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2023 General Elections: Muiz Banire Writes An Open Letter To Nigerian Politicians – Naijanewsdirect

Dear Nigerian politician, It is difficult to wish you a happy new year as starting a year with the realization that the problems confronting the nation, Nigeria, are still with us could be demoralizing. As you may know, participation in politics in Nigeria demands being a member of a political platform by virtue of our constitutional dictate. Without joining a political party, it is impossible for any aspirant to get into political office in Nigeria to realise his ambition, since independent candidature is alien to our Constitution. To this extent, you need to be a politician to contest. This does not imply, however, that you must be a politician to participate in the political process. You can exercise your franchise in the elections without necessarily joining a political party. However, if you want to influence the candidate of a political party or contest as said earlier, you certainly must become a politician. In the class of these politicians, however, are those who are into one vocation or the other and are just interested in the good governance of the country. These days, current politicians are what the Yoruba refer to as Ojelu (looters) as opposed to Oselu (politicians). As I address this point, do not take offence but you can imagine where your acts and omissions have placed you in the divide, whether you are an Oselu or an Ojelu. The Ojelus thrive on thuggery, material politicking and manipulation of the electoral and judicial  processes. They don’t believe in manifestos or any ideology. They lack programmes or policies they intend to prosecute, should they be availed the opportunity of serving the nation. Due to their escapades, the country is what it is today, as they must amass wealth to the detriment of the masses, perpetuate poverty to dominate the conscience and consciousness of the

Rasaq Ajala, Setting The Pace In Grassroots Governance in Nigeria***by Tunde Ogunmola – Naijanewsdirect

  Local government is popularly referred to as grassroots government. It is commonly known as the closest government to the people. Viewed from this perspective, local government is a concrete reality to the people not an abstract entity that is detached from them. In view of this, it’s a government that should be able to feel, understand and respond to the needs and expectations of the people under its watch. In the contemporary Nigerian society, not only are the needs and expectations of people at the grassroots are not met, there’s also a sharp disconnect between the local people and many local government administrators in terms of accessibility, policy formulation and provision of services. However, in spite of these identified surmountable challenges, it is definitely not out of place to see some local government administrators in Nigeria who are models for their colleagues and have continued to exhibit good leadership traits and hearken to the yearnings of their people by providing dividends of democracy. One of such local government administrators whose encompassing style of grassroots governance has continually engender him to the people of his community is Hon. Rasaq Olusola Ajala, the Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area. Hon. Ajala’s ascension to the exalted seat of Odi-Olowo /Ojuwoye LCDA, in Mushin area of Lagos state, has brought integrated development to the highly industrialized council. He’s currently spending his second term in office as the Chairman of the Council. Broadly speaking, there are two functions that local governments perform. The first group of functions are those enshrined in the Fourth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution. The second group of functions are those that can aptly be described as civic and agency functions. These functions are: provision and maintenance of healthcare services, minor maintenance of state and federal roads, civic mobilization and sensitization etc. Talking about minor

Mayor Akinpelu Put The Record Straight, Tells The Story of ‘FAME MAGAZINE’, Says “Truth is Sacred” – Naijanewsdirect

I read excerpts of the story of FAME magazine written by one of the founders, Femi Akintunde-Johnson (FAJ) on Facebook. Two things stood out for me.     First, was his assertion that I assumed the “headship” of FAME because I was the oldest among the three founders (Mayor Akinpelu, Kunle Bakare and Femi Akintunde-Johnson) and no one was ready to drag the headship with me.     The other was the argument that the Ojukwu/Bianca story triggered the birth of FAME. That was a ridiculous assertion.     Before the Ojukwu/Bianca story, I had written the Tejuoso/ Okoya wedding story that started what is known today as celebrity journalism. Prior to that story, most of the lead stories in Prime People magazine at the time were strange or unusual stories. I also did the Akeem Olajuwon story titled ‘The Dream and His Millions’. That was when the NBA superstar came to Nigeria on a visit. So the Ojukwu/Bianca story couldn’t have triggered the formation of FAME.     It was true that FAJ gave Kunle Bakare the gist that the Biafran warlord, Odumegwu Ojukwu was romancing Bianca Onoh, the then most beautiful girl in Nigeria. Kunle Bakare mentioned it at the editorial meeting. The story was assigned to Kunle Bakare and me to work on. The source that assisted us in getting the details of the story was a friend of mine who was the daughter of a prominent politician from the East. This lady was also very close to Ojukwu. It was the lady in the course of working on the story that facilitated my entering Ojukwu’s Ikoyi home to confirm the large size portrait of Bianca that was placed in Ojukwu’s sitting room. In the course of moving around the house I encountered a guy, who was one of the aides of Ojukwu, who I suspected was the source that gave

Ganiyu Solomon at 62: A Distinctive Politician and Distinguished Nigerian! ***By Tunde Ogunmola – Naijanewsdirect

Distinguished Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon popularly called GOS in our political lexicon, turned 62 on December 19, 2021. The current of history has moved him down stream as an authentic leader. He remains a worthy example in leadership by virtue of recent happenings.   Senator GOS is always at ease with the people of one of the most disparaged communities in Lagos state, Mushin, his neighbourhood; as well as the people of the state of aquatic splendor. Listening to people and attending to their needs, for him, come with incomprehensible ease and overwhelming satisfaction, such that even years after office, he has continued to receive and attend to people in his palatial mansion in Magodo, when in practical terms, many of his ilk would have shut their doors against the people.   A shrewd politician but not the archetypal one, his unassuming nature, enhanced by quiet mien and his capacity to listen to people, no matter what they had to say, offered the kind of strength needed to deliver quality leadership. Senator GOS, a one time Mushin Local Government chairman has weathered the storm as far as politics is concerned in Nigeria. His knowledge of his people, coupled with his ability to manage the various unpredictable tendencies speaks volume of his staying relevance in Lagos political landscape.   Senator GOS involvement in politics is not a fluke. His late father, Alhaji Rafiu Ishola Solomon was politically influential in Lagos state and was a contemporary of the first civilian governor of Lagos state, late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. Alhaji Rafiu Solomon, wielded enormous influence in Lagos political landscape to such an extent that he recommended people for political appointments. Prominent among such appointments was that of late Oba Alhaji Olatunji Hamzat, the father of Lagos state Deputy Governor, Dr Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat.   Alhaji Rafiu Solomon was instrumental to

Opinion: Mayor Akinpelu’s Diary – Why Bola Tinubu May Not Be President – Naijanewsdirect

Mayor Akinpelu’s Diary Former governor of Lagos State Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the main story as to who could be President in 2023. Though he is yet to declare for President, the momentum is building quite strongly around his candidacy. There is no better proof of that than when he travelled abroad for knee surgery and then went to his London home to rest.   His London residence became a Mecca of a sort. Everybody, almost everybody that is important in the political space, went on a get-well-soon pilgrimage. The President, Muhammadu Buhari led the long list of well-wishers. He was the first to visit, followed by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.   Asiwaju Tinubu has since come back and the tempo is still high as ever. Various groups are being formed to actualize his dream of becoming President. There is Tinubu Support Group (TSG) which for now seems to be the leading vehicle for those supporters who wanted Asiwaju to be President. Another group, SWAGA, a South-West initiative, is also up and running and was launched recently with a lot of fanfare.   Asiwaju on his own has embarked on different visits across the country which many interpreted as building blocs for his presidential ambition. Tinubu had always wanted to be President. I think that ambition was nurtured during HOPE ’93 days. He was one of the lieutenants of Basorun M.K.O Abiola who won the 1993 presidential election that was annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. Tinubu, along with other patriots in NADECO fought against the annulment of ‘June 12’ election and like most people in NADECO at the time, went on exile. He came back to contest election and he was elected to become two-time governor of Lagos State. Though his politics was mostly played in the South-West region, he went into an

Re: Lagos State Government Set To Release List Of Supers And SLGs For LGs & LCDAs, A Litmus Test For Oshodi Taliban Government – Naijanewsdirect

    "An already drown man will always look for who to go down with him". This quote can best describe the malicious write-up put forward by a faceless individual claiming to be a political onlooker in Oshodi. The handwriting is clear on the wall and we know where the purported lies emanated from. The frantic efforts at maligning the soaring image of the executive chairman of Oshodi Isolo Local Government is evident and well noted. It should however be stated that such efforts had failed woefully in the past, it will fail again.   As a resident of Oshodi, everyone is aware that Otunba Kehinde Oloyede is a man of means that will not disturb himself over weightless sycophants that are seeking attention and cheap popularity, moreso now that he has enormous responsibility of transforming Oshodi on his shoulders, but there is need to set the record straight for the sake of posterity and for well meaning Oshodi people to get the fact straight.   Kendoo, as he is popularly called, has brought in new ways of thinking, new ways of getting things done seamlessly and this has been giving his political enemies sleepless nights as what they expect is a total shift from what it is now. Otunba Kehinde Oloyede contested, amassed 27,000 votes as against paltry 8,000 votes that was recorded in the last LG election, this is enough to cause the incessant headache.   The election that produced him had been adjudged free, transparent and rancor-free both from Oshodi residents and outsiders. How he was able to galvanize, harmonize, and unify all the candidates is still a mystery to many. He was however able to achieve all these through his pragmatic, foresightedness and proactive nature   Being a man of peace and a complete party man, he was the vanguard of peace, oneness and brotherliness before, during and

Is Primate Elijah Ayodele The Only Prophet In Africa? ***By Justice Okorocha – Naijanewsdirect

  Prophets are highly spiritual men who have consecrated themselves to God, they are special ministers of God that are gifted in foretelling what will happen in future. By their gift, they have been given free access to know what God has in mind concerning nations, individuals, corporations, governments, to mention a few. The prophetic ministry is the oldest and highly revered ministry in the fold. We have had many prophets in the past and Africa as a continent is blessed to have almost the highest numbers of prophets compared to every other continent. In Africa at the moment, the loudest voice in the prophetic ministry is Primate Elijah Ayodele, the leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, a Nigerian prophet who has positioned himself as a man sent to every nation in the world. Primate Elijah Ayodele is not that prophet that speaks today and goes silent for many months before speaking out again. The prophets of old as we know were always making prophetic statements, warnings, advice to presidents and individuals. The fact that they are prophet alone makes their input needed in the daily activities of every person, no matter their status. A prophet’s primary assignment is for his nation; where he hails from and of a truth, Primate Ayodele has made a huge name in Nigeria. As we speak, every Nigerian looks up to the Primate’s prophecies. His prophecies have served as counsel, warnings, and directions to individuals, politicians, business tycoons, government agencies in Nigeria. Of course, a prophet is known when they speak and it comes to pass. Primate Ayodele’s fulfilled prophecy in Nigeria has no numbers, they are too numerous. Some of them include the victory of Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki in 2020. Primate Ayodele was the only prophet to have predicted this. Also, he warned of the emergence of

The Oranmiyan Invasion Into Osun Politics – Naijanewsdirect

By Wale Adebisi Osun is the state created in 1991 by the military government of maximum military ruler Gen. Babangida. It is the central home of the Yorubas with a rich central values and heritage. Osun has population of about two million people, then which by now is being evaluated to 4.5 million populations. The state is blessed with arable land that is suitable for agricultural purposes and strategically located within the southwestern state. Despite this, the state remained the most poorly managed and poorly developed in the country. Bad governance, corruption and lack of respect for the rights of the citizen brought suffering and so much pain, the majority of the people live extremely in poverty while those in government carried on as if everything is fine. In April 16th, 2005, Rauf Aregbesola came on the redemption mission of change through his Oranmiyan movement. The mass movement after coined a powerful Yoruba historical legend who was known as a warrior, a statesman and a nation builder. This movement was a colourful declaration which attracted many prominent and critical mass of the people in the state. Similarly, there were supports and eagerness from the Osun citizens outside the state to be identified with the Oranmiyan movement. The directionless incumbent government in power was not happy about this fast spreading of a new politically motivated movement which was fast eroding their popularity and also exposes their ineptitudeness. Therefore, they engaged in many acts of suppression between 2005 and 2007 which at some point almost killed Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at Oroki Day celebration by some notorious state sponsored thugs. The ironical scenario was that Rauf was declared wanted by the police in which the real trouble makers who were rained bullets on him were untouched. Ogbeni did not submit to these threats, humiliation and intimidation by these enemies of

Tinubu, Banire And Ethos Of Omoluabi – Naijanewsdirect

By Muiz Banire, PhD The Yoruba culture is one that is very deep in fostering values of respect, love and empathy for one another, even in a state of utter disagreement. This might be the same in many other cultures in Africa, which might make it a continental orientation, but my birth, growth and socialization being a process providentially programmed by destiny to be among the noble people of Yoruba descent, have made me deeply appreciative of these values of Omoluabi. Our parents, by patriarchal and matriarchal decrees, instilled in our memory and thinking that the highest virtues and injunctions imposed by the scriptures can find no better practical expression and living than in the archetypal omoluabi. The Wikipedia online dictionary describes ‘Omoluabi’ as “a philosophical and cultural concept that’s native to the Yoruba people. It’s used to describe a person of good character. The Omoluabi concept signifies courage, hard work, humility and respect. An omoluabi is a person of honour who believes in hard work, respects the rights of others, and gives to the community in deeds and in action. Above all, an omoluabi is a person of integrity.” In all situations, whether of peace or conflict, an Omoluabi must not be found wanting in nobility of heart and character. The above cultural review has become quite imperative due to my recent visit to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State, under whom I had the honour of serving as a Commissioner for eight good years. This incident would not have been spectacular as to warrant a dedication in this column, if not for the reactions of many people to the visit as my picture with Asiwaju went viral. The said visit to Asiwaju Tinubu, who was receiving treatment and recuperating in London, generated a lot of shock in the system,

Sound Sultan: The Poetic Ambassador on Migration UN Never Had – Naijanewsdirect

By Segun Adesokan. ‘Motherland’, referring to Nigeria in his song, at the time of its release, was so timely and its messages even till the present day is rich and timeless as it could be passed off as an Immigrant travel guide. The early part of the song had reminded us about how Chinedu had borrowed some money to fund his trip to Chicago. It further adds: how Nnamdi had also sold off his car to facilitate the trip of a beloved to America. In the middle of it all is also the emotionally drained lover or spouse left behind, whose wellbeing and fragile mind is left hanging in the balance, sadly in some instance, some partner never returns. The song perhaps appears to have critically observed the obsession of many immigrants whose inordinate or misplaced quest for survival believes that immigrating to the West or other European countries is a critical means by which survival is sought, hence Sound Sultan's 'Motherland' came in handy: offering some counsel, suggesting that sometimes, a sojourner may have to beat a retreat by returning to his ancestral home, Motherland, given the fact that sometimes, in a bid to survive in a foreign land, the unpredictability of such adventures may unavoidably require one to do so. As often the case with many immigrants from Nigeria and by extension many others from African countries, who had at one time or the other undertaken such adventurous trips in search of greener pasture abroad, even the period leading to their departure also comes at a great cost and sacrifices as some families sell off assets and other prized possessions to fund such trips, unsure whether the risk would eventually pay off or not. While the craze in search of the golden fleece rage on, some Africans in their desperation may have also

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