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RIGHTING THE WRONGS.

Posted: November 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

WORDS TODAY BY RASAK OLANREWAJU (LATRIX). 08163157843. rasaksalaam@gmail.com

Park, park, i say pack down are u deaf? He said glowingly at our driver. Obediently, he parked down and first of all wanted to do the right thing. He presented his car particulars to the policeman. Hysterically, the policeman laughed and was about to burst into annoyance. Come down, come down, i say run come down. At this juncture, the driver already knew what was responsible for the demeanour of the police officer. Manoeuvringly, he squeezed a #50 note into the pocket of the police officer as he stepped down from the bus.
  Instantaneously without checking the particulars he was told to ride on but was warned by the police officer, saying, “wetin dey do una drivers self, shee u no know the right thing before u wan kan delay ur commuters”. The driver said, “Oga no vex, i no go repeat am again”. The journey continued.
  Immediately we stepped further cocoa house in ibadan, we saw another police tarmac. Without any discussion whatsoever our driver pointed another #50 note to the police officer and he collected it and said “My man, safe journey we go see when you drive back from ijebu”. Within me, i was perturbed with troubling questions. Is this the primary function of the policemen on the road? If we carry exhibits, is this how we would be screened? Is it now constitutionally legal to collect #50 naira from motorists? In fact, have they been ordered back on the road by the current Inspector General?  
  As I was pondering on this obsfucating drama. We ran into another police tarmac at oru juncture. As usual, our driver pointed #50naira as we ride on. Same occurred when we got to Ago-iwoye juncture. Before we arrived at ijebu-ode, the police tarmacs we ran into became uncountable. It was as if they manned the road because of miscreants but i was told the road is devoid of armed robbery, pick- pockets and all sort of vices. That is the daily routine and conventional rules of Nigerian Police. A passenger said intermittently. Are you a fresher to the system? He asked me. I nodded in a confusing manner.
  At long last, the bus ascended at ibadan garage. And I navigated my journey further to Epe garage with the sole thought ‘We must right this wrong’.  These odious rules must not continue. If it is legal as it is rampantly practiced across the Nation, then, the Inspector General, Solomon Arase should publicly affirm it. Enough of this act. General Muhammed Buhari is enjoined not to exempt police activities in checking corruption and corrupt officials. To make Nigeria a land of delight, each executive agency must be well positioned. #Needful.

Two more things. 

     THE SECOND COMING
My voyage back from ijebu to oyo on the 3rd of November was also not short of activities, quite eventful amid everyday maladroits in Nigeria.
It no longer a mere-saying the words of the Yoruba, which says “Iriri loje ki oju agba jin, owun ti agba ba ri bi omode gungi ope ko leeri”.  Literally, “experiences make the old people eyes incurred, what the aged could see if a child climbs the tallest palmwine tree, it won’t be seen”. Lately, the just released chief Olu Falae by his abductors, recommended that herdsmen should be constrained to ranches. Government should formulate policy that will curb the wandering of cattles and take Falae’s recommendation worthwhile.  It was a depressing eyesore when a cow ran into a speeding car along ijebu-ibadan expressway. The accident was fatal that the cow died on spur of the moment, windscreen broken but God divinely rescued the situation as death were not recorded. More pathetic was the act of our so-called policemen. The incidence occurred in a few distance to a police tarmac. And despite their awareness of the accident they refused to come to the aid of the victims. But sadly, they maintained collection of #50 naira. what a shame in our police system. Are these the set of individuals that would enforce rules and regulations? The promised change must not fashion out this direction in our police system. The Inspector General, Solomon Arase, must radically look into this, acute definition should be made to the convetional collection of #50.00 naira. Equally, the federal government must see it as worthwhile to limit cattle rearers to using ranches and anyone found guilty of the policy should be punished accordingly. #Crucial.

   THE SONG CALLED “BULES”
Lagosians song of ragge turned blues on November 5, in the Toyota bus-stop axis, along Apapa-Oshodi expressway, which witnessed an accident involving an articulated truck carrying a container which caused heavy gridlock all the way to Ilasa. The container fell on a bus which led to mass deaths. The residents and eye-witness were blued, gloomed and sordid with the shower of bloods and untimely death of those in the bus.
This occured after a month that the Lagos state government has pledged to implement the ‘Lagos state road traffic law 2012’ which states that trailers are therefore restricted from highways between 6am – 9pm. But in practice, are we operating this law? We know a commoner or feet of clay could not possess a trailer, they belong to the elitists who formulate the law. In a developed society, trailers don’t move in broad daylight, their roads is also different from vehicles and buses networks.  In Germany, trailers pathways is constructed in the forest far from the bustling communities. This has been a recurring decimal and if not arrested could foster more death of innocent souls. All states government must temporarily implement the restricted movement of trucks from 6am-9pm as the Federal government generate a lasting solution. We must cherish the soul of every single Nigerian as it is done in developed countries. #Cautionary.

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Naira versus Dollar

Naira versus Dollar

The Nigerian currency known as “Naira” has taken another crawl as it has now fallen low of 235 to the dollar at the parallel market on Thursday. .

The President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators, Aminu Gwadabe, said people were holding dollars to protect themselves against further Naira weakness.

The Naira, however, ended at 196.95 on the official interbank market on Thursday.

The local currency had fallen to 233.5 earlier in the week.

The Naira has been on the ropes on the parallel market since the Central Bank of Nigeria introduced new measures two weeks ago restricting importers from sourcing the greenback from the interbank market, shifting dollar demand to the black market.

The Naira, which was selling at 218 before the new forex rule, had been dropping steadily against the dollar since then.

Analysts had predicted that the naira might fall to 250 against the dollar if the current demand pressure persisted.

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, had on Wednesday said the central bank’s forex rules were yielding results as the external reserves had started to recover grafually.

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Election Postponement

Posted: February 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

I  watched Jega make the official announcement of the  new poll dates (March 28 n April 11) .  I wonder where we r heading in Nigeria? Feb 14 n 28 elections timetable which was  released over year ago now became useless only 6days to the prefixed date.

Jega Stated InSecurity as the main fuel for the postponement fire; insecurity in the sense our security departments said they couldn’t assure INEC security for the elections.

If that’s d case, I wonder what security would be like if GEJ is re-elected. If GEJ being the GCFR as well as one of the main Presidential aspirants in the election is equally in support of the postponement, then am afraid there is NO BRIGHT FUTURE for Nigeria with him being the paddler of our Nation’s boat. He has just displayed with pride again that he is totally incapable to lead us.

Well, I think it is high time we all started getting involved in politics, not just as observers or for the mere knowledge of information  but as intellects and activists who want progress for our nation. I should rest my pen here.

Pls don’t sit back at home with your PVC on election day. Let’s go out enmass n exercise our franchise.   Wisely Choose the candidates u will cast ur vote for, remember ur vote is ur power as an electorate.

God bless Nigeria.

Written by Sheunoye.

Dear Great People of our nation,
1.         I greet and felicitate with you all as we previous New Year today. As we mark the beginning of this New Year, 2015, a new nation is
being born. A new nation is being born because of the foundations we have all laid, working together for the good and progress of our dear fatherland.
2.        I join you all in thanking God Almighty who has brought us this far, for continually bestowing His Grace upon us and for guiding our great nation safely through all the challenges of the past year.
3.        This year, as in the year past, I reaffirm my commitment to work to ensure a secure future for our dear country and the generations yet unborn.
4.        Last year, we celebrated our hundredth year of nationhood. The year brought us further progress, challenges and fresh opportunities.
5.        We have contended with the normal challenges of nation building and the unusual challenges of terrorism.
6.        But we have continued to vigorously confront those who seek to destroy the bonds of unity that hold us together.
7.         On this first day of the New Year, I want to pay special tribute to the gallant officers, men and women of our Armed Forces and other security agencies who have been in the forefront of the war against terrorism and violent
extremism in our country and sub-region.
8.        I also commend all Nigerians who have remained vigilant and cooperative with our security agencies in the fight against the common enemy.
9.        We are re-equipping and re-positioning our armed forces to enhance their capacity to win the ongoing war against terror and insurgency.
10.    Regrettably, terrorists have unleashed much pain and agony on our land. They have made widows of our mothers and sisters and orphans of our children. They have shut down businesses, desecrated places of worship and brought untold hardship to both men and women. They have violated the culture and peaceful way of life in our country, which took generations to build.
11.     They have destroyed countless schools and displaced people from their communities, driving them into exile.
12.    I want to assure you that the terrorists will not get away with their atrocities: they will not win; they will be routed. As President, I feel the pain of all affected communities and families. I hear their cries and share their sorrow and pain.
13.    We will not forget; we will not look the other way. We have done a lot of painstaking planning and work to resolve the current security
challenge. We will bring justice to the savage terrorists known as Boko Haram. They will be defeated.
14.    That is the solemn commitment I make today as President of the Federal Republic, and Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces.
15.    By the Special Grace of God, the Federal Government, under my leadership, has continued, in the past four years to lead our country
forward, even under the most trying circumstances.
16.    The progress we have made in priority areas bears us testimony.
17.    Amongst other achievements, we have rehabilitated and expanded our rail transportation network, successfully privatized power generation and distribution, significantly reformed and increased local participation in our oil and gas industry, and improved nationwide access to potable water from 57% in 2010, to 70% at present.
18.   We have also made significant progress in improving access to primary, secondary and tertiary education by building and equipping more schools, including special Almajiri schools, and establishing additional universities to ensure that each state of the nation now has at least one Federal University. 19.    Our national economy maintained a steady growth rate of close to seven per cent in the past
four years and millions of fresh employment opportunities were created for our people as a direct consequence.
20.  Recently, we launched the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) and the $100
million dollars Government and Donor Fund for Agriculture Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) to fast-track the positive transformation of our
agricultural sector.
21.    The Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) targets 750, 000 market-oriented young agricultural producers while the $100 million dollars Fund is to provide affordable long-term financing to support the development of small and medium agribusinesses in the country.
22.   This is in addition to a N50 billion Farm Mechanization Support Fund set up by the Central Bank to establish 1,200 agricultural equipment-hiring enterprises.
23.   Both funds will become fully operational this year. Policies and programmes such as these to boost agricultural production remain topmost on the agenda of this administration.
24.   Being very conscious of the inherent perils of our over-reliance on income from crude oil exports for national development, we have focused on accelerating the diversification of our economy.
25.   The non-oil Sector which has grown by an average of 8% in the last few years, is now a major driver of growth in our economy.
26.   The 2015 national budget, which is now before the National Assembly, is targeted at deepening our efforts at becoming a non-oil economy.
27.   The budget also includes measures to ensure that the downturn in the price of oil does not
affect our development plans and our national economy too adversely. We are adjusting our financial processes to safeguard our economy. We are also taking steps to ensure that the poor and the low and medium income earners do not bear the brunt.
28.  In 2015, this administration will continue to lay the foundation for a vibrant economy that attracts significant Foreign Direct Investment and promotes policies that ensure economic stability.
29.   We will ensure stability in the value of the Naira by striving to take away speculative behaviours that cause market exchange pressures.
30.  We will continue to build and maintain a healthy external reserves position and strengthen
fiscal buffers.  We will ensure the Naira remains strong, and gives foreign investors the clarity and
certainty that they need, to guide future investment decisions.
31.    We will continue to improve our payment systems and strengthen risk-based supervision mechanism for Nigerian banks to ensure overall
health and stability of the banking system.
32.   We are introducing a broad spectrum of financial instruments to boost sector-specific enterprise areas in agriculture, Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs), manufacturing, and oil and gas to enhance our aggregate supply capacity, reduce poverty,
promote job creation and increase the general well-being of our people.
33.   These efforts and other measures being spearheaded by relevant Ministries, Departments
and Agencies, are geared to ensure a secure future for Nigeria and create a much more prosperous country, where people live more
peaceful and fulfilled lives. Fellow countrymen and women,
34.   As we enter an election year, I assure you that our administration will remain fully focused on providing good governance and the delivery of better public services to our people.
35.   The coming campaigns and elections will not distract us from our ongoing work to significantly
improve the living conditions of our people. And I urge all tiers of government not to be distracted
as well.
36.   The elections are very important for us as a country. Their successful conclusion will further
strengthen our democratic institutions and place our beloved country even more firmly in the
comity of truly democratic nations.
37.   Given the challenges that have characterized some previous electoral contests in our country,
the eyes of the world will certainly be on the conduct and outcome of our fifth post-military rule general elections.
38.  I reassure all Nigerians and the international community of our firm commitment to free, fair and credible elections. My commitment to free elections and one man, one vote remains unwavering.
39.   Our administration has worked hard in previous elections to prepare all key stakeholders including the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC), security agencies and the electorate optimally, to ensure a progressively
improved electoral process in the country under my watch. We will continue to do so for the coming elections.
40.  We will continue to provide adequate funding to INEC and maintain the Commission’s
independence and isolate it from any form of interference or meddling in its day-to-day
affairs. This shall continue to guarantee its impartiality and ability to conduct more credible
and acceptable elections.
41.    National security agencies will also be given all necessary support to enhance their ability to ensure that the elections are peaceful and
violence-free. The Nigeria Police has already established an Elections Security Planning and Monitoring Unit.
42.   I am optimistic that with the cooperation of all law-abiding citizens of the country, our
commitment to have a peaceful and violence-free election will be actualized.
43.   I will like to say this, once again, to my fellow politicians and political leaders. None of our
political ambitions is worth the blood of any of our countrymen, women and children. The improvement of their lives and living conditions
ought to be our primary motive and the driving force of our quest for political power and leadership positions.
44.   Let us not promote sectionalism, disunity, intolerance, hate, falsehood or the malicious abuse of political opponents. Whatever we feel or seek, we must have a nation and a people before we can dream of political ambitions. Let us put the nation and the people first.
45.   Let us all conduct our electoral campaigns with the highest possible decorum and civilized towards political opponents. Let us give INEC the fullest possible support and cooperation it requires to conduct credible and violence-free elections in 2015.
46. After the 2011 general elections, some unpatriotic elements embarked on an orgy of violence, resulting in the destruction of lives and property. That will not be allowed to happen this time around. This government will act decisively
against anyone who disrupts the public peace, before, during or after the 2015 general elections.
47. All Nigerians, of voting age, are free to vote based on their convictions. It is our duty to defend and protect that basic right, and let no one be in doubt, we will.
48.  Fellow Nigerians, I urge all of you to enterthe New Year with renewed zeal and patriotism, to
serve our fatherland with love, honesty, faithfulness and hope for a greater tomorrow.
49.   As I have always maintained, none of the challenges before us is insurmountable.  We must come together as a people and work with single-minded unity of purpose to overcome them.
50.  Nigeria is a key country in Africa. We must work together to maintain our strategic position
and collaborate with others to move the continent forward. I call for peace in Africa and an end to
all conflicts in our continent. I urge all Africans to promote democracy in their respective nationies to ensure faster development of the
continent and faster economic and political integration.
51.    We will continue to pray and offer hands of fellowship and assistance to our fellow Africans
suffering from the Ebola Virus Disease. I urge all Nigerians to show compassion and contribute in
whatever way we can to help our African brothers and sisters.
52.   As we go into this New Year, I salute the indomitable and resilient spirit of our people in Nigeria and wherever they are in the world. Our
spirit of enterprise and the doggedness to succeed amongst all odds has been our strength.
53.   With our collective prayers and efforts, we will grow our economy and our people will become wealthier. Government will continue with programmes deliberately designed to create more jobs for our youth, to enable them contribute more to the growth and development of our nation.
54.   Let us continue our march to the future, towards the attainment of our collective vision of a strong, united, prosperous and harmonious
nation – a secure nation for us and for our coming generations.
55.   I wish you all a happy and fulfilling 2015.
56.   God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
57.   Happy New Year, Nigeria!
58.   I thank you all.

It is no new news that Nigerian Political atmosphere is now getting heavily clouded as the 2015 election which is stated for February is fast approaching.
As we all know, Jonathan has been declared as the official flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the position of Presidency and prior to the declaration, he chose Sambo as his running mate for his re-election in to office. In the same accord, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chose Rtd. General Muhammodu Buhari as their flag bearer for the same position and he made the pronouncement of his running mate, in person of Prof. Osinbajo yesterday.
Though there seemed to be some sort of delay in Buhari’s pronouncement but alas, he finally announced him yesterday. Below is a short biography of his running mate:

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is a profile of the former Lagos State Attorney General and a Snr. and Resident Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG), Olive Tree House of Prayer for All Nations, Banana Island. The 55 years old man is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Senior Partner in the Law firm of Simmons Cooper Partners.

He lives in Lagos with his wife,Dolapo Osinbajo, who is a grandchild of Obafemi Awolowo with three children. His tertiary education was at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics where he obtained the LLB and LLM degrees respectively.

Yemi Osibanjo was appointed the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in 1999 and reappointed for a second term in 2003. During the period of his public service, he commenced the Lagos State justice reform project. A prominent feature of that project was the establishment of the Directorate for Citizens’ Rights (DCR) which provides free legal services and legal representation to indigent citizens of the state. This initiative gave a voice to many who would otherwise not have a way to access their rights.

Prior to that appointment, Osinbajo, a Professor of Law, was the Head of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.

Between 1988 and 1992, he was the Special Adviser to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He also served as a staff member of the United Nations and Member of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN Peacekeeping personnel around the globe.

He is currently an Ethics Advisor to the Ethics Committee of the African Development Bank and is a non-executive Director of Citibank. He is Co-founder & Board Member Convention on Business Integrity and the Justice Research Institute Ltd. He has also authored several law books.

In 2007, Prof. and his wife Oludolapo founded “The Orderly Society Trust”, a non- governmental organization that is dedicated to the promotion of Christian ethics and orderliness.

Reflection

Posted: November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

This is yet another lovely poem I stumbled upon. It is titled ‘REFLECTION’. It is written by a young pretty lady who answers to the name Kenny. She happens to be a Part 2 student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Enjoy it.

I’ve learn the way that lovers talk, And witnessed deceit in its purest form.
For justice we say its well planned thought.
The vows we make are subtle curse. Harmless now. In future, hurts.
I wish the night that hastes to fall, Knows that sunset would surely come.

I’ve read about the thorns of war.
Of heroes gone and kingdoms lost.
I thought of those who saw it raw. Of how they wept for someone’s fault.
I’ve grown to learn that human flaws.
Sources from lust and brutal force. Weep no more, oh tortured one’s. Nemesis i see, is springing forth.

Some mortals think they are simply God.
And god to god, they vainly fought.
I saw their ruin, the nation’s spoil. All lost to lust, our heroes toils.
Why then arise, oh compatriot? In hope we sang, ‘thy kingdom come’. And made as king, the people’s choice.
Awe death he died, but then whose fault?
I wonder where we got it wrong. That comes today, our hope seems lost.
I know it’s wrong to just give up. But will it still fills, our hopeful cup?