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ALL IS NOT WELL WITH NIGERIA

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Those who are familiar with how madness begins to manifest in a person, will tell you that no man becomes mad in just one day. Madness follows a sequence. Of course psychiatrists and those who work in the mental health area can easily notice when a patient goes through the stages or sequence. But for the ordinary folks like us, we also some times notice this sequence  more so when the subject is closely related to us. Signs of mental illness may start with the subject being unusually moody which could represent depression or in some cases the subject may become unusually aggressive and hyperactive called hyperactive disorder. If the subject is subjected to treatment at these early stages, psychiatrists tell us, the mental health can be corrected but if not, the situation could deteriorate. Soon the subject begins to neglect his personal hygiene and then may begin to speak incoherently similar to what is called psychotic disorder. I am told that even at this stage the situation can stil…

MASS DEFECTIONS: CAN PDP RISE TO THE BALL?

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So very often, we pray for something. And sometimes when the payer is answered, a new problem emerges, that of managing the outcome. The problem is some times exaggerated when God decides to 'embarrass' you and give you more than you asked for or were expecting. There was this story of an Okada driver who had been praying for a child for seven years and eventually his wife became pregnant. Through out the pregnancy he was full of joy, but could not afford to pay for a scan for his wife and so had no idea what was on the way.Because the wife's stomach was very big, he suspected she could be expecting a twin. However on the day his wife was delivered, he was shocked to welcome six tiny children with their tiny fingers in their mouths gaping at him.  He went through contradictory emotional swings. First, he was happy that God had answered his prayers. Then he looked at the tiny girls with their tiny fingers in their mouths and the man burst into tears and before you know it, h…

APC: NOW THE PLOTS & COUNTER PLOTS THICKEN

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Nigeria has experienced a couple of incomplete military coup d'├ętats. An incomplete coup is one in which the intended objectives are not fully accomplished in one fell swoop. In Nigerian history, we have seen all types of coups-attempted, aborted, failed, phantom, incomplete and complete. They are all different, though they all share a common foundation.  Nigeria's first incomplete coup was the one led  by the majors- notably Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, Emmanuel Ifeajuna, Adewale Ademoyega and their co revolutionaries on the 15th of January 1966. Their critical objective was to overthrow Balewa's government, release Awolowo from prison and enthrone him as the Prime Minister. Due to the poor performance of some of the  team members and the resistance of some officers like Lt-Col Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in Kano and the counter moves of General Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi in Lagos, the coup became incomplete. Balewa was overthrown but Awolowo was not installed as Prime Minister then…

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…