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

    08/Sep/2016 // 300 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 // 675 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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  • Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu and the Nigerian Pharoah

    09/Jun/2016 // 4154 Viewers

    By Iyoha John Darlington

    May 30, 1967, goes down in history of  the birth of  a nation  east of The Niger  was declared but the forces of tyranny and dissent voices on the other side of the table declared a war to 'reunite' the country, not a war borne out of love for the separated brothers but a war to reclaim and survive on the treasure  beneath their land . This war, I dare say, cost over two million lives.

    This writer probably still  in the crawling stage  saw  what   hitherto stood as houses and  humans reduced to  debris and a scene of carnage by dangerously powerful explosives, the Niger Bridge linking the East with the defunct  Mid-West was blown up in the heat of the war to cut off troops' movement from Nigeria to the East, the epicentre of the Biafra- Nigerian revolution. 

    The reactionaries as they were labelled fought doggedly to ensure the sovereign state of Biafra was sustained amid bombings and the resultant genocide being committed by the Nigerian government. All these happened in the Gowonist days!

    The desire to secede from Nigeria at the period under sad review after the peace brokered to suspend hostilities by the two belligerents have again resurfaced by  the acute marginalisation of the people from the region. 

    There has been agitation in the region today and this agitation has given birth to many pro-Biafran groups all speaking with one accord to secede from the federation of Nigeria. This is a nation comprising a  down-trodden and marginalised people. The people have suffered so many deprivations and have indeed become strangers in their own land with attacks and killings capable of reducing them to extinction thus reigniting separatist feelings and aspirations.

    This has given  birth to a Moses in the person of a young revolutionary to free his people from the yoke and  bondage imposed on them by Nigerian overlords who see them as nothing but worthless species. Only on Thursday last week, a woman from the region was decapitated by Muslim faithful in the desert city of Kano with the culprits alleging blasphemy but investigations so far have shown that late Mrs. Bridget did not speak blasphemy after all! The cold-blooded murder is none other than their usual gimmick to unleash their hatred on the people from the region, in fact, events and happenings have shown that to be identified as Nigerian of Igbo extraction is almost  tantamount to a crime.

    Only yesterday, June 9, 2016, an irate mob again attacked a Christian carpenter , slashed off his ear for having lunch accusing him of  non-observance of  the holy month of Ramadan when as a matter of fact they do not profess the same faith. This victim, reports say, is  also from that region and as soon as the news of the ill-conceived attack was noised about , people from the region voiced solidarity with the devil-may-care  hoodlums who are none other than products of misbegotten Homo-sapiens marvelously  evocative of an extinct barbarian  tribe. This incident again took place in one of northern Nigeria's desert cities located in the north-central parts  of the country.

    The Igbos, I dare say, have indeed become endangered species in a false union. There is no denying the fact that they run the risk of total extinction if the present trend continues.

    While in their own land, a band of marauders led an armed invasion and had many of them butchered to death in Enugu State. This incident took place about two months ago when Nimbo community was sacked by armed Fulani nomads leaving behind sorrow, tears and blood and this harrowing incident triggered off a  mass exodus from the community with promises from the  Abuja regime that the perpetrators would be fished out and brought to justice but up till now none of them has been apprehended to answer for that heinous crime as everything appears  shrouded in secrecy.

    Then came the late Biafran warlord Odumegwu Ojukwu  who probably saw tomorrow and took steps to liberate his people from the claws and bondages of the Nigerian state. He doubtless reincarnated in the illegally detained Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the director of a pirate radio station. 

    For exercising his freedom of speech, the Nigerian Pharoah accused him of having committed an ''irredeemable mortal sin''. Against every voice of reason to release the young man from detention when some erudite judges have ordered, he decided to stand pat until his diabolic whims and caprices are carried out and like Nicolo Machiavelli, he bestrides the Nigerian world like a colossus dictates to all and sundry no matter whose ox is gored.

    Kanu had only broadcasted  via that medium to draw the attention of the world to the bondage of his people in the false contraception Nigeria. He has never been engaged in armed struggle to warrant  undue incarceration by the Nigerian authorities. Prof. Wole Soyinka also ran a pirate radio  station christened  - Radio Kudirat - in the dark days of Abacha's rule. 

    The illegally detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) has only spoken for the freedom of his people from the bondage imposed on them by Nigerian overlords from the north who see them as nothing but objects of destruction.

    The Nigerian Pharoah must be told in clear terms that he can not fight and get victory over the Lord's Army in Nigeria domiciled  on the east of The Niger. The time for liberation has come and that, beyond all question,  remains Nnamdi Kanu's bounden duty. President Buhari must be reminded under the existing circumstances of  the events that preceded the declaration of the historic Edit Of Milan. A similar scenario appears at play in Nigeria.

    History, they say ,often repeats itself. Emperor Constantine fought to suppress the Primitive Community whose  efforts reportedly hit the brick wall. He had no option but  to  submit to a  Superior Force which in earnest brought about the aforementioned historic Edit somewhere in the Old World.

    A series of devastating plague has today invaded Nigeria and he appears coy about this young man's freedom. It is unfortunate he has refused to see the evil handwriting on the wall that fighting God's own people often spells doom and that is what is on the ground today.

    As it stands, Nigeria has never been so divided. There is militancy here and there. Boko Haram militants hold sway in the country's N'East. Nomadic armed herders often invade the Middle Belt and Southern Nigerian communities. Many people have been killed and maimed under  his watch which is gradually precipitating a political crisis.

    Avengers threaten missile launch to hit selected targets thus bringing about the seeming escape from the country of Nigeria's Chief Representative to the world under the guise of seeking medical attention overseas thus leaving behind a pauperized citizenry with pangs of hunger staring ominously in the face amid missile launch threat that now hangs over their heads like the ancient sword of Damocles.

    Oh, what a country! I ask the directionless and visionless Nigerian Pharoah yet again, whither are we bound?

     

    *Iyoha John Darlington is a social critic, Paris-based scholar and public commentator on national and global issues.

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  • Dismantling The ISIS Terror Machine

    09/Oct/2016 // 268 Viewers

    Iyoha John Darlington


    The Islamic State Of Iraq and Syria, aka (ISIS), doubtlessly poses a global threat to international peace and security. Thousands have been slain and are being slain daily by a group of savages under the cloak of Islam. Sometimes last year, in September to be precise, news about their atrocities took our crew to the French Capital of Paris. What we saw there is better imagined than real, as hundreds of French Muslims took to the streets of Paris and its environs protesting against the Islamic State, days after the killing of a French man in Algeria.

    Human life is sacred but often wantonly taken by some brutes under the guise of religious extremism. This is a dangerous anti-social practice which every religion under the sun frowns upon.

    Irked by this, French Muslims, as very civilised beings, last year took to the streets in their hundreds to dissociate themselves from the atrocities being committed in war-torn Syria and Iraq by these Islamic State death merchants.

    Scores of westerners have been killed by these savages and an ill-conceived campaign is on course to kill as many westerners as possible in Europe, Canada and the US. ‘Brutish’, if you ask me, remains the only adjective to qualify this behaviour by a platoon  of misbegotten  homo-sapiens doubtless from an extinct barbarian tribe. Terror is the only language they understand and speak to defenceless civilians, calling to mind their recent attack on a Christian-dominated town in Iraq and the gory decapitation of seventy-five unarmed civilians.

    This ruthless behaviour is on the ascending order of magnitude and daily makes news headlines around the world. Mass executions, beheadings and other extreme acts of brutality have become their distinctive trademarks. Iraqi and Syrian forces have them to contend with. ISIS employs guerilla attacks and seems to be recording victories over the seemingly feeble armies of Iraq and Syria. In all, it has been a ding-dong battle!

    One question that agitates the mind of this writer is: How could these brutes be tamed and their terror network dismantled?

    I foresee a global catastrophe if these charging bulls are not tamed through equally brute force. There is no denying the fact that excruciating pain has been inflicted on families and friends whose beloved ones have fallen by the swords of ISIS. More atrocities are still being perpetrated in a senseless bid to actualize a sovereign Islamic Caliphate in the embattled regions. Their message is far-spreading to other parts of the world, especially Africa. Only recently, the leader of the outlawed terror group in Nigeria, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS). Although the Nigerian Army appears to be dislodging them from captured towns and winning the war, but the latter’s attack on unarmed civilians has continued with undiminished intensity.

    In Kenya, for instance, no fewer than 140 people were brutally killed by Al-Shabab, an outlawed terrorist organisation in war-torn Somalia. One wonders into what dangers this trans-border attacks would lead the world. If this heinous crime could be committed in Kenya by a foreign terrorist organisation, chances are that their evil tentacles could be spread to other parts of the globe; and that places every civil division on mother earth in a vulnerable position.

    This is a war that requires a full military cooperation of all countries because no God or gods condone/s this act of terror. The cooperation of countries in the Middle East must be sought, especially the rogue regime in Iran, which has been implicated in a series of state sponsorship of terrorism, and this borders on a draft authorization of military force. ISIS, if you ask me, does not have the military capability to either withstand or defeat multinational forces in the event of full-blown hostilities. I remain firm in my conviction on this, but I stand to be corrected, however.

    As the world doubtless shakes with terror today we must bear in mind, however, that this war will not be as easy as winking, for there would be many dissenting voices to contend with. Like I have said, this requires the cooperation of all countries and, of course, our collective efforts, in order to remove their deadly sword that hangs over our heads like the ancient sword of Damocles. During Napoleon Bonaparte’s military campaign to gain control of the Iberian peninsula, if we can all recall from dim memory, he ran into pockets of resistance and fought many little wars. This is to be expected in a bid to root out these vermin and make the world a safe place for all.

    It, therefore, behoves the USA as the world’s ethics policeman to spearhead this fight by mobilising its allies and non-allies alike. China and Russia must not stay aloof but play active roles because to remain neutral would send wrong signals to the rest of the world. If the mad dogs are left in this wild rage, we shall all find ourselves in dishonourable graves.


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


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  • 5 Ways Make your Blog Appear in Search Engines

    10/May/2016 // 303 Viewers

     

    Google is no doubt the most powerful search engine in the world. It is what blogs, websites, and businesses rely on for traffic as well as customers.

    Therefore, it is important for your website to be visible online. In other words, when users search for anything that has to do with your business or blog, you should be able to a appear in the search. To appear online, there are some things which you must do to make this possible. Jovago.com,
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    Search Engine Optimization is very important when it comes to enhancing search results of blogs online. The better your SEO, the higher your ranking. Hence, when users search for keywords online that is related to your whatever you do, your website will among the first three. So, it is important to make your website SEO friendly.

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    The rise in the number of Smartphones usage has made many businesses to
    make their websites mobile friendly. A website that is mobile friendly is sure to get more traffic and more recognition from Google.

    *Make available a sitemap*

    A sitemap makes it possible for users to navigate a website and at the same time allows Google and other search engines  to understand your website. It also helps search engines to know the number of content on your website.

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    Social media does not only make your blog searchable online but also helps you to share your blog posts. You should create Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. In addition, ensure the usernames of your social media accounts are similar with the name of your blog. This social media sites will get your blog searchable.

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    The videos and images used in your blog posts must search engine optimized.

    If you use good, quality and relevant picture, your blog will regularly pop up in image and video search. This will also boost your online presence.


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  • Poll Postponement: Oshiomhole-Obaseki's wild goose chase is happy ending for Pastor Ize-Iyamu says Iredia Osakue

    10/Sep/2016 // 1865 Viewers

     

    The fervent wish together with the  prayer of the citizens of Edo state is to have a free and fair election devoid of violence and death which according to many is  the election of the century. This was made, by the vigorous campaign albeit filled with hatred, mudslinging, and calumny.  

    That notwithstanding, the level of awareness and massive sensitization through the social network, news fora, and other means have contributed immensely to the quality of election that is expected.  Therefore, the citizens are now becoming interested so much that anything that cuts short their expectations and joy will be perceived as tantamount to disappointment or perhaps a plot to work against their interests and aspirations. This, in part, is the view of the people on the postponement of the election. 

    The ordinary man does not have any reason to think about security when they see police, security details and secret agents around the nooks and crannies of the state ahead of the election. They believe that all is set for the election and it is  time to exercise their franchise with fun, and all intents and purposes. 

    When it comes to insecurity, the government knows how best  to tackle it and in turn allay the fears of the people through the proper channel because the fundamental responsibility of the government is to protect lives and property. 

    As it is, tongues are wagging in different corners of the state as they all have divergent opinions on the postponement of the election.  The state government has its story to tell about the sudden change.  But, many seems not to believe in toto owing to the antecedents of the APC-led government in the state.  Tirades of criticisms and witch-hunting hitherto pervade the political space and it is quite unprecedented and somewhat new to the people.  In the run-up   to the primaries, the Comrade governor accused his deputy of planning a spiritual attack on him, until it was rebutted. 

    The PDP family believes that the postponement of the election was deliberate - and all in an attempt for Mr. Adams Oshiomhole to perfect his plans to rig  the forthcoming election knowing full well that  majority clamour for a change which in the long run will not be favorable to his choice candidate. 

    In turn, the APC government opines that the postponement is justified following security reports that the People's Democratic Party  brought in mercenaries to take over the state and that the statement of the Delta state Governor during the World Conference organized by PDP at Best Western Hotel corroborates the security report. 

    In all these, it is still not clear to all and sundry the position of the out-going governor irrespective of his claim that he wanted the election to go ahead as scheduled.  But looking at it critically, the governor is the chief security officer of the state and the postponement of the election should not be an issue for debate if in fact it was postponed to forestall  violence and unrest in the state. 

    It is on this note that  the people believe the postponement was intentional and aimed at destabilizing the formidable structure of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.  The ruling party feared that the popularity of the PDP candidate will at all cost give him victory and this will be devastating not only to the out-going governor but to people with vested political and business interest in the state. 

    Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is tipped  by international statisticians to win the election,  having considered the situation on the  ground. The citizens are sympathetic to his course following series of ill-treatment  directed at him as an individual and to the party. While campaigning, he was denied the use of the state-owned stadium and primary schools by the powers that be. Naturally, the interest of even the die-hard APC members started to wane in view of the fact that the ruling party invoked the power of incumbency to muscle POI to submission and under the face of true democracy, they consider it unfair. 

    Those who clamour for a true change believe that the postponement is a blessing in disguise  for Pastor Osagie  Ize-Iyamu and a postponement of the  "evil day" for    Mr. Godwin Obaseki who they see as unprepared to take over the helm of affairs in the state. 

    Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will dance the last dance of victory after the poll result. His dance will be that of fulfillment and praises for the  emancipation of  the citizens of Edo state from the shackles poverty and maladministration. Oshiomhole has been dancing under the face of hardship, despair and unprecedented economic recession in the state. 


    Iredia Osakue, JP, a political analyst, social critic and public commentator on national and global issues wrote from Turin, Italy's northern uplands.


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  • 2015 Campaign funds: Dire need to revisist source of Buhari's campaign fund

    11/May/2016 // 602 Viewers

                               Iyoha John Darlington 


     THE former ruling party has been terribly demonized by reactionaries and the right-wing press which nearly resulted in street agitation  even before the presidential election of 2015 that unseated the Jonathan administration. As luck would have it, that administration was sent packing  by over two million doctored polls result from the north that ushered in the dawn of a new era in the course of our nation's history.

    Reports and events have shown that government was none other than one vast empire of corruption following indictments and arrests of public office holders that served under the former ruling party. We have had arrests and still ongoing about the controversial arms procurement fund which was allegedly disbursed from the office of the embattled former National Security Adviser , Col Sambo Dasuki rtd.

    Much as I support and  pat the president on the back for probing the immediate past administration and ensuring that all looted funds from government coffers are returned calling to mind the campaign funds which we were told was realized by fund-raising same must extend to himself. 

    We are not unaware of those who bankrolled his presidential campaign with tons of government's money running into billions of naira. Those people  include past and serving governors and must be asked to account for the money they lavished on Buhari's presidential campaign which we know full well was not theirs.

    Only on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Femi Femi-Kayode's detention by Nigeria's anti-graft body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  was widely reported by the world press ahead of the anti-corruption summit holding in London, the United Kingdom for which the president is an attendee or participant.

    The former Minister was quoted as saying he did not know the money in question which he has been asked to refund was government's. Now that he has known and been asked to refund the money, he should as a matter of urgency be compelled to do so no matter whose ox is gored.

    While that drastic measure is employed  to recover all looted funds, same should be extended to all those who equally  used government's money to bankroll Buhari's presidential campaign calling to mind the missing money running into millions of dollars from the Rivers State coffers.

    President Buhari can not and must not feign ignorance of this. He has set a very good precedence for past governments to be probed and even if he does not do it now by shielding past and present  governors like Rotimi Amaechi and others  from a similar probe in spite of the glaring evidence against him by the Rivers State government let him bear in mind Amaechi could never be shielded forever. The records are there and intact to be revisited when Buhari on completion of his tenure leaves office. 

    We are not also unaware of the  levy imposed by the then opposition party on all APC-controlled states where tons of money was realized to fund Buhari's campaign. No one could deny this because we were all living witnesses to this incontrovertible fact. These monies were equally government's money hence the source of these monies must also be probed if the fight to recover looted funds is anything to go by.

    If this government under Buhari does not do it now certainly another government will do it when the baton of power changes hands because no one is going to be in government forever seeing that power like a cold spell  is not only transient but ephemeral. This is as sure as fate. The young, they often say, shall grow and we are watching every step being taken by a shameless cabal who have chosen to plunder our common patrimony while others thrive on dirt and dirty surroundings.

    Every man is infallible, Buhari is a man and , therefore , infallible if his apologists need reminding. Not until the source of his campaign funds is equally probed by the present anti-graft war we  may be on another wild goose chase.

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


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  • The scary wonders and bitter lessons of September 11, By Iyoha John Darlington

    11/Sep/2016 // 551 Viewers

     By Iyoha John Darlington


    It is fifteen calendar years today that the twin towers were brought down in New York , the USA by radicalized Islamists under the cloak of Islam following  a mid-air hijack of  two US-bound commercial jetliners that wreaked a large-scale destruction of the World Trade Centre and a part of The Pentagon in a most daring attack. That harrowing incident goes down in history as a savage attack on civilisation which  resulted in a monumental loss of human lives.

    On this day in question four hijacked jetliners reportedly flew over the United States hitting targets below. I often sit back, hand on chin cudgeling my brain to unravel the motive behind the attacks at the period under sad review, the more I try to find an answer the more I keep failing at every turn. The men who carried out  September 11, 2001, attacks were doubtless a band of radicalized Islamists who loathed western values and cultures and in their campaign of hate killed no fewer than 3,000 people in the most powerful country in the world.

    New York, Washington, Virginia and Pennsylvania were hit in the attacks which caused disgust and unbridled rage not only in the USA but across the world. This led to the mobilization of the world's largest military alliance under the then President GW Bush Jnr.  with a firm resolve to pursue the terrorist to their hideouts.

    Our knowledge of any past event is always incomplete, probably inaccurate, beclouded by ambivalent evidence and biased historians without extensive  research.  Does Islam permit radical Islamism and a destruction of human lives? And does this violence go down well with those who profess the faith? I have had to do an in-depth research on this and also go the extra mile via formal discourses with the adherents of the faith but was astounded in no small measure  at their opinions and stance on the Quranic teachings. If Islam is supposedly a religion of peace as they presented it in the course of our discourse,  from whence comes their  doctrines that often corrupt other adherents of the faith? This is a question that no one has been able to give me an answer to this day.

    Be that as it may, the world is now under a more serious threat fifteen years after as terror-linked attacks are  on the ascending order of magnitude. In Africa, for instance, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has launched devastating attacks on Mali while Boko Haram holds sway in Nigeria's northeast causing a large-scale destruction, Al-Shabab's activities have taken a toll on human lives via cross-border attacks calling to mind the armed invasion of a shopping mall in Nairobi Kenya in the not too distant past.

    Although America has taken some proactive measures and steps to forestall any of such attacks, pockets of terror-linked attacks have been reported in the country and in other countries in the West. A deadlier Islamist terror group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has unleashed fury recently on great civilizations in this part of the Old World. France has been hard hit in these attacks and similar attacks by IS militants also took place in neighboring Belgium causing an appalling destruction of lives and property, the very recent one being the  Mediterranean coastal city of Nice in France.

    Today, as the whole world quakes with terror, there is no denying fact that most of us sleep with one eye opened not knowing whose  turn  the terrorists' axe would chop like teak wood. Years after the American-led invasion of Iraq the death of Saddam has attracted a motley crew of discontents in the Arab world. Countries that took part  in the gulf war face increased terrorism threats which speak volumes for the subsequent attacks  on western interests all over the world. On September 9, 2013, American Consulate in Benghazi was attacked and scores of US diplomats were killed. Terrorism threats years after the gulf war have doubtless continued this time with undiminished intensity thus giving rise to questions as to why that war was ever prosecuted. However, there  remains, a natural tendency to ask if  the war and  the resurgent attacks changed anything. But one and a half decade on, such conclusions seem unjustified. 

    September 11 did alter the focus and foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration. But the administration's new approach, one that garnered so much praise and so much criticism, was less transformative than contemporaries thought. Much of it was consistent with long-term trends in U.S. foreign policy, and much has been continued by President Barack Obama. Some aspects merit the scorn often heaped on them; other aspects merit praise that was only grudging in the moment. Wherever one positions oneself, it is time to place the era in context and assess it as judiciously as possible.

    All this writer hankers after is the lost golden age without weapons and violence and has often frowned upon the activities of perpetrators of violence and death merchants alike. Before 9/11, the Bush administration had amid other sensitive issues  focused its foreign policy attention China and Russia; on determining whether a Middle East peace settlement was in the cards; on building a ballistic missile defense system; and on contemplating how to deal with "rogue" states such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, and North Korea. At many meetings of the National Security Council, officials debated the pros and cons of a new sanctions regime against Saddam Hussein's dictatorial government in Baghdad; they also discussed what would be done if U.S. planes enforcing the no-fly zones over Iraq were downed. Fortunately or unfortunately little was agreed on at the period under sad review.

    As we can see terror has indeed become a thorny and contentious issue the world must join forces  to fight and bring to a standstill no matter whose ox is gored. Terror-linked attacks have cost the world so much that it has become a hydra-headed international problem set to annihilate mankind if it is allowed to rear its ugly head unabated. Countries have often been accused of sponsoring and exporting terror and it has become absolutely necessary to disabuse the minds of rogue regimes who arm terrorist that the world can not continue to trudge on at their mercy.

    A standing multi-national military high command is considered absolutely necessary to both  check and curtail the excesses of rogue nations who have been reasonably suspected and indicted for terrorism support and  sponsorship in cash or kind. The world can not continue to brood over the misfortunes of the past without putting far-reaching measures in place to check the excesses , the causes of terrorism and thus make provision for a safer tomorrow. Urgent steps should be taken by the United Nations to enforce arms control, disarmament and regime change in countries which are caught red-handed providing financial or tactical support.

    The big actors on the world stage commonly referred to as the Big-5 namely the United States, Russia, China, UK and France should as a matter of urgency review their foreign policies. These countries are tarred with the same brush when it comes to the  quest for primacy and military supremacy, unilateralism without the expressed consent of the rest of the permanent  members  of the UN security council. It would be recalled, however, that the USA with its allies went ahead and prosecuted the war in Iraq without the expressed consent of other permanent members. There is indeed a great danger in this, unilateralism should increasingly be discouraged when it comes to taking military action against rogue regimes and dictatorial governments anywhere under the sun.

    There is also a need for greater understanding and cooperation  among the Big-5. Great-power partnerships would doubtless reduce terror threats by sending a strong message to leaders of  rogue states of the culpable implications when implicated or caught aiding and abetting terrorists.

    Economic liberalization will remove trade restrictions, promote global economic growth and, therefore, reduce poverty. Recent studies have shown that much of transnational together with domestic terrorism stems from grievances against rich nations. In some cases, terrorist group while expressing grievances attack nationals and property of rich nations in their land and such cases have been witnessed and recorded in countries most susceptible to terrorism. Cases of abductions of foreign nationals and attack on properties have been widely reported in Pakistan, India, Iraq, Libya, Kenya, Nigeria and a host of other countries.

    Fractionalization is another contentious and thorny issue that must be looked into. A society that is fractionalized by conflicting interests brings about a weak government and when this occurs political instability is elevated. In Nigeria, for instance, we see a country that is highly polarised and this has resulted in a jihadist insurgency. In the south-east, marginalisation has brought about separatist feelings and aspirations thus giving birth to conditions that could trigger off terrorist acts. Urgent steps must be taken to address this emerging problem in that part of the country that is gradually rearing its ugly head on the ascending order of magnitude.

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

     


     


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  • Four Places Where you Should not Keep your Phone by Ogunfowoke Adeniyi

    12/Apr/2016 // 251 Viewers

     

    Your phone is a valuable asset and losing it or getting it damaged can cost you a lot of money and emotional stress. If you do not want to experience any of this, Jovago.com, Africa's no 1 hotel <http://www.jovago.com/> booking portal points out places you should never leave your phone.

    *In the sun*

    Many people know that they should not just drop their phones in the sun but some others have inadvertently left it in the sun while washing or working outside their home. Extreme heat or cold are not good for electronic appliances. So keep it away from harmful weather to extend its lifespan.

    *Your back pocket*

    Carrying your phone in your back pocket is not a good idea. Many people have damaged their phones, especially the screen, just by forgetting their phones in their pockets. Besides the physical damage, the phone may overheat and is susceptible to theft there.

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    *Bottom of a bag*

    As a regular traveler, you may have had to live through the experience of having your phone go missing and as a result adopted the precautionary measure of hiding it at the bottom of a bag. While doing this has its perks, it can begin to malfunction due to the heat or pressure from moving the bag from place to place. Your best bet would be to use an inner side pocket in the bag or under the first few layers of items within it.

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    *In proximity to a cooker*

    In an attempt not to miss a call, it usual practice to keep your phone close to you even when cooking. This can be very risky as it could result in a fire outbreak. Make it a habit to place your phone far from the fire and increase the volume of your ringtone so that you can hear the call wherever you are.


    Ogunfowoke Adeniyi
    *Travel/Technology Writer*

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  • 4 challenges hindering the success of women-owned businesses in Nigeria

    12/Oct/2016 // 313 Viewers

     

    Entrepreneurship once considered a man's domain in Nigeria, has since made way for women as economic opportunities have risen over the years for women who want to start and run enterprises. Unfortunately, while more women are becoming entrepreneurs, they seem not to be catching up with their male counterparts. Women-owned businesses still face a set of challenges that continue to limit their growth. To shed light on some of these obstacles, Jumia Travel lists 5 reasons women-owned businesses are not thriving in Nigeria
    Limited access to funding
    This is the biggest challenge faced by women-owned businesses across Nigeria as access to capital is crucial to any small business’ growth trajectory. Women face greater obstacles than men when starting and growing a business, especially when it comes to venture capitalists, financial institutions, and other lenders; who are quick to deny their applications. Basically, even when the woman-owned business demonstrates a great business plan, have excellent credit and demonstrate solid cash flow, it must also successfully navigate through a process that tends to unfairly favor male-run startups. And when they eventually access required capital, the interest rates are rather steep and this tends to handicap the business over the long run. For women-owned businesses to thrive, it is vital for the Nigerian society as a whole to ensure that women have equal chances to do great things.
     
    Critical Cultural Values
    The times have changed, however another entrepreneurial challenge women entrepreneurs still face in Nigeria is that of cultural value or tradition. The cultural values across Nigeria are such that the man/husband is the head of the household and as such automatically expected to be the breadwinner. The male children are expected to toe in the line of their fathers and inherit the family business maybe, while the female children are usually left out of this entrepreneurial grooming process. A situation where there is a deviation and the women start to exhibit entrepreneurial prowess, it is assumed that she is being domineering and maybe even disrespectful to her husband, who should be the one in charge. This is very discouraging and has been a huge reason why many women-owned businesses have drowned even before they got the chance to swim.

    Lack of Role models and limited mentorship programmes
    Quality mentorship plays a huge role in the success of any woman entrepreneur and her business. It is particularly helpful for women to be enrolled in mentorship programmes or have mentors who have faced the same challenges they have. Nigerian women entrepreneurs, especially startups, however, do not have this support network and end up drowning in the face of even the most trivial obstacles. In fact, a number of female founders report that lack of available advisers and mentors has been a huge limitation to their professional growth. While there are a few expert organizations and groups like WIMBIZ e.t.c , more institutions need to be set up and women-focused networking events held to encourage the women so as to spur growth in their businesses as well.
    Societal discrimination

    This is a huge issue that has specifically affected the presence of women in the Nigerian  tech scene. In Nigeria, a majority of people still like to think that certain businesses or tasks are better handled by men than women. You rarely see women driving a commercial bus, working as a mechanic or running a tech startup as the society often assume women are generally incompetent in certain fields of work. Women now think twice before owning or delving into certain businesses because of the stigma that could come with it. And while you think this challenge may be uncommon, it actually has played a strong role in hampering the proliferation of women-owned businesses.


    Nkem Ndem | PR Associate at Jumia Travel
     


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