Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Never underestimate the wisdom of the old saying, “what Britain needs is another good war”. Peace, jobs, wages, NHS are boring and responsible for the national malaise in politics. Or are they? The May 5th local elections are over and the June 8th general election is on its way.  (more…)

Hope for good governance and good leadership in Nigeria seems to be an increasingly distant confidence. If leadership does not take the citizenry forward along the lines of development, growth and flourishing it can either stagnate the state or lead it backwards both in time and in comparison to other societies. Moving backwards in this sense and the manner it becomes manifest indeed is “de-civilisation”. Nigeria is becoming a largely de-civilised nation; sliding backwards in both modern and traditional senses because decay is profitable to the leaders. (more…)

Blamocracy backed up by ephemerally successful public relations is both the signature and dominant mode of governance by the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari. With the president off the scene on an “extended holiday” his Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, is carrying on the tradition of blamocracy unrelentingly. The President and the road sweeper miraculously became “We” in Osinbajo’s rhetoric, yes undifferentiated equals. The everyday Nigerian does not feel that “We” in any sense whatsoever. Nevertheless, at a meeting the day before yesterday with the executives of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) et al, of the many things he diligently lectured them about for hours, Osinbajo  very sneakily shifted blamed on them for being “silent” even “complicit” in the corruption viciously ravaging Nigeria. We are all responsible period. (more…)

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Be bold for the children of everybody and look well! It will improve our judging tomorrow” – Dan Bearman in Therefore Be Bold (by Herbert Gold)

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible and achieve it, generation after generation”. – Pearl S Buck

I support the 30PercentOrNothing movement and like its logic of participation; if the youth do not get involved in politics as voters and especially candidates they have only themselves to blame. I will rather be wrong than dismiss real and necessary potential if I can identify it or be persuaded to it. I am not naïve enough to believe the movement will succeed in its mission but I am giving it a fair chance of success. (more…)

The Real Poor Nigerians

Your piece is poignant and well written but discomforting to read, because it exposes issues of the “pitiful helplessness” and their resignation to it. The state is not going to help them. Instead the state wants to take their land, bulldoze their shanty towns, arrest them for trading without a permit etc. The poor have to survive often very desperate conditions. Even when they turn to crime it does not work out too well for them. The females do not have enough money to look good as prospective sex-workers and males soon get the message that they are easy to catch when they go on robbing missions. Yet, morality does not work very well on an empty stomach, soft and safer crimes are adopted. (more…)