• 5 Simple Signs That You Need a New Phone

    26/Apr/2016 // 204 Viewers

     

    There are several brands of phones available in the tech space today that you will be spoilt for choices. The lifespan of these devices varies. It is therefore, follows that the number of years you have used a phone does not really count when it comes to the repair or replacement of a phone. Hence, it is important for you to look out for some signs that will be shared by Jovago.com, Africa's No 1 hotel booking portal. If you notice or observe anyone of these signs, it is perhaps time to buy a new phone.

    *It suddenly shuts down*

    If your phone frequently shuts down while you were calling a number, chatting on WhatsApp or playing a game, then you need to ditch that phone for a new one. You can adjust the batteries but if it still shuts down on it is own, it is requesting that you should let go.


    *The touch screen takes forever to respond*

    Your touch screen is meant to respond immediately you swipe your fingers. This is why it is called a touch screen phone. However, if the touch screen is very slow in responding, it may be time to either change the touch screen or purchase a new phone.

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    *Cracked Touch Screen*

    Of course, you may forget that you put your expensive and latest iPhone in your back pocket and immediately you sit down, it cracks. In other cases, your hands may be slimy and it drops the screen cracks. Hmmm...it destroys the beauty and fancy of the phone. The crack may not affect the touch screen but it makes your phone 'ugly'. You can only manage it for some time. But someday, the crack will spread and render it unusable. You can take it to computer village in Lagos for repairs or walk into one of the malls and pick a new one.

    *The Battery life is short*

    For a battery, you can simply change it. However, if you are lucky you will get a good battery. Aside that, when the original battery does not last more than 15 minutes after being fully charged, you will spend your hard earned money on buying substandard batteries.

    *You say hello several times*

    When calling a friend, you have to either shout at the top of your voice for them to hear you or you say hello several times, it means your phone's speaker is faulty. You may want to get it checked.


    Ogunfowoke Adeniyi
    *Travel/Technology Writer*

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  • 5 Great tips for Tourists Traveling to Northern Nigeria By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke

    27/May/2016 // 294 Viewers

     

    Northern Nigeria is made up of 19 states and in many of these cities, there are amazing destinations which tourists love to visit. 

    In Kaduna, the magnificent Kajuru Castle is sited, the ancient Kano City Wall in Kano, the popular Yankari Games reserve in Bauchi, the Gashaka Gumpti park between Adamawa and Taraba and the Chappal Waddi Mountain in Taraba with the tallest mountain in Nigeria. 

    There is so much to discover in this part of Nigeria. For tourists who are craving for a hitch free adventure in Northern Nigeria, Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 hotel booking portal roll-out some helpful tips.

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    Do not dress scantily

    A large chunk of the states in Northern Nigeria are predominantly Muslim. The religion has a huge influence on their way of life. In line with religious beliefs, women wear clothes which cover their body. Therefore, one of the things that will endear tourists to the locals especially for the women is to cover their body, They take exception to scantily clad women. And do not always cover your hair whether you are a Muslim or non-Muslim.

    Prepare for the hot climate

    The climate in Northern Nigeria is very hot. So, this is one of the battles you have to overcome on a visit to the region. So, you need a hat, sunglasses and bottles of water. So, you have to plan your itinerary properly so that your trip is not disrupted by the scorching sun. Importantly, do not go mountain climbing if you cannot withstand the stress.

    Get a local who speak hausa fluently

    Having someone who can speak the local language has its pros. You get everything you buy at an affordable price, and you will feel secured especially when you are among strangers. The truth is that you cannot find your way if you do not speak Hausa. So hire someone who speak hausa.

    Stay away from religious arguments

    Whether you agree or disagree with their religious creed, you should keep it to yourself. As a tourists you should focus on exploring the various destination at your disposal. They do not joke with their religion especially persons. Do not allow anyone drag you into any religious argument. Always remember that you are a tourists.

    Avoid public display of affection

    Men and women mingling is not frowned let alone displaying your affection to your lover. If you want to display any affection, you must do private and also ensure that men and women do things separately.

     Be security conscious

    The government is winning the war against Boko Haram and peace is returning to Northeast Nigeria. However, this doesn’t wander indiscriminately.  In addition, always remember to inform your friends about your whereabouts.

    Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE
    Content Writer-Travel/Tech 

    11 Commercial Avenue, Sabo  | Yaba  |  Lagos |  Nigeria 
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  • 6 things kids want on Children’s Day weekend By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke

    27/May/2016 // 212 Viewers

     

    Yes! It is another May 27th, a day set aside for children to celebrate. On this day, although kids will be away from school, very few of them expect to be at home throughout the day.

    The minds of children are very imaginative and there are certain activities you can engage in to bring them joy. With this in mind, Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 hotel booking portal shares 5 of the things want on Children’s Day.

    Take them to fun factory in Lekki

    Fun Factory in Lekki Phase 1 will be filled with the cries of excited children. Your kids should be among them. They offer games, toys, bouncy castles, train rides, carousels, swimming pools and other creative and interactive games for children. If your kids are between the ages of 1 to 10, it is the perfect place to go.

    Spend valuable time with them

    Present economic realities demand that both parents are economically engaged. They rarely have time for their children since they leave home very early in the morning and return late at night. In between, the children are left with a house help or family member. However, for Children’s day they want you to spend valuable time with them because it is a long children’s day.   

    Cute little girl whispering something to her brother

    Buy them boxes of chocolates

    Children love chocolates. If you have never bought chocolate for your kids before, you should surprise them with a box. Make it more interesting by having a despatch rider deliver it to them. They will be animated and show it off to their friends. The welcome they will give when you return from work will nearly bring tears to your eyes.   

    Have them join the March parade

    March parade is the most prominent event on Children’s day. Smart looking and well-dressed children, gather at an open ground where they show-off their marching skills to the admiration of a government dignitary – local government chairman, government or any other government representatives. The parade is for the children to have fun.

    Don’t scold them  

    Kids are restless. Parents have to be extremely patient with them whether it is Children’s Day or not. There is every tendency for you to scold them due to their restlessness. Since it’s children’s day, you  can grant them a bit of freedom and overlook some of their shortcomings.

    Allow them to watch cartoons

    Cartoon is one of the favourite programmes children prefer to watch on television.  They know the particular time these cartoons commences. They will really feel bad if you stop them from watching their preferred cartoons, especially on Children’s Day.

    Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE
    Content Writer-Travel/Tech 

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  • BUHARI: Enjoy your power play while it lasts

    27/Nov/2016 // 538 Viewers

     

    The Ondo governorship election has come and gone but the memories of the unwholesome and clandestine activities of some of the players will live with us.

    It is obvious that the role which INEC played before the election was calculated to deny the party of  victory. PDP on its part erred because they had every reason to boycott the poll in protest. INEC's deliberate recognition of Jimoh's illegal primary as against Jegede's lawful primary was a script written by APC, goaded and acted by Federal Executive powers. 

    Jimoh Ibrahim who is known to be a prudent businessman would,  in all honesty, not waste his hard-earned money to deny Jegede victory, doubtless, he was  paid to execute the plot. 

    Consider Jimoh's confession. INEC knew if the election was postponed, which it had good reasons to do, Jegede would win and so to perfect the plot it insisted on having the elections on November 26. In all, it is clear that INEC, APC Jimoh and Justice Abang conspired to rig the election in favour of the governing All Progressives Congress as we drift towards one-party state  even way before the election day.  However, I salute Jegede for his performance!

    Be that as it may, Edo poll  was part 1 of this dangerously   unfolding  scenario, Ondo is part 2, part 3 will continue to unfold in subsequent elections as Nigeria drifts perilously towards regimentation.

    However, he who laughs last, they often say, laughs best. The victory of evil over good is only but temporary. Buhari, enjoy your power play while it lasts as your million apologists continue to applaud you to the echo.

    *Bimpe Ololade,  a social activist, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues,  wrote from Oslo, Norway.


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  • Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu - An Epitome Of Hope And Goodness.

    28/Jul/2016 // 442 Viewers

     

    Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu  - An Epitome Of Hope And Goodness.

    As soon as I saw a detailed piece on Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, my mental battery was alive to say the following with special regard to the author of the original piece.

    We are all geared towards one aim and I see it interesting to add my contribution to the article.

    There is a reason for everything and as a matter of fact, no one can fathom how nature takes its course on the life of man.  POI is a sterling example and the following refers:

    He is a lawyer: He helps in litigation, brings justice to the oppressed, protects the legal interests of the state and society, and proffer solutions to many disturbing Socio-cultural and political matters. He helps to promote equity and fairness in judgements. 
    He has a sane mind!

    He is a farmer: He helps bring food on every table. He helps in making the society Eco-friendly, tends to the leaves and trees. When Obasanjo said " Operation Feed The Nation," it was a clarion call to the farmers to save the land from famine and hunger. You plant and must be patient to wait for harvest.
     
    He is a patient man!

    He is a pastor: He helps in the preaching of the gospel of God so that the people may not perish. This is in line with God's admonition to preach the word . He is

    obedient!

    He is a politician: He helps in the building of a viable society and supports in the well-being of citizens with reasonable programs and implementation geared towards a better society. 
    He is a patriot!

    As a matter of course, he has the blessings of God and a purpose not only for the people of Edo state, but the country in general. No wonder he is "Godsent" as his name depicts.

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


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  • Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu: Gracious Walk To Denis Osadebey Avenue

    28/Mar/2016 // 776 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MARCH 28, 2016: (DGW) - The forthcoming gubernatorial election is just by the corner and as such Edo state has become a "Mecca" of sorts for politicians of various class and hue either for the advancement of their ambition or for the support of their chosen candidate.

    The interesting thing about it is that they are all with the sole interest of winning. But, nature has defined competition as a game of victor and vanquish. The seat of power is just one and those who jostle for the office know this, but they continue to intensify effort with the hope of being the favourite person. This does not come easy!
    According to Martin Luther King, JR; "there is no crown without a cross." This quote reminds me that the secret to success is hard work and this is peculiar to an aspirant in the race.

    His antecedents ought to speak for him, but that notwithstanding , he is still determined to supersede his previous achievements in the political space if given the mandate. He knows the terrain, having lived and still remains functional in the system - which gives him a well-deserved edge over his contemporaries in the race for the first citizen of the state.

    His political career did not come easy, he has been an active participant in various governments and hitherto still contributes meaningfully when called upon either for advice or solution to various cancerous economic or political matters in the state. His desire for a viable Edo state has never waned and on this account he has decided to run as a candidate in the forthcoming election. He is prepared to change the status quo of profligacy, ineptitude and maladministration that have ravaged the economy of the state and reduced its political history to a Lilliputian size in the country.

    His story started long ago as a trained lawyer and an astute politician with a vision to cure the land of its debilitating political maladies especially the one that we have witnessed since the inception  of the APC-led government under the strong grip of governor, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole.

    The hope of the common man in the society is to have a government that can cater for the basic needs of the people and create a positive avenue for growth. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has stood tall in this regard, as he has these sterling points as his primary objective and until this is realized , he has promised not to sit on his oars and neither keep no stone unturned in his quest in bettering the lot of the citizens. More so, because of his empathy for the people of the state, his burning desire to right the wrongs of the incumbent administration has been aroused and he is presently battle-ready to take us all to the promised land.

    As a businessman, he knows what it takes to revive the economy from its comatose state to an enviable and workable one. He has achieved enormously as an individual and unwilling to enjoy his wealth of experience alone, has decided to submit himself to the total will of the people with the hope for a better tomorrow for the citizens. This is why all well-meaning Edolites must join him in his gracious walk to the government house, this year.

    As an erudite with a sane legal mind, he is desirous to harvest first class students bountifully in every academic year knowing that education illumines the lives of those who clamor for it. His position as the next governor of Edo state (Insha Allah) will create the right avenue for youth empowerment, infrastructural development, economic prosperity and more. And only the education of the mind and the ability to think can bring all these to fruition.

    His campaign mantra, "the future is now" is loud and clear. Its resounding interpretation is clear, precise and concise - it sends the right signal and gives hope to the people. There is no other moment to build the future than starting it now. Having this as an open agenda, he is prepared to actualize it if given the mandate - to create an enabling environment where generations yet unborn will benefit. This leads credence to the view of Malcolm X that "the future belong to those who prepare for it today." This prospective aphorism reflects the true intention of Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu and on this score, he is soliciting for the people's unflinching support for the realization of this lofty plan.

    Therefore, it remains the task of all Edolites as citizens of the state to be co-authors of the next chapter in our history together with an indefatigable, visionary and tireless leader.

    Conclusively, it is pertinent to remind readers of this piece as the philosopher Aristotle once warned that " the punishment of the wise who refuse to participate in the election of their people is that they would be ruled by fools." Would the Edolites preferred to be ruled by fools? No! I therefore sound the clarion call that It is wise to not only vote but queue behind the candidate who has the right papers and frame of mind to administer the state and on this, there is no alternative to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. "thefutureisnow." Let's accept it and live with it.


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

     

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  • Our politicians,the NURTW and us

    30/Jul/2016 // 300 Viewers

     

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, “The National Union of Road Transport Workers is a Nigerian organisation which functions as a mixture of a public transport company, street gang, and a transport worker's union. The organisation raises fund through several methods, but the largest of these is charging fees - of approximately 20 Nigerian Naira at illegal checkpoints, and from local shop owners. A large number of the NURTW have been arrested in recent months after a government crackdown on these unregulated fees after the government embarked on a plan to stop people from collecting dues outside motor parks. These people are known as “agberos”.
     
    To be honest with ourselves in this country, the NURTW can best be defined as a bunch of illiterate thugs, extortionists, murderers and highway robbers. I say this at the risk of their members in Ibadan attacking me. I wouldn’t put it past them, that is if they manage to read this article.
     
    It has now become an accepted thing to see full grown able-bodied man collecting money by force (from owo union (union due), owo load (loading fee), owo olopa (police money), owo task force (task force money), owo aaro (morning, afternoon and evening money), owo agbero (tout fee), owo council (LG council fee) and sometimes traffic officers’ fee, etc.) under the guise of National Union of Road Transport Workers from operators of individually owned public vehicles (taxis, buses, danfos, molue) and motorbikes (okada and NAPEP tricycles).
     
    All the fees are collectible in most of the major cities in Nigeria, sometimes under different names, but the police fee is not debatable. Although the police have at different times denied that its members collect any fee, but the reality is that the police collect fees at most bus stops, especially in Lagos. The OPS Messa, RRS, and other police units visit all motorcycle and motor parks at intervals to collect the fees every morning, afternoon and evening on a daily basis. Any park that refuses to respond quickly would be maltreated and branded as illegal parks, while members would be arrested and sometimes tagged armed robbers.
     
    According to their own website (the national one, I would guess, since I don’t see the notorious and illiterates bosses in Oyo and Lagos States ever thinking of a website) which is idealist and at least sounds people-oriented, “the NATIONAL UNION OF ROAD TRANSPORT WORKER (NURTW) Union is an organization that represents employees’ interests to management on such issues as wages, work hours, and working conditions”. When you read something like this, and know what actually obtains, the absurdity of the statement is disheartening.
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    Again, according to themselves, NURTW was formed to “Protect, defend & promote the rights, well-being and the interests of all workers in the union against discrimination and unfair labour practices”.
     
    Service rendered by the Union to it Members:
    (i) Militant functions
    •To achieve higher wages and better-working conditions
    •To raise the status of workers as a part of industry
    •To protect labours against victimization and injustice
    (ii) Fraternal functions
    • To take up welfare measures for improving the morale of workers
    • To generate self-confidence among workers
    • To encourage sincerity and discipline among workers
    • To provide opportunities for promotion and growth
    • To protect women workers against discrimination.
     
    Compatriots, if you are familiar with these obnoxious and vicious people and how they operate, the above “services” that they claim to render to their so-called “members” are risible.
     
    The notorious and demeaning indiscipline and rowdiness in the City of Ibadan is a direct result of the unruliness and lawlessness of this bunch of overrated thuggish illiterates parading themselves as “union people”. They jump into the road, stopping their “members” – taxi drivers and the motorcycle taxis - 'okada' - extorting money from them; they often fight for control of the government-built motor parks and taxi stands, and nobody know what the forcefully generated money is used for by this organization (but we know their vicious bosses take home a large part of the money, which they may or may not share with their political hirers and police). The fact is, their members, the real  road transport workers do not benefit in any form from this massive revenue, and our governments at all levels keep their arms crossed looking at this menace to society and the peace and security of the public. We all know why, of course, successive politicians and governors, especially in most of the southern states are complicit in the use of these thugs while campaigning for elections and other unreasonable vices they commit, all in the “do-or-die” battle to get to power. The governors use them; the senators and members of the House of Representatives use them; the members of the states’ House of Assembly use them; local government Chairmen use them and even ward councillors use these road transport workers as thugs and enforcers to intimidate and even murder opponents, disrupt political rallies, intimidate electors at polling booths on election days, rig elections by outright hijacking of ballot boxes, and generally fomenting trouble during elections.
     
    This is one area of our politics that the government of our beloved country must look into, and check the functioning of this forcefully generated revenue collected by men of the NURTW as it causes so many problems on our roads; sometimes, the “agbero” would delay the movement of the vehicle because of the money he wants to collect, so many times they will forcefully remove items like fuel tank cover, engine cover, wiper etc.; there are times when the agbero would fight the conductor and the driver so as to get money. We know the authorities – governments, police, etc. - would have at one time or the other seen or heard about this continuing incidence but they prefer to look on at the sides while mayhem is being committed. The “agbero” can aptly be described as the “foot soldiers” of the top bosses of the union.
     
    The NURTW has at various times claimed that it derived its functions and actions from its registration and an Act of Parliament during President Shehu Shagari’s National Party of Nigeria (NPN) government in the Second Republic. But the question is: does the Act stipulate the gangsterism and brigandage members of the union often manifest in carrying out their business?
     
    According to an analyst who reacted to reasons why the government cannot take a proactive measure in curbing activities of these groups, “governments across the country are not unaware of the infamous activities of agberos. In some instances, some state governments have had to proscribe the various bodies they represent.”
     
    Another analyst contends that it may be impossible for any democratic government to proscribe or condemn the unions’ activities, because all the political parties enjoy their patronage, as well as seek their support to win elections, especially in this era of the politics of ‘capturing states’.
     
    It is a known fact that the partisanship of the law enforcement agencies had always been a serious issue in tackling the menace of agberos in our society, and it has indeed been alleged that the leadership of the police, as well as the politicians in and out of government, are the leading sponsors of this menace in the country.
     
    There is obviously government’s lack of political will as being responsible for the persistent unacceptable acts of violence by the groups. Activities of the various security agencies in the state have also become a clog in the wheel of progress for commercial transportation in the country.
     
    It is important that government at various levels need to take firm steps to curb the lawlessness of the NURTW (read agberos) in the country. They need to evolve tough policies in order to ensure that no group or individual in the society continues to act above the law.
     
    The police and other security agencies must stop their unholy relationship with the lawless agberos so as to be able to hunt down, arrest and bring to book anybody involved in anti-social activities. Nobody, no matter how highly placed or connected, should be allowed to go scot-free after inflicting pains on other members of the society in carrying out their legitimate business.
     
    Since it is claimed that the union was created by an Act of Parliament, then the National Assembly can review its activities and bring succour to the various cries of innocent Nigerians who are daily being terrorized by NURTW members. Everybody should be free to associate with any union he/she wants and not forced to pay fees under duress to any association, while the union should evolve another way of collecting its dues instead of constituting themselves into a nuisance on the roads, as not all the drivers are interested in being members of their association. And all activities of the union should be limited to its members.
     
    We also need to go down hard on politicians to stop using the group as political thugs to win elections as it had always been difficult to call them to order after the election had been won, or rather rigged, as is often the case.
     
    Postscript:
    Recently in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State, a group of thugs, wielding cutlasses, Dane guns and cudgels, said to be under the control of the “chieftain” of the NURTW in the state, overran a large piece of land belonging to members of Ibadan Progressive Union (IPU) at Bota Village, and “boned” all undeveloped plots, uprooting survey pillars and threatening anybody that came near them. My late father, being a member of the IPU, had bought some plots since the early 70’s, all paid for, with Certificates of Occupancy. The NURTW chieftain is said to enjoy the patronage and protection of the sitting governor and when their action was reported to the Police Command, the police advised the owners of the illegally claimed land to “settle” with the thugs, because their (the police) hands are tied.
     
    That is impunity and injustice for you! A society where a police force cannot tackle common thugs!

    *Akintokunbo A Adejumo wrote from London, United Kingdom.

     

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  • State of the Nation: Buhari, Amin reincarnate

    30/Jun/2016 // 1102 Viewers

           *President Buhari of Nigeria                                     *Late President Idi Amin of Uganda


    I have found it absolutely necessary to write again after a long while having patiently and anxiously watched  distressing events as they  marvelously unfold in the course of our nation's  history. I had before now not thought as complex  as  Nigeria is that one day a man who seemingly wields absolute powers would emerge using coercive state agents to crush dissenting voices such as we hear and experience today.

    We only read in history books about men who had and used absolute powers and one  never thought it would  be possible again after standing toe-to-toe with the military which ruled over Nigeria with a caprice but little did one  know one  was wallowing in the pool of ignorance. In fact, what I thought would never be possible in my homeland is what is playing out  today under the guise of prosecuting a selective anti-graft war.

    Despots the world over often  adduce reasons for their despicable actions and that is what is at play in Nigeria today. Some Nigerians now live in perpetual fear not knowing on  whose turn the big stick wielded by Buhari would crushingly  descend  under the guise of  cleansing the proverbial Augean Stables.

    Casting  a cursory glance at the  legendary  Solon who lived between 640 and 560 BCE, one would doubtless take his warning to heart about the 'Signs of Dictatorship.'

    ''The power of hail and snow springs from a cloud,

    and thunder from the fire of lightning.

    Strong men destroy a city and a tyrant

    enslaves a people through their ignorance.

    A ship once out of port is hard to capture:

    know this now before it is too late.''

    Near the end of his life, we read,  Solon warned the citizens that Peisistratus, the General in the final War for Salamis and leader of northeastern Attica, was becoming tyrannical.  Yet Solon's warnings were  dismissed with a trivial hand as the rantings of a raving lunatic. But over time events proved him right when  Peisistratus did show his true tyrannical colors.

    A similar scenario is dangerously unfolding in Nigeria, President Buhari has been found  consistently flouting the Nigerian law to favour him and members of his immediate constituency as he is often caught pants down on several occasions abusing political powers. He has made dangerous incursions lately on the legislative arm of government for the devil to pay and this is what we all resolutely resisted in the dark days of military rule in Nigeria that necessitated our sudden flight  from our homeland  as the state  coercive agents were sent after us at the period under sad review.

    Many of us were cut down and some of us that survived that brutal repression who I had thought would chart a new course for Nigeria only  returned to scatter with a rake what took us oceans of time to gather with a spade by using state resources to enthrone a government whose coercive sword now hang over our heads like the ancient sword of Damocles.

    What is more disturbing under the existing circumstances is that Nigeria and its pro-government media outlets consistently disseminate falsehood which their diehard partisans and apologists fall for hook, line, and sinker from  their mine of inexhaustible lies. 

    I would start here by drawing Nigerians' attention to Bola Ahmed Tinubu who was one of NADECO chieftains.  The National Democratic Coalition, (NADECO), a pro-democracy group fought to end the tyrannical rule in Nigeria and Tinubu was at the forefront in the dark days of  this prodemocracy struggle.  As luck would have it , the forces of light triumphed and we carried the day. Tinubu fought doggedly to the admiration of all  and shortly after that fight began to yield the desired dividend he  entered a political alliance that brought about a change of government in Nigeria. We had hoped for a better life but only to discover that we have been caught in an agonizing web of an egocentric loner who is bent on none other than personal aggrandizement.

    In an attempt to cover up  his misdeeds and irredeemable mortal sins against Nigeria, we often see Tinubu running here and there justifying many harrowing blunders capable of triggering off a revolution knowing full well he would be hard hit as many Nigerians are tacitly filled with resentment for  his culpable and  ignominious role in the obviously sad situation Nigerians find themselves today.

    I wonder how he will ever  extricate himself and  escape when this brewing resentment harboured against him  eventually snowballs into a full-blown political crisis in Nigeria. Homer, they say, sometimes nods. Much as this writer believes that Tinubu is human and could err in some of his actions , it is for him to openly confess his mistakes which now tell ominously on everyone and  Nigerians in the Diaspora inclusive. The cost of running our homes in Nigeria has tripled with little or nothing left with us here to settle our bills. Life has never been the same again over here since Buhari assumed the reins of power through the agency of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

    Tinubu has made many provocative statements lately to cover up his culpable misdeeds against Nigeria via  clever blame game of the Jonathan administration. He has held that the previous administration is one vast empire of corruption. Casting a glance at Corruption Perception Index,  many  advanced nations still fight corruption to this day but that does not bring government business to a standstill without viable economic policies to reconstruct the country.

    Before the advent of  PDP  in 1999 Nigeria had been rocked by a massive corruption scandal which Buhari denied calling to mind the statement credited to him about  the billions of our taxpayers' money Abacha stole and stashed away in foreign bank vaults. Buhari did  vehemently say Abacha did not steal but one wonders how he often comports himself when Abacha's loot is increasingly being  released by foreign governments and returned to the country.

    In advanced democracies, that is enough for him to resign, if you ask me  as  that makes him an accessory after the fact of money laundering operations. How many Nigerians have dared chided him for this? No one has certainly done this  for fear of being thrown in stir on some trumped-up charges.

    Most disturbing is the fact that Nigeria has never been this polarized before Buhari assumed office as Nigeria's democratically 'elected' civilian president. Only recently it made news headlines when the Sultan of Sokoto raised an alarm that the ban on imported rice should be urgently lifted as hunger ravages Nigeria, Tinubu has never lent his voice to  calls like these  but often makes statements to assuage the ruffled feelings of  the pauperized masses  that Jonathan is responsible for the ''0-1-1,  0-0- 1, and sometimes 1-0-1 frequency'' on  which many homes operate in Nigeria these days  but we never had it this bad during Jonathan days!

    Tinubu would sooner  attribute this to the money stolen from the public till by the immediate past PDP government than incompetence and mediocrity of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Who were these politicians, if one may ask? Over 75% of them make up the ruling All Progressives Congress today. Little wonder the outgoing British Prime Minster described Nigeria as ''fantastically corrupt''. These same men dine and wine with Buhari who is laden with an  overinflated sense of self-worth. 

    If Buhari is genuinely fighting corruption, the likes of Amaechi, Tinubu, Fashola , Okorocha and Oshiomhone, his Chief of Army Staff, to mention but a few  have no business being in a government that is supposedly prosecuting an anti-graft war if we need reminding.

    The  primary duty of any government is to develop the country by formulating viable economic policies. We have had economic recessions  in the past when the price of crude  oil fell sharply as a result of a glut in the international market. Nigeria returned to civil democratic rule in 1999 after the prodigal years of military rule. Obasanjo inherited a country saddled with a massive debt burden and without apportioning blames delve into work immediately  by assembling an   economic team made up of competent technocrats, paid off Nigeria's debts and built up the foreign reserves up to the tune of over $40 billion before  President Yar'Adua came to power who unfortunately died with  his boots on.

    Jonathan took over and carried on from where his predecessor stopped but that government was hijacked by tacit threats  from every quarter  so much so that serving  Ministers often refused orders from the man supposedly at the helm as part of the covert operations  to unseat an ''iniquitous regime'' which was eventually achieved through the instrumentality of the ballot box via doctored election  results  particularly from the desert city of Kano allegedly  masterminded and hatched by  former Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso. This makes him an accomplice with Bola Tinubu for actively partaking in the ill-conceived plot to upturn and eventually bastardize the sovereign wishes of the Nigerian people which, I dare say, is tantamount to a civilian coup d'etat.

    There is no denying the fact that Nigerians lived better lives under the PDP-controlled federal government. Buhari had before now asserted that no Nigerian is above the law which he probably drew from his leftist ideology  but  we have learned to our dismay that he lied yet again because events playing out push us dangerously close to total despotism  because disingenuously  he claims that all is equal, but he actually decides who should establish the rules for this equality  as he singlehandedly controls the courts and all the security apparatuses. I wish to draw your attention to a  book entitled ''A Splendor of Letters'', authored by  Nicholas A. Basbanes which  reminds us of   the totalitarian world of Orwell's 1984 that, ''a morally corrupt government maintains absolute power by systematically depriving its subjects of their identities and by denying them any hope of a cultural legacy." 

    Today in Nigeria , it is no  news that we have  lost the brisk pace of diversity and the genius of individual creativity.  A pauperized and hunger nation blessed with human and natural resources only prods  a pace set by centralized planning, red-tapism, rules without responsibility, and regimentation without recourse.

    Many people have been arraigned by Nigeria's anti-graft body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) for diverting the money meant for arms procurement and for funding  PDP campaign with public funds in the run-up to the 2015 general election. While I support and throw my weight behind the  ongoing anti-graft war , I insist with all the emphasis at my command that this fight must be all inclusive if it is anything to go by. The source of Buhari campaign fund I had written before now must be probed in the true spirit of equality before the law, for everyman, they often say, is born free and therefore equal in right and dignity.

    Our patience has been tested and over-stretched for too long and the need for the Buhari regime in Abuja  to do the needful keeps on coming like a recurring decimal no matter how surreptitiously he  tries to suppress this. If Buhari does not do it today , another person will  certainly revisit this crying ''sin'' when Buhari leaves office before long for the  power you hold today  is like  a transient  cold spell. There is no restating the obvious that over 65%  Nigerians whose votes installed this government  has been  ruefully forced into a volte face.

    Nigerians cannot live normal lives, some have become endangered species in their places of nativity, since their whole existence is disrupted day by day  by the perverse nature of a regime which employs the propaganda machinery and the impunity of the political police, in a despotic version of socialism typical of a  totalitarian State that  ends up destroying private lives.

    We have had armed invasion of communities by armed herders leaving behind  scenes of sorrow , tears and blood and media campaigns to denounce these culpable acts spark off ill-feelings from natives of the region in power  calling to mind the recent invasion of Benue and Enugu communities where many villages were sacked and resident murdered in cold blood.

    There is no denying the fact that they are  emboldened to commit the dastardly acts because that who is  ''our own'' is at the helm . I remember the police anywhere in southern Nigeria pull the trigger once they discover you are in possession of a firearm during their routine  ''Stop and Search'' operations without waiting for any explanation. But these nomadic herders  go about armed  with automatic rifles  and carry out crimes of varying degrees  including armed robbery on which the police often turn a blind eye because ''their own'' is at the helm.

    The Nigerian gullible public has been fed with heinous lies to extenuate their inability to perform. Like I said before at the beginning of this piece the Buhari-led government has resorted to playing the blame game to misrepresent facts employing the lying lips of Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The fact is that he finds himself failing at every turn because he has woefully failed to employ competent economic managers to run the economy. Buhari  is a man bound by oath to avenge the wrongs inflicted on the north  and, in pursuit of revenge, he will stop at nothing to until every dissenting voice is brutally crushed.

    You know as well as I know that for every lie told today to cover up one's misdeed or incompetence, there is always an 'expiry date' and the propaganda machine becomes seized up   once the  'expiry  date' appears on the horizon. 

    If we must live together as one there are many ways to avoid conflicts but the black man's language is a life characterized by  political  turbulence and violence like such we have in Nigeria today. Little wonder President Botha gave a graphic picture of  the black man which  people referred to as a hate speech. Be that as it may ,  what is playing out in Nigeria today  is not different from the surreal imagery employed by the late white South African leader to describe the black man.

    Below is the speech allegedly made by former White South African President P.W Botha to his cabinet over two decades ago. 

    The speech below:

    ” We are not obliged even the least to try to prove to anybody and to the blacks that we are superior people. We have demonstrated that to the blacks in 1001 ways. The Republic of South Africa that we know of today has not been created by wishful thinking. We have created it at the expenses of intelligence, sweat, and blood……We do not pretend like other whites that we like the blacks

    ''The fact that, blacks look like human beings and act like human beings do not necessarily make them sensible human beings. Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles because they look alike. If God had wanted us to be equal to the blacks, he would have created us all of a uniform colour and intellect.

    ''But he created us differently: Whites, Blacks, Yellow, Rulers and the ruled. Intellectually,we are superior to the Blacks; that has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt over the years. I believe that the Afrikaner is honest, God fearing person, who has demonstrated practically the right way of being. By now every one of us has seen it practically that the Blacks cannot rule themselves.

    ''Give them guns and they will kill each other. They are good at nothing else but making a noise, dancing, marrying many wives and indulging in sex. Let us all accept that the Blackman is a symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence.

    ….. The average Black does not plan his life beyond a year”.

    How many Nigerian leaders , both past ,and, present , genuinely have the intention to lead? How many Nigerian leaders, both past, and present , have the will to render selfless service to regenerate the country? How many Nigerian leaders are genuinely committed to the unity of Nigeria? What we see is a particular region and tribe assuming superiority over other regions while they forget Nigeria was welded together by the amalgamation of different ethnic nationalities which of course, have the right for self-determination should they be no longer comfortable in the contraption. 

    As powerful as the Soviet Union, it broke into fragmentary Republics when they discovered they could no more stay together. You can not  assume the role of a dictator and an overlord because you are in command of the nation's  armory. Many dictators have their places in history and we know what befell them at various points in time.

     Without pause, President Buhari  deliberately and willfully undermines the Constitutional rights of  Nigerians that he has sworn to preserve, protect and defend.  Until we truly understand that his  lawlessness will lead to the complete dismantling of our rights, we will not be able to keep our liberties from being ravaged. Buhari convicts people from the Villa and thereafter  dishes out orders to the Judges like the late Idi Amin Dada  which they only read while giving their ruling calling to mind some detainees who have in fact been granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction.  

    Once this pattern of lawlessness becomes entrenched we can no longer "continue to be a Republic under the rule of law."  Rather "we will be subject to Presidential Whim" and abuse by any future leader of any political party.  This is the true legacy of  Buhari but it has become increasingly necessary to read him the Riot Act by taking up the gauntlet and fighting back to resist his presidential Whims and Caprices before we all find ourselves in dishonorable graves.

    *Why does Buhari persist in this feudal and backward way of thinking as soon as it turns to talking  about restructuring Nigeria.......?

    Find out in part 2 of this article.

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


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  • Oshiomhole - The Boxer That Fears The Ring.

    31/Jul/2016 // 871 Viewers

    An attack of midsummer madness?

    It is common amongst lazy and unprepared athletes to be happy when their opponents are injured so that victory might come cheap. This, as a matter of fact, does not represent the true spirit of sportsmanship in all ramifications - be it in sports or politics.  Competition requires opponents to be professional as they engage themselves and bearing in mind that it is not a do-or-die affair. The misfortune of a formidable adversary should not be considered victory or enough to believe that you are on top. 

    If an athlete glorifies  God  when his opponent is indisposed, where then can he measure the extent of his preparation and be sure of being the champion when the real face to be seen is absent or what kind of victory is it when there is no hot contender?  

    When news filtered in that the Justice Okon Abang's court sitting in Port-Harcourt failed to recognize Barrister Ferdinand Obi(SAN) as the PDP legal representative following the prayers of Sherrif and others, and thus  stopping the caretaker committee from functioning in the forthcoming convention slated for  August 17, Oshiomhole and his co-travelers went to "church" for thanksgiving. What an affront to all senses of reasoning!

    If in effect, the court fails to recognize the Makarfi-led faction and thus disregard all the activities under his watch and throw off Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu from the race in Edo state, will it satisfy Oshiomhole? Sure! It will be like a dream come through. 

    It is on the grapevine that PDP internal imbroglio is the handiwork of Oshiomhole his cohorts designed to dislodge Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu from the forthcoming election, knowing full well that the presence of POI in the race signifies failure and unmitigated disaster for the ruling  All Progressives' Congress.  It is not only  unthinkable but laughable  if this is the only plausible means the ruling party can employ to outwit an opponent in an election. This does not reflect democracy at its best. When opponents devise means outside election for the purpose of being "one man standing" then the state is in trouble. 

    The broom-wielding Comrade sees every opportunity as a blessing (no matter how callous it may look like) seeing that he cannot square up in the election ring with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. The fear creeps upon him with every passing day and he is scared to take the shame associated with failure and accept defeat from his arch-opponent. Wait a minute!  Is he contesting for the third time?  Please let me digress a little bit. Broom, as we all know, symbolically connotes negativity and it is even abominable to whip anyone with a broom. It is an object that is consigned to the back door after use - it does not have any relevance thereafter. 

    I believe this is the fear of the Emperor. He is deeply concerned with the aftermath of the election with apprehension as to what will befall him. So, he is using his last breath, even turning himself into a comedian or worse still abusing his office. He is at war with himself! 

    Going about with a bunch of broom in an unwarranted ecstatic mood as evident in his recent campaigns denotes mental imbalance.  As we know in Benin city, a madman uses a broom to kill flies to eat. This happens when the fly-eating madman is cursed specifically to do so. One begins to wonder, with the recent happenings,  if the Comrade Governor is under a spell for his ill-will against the people of Edo state?

    The official recklessness  of the Iyamoh moneybag has tremendously caused a heavy setback to the state. The people run from rock to hard place in search of daily bread as employment has become scarce.  Those that can even manage as traders are subjected to heavy taxation even on goods not sold. As if that is not enough, failure to pay when "Oshiomhole's tax collectors"  knock, the "unfortunate" trader will have a sorry story to tell. The tax collectors exercise the use of force in connivance with government apparatus in furtherance of their "illegal" action which I dare say is tantamount to extortion rackets.

    Consequent upon this, let me succinctly inform the Emperor of Iyamoh that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu remains not only unbowed, undeterred  but ever so  determined  in the face of every evil  machination being plotted against him. The good people of the state are ready  to make history on September 10 in favour of their choice candidate - the candidate with the right frame of mind  to deliver on his electoral promises and so reposition the state on the path of prosperity and economic development.

    I rest my case!

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

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