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FAYOSE, FAYEMI, BRAIN-CRACKING & THE DEPRESSING SPECTRE

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Last week, Nigeria's killing fields expanded North Westwards. Indeed the entire North seems to have been partitioned by three non state actors into three fiefdoms. On the North East, we have the Boko Haram insurgents bombing and snuffing out lives and occasionally making territorial forays into the Borno, Yobe and Adamawa areas. In the North Central, including parts of Southern Kaduna and Taraba, the Militant Herdsmen hold sway killing the innocent, destroying farms and property and in the Northwest a band of marauders are freely raining terror. For a while, it seemed they were only interested in Zamfara State. But last week, they expanded their theatre of influence to parts of Kebbi & Sokoto States and when they were finished on this first assault, 32 citizens of Nigeria were dead, compounding the increasing statistics of the violently dead in these times.

Naturally the President was distraught with this new development and was actually short of words. He was thoroughly exaspe…

APC- A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF

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In Nigeria there are many prophets, mostly false prophets. But the effervescent dynamics of Nigerian political environment often gives them the opportunity to brag.
I asked one of such 'prophets'a few weeks ago, who would win the World Cup and he told me it was going to be either Germany, Spain or Portugal. When these three teams got eliminated early in the tournament, I called this 'prophet' friend of mine to ask 'how come?'and he told me that the Octopus on which he depended disappointed him. But this my friend called me last week and sounded triumphant and announced to me that his prophesy about APC splitting into factions has been fulfilled and requested me to withdraw my earlier classification of him as a false prophet. I ended the discussion by telling him that if predicting that APC would split into two or even self-destruct was an act of prophesy,then, most Nigerian political watchers and analysts like me would also claim to be prophets as well.
How cou…

PLATEAU MASSACRE: WHY POLITICAL NICETIES WILL NOT SUFFICE

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After my articles titled "Fulani Herdsmen Militancy: International help now indicated" in January this year and "Serious challenges confronting PMB's 3-pointagenda" in February I was not planning to comment any longer on the despicable daily killing of Nigerians in the middle belt of Nigeria and elsewhere. Since it looked Like the Government felt it was doing well in running a country where life has become brutish and short and the citizens seem to have resigned to their fate, I felt it was a waste of my time commenting on the matter. Last October when 20 people were killed in Plateau, the President issued a statement which stated "that this madness has gone too far". From all indications the madness just seems to be forming and may just be getting started on its journey! But try as hard as I could, the humanity in me would not allow, the mind of Christ constrains me.

Last week news broke of how a contingent of  Fulani militia carried out a-seven hour …

GOODWILL MESSAGE TO THE ACPN NATIONAL CONFERENCE: EDO 2018

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It is my pleasure to send this goodwill message to members of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria(ACPN) on the occasion of your 37th Annual National Conference holding in Benin-City, Edo State. It is my prayer that The Lord will bring you all safely to Benin, grant you a successful conference and lead you back safely to your respective stations. I am also praying that the scheduled elections will be rancor free and that the Association will elect the best candidates for the various offices.

Talking about elections, I will like to use this opportunity to confirm that I have accepted the call to offer my self for service as the President of our great Society, PSN come November 2018. Our society is at the precincts of a great rebound, given the wonderful work of our past leaders, especially the current one and my mission is to cause a radical transformation to the practice of the Pharmacy Profession, resulting in a quantum leap in the status of Pharmacists in Nigeria.

Our…

BUDGETTED CATTLE RANCHES: PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR PRIVATE PROFIT

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It is certain that the Federal Government wants to do something to prevent or minimize the clashes between the normal & traditional Fulani cattle herders and farmers. These clashes have been of old and seemed to be inevitable given the traditional way cattle is raised and transported in our Country. I believe that was why they created and gazetted Grazing routes in those days. Because these grazing routes have either been abandoned or taken over by latter day developments including state creations and demographic changes, the clashes seem to have increased in recent times. But the clashes remained under control until in the last three years or so, when it seemed to have gone out of control. In my view, this has happened because a new group of entrants with weirds motives came into the mix - The Militant-Fulani Cattle Herdsmen. From the method of operations of this group, it looked like their objectives were or are to steal, kill and destroy farming communities in the predominantly …

RIGHTING THE WRONGS : WHEN WILL IT BE THE TURN OF NDIGBO?

In this column last week, I applauded and defended the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari  (PMB) to honour late MKO Abiola and his vice-presidential candidate, Babagana Kingibe for their victory in the June 12, 1993 elections, a victory which had been denied in the last 25 years. All fair minded people accepted that it was a good thing to happen, though many said PMB was scoring a'cheap political point' questioning his democratic credentials including being on the side of Abacha, and some others said Babagana Kingibe did not deserve the honour as he was said to have abandoned the struggle or even sabotaged Abiola by accepting to serve in Abacha's cabinet. Every body is entitled to his opinion but I remain convinced that PMB, irrespective of his motives scored a bull's eye with this June 12 recognition and re-validation.
Indeed, PMB in my view scored more points by what he did and said at the award ceremony on June 12, 2018. Hear him "The recognition is not an a…

ABIOLA & JUNE 12: LET'S GO THE WHOLE HOG

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Monumental history was made this past week. A Nation that seemed to be in denial for 25 years finally came home to face the truth.On June 12, 1993, Nigerians went to the polls to elect a civilian democratic President. The election was generally adjudged to be peaceful, free and fair but the official result was not released. The military President in Power, Nigeria's own IBB cancelled the elections using all kinds of subterfuge or so it seemed. A motley group of cash & carry politicians led by then irrepressible Arthur Nzeribe, connived with an equally cash & carry judiciary to give IBB an alibi to cancel the elections. The Nation, especially, Southern Nigeria rose up in protest against IBB and his henchmen. I fully remember late Dr Beko-Ransome Kuti, Barrister Femi Falana and the trade unionist Kokori leading protests which many of us joined on Ikorodu Road and Airport Road marching to Alausa in Lagos.There were bonfires all over Lagos and other parts of the South West and…

A CALL TO PROVIDE VISIONARY, IMPACTFUL & ETHICAL LEADERSHIP TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (PSN)

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I am thankful to God for the honour of presenting myself for service as the President of our professional association, come November 2018.

ENTRY INTO PHARMACY I am a 1976 graduate of Pharmacy from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). At the University I was once the National Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS). I did my internship at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu and my compulsory National Youth service at the General Hospital in Yelwa-Yauri in present day Kebbi State
PROFESSIONAL CAREER I joined Pfizer Products Plc in July 1978 as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (PSR), became Area Manager in 1980, National Sales Manager in 1982, Group Sales Manager (Pharmaceutical & Animal Health) in 1985. I was appointed Marketing Manager in 1989 and invited to the Board as Pharmaceutical Division Director in 1990, rising to become the Deputy Country Manager in 1992. I peaked in my career when I was appointed the…