greeting their parents in the morning, today, the picture of that savior AREGBE has vanished their minds, gone into oblivion even faster than the vapour from a boiling water, what then is wrong? Why do they still suffer even after seeing their messiah?
     
    Recently, a story of a mother of six was related about the hardship the people of the state encounter, it is sad to say the least, this woman went to a market far from her area, to buy foodstuffs, and she had to exchange one of her children for the service not known to the seller. The family had been starving for days before this woman took this deceitful action to save her children from hunger. Many are like this, whom their life routine are spent in penury.
     
    A hungry man is an angry man they say, when hunger gets to unbearable level, the hungry may not revolt. Criticism and annoyance may rise soonest and when that happens, there’s fire on the mountain. Casting a critical view on the state of Osun, it is no gain-saying that this administration have gotten more critics than eulogy, this has gone so high and exhaustive that some are even tired of discussing government and his cohorts in the state.
     
    It is quit disheartening that even the media popularly identified as watchdog which is expected to repeatedly remind our office holders that they are servants not leaders, thus holding them responsible to the people. Regrettably, media are not helping matters as the have become a victim epitomized that ‘He who pays the piper dictates the tune.’
     
    In view of this, some have been tempted to say that OSBC has been more of an institution set to maintain the status-quo of painting the government as a messiah to the people, an old notion which had not lived up to expectation. In fact, there are some respected media experts expected to use their pen power, the likes of Semiu Okanlawon, Sunday Akere, Kunle Oyatomi and others  may have unknowingly offend the people on how the fare their trade.
     
    Osun people are bothered, bugged, hassled, irked for the way the state is being ruled. Therefore, the need for strong opposition is a prioritized necessity as a matter of urgency to safeguard the economical, social, political future of this gifted state. An opposition who will hold this government accountable to the people of the state, requesting the satisfaction of their fair share of the dividends of democracy, even when the political rodomontade of the current administration was to give them heaven and earth.
     
    Some have often argued that prayer without work is a fruitless endeavor, but when you are the one to put in that work, your prayer may still be answered. Thus, I pray situation doesn’t rise to the hill before the government find lasting solutions to the problem, because a lot is at stake, the people of Osun are currently more angry than those in other states, therefore, if Saraki could suffer such fate of being stoned by his own people, nothing will stop or prevent the Osun people from doing the same. A word they say is enough for the wise.
     


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  • How to Enjoy Tech Without Breaking the Bank

    06/May/2016 // 163 Viewers

     

    Technology evolves everyday, unless you are a geek or technophile, it can be rather challenging to keep up with the new innovations constantly making entry into the market.

    Nevertheless, even with tech addiction, you can still be shrewd or frugal at the same time. To make this feasible, Jovago.com Africa's No. 1 hotel booking portal shares some ideas which will tremendously help you enjoy technology without breaking the bank!

    Avoid early adoption

    When a device is newly introduced into the market, there is a very high possibility that the price or cost will be very high. You will be spending so much money on the device if you are an early adopter. If you are so keen on buying the device, you can leave a months or two intervals so that the price for the product can crash. You will save a significant amount if you are able to pull this off.

    Stop impulse buying

    The popularity of e-commerce business in Nigeria and other parts of the world has largely encourages impulse buying. Immediately a product is released, you can buy it immediately online hours after the release or you see a nice tech gadget, you purchase it. In order to save money, stay away from impulse buying.

    Buy durable and long lasting device

    Many rate price over quality. This is why they prefer to buy cheap devices with little or no quality. As a result of the low quality, they repeatedly buy the same product because it is not durable. Why not simply gather enough money and buy quality, durable and long-lasting devices?

    Buy Fairly used devices  

    Some may probably not like this because they have a knack to brand new devices. You should ask yourself whether you can afford the brand new device or not? There is nothing wrong with fairly used. The important thing is that you should not buy on the streets. Afterwards, it behooves on you to ensure that the device is in proper condition.   

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    Fix It Yourself  

    It is not compulsory for you to become an overnight technician because you want to repair your device. However, there is nothing wrong with making an attempt to repair your damaged phone. Essentially, if you know that you cannot repair it yourself, you should send to your friends for repair. Do just walk anywhere and deliver your phone to anyone. You may even be lucky, the phone may still on warranty.  

    Take advantage of discounts, deals, and coupons

    Online stores offer discounts on various devices available on their platforms. So, rather than buying at a physical store, you can buy online where you can get mouthwatering deals, discounts, and coupons.


    Ogunfowoke Adeniyi
    Travel/Technology Writer
     
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  • Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu remains a Hobson's choice

    07/Jul/2016 // 520 Viewers

     

    Our journey through the desert and through history amid a ravenous wolf in sheep's clothing has in no small measure sapped our energies with promises and programmes that did not see the light of the day throughout the eight years of Governor Oshiomhole's ruinous misrule.

    Events playing out in Edo State today leaves me sad, sad indeed, in fact  very sad, so sad that I  often sit back in my armchair mouth agape with incredulity that our dear state today has  been driven to an economic  backwater despite the fact that we produce one-third of the nation's economy.

    There is no denying the fact that our state has come to the crossroads under the visionless and directionless APC-led Edo State government which necessitates changing the baton of power.

    Oshiomhole and members of his camp would be doing us a grave injustice by trying to  foist that which is ''one of them'' on a people whose energies have been sapped dry by a visionless cabal that has criminally  held the state hostage for nearly a decade.

    My dear people of Edo State my services has not been retained as I write this piece but I have found it absolutely necessary to join forces with the right minds to effect this desired change. You have the power to change the political landscape of Edo State. As I have said time and time again, if electing Pastor Ize Iyamu  to be your face at Denis Osadebey Avenue, there are several things, I assure you, he  will do to ensure that your needs are met day in and day out across this land, I say this under oath and may God bear me witness this day!

    First of all, I shall suggest to him a viable  plan on proposing new legislation that will invest more in our public schools, not only to meet the needs of today but to encourage developing minds for the future. Such new funding would be used to hire and retain good teachers, build and renovate new schools, and give great tax breaks to classroom teachers. To accomplish this, I am proposing no new taxes increase, but rather a rechanneling of our existing tax revenue to meet these demands. Now, the incumbent and his staff have been talking about this for years with little progress. Ize Iyamu-led Edo State government shall, in all honesty, plan to change all of this now.

    There is no denying the fact that our children need to remain in school in order to regain our lost glory as the most educationally advantaged state in the federation of Nigeria. We lost that prestigious status a very long time ago which speaks volumes for the mass-exodus of our children overseas through needless adventures through the fiery Sahara desert to the coast of North Africa from where they embark on dangerous sea journey across the Mediterranean to Europe.

    APC-led Edo State government has done nothing over the years to stem this ignoble trend and many lives have in fact been lost in this ill-fated adventure.

    Secondly, economic development is on the minds of most of you, particularly with regard to our remote towns and villages. For many years, economic prosperity has been neglected by current government leaders, and Edo State government, I assure you under Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu shall  plan to change all of that.

    Edo State under the above-named shall revitalize all sectors, introduce new economically viable projects  that would promote new businesses, new residential areas, and new open green areas to stem rural-urban drift which shall make life attractive and more meaningful to rural dwellers. 

    Thirdly, a light rail train system  should not be a pipe dream in our beloved state to meet the growing demands of better and more efficient transportation for years to come. Oshiomhole  and his administration have lacked the vision of long-term solutions, preferring to take a look and see approach. Such a short-sighted stance fails to consider the needs of future generations . . . our children and our grandchildren. My generation doesn't want to be remembered for a road we build today, but for a more visionary transportation system for our future.

    Finally, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu is not a career politician who has lost touch with the everyday needs and concerns of day-to-day people. His work and wealth of  experience  as an administrator, you know as well as I know,  has given him a unique perspective on the pains and challenges you face.

    If elected, I am doubly sure he would be able to give his elected position as Edo State helmsman to ensure  your issues and concerns are fully addressed at the local and national level but not to wine and dine and embark on meaningless jamborees  with the directionless regime in Abuja under whose crushing yoke we all  groan today.

    Governor Oshiomhole's eight years rule has so far been an unmitigated disaster. The only legacy he will be leaving behind is a state saddled with a massive debt burden with nothing on the ground to show for it.

    A bad tree would doubtless begets a bad fruit that is why his plan to foist a 'ruler' on our people ought to be resisted by everything within our bounds.

    I have no time struggling for leadership but in my capacity as a participant observer all this while on the events unfolding in Nigeria and Edo State, in particular, being the place of my nativity, it has become imperative for me to endorse the above-named to salvage our people from the psychological and emotional wreck APC-led administration has caused in the past eight calendar years.

    My joy knew no bounds when Oshiomhole took over power about eight years ago. I thought his vast experience as a labour activist would revitalise the decadent paralysis in our state but little did I know we would, in fact, be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire by his visionless leadership.

    A vote for Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu, I am doubly sure, will reconstruct Edo State and reposition it on the path of development and economic prosperity.

    Iyoha John Darlington is a social activist, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues.


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  • Why Pastor Ize-Iyamu Is Oshiomhole's Nightmare.

    07/Jul/2016 // 1171 Viewers

    *Why Pastor Ize-Iyamu Is Oshiomhole's Nightmare.

    As the election campaign in Edo state gets into top gear, many are posed to say whatever that comes out of their mouth, either for relevance, sheer interest or mere foolishness. But the truth remains that no matter they tend to rubbish the personality of the people's candidate, in vain will their "bangles cast." 

    It is not in my person to dwell on this, knowing full well that the person I support is the ideal person that can bring about the needed change.  The state needs a leader that knows what the people lack and has in his arsenal of wisdom the instrument to proffer lasting solution to the prevailing economic crisis, political inadequacies, unemployment, youth marginalization, infrastructural collapse and societal vices and insecurity e.t.c.

    With this quality in full glare of the people, it thus sends goose pimples to the man from Iyamoh,  the restlessness in his camp is abundantly evident in his obvious errors and laughable political statements that is least expected from a supposed political godfather.  This is a sign of hysteria and apprehension! He knows very well that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is formidable and ready to bring his empire to a premature halt.

    Oshiomole's  body language belies many of his statements regarding his victory in the poll. If it was possible to find what races through his mind, his followers would have been surprised to know that he is scared knowing that the PDP flag bearer knows the game and his rig plan will eventually hit the brick.

    POI in many of his interviews spoke  about the caliber of person that the incumbent is and his wish for the people of the state.  This is sufficient for the people to make up their minds against the emergence of his "son". It will amount to father handing over power to his son upon exit and by inference is tantamount to a coup if allowed to happen.

    The flag bearer of APC many claimed was imposed on them and  was made be, when money was roughly expended on the primary election for his victory. When has it become the full responsibility of the incumbent to go all out in the open to support a candidate when in effect his office is akin to that of a father? This is the canker-worm that is ravaging the broken image of APC in Edo state, on this note, the emergence of their candidate will portend evil for the state. Therefore, the duty of the citizens is to work round the clock for this ominous sign not to manifest itself. 

    Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu's acceptance by the people was recently corroborated  when the loving people of the state came out en masse to  join and support his candidacy irrespective of Adams Oshiomhole's refusal  to use the stadium for the flag-off.  The sudden change of event would have amounted to failure, but the people were determined to do the needful and by that, a strong signal was sent to Adams and his "son" that the state cannot be mortgaged.

    Gone are the days when people were publicly  intimated and molested during elections. The people are aware that the " ballot is stronger than the bullet" and the lives of the future generation will be at stake if the wrong candidate is voted into office. 

    To this end, let us support and vote for the man of the people, the man that will change our sorrow to joy, the man that can change our cry to laughter. #Poiwilldeliver.


    Iredia Osakue, JP is a Turin-based scholar, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues.

     


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  • Heartbeat Of The Nation: Behold Your New Leader!

    07/Jun/2016 // 665 Viewers

     

    As the elections draw near, PDP should be ready to use this occasion  as a litmus test ahead of the presidential election in 2019. Edo state gave victory to President Jonathan during the last presidential election irrespective of the unprecedented propaganda, campaign of hate and calumny. Be that as it may, those knowledgeable in the act of politicking and  with discerning minds already know where the pendulum will eventually swing come September, especially with the present increasingly restive political situation in the state. 

    The heartbeat of the nation is ready to have a leader, not just a mere leader like we have now, but one who does not only have the interest of the people at heart and genuine passion to serve,  but with  diligence and the fear of God. It is no news that the state is experiencing a very high level of maladministration and economic frustration occasioned by sheer ineptitude of their economic plan.

    Painfully, the lack of cohesion and a clear-cut program has paved the  way for poverty to find a comfortable seat in the state and nothing is on course to alleviate it.  

    The cost of living has gone astronomically high  and all other basic amenities are beyond the reach of the ordinary man. The state is in despair with no thanks to the APC-led government under the blind and indifferent watch of Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole. 

    In this very critical time in the history of the state, a visionary leader with political sagacity and administrative expertise is the ideal candidate that can "change the ''change" and reconstruct the state. 

    The people of Edo state in their wisdom know all the aspirants and their level of competence and  commitment towards a brighter tomorrow devoid of treachery which has unfortunately become the identity of the present administration. The unabated economic turbulence and resultant untold hardship have  necessitated the citizens' dire need for a patriotic leader that can steer the floundering ship of the state to safety. 

    In spite of this challenge, some politicians and their foot-soldiers who want to be seen as holier-than-thou are vigorously campaigning, using all at their disposal to cast aspersions and unprintable words on the candidate whose profile speaks volumes for. It is no secret that their intention is geared towards creating a negative, damaging and abominable imprint on the choice candidate of the loving people of the state with the hope that it will wane his integrity and mounting popularity. But, when the determining factor for success is the hand of God, no man in his mortal mind can change it. 

    These elements in my own assessment are those hellbent on creating an unfriendly and unhealthy atmosphere in the polity and financially  inducing the people towards accepting yet another leader that cannot stand the political test of time.

    Nevertheless, my conviction that Edo state will never return to  the biblical Egypt is the people's commitment towards having a free and fair election, so that at the end, the choice candidate of the people mounts the saddle of governance.  That notwithstanding, the citizens must bear in mind that those that are used to many words, empty promises and vainglorious are formidable adversaries of the state and are prepared to fight the agents of light - who are committed to the well-being of the land and desirous of turning the God-given resources of our state into prosperity. Therefore, the people must be vigilant and if possible sleep with one eye open - for the sake of posterity, so that the ongoing  evil machinations to bastardize their will not see the light of the day. 

    As an ardent believer in true democracy, I would want to use this opportunity once more to sound a clarion call to the well-meaning people of Edo state to turn deaf ears to the gimmicks and antics of these twisted minds disguising as agents of change to hoodwink the people into voting for a candidate that lacks quality and substance. 

    On this note, let me remind you that the only candidate that can return the state to the path of plenty and sanity is the man who has done well for the state, mean well for the state and still very willing to serve with his God-given potentials for the actualization of our desired goal and aspirations. 

    Therefore, I present to you, your illustrious son, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu that sees your cry, pain, and worries as his,  as the worthy candidate  to be voted as the Governor of Edo state. 

     His interest to govern the state is hinged on the conviction that Edo state can be better than this and it has to be now. As a way of reminder, It is noteworthy to say here that it was when Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his team queued behind the incumbent that the state experienced the dividends of true democracy. 

    This patriotic son of the state who has brought smiles to many faces and contributed immensely to improve the living standard of the state even when he was on appointment can do exceedingly well if given the mandate to lead. 
     
    Your vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a guarantee for a positive future starting from now.  POI all the way!


    Sent in by Iredia Osakue JP, a Turin-based  political analyst, renowned scholar and a public commentator on current affairs.

     

     


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  • The Political Ideology Of A Ruthless Ruler And The Hope For A New Dawn.

    07/May/2016 // 545 Viewers

     

    Leadership is divine and God's purpose for any person who finds himself in the saddle of governance or responsibility is above all to respect God and grateful to those who gave him the mandate. Endeavour to work  according to the law of the land and leave the rest for God who gave him the grace to perfect His work. 

    The man that is above the law of the land because of the position of authority he finds himself, must remember that he cannot be above the law of God and in the fullness of time God will intervene and save his people from the fangs of the oppressor. 

    No matter how long it is, when God decides to act, He does with a surgical precision - where nobody queries Him. Hiding under the cover of anything to carry out acts inimical to man is always revealed by the All-seeing God. 

    This is so with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. If he had exited office without the present happenings in the state, he would have returned to Iyamho with the gallantry of a victor. But, God who knows the heart of  all men had His plan - to expose him to the people so that his atrocities, evil machinations and ill will for the people of the state be brought to the open. Some people are convinced that he performed exceedingly well in his first term but rubbished his good work as he started to see himself as a tin god .

    In my assessment, if his actions and fecklessness are anything to go by, he could thus be referred to as a worker of lawlessness. He brazenly undermined the interest of the people and opted for  a journey of self-aggrandizement. 

    This scenario brings to mind the biblical journey of the Israelites; king Pharaoh's heart was hardened against the people of Israel to leave and as God intervened, he exposed the weakness of the King and gave victory  to his people.  In this circumstance, God has only exposed Adams Oshiomhole as a way of showing the people the right direction to follow. Dan Brown in his book, Da Vinci Code wrote,  " blinding ignorance does mislead us, oh wretched mortals open your eyes"

    The recent cases of intimidation, threats, murder attempt, questionable arrests and accusations in the state are sufficient to know that God's hand is on the citizens of the state and it serves as an eye-opener so that the people will not perish in the deceit of that I call "misleader". No one would have thought that a leader in the twenty-first century could come out openly to say, that his deputy is at him with "juju." What an affront to reasoning!

    He came into office almost eight years and upon his assumption of office  the expectations and hope of the people were high considering where he was coming from and what he stood for. As a labour leader, it was expected that the long lost dignity in labour would  be restored, the good and law-abiding citizens' rights protected and respected, traditional institutions revered and those that commit themselves to working for the best interest of the state would be recognized - with their salaries and benefits paid as at when due. Sadly, "the ripest fruit is saddest!"

    As he prepares to leave office come November, he is systematically building a rough structure evident in his words, action and body language. His legacy is to leave behind an abominable political precedence, where politics will become very dirty and embellished with falsehood, rancour, bitterness and acrimony. As it stands, he is not eligible to contest and what comes to the minds of people is:  why the fight?  He is so paranoid that his lieutenants have become archenemies and his politicking is a negative reflection of democracy. His activities in retrospect are sad reminders of the infamous Machiavellian ideology of engaging in vices that preserve power than virtues that will destroy it. 

    His politics of hate is an undeniable factor that has steeped the score card of Edo politics to below average. Effective governance in the state has long been stalled as he has become a  tin god in a tiny island - by acting in various capacities as the only person with the brightest mind.  There is a common saying that when certificated  illiterates are voted into office, such automatically believes that he knows it all - and would like to rely only on his own thinking in decisions that will affect the citizens. As rumour have it that his "godson" will officially bow out from the gubernatorial race is a good sign and a message of hope to the citizens. It is in law and nature that the selection of a leader is the prerogative of the citizens and not that of an individual who got into office through the acceptance of the people.

    As the race to the forthcoming election gathers momentum, let the people continue to work hard in identifying the right candidate with a firm  resolve to serve. The people's choice should be the man with a clear-cut agenda and long-standing experience in governance.

    Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on the minds of many has this quality and wherewithal to foster peace and unity as evident in his goodwill messages and daily activities.  The Edo state's political boat that is adrift in the high sea of confusion and despair will be brought to safety with his emergence as the governor of Edo state.
     

    Iredia Osakue, JP is a Turin-based scholar, political analyst and public commentator on current affairs.

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  • Why Kenneth Gbandi is being tipped for NIDO Europe chairmanship

    07/Sep/2016 // 381 Viewers

     Kenneth Gbandi, NIDO President, Germany Chapter


    Nigerians had before now  not known what it's like to leave the country in droves until the mid-80s.  The most important reasons for the ongoing transnational mobility stem from the economic and social crisis in Nigeria since the mid-1980s and the simultaneous expansion of education for the broad population. This has  resulted in flights from the country to other parts of the world in search of the proverbial greener pasture. 

    Many have actually had to leave the country and available statistics back home  have not provided a comprehensive figure or given us a clue to the demographic and socio-structural analysis of Nigerians in the Diaspora nor given us a detailed information.

    However, grapevine sources say that no fewer than ten million Nigerians live outside the shores of Nigeria in a bid to escape from the harsh and intolerable living conditions in their homeland.

    Nigeria has had a long history and tradition of migration like I said before in the opening paragraph of this piece. In  a growing population group with formal education and middle-class aspirations whose aspirations coupled with the quest for better living conditions and opportunities for promotion and improvement, a good  number of Nigerians  first migrated to Europe, USA and other English-speaking countries in particular  in search of the Golden fleece and the government was actively involved in this drift by way of arranging and  sending students abroad for studies via trainee  or in-service training programmes.

    Conversely, the situation has changed. The migration we see and hear today is no longer borne out any of the above-named reasons. Many Nigerians have been forced out of their homelands in search of greener pastures abroad. Over 92%  of Nigerians on the migrant train to the unknown are none other than economic migrants who have had to run or still running away from the severely battered economy back home if the truth must be spoken precisely.

    Up till today, the situation is better imagined than real as a result of the directionless and visionless economic policies of its successive governments. Complex migration networks between Nigeria and other destination countries have grown over the years which facilitate so-called chain migration. In the 1990s, poverty reduction and remittances transferred to the families became important motives for young Nigerians to migrate. 

    However, in Nigeria and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the decision to migrate is not up to the individual alone but is often taken and supported by the extended family.  In return for their support for the migration, the family expects remittances, as well as investment in follow-up migration. This puts many migrants under extreme economic pressure, who cannot return until they have achieved economic success.

    From the foregoing you can see migrants today do so from economic reasons and in a bid to get to their various destinations embark on adventures where entry visas are not available.

    Many Nigerians have died in these journeys to the unknown. A good number of unnecessary and untimely deaths have been recorded while crossing the fiery Sahara desert to the coast of North Africa from where they board substandard or rickety boats across the Mediterranean to Europe. These boats rickety as many of them are often capsized mid-sea resulting from their inability to withstand the strong ocean currents. 

    These needless adventures with many Nigerians involved have indeed become a cause for concern. This has in no uncertain terms alarmed many world leaders because never a time  had this surge been recorded in Mediterranean history.

    Those who have been able to make it to Europe indulge in many illegalities in their host countries to survive knowing full well what failure would certainly amount to back home. Under this setting, every means is employed to make it including armed robbery and most of us end up in European jails.

    Recently, there was a campaign here in Europe for Nigerians to be good ambassadors of their country especially with a publication in the not too distant past  by The Telegraph , a British newspaper while interviewing Nigeria's President Muhahammadu Buhari that Nigerians have  a penchant for crime.

    That gave Nigerians a bad image in no small measure so much so that our host communities often hold fast to their purses while sitting beside you either on the train, crowded township buses and city trams.

    Be that as it may, Nigerian leaders of thought in the Diaspora met about three months ago had extensive and insightful discussions on how to redeem our image across continental Europe, it was resolved, however, that Nigerians in the Diaspora need to come together this time under a dynamic leader notwithstanding the fact that a structure is already on the ground - Nigerians In the Diaspora Organization (NIDO). Key issues were discussed and one of these is dynamic leadership and who will be able to mobilize our people across the European Union under the auspices of NIDO

     It goes without saying that good leadership is crucial to any successful organization. Good leadership hinges on effective  communication. Communication is one of the most key elements of leadership. Good communication skill is deemed absolutely necessary to effectively become a good leader or manager. When communication occurs, as a leader, you will be able to accurately convey your ideas and thoughts to those that work for you.

    Motivation was another thing we considered and discussed extensively. Motivation was seen as  another variable that plays into good leadership. Stagnation occurs when motivation decreases and it will decrease, without proper motivation. Many leaders try to motivate the old-fashioned way through fear. This is not advisable since it tends to only deliver short-term results and cause even less competent work in the long run, due to resentment resulting from the fear tactics

    Teamwork was not left out in this discourse and was aptly treated.  Teamwork is always something to consider when striving to become a good leader. This means not only teaching your followers to work together but to become part of the team yourself. A good leader recognizes that his followers are more than just followers, they are people too. These people have lives outside of work where they have to make decisions on a daily basis, from how to deal with house payments, to car bills, to raising children, to uncountable tasks in everyday lives most especially living under the economic recession that is sweeping across Europe. 

    Educational background and qualification featured in our discourse. Education doubtless and  immeasurably improves your leadership skills alongside a cognate experience. And in whom do we find the above-named qualities all encapsulated?

    One man that readily came to mind was none other than Mr. Kenneth Gbandi whose vast experience as NIDO chairman, Germany chapter would help meet these lofty  aims, objectives, ideals, and aspirations.

    Having served in this capacity as a good manager of men irrespective of  their religious, social and political divides, I see him as one who would indeed be capable of combining organizational capacity with realism, a man who would never be swayed by normative ethnic maneuvers considering the various ethnic nationalities from Nigeria dotting the 28 countries that make up the European Union.


    Iyoha John Darlington, a social critic, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues wrote from Turin, Italy.


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  • Edo 2016: Allow The Ballot To Speak On The 10th Of September, 2016.

    08/Sep/2016 // 292 Viewers

     


    Edo state government should kindly put everything in place in terms of security  so that the election can go on. The citizens are desirous to once more exercise their constitutional rights. Gubernatorial elections come every four years and on this note, the people are always there and happy to be part of history. 

    The fun in it is more like that of the Olympic Games, it doesn't come easy and anybody who is privileged to partake in it carries the aura of an Olympian even after death.
    If the security of the state has been intact, I wonder why there should be any apprehension over security risk. The government's agents in my candid opinion can tackle any insurgence - the police force is formidable, the DSS is tactical and if possible the Army and they are efficient.

    Putting all these together, I think it will send a strong signal to anybody or quarters who has the intention to cause a breach of  peace. The phalanx of security agents at the disposal of the state can do wonders and put any evil plan to rest.

    Edo state is peaceful and the people are law-abiding. When it comes to voting, the people are ever determined to do that which is required of them. The citizens know the importance of an election of this magnitude  and I am sure they know too that " the wise who fails to partake in the election of their leader will be led by fools."
    Oh! our leaders, let thy will of the people be heard!

    Comrade Governor is the chief security officer of the state, it thus behoves him to put on his security gear and say hey! the election is holding.
    The people of the state have waited patiently and anxiously for Saturday to come, engaging their time and resources towards preparation and the government too. No doubt that substantial amount of money has not been expended by the government for the election and especially at a time in our history when economic recession has gone astronomical.

    I pray this message gets to the appropriate quarters and let them see the need to have a rethink and allow the election to carry on. If this is achieved, our democracy will once again be preserved, respected and protected.
    God bless Edo state!

    Iredia Osakue , is a political analyst and public commentator on current affairs


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  • Buhari ''And The 24 Disciples''

    09/Apr/2016 // 661 Viewers

     

    We are doubtless caught in an agonising web of untold hardship, ruthlessness, frustration, totalitarianism, violence, and bloodshed - a period that could be characterised as anything but horrors orchestrated by a fascist Nazi front.

    On May 29, 2015, a government was sworn in in Africa's most populous nation headed by a dictator cum born-again  'democrat' at the Eagle Square, Abuja, Nigeria. The cloud reeking of blood and violence that ominously hung over Nigeria dispersed; with the  apostles of  violence and not  propagators of  ideas but crusaders  of lies and deceit  now in charge.

    Nigerians with a slim margin of two million votes or thereabouts  we were told opted and voted for a change which spoke volumes for the historic gathering at Eagle Square where power eventually changed hands.  And how well has this change actually impacted on their lives? The firebrand Septuagenarian  amid a sense of impatience and repulsion in some quarters  like a cow with a mouthful of cud held a nation patiently and  anxiously for over half a year before his cabinet of ''efficient ministers' was unveiled as the ministries were pruned down to 25 headed by recycled politicians.

    Curiosity, upon my soul ,  hung in the air,  in fact , it  got  the better of everyone! In the event of power outage  prior to his inauguration,  we had enough fuel  to run our engines, electricity generators inclusive, that, of course, kept Nigerians in business. With the stride recorded  in the agricultural sector , Nigeria was something near a food exporting nation. This , in no small measure , encouraged Nigerians in the Diaspora to start girding up their loins probably for a hejira to their homeland.

    Today Nigerians are neck deep in a ding-dong battle for survival under a power acquired through violence and intimidation as it is being misused to thwart the rule of law and this today has triggered off a very sad situation  via  a resurgence in crime particularly violent ones, economic collapse, brutality by security agents, lawlessness , terrorism and anarchy have taken deep roots as Nigerians now live at the mercy of  nomadic herdsmen across the country. 

    Only yesterday reports emerged that  nomadic herdsmen numbering 10 led an armed invasion of Dr Olu Falae's farm had the guard abducted who days later was found lifeless in a pool of water while Ugwuleshi and Agatu communities in Benue and Enugu States have also been attacked by these same band of invading marauders! 

    Nigeria like other nations under the sun   was supposedly  created for an economic welfare of its people and improvement in human resource development and not for the  welfare of an elite cadre or group that it has degenerated to. There is no gainsaying the fact that moral bankruptcy has  plagued our paid civil cum uniformed bureaucracy, judiciary, law enforcement and elected executive under the self-styled Mr. Integrity in fallacious pursuit of a credible system of accountability, prosecution, and punishment.

    What do we have on the ground today? A total destruction and erosion of the 'Jonathanian' legacy via an ineffectual change mantra that has  only succeeded in reducing us to the crawling stage while other nations in the subregion gallop ahead in the race to explore new frontiers. The lingering  fuel crisis and the resultant hardship staring Nigerians ominously in the face are more than enough reasons for Buhari who is the Minister of Petroleum Resources to throw in the trowel.  A litre of petrol, reports say, sells for as much as N250 on the black market where available  and this, I dare say , is tantamount to daylight robbery. 

    In the power sector, I had thought the appointment of 'Disciple'  Fashola  will redound to an improved power supply in  Africa's largest economy and biggest democracy  but sad to say  that Mr. Babatunde Fashola has failed woefully as the nation is engulfed in darkness following the breakdown of the megawatt gas-fired power stations in Niger  and Delta  States. This has driven many people out of business and closed down many factories so much so that many companies are left with no option but to flee the plague of power outage ravaging the land  to neighbouring West African states thereby swelling Nigeria's unemployment queue.

    In the health sector, doctors have threatened to down tools nation-wide and Buhari is seen cap in hand  in pleas. All we hear from the Abuja regime are  pleas in rapid succession for patience. This calls so many things to mind about the APC-controlled Federal Government particularly the underlying problem of  governance more so  a failure of governance   which does not border solely on implementation issue but more on the issue of paradigm, governing approaches and the orientation of governance system which is deeply ingrained in the Anglo-American model.

    One year into the tenure of this administration there is nothing substantial that has been done except the  blame game when he did not inherit a government saddled with any burden. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo came to power in 1999 with only $3.7 billion in our foreign reserves, a period  when oil sold for less than $20 per barrel  but with a good economic team, he delved into work, turned the economy around, offset Nigeria's debts and left a sizeable amount of money in the treasury up to the tune of $40 billion for his successor.

    Nigeria Foreign Reserves reportedly stood at  $32 billion as of the time President Buhari took over from Dr. Jonathan in May last year. I do not recall when Nigerians have to stay overnight at service stations  for fuel that was not available when Jonathan was in power. With a competent team, Nigeria rose from behind to become Africa's largest economy. With the privatization of the power sector Nigeria had a near stable power supply under Dr. Jonathan - a vital  ingredient of economic development which earned  us our new status as  Africa's largest economy  after a rebasing calculation of our GDP in 2014.

    Time was, in Dr. Jonathan's  tenure, crude  oil sold for about $12 per barrel. The economy did not stagnate, Nigerians had fuel aplenty  to buy, prices of foodstuffs were stable, there was sufficient liquidity in general circulation. In Nigeria today under Buhari, many homes reportedly  survive on a starvation diet. O what a heart-rending , piteous spectacle!

    All that we hear from President Buhari and the ''24 Disciples'', namely Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Dr. Ibe Kachiku and others  are pleas for  patience while blaming their incompetence and cluelessness on ''the prodigal years of PDP misrule'' particularly the immediate past  tenure under former President Jonathan.

    Nigerians are doubtless  up against hard times and  biting difficulties under the  present administration, thus,  the inconvenience of living under a corrupt  PDP-controlled  government appears much better than the plague of  hardship ravaging the nooks and crannies of Nigeria under the present visionless, draconian regime.

    That  Nigeria today has been reduced to a shadow of its former self as a result of poor governance, corruption, poor economic policy choices, and denial of human rights is not in dispute.There is a poverty trap in the land, with local and national economies too poor to make the needed investments.

    You know as well as I know that economic development stalls when governments do not uphold the rule of law as is the case in Nigeria today, pursue sound economic policy, make appropriate public investments, manage a public administration where and when necessary to protect basic human rights, and support civil-society organizations in national decision making.

    The rule of law,  an essentially  missing link in this government  involves  safety from violence and physical abuse, honesty, and transparency in government functions, and predictability of government behaviour according to law. Too many countries fail to achieve these basic standards, sometimes due to authoritarian rulers who use violence to ride  and  hold on to power - 'the dogs and the baboons will be soaked in blood''

    APC elitist policy in Lagos  State, for instance, under 'Disciple' Fashola barred the poor from  having  a meaningful say in the decisions that affect their lives. In many places, access to public goods and services was restricted for certain groups while the poor  suffer discrimination at the hands of more powerful groups.

    Buhari's blame game must stop in fact there is a compelling need to read him the Riot Act! He must concentrate more on the business of governance for which he was  duly ''elected'' by Nigerians. It is high time sound economic policies were introduced and put in place for a rational balance of responsibilities between the public and the private sector to usher in a sustained and widespread economic progress, here the services of competent policy makers and  economic managers become invaluable and indispensable.

    The private sector as the engine room of growth in production must be accorded its due attention in the grand scheme of things while the public sector which establishes  the framework and an enabling environment for growth via macroeconomic policies must also be accorded its rightful place  to reposition Nigeria on the path of progress, development  and economic prosperity.

     

    *Iyoha John Darlington, a social activist, scholar, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues writes from Turin, Italy.

     

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