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M.K.O finally got his honour

It is indeed notable that people love to have their accolades while alive but in the event of the unthinkable, a posthumous accolade or recognition is given to such person. In death, people still get their due recognition, but if a question is pushed out to people on when they would prefer to have their […]

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It is indeed notable that people love to have their accolades while alive but in the event of the unthinkable, a posthumous accolade or recognition is given to such person. In death, people still get their due recognition, but if a question is pushed out to people on when they would prefer to have their honour while alive, majority would prefer to have such done to them while alive.

There is an adage that the reward of teachers is in heaven. Teachers now prefer it to be on earth, former South Africa president, Nelson Mandela, was incarcerated for 27 years for fighting the apartheid government. He fought, won and got his reward on earth.

What was his reward? He contested for the post of president, he won, he reshaped South Africa and till date remains the best president to have ruled the country. I would say he was lucky to have spent that much time in prison and still became president, at least, he was not assassinated nor poisoned like the man that won the election that is described as the best election to have ever been conducted in Nigeria,  the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.

In Ogun State, the state government under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodun has taken the bull by the horns, by organising a programme with the theme “Democracy: Beyond Abiola and June12” which started with a visit to the ancestral home of the late philanthropist in Oke Ago-Owu in Gbagura area of Abeokuta. In Ogun State, even before the late politician was honored with the highest award in the land, his name remained on the lips of every government in the state, with edifices like the  June 12 Market and Cultural Centre and the MKO Abiola International Stadium named after him.

To the surprise of Nigerians, the Late Chief MKO Abiola was posthumously honored by the Muhammadu Buhari administration with the award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), an honour reserved for serving or former presidents. Though he got it after his death, it was worth it.

Taking the bold step, President Buhari only had a modest inauguration on May 29, and declared that there would be a huge celebration on June 12.

After the president had done what a lot thought to be impossible by honoring someone adjudged to have won an election so free and fair, the president did another — he named the Abuja International Stadium after the late politician.

President Buhari, with this bold step, has done a lot to right the wrongs of the past though he was not involved in the cancellation of the election.

Obasan Oluwafunso,

Ogun State.

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SOS to Governor Sanwo-Olu https://tribuneonlineng.com/218384/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 02:30:39 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218384 Tribune Online
SOS to Governor Sanwo-Olu

Sanwo-Olu, Lagos

I live on Alhaji Hassan Street, along Ishefun (Camp Davies Road) in Ayobo Ipaja Local Council Development Area of Lagos. We’ve been in total darkness since February 2018 and the only reason given us by the Ikeja Electric Distributing Company is that the transformer serving our area is bad and as we speak there is […]

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Sanwo-Olu, Lagos

I live on Alhaji Hassan Street, along Ishefun (Camp Davies Road) in Ayobo Ipaja Local Council Development Area of Lagos. We’ve been in total darkness since February 2018 and the only reason given us by the Ikeja Electric Distributing Company is that the transformer serving our area is bad and as we speak there is no hope of either to fix or bring a new transformer to the community.

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I won’t forget to mention that Camp Davies (Ishefun) road is in a bad state too, though some kind of work is ongoing on the road, it is moving at snail pace with little or no supervision. Please sir, use your good offices and come to our aid.

Fabusuyi Kehinde,

Lagos.

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The road to Damascus https://tribuneonlineng.com/218377/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 02:29:53 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218377 Tribune Online
The road to Damascus

religion, constitution, Gold, civil service, 2019 budget, government monitoring commission, Nigeria, development, President, heroes, change, law, Nigeria, reformation

I’m beginning to be convinced that Nigeria will in not-too- distant future be great owing to the happenings in the 2019 general election. The electioneering processes were tough, the roads to success were seemingly rough, no party or candidate was sure of his/her triumph. The Nigerian political atmosphere was cloudy and nobody could convincingly predict […]

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I’m beginning to be convinced that Nigeria will in not-too- distant future be great owing to the happenings in the 2019 general election. The electioneering processes were tough, the roads to success were seemingly rough, no party or candidate was sure of his/her triumph. The Nigerian political atmosphere was cloudy and nobody could convincingly predict the outcome of the elections. As a matter of fact, some victories were just adventitious.

At the end, the elections were conducted and results announced, some people’s tales were immediately steeped in intrigue, spiced with oral acrobatics and songs of joy.

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With what I learnt in the elections, I have had the conviction that Nigerians are on their road to Damascus. It is imperative and worthy of note that the connections and relationships of politicians with the grassroots was a decisive factor to their victories in the 2019 general election which dichotomized it from the erstwhile elections. Notwithstanding, some emerged as a result of the influence of their various political parties, however, the influences of political parties in the 2019 general election are not in juxtaposition with the previous elections in Nigeria when the ticket received from the party in power served as an automatic train to the office one was vying for.

It is obvious that the 2019 elections were different when they are put in juxtaposition with other elections we have had in Nigeria. They are deviant in nature for withdrawing power from political bigwigs which seemed to be unrealistic in our political system. Nigeria is truly going to the next level.

These and other experiences serve as an indication that the electorate have woken up from their slumber and ready to take Nigeria to the climax of development.

Thus, I will like to remind the newly inaugurated leaders either through elections or political appointments as we celebrate democracy day to consistently remember the happenings in the 2019 elections. If you do good; it shall help you and if you run a selfish government, it shall definitely hunt you.

Egunleti Fatai,

Ogun State.

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Attention, Oyo governor https://tribuneonlineng.com/218369/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 02:23:32 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218369 Tribune Online
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The new governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde has started well; he had made some promises to the people of Oyo State, and from all indications, he has the capacity and potential to make such promises real for the people of the state. However, as an unrepentant supporter of Makinde from his senatorial seat […]

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The new governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde has started well; he had made some promises to the people of Oyo State, and from all indications, he has the capacity and potential to make such promises real for the people of the state.

However, as an unrepentant supporter of Makinde from his senatorial seat bid days, I find it imperative that I advise him against any face-off with the institution of chieftaincy institution in the state. I noticed in his inaugural speech that he had some grouse against the Alaafin of Oyo in his tampering with the institutionalized hierarchy of obaship in Oyo State. My curious inquiry from some people however shows that the governor is not happy that the Alaafin did not support him during the last gubernatorial election. While I am not privileged to know the truth or otherwise of that claim, I will however advise our new governor to refrain from any bitterness against the incumbent Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi

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I may not be a fan of Oba Adeyemi, but that does not blindfold me from seeing the exalted office of the Alaafin as an important Yoruba stool. Even as an Ibadan man which I am from both sides of my parentage, I do not feel comfortable with the governor recognizing the Olubadan before the Alaafin in his acceptance speech as governor of Oyo State. So whatever may be the prejudice of Governor Makinde against the Alaafin, he should not take it to any undesirable extreme. He should mend fences with the foremost Yoruba monarch so that Oyo State can move forward in the interest of Oyo State and good governance.

Alhaji Lateef Adisa Oyekanmi,

Ibadan.

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Need for prison courts https://tribuneonlineng.com/218147/ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 02:26:19 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218147 Tribune Online
Need for prison courts

Organisation prisons Prison

The significance of criminal justice administration in the smooth running of any society cannot be overemphasized, hence an effective and efficient criminal justice system is sacrosanct to the maintenance of law and order. It is disheartening to state that the  criminal justice system, no doubt in Nigeria, has become dysfunctional hence the need for prompt […]

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Organisation prisons Prison

The significance of criminal justice administration in the smooth running of any society cannot be overemphasized, hence an effective and efficient criminal justice system is sacrosanct to the maintenance of law and order.

It is disheartening to state that the  criminal justice system, no doubt in Nigeria, has become dysfunctional hence the need for prompt and proper overhauling of the system for  better justice administration, especially as it relates to delay in dispensation of justice and prison congestion which remains disturbing  and challenging in the quick dispensation of justice.

The problem of prison congestion in Nigeria is one of the unbearable issues that have continued to stir the ship of the criminal system of the nation as a whole, thereby giving rise to an urgent reform of all institutions concerned including the Nigerian Prison Service, judiciary, police and other stakeholders involved in the maintenance of law and order in the society.

Prison reform which is an attempt at improving prison condition has also become ineffective due to a number of factors ranging from increasing number of prisoners awaiting trials in correctional facilities to unnecessary and prolonged adjournments of court cases amongst other factors.

This is why the giant strides embarked upon by the Ogun State judiciary  led by the Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Arinola Dipeolu, in  reforming the judicial sector of the state by ensuring that prison formations across the state are decongested of awaiting trial inmates laudable. The exercise called ‘Prison Courts’ takes place across the five prison formations in the state as part of the fundamental reform in the state’s criminal justice system.

Magistrates are now stationed at the prison to hold court sessions as a measure to checkmate unnecessary or prolonged detention of awaiting trial inmates by hastening the  pace of justice and to tackle the problems of  logistics  of moving accused  persons to and from courts  amongst  others being faced in the course of  litigation.

The benefits of prison courts,  if inculcated into the nation’s judicial sector, will go beyond decongesting the prisons to include  easy access to  justice, promotion of the rule of  law, provision of opportunities for lawyers to work on case filed promptly, trial of accused persons without delay, ease in the problem  of mobility and distance counsels travel to in order to represent  accused persons in courts while the issue of  long duration of  litigation will be reduced to a  minimal  level if not totally  eradicated, to freeing the clustered dockets of courts while serving as a viable means of achieving  justice, amongst others.

While all hands must be on deck, support for the legal body is required to make the delivery of effective legal service a reality. In my opinion, Prison courts should be introduced into the country’s justice system as a complimentary process of improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of justice as a whole.

Akinpelu Olufunmilola,

Ogun State.

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Importance of legislature https://tribuneonlineng.com/217982/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 02:15:57 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=217982 Tribune Online
Importance of legislature

The legislature is one of the three organs of government the others being the executive and the judiciary. The legislature is known by different names in different countries; parliament, congress, assembly, House of Representatives or Senate or councilors. Their functions are the same in most countries. In any political system the functions include lawmaking, administration, […]

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The legislature is one of the three organs of government the others being the executive and the judiciary. The legislature is known by different names in different countries; parliament, congress, assembly, House of Representatives or Senate or councilors. Their functions are the same in most countries. In any political system the functions include lawmaking, administration, supervision and control of finance, electoral issues and contributions to political decisions.

However, among the vital role of the legislature is the lawmaking in the state. Such laws made by the legislature which are vital for the orderly conduct of government and administration, are binding on all organs of government, including the legislators themselves. Existing laws can also be amended or repealed (changed) completely by the legislature in the process or as part of a new law to address contemporary issues.

We remember how the constitutional crises that engulfed the then Western Region government in 1962 and the role played by the Western Regional House to “scuttle” a judicial review of the case as to whether the governor would be acting in contravention of Section 33(10) of the Constitution of Western Nigeria if he by notice removed the Premier from office without giving him an opportunity of testing his popularity on the floor of the House of Assembly because he (governor) formed the view that the Premier no longer commanded the support of a majority of members of the House.

The legislature consists of members usually elected from different constituencies. A member of parliament so elected to the legislature has indeed, enormous responsibilities. La making is perhaps his primary assignment in the parliament. It is his responsibility to participate in legislative debates at all stages of a bill once he has the opportunity, either at the full house or at the committee stage. He may also sponsor bills and take part in the vote for a bill.

As a representative of his constituency, a member of parliament has the task of articulating the needs and interests of his district before the whole House. He must so to say, seek the good of his people and draw the attention of the House to measures that will benefit the nation and his constituency in particular. On the other hand, he also must interpret government’s programmes and policies as well as issues of public interest to his constituents. He thus serves as a link between his constituency and the government.

A member of legislature may go beyond his constituency’s interest and raise issues of public interest before the full House. There is also a “Question Time” in the House during which members of the House summon either the ministers or commissioners or head of relevant agencies to the House. Such a period is an opportunity for a member of parliament not only to ask questions of general public interest, but on issues also related to his constituency.

Ibrahim Ahmad Kala, LLM.

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On air pollution https://tribuneonlineng.com/217772/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 05:18:04 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=217772 Tribune Online
On air pollution

CO2 air pollution

UNCONSCIOUSLY or consciously, in the course of our daily activities, we inhale polluted air. It is not surprising that new and strange diseases are on an alarming rise, largely air-borne. In the last few months, this part of the world has experienced change in temperature leading to heat wave; it may remain so for the […]

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UNCONSCIOUSLY or consciously, in the course of our daily activities, we inhale polluted air. It is not surprising that new and strange diseases are on an alarming rise, largely air-borne. In the last few months, this part of the world has experienced change in temperature leading to heat wave; it may remain so for the next couple of years if we keep increasing various emission types that continuously deplete the already fragile ozone layer.

Going by the rate at which emissions are rising, the truth is we have fewer years to act than we think. Air pollution has been recognized as a silent killer, a top contributor to terminal diseases and a leading cause of the climate change crisis now attracting global attention. The rate of death recorded every year arising from air pollution is alarming; 4.2million deaths every year, as a result of exposure to ambient air pollution and 3.8 million deaths as a result of household exposure to smoke from dirty cooking stoves and fuels.

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This is a call for change in behavioral pattern for the transition to clean energy sources we desire to happen. This is the global framework, but going by this, where does Nigeria stand? Four Nigerian states; Aba, Kaduna, Onitsha and Umuahia have an indication of hazardous air quality. This implies that outbreak of disease can spring out from such states with prevalent occurrence of newer diseases among the residents in such areas.

It indicates that every breath we take contains unhealthy particles that can shorten the life of a child born today by 20 months on an average, according to the study on the state of global air. These cities exceed the guideline for PM10 by 37 times, 42 times, 59 times and 27 times in Aba, Kaduna, Onitsha and Umuahia respectively.

The lives of people living in the highlighted states are greatly endangered as air-borne particles can be cancerous to their lungs. Little wonder, the World Health Organisation 2016 Report included Onitsha, Kaduna, Aba and Umuahia among four of the 20 African cities with the worst air quality in the world. While Owerri, the capital of Imo State, has a very unhealthy air quality, exceeding the PM10 by 15 times.

This health situation can have a great impact on the health of the people. Also, the following cities – Abakaliki, Afikpo, Enugu, Ile-Ife, Nnewi and Nsukka are also categorized as cities with unhealthy air quality. People living in these communities are more likely to experience one health issue or the other with high level of vulnerability to diseases like asthma, heart diseases, especially for sensitive people like children and the aged.

Air pollution is a silent killer and a threat to human existence. A 2016 report by World Health Organization posits that the air people breathe in Nigeria is more likely to cause harm than the air in any other African country because Nigeria currently has the highest (fourth globally) in the world with 150 deaths per 100,000 people attributable to pollution.

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Time to stop terrorism https://tribuneonlineng.com/217768/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 05:15:35 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=217768 Tribune Online
Time to stop terrorism

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AFRICA region has been experiencing significant levels of terrorism since 2013 till date. Africa has the largest number of classified terrorist groups in the world, which are Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, Boko Haram terrorist group of Nigeria, Egyptian Islamic Jihad,  Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Shabaab of Somali, among others. According to […]

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AFRICA region has been experiencing significant levels of terrorism since 2013 till date. Africa has the largest number of classified terrorist groups in the world, which are Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, Boko Haram terrorist group of Nigeria, Egyptian Islamic Jihad,  Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Shabaab of Somali, among others.

According to ‘Terrorism in Africa: A Qualitative Analysis’ written by Adriana Linsde Albuquerque, 218 known organizations have perpetrated terrorist acts in Africa. But, only a handful of groups are behind most of the major incidents. Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab, the two notorious terrorist groups based in Nigeria and Somalia, were responsible for nearly 50 per cent of attacks in Africa.

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In West Africa,  Boko Haram, the  Nigeria version of Al-Qai›da, which means ‘Western Education is a Sin’ came into existence since 2002. In 2009, it metamorphose into a violent sect to create an Islamic State in northern Nigeria. Thereafter, in 2015, the sect pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It has extended its operations to the neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

From record, Boko Haram has massacred over 100,000 people both civilians and military personnel in Nigeria, displaced hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed millions of naira  property through suicide bombings and assaults on civilians as well as kidnapping of over 276 school girls.

The terrorist group Boko Haram (BH) and a splinter group known as Ansaru, had carried out series of kidnapping, killings, bombings, and attacks on civilians and military targets. The Nigerian states where these attacks occurred most frequently are Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Plateau, Taraba and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Through the activities of Boko Haram, the economy of northern Nigeria, for example, has been  devastated; the fight against Boko Haram is sucking the scarce financial resources of states in the north-east Nigeria.

The activities of terrorists be it in Nigeria, Africa or globally on innocent people are acts of wickedness and unacceptable. Boko Haram and Al-Shabbab terrorism acts are barbaric, inhumane, cowardly and retrogressive.

Whatever motives or reasons of the terrorists – Al-Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS), Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab and other terror groups in Africa and across the globe adduce are unacceptable.

Terrorist groups are only using religion as cover to perpetuate devilish acts and killing fellow human beings. They must be stopped now.

 

Agunloye Adewunmi Bashiru

bagunloye@gmail.com

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Why do we go to school? https://tribuneonlineng.com/217769/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 05:14:08 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=217769 Tribune Online
Why do we go to school?

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WHEN a someone brings up a conversation on school, what is the first thing you think about? Kindergarten? Elementary? High school? College? Regardless of the level of education, they are all important in their own way. School is a place or method of growth and expansion of character. It’s a vicinity for preparation. Like they […]

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WHEN a someone brings up a conversation on school, what is the first thing you think about? Kindergarten? Elementary? High school? College? Regardless of the level of education, they are all important in their own way.

School is a place or method of growth and expansion of character. It’s a vicinity for preparation. Like they say, education is the best legacy, and if school is expensive, try ignorance. That alone tells you the power of education. I’m glad to tell you that, there are reasons you should go to school.

We go to school to acquire knowledge, to learn, to be skillful, be liberated, exposed, independent and many more. The truth is that we just have to go to school to be different. There is more to school than what we think.

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Although, people argue that some illiterates are more successful than the educated ones, well it happens, because we have goalless educated souls but there is always a difference in both mode of operation and package. That’s the power of education, DIFFERENCE, the ability to be skillfull.

For example, the seven-year old girl named Success, whose video went viral months ago about school fee whereby she chose to be flogged than to be sent home, that she knows the gang of being educated.

However, we shouldn’t depend on our certificate after school to work. We have gone to school to study and acquire skills. The time to make use of the skills completely is after school. That’s why most people find it difficult to deliver to the public because they depend on their certificate, and that’s why we need to understand the fact that CERTIFICATE ONLY CERTIFIES AND NOT SATISFIES  the ability to deliver our certificate is what will satisfy us. Nevertheless, what we study might not be what we will be in future, but we still need to be educated, So go to school to be certified and satisfied.

Deborah Mustapha,

 Ibadan.

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Violence is never good https://tribuneonlineng.com/217770/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 05:13:25 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=217770 Tribune Online
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These days, being cruel is considered great; movies show violence, revenge, abuse, assault, conspiracy, etc. A toxic culture is being accepted and acknowledged to be great and superior. You and I are contributing to a future generation with progressive grades and regressive values. This is alarming. Teach your children to be kind. That it takes […]

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These days, being cruel is considered great; movies show violence, revenge, abuse, assault, conspiracy, etc.

A toxic culture is being accepted and acknowledged to be great and superior. You and I are contributing to a future generation with progressive grades and regressive values. This is alarming.

Teach your children to be kind. That it takes a strong character to be kind. To offer someone help without expectations. Tell them that kindness is not an attribute of the meek, soft, mellowed down human. It doesn’t mean you’re weak minded or timid.

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Tell them that weak people assault. Tell them that bullying shows how weak a bully is. Take efforts to appreciate even the minutest act of kindness you see around. It is a rare gem.

Tell your children that kindness is an attribute of the elite, of kings, of gods.

 

Abejide Grace Atinuke

Ibadan

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