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WHO IS NEXT AFTER OGBEMUDIA?

  
Ogbemudi Dumps PDP” — News.

My Conclusion: The next probable news item would be ‘Ogbemudia Joins APC’.

Sadly, this trend would continue to be the defining face of Nigeria political system if the current anti-corruption drives by All Progressive Party (APC) government follow its current pattern. 

Almost all politicians charged for corruption are members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It follows therefore that there is an unpronounced conclusion that all political heavyweights in APC are saints and are therefore corruption-free.

We all know that most top guns in the two dominant parties are enmeshed in corrupt practices, at least before the advent of current dispensation. And in so far those being charged for corruption perpetrated their crimes before the advent of Buhari’s return to power it is just normal that everybody – irrespective of party affiliation – is made to account for their misdeeds.

What every sensible politicians in the opposition with skeletons in their cupboard would do is to join APC. Or disown PDP. This, they know, might guarantee them immunity from accounting for their sins.

Samuel Ogbemudia is just one amongst many politicians who have dumped PDP and he surely will not be the last. The fear of Buhari and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are enough to turn PDP to a pariah party. 

PS: I’m no PDP Wailer (I’m actually one of Buhari’s silent Hailers), but I need not be one to observe that the anti-corruption war is one sided.

I’m on Twitter: @Femiolas.

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Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Opinion

 

MY CONDOLENCES, CELINE DION!

  
My heartfelt condolences to Celine Marie Claudette Dion on the passage of her husband Rene Angelil, at the age of 73.

Celine Dion was my favourite musician when I was growing up and still remain my best musician to date. I fantasised about Celine Dion in my formative years.

I wrote an article in my sophomore about Rene Angelil (her husband) and her first and newly born son then (Rene-Charles Angelil). At the time, Celine just gave birth to Rene-Charles and her husband was having a live-threatening battle with cancer. The piece was to wish my music hero well.

It is interesting that her late husband was older than her by 24 years and he mortgaged his home to finance her first record, even when they were not yet married at the time.

Now that the man who brought her into limelight, saw the best in her and stood by her was gone, I can only wish my music diva my heartfelt condolences.

Condolences to you, Celine Marie Claudette Dion.

Femi Olabisi is Twitter: @Femiolas

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2016 in Opinion

 

NIGERIAN COUNCILLOR IS RICHER THAN US VICE PRESIDENT

I read an interview on CNN by the United States Vice President, Joe Biden, in which he revealed that he –and his wife – proposed selling their house for the money needed to care for the family of his ailing son, Beau Biden. And how President Obama prevailed on him not to sell the house, with a promise to help them financially. 

Mr. Beau Biden, a two term attorney general of Delaware, suffered from stroke. He passed on last year.

The story of a two term attorney general, and a serving Vice President father not having enough money would be impossible to believe in this clime.

In Nigeria, a local government councillor is a potential multi millionaire and a Vice President wouldn’t need to lift a finger to command millions of dollar (or billions of Naira). For life.

And you don’t even need more than a term as a state attorney general in Nigeria to be made for life. There are office clerks in government job with luxury cars and mouthwatering houses.

It will be unheard of for a councillor in Nigeria to sell his house. Rather, he would be buying more and go on medical safari. His office package (salary, wardrobe allowance, contract kickbacks, severance allowance, etc.) are enough to care for his life troubles.

Femi Olabisi is on Twitter: @Femiolas

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Opinion

 
 
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