In saner climes, a certain Pastor Ituah Ighodalo would have been invited for questioning and seriously cautioned by the authorities. His offence, his attempt to complicate the work of health workers through a bogus reference to a ‘divine’ solution to the deadly Ebola virus that is decimating the West African sub-region and making a frightening inroad into our country: Something that is obviously a threat to our national security.
The 7th National Assembly is vigorous, effective, credible and impactful in its approach to lawmaking, representation and oversight in the last seven years.
Nigerians and the public space have been inundated with a coterie of recommendations by the delegates at the on-going National Conference. Indeed, some of the recommendations appear quite bizarre while a few are quite auspicious and require urgent national attention. The debates and pronouncements of the conferees, majority of who are spent forces, are clear indicators of the national malaise.
Good governance is the pride of democracy. And healthy democracy is about civilised conduct. So, real democrats are the custodians of civilisation.
Although uncivilised politicians make politics look like a dirty game, the synergy of both politics and democracy provides the platform for aspiring citizens to democratically contest elections. To contest a public office under a fierce competition in a sophisticated political environment is neither an extemporaneous venture nor mere rhetoric.
The peace of Lagos State was recently threatened as some obviously aggrieved soldiers went on rampage along Ikorodu road, leaving behind wanton destruction, chaos and commotion. According to eyewitness accounts, a soldier riding on a motor cycle was allegedly knocked down and killed by a Bus Rapid Transit, BRT vehicle along its designated lane in the Ikorodu corridor. Characteristically, soldiers quickly rallied themselves to deal with the situation in their own way.
Uruguayan born football star, Luis Suarez, is, no doubt, a talented footballer. Last season, before he finally agreed to stay with his English Premiership club, Liverpool FC, he was a subject of fierce transfer speculations as most major clubs in Europe jostled to snap him up from the service of Liverpool FC. Though he started the 2013/14 English Premier League season late, having earlier been suspended for nine league matches, Suarez still emerged the highest goal scorer with 31 goals .
The 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil is on, and it is not without its surprises as a couple of top rated teams like Spain and England have been eliminated, while “minnows” like Costa Rica are proving to be a team to really be reckoned with. For most of the countries remaining in the competition, patriotic juices are still flowing as their teeming fans all over the world are rooting and hoping for the team to reach the later stages or win the trophy. But how wide should such hope be?
The rot in the judiciary appears to be worsening by the day. As a sacred institution that is saddled with the administration of justice, all efforts should be deployed to ensure that the canker-worm called corruption tearing the soul of this important arm of government is uprooted without further delay.
It is shocking that even at this time, we all still find time to trade blame as regards the curse that the Boko Haram insurgency has become to our country. About two weeks ago, Governor Kashim Shetimma of Borno State, the hotbed of the Islamist insurgence, was on the Cable News Network speaking about the seeming irresponsibility of the Jonathan-led Federal Government. Shettima, prodded by his interviewer, Christiane Amanpour, told of how the President did not speak with him for three weeks after the unfortunate abduction of close to 300 schoolgirls in his state.
Nigeria, undoubtedly, is in the threshold of history. There are commendable development strides in the governance space, which, if deepened and accelerated, will soon redefine Nigeria’s global reckoning. But the key words are ‘deepening and acceleration’ which entail balancing ‘doing the right thing’ and ‘doing it right’. Deepening means doing things differently, doing some magic of a sort, and here disciplined execution is key.