Sometimes in November, 2014 I wrote under the title OUR GOVERNOR HAS GONE MAD AGAIN on my Facebook wall. The title was inspired by Ola Rotimi’s classic OUR HUSBAND HAS GONE MAD AGAIN, whose central character Col. Ladele, an impulsive, irrational soldier-turned politician was. The said article generated much interest from many of my former colleagues, many of whom were pro-Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, back then at Ife University. Thanks to Fayoseites(as I now call them), I received the batching of my life. Some even called me unprintable names. From all their replies to the article, two things I could make sense of for their sordid defense of the Governor. Fayose’s supporters say it to high heavens that he is a man of the people; loved by the people and because of his notorious “Stomach Infrastructure”, the people can die for him! This argument only reminds me of the central character in Chinua Achebe’s The Man of the People, Chief Nanga. The Chief is a classic example of a corrupt, selfish and opportunistic politician that characterized the First Republic. For those who have read the novel knew how the Chief ended! The basis trust of the “Stomach Infrastructure” is that life starts and ends in the stomach. Hence, the people must be hungry or be made so. If not, how can one explain a state where workers are...Read More
Author: Olalekan Adigun
Suddenly, everybody became a friend to General Muhammadu Buhari(rtd). The has been taking several shots at the Nigerian Presidency since 2003, very few boldly identified with him. The International Olympic Committee(IOC) recently invited him to its headquarters. Before now, no one has invited Buhari to such function. Everyone identifies with you when you win, but no one reckons with you when you lose! To win any political election, whether it is just a school Prefect, Street representative, Local Government Councillor, Chairman, Governor or even the President, there are institutions that are decisive. Never leave them to chance! The Electorate These are the voters, the electors, the citizens, or in some cases the people who are supposed to be the main stake holders in the election. Make no mistake about it, like in the United States, you may win the popular vote, but lose the electoral vote. This is because the US adopts the Electoral College system. This was exactly the case with former Vice president Al Gore when he ran for the presidency against George Bush in 2000. In Nigeria, you must do everything within your powers to appease the voters. They must never be annoyed with you else you ambitions may be in jeopardy! The Security Agencies This includes the police, the secret service, and other law enforcement agencies. These institutions are in fact more powerful than the...Read More
Though we have won the war against Apartheid in South Africa, it is fast appearing some people still suffer from post-Apartheid traumas. This is the only logical explanation I will give to the recent xenophobic attacks by thugs in some South African cities against nationals of other African countries. But unlike other Africans, I will look at the issues from lesser emotional point of view. On hearing the news of the wave of attacks on foreigners by some South African thugs, I put a call through to my friend, Nomfundo Zulu to confirm the incident. She told me the attacks were carried out by some “jobless, hopeless thugs who want to take over the business of foreigners.” This quickly took my mind by to the popular “Ghana Must Go” incidence in Nigeria. The Nigerian economy in the early 1980s was suffering from a major recession as a result of the fall in global oil price. The Sheu Shagari’s regime had to find ways to cope with the unusual problem. A lot of Nigerians were out of jobs; government was downsizing and things were not appearing to take shape soon. This left room for many people to fall gullibly to any explanation of ways out of the challenge. One of such was that it was the foreigners (Ghanaians) that were taking over Nigerian jobs! In many parts of Lagos, Nigeria...Read More
It is no longer news that terrorism is now an, if not the main, issue in African politics today. The terrorist did their very worst on 2 April, 2015. The Garrissa University terror attacks in Kenya by the notorious al-Shabab terrorist group which left 148 innocent students dead should at least be enough to convince even the most ridiculous doubting Thomas of the reality of the threat pose by these groups on our existence as a continent. The question then is how to fight it! There have been various suggestions on how to deal with this disturbing trend. One...Read More
Turning and turning in the widening gyre, The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere, The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of compassionate intensity. (W.B. Yeats The Second Coming) William B. Yeats’ poem shows the Nigerian situation in 1983 before General Muhammadu Buhari and his colleagues struck on 31st December, 1983. False historians are now at work. Femi Fani-Kayode(FFK), doing the job he was paid to do as President Jonathan’s Campaign spokesman he tweeted on his official twitter account on New Year eve that General Muhammadu t Buhari, the All Progressive Congress(APC) candidate “truncated democracy and took away our peace on this day 30 years ago.” I agree fully with FFK that since Buhari came the forces of reaction have murdered sleep. They have known no peace. In parenthesis, FFK’s job, like the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s 1984 involves large scale propaganda. You hear things like FREEDOM IS SLAVERY; IGNORANCE IS STRENGHT; WAR IS PEACE; 16 GREATER THAN 19; CORRUPTION IS VIRTUE, VIRTUE IS VICE. Don’t be surprised, they justify these before their gullible followers. This dirty job also includes malicious distortions of hitherto plain historical facts,(and in some cases falsifying them) in the process confounding the pseudo-intelligent,...Read More
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN is an independent political risk analyst and strategist. He received his BSc(Politics, Philosophy & Economics) from Ife University before getting engaged with a research, contents development and digital solutions’ firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is presently an MSc (Political Science) candidate at the University of Lagos.