With no plan to compile my columns into a book in future, I have since last year been uploading ‘The Verdicts’ between year 1999 and 2007 on the web portal.
Even though that task is not yet completed, today I am uploading eight picks from the 2011 series that speak to contemporary issues. The first is “The Atiku Abubakar Formula…1” where I did a disquisition of the former Vice President’s very first intervention on the idea of restructuring.
In “The Atiku Abubakar Formula…2”, I based my intervention on a paper presented by former CBN Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, who expanded on Atiku’s 2010 campaign thesis:
“A governor of a state can afford to squeeze the industries owned by his political opponents. He does not need the tax revenue from the company.
“As for jobs, he could literally create any number he wanted in so far as the rents flowed. In a sense, there is no incentive to be productive or to actively promote production.”
In “Where I Disagree With You”, former Information Minister, Prof Sam Oyoivbaire, responded to my May 2011 Harvard paper.
He argued that “The dilemma of the power incumbents and the dialectics of the process in growing and developing the opposition should constitute the kernel of intellectual research and practical concerns.”
The next offering, “Lend Me One from Tomorrow’s” is a humourous reminder of what the American-based Nigeria writer and teacher, Dr Okey Ndibe said at his book reading last Friday in Abuja of the power of stories.
And then, there is “Issues in Baba Suwe’s Travails” which X-rays how the comedian was detained for 21 days to watch his bowel movement for drug.
“Because He Was Involved” was a tribute to the late Dim Emeka Odumegwu-ojukwu, following his death; “A Slice of Jonathan’s Bread” speaks to leadership and “But Where Shall We Occupy” is about the state of our nation and the response from the streets.
My conclusion: “…no one should be under any illusion about the state of our nation today: With many Nigerians at their tethers’ end, when the masses of our people are frustrated enough to really ‘Occupy’, I hope someone is clever enough to understand that they are not likely to do so with Twitter and Facebook.”
The eight recollections are on my web portal, olusegunadeniyi.com
STILL ON TEENS CONFERENCE
As announced last week, the 2017 edition of the RCCG (TEAP Zone) Abuja Teens Career Conference will hold on 26th August.
All the details, as well as the video clips for last year’s edition, are on the website.
Interested readers can watch ace comedian, Mr Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome a.k.a. Ali Baba; former Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) chair, Mrs Ifueko Omoigui Okauru; the then PenCom Director General, Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu and former CBN Deputy Governor, Mrs Sarah Alade who represented the Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
They spoke on the theme, “Your Life, Your Future: Not a Laughing Matter”.
The theme for this year is “Life is a Stage”. The invited speakers are veteran actor, Mr Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD); former Education Minister, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili; wife of former Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Mrs Charity Shekari and the host, Pastor Eva Azodoh, a medical doctor (consultant urologist) and retired army colonel.
Interested participants should visit www.rccgteapteens.org to register while enquiries can also be sent to email@example.com.
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