Memo to Gov. Sanwo-Olu on political appointments from Ikorodu division

Your Excellency, my dear Governor, I thank you for starting off well in office and for sustaining the confidence of Lagosians in the ability of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to choose capable leaders for every administration. I thank you for the slots you gave to Ikorodu division and your new cabinet. Ever since you assumed office, I knew you were on the right path in your approach to governance and your plan of action. I had always told people around me that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has a special…

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Jumbo salaries and allowances of our legislators: Let’s stop this rape of economy; time to revolt against these suckers

Again, our Senators and Representatives at the upper and lower houses of the National Assembly have reminded us how foolish we have been over the years and how much they have taken us for a ride without provoking any action except loud noise. Our national budget for 2018 is in the national assembly’s cooler, frozen for five months without any definite time line for its passage; yet, the jumbo salaries and allowances of these lawmakers are running and well oiled. The figures have been shrouded in mystery and utmost secrecy…

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Your Excellency, we need another General Hospital in Ikorodu

Early last year, around February, I had cause to visit a patient at the Ikorodu General Hospital along Ebute road and the time was 7a.m. What I saw there was beyond my expectation. More than one thousand patients were seen in and around the premises, covering all the ground floor and extending to the maternal health center. The question that came to my mind was, “How many Doctors and Nurses could cater for this enormous crowd of patients?” A Nurse, who preferred anonymity, told me that the doctors and nurses…

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How local government primary elections were marred with cheating, chaos, thuggery.. …Tokunboh Afikuyomi stripped naked

The All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections for LGA/LCDA Chairmanship position in Lagos State, which was held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, on May 27, 2017, was characterized and marred by cheating, unfair practices, compromise and thuggery. While delivering his short welcome address during the exercise, the APC Chairman in Lagos State, Otunba Henry Ajomale, who was joined by other state executives, LGA’s Electoral Chairmen and their secretaries, said that the event was not a talk show but an important exercise with which the party’s flag-bearers for the Chairmanship election…

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Amazing encounter with Segun Adegoke, the deputy comptroller in Ikoyi passport office

It was Tuesday, June 13, 2017, a day after South Western States declared a public holiday in honour of the Late Chief MKO Abiola and his victory at the June 12, 1993 presidential elections. This reporter had gone to the Immigration Office in Ikoyi,  Lagos to renew his international passport. It was about 12 noon that day. I had gone with doubts in my mind following current stories and speculations on the stress and bottlenecks in obtaining a passport and renewing an old one including corrupt tendencies in passport offices.…

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Leave Buhari alone; let’s fight looters of our common wealth

The two sets of demonstrations across some major cities of this nation between Monday, February 6 and Monday, February 13, 2017, have prompted this medium, which all along had been silent on the mood of the polity to speak out as a watch dog. It is undisputable that there is hunger in the land, which is also affecting this writer. It is not in doubt that there is recession and frustration in the country today, but if we are sincere with ourselves, whom should we blame most for the recession,…

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Corrupt judges and NJC

The DSS raided the homes of the judges and arrested Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro (both of the Supreme Court); Mohammed Tsamiya (Court of Appeal); Adeniyi Ademola and Muazu Pindiga (both of Federal High Court); Innocent Umezulike (Chief Judge, Enugu State); and Kabir Auta (Kano State High Court). But the raid that generated ruckus happened in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when the governor, Nyesom Wike, mobilised against the DSS agents arresting an FHC judge. The National Security Agencies Act, Section 3, among others, charges the State Security Service with the…

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Prosecute and jail corrupt judges; it is war against corruption not judges

The dust is yet to settle on the war on corruption which swept across a sect hitherto regarded as sacred cows, as untouchables and sacrosanct. Public opinion continues to swell every passing day as the ripples of the recent DSS raid on some judges across the country widens. Some members of the bar (lawyers) and empathizers in the bench (judges/magistrates) quickly labelled that raid as a crackdown and desecration of the judiciary; an abuse of rights of judges, and a breach of due process; a return to dictatorship and a…

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