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Political Scientist @ Bilficom Media and Systems
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STATE AFFAIRS

SEGUN ADENIYI ... AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY

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Olusegun Adeniyi sits in the reporters’ gallery from where he gets a close view of the activities and intrigues of the organs of government. With his pen he arouses the people’s consciousness to the inside stories of the events and actions that shape the condition of the Nigerian state.
Chidi Amuta wrote that “in the process of documenting the important milestones and development he [Segun] has gradually emerged as arguably the foremost credible chronicler of Nigeria’s contemporary history and evolution”.

Olusegun Adeniyi is the Chairman of the editorial board of ThisDay newspaper and a former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Umaru Musa Yar Adua.

He said he cried when he saw Yar Adua after he was sneaked into the country at night from Saudi Arabia where he was on medical admission. Those were the last days of the late president.
Was he schemed out by the kitchen cabinet that guided closely the health problems of Yar Adua?
Why did he regret not being close to Turai Yar Adua the wife of the late president?

When Segun was appointed a Special adviser to Yar Adua he didnot know that his time at the presidency will be shaped by the unfortunate poor health condition of his principal. He tells the story in his book “Power, Politics and Death”.
If the death of Yar Adua made him cry, the situation Nigeria finds itself makes him sad.

Mr. Adeniyi holds a BSc in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife and a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos. After his time at the presidency, he left for United States as a Fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University. His research at Harvard centered on the factors that shape incumbent presidential elections in Africa.
His findings provide deep insights that reflect in the book “Against the Run of Play”. In this interview he found himself in the middle of a situation that calls for careful narrative.
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AYISHA OSORI ... LOVE DOES NOT WIN ELECTION

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Ayisha Osori is an author. She is a former head of the Nigerian Women's Trust Fund a non-governmental organization founded in 2011.
She is the chair of the board of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) a West African organization which promotes democratic values.

Ayisha is a Nigerian lawyer and journalist.
She attended the University of Lagos and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
In her book “Love Does not Win Elections”, she exposes the dubious underbelly of Nigerian politics. She brings the story from her 2014 experience running to clinch the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the Federal House of Representatives seat for the AMAC/Bwari constituency in Abuja.

She wrote the book because she thinks it is useful for people who wonder why our political process fails to recruit and put forward the type of leadership we deserve.
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STATE AFFAIRS 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 … A RUTHLESS GANG OF COUPISTS

FEATURES:

1. WHY THEY ARE POOR

In Nigeria, the People fear government, the reason they are poor.

2. BUHARI, A COUPIST

On 30 December 1983, leaders of the coup assembled in Lagos to launch the final plan.
Buhari flew in from Jos for the meeting.

3. PUNCH EDITORIAL

The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken exception to the content of Punch newspaper’s editorial of 4 September 2018.
The presidency in a statement by Garba Shehu, dismissed the editorial as “wicked and unfounded conclusion”.
Punch titles its editorial “Herders’ Terrorism: Buhari at it Again”

4. BAD BLOOD:

Bad Blood is the title of UNICEF and International Alert’s 2016 report on Perceptions of children born of conflict-related sexual violence and women and girls associated with Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria.
The report details the consequence of the insurgency on family life.

5. INTERVIEW

Wale Adeboye of West Africa Responsibility to Protect Coalition discusses the 2016 report entitled Bad Blood by UNICEF and International Alert in partnership with the Bornu State Government and University of Maidugiri.
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SHE DIED IN MY CAR
It is interesting to watch a radio man sitting under a tree dreaming of the day his dreams of a great Nigeria will come to pass. “So, I have become a dreamer that don’t have to sleep to dream”. I sat on a rock with a radio set waiting for the news caster to...
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STATE AFFAIRS 16 JUNE 2018 ... NIGERIAN LEADERS AS THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY

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FEATURES

1. ALI MODU SHERIFF AND THE FORMATION OF BOKO HARAM

Nigeria has a deceptive and violent political class. The class has impregnated the land. The children are corruption, armed robbery, kidnapping and terrorism.
Modu sheriff is a member of this class. He has consistently denied having any involvement with Boko Haram, but the more he runs away from the accusations the more fingers point at him.

2. PHILOSOPHY

It was Williams Shakespeare who said, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads onto fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries”.

3. ADEBUKOLA BANJOKO

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja on Tuesday June 12, sentenced former Plateau State Governor Joshua Dariye to 16 years in prison.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko sentenced Senator Dariye to two years for misappropriation and 14 years for criminal breach of trust.

4. THE MAHMOOD YAKUBU INTERVIEW 2

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is constitutionally empowered to organize elections in Nigeria.
Prof Mahmood Yakubu is the Chairman of INEC.

5. THE ROTIMI SUBERU INTERVIEW

The paper “Constitutional Foundations of Political Corruption in Nigeria, and a Reform Strategy” written by Rotimi Suberu defines the purpose of institutions in improving the realities of political environments. In the case of Nigeria, Suberu argues:
“Elements of political economy, political culture, political leadership, and political institutions interact in complex ways to propel and compound Nigeria’s epic and endemic political corruption”.
Professor Suberu teaches politics and international relations at Bennington College, Vermont, USA.
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STATE AFFAIRS 16 MAY 2018:

BOLUWAJI BRAIMOH … RECLAIMING HOPE

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Young Nigerians like Boluwaji Braimoh have expressed their desire to make the difference in the life of a country hampered by poor education.

Why is Africa where it is?
How come Africans have failed to make their governments fear them?
Why is it hard for Nigeria to lifted herself out of poverty and violence?
These questions and more are behind the journey for revival that Boluwaji has embarked on.

In his new book “Reclaiming Hope” he states that Africa is about turning a corner for good. His optimism stems from the hunger for change he sees in an emerging generation of visionary young people. He is sure that “Africa is edging closer to fulfilling her staggering potential”.

Having studied Mechanical Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Boluwaji calls for the reworking of the mechanics of the Nigerian system.
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DANGER!
BLACK SOOT IN PORT-HARCOURT: WONNE AFRONELLY INTERVENES

(STATE AFFAIRS 16 MAY 2018)

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Feature:

There is huge danger in allowing the environment to degenerate due to the harmful practices of individuals and corporations in the discharge of their personal and corporate mandates.
In recent times the story took a new turn with the emergence of black soot in the clouds of Rivers State causing the declaration of air pollution emergency in the affected areas.

There are suggestions that the black particles are caused by incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons as well as asphalt processing and illegal artisanal refinery operations in the state.
Port Harcourt has been heavily hit causing Wonne Afronelly to intervene, advocating for a safe environment.

Afronelly is the producer and presenter of the programme “My Environment, My Wealth” on Radio Rivers 99.1 FM and Garden City Radio 89.9FM Port Harcourt.
The programme draws attention to environmental degradation, causes and solutions.

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STATE AFFAIRS 8 AUGUST 2018 ... BUHARI IN DENIAL

I am Edmund Obilo

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Features:

1. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says the blockade of the National Assembly gates by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) was unauthorized.

2. BUDGET

President Muhammad Buhari in December 2015 presented the 2016 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly. He promised government will secure the country, rebuild the economy, and make the Federal Republic of Nigeria stronger than it has ever been.
Is the country secured?
Has the president rebuilt the economy?


3. IS BUHARI THE MESSIAH?

With the emergence of Buhari arose the question of whether he will be able to deliver the goods. Here are 2016 opinions of three intellectuals: Odia Ofeimu, Prof. Ebenezer Obadare and Dr Olisa Muojama

4. ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, lists Ortom’s failure to include unpaid salaries, despite receiving billions of naira as bailout from the Federal Government. He called Ortom a comedian of the Nollywood fame.
Oshiomhole indicts the President for inaction!
Oshiomhole is bubbling with so much energy in the face of pressure.
Will time deflate him?

5. RUN-OFF ELECTION

2019 election will be tightly contested.
Some are already predicting a runoff election - a situation where no candidate wins the required number of vote to be declared winner.
In June this year I discussed the subject with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission Prof Mahmood Yakubu.

6. BOOK OF THE WEEK

The historian Toyin Falola is a professor of African Studies. He has authored and edited more than 100 books.
He is known for Historiography in Africa.
His book “Counting the Tiger’s Teeth” narrates a crucial turning point in Nigerian history, the Agbekoya rebellion (“Peasants Reject Poverty”) of 1968-70, reflecting on his firsthand experiences as a teenage witness to history.

7. NIGERIAN POLITICS

Jaye Gaskia a social activist and member Sustainable National Party (SNP) in this interview gives an analysis of the state of Nigerian politics
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STATE AFFAIRS 28 MARCH 2018 ... SMOKING AND PERILOUS TIMES

I am Edmund Obilo

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Features:

1. THE MILITARY IS COMPLICIT IN THESE KILLINGS, DEFEND
YOURSELVES — DANJUMA

2. TOBACCO WCTOH

The tobacco epidemic represents one of the biggest public health dangers the world has ever faced. Tobacco use kills more than 7 million people each year, and the vast majority of these deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries.
This is the first time the World Conference on Tobacco has held in Africa. It is also the first time a black woman Dr. Flavia Senkubuge is leading the assembly.
I interviewed Dr. Senkubuge at the conference:

Meanwhile, the African Tobacco control Alliance (ATCA) a body dedicated to preventing an epidemic of tobacco use on the African continent, has released the report of a research entitled “The Sale of Seyi SI Adegbite​

ngle Sticks of Cigarettes in Africa”.
I spoke with Deowan Mohee, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) at the sidelines of the 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, South Africa.

3. ABACHA

General Sani Abacha was a Nigerian.
He died on 8 June 1998 after serving as Nigeria’s Head-of-State from 1993 to 1998.
Under his reign, those opposed to the government were targeted, shot in commando operations, stuffing life out of them. The state was under siege, provoking in the minds of its citizens the anger of rebellion.
It was this anger that pushed Prof. Adesegun Banjo to conceive the plan of Guerrilla Warfare. Hear his story.

4. THE REMI SONAIYA INTERVIEW 1

Remi Sonaiya was the presidential candidate of the KOWA Party in the 2015 election. She is a professor of French Language and Applied Linguistics.
Graduating with a PhD in 1988 at the Ivy League, Cornell University in the United States of America, prepared her for a return to Nigeria to continue lecturing in the Department of Foreign Languages of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife.
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STATE AFFAIRS 11 JULY 2018 ... OBASANJO'S POLITICS

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Note:
This edition identifies Olusegun Obasanjo as a centre of power that authoritatively allocates values to the Nigerian society.

Obasanjo is known for writing letters and raising alarms. He is a friend today and enemy tomorrow, yet he cannot be crushed. Why?
The idea is to interpret his character using the perspectives of those that have encountered him.

Is Obasanjo a saint?
Was Jonathan scared of him?
Why has Buhari not arrested him?
Like others, will Buhari fall?

The programme also gives a historical account of Nigeria’s journey from one crisis to another.
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