Turning and turning in the widening gyre. The Falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere, The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst, Are full of passionate intensity, Surely some revelation is at hand… – W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming (1919).
Burna Boy: “The only way Africa can become the powerhouse that it should be is to get rid of all the African leaders that are here right now, because they have done us no good. The only way that can happen is if you all come back and do what you have to do.” I ask the first, perhaps naive, question that pops into my head: the African diaspora is so vast, how would everyone fit? “Where you are now, you think there’s room for you?” Literally and figuratively, maybe he has a point. “Your ancestors are calling you right now. This is the time.”
“It is very obvious. And most of those who are encouraging or instigating him would deny him immediately. It’s not because they love Obaseki; it’s because they believe that from such crisis, they can make a lot of money,” Erhahon declared, adding that in a democracy you negotiate no matter how well you think you have performed.
Unperturbed by the distractions, the governor in less than three years in office, has not only repositioned Edo State economy to be viable and globally competitive, but has been able to set a pace for future growth and massive industrialisation. Edos in Diaspora applauded Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for his relentless effort to spur industrialisation in the state.
David-West offered countless fearless and instructive advice to those in the corridor of power on national issues and was a media delight. David-West had an indomitable spirit was in a class of his own. Alex Akinyele’s scrupulousness, discipline and diligence were always obvious to those who worked closely with him, and his love for the nation, which was zealously demonstrated through providing exemplary leadership.
Femi Otedola came to the rescue of ailing popular thespian, Victor Olaotan, when he needed over $100,000 for treatment of an injury he sustained in a ghastly auto accident in 2016. The veteran actor received the much-needed but expensive neuro-rehabilitation treatment that saved his legs from being amputated, courtesy of Otedola’s kindness.
Chief Alexander Opeyemi Akinyele was not someone to see white and call it black. When some national sports federation presidents were claiming to be spending their hard earned money to run their federations, the Ondo high Chief told them pointblank not to do such anymore. ” If there is nothing you are getting in return why are you spending your money to run your federation?” Akinyele queried. Thereafter, the noise of ‘ I am spending my money on my federation ended.’
What we may legitimately say is that the example of Femi Otedola and others like him necessarily generates a conversation about the purpose of wealth and the place of the privileged in a dispossessed society. We hope Femi Otedola and his daughters will find every reason to sustain their new-found passion.
EFCC under Ibrahim Maguhas also embraced pro-active re-orientation strategies including musical concerts staged to draw more attention to the commission’s anti-corruption messages as well as partnerships with civil society organizations, organized labour unions and stakeholders in the public and private spheres, town hall interactive meetings with community religious leaders and various groups within communities in the grassroots.