ASUU Strike Update: We are back in the sane country with an insane government

This is more of a review, so be not dismayed to see footnotes, bracketed explanations and all-what-nots.

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Following the several ‘negotiation’ (please, don’t tell me a properly elected government has been renegotiating what agreement she willingly arrived at and signed an MoU, for commitment sake. Just don’t tell this guy) meetings between the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria with regard to the lingering strike rocking the country’s public universities, the Federal Government has, according to the news making the rounds, “decided to break off negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over what it called the infiltration of the union by the opposition to discredit the government.”

What! That’s alarming. That a government (maybe the people currently occupying that position do not in anyway understand the gravity of their office, utterances and actions) would subscribe to cheap blackmail, libel and outright propaganda against the citizens she’s meant to serve. That’s alarming.

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“Strike: Again, FG, ASUU Refuse To Shift Ground” – Nigerian Press

asuu_strikeThe title, with inverted commas, of this piece is the favoured choice of the Nigerian press just hours after categorically stating “ASUU strike ends soon”. Well, enough for the Nigerian Press. I salute!

In light of past and present inclinations of the Federal Government of Nigeria in tackling the myriad of problems bedeviling the polity of the country, one should never allow the actions, almost inactions, of the government to frustrate one.

How else could one interprete the actions of the players “for” the FGN? They are constantly dressed flamboyantly (especially, the ladies, referred to by some as National witches) while the men host on their bodies expensive cotton, all thanks to the collective treasury from where, dipping their hands at will, they bring out the notes that keep them and family members going, of course at “speed-boat speed”. No thanks to the Continue reading

“ASUU strike ends soon” – Nigerian Press

asuuThe ongoing strike action by the Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on for weeks and another leg of the meetings between the ASUU’s and Federal Government’s negotiation team has been scheduled for Monday (today. It should be on now). It is our only hope that the resolutions at the meeting will be something worth taking home.

Meanwhile, several news portals have been excited about the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan has approved N400b for infrastructural development in 61 universities identified by the NEEDS assessment. lAkUnLeScReWs finds that worrisome to say the least.

The following piece was written by BIMBOLA OYESOLA on the Sun Newspaper online platform and plagiarized by such others without Continue reading

Internet-enabled pillows: Solution for long distance lovers?

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Sometimes, romance gets complicated, especially for couples wey dey inside long-distance relationships. These kind lovers have utilized different technological means to resolve the problem such as Skype, Facetime, more recently Whatsapp, Blackberry Messenger, Viber and so on. But these have a limitation with naturalness.

Hence, this small pikin made internet-enabled pillow to serve long-distance lovers.

As reported elsewhere, Joanna Montgomery, 25, of Newcastle, UK, set out to develop a new product that would connect couples who are physically apart. Pillow Talk enables couples to feel closer by transmitting their heartbeats – and by lighting their pillows with a glow. Continue reading

20 Amazing Facts About Ijebus: Why Ijebus are hated???

I found the piece below presented by Osilaja Tholulopeh Oluwabunmy and thought it a responsibility to record and re-present for evaluation and re-evaluation. 

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True or fable? Our comments may be important…

 

1. Ijebus were the first people to have contact with Europeans in 14th century.

2. Ijebus were the first to be educated by western education.

3. Ijebu is the largest Ethnic group in Nigeria.

4. First people to manufacture gears of wars in history of Nigeria.

5. First people to contend the slavery extortion in the region. Continue reading

COINCIDENCES: Of Queen Elizabeth and Nigerian First Ladies By Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth

Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth_26Queen Elizabeth I of England became Queen on November 17, 1558. She succeeded Mary 1, Queen of Scots. She brought about a golden age and greatness to England. She lived in the same times as the dramatist William Shakespeare (WS).

Queen Elizabeth I had cause to observe January 15, the anniversary of her coronation ceremony.
She died on March 24, 1603.maryam baba

Maryam Abacha became First Lady of Nigeria on November 17, 1993. She succeeded Maryam Babangida and lived in the same times as Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka (WS). Soyinka has been compared with William Shakespeare and is fondly addressed as “Our own WS” by some Nigerians. Continue reading

Lagbaja’s music, Mumus and Nigerians

The following are words of Lagbaja (in response to Okey Ndibe) as previously published on saharareporters.com on the 6th of August, 2013 and reproduced here for the benefit of a larger pool of Nigerians:

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Dear Okey Ndibe: Thank you for sounding the alarm in a way that should make us reflect deeper. Mumu is not a condition I proudly proclaim. It was with a heavy heart that I came to this shocking realization that we are indeed a country of mumus. Harsh as it might sound, no other explanation would suffice. It is apparent that the “leaders” know that they would always get away with whatever incredible schemes they concoct because, amongst other reasons,

(a) the mumu people they “lead” are no different from their mumu “leaders” in character

(b) the mumu people are gullible, superstitious and naive

(c) there are no consequences for criminal acts if you belong to the right group

(d) these mumus never demand accountability from their “leaders”

(e) the mumus expect their rulers to loot or would otherwise consider them foolish Continue reading