A Case For The Young – By Tosin Ashafa

“Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement of danger. It demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.”

 – Robert F. Kennedy, South Africa, 6-6-1966


I want to first start by saying that I am a young man and my passion is linked to seeing young people defy norms and conventions to blaze trails and herald new vistas. I love the youth “age group.” It’s quite a league in itself. There’s just this sometimes unexplainable energy. You just have to love them.


And in the times when I can articulate a reason for my love for youths, I feel that the reason I like this particular group of people is because they are old enough to envisage and comprehend their life, why they are in a certain situation, and how they arrived there.


They are frequently willing to look at the prospect of change and go with the flow, through the phases. And, they can generally discuss their feelings, even though it is in an outburst of anger. They are receptive to new and fresh ideas and are willing to share these ideas of theirs with you. And, like every person, I have something to learn from each of them!


I have had the privilege of listening to a lot of short, positive and powerful speeches from young people. You know, so often we hear about youths talking but almost rarely do we pause to hear from them. Things I have heard have ranged from person after person sending messages that they care about the earth, their community, each other, and the future.


Youths are deeply associated with one another and they are proud of their varied heritage. They are keen, lucid and they don’t pull any punches when they tell adults just what they see.


In my journey through life and in the process of trying to comprehend the transformation that has characterized the digital age, and investigating the opportunities that abound in helping youths prepare for their integration into civic and political life, I have concluded that civic engagement and political participation stresses the interplay between individual growth, organizations, networks, communities, and platforms.


Like my father, I decided long ago that I would turn myself into a “platform” that facilitates the interplay I talked about in the concluding part of the previous paragraph. I have become a model of civic education that leverages on youth enthusiasm for digital tools and the networked life.


I have chosen to support my peers and younger individuals that want to participate in the political and governance system in Nigeria. I have opted to be a source of morale booster, financial and logistical centre where they can draw on tools that they need to use effectively for civic purposes.


My involvement in politics has proven to be more effective and result-oriented when I’m behind the scene and my passion for the advancement of young dynamic individuals in the politics of Lagos state and Nigeria as a whole is really unmatched.


If we want young people to become more engaged and become effective civic actors, then all youths need to be provided with civic learning environments that are “connected and participatory,” and all youths need to engage in practices that offer a range of civic learning opportunities enabled by new media. This is my humble opinion.


The Importance of Youth in Politics


A quick look at a “global” list of what has been termed as “issues in youth politics” according to politicians, the media and some other sources illustrates some interesting perspectives e.g. Age of candidacy, Child labor laws/Right-to-work laws, Climate Change, Drinking age, Driving age, Education policy/reform, Environmental issues, Healthcare, Immigration, Minors and abortion, National service, School reform, Student rights, Youth vote, etc.


Unfortunately, youths are termed culprits when only a minority of people create social disruptions. Since most youths are generally self-motivated and want to do well in everything they get involved in, doesn’t this mean that they could excel in politics, leadership and governance? This is a question for us to take home.


When we open up the conversation space by allowing youths to voice their opinions, there could be a chance that we would be opening up, moving and deepening the political space. This is not only good for society, but necessary for society.


If the young do not engage in politics, even through pressure groups, imagine the chaos our political establishments would be thrown into just attempting to keep policy impartial and sustainable for coming generations.


Take, for instance, the pertinent issue of rape and sexual harassment, it would be required that many young women engage with the issue at hand because it is an issue a lot of women (young and old) are quite opinionated about.


I would love to end this article by asserting that if as a society, we have not done enough for the youths of today to get involved with politics and, as a large portion of our society, they should be allowed more access to politics to shape the world they live in, I will continue to walk in the steps of my father who mastered the approach of identifying young talents with the ability and the potential to move this nation forward.


Basheer Tosin Ashafa is a real estate / social entrepreneur with a strong interest in the early involvement of youths in politics. He can be reached via basheerashafa@rioconstructionng.com 

We Need To Improve On Governance, Accountability, Buhari To ECOWAS Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need to review the ECOWAS Treaty in order to make the regional organisation more responsive to new national, regional and global challenges.

The president made the call at the opening of the 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority and Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held in Abuja on Saturday.

He also called for the speedy conclusion of the reforms of all ECOWAS institutions to put ECOWAS on a much stronger footing and to prepare member nations for the challenges of such Institutional reforms.

President Buhari also stressed the need to make conscious efforts to improve on governance and accountability at all levels. “We also need to make conscious efforts to improve on Governance and accountability at all levels.

“This calls for the speedy conclusion of the reforms of all ECOWAS institutions to put ECOWAS on a much stronger footing and prepare us for the challenges of such Institutional reforms.

“To this end, we should ensure that priority is given to the implementation of development programmes, while the ECOWAS Parliament should be entrusted with more functions.

“In addition, the cost of governance must be reduced across all ECOWAS Institutions while resources should be devoted to programmes and projects that will have direct bearing on the lives of ordinary citizenry and create jobs fast enough to absorb our teeming youth population.

“In this regard, it is necessary that measures be taken to review the ECOWAS Treaty in order to make ECOWAS responsive to new national, regional and global challenges.”

On economic integration, Buhari observed that the modest achievements in regional integration were being challenged by globalisation. According to him, most member countries continue to record low volume of trade, occasioned by declining level of economic activities, caused by the sharp fall in commodity prices.

Read More:



Governor El-Rufai wants cut in cost of governance

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has kicked against the call by the National Council of State (NEC) as well as some senior government officials, including Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for the disposal of national assets.

El-Rufai, one-time Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), spoke at World Pension Summit ‘Africa Special’ co- hosted by The Netherland-based World Pension Summit Organisation and the National Pension Commission (PenCom) in Abuja.

He rather called for solutions from experts, just as he argued that instead of selling assets, the cost of governance should be reduced or what was not necessary eliminated.

He maintained that only national assets that were not doing well should be disposed off with the aim that buyers would turn them around for viability and job creation.

He added: “Yes, we are in a crisis. And it’s a short-term crisis. We should proffer solutions on how to solve it. Don’t say don’t do this, don’t do that without preferring solutions because Nigeria needs to have $40 billion in her reserves for our currency to stabilize. Unless our currency stabilises, we cannot even plan anything. But there is a middle to long-term restructuring challenge. And we are not going to do that unless we stabilise the macroeconomic indices now. We have to tame the tide of exchange rate, we have to lower the interest rate. We have to stabilise the economy first before we can plan for the future.

“ In my opinion, the solution we have is to look at our non-productive assets, put them out in the market in a way that is sensible and sequence them properly.”

I Joined Politics To Expose How Politicians Manipulate The Society – Oshiomole

Outgoing Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday revealed why he joined politics.


Speaking at an event, organised by the Kukah center: titled, “From activism to polical power: the challenges of democratic governance in Nigeria,” the former President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, said he joined politics to understudy and expose how politicians manipulate and control societies.


According to Oshiomole, “I joined the ruling class, having been temporarily associated with them, for the purpose of studying them to know and expose the hidden things they use to manipulate and control societies. I will be able to say, you know, I know how what you did that time, how much you consumed.


On the issue of change promised by the current administration, the outgoing governor explained that it will take collaborative effort on the part of Nigerians. No one of us can change society through individual actions, because the order you seek to change is of ignorance but you need to appeal to it.


Those gaining from the order cannot be sermonized but by engagement you may probably defeat them,” he added.

New NEITI Board Sets Agenda For Nigeria’s Resource Governance

The reconstituted board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, has outlined its priorities, saying it would translate the implementation of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, EITI principles into improved quality of life for Nigerians.

The chairman of the board, Kayode Fayemi, said at the inauguration of the reconstituted board in Abuja, that the transparency agency’s intervention in the extractive industries governance must help resolve some of the country’s key national development challenges.

Mr. Fayemi, who is also the minister of Solid Minerals Development, identified areas NEITI could impact to include ensuring that revenues from oil, gas and mining resulted in poverty reduction.

He said other areas are creation of jobs for the people; provision of security of lives and property; access to health care, education and social welfare as well as improved infrastructure.

Mr. Fayemi said Nigeria’s membership of the global EITI would have been meaningless without NEITI’s intervention in the extractive industry governance, leading to the realization of its goals.

The inauguration of the board preceded three-day induction programme for members of the board in Abuja.

The minister said the responsibility of the NEITI National Stakeholders Working Group was to develop and establish policy targets on how the implementation of NEITI Reports findings and recommendations could boost revenue generation.

Credit: PremiumTimes

The Buhari Shocker By Tony Ademiluyi

It is now no news that twenty-two governors owe outstanding salary arrears. Ever since Buhari upset the apple cart by winning the Presidential elections on March 28, they have all hoped that he would bail them out of their respective mess when he got sworn in.
In his speech on the inauguration of the National Economic Council, he categorically told the beggar governors to source for funds to offset their gargantuan debts through the growth of their internally generated revenues. This was a big blow to their Big Brother bid as they have been told in loud and clear terms to act more responsibly by being more creative and resourceful and not putting the blame of their ineptitude on the door step of the Federal Government’s dwindling revenues.
There must always be a scape goat and in this case Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has become the poster boy of the country among the states owing salary arrears for reasons unknown to many political discerners. Ironically, he learnt at the feet of the great Jagaban as he served him as Commissioner for Works for eight years before ‘hearkening to the call of his people to serve them in the State of the Living Spring.’ Tinubu faced a similar problem at the height of his confrontation with the then President Olusegun Obasanjo over the decision of the former to create an additional thirty-seven local council development areas. For this reason huge amount of allocation due to the state was withheld. Did the Heavens fall? Certainly Not! The Asiwaju got extremely creative and with the aid of the Present Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who was the then state accountant-general devised self-sustaining means to keep the state afloat without making the civil servants bear the brunt through non-payment of salaries.
The excuse of dwindling federal allocation that the former Speaker of the Ibadan Polytechnic Student’s Union Parliament has been giving for his inability to pay salaries is lame and shows lack of foresight and the uncanny ability to think out of the box. The signs of a possible reduction in the revenue from the centre were there as far back as 2013 when there was a slump in the prices of crude oil in the international market which led the National Assembly to adjust the benchmark to meet the new realities on ground. Did that stop Ogbeni from embarking on projects that caught his fancy without taking into critical consideration the paucity of funds and the need for the state to diversify its economic base? How self-sustaining were his so called economic empowerment projects? Did they meet the needs of the state?
The Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) was more like an extension of the National Youth Service Corps as the participants – mostly graduates were engaged by the state to carry out blue collar tasks for a year with the stipend of ten thousand naira being paid to them at the end of the month. It gulped billions of naira. Do you solve poverty by merely throwing money or giving the sufferers fish? Wouldn’t have made more sense to not only teach them how to fish but to create the enabling environment to make them independent for life? The Opon Imo (Knowledge Tablet) which was filled with past questions and answers as launched in Lagos. One why as Osun is not a vassal state of the ‘Centre of Excellence’. The scheme gulped about 9 billion naira which was equivalent to three months allocation. It was originally slated for all students from SS1 to SS 3 but at the end of the day, only the SS2 students got it in a few selected schools. The state is a largely civil service state. How will these students make use of this device when the grueling pang of hunger is now their companion no thanks to the non-payment of the salaries of their parents? Where then is the sustainable development? The Social Democratic Party alleged that the cost of building the new schools was between 750 million and 1 billion naira when it should not have cost more than 250 million naira. These grave allegations are worth thoroughly investigating. The ‘Marxist governor’ promised the people of an agricultural revolution when he assumed office in November 2010. He decried the ugly trend of food commodities from Asia, Burkina Faso and Niger flooding the Nigerian market and promised to not make the state capable of feeding itself but having excess to sell to others. He acknowledged the fact that the food market in Lagos alone was put at 3.6 billion naira on a daily basis at the time. One wonders what happened to this great promise by the governor to make the state an agricultural exportation hub that would have broken the monopoly of oil dependence! If a visionary agricultural policy was vigorously pursued, the civil servants wouldn’t have been turned to mendicants who ironically till the land. One is miffed because the governor has lived in Lagos state long enough and even served in the state executive council and was expected to bring to bear his knowledge and experience to turning the state into another food basket. Alas it was all empty rhetoric and cheap prattle! He acquired a large expanse of land in Atakumosa West Local Government Area to build a 200,000 seater place of worship for Christians. Was it necessary? How will that have aided economic development? Aren’t there more than enough churches in the state?
Many of the governors in the crisis ridden states toed the same path of embarking on projects that didn’t make overall economic sense or just lacked the foresight to diversify their economic base as they thought the goodies will keep on coming from Abuja without the recourse to what the meaning of true federalism stands for.
If they expect bail outs, they should be ready to hand over the reins of governance as they should not be entrusted to manage the funds of the emergency as that will worse than eating their cake and having it.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Youth Participation In Governance and Policy Making By Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir

The youth and young persons are indispensable ingredients of our today’s democracy as they represent at least two thirds of the votes. The voices of the youth is the mandate political office holders enjoy at all levels of government. Days are gone when young people are only recruited during election to create violence and terrorise those opposing their pay masters. Youths are now the engine and again drivers of our democracy as they determine the tune and dimensions of the political space.

A value added quality that can’t be denied of the young people is their dynamism, creativity, talent and energies that can be channelled into policy formulation which directly or indirectly affect them. The optimism of young people in ensuring that the newly elected government get things right can not be over emphasised as the feeling of having the ownership of the states and the nation at large is growing in geometric rate. Hence, the need to lay the right foundation for their future as they prepare to be the civic leaders, parents, employers or employees through the next decades.

The general notion that Policy Making (formulation, implementation and evaluation) is duty restricted to ‘Aged Professionals and Experienced’ persons while young citizens even with the professionalism are still considered to have no necessary skills or experience continues to have grounds even in an ‘information and knowledge worker age’ where what you knew actually matters less. Equally, there is a persistence of stakeholder attitudes which frustrate the participation of young people in policy-making forgetting that the same young brains are Key Stake Holders in formulation of Policies that Directly affect them. These include but not limited to job creation, education, health, social security.

There is a special need to protect young people as a group from exploitation and neglect while ensuring their economic, civic, social and cultural participation in government and governance are met. However, current state of youth restiveness, high level of unemployment even among the skilled and schooled group is a product of previous efforts to make representation of young people from amongst the perceived experienced aged. Connecting the dots as regards the real problems and aspirations of the target group is near impossible hence, formulating policies that satisfy only the makers personal imaginations.

In a nut shell, participation of young people encourages them to become active members of the society and democratic agents. By involving and empowering young brains through the political process, they tend to develop important skills, improve self-confidence and some sense of belonging in governance while taking home a greater understanding of governance that is important in both newly formed and well-established democracies.

In conclusion, I will like to borrow words from the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan who says “Normally when we need to know about something we go to the experts, but we tend to forget that when we want to know about youth and what they feel and what they want, that we should talk to them”

Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir is an advocate of social justice, wrote from Lagos Nigeria. @abdul003

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Buhari Considering Reducing Ministers To Minimize Cost Of Governance

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, is said to be considering the reduction of the number of ministers as part of his strategies for reducing cost of governance.

This was said to be part of the cost-saving proposals which Buhari presented during the All Progressives Congress’s National Working Committee meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

The NWC which is yet to conclude its deliberations on proposals, according a high-ranking member of the APC NWC, include scrapping the minister of states, streamlining the ministries and parastatals.

The meeting, which was chaired by the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, also reviewed the just-concluded general elections, the deadlock in the Taraba State governorship poll as well as the alleged electoral fraud in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lai Mohammed confirmed that the NWC reviewed the governorship election.

Read MorePunch

On Apostle of Peace, Goodluck Jonathan’s Peace Visit To Burkina Faso? By Frank Ijege

After 27 years of being under his tight fist leadership, the people of Burfina Faso came out in large number to denounce and resist attempts by former president Blaise Compaore to elongate his tenure as president of one of the poorest country in Africa. This resistance by the people has brought an end to 27 years of mis -rule and bad governance and a clear message to everybody that true power reside in the people, if only they will exercise it.
With the fate that befell Blaise Compaore, who is practically a fugitive today, one expects that other sit-tight governments in Africa will be on the alert. The likes of Paul Biya, Idriss Deby, Yoweri Museveni, Jose Eduardo Santos, Todore Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Robert Mugabe and a host of others who have been in power for donkey years, would be jittery now. Burkina Faso seem to have initiated a revolution in West Africa, the kind that swept through North Africa few years ago, which saw the death of several protracted government like Hosni Murbarak of Egypt and Ben Ali of Tunisia. One hopes that other countries will follow suit, restoring the dignity of their battered constitutions, by ensuring that spirit and letter of these constitutions are followed without the frequent abuse they are subjected to.

 Suffice it to state that these revolution is not restricted to elongated governments alone. The people have also risen against governments that were perceived to be going against the interest of the generality of the people. An instance, is Mohammed Morsi of Egypt, who became president after the ouster of Mubarak. When they people discovered his was pursuing an agenda different from the aim of the revolution, they hit the street and he was sent packing. Therefore president or leader is safe, they people can decide to wield their ultimate power.

Nigeria as a country is not immune to a revolution. We tried it during the Occupy Nigeria protest. That protest would have laid a good foundation for a revolution that is to come, but the betray of some people thwarted that move. However, all hope is not lost. The way President Goodluck Jonathan has been handling the affairs of country, a revolution is closer than we think. When the revolution comes, all those who have plunged this country to the pit of underdevlopment, will be made to pay for the sins. Nobody will be spared.

In recent time, the onslaught by boko haram has been growing in leaps and bound. Fierce attacks and capture of town and cities, has been the order of the day. The recent one is the capture and subsequent renaming of Mubi; the capture of Vimtim, the home town of Alex Badeh, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff and so many other towns which fallen to the terrorists. Pictures of people escaping from the new islamic caliphate are everywhere. My friend spent days in the bush before he found he days out of Mubi. Boko Haram now has close to ten local governments under its control, and it is not relenting in its quest to capture more. Recent attacks in Yobe, Gombe and the Kotun Karfe prison in Kogi State, where it freed its members is a pointer to this fact.
The situation is the country is grave and one that calls for drastic measure by the Commander-in-Chief. Sadly, this Commander in Chief is known for abdicating on his primary responsibility to the people. For instance, when the Chibok girls were kidnapped, he didn’t believe they were actually kidnapped. The agitation by the international community woke him from his slumber. True to his nature, Mr. President has traveled to Burkina Faso as an apostle of peace, to broker peace while his country lies in ruin. At a time when Nigeria faces the greatest threat to its existence, one expects the president to be always at home busying himself on ways to find solutions and not globe trotting all in the name of brokering peace. Can you give what you don’t have? What if while trying to broker peace in Burkina Faso, boko haram overruns the whole of Nigeria?

Although I am not surprised with the president’s peace journey to Burkina Faso, because for Jonathan, it has been one blunder after another. I am however astonished and terrified by the passivity of Nigerians. When shall we as a people rise up in unity and demand accountability from those who masquerade as our leaders? We shall we give them the option to either secure our lives or resign honourably? When will Nigerians hit the streets and demand a change in their destiny and the destiny of the country. We cannot continue like this.

At the moment, the primary concern of President Goodluck Jonathan is redeeming his image abroad; that is why he is on a peace mission in Burkina Faso. We must as a people realise that Jonathan is not Nigeria. His personal successes will not translate into a Nigerian success. Nigerians must reclaim the image of Nigeria in the comity of nations. This passivity will not take us anywhere. I pray the revolution comes in my life time.
God bless Nigeria
Frank Ijege

Articles on www.omojuwa.com are solely authors opinion

Is Something Truly Wrong With Us?: A Call For Introspection And Internal Reflection! By ‘Tosin Ayo’

Was Nigeria built to fail? Was the black man deliberately made to be thoughtless? Did our leaders deliberately ‘dis educate’ and disorientate us? Are we Africans truly white people who didn’t fully develop into humans? Who inflicted the black man with the mentality of inferiority? How exactly did we get here? Okay, let me explain what I mean. Over 2,500 ideas allegedly crosses the mind of an average sane human being every blessed day! But the black man as evident from our way of life barely executes any of them! Our collective lack of productivity, the parlous state of our pariah nation, our floppy reward system, the over-attribution of success and failure to religion without bearing in mind the realities of causation and effect, our mindless acceptance of our deplorable condition and political exploitation, brazen theft, endless corruption and brigandage by our politicos as an unchangeable fate, our inertia in declaring to our leaders that we are sick and tired of being sick and tired, our unpardonable lack of leadership and the disoriented mindsets of the followership often force one to conclude that no idea comes into the mind of a Nigerian or that those lofty ideas die on arrival!

Each time I remember how millions and indeed billions of our collective petrodollars develop wings and fly through the window without anyone raising an eyebrow and worse still seeing poor, famished old women whose monies were indirectly looted raising placards protesting the public ‘prosecution’ of the direct culprits under whose watch the monies were stolen by rights’ enforcement and civil society groups, I feel like screaming: ‘It’s official: we have all been enslaved’

I feel pained to see it in this clime that we pray to gain admission to schools in Ghana, Benin Republic, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Canada, Cyprus, Norway and America, one then begins to wonder if there are no budgetary allocations for Education and long term plans to move things in the right direction in our country. We all know and see these things but have been intentionally conditioned to accepting the unacceptable as an unchangeable eternal condition. Do you know the extent of gruesome horror of having to live in a country where merit has no place and where the brilliant ones who have no privilege of human connection cannot work in deserving well-paying establishments whilst their mates who sit comfortably at the lowest rung of the academic ladder secure employment in government parastatals and blue chip oil companies? We are so used to the abnormal so much that abnormal is the normal to us in this nation where it is not normal for things to be normal! Maybe this whole “God will do it”, “It is well” when it is obviously everything but well and “the dividends of democracy are in the pipeline” are nothing more than a well composed, thoroughly fashioned out, supremely orchestrated, deceptive rhetoric after all. Maybe this whole Nigerian thing is a sheer political set-up to end in doom after all. Just Maybe!

I marvel greatly that the richest pastor in the world, the richest black man in the world and the richest black woman in the world all come from a poverty-stricken 3rd world if not ‘7th world’ country like Nigeria. How can we own so much yet have so little? How can there be so much squander in the midst of such a grim squalor? How can a few microcosm of the populace acquire so much in the glare of so much penury?

Indeed, mass poverty isn’t Nigeria’s problem, rather; it is wealth redistribution. So much is in the hands of so few whilst so little is the hands of so many! A similar injustice plays out in the political sector, how can a Senator ‘legitimately’ earn over two billion Naira in a year! That is legislative terrorism simply so called! Pure malfeasance and greed! Our nation is indeed a hub of lopsided reward system which gives pittance to the hardworking and plenty to the powerful! These ‘legislooters’ pay themselves so much for doing so little!

Most students have lost the steam to study and the will to move on due to the floppy nature of our national reward system where militants earn more than medical doctors and political thugs are accorded more ‘respect’ and recognition than University Professors. They often giggle as renown political prostitutes, apologists, butt-lickers and certified kleptomaniacs receive national honours whilst sacrificial lambs who risked their lives to save ours receive death and lack of recognition as recompense- you can be sure of which path they will tow. These children have witnessed how their elderly ones have graduated with good grades from institutions of higher learning only to return home for years without end jobless, to be fed by their old and retired parents. They have thus concluded in their minds that Education is not the best policy but a needless time-wasting distraction useful only for keeping the young ones from truancy.
This is just a mild picture of the problem on our hands! The time to act is now!

In a continent that accounts for more than 90 percent global malaria induced deaths, you begin to wonder If scientists and medical doctors are still produced in this country. They all fight for increased wages whilst they lack the initiative to find a permanent cure to malaria! But can we validly blame them when they practice in an inconvenient professional environment bereft of the requisite incentives and motivation for innovation. How can one think straight in an unruly, demoralising atmosphere of ‘peacelessness’ and rancor? I remember how the authorities in Scotland normally quarantine malaria patients (a norm in our clime) because its alien to their society. That alone can make one to question the very idea of raising your children here or ever having to give birth at all as a Nigerian! Indeed, in this country, everything will kill you!

I still can’t get over the shock of my European friend to whom I frantically explained what a generating plant meant to no avail. He had no idea. He asked me If I meant a transformer! I said: ‘you don’t know ‘I beta pass my neighbour’ Tiger generator you switch on that makes a mild noise and supplies electricity whenever ‘NEPA’ ‘takes’ light? (Power outage)’, I thought he was ‘forming’, but his 3 fore-generations have never witnessed power failure! Sometimes, I feel so sad like we are still in a stone age. I know of universities established in Europe in the 12th century whilst the ancestors and gods were still drinking blood and eating human sacrifice, cowries, palm oil, hot drinks and pap at three-path junctions as recently as 18th century in Africa! Why won’t I feel we are brief and brutish people who did not finish downloading and fully develop?

Honestly, whenever I see a large amount of people gathered in prayer meetings in churches and prayer mountains, I am happy and then I am bothered! I am concerned and deeply worried! I see Africa, I see confusion, I see contradiction in terms. I see chains on necks and padlock on mouths. I see the begging bowl, I see ignorance. I see foreign aids. I see conspiracy. I see thoughtlessness. I see vainglory. I see sincerity in naivety! I see pure stupidity! I see a people genuinely committed to not getting it right! I see a people who believe God for everything whilst doing nothing to change their despicable condition! I see a people who pray without working and a people who misconstrue God as a partial magician! I am thoroughly bothered. I shudder when I see people giving testimonies and thanksgiving offering because they bought a fairly used car, obtained a Malaysian visa to go and hustle and sell their kidneys, or just got married to a beautiful but hapless wife they are obviously inviting into a life of misery and mendicancy or when I see people giving prophetic offering for reduction in waste to the Pastor to pray that their Sienna space bus should consume less fuel, my heart bleeds at the sheer ignorance of a people! God cannot be mocked, whatever a man sows, so shall he reap! Sow indolence and reap lack of productivity! Moreover, God will not do for you what you can do for yourself!

With all these purely economic disconsolation, Administrative ineptitude and simple political brawl resolvable by dialogue, strict enforcement of laws, making the right political choices bereft of tribal sentiments, ethnic chauvinism and religious bigotry and conscientiously installing a different kind of selfless leadership, we have self-called Pastors who milk their congregation dry by anointing their feet for breakthrough in the midst of mass poverty, personal success in the glare of national doom and gloom and making altar calls for those who want American, Peru, Italian and Asian visas to escape from the gory and horrific nightmare Nigeria has become. But I ask: how did we get here? How exactly did we degenerate this low?

In a nation where we have more musicians than lawyers, more actors than doctors and more Politicians than Engineers, more layabouts than technologists, one cannot expect anything other than what we have presently. Sow sand and reap stone! It is that simple! It is even worse now that every unemployed Christian has become a Pastor! In the future that I see (God forbid) if nothing is done to stem the tide, there will be more people on the pulpit than on the pew! We preach without reaching out forgetting unwittingly that the etymology of the word ‘PREACH’ indicates that it was formed from ‘PEOPLE’ and ‘REACHING’! Thus, If all you do is preach to guilty souls like a parrot, hold out your feathers like a peacock and amass needless wealth with a reckless abandon like a rabbit in the sitting room without reaching out to the needy and the underprivileged, you have only made a sweet noise!

We seem to believe that an outside force will suddenly take us out of our murky and muddy water, profane realities and ludicrous happenstance someday, or at least, heaven is made of Gold, and we will make it there and walk on Gold though we trek on sand here. We have left the world for the ‘worldly’ and relinquished our dominion! We are now buying time and portray the world as a passing phase to be endured and not to be enjoyed! We no longer crave the good life or prosperity on earth but look forward to Heaven our beautiful home. We forget that God created us for His pleasure and He wanted us to subdue, enjoy and conquer our worlds! That was why He gave us the spirit of excellence and created us in His own image. Imagine such irresponsibility, such thoughtlessness, such warped and disoriented mentality that makes us think it is an attribute of heaven-bound Christians to be poor and hungry. But the truth is: poverty will take you to hell faster than prosperity! A debtor will tell lies to his creditor! Liars won’t make Heaven! A man who cannot take care of his family is worse than an infidel! I am sure you know infidels won’t make Heaven! A man who starves his wife and makes her to sleep with men to feed herself and her family will ‘rest’ in the hottest G.R.A. of hell! It is extremely difficult for an empty bag to stand upright!

But then, we cry endlessly to Heaven: Lord! Please save us your children. Same way Africa cries to America. Our solution seems to be everywhere but within us. We all clamour for change without starting to change ourselves. We forget that we are the change that we seek! Must we all misconstrue belief in God for the ability to replace our mental drudgery with excellent results? Do we all have to think that help comes from above without doing anything beneath? Haven’t we heard that Heaven helps those who help themselves? Are prayers not just the supplication that supplies speedy results to our earthly toil? What will God bless If there is no work in our hands? Would Christ have been able to feed the multitude If there were no 5 fish and 2 loaves of bread? Must we devalue our own collective capacity to succeed and rise up to the challenge and save ourselves from these evil plague of powerlessness, lack of productivity, lowered standard of living and mass penury instead of waiting on God or our insensitive leaders? Let us all reflect and genuflect on these words but most of all, let us act on them!

-Tosin Ayo (The ‘word bank’) is a Legal Practitioner, Essayist, Novelist, Energy Law Specialist, motivational speaker and a believer in a better Nigeria. He holds a LL.M degree of the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

PDP Decries South Africa Actions, Says APC Being Used By Foreign Interests To Destroy Nigeria

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tuesday said its attention has been drawn to a statement by the All Progressives Congress, APC, wherein “it again embarrassed itself on issues regarding the genuine efforts by the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges facing the nation.”

Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary, in a statement said party members were solidly behind President Goodluck Jonathan in the steps he is taking to ensure the safety of citizens and defend the country’s sovereignty as a nation, especially in the light of APC connivance with foreign interests to embarrass the government and people of Nigeria.

The statement decried recent actions preferred by some foreign nations against the country, describing it as unacceptable and totally uncalled for, “especially given cordial relationship with them and the roles Nigeria and Nigerians citizens played in assisting them in their internal struggles.”

It reads further: “Given the rush with which the APC attacked the presidency, it is clear that they are working hand in glove with foreign interests in a concerted effort to tarnish the image of our dear nation, ridicule our government and frustrate genuine efforts towards ending the insecurity challenges we face as a nation.

2015 Presidential Elections ; Buhari Makes Statement Today

All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari, will today be addressing the nation on a number of issues.

A statement issued yesterday by General Buhari’s media office, said the APC leader would be addressing  an amalgam of youths  groups known as the Buhari Youths Group that have been urging him to run as president of Nigeria in 2015.

His address to the youths in the country is expected to encapsulate his position on the many issues affecting Nigeria and give a clear direction as to the role he would be playing in the build up to 2015.

Today’s address by the former head of state, who is expected to make a formal declaration for the presidency on October 8,would serve to give a clear indication what shape the race for the APC presidential  ticket would take in the few weeks to come.

Nigeria Is Not Working; Not A Nation By Adebayo Taiwo Hassan

However unpleasant, we must be frankly truthful about who we are, our history and what future holds for us a society. Perhaps, that would cause us regret, sober reflection, the spirits to correct the mistakes and ultimately bequeath a better society to the posterity.

Such is the frankness and grimness presented by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in HALF OF A YELLOW SUN, fiction, reflecting Nigeria’s artificiality and brutal history through the 60s, pointing to a future that hangs in balance.

Nigeria is not a nation and I am really convinced, I wish not to be, that the idea of one Nigeria is a blandishment and façade, only being held together by corruption and poverty of the leaders to do the needful.

The founding founders, so-called nationalists, caused grave damage and planted seeds that would make difficult evolving an attitudinally unified entity, a new social whole, with common purpose, national identity and sense of oneness, from array of groups of which Nigeria is composed.

They’re the best ever, even with them, we were going to set our sights on rivalling the West (please get Nigeria’s First Nat’l Devt Plan) but their sectional psychology, among others, fouled their labour, engraving in the psyches of their followers hatred for other tribes and receding belief in this country, because they would exploit the significance of their ethnic background as platform to get the power at the centre. The challenge is still there with us till

The events leading to the civil war, the war itself, the two coups, the unjustifiable massacre of the Igbos have worked with other factors to make Nigeria a state without nation – the idea “we the people of Nigeria” is a fraudulent imposition. The average Hausa Muslim would see Igbos or Yoruba Christians as fellows who don’t worth their lives because they are “astray”. The Yoruba would man would arrogantly refuse to call Hausa man a human being in case of auto accident. Is “only two persons and one Hausa were involved . . .” not common?

Nigeria is divided! The Igbos are still convinced they are victims bloody iniquity, while almost every family could count at least one member killed in the Northern Massacre that preceded the civil war. They still have siege mentality and believe other groups hate and envy them because they are remarkably entrepreneurial and innovative. What’s more? Buhari gave Shagari house arrest in Ikoyi, while the Vice-President,

Alex Ekwueme was to rot in Kirikiri prison. The oil-rich minorities in the Niger Delta are aggrieved because that they are victims of economic injustice and majoritarian oppression and exploitation of the Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa (topic for another day).

Some Northerners are already saying the some South South elites, including the President of the country, CAN leader and a former Chief of Army Staff, are behind the Boko Haram terrorism to reduce the North population

We must admit this, and get ourselves to the table to discuss our future and being together, which ultimately should be decided through referendum.

At the risk of being misunderstood, need I say quickly that I still believe it’s a great illusion that we can never and should never live together as a nation due to our diversity. That is our diversity should ordinarily not pose problem, after all India is more diverse than we are and Swaziland is homogenous yet much like forlornly underdeveloped.

And even our collective pre-colonial pasts had met in myths of origin, trade etc. But the problem is what we have over the decades made out of Nigeria’s creation; our failure to think realistically a way of living together in unity, peace, albeit diversity and the characteristic emptiness of the head and mind of the political class.

And we already have caused the mess and embarrassment that Nigeria is, made the country a filthy carcass, a terra nullius to which an average Nigerian does not have emotional, affective and psychological affiliation, in such way as he does to his ethnic group .

Therefore, if we are to continue as one Nigeria, the groups that make up Nigeria must freely work out a template to have a NIGERIANESS out the various Nigerian ethnic groups. Otherwise , every group should be allowed to freely assert for themselves their future and the state under which they wish to live, before things get worse than this all time worst. Should self-determination not be a right?

Adebayo Taiwo Hassan-Justice is a Public Commentator..

 Articles posted on www.omojuwa.com are solely authors opinion 

Soyinkaism:  We Deserve No Nihilist By WHYTE HABEEB IBIDAPO

The unleashing viperous cult like Boko Haram on peaceful citizens qualifies as a crime against humanity, and deserves that very dimension in its resolution. If a people must survive, the reign of impunity must end. Truth – in all available detail – is in the interest, not only of Nigeria, the sub-region and the continent, but of the international community whose aid we so belatedly moved to seek’’.



The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.As with any other species, human populations are shaped by the usual forces of natural selection, like famine, disease or climate. A strong culture of impunity has come to stay in Nigerian polity. No matter how you try to kill the truth, it has a phenomenal way of self resurrection. To say we are enjoying good governance in the Nigeria of today is a real thesis that needs no defence for validation. The rule behind the conspiracy scheme of governance in Nigeria is self explanatory. Nigeria has moved towards what the philosophers have identified as nihilism, in which its advocates disavow all institutions. They don’t believe in law and due process. I wonder if the current government are not close nihilists. When you don’t obey the law and breach protocol all for personal gain and you disdain institutions. You are a nihilist, if you don’t know. If you had employ the service of a negotiator to look into a matter and the result of his investigation points accusing fingers to your political associate and on that basis you refuse to take the proper action under the law, it is safe to conclude that you are a nihilist. No doubt our presidency is climbing the ladder of success wrong by wrong when it comes to proper governance.

We are blessed with all manner of blessings under the sun but the blessings and geniuses in us are hindered because of corruption occasioned by the priority and perpetuation of self above the interest of the citizenry. It could well argued that some of the problems began with inherited colonial state which made it a point of duty to isolate itself from the entire citizenry but with the extent of government transition, we should have gotten it right. Nigeria’s role in the world and African affairs had declined significantly. The democracy we celebrate is one representation narrowly concerned with rights, mainly political rights but hardly participatory or deliberative in the sense of harnessing the energies of communities let alone making them the focus of governance. There is always the shortage of many of the things that makes life and living meaningful in every part of the country. It is more or less diarchy. It is just a mockery of the government of popular reflection.

Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.Often time than not, we yap over act instead of act over yap; we get engrossed in myopic politicking when our health system is amongst the worst in Africa, our education is deteriorating every day, corruption is escalating on exponential scale and employment is killing our national potential, insecurity and terrorism have claimed several lives most among whom are productive youths. And above all, are the Chibok school girls that were carted away from school without a national security responsive other than a mockery of our political will power and national dignity. The Boko Haram issue is a complete mockery of our national dignity and it is actually a manifestation of the degenerations in every department of our national architecture. I believe strongly that some people are working day and night to disintegrate our great nation. Unfortunately for us, they are more purposeful and better co-ordinated than our leaders across boards. They are more dedicated to their mission than our leaders and even more disciplined. Even if we think they are fallen angels that were let loose from hell, they are still purposeful to their cause. Why can’t the government of the day be responsive enough to quash them completely? The government should better learn the basics of dedication to a cause from the fallen angels that are threatening our safety. The safety of Nigerians should be the highest law of the land. Afteral, the law protects you from being abused. It doesn’t threaten your lifestyle for someone else to have the right to exhibit their lifestyle. The government must tread where angels feared to tread.

As at today, we are not still sure about the capone of Boko Haram. Accusing fingers are directed towards the Grand commander himself others believes that it is the Northern leaders in a bid to make governance in 2015 etc. We don’t even know who to believe. Different version of truth are been spoken everyday and we forget about them easily. The fact still remains that there are innocent youths in captivity whose society and governance have failed their existence. Some persons have even taken the issue to be political rather than coming together to put an end to the problem at large. I guess one of the fundamentals of a political party is to represent platforms of ideas, policy options and visionary goals around which the electorate is invited to gather. It is rather an assemblage of power hungry individuals that wish to exhibit their nihilist abilities. It’s essentially a club of elites for the motive of sharing oil rents and political spoils. Sanity has lost its position in our governmental affairs. It’s a nihilistic affair.

It should be noted that Nigerians are tired of digesting concoctions that are filled with empty promises rather proactive actions should be taken. The law should be blind to race, gender and sexual orientation, just as it claims to be blind to wealth and power. There should be no specially protected groups of any kind, except for children, the severely disabled and the elderly, whose physical frailty demands society’s care. To prove that this government is not nihilist in doings, people that are find wanton on our security issues should be prosecuted with immediate effect. We are not supposed to be all equal. Let’s just forget that. We are supposed to have equal rights under law. If we do that, we have done enough. The same right that the government have in prosecuting individuals over alleged corruption acts should be extended to those that are been suspected to be the backbone of the fallen angels that are threatening our survival. We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. It may be true that the law cannot make a man love, but it can keep him from lynching, and I think that’s pretty important. No man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expediency. For this sake of this generation and generation to come, the federal government should please BRING BACK OUR HONOUR.

( WHYTE HABEEB IBIDAPO is a United Nations Award winner, Africa International Arbitration Award winner and Coca cola/ The Nation Campuslife Award Winner.

Email: whyte287@gmail.com


Articles published on omojuwa.com are solely authors opinion

APC Condemns Attempt To Cover Up The $9.3 Million Scandal By FG

Opposition party The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the obvious attempt by the PDP-led Federal Government, working with some members of the National Assembly, to cover up the smuggling of 9.3 million US dollars to South Africa on a private plane, saying the cover-up plans will fail because the issues involve transcend Nigeria.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the cover-up attempt manifested clearly at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, when Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha curiously refused to entertain a debate on a motion seeking a probe of the issue that has further ridiculed
Nigeria in the global community.

It said the refusal of the Deputy Speaker becomes even more suspicious amid allegations that some members of the House has each received $50,000 bribe to quash the motion.

APC however hailed its members in the House of Representatives for staging a walk-out to protest against the inexplicable decision not to allow the issue to be debated on the floor of the House, saying by their actions, they have aligned with the majority of Nigerians who are eager to get to the bottom of how such a huge amount of money
could be smuggled into another country by the Nigerian authorities, despite being fully aware of the limitation on the amount of money that can be taken into any country.