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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

How Girls Can Bridge The Gap in ICT – Naijanewsdirect

By Phillipa Osakwe-Okoye, Principal, BCG Lagos According to a youth survey report issued by the National Bureau of Statistics, young women in Nigeria are half as likely to have a career in computer science and technology-related fields as men.   While the ICT gap in digital skills is evident across regional boundaries and income levels, it is more severe for women who are older, less educated, poor or living in rural areas and developing countries.   The ICT knowledge gap intersects issues of poverty and educational access. Education systems are increasingly trying to ensure equitable, inclusive and high-quality digital skills across board. Though knowledge in ICT opens pathways to further learning and skills development, women and girls are still being left behind in ICT knowledge education. Why?   Research has shown that girls and women avoid taking science subjects as compared to boys and men. Particularly in rural communities, the girls and women struggle to participate in anything technology-related. The stereotypes around technology being a masculine career and fear of being discriminated against stop girls from embracing digital skills.   Interestingly, research shows that ICT was actually deemed a career for the girls in the early 1900s. It is recorded that during the WWII, female mathematicians were secretly recruited to help calculate trajectories and ballistic tables for soldiers in the field and bombardiers in the air. In fact, some of the earliest technology and software companies were established and run by women: Elsie Shutt in 1958 and Stephanie Shirley in 1962.   The question then is, how did the stereotype of ICT being a career for men begin? How did ICT become a male-dominated field? One reason could be girls are often discouraged from taking up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects early in school due to gender bias and stereotypes. Without the right encouragement and background support, girls sometimes

Local Government in Nigeria and The Constitutionality Question! ***By Tunde Ogunmola – Naijanewsdirect

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them", says Albert Einstein. According to Professor Nchuchuwe, while borrowing a leaf from the definition of Democracy by Abraham Lincoln, he said, Local Government is the government of the people by the people and for the people at the grassroots. Local Government enjoys an autonomous status which entitles it to take certain legislative, administrative and financial decisions though under the conditions and within the limits of law.   Aside the foregoing clear definition of local government, it is also a well-known fact that the nearest government to the people is the local government. It is classified as the third tier of government in Nigeria and saddled with constitutional duties of performing certain functions. It’s pertinent to make it explicitly clear that local government councils are viewed as multi-purpose in that they have responsibilities for all functions that a typical local government performs within their area of jurisdiction.   Generally speaking, local government councils are saddled with two groups of functions. The first functions which are regarded as their main functions are enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, while the second groups of functions are duly described as civic and agency functions. These sets of functions include- minor maintenance of federal and state roads, civic mobilization, provision and maintenance of healthcare services among others.   In the Fourth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, the functions of local government councils are deemed to be either exclusive to it or are to be carried out in conjunction with the state governments within which they domicile.   Functions of local government as explicitly enumerated by the Nigerian Constitution include: 1- Collection of rates, radio and television licenses 2- Establishment and maintenance of cemeteries, burial grounds and homes for the destitute. 3- Establishment, maintenance and regulation of slaughter houses, slaughter slabs, markets, motor

Are Religious Centres The Answer To Boosting Data Availability In Sub-Saharan Africa? – Naijanewsdirect

By Tolu Oyekan, Partner, BCG Lagos My maternal grandfather passed away peacefully on March 11, 2021. It is always a sad thing to lose a loved one and we grieved the death of our Baba, but he had lived a full life, raised extraordinary children, contributed deeply to his community, and was ready to move on when he left us.   I do not raise the issue of Baba’s passing to further my family’s mourning but rather because of a curious fact surrounding his death: no one knew his exact age. People say he was 105 years old and that feels right based on the age of his children and the stories he told about pre-independence Nigeria and of his youth – and how those stories matched recorded history from the 1920s and 1930s. But the uncertainty about the exact date of Baba's birth is telling; it is emblematic of the data shortcomings in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).   This lack of data is troublesome in several ways. It severely limits our ability to fully analyse current conditions and livelihood challenges; compare ourselves to other regions that are facing similar development problems; measure our progress against goals so that we can take corrective action quickly when needed; and, importantly, provide critical services to people even in the most outlying areas.   In an initial post from March 2021, I laid out the three planning components that I believed were essential to fast-tracking development in the SSA region - data, techniques and people. These planning components are not outcomes themselves; instead, the results we strive for are nicely encapsulated in UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover healthcare, hunger, education, jobs, fair wages, economic growth and the environment, among other critical dimensions. But the three planning components are essential to achieving the outcomes. In this post, I offer

What Does Femi Adesina Know About Spirituality? – Naijanewsdirect

  By Lukmon Akintola I read with great dismay a write-up about the founder of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele. The narrative was written by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. In the write-up with the sole aim of disparaging Primate Ayodele’s image, Adesina acknowledged the philanthropy of the man of God via empowerment but questioned his gift of prophecy. Also, he picked what he termed holes in the prophecies of the servant of God, questioning why one prophecy or the other did not come to pass. While the Special Adviser has a right to his opinion, many in his carder of media management would agree that he should have done a better job with his piece. In his write-up, one salient fact that Adesina forgot to reckon with is that the work of God differs from that of men, and so is the work of men of God. As such, his analysis was basically without any spiritual guidance or interpretation. Isaiah 55: 8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” The above quote from the book of Isaiah becomes more meaningful when we consider the fact that God had asked that the judgment of his prophet be left to him. So why is Adesina who is believed to be a very smart and intelligent media manager taking up the responsibility? Adesina wondered why Primate Ayodele conveniently prophesied that Nigeria would disintegrate; questioning how many people living presently would still be alive in 2035 or 2040, the period the man of God had said the country would cease to exist. Please let Adesina be told that 2040 is just 19 years from now,