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Opportunity To Serve and Opportunism for Disservice

“Happiness... consists in giving and in serving others”. ~Henry Drummond

“It is the love that we give and the service we render that really is the great payoff”. ~David B. Haight

“Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.” J. Donald Walters  

OPPORTUNITY is defined variously as 1: a favourable juncture of circumstances and 2: a good chance for advancement or progress.

 

On the other hand, the definition…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 20, 2012 at 11:34pm — No Comments

So What Next …….After The Mother Of All Protests?

I am almost afraid and weary to write this article. This is probably because of my penchant to dwell very long on issues that are very close to my heart, but don’t want to bore the reader with a long treatise.

Unfortunately, however, the problem of Nigeria is my problem, your problem, and you know what, the world’s problem. 

In sitting down to write this article, I have had to rely very heavily on comments made by my friends and other people in the newspapers, internet media,…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 26, 2012 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Fuel Subsidy Removal: Fraud, Deception, Corruption or Good-intentioned?

 Fuel Subsidy Removal: Fraud, Deception, Corruption or Good-intentioned?

 

 

Akintokunbo A Adejumo

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I will be very frank with you; despite the raging debates over the past six months or so, I had not the slightest intention of writing on this contentious and…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 4, 2012 at 2:14pm — No Comments

That EFCC vs Joe Musa and others Court Saga: Questions Need Asking

It has long been certain that “the wheels of justice grind slowly”, (in Nigeria and other less refined societies, usually oiled by Corruption) yet, contrary to the old adage, they don’t necessarily “grind exceedingly fine.”  In all cases, it is the victims that suffer the consequences.

 

In many cases, hearings are listed intermittently, weeks, if not months, apart. They are interrupted in the middle of cross-examinations, for instance, which have to be resumed after a long…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on December 25, 2011 at 2:04pm — No Comments

The Problems and Challenges of Insecurity in Nigeria

Paper Presented to ACN UK General Meeting, 10th September 2011-09-02 London, UK .

 

Ladies and gentlemen, it is perhaps imperative in this presentation to come to certain terms with what we are going to talk about. This is because when we say security, are we talking about food insecurity, financial insecurity, personal security, national security, etc?

 

Anyway, I am sure, for this purpose of this political…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on December 16, 2011 at 10:52pm — No Comments

The Death Of A Nigerian Icon – The Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu

Prior to the 1966 coup which ushered in General JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi, very few people in Nigeria had ever seen soldiers before. They were mostly confined to the barracks. Most of us in those days did not even know that Nigerians soldiers were sent to the Congo. Even now, most history books never recorded the exploits and bravery of Nigerian soldiers in the West African Auxiliary Force who distinguished themselves in the First and Second World Wars on the side of the British colonial masters in…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 26, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Thoughts On Nigeria’s Population Explosion and Infrastructure Investment

A short while ago, at the 2011 World Population Day celebration, it was revealed that by October 31, Nigeria’s population would hit the 167 million mark; and would hit 433 million by 2050. To many, it was a verdict of a bleak future, and an imminent catastrophe.  Nigerians then sat back to wait for an official reaction from our leaders. We might as well be waiting for the sky to fall down. But then, I was not very surprised.

Do these people - I mean our leaders - pay any attention to…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 21, 2011 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Corruption Is Good Business

On the way to Ibadan from Lagos, just after crossing the first of the concrete bridges on that most horrible and dangerous of roads called Lagos/Ibadan Expressway (more like expressway to hell) on the Lagos/Ogun States border, on the right you will see the business empire of one Otunba Ghadaffi (SAN), and the sign saying “SHIT BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS”, referring to the commendable fact that he has departed from being a lawyer and made a fortune in dealing with what most of us are repugnant…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 7, 2011 at 9:58pm — 1 Comment

Nigeria at 51: Elegy to A Confounding Country

I normally don’t join in celebrating Nigeria’s Independence Day anywhere I am in the world; at least not since the late 70s. I also do not write the usual piece analyzing our problems and preferring solutions. Other better, able and more flamboyant writers always find time to do that, but to what end? Nobody seems to ever listen to us, year in, year our. We do it all over again.

 

Our leaders stand on rostrums in parade grounds and exhort  us and repeat…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on September 30, 2011 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

Blame! Blame! Blame! Blame Someone Else! – A Nigerian Political Pastime

 “Our enemies are the political profiteers, the swindlers, the men in high and low places that seek bribes and demand 10 percent; those that seek to keep the country divided permanently so that they can remain in office as ministers or VIPs at least, the tribalists, the nepotists, those that make the country look big for nothing before international circles, those that have corrupted our society and put the Nigerian political calendar back by their words and deeds. ” Major…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on September 18, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

A Falling Out of Thieves or Old Men Behaving Badly?

‘When rogues fall out, truth is revealed, and honest men get justice.’ (1838 A. Jackson Letter 26 Mar. in Correspondence (1931) V. 545)

The rogues have fallen out, and honest men may come by their own. (1866 C. Kingsley Hereward the Wake xv)

When thieves fall out, honest men come by their own (Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs)

 

While there is said to be honour among thieves, an inequality or a sharp…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on August 19, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Defining Achievement, Performance and Humility of Nigeria’s Political Class

As I was having a brainwave and contemplating what to write about the topic of our political leaders’ “achievement," “performance” and their “humility”, it occurred to me that I personally don’t resound with the concept of focusing life on achieving end results outside of myself. The English dictionary’s definition of ‘achieve - to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain; to gain as by hard work or effort - states that by its nature, achievement or accomplishment is an result, a… Continue

Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on June 20, 2011 at 3:29pm — No Comments

The Unimaginative and Purposeless Political Recycling

This article is not intended to offend anyone personally but recent developments in the nation’s socio-political environment warrant comments and focus on the situation so readers of this medium can be fully apprised of developments around them.

 

When I opened the pages of the newspapers recently and read that the PDP, which had been ruling since 1999 had come up with a list of 270 nominees for Ministerial and other positions for the new (?) incoming government of Goodluck…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on May 28, 2011 at 6:39am — No Comments

A Quiet Revolution In The Nigerian Federal Civil Service

Not too long ago, a survey of some of the developing economies revealed Nigerian bureaucracy to be not just one of the least efficient and one of the most corrupt, further it was also found that working with the Nigeria’s civil servants was a "slow and painful" process.

 

As early as the 1970, the blend of the oil boom into the liberalization of the Nigerian economy and the attendant developments gradually opened up the economic skies but every consequent government…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 19, 2011 at 11:45pm — No Comments

A Farcical And Anarchic Look At Nigerian Car Plates

Laughter, they say is the best medicine. Let’s take a comic look at our predicament in Nigeria.

 

A “farce” is defined as A light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect”. And “The broad or spirited humor characteristic of such works”. Or “A ludicrous, empty show; a mockery: e.g.…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 27, 2011 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Party Politics And The 2011 Elections

In previous articles, since 2007 I have always defended and given the excuse for our aberrant democratic practice as being nascent, (i.e. new, embryonic, blossoming, hopeful, promising, and budding). In fact, I try very hard to believe in my own folly, always trying seriously to believe myself that we cannot perfect our brand of democracy so soon. After all, as they say, Rome was not built in a day, and even the great democracies of the modern world like the United States of America and Great… Continue

Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 8, 2011 at 7:42pm — 2 Comments

Re: Update of Bank Account Information in Nigeria – The Plight of Nigerians Abroad

On 25th of January 2011, I came across a Press Release on Page 27 of the Monday, January 24 2011 edition of THISDAY Newspaper. The advert was from the Committee of Chief Compliance Officers of Banks in Nigeria (CCCOBIN) titled UPDATE OF BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION.

 

The Press Release was in apparent support of the Central Bank of Nigeria Directive directing all bank customers to update their bank accounts’ information on or before January 31, 2011 without failure. The…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 26, 2011 at 9:11am — 1 Comment

Amos Adamu’s Travails: the Consequences of Greed and Corruption

On Saturday 16 October 2010, Complete Sports magazine did a poll to its readers titled: “Is Dr. Amos Adamu A Curse Or A Blessing To Nigerian Football?” I took my time to trawl through all the comments and feedback left by Nigerians.…



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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 20, 2010 at 12:08am — No Comments

Revisiting The Remunerations of Nigerian Legislators: Time For Action

I am really sorry I have to bring this up again, but my conscience, frustration and disgust will not allow me to rest. I have written several times about this issue, but because the situation is getting worse, I still have to write about it.…



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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 14, 2010 at 9:07am — No Comments

Of Nigerian Democracy, Governance And Profligacy

I have spent a total of nine months in Nigeria since my relocation experiment started and everyday I wake up to see what those ruling us have done and are still doing to Nigeria, I become despondent, desperate…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 8, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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