With the daunting security challenges of the Boko Haram sect in the North-East and the discord between the Southern and Northern delegates to the defunct National Conference, there is urgent need to negotiate the unity of this country.
These, indeed, are unusual times for mankind. Like never before, natural disasters, poverty, hunger, international conflicts and many other strange occurrences are helplessly starring man in the face. There is, perhaps, no other time in history when the ability of man to dominate his environment has been so fiercely challenged than now. Today, the major news items that dominate the airwaves and other communication channels leave much to be desired. Unfortunately, as solutions are being proffered to current challenges, new ones, without warnings, are emanating from the blues.
The Igbo have a saying that when one sees the corpse of another being carried by its relative one might mistake it for firewood, but when it is one relative, then one will begin to feel the pains The above simply captures the statement made by the United State President Barrack Obama at the end of the United States- African Leaders Submit, when President Barrack Obama said he lacked enough information to give the green light on the distribution of the ZMapp experimental drug, insisting that “the world must let the science guide us”.
In its recent publication, The Economist describes how Africa ‘’is set to deliver a fresh asymmetric shock to the global order, taking its place as the last great emerging market.’’
The Economist no doubt truly captured how suddenly Africa transformed from the ugliest girl no one wanted to associate with to now the most beautiful girl in town. Any man who ignores her presence does so at his peril.
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 .