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COVID 19: THE ANATHEMA OF A LONG VACATION FOR THE COURTS

COVID 19: THE ANATHEMA OF A LONG VACATION FOR THE COURTS

BY OSARO EGBOBAMIEN, SAN The world is repositioning on the front foot to begin what is sure to be a long and painful economic recovery from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries, including Nigeria are teetering on the verge of a recession. Naturally, our leaders are anxious to get people back to work from the forced 8- week vacation without ... Read More »

Is this the language PHCN understands? By Bola Bolawole

Is this the language PHCN understands? By Bola Bolawole

turnpot@gmail.com 0807 552 5533 For one week plus, the bulb did not blink in my apartment in the Agege area of Lagos. At first, I took it in my strides, believing it to be one of those countless times the national grid is said to suffer total collapse. Power supply does not get better here; rather, it gets worse. The ... Read More »

Tribute: The Debt We All Owe Waheed Bakare – By Dr Abdullahi Shuaib

Tribute: The Debt We All Owe Waheed Bakare – By Dr Abdullahi Shuaib

“… those that have genuine love for Waheed Bakare, this is the time to rise and do something tangible for his family.” We became friends in 2008 when I assumed office as the pioneer Executive Director/CEO of Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Lagos, where I initiated media parley with the management of the foundation. Waheed Bakare was among the several Muslim ... Read More »

Ramadan: German church opens doors for Muslim  Eid Prayers

Ramadan: German church opens doors for Muslim Eid Prayers

A church in Berlin today opened its doors to Muslim worshippers unable to find spaces to pray in their own mosque under new social distancing rules.   Germany allowed religious services to resume on 4 May but worshippers must maintain a distance of 1.5m (5ft). As a result the Dar Assalam mosque in the city’s Neukölln district could only hold ... Read More »

Wanted: Yoruba National Development Plan  By Bola Bolawole

Wanted: Yoruba National Development Plan By Bola Bolawole

  turnpot@gmail.com 0807 552 5533 On April, 20, 2020, the Yoruba ethnic nationality of Nigeria was admitted into the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation UNPO). The euphoria that greeted the epochal event, which ranked the Yoruba 45th amongst UNPO members, followed closely by the Igbo who were registered as the UNPO’s 46th member, is yet to die down. The Yoruba ... Read More »

Zulum runs Borno with Passion by Yusuf Adamu

Zulum runs Borno with Passion by Yusuf Adamu

In the last one week, I have been receiving calls from friends and associates both within and outside the state. Some of these calls were even from Cameroon, Chad and Niger republic. Many of the callers wanted to know about the revolutionary act of governance being adopted by the Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum. My response to some ... Read More »

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IS TEACHING THE WORLD HUMILITY, SAYS WHO DIRECTOR GENERAL, AGREES WITH TB JOSHUA’S PROPHECY

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IS TEACHING THE WORLD HUMILITY, SAYS WHO DIRECTOR GENERAL, AGREES WITH TB JOSHUA’S PROPHECY

  The Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Ghebreysus, has declared the coronavirus outbreak is “time for humility”, echoing the 2020 prophecy of Nigerian cleric TB Joshua. On Monday 18th May 2020, Ghebreyesus, whilst addressing world leaders who had gathered for the first virtual session of the World Health Assembly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, announced, “If this ... Read More »

Of COVID-19, Actions and Theatrics in Times of Crisis – By Abdulwarees Solanke, FCIPDM

Of COVID-19, Actions and Theatrics in Times of Crisis – By Abdulwarees Solanke, FCIPDM

I know that emergency situations or crises often serve as the opportunity to determine leadership quality in any polity. War, natural disasters, economic emergencies or pandemics are testy times when leaders need to make smart decisions. No prevarication. These are times when stakeholders’ engagement need to be robust. No question of enemy or friends. They are times that communication need ... Read More »

SNAIL SELLER MEETS HER LONGTIME CUSTOMER WHO IS NOW A STATE GOVERNOR AND HER LIFE STORY CHANGED

SNAIL SELLER MEETS HER LONGTIME CUSTOMER WHO IS NOW A STATE GOVERNOR AND HER LIFE STORY CHANGED

The prayers of a popular snail seller, Iya Dare Onigbin at Owena, Igbaraoke in Ifedore local government area, Ondo state was answered after meeting one of her customers who is now a Governor. When early on that very day, it was drizzling in parts of Igbaraoke, little did Mrs Funmilayo Osunla, knew that the rain was a positive omen at ... Read More »

‘If you can’t take blows brother, don’t throw blows’ – By FEMI ADESINA

‘If you can’t take blows brother, don’t throw blows’ – By FEMI ADESINA

Let me start by giving due credit for this headline, which is not original to me. I lifted it from the 1983 song by reggae star, Peter Tosh, in the album titled Mama Africa. The song is Glass House, and it goes thus: “If you live in a glasshouse Don’t throw stones And if you can’t take blows brother Don’t ... Read More »

My Ibrahim Agboola Gambari Story – Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

My Ibrahim Agboola Gambari Story – Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

On May 12, 2020, news got leaked that Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, a quintessential and consummate bilateral and multilateral diplomat had been appointed as the Chief of Staff (CoS) of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. I tried to reach him to congratulate him but the number I had just rang till the normal disappointing announcement that asks to try later. So, ... Read More »

Tribute to Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, Oyo State Commissioner for Environment – By Rahaman Onike

Tribute to Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, Oyo State Commissioner for Environment – By Rahaman Onike

The news of sudden death of Honourable Kehinde Olatunji Ayoola came to the entire cabinet of the Oyo State Government and the good people of the state with rude shock early hours of Thursday, May 14. I wept profusely like a baby when a family source broke this sad news to me. It was so shocking that I could not ... Read More »

How Prof Gambari’s   Disarming Engagements Unsettled Pro Democracy  Activists During June 12 Struggle- Fayemi

How Prof Gambari’s Disarming Engagements Unsettled Pro Democracy Activists During June 12 Struggle- Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor,Kayode Fayemi  has revealed how Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the newly appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, diplomatically engaged pro-democracy activists during the military regime.   Narrating his experience as a pro-democracy activist in exile in his 2005 book, “Out of the Shadows”, Fayemi said Gambari, who served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Nations from 1990-1995, ... Read More »

Tanzania’s Handling Of Coronavirus Highlights President Magufuli’s Relationship With TB Joshua

Tanzania’s Handling Of Coronavirus Highlights President Magufuli’s Relationship With TB Joshua

By: Owololab Adebola The respected Pan-African magazine ‘The Africa Report’ has written a detailed report on Tanzania’s unique approach to the coronavirus pandemic, citing the faith of its President John Magufuli and his relationship with Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua as a mitigating factor. With just months to go to the end of his first term, Magufuli is making global headlines ... Read More »

Of Deregulation, Public Value and National Interest – By Abdulwarees Solanke,  FCIPDM

Of Deregulation, Public Value and National Interest – By Abdulwarees Solanke,  FCIPDM

Corona Virus Pandemic, ultimately will flatten out and normalcy will return to our public life. But we will still have to deal with the enduring challenges that confront many third world or developing countries that their governments are being challenged to be more innovative and responsive in meeting the public needs in terms of affordability, accessibility and efficiency of services ... Read More »

Justice Oluwa’s achievements, testament to his character, integrity – Tribute by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Justice Oluwa’s achievements, testament to his character, integrity – Tribute by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

JUSTICE OLUWA’S ACHIEVEMENTS, TESTAMENT TO HIS CHARACTER, INTEGRITY TRIBUTE BY ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU Justice Isiaka Ishola Oluwa was, first and foremost a fine gentleman, loving husband and a doting father. He was adored by all those who came into contact with him. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his loving family, friends, acquaintances and professional colleagues. He will surely be ... Read More »

Averting The  Road  To Venezuela By FEMI ADESINA       

Averting The  Road  To Venezuela By FEMI ADESINA       

Let’s tell the story of Venezuela, because it bears striking similitude with that of Nigeria. Just like us, Venezuela is rich in oil, very rich. At a time, the county’s problem was not money, but how to spend it. Just like Nigeria. And quite like us again, the South American country did not look inwards. It planted nothing, did not ... Read More »

COVID-19: How the World Bank is helping countries procure critical medical supplies

COVID-19: How the World Bank is helping countries procure critical medical supplies

BY ENZO DE LAURENTIIS In these dire circumstances, the World Bank is stepping up its support and offering a new procurement option to help countries access critically needed medical supplies. In the global crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the World Bank is helping client countries respond. The World Bank Group will deploy up to $160 billion over the next ... Read More »