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OPINION: Osinbajo And The Burden Of Undeclared Ambition - By Lateef Adewole

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Lateef Adewole Vice President Yemi Osinbajo There have been "mixed-understanding" of my last week's article. Many felt I was "tactically" selling Asiwaju Bola Tinubu's aspiration. Some others interpreted it as an anti-Tinubu piece. The worst of all are people who did not even read the content of the article but simply jump on the title and into conclusions, and started castigating me. They asked what right I have to say that a "kingmaker should not be a king". Such conclusion and reaction betrayed their ignorance of the content of the article. I must have triggered something with that article as demands have been made of me to x-ray other aspirants too, against what I intended to do. The loudest of them has to do with the incumbent Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Even my argument that he is yet to declare his ambition could not desuade those who made that demand. I acceded to it to avoid being tagged "partial". When the po

OPINION: Tinubu And 2023: When A Kingmaker Wants To Be King! - By Lateef Adewole

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Lateef Adewole Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu This week has been interesting in Nigeria, not because the ban on the social media app, Twitter, was eventually lifted after 222 days, but for the flurry of political activities that happened. We might as well say it's a week of "presidential declarations". The nation was shaken and has been so, since the "big masquerade" was finally unveiled. The long awaited declaration to contest the 2023 presidential election by the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the great Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom, finally happened. It put paid to the hide and seek of many months, or even years. He made this known after he visited President Buhari in Aso Rock on Monday, where he said he went to inform him of his interest to contest for the position. That has been shaking the whole country since then. That’s what happens when a big fish comes to the shore. As if others were waiting for him, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state al

Bisi Akande: In This Elder's Mouth, The Kolanut Has Refused To Ripen - Biodun Olatinwo

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Chief Bisi Akande The Yoruba people who are among the most blessed people on earth are profoundly gifted with using proverbs to give deeper meanings to words.  To the Yoruba, communication assumes new dimensions with the crafting of words especially if they intend to pass on meanings that should not be taken literally but one which the listener ought to reflect upon to get to the core of the subject. In relation to this, they are masters at deflecting the obvious in order to task the intelligence of the listener.  Proverbs are therefore often used as misdirections or may be craftily coded to give directions to one who has the intelligence to discern hidden meanings. Indeed, proverbs have the ability to serve multiple purposes depending on the intention of the user. The Yorubas are also of the opinion that the mastery of the use of proverbs comes with age. That is, the aged who has a deep well of experiences to tap from is the one adequately equipped to make use of appropriate proverbs

THE ADEDOYIN I KNOW BEFORE YOU RECOMMEND GUILLOTINE - By Samson Adelugba

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Samson Adelugba Dr. Ramon Adedoyin I have immense respect for the sanctity of human life; both young and old regardless of social status and I do not pray that the fate that befell the family of late Adegoke Timothy befalls anyone close to me. One needs to see the aged woman he left behind, I doubt if she had taken any substance since the reality dawned on her that her beloved son, the bread winner of the family is never to be seen again.  The tragedy was one incident too many and only God Almighty could grant the bereaved family, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Sad is indeed an understatement. It is really pitiful and painful. How would the wife cope with three kids living with the trauma of the circumstances surrounding the death of her partner, a co-pilot who knew the destination better.  Everything now lies on her shoulders, in few months time, the public would be busy with another trending topic but the wife will continue to live with the good-old-days memor

Nigeria: A Country Of Cheap Tertiary Education

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Authored By Adeola Daramola I was surprised when my claim that Nigeria offers one of the cheapest tertiary education in the world was met with disdain.  What worried me most was the fact that the disdain came from people who enjoyed and still enjoying the highly subsidized tertiary education. Some people who agreed were quick to label the Education substandard just to ridicule the country.  No matter what we feel about the country, the fact that we all enjoyed cheap tertiary education can not be controverted. The fact speaks for itself. I gained admission to the then Ondo State University,  Ado Ekiti in 1996/97 session. My tuition fee was N5,150. It was one of the most expensive in the country then. I paid N4,850, N4,350 and N3,850 in second, third and final year respectively.  I paid a total of N18,200 in 4 years for a University degree.  At that time, my counterparts in Obafemi Awolowo University were paying N500 as tuition. You heard me right, five hundred naira. This token gave the

OSUN APC IMBROGLIO; THE BITTER CONSEQUENCE OR ELSE THE AVERSION - Tajudeen Lawal

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I would rather address this avoidable quagmire our party have been thrown into as a progressive member of our dear party, APC, like an average member everywhere who toil tirelessly to sustain and even improve the electoral strength of the Party over and above the status quo from ward to National level. I was a Local Government Chairman for the better part of the Governorship of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who I've been an ardent disciple from the outset of the formation of Oranmiyan and I, together with my people, gave our all towards the success of our esteemed Ogbeni all through from clinching the party ticket for the First term to his final day in office in 2018 when he gloriously took his bow constitutionally. The Party is supreme and continuous while office holders serve and leave. Towards 2018, clearly and evidently I was among the Ileri Oluwa Torchbearers in Ile-ife, Ifeland and statewide and now under the banner of our dear party APC, His Excellency Isiaq Gboyega Oyetola is our

OPINION: WHO IS THE MOST SUPREME AMONG YORUBA OBAS?

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By Wasiu Aromire Who is in search of the most supreme Yoruba oba? Again, for the umpteenth time, this trivial issue is being ludicrously raised.  Though raising this issue has become the trademark of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, whether you like it or not, it has also become a mess that the Yoruba are being forced to deal with, even when their immaculate appearance is expected at a prestigious global outing. One keeps wondering, should this be what we are dealing with at this most challenging moment in the history of the Yoruba?  In 2016, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi reiterated his commitment to peace, progress and development across Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole. Specifically, he stated his mission would be towards attaining "a more united Yoruba race and peaceful Nigeria". Laudable mission, one would want to say. Clearly, the double-edged mission is not only an area of pressing need but one such important area of need that only the seriousminded, the emotion

OPINION: THE INTRIGUES OF OSUN POLITICS, FORTHCOMING CONGRESS AND 2022 ELECTIONS

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Author: Musefiu Kolawole His Excellency Adebisi Akande was Osun State Governor at the inception of the Fourth Republic. Unfortunately, there was Oyinlola gap, maybe legitimately at the first instance then crudely illegitimately but after a drawn judicial battle was so removed and so succeeded by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who served for two terms. Despite the two sides of assessment of Ogbeni era in Osun, I would rather be objective and leave his overall testimonials to the public court but I would rather make use of Lagos State as a reference point where The Jagaban BAT, laid the developmental pillars and foundation of the today 'Eko ti ko baje' so also Pa Bisi Akande did here in Osun State. Likewise, BRF, Babatunde Raji Fasola and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode just like Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola continue with the building of the Lagos and Osun State respectively. His Excellency Rauf Aregbesola did his bits and electorally succeeded by our amiable Governor Isiaq Gboyega Oyetola who is ma

OAU @60: THAT GREAT IFE MAY REMAIN GREAT! THE ROLE OF ALUMNI AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR

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Sheyi Babaeko The prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Ile - Ife, otherwise known as The Oba Awon University celebrated her sixth decade of advancing the frontiers of knowledge locally and internationally on the 8th of June, 2021. It is fitting therefore to join the ever conscious Great Ife students, the entire staff and management team and of course the Great Ife Alumni worldwide to celebrate this great feat of academic excellence.  However, considering the foundational ethos upon which Ile-Ife is built, that is, "omode gbon, agba gbon lase da Ile- Ife". It is on this basis that I am calling and appealing to the entire alumni, friends of the alumni and the corporate organizations across the globe to mobilize grants from the government, the international community, corporate organizations and alumni worldwide. The recent events of ranking locally and globally have made this call imperative for our collective responsibility to give back to our Alma Mater so that the death of