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Posted: August 29, 2017 in Lagos Stories
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Thank You APC For The Recession

Posted: August 31, 2016 in Lagos Stories
Lagos open air markets are already feeling the impact of the recession.

Lagos open air markets are already feeling the impact of the recession.

Now, we cannot hide it anymore. Nigeria is officially in recession! Our economy contracted again as our GDP dropped by 2.06%. In the first quarter of 2016, Nigerian Bureau of Statistics said the economy shrank by 0.36% to hit its lowest point in 25 years. In fact, this is our worst recession in 29 years. Our unemployment rate now stands at 13.3% while inflation rate stands at 17.7%. Read the rest of this entry »

by Seyi Akinremi (Guest Writer)

Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau Complex, Magodo, Lagos

Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau Complex, Magodo, Lagos

Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit the Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau in Magodo, Lagos. I joined a television crew to interview the Managing Director of the bureau, Biodun Onayele for a weekly programme ‘Inside Lagos’. Upon our arrival, we headed straight to Mr. Onayele’s office where we set up our camera and light. In no time, we started the interview.

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Imagine being a child during the war. Imagine having no food or water to drink. Imagine being this kid. Source: Wikipedia

The horrible scenes from the Biafran war of 1967 to 1970 are what those that witnessed it will never pray to see again. In just 30 months, more than one million people were killed because the south east region of Nigeria opted to secede. It’s a horrifying history but sadly, it is true. Tens of thousands were killed in the battle, and hundreds of thousands died of hunger. Read the rest of this entry »

The naira faces the worst value crisis in recent history. It might continue to slide until it finally finds a balance.

The naira faces the worst value crisis in recent history. It might continue to slide until it finally finds a balance.

  • CBN adopts flexible forex policy
  • Market forces now to determine exchange rate

Nigeria is poor. It is broke. It has been raped, pillaged, looted and left bleeding. All these years, the nation’s economy has been sustained on the junk food of corruption and Nigeria had kwashiorkor but because it looked chubby, Nigerians thought the nation was healthy.
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Militants blew up the Chevron Valve Platform located on the high sea near Escravos in Warri, Delta State. Source Guardian

Militants blew up the Chevron Valve Platform located on the high sea near Escravos in Warri, Delta State.                                                                                                                                                            Source Guardian

 

It is now clear that Niger Delta militants are keen on grounding the Nigerian economy. Oil installations have been blown up lately and the federal government is counting the cost. Read the rest of this entry »

Kill and Go Soldiers

Posted: April 18, 2016 in Straight Talk
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Nigeria army clashed with Shi’ite muslims on December the 12th, 2015.                     Credit: Reuters

Kaduna state will not forget December the 12th, 2015 in a hurry. It was a day of horror in Zaria. A religious procession turned to a bloody clash with the Nigerian army. Many Shi’ite Muslims were brutally killed and their leader was arrested. Few days later, members of the group protested against the attack and another three people were shot dead. Read the rest of this entry »

Pensioners waiting to be screened.

Pensioners waiting to be screened.

I’m scared of becoming a senior citizen in Nigeria. The story of our pensioners is horrifying. Nigeria does not respect and value them. They are treated as outcasts in the very society they laboured hard to build. These old men and women, gave the best of their productive years to the service of our fatherland. Sadly, our government is maltreating them. Their pensions are not paid as and when due; they have to struggle for it.

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Where are the Heroes?

Posted: October 15, 2017 in Lagos Stories


Last night, I watched a programme on SonyMax Channel. Two young men raised funds to celebrate a World War II veteran in the USA. The 92-year man cried as community members gathered to celebrate him. So, it got me thinking….can’t many of us here do same in our communities? How many retired police officers, soldiers, teachers, social mobilizers, vigilantes, CDA Chairmen, Gatekeepers, Traffic officers etc who have contributed positively to your communities worth being celebrated? Can we start a national movement here that will radically change our lives as a people? Can we have an army of young Nigerians who will make volunteering a habit and make people feel good for the services they are rendering to humanity? Who believes that this is achievable here too?

Okorocha’s Statue of Shame

Posted: October 15, 2017 in Lagos Stories


Congrats Gov. Okorocha, you’re the best!
Thank you Gov. Rochas Okorocha for defining what political leadership means in Nigeria today. Thank you for demonstrating the change that is characteristic of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). This is indeed change! It’s a brilliant departure from commonsense. 

Thank you for exemplifying an unrivaled obsession with stupidity. Imo workers and pensioners are grateful Sir. The poor in your state are celebrating. You’ve done noble by assuaging their sufferings with this statue. Nigerians will remember you for your service. 

I understand that this project comes with an aura of deep philosophy that only the wise and visionary can decode. I am amazed at the depth of your thoughts. Your artistic use of metaphor is legendary. You’ve shown the Nigerian people the amount of respect you and your cronies have for them. 

Congratulations Sir, I make bold to say that your message has been well received. Look around you Sir, there’s a wild jubilation on the streets. The legendary President Jacob Zuma, a man South Africans are not proud of and who successfully failed integrity test and reputed for destroying the ideals for which Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters of the ANC fought for, is your hero. I understand Sir. At least, President Jacob Zuma deserves some respect. I heard that he donated half of his stolen fortune to helping the people of Imo State. Sebi Na true?

I congratulate you for spending millions of taxpayers’ money to celebrate this crook. Honorable Julius Malema will be proud of you. This accomplishment is trending on social media Sir. I can confirm to you that you’re the most popular Governor in Nigeria right now. Your Excellency, you might also want to consider massive brass statues for Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Gen. Sani Abacha, President Maduro, Charles Taylor, Osama Bin Laden and a few others. Eminent Nigerians have reserved a luxury suite for you at Yaba Left. We are glad to have a thoughtful leader like you. You are our hero!


Nigeria, you are now 57years. Your birthday brings a mixture of excitement and pains to my heart. 

You have been crawling for 57years. Your mates are running. They are breaking grounds in technology, arts, healthcare delivery, social welfare, security, research among others. But you have been busy doing nothing. You cannot even treat yourself when you take ill. You have been flown abroad severally for treatment. You have become heavily indebted because you are not productive. Now, you are planning to pull out of about 90 organizations that ought to be benefitting you. I understand your frustration though but the real question is , are you adding any value to them? You’ve been plagued by the same afflictions since birth – epileptic electricity, terrible social infrastructure, corruption, insecurity, food shortages, diseases among others; yet you have refused to address them. 
Your brother, Rwanda had a civil war in 1994, today, he has healed his wound and erased his scar. You had a similar experience 50 years ago and it is still haunting you. 

Your brothers, Sweden and The Netherlands are closing their prisons because there are no criminals to fill them. Your youths look to crime to survive your flip flopping economy. 

You have the highest number of out of school children in the world. You are the second country with the highest number of HIV/AIDS carriers in the world. The United Nations says there are 350million small arms and illegal weapons in your courtyard alone. 

While I felicitate with you on your 57th anniversary, I hope you will seriously start solving your problems. The world has left you behind in all spheres. Your oil will soon become worthless because the world has moved on to cleaner energy solutions. France and The Netherlands have constructed solar panel roads to generate power and charge electric cars as they drive on them. Already, there are 650,000 electric cars running on different roads in China. By 2040, there will not be a single car running on gas or diesel in the United Kingdom and France. 

On February 22nd, 2017, your brother, Denmark generated enough energy with its wind turbines to power the entire country for the day. Maybe I should remind you that the population of the country is just 5.6million. 

Your distant brother, Costa Rica now meets a huge amount of its energy needs using hydroelectric, geothermal, solar, wind, and other low-carbon sources. It aims to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2021. 

Your cousin, Germany leads the world in solar PV capacity as it now meets as much as 78 percent of a day’s electricity demand from renewables. 

The question is, what are you doing with your water, wind, air and other energy sources? Your ‘oil customers’ are exploring new frontiers. Stop exploring oil in the northeast and start looking into the future. Do you need prophets to tell you that soon, there will be no market for your oil? 

I hope you still remember your old customer, Ethiopian Airways. Remember that in the 80s, the airline used to do its C-check (aircraft maintenance) in the hangers of Nigerian Airways, one of your premium assets. Today, Ethiopian Airways has become the largest and most prosperous airline in Africa, employing more than 12,000 workers. Your own airline, Nigerian Airways is dead. Airlines operating in your domain now have to travel abroad to do their C-Check. Oh, before I forget, do you remember that in 1985, Nigeria Airways had 17 planes while Emirates had just 3? Today, Emirates has moved on. It now has 244 planes while you have none. 

Your brother, Monaco is the second smallest country in the world but it boasts of the highest life expectancy, with citizens living an average of 89.73 years. Your neighbor, Botswana prides himself with life expectancy of 64.49years. Your own citizens will be lucky to live up to 54years. 

Your children are no longer united. They have endured years of neglect. The only thing uniting them is their powerlessness. Some of them wanted out, some of them want to endure but the reality is, what lies ahead of their painful wait? Nothing is inspiring confidence. If you must match up with your mates, you have to rekindle hope in your children. Only honest and inclusive governance can ignite the passion to succeed as a people. All the agitations confronting you today are borne out of bad governance. Agitation for secession will melt away not in the face of the searing heat of war but an assurance of a future for all. What has happened to the Nigerian dream? Do citizens still believe this dream? Where will you be in 20 years?