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CODEINE ABUSE, PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY & OFFICIAL OVERREACH

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Recently Codeine has been in the news, essentially for the wrong reasons. Codeine which came into use in 1832 has been a very useful medication for treating pain and more recently as a cough suppressant in cough syrups. Codeine or 3-methyl morphine is an alkaloid found in the opium poppy- Papaver somniferum . In 1848, a German Pharmacist discovered how to isolate morphine from the opium poppy, which eventually gave rise to the discovery of Codeine by Pierre Robiquet, a French Chemist in 1832. Subsequently, Codeine was extracted from the black tar opium which constantly put the drug manufacturers in constant conflict with illicit drug cartels, but later was now synthethised from coal-tar. 
According to the World Heath Organization ( WHO), Codeine is the most widely and commonly used opiate in the World and is also regarded as the safest of all the opioids and seen as least addictive as well. The most common medical use of codeine is related to its ability to suppress chronic cough, henc…

LABOUR DAY, MINIMUM WAGE BROUHAHA & THE POLITICAL SPACE

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I was enthused when I heard Pastor Poju Oyemade of the Covenant Christian Centre talk of political cats and dogs at the Platform which he convenes every year on the 1st of May. By the way, that day is usually observed in Nigeria as public holidays in commemoration of Labour day or Workers day. This year's May Day was very eventful and for me there were a couple of issues that drew my attention. The First was the issue of minimum wage for workers in Nigeria. The Nigerian Labour Congress ( NLC) was pitching for a new minimum monthly wage of 56500 Naira as the minimum wage for labour in the Country. Some other labour leaders were demanding more, up to 90000 Naira and there were arguments back & forth. Some commentators insisted that the demand was unrealistic. To Triple or quadruple  minimum wage at one go would drive inflation up. What of the ability of employers, especially the state governments to pay? They cited the huge unpaid salary backlogs in many States despite several ba…

CAN NIGERIA SURVIVE A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS IN THIS CLIMATE?

That this Nation is at war has become obvious. As a matter of fact, this Country has faced many war situations in its recent history. The classical war was the Nigeria-Biafra war in which there were two combatants and there was some territorial delineation. Both sides were armed, even if one side was better armed and received more international support. But recent wars in Nigeria have been largely assymetrical. You may never fully identify who the combatants are, what the war is all about and how to determine its end. The Boko Haram war though at one time seemed to have progressed into a typical warfare, when the Nigerian Army supported by the Airforce confronted it head on to recover the territories it had illegally taken, it has returned to where it started, a war against the innocent citizens of the Country. It is daily attacking civilian targets, not military targets and seems to operate without boundaries. And because it has no boundaries and its targets not well defined, it has …

IS NIGERIA BECOMING A BANANA REPUBLIC?

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Strange things are happening in Nigeria with such great rapidity and intensity that most normal people are asking questions in utter amazement. I was speaking to a group of young people last weekend in Enugu and many asked me very difficult questions about this Country: Is this Country cursed? What is happening? Is anybody running this Country? Who is safe in Nigeria now? Why are people like you not doing anything to change the dangerous course Nigeria is on? What else will happen in this Country before People like you take action? I could feel the anger and frustration in their looks and voices. They had many things bothering them and I tried to find out the issues uppermost in their minds. I noticed that their anger and frustration seemed to have been accentuated by the recent statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari( PMB) at the Commonwealth  meeting in London last week. He was reported to have categorized the Nigerian Youth as lazy, expecting hand outs from a supposedly ric…

PERPETUATION IN OFFICE: BUHARI ACTS TYPICAL

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In Africa, it is rare to find political office holders who voluntarily resign from office. African politicians cling to office against all odds. Some achieve it through changing the constitution, others through changing of political parties and a few through blatant seizure of power. Recently one Robert Mugabe, who ruled his country - Zimbabwe for 37 years was bent on seeking another term at age of 93 and if he failed, he would hand over to his wife - 'Gucci Grace' until the military intervened in a most sophisticated manner to ease him out. Some try to play God, believing that without them,the Country would fail, guys like Museveni of Uganda , Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, Nkurunziza of Burundi, Biya of Cameroun, Derby of Chad and Bongo of Gabon.Even in very serious and debilitating sickness,some African leaders refuse to bow out,preferring rather to rule through proxies or to die in office.

Nigeria has been unlucky (lucky?)to have seen leaders who fit into this mode. Ibrahim …

LEAH SHARIBU ON MY MIND

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I was feeling low last week and began wandering what was weighing me down.
Yes my mother Madam Mathilda Nwannediya Ohuabunwa who recently finished her race on the Earth will be laid to rest this week's Friday - 6th of April 2018 in my home town- Arochukwu in Abia State. So it was natural to feel that was my problem. But I shook that thinking away because since our mother got called back to The Lord, my siblings and I had maintained an attitude of gratitude. After what our mother went through to raise twelve Children ( 7 boys from her womb and five other children from the womb of her mate) and lived to the ripe age of 90, we felt God had done so well for her and for us. And having come to that conclusion, we have remained upbeat as we prepared for her interment.

Later, it dawned on me that my mood was caused by the pain that I have had in my heart even before we heard of the dramatic release of the girls abducted by Boko haram from the Science  & Technical Secondary school in Dap…

AfCFTA: WHY IS NIGERIA HESISTANT ?

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Nigeria is the most populous Country in Africa with current population estimated at about 194 million growing at about 2.6% per annum. It is said that every one of Four black People in the World is a Nigerian.With an estimated GDP of $405 billion Nigeria is still the largest economy in Africa in spite of its recently ended descent to economic recession. So with the largest population and largest economy, it is natural that Africa expects leadership from Nigeria.
The discussions for the conversion of the African Union (AU) into a common economic zone like the European Union (EU)  had been going on since 2012 and actually intensified since 2015. Nigeria's current Minister of Industry, Trade and investment, Dr Okechukwu Enalamah was the Chairman of the African Ministers of Trade (AMOT) that signed off the legal instruments establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), thereby paving the way for the Heads of States and Governments to gather in Kigali Rwanda lastWednesd…