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  • Farage And Trump: Brothers Separated At Birth, by M. Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    Farage And Trump: Brothers Separated At Birth

    By Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of August 28, 2016

    Last week two of the world most controversial politicians were at each other’s sides. They are the loud and sometimes “gibberish talking” politicians –  British Nigel Farage and American Donald Trump. Watching these two men on that Jackson, Mississippi event was one of the creepiest scenes in recent times.

    By Trump’s body language and facial expression, he was delighted to have the controversial Farage help him to shore up his rating which had taken a  drop in recent times. Trump could not help but grin from side to side in approval of every word coming out of the mouth of the outgoing leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

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  • In Nigeria, Square Pegs Are For Round Holes, by Morakinyo Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    In Nigeria, Square Pegs Are For Round Holes

    In Nigeria, Square Pegs Are For Round Holes

    By Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of August 21, 2016

    There is no doubt that there are fifth columnists in the All Progressive Congress (APC) led government of President Muhammad Buhari. One needs no divination to know that the internal “forces” working for the downfall of the administration outnumber the ones who have good intentions for the nation.

    Everyday, people complain about the downward slide of the country in basically every area. There are concerns that despite the touted ‘dream team’ of the president, the country is still ‘going nowhere’. Let us cast our minds back to the early months of this administration when there were concerns among Nigerians that Buhari was taking too long to ‘assemble’ a team. The answer was that he was “cooking up” a dream team of technocrats who will path Nigeria’s way out of failure.

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  • Losing Hope In The 'Change' | Morakinyo Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    Losing Hope In The ‘Change’

    By M. Babajide Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of August 14th 2016.

    “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go in spite of it all,” Martin Luther King.

    Everyday common  men and women in Nigeria are wondering if their country would ever be great again. And while at it, they are losing hope on the possibility of this once great country ever returning to the glorious days. The thought of a no way out is disappointing and frustrating.

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  • Is the Nigerian Project Redeemable? By M. Babajide
    Newspaper Column

    Is The Nigerian Project Redeemable?

    By M. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of August 7, 2016

    The Nigerian blood is a special one that flows under an equally thick skin that  takes all sorts of shocks, blows and embarrassments. It is this special blood running in Nigerians that distinguishes us from citizens of other countries, especially in Africa. We are created to absorb shocks, and accept whatever is thrown at us without any complaint.

    When the great late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti sang “Suffering and Smiling”‘in the eighties, he indeed captured the image of average Nigerians. In our sufferings, imposed mainly by the actions and inactions of our political leaders, all we manage as reaction is smile, and muse to ourselves that “this shall also pass”.

    read more

  • The Politics of Nigerian University Appointments, by Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    The Politics of Nigerian University Appointments

    By Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of July 24, 2016

    It is very disturbing that we find ourselves going back and forth discussing the administration and management of the Nigerian education sector. We cannot overlook the recent happenings that no doubt would affect the quality and standard of materials produced under this system.

    It is also unfortunate that these developments have graduated from ‘joke’ to the ridiculous. There is something worrying about the future of the sector, especially since the inception of the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government. To be fair, it is not that the sector had performed brilliantly in the past, but with recent developments under the supervision of Adamu Adamu, minister of education, there are causes for concerns.

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  • Cameron's Loss Is May's Gain, by Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    Cameron’s Loss Is May’s Gain

    By Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of July 17, 2016

    David Cameron is not a man who misses his steps often. I am sure also he is not one whose tummy is the abode of butterflies. If he was shy at the start of his premiership in 2010, he definitely out grew it. He is a man of confidence, assurance and in control of his emotions.

    But Cameron is also human. He is indeed in control but not devoid of emotions. These past weeks, especially after the EU Referendum has revealed the various sides of the young man, David. Since the announcement of the results we have seen a totally different Cameron. This man is sure different from the one we have heard in the past talking tough on immigration, especially from non-EEA countries. We have a totally different Cameron from the one that punched the tables for emphasis anytime he talked about terrorism, especially ISIS and Syria.

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  • When Governing Councils Dissolve into Thin Air, What Next?, by Mo Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    When Governing Councils Dissolve into Thin Air, What Next?

    By Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of July 10, 2016

    Last week Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu announced the immediate dissolution of the Governing Councils of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, and University of Port Harcourt. In a media statement first aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network, the minister directed that the chairmen and members of the councils should immediately hand over the properties of the universities in their care.
    This new development in the education sector is to say the least very worrisome. It is indeed one that calls for greater concerns, considering the fact that this is the second time it would happen in the short life span of this administration.

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  • The Political Fall Out of Britain's Referendum on EU, by Mo Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    The Political Fall Out of Britain’s Referendum on EU

    By Mo. Babajide Alabi

    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of July 3, 2016.

    It is over a week now that majority of British voters decided via a referendum that it was time to exit the European Union. The ripples from the outcome of the poll had not settled and there are signs they are not going to settle anytime soon.

    To many, the results they woke up to on June 24, was not what they expected. The leaders of the  group that favoured Britain’s continued membership of the Union thought they had victory in their pockets, while the “Brexiters” were not really sure of their position. Although before  the voting, opinion polls were reporting no clear majority, however the balance was tilted towards victory for the Remain group.

    It was no surprise when after the voting closed, Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP) and a leader of the Leave group gave what seemed like a concession speech. He had feared the worse and was trying to be magnanimous in defeat.

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  • Educating The Unions Of What True University Autonomy Is, by Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    Educating The Unions Of What True University Autonomy Is

    By Mo. Babajide Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of June 27, 2016.

    When in 2009 the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government reached an agreement to grant more autonomy to universities in Nigeria, there were jubilations and celebrations all over the country. There was the general consensus that the agreement was a genuine start in the development of the higher education. These jubilations were not unconnected with an expected end to incessant closure of universities for one reason or the other.

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  • Nigeria's Buhari 'broke promise to end medical tourism'
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    Nigeria’s Buhari ‘broke promise to end medical tourism’

    Culled from BBCNews

    A leading Nigerian doctor has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of reneging on a promise to end “medical tourism” by seeking treatment in the UK.

    Nigerians spent $1bn (£690,000) on foreign medical trips in 2013, most of which was unnecessary, said Dr Osahon Enabulele.

    Nigerian politicians were mostly treated by Nigerian doctors in the UK, he added.

    Mr Buhari flew to London on Monday to be treated for an ear infection.

    It is unclear where the 73-year-old would be treated for what his office described as a “persistent” infection.

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  • Farage And Trump: Brothers Separated At Birth, by M. Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    Farage And Trump: Brothers Separated At Birth

    By Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of August 28, 2016

    Last week two of the world most controversial politicians were at each other’s sides. They are the loud and sometimes “gibberish talking” politicians –  British Nigel Farage and American Donald Trump. Watching these two men on that Jackson, Mississippi event was one of the creepiest scenes in recent times.

    By Trump’s body language and facial expression, he was delighted to have the controversial Farage help him to shore up his rating which had taken a  drop in recent times. Trump could not help but grin from side to side in approval of every word coming out of the mouth of the outgoing leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

    read more

  • In Nigeria, Square Pegs Are For Round Holes, by Morakinyo Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    In Nigeria, Square Pegs Are For Round Holes

    In Nigeria, Square Pegs Are For Round Holes

    By Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of August 21, 2016

    There is no doubt that there are fifth columnists in the All Progressive Congress (APC) led government of President Muhammad Buhari. One needs no divination to know that the internal “forces” working for the downfall of the administration outnumber the ones who have good intentions for the nation.

    Everyday, people complain about the downward slide of the country in basically every area. There are concerns that despite the touted ‘dream team’ of the president, the country is still ‘going nowhere’. Let us cast our minds back to the early months of this administration when there were concerns among Nigerians that Buhari was taking too long to ‘assemble’ a team. The answer was that he was “cooking up” a dream team of technocrats who will path Nigeria’s way out of failure.

    read more

  • Losing Hope In The 'Change' | Morakinyo Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    Losing Hope In The ‘Change’

    By M. Babajide Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of August 14th 2016.

    “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go in spite of it all,” Martin Luther King.

    Everyday common  men and women in Nigeria are wondering if their country would ever be great again. And while at it, they are losing hope on the possibility of this once great country ever returning to the glorious days. The thought of a no way out is disappointing and frustrating.

    read more

  • Is the Nigerian Project Redeemable? By M. Babajide
    Newspaper Column

    Is The Nigerian Project Redeemable?

    By M. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of August 7, 2016

    The Nigerian blood is a special one that flows under an equally thick skin that  takes all sorts of shocks, blows and embarrassments. It is this special blood running in Nigerians that distinguishes us from citizens of other countries, especially in Africa. We are created to absorb shocks, and accept whatever is thrown at us without any complaint.

    When the great late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti sang “Suffering and Smiling”‘in the eighties, he indeed captured the image of average Nigerians. In our sufferings, imposed mainly by the actions and inactions of our political leaders, all we manage as reaction is smile, and muse to ourselves that “this shall also pass”.

    read more

  • The Politics of Nigerian University Appointments, by Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Newspaper Column

    The Politics of Nigerian University Appointments

    By Mo. Babajide-Alabi
    Published in the Sunday Vanguard of July 24, 2016

    It is very disturbing that we find ourselves going back and forth discussing the administration and management of the Nigerian education sector. We cannot overlook the recent happenings that no doubt would affect the quality and standard of materials produced under this system.

    It is also unfortunate that these developments have graduated from ‘joke’ to the ridiculous. There is something worrying about the future of the sector, especially since the inception of the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government. To be fair, it is not that the sector had performed brilliantly in the past, but with recent developments under the supervision of Adamu Adamu, minister of education, there are causes for concerns.

    read more

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