NANS – A PRESSURE GROUP OR THE YOUTH WING OF THE RULING PARTY? By Salami Ismail Oyewale “El’Sama”


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In the aftermath of the 2012 Fuel Subsidy Removal Struggle, the then NANS President, Com. Mohammed Dauda (KAPON), fully supported the removal of fuel subsidy from the onset because he was then in charge of NANS – The Youth Wing of the then Ruling Party”. He had the following to say as his reasons:

INTERVIEWER: In January, some Nigerians were on the streets protesting against the fuel subsidy hike and NANS
was not part of the protest tagged #OccupyNigeria, why were you not part of the protest?

NANS President (KAPON): I did not join the protest one basically because, before that time, we were consulted, the
organisation was consulted and we keyed into the vision like every other organisation. The Nigerian Labour
Congress were there, youth council were there and every other organisation were there at the villa to deliberate on
when the subsidy removal should take effect and everybody, nobody at that point in time kicked against it, nobody kicked against it, people were saying it was inevitable. By the time it was removed in January, one thing I want us to understand, all the stakeholders that went there believed that the subsidy based on the submission should be
removed but when people were kicking against it instead of the believe that the President did not keep to the agreement
of his promise by removing the subsidy in January, that was just their own decision. But every other person there
believed the subsidy was inevitable.
I did not join one because all the agitation (different groups) was to defend their own organisation. As the President of NANS equally, whatever palliative that is coming from the
subsidy should be channelled into the educational sector. My deal included the following – that the 36 percent
UNESCO recommendation should be obtained and they should not in any way increase tuition fees on campuses;
that was my recommendation to them.

INTERVIEWER: Were you paid money not to be part of the protest?

NANS President (KAPON):
Nobody gave me, let me make this on record, I am challenging anybody that has anything contrary, that nobody gave me any penny. I did not take any kobo from anybody. Nobody gave me any money. I am 100 percent sure that nobody gave me money.

INTERVIEWER: Nigerians are gearing up for #OccupyNigeria II, based on the fuel subsidy scam report by the Farouk
Lawan led committee. Will you be a part of the protest?

NANS President (KAPON):
Well based on what we had entrusted government to do, we have not seen anything to show for it, and things are not properly done as promised so we have to be a part of the protest.

INTERVIEWER: Will NANS be on the street to protest?

NANS President (KAPON):
Why not, we will get on the street to protest as well.

Source:

https://abangmercy.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/i-was-not-part-of-occupynigeria-because-of-government-palliatives-nans-president/

I find it insulting that KAPON denied being paid not to protest the removal of fuel subsidy in 2012!

Now, fast forward to 2016, the current NANS President, Comrade Tijani Usman Shehu, had, in less than 7-days,
threatened to stage a “mother of all protests” against the removal of fuel subsidy, to become an economic guru
analysing the Nigerian economic conundrum and advising the entire Nigerian students to swallow the bitter pills of fuel subsidy removal!

On the 12th of May, 2016, Tijani, as the President NANS – the “Pressure Group”, threatened thus:

“NANS TO OCCUPY NIGERIA AGAINST REMOVAL OF FUEL
SUBSIDY” via

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/05/fuel-price-well-occupy-nigeria-next-week-nans/

7 days later, on the 19th of May, 2016, Tijani had metamorphosed NANS into the “Youth Wing of the ruling
APC party”, thus he posited as follows:

“NANS SUPPORTS REMOVAL OF FUEL SUBSIDY” via

NANS backs FG on fuel price hike; says Nigerian economy is sinking, badly battered

In the new NANS stance, Comrade Tijani Usman Shehu, the NANS President, pushed the following palliatives and/ordemands for and on behalf of NANS, I’ll do my best to
dissect them one after the other:

1 – agreement that the government should halt any further increment in tuition fees and other auxiliary fees in all institutions of higher learning.

MY TAKE: In 2012, KAPON also reached the agreement for non increment in tuition fee. Is there a tertiary institution in this country that did not increase tuition fee since 2012 till date?

2 – provision of buses to tertiary institutions of higher learning, two per institution, to ease transportation on
campuses.

MY TAKE: In 2012, KAPON also reached the agreement for buses. I’m sorry President Tijani, we are still waiting for
those 2012 buses!

3 – distribution of camp gas cylinders to all Nigerian students.

MY TAKE: Mr NANS President sir, this should arguably go down as the dumbest demand from any Pressure Group (oh sorry, I meant Youth Wing Group) in the world! Seriously? You pushed for the purchase and distribution of camp gas cylinders to all Nigerian Students? How? The lad who
thought out this particular demand is definitely not an intellectually sound entity! For you to have presented such
as part of our demand is actually an impeachable offence!

4 – engagement of students across the four zones of NANS in a town hall meeting to enlighten students on the policy.

MY TAKE: I’m sorry Mr President, I don’t see how this will benefit an average Nigerian student. I’m tempted to
conclude that it is a demand borne out of selfish interest to open up avenues for you and your ilks to continue to milk
the government to the detriment of the Nigerian Students. Lest I forgot, you were a member of the PDP Youth
Committee that embarked on “Zonal Town Hall Meetings” prior to the 2015 General Elections. We all know for every
such jamboree, there’s always a committee set up to “mobilise” and “demobilise” participants to the event. There would also be committee votes among other sundry expenses. Please, swerve Mr NANS President! This is not a palliative nor is it a worthy demand.

5 – provision of immediate employment to graduates.

MY TAKE: Thank you Comrade Tijani Usman. This is a legitimate demand only if you don’t fill these employments
slots with the names of your goons but that of millions of Nigerian graduates roaming the streets.

6 – establishment of an independent service monitoring group to monitor the current price ceiling of N145 per litre.

MY TAKE: No comment! Thank you for telling the FG that the PPPRA/DPR/NNPC have failed woefully in their
monitoring and regulatory roles.

7 – establishment of a students’ trust fund.

MY TAKE: I am lost here Mr NANS President. Students’ Trust Fund to be managed by who? What has become of the “Petroleum Trust Fund” or “Education Trust Fund” and other
trust funds in this country? Mr Tijani, abeg park well.

I will conclude by dropping these lines from an anynomous writer:

“Welcome to NANS; where for the purpose of immediate needs, youths are intellectually senile. The National
Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is a body that has the highest
concentration of youths in Nigeria, the association should ordinarily be a womb inside which the expected leaders are housed; upon which the responsibility to form an ideal Nigeria could be saddled, surprisingly, the opposite is the case. NANS is presently the main manufacturer of leaders
with no scruples, home for rogues and a conducive hut where semi-illiterates thrives, an association where leaders
avail empty threats with a view of filling their empty pockets. Hardly could one believe, that a body that woke the consciousness of its members towards a F.G. policy on fuel price, could untimely revert their decisions when money exchanged hands. By every means imperative, it could be a safe bet, and wiser, to team-up with old ones that envisioned better tomorrow through their old ‘microscope’, than forming unholy alliance with some
youths that are mentally old and intellectually senile in their 30s and 40s!”

Dear, NANS President, Comrade Tijani Usman Shehu, how did I forget to mention the open secret of the alleged N15M that exchanged hands at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, after the NNPC/DSS/NANS agitation (negotiation) parley?

If NANS has a purported membership of 40.1million Nigerian students (as you are always fond of claiming), how can you sell us all for a paltry N15M? That’s about N2.67 per student! Damn! Tijani values my worth as only N2.67! I’m sad!

ADDENDUM: A renowned mathematical guru, having gone through this piece (first published on my Facebook wall), corrected me thus:

“I read your piece on NANS, at the tail of the piece, I guess the value should be inverse of the indicated. 37kobo/Nigerian student and not N2.67/Nigerian student. It’s N15M/40.1M students and not the opposite. I guess it was an oversight from a guru-genius like Sama. Someone recently made a mistake when the naira-yuan deal was struck too. Our minds usually tend to tilt towards the better of two, particularly when the second sounds grossly ridiculous!
You may wish to effect the change.
Thumbs up.”

So, dear Nigerian Students, our NANS President, Comrade Tijani Usman Shehu, actually values us at 37kobo each!!!

OPEN LETTER TO THE ENTIRE ONDO STATE STUDENTS’ MOVEMENT – BEFORE WE GET KILLED AGAIN BY SALAMI ISMAIL OYEWALE


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It was a Friday, the 13th of July, 2012, that the Ondo State Students’ Movement experienced the darkest moment in the annals of her history, as we lost FOUR students’ leaders in a ghastly motor accident along the Owo-Akure express road, namely:

[1] Comrade Aremo Gbenga [ÌBÍLÈ] the then NANS National Vice President [External Affairs].

[2] Comrade Awopegba Julius Oluwadapo [DPO] – the then Student Union President of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

[3] Comrade Akintola Abiodun – the then Student Union Government President of the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.

[4] Comrade Oyikan Olotu – the then Student Union Government President of the Ondo State School of Midwifery, Akure.

While a handful sustained different degrees of injury, ranging from minor cuts to permanent disability.

Four years down the lane, have we – the Ondo State Students’ fold learn anything from that dark period in our history?

I am tempted to say NO!

For those of you beating the drum of disunity, planting the seeds of discord and fueling the flames of hatred with your reckless utterances, disruptive and destructive actions, I am writing you this open letter from the depth of my heart.

We lost those students’ leaders in 2012 because of the seeds of hatred, envy, jealousy, curses etc planted in each of us against each other. We saw each other as arch enemies. We acted towards each other with suspicion. It all emanated from the crisis that rocked the NANS JCC Ondo State Axis in 2012! If you don’t know, now you know.

There was so much animosity in the rank and file of the Nigerian Students Movement in Ondo State back then that we wished each other evil!  It was that bad!

It all started with the imposition of Com. Owonola Abiodun [EQUITY] on the Ondo State Students’ Movement as NANS JCC Chairman by the “powers that be”, despite the non expiration of the tenure of Com. Omotayo Oladele [DELE-KENKO] and his executives.

We were so divided that at a certain conflict resolution meeting organised by the Ondo State Government at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, the Chief of Staff had to ask us to sit behind our respective NANS JCC Chairman. He said and I quote:

“If you are for EQUITY, move to the right side. If you’re for DELE, move to the left side.”

The respective camps kept on fighting each other whenever our paths crossed in the Akure metropolis. Fracas here and there. I, as the then FUTASUG President, was on the DELE side of the divide, our stance was simple and sacrosanct:

– DELE’s tenure was NOT over yet, thus the election conducted that produced EQUITY was an illegality, it cannot hold. It should be declared null and void.

On the other side of the divide – the EQUITY camp, they had their simple and negotiable demand too:

– “DELE must go”. He had offended the “powers that made him NANS JCC Chairman”, thus he must be sent packing from office.

After making a very ugly mess of ourselves by disturbing the peace and tranquility of Ondo State, the ODSG finally resolved the issue amicably for us – DELE would be allowed to complete his tenure in office, while the result of  election that produced EQUITY would stand and EQUITY would be sworn in as the new NANS JCC Chairman after the tenure of DELE.

Fast forward 4 years to this moment, my people, we find ourselves well divided just as the 2012 saga. There’s the Com. Falegan Samson [FADAR]-led JCC faction and the Com. Atolusi Anthony [ANTHOZ]-led JCC faction.

There is palpable enimity in the rank and file of the Ondo State Students’ fold. There are accusations and counter-accusations flying here and there. There exist the violence being unleashed by both camps. There is now a new twist of “metaphysical and/or supernatural attack” being deployed by both camps. There is the use of government machineries, university authorities and fraternal soldiers (cultists) to fight each other. Can it get messier than this?

When shall we learn? Is it when we complete rewriting the darkest period of our movement’s history by killing the next five or four or one amongst us before we reason?

Is it when you, yes I am referring to you, that is triggering, urging, rallying,  supporting and mobilising resources (be it material, financial, spiritual, cultist etc) for this ongoing crisis, quench your blood thirst before you let us have a peaceful students’ movement in Ondo State?

Finally, I’m calling on all concerned parties who have the genuine interest of the Nigerian Students in Ondo State at heart to sheath their swords of disagreement and allow peace to reign. Let us find a lasting solution to the ongoing imbroglio before it consumes us. 

Did I mention to you that the Ondo State Governorship Election is some months away? Just like in 2012, before that tragic accident that cost us some of the brightest comrades in Ondo State and maimed some others, the Ondo State Governorship Election was also around the corner then!

Y’all better #BeWise before your blood is siphoned!

… SamaOnPoint – always on point! …

MUSINGS OF A #BEDC CORPS MEMBER -THE NIGERIAN DREAM BY SALAMI ISMAIL OYEWALE


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Earlier today, Tuesday, 19th of April 2016, while distributing electricity bills in a remote metropolis in Benin city, Edo State, I was brought to tears by a show of passion in the “Nigerian Dream” by a customer I encountered.

Upon getting to the apartment, a partially completed 2-flat building, a middle-age woman attended to us (myself and a female marketer), we presented her bill to her.

The following sequence of events usually break out whenever we go out to share our monthly bills:

● Customer receives bills.

● Customer complains bitterly about high bill despite epileptic power supply.

● We (BEDC staffs) calm him/her down with empty reassurances that the supply will improve.

● Customer continues rant.

● We (BEDC staffs) take our leave, to proceed to the next apartment. And repeat the same sequence.

This particular woman was no different. Upon receiving her bill, she broke into a rant about the high bill we’ve given her this month. We calmed her down.

Fortunately, I’m yet to become accustomed to such rants since I joined the bill distribution crew. It’s a show that I’ve still got my conscience intact. Every month, high bills are printed, every month, customers blow hot without spitting fire, sheepishly they still go ahead to pay. The fraud in the electricity industry is a story for another day. Don’t let me digress.

The point I broke down before this middle-age woman was when she saw my NYSC cap and jungle boot (which I’ve converted to my BEDC fieldwork-safety boot). With her two little sons (about 7 and 4 years old respectively) quietly seated beside her while she was making her grievances known. Upon seeing my NYSC outfit, she calmed down and even flashed a smile at me. She showered prayer on me in native Benin language. The point arrived when she said that: “all her suffering now is to ensure that her two boys put on my NYSC uniform someday”.
Then she brought tears to my eyes by saying: “so they’ll also find job and work with NEPA like you my son”.

I answered “Ameen” sheepishly because I was in another realm!

I lost focus momentarily because I admired her sheer belief in the “Nigerian Dream” of the old days where our parents firmly believed what they had to do was to send us to school, and we’ll get employed thereafter!

I wept because I knew this woman, like millions others, were working very hard, toiling the soil, sweating blood just to ensure they get their children decent education with the firm hope and believe that there’s a nice job waiting for their wards after graduating!

I was sad because I knew it is a mirage!
These women will fulfill their part of the deal but the other body (governments, corporations, economy/economic policies etc) will not honour their side of the bargain!

I wept for my country for failing this woman and lots more, densely spread in virtually every home, from the far dry north to the coastal south!

I sobbed because I knew there is no longer a “Nigerian Dream”!

… SamaOnPoint – always on point! …

TROUBLED BY THESE KILLINGS… BY SALAMI ISMAIL OYEWALE


TROUBLED BY THESE KILLINGS… BY SALAMI ISMAIL OYEWALE

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In a country where the value of human life is not worth more than that of a fly at a butcher’s shop; where misery is a constant companion and the candour of our politicians and/or rulers is the same candour that pimps extend to prostitutes, it is not out of place to celebrate every minute, every hour, every month, and every year. It is certainly not for nothing that “Happy new month” has become a
refrain at the beginning of every month for many Nigerians on social media platforms.

Virtually every genuine student of the Nigerian Students Movement laments about the good old days of yesteryears. Statements such as: “Gone are the days of students’ activism on our university campus”. Or “Revolutionary student leaders like the late Segun Okeowo no longer exists”. Or “Students comrades are now political halleluya boys”, are the common lines used by the older generation of genuine comrades to register their displeasure at the death of a viable and strong students movement in Nigeria. 

The numbness and dumbness of today’s comrades is another form of
blindness that reflects on our nation’s collective myopia regarding social and political issues like corruption, poverty, unemployment, etc.
As university students and comrades, we are expected to take active roles in democracy – roles beyond the ballot box. We are expected to help frame both issues and solutions in our communities, our nation, and the world. Nigerian students and comrades no longer participate in the kind of vibrant civic life that is critical to the success of our democracy.

Our students and comrades have failed to be active in developing and promoting civic space in education of democratic citizenship and engagement of our citizens by developing their political consciousness. In a country of 170 million people, students’ voices matter! In the ’60s and ’70s, history has it that there was a huge rise in the involvement of students in politics. Time and again, we have seen and/or read how they have stood together to raise their voices against social injustices, tyranny, oppression, and dictatorship and have made impact on policies affecting them and Nigeria as a whole. Today, our university students and comrades are as dumb as a dummy. They have become “political almajiris” with the most corrupt politicians being their role models and decorating crooks with the highest students awards and honours.

The list of our shortcomings goes on and on. …

These and many more are the crimes of the Nigerian Students and comrades. I beg to bring the attention of the entire nation to a subtle and deliberate avenue which has heavily culminated in the slow decline and death of the involvement of these students and comrades in national issues – the extrajudicial killings of Nigerian Students and comrades.

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On Monday, April 11th, 2016, the news broke out of the killing of a Nigerian student, Comrade Ofurum Peter, a 400 level Accountancy student and serving president of the Faculty of Management Science Student Association (FAMASSA), amongst countless number of injured students by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) while protesting the increment of school fees on their school premises, University of Port Harcourt (UniPort), Rivers State.

To compound the woes, officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were alleged to have also shot a student while protesting students were en route a media house in Port Harcourt in demonstration against the death of Comrade Orufum Peter, who was earlier shot dead by the NPF.

About 48 hours earlier, on Saturday, April 9th, 2016, report had it that, while protesting the death of one of their colleague involved in a ghastly motor accident, two (2) students were killed by the bullets of men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State. This has led to the closure of the school indefinitely.

In summary, in the space of about 48 hours, four (4) – five (5) students were confirmed dead and about 2 dozens injured on 2 different campuses accross the country.

The rage in me is aimed towards the security forces in general, and the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) in particular. The NPF is not our “f*cking friend”. Keep your friendship amongst your killing nest, blood-sucking, dream-shattering and future-draining force headquarters in Abuja. Friends don’t kill friends!!!

Forget about the inadequacies of the Nigerian Students Movement and overlook our weak national strength at the moment. The Nigerian Police Force remains the number one enemy of the Nigerian students and comrades in this country. Are there no ways to combat protesting students other than sporadic gun shots? The NPF needs a complete overhaul. Their offense isn’t only corruption, bribe taking, negligence of duty among others. Their major crime against the Nigerian people in particular, and humanity in general, is the indiscriminate use of firearms, especially against unarmed protesting Nigerian students!

These killings are a well calculated attempt to silence our voice. It is a deliberate move to render us permanently dumb and numb. It is now a recurring theme aimed at rendering us inconsequential in the scheme of national polity. To the Inspector General of Police, tell your incompetent boys they can kill one, two, three or some of us, but their bullets can’t kill us all! I’m a comrade, a full fledged one for that matter, my pain is in the fact that it could have been my lifeless body riddled by bullets from officers paid by taxpayer’s money to protect and safeguard my life!!! life!!

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To the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), our association is no longer at sleep, this disturbing sleep is so long I’m of the strong opinion that we are now in a state of coma! An urgent prodding of our conscience is of immense importance now. We need to retrace our steps to the glory days of years gone pass.

Corruption continues to divide and destroy our collective resolve to terminate the cancer from our body politic. With broken criminal system, dysfunctional judicial system, comatose security agencies (especially the Nigerian Police Force), unchecked
media manipulation, uninformed and gullible citizenry (especially the youths), we have failed as a people to reach a moment of divine clarity on how best to move this nation forward.

The truth is that we have a serious problem with virtually every institution in this country. A university is an ivory tower. The town (community) should always come and learn from the gown (university). But the gown (university) is in total disarray. University of Lagos (UniLag) was shut down, after the students protested last week due to epileptic power supply. Why do all university management wait for students’ protest before doing the needful? How can a university survive without power or water supply? As professors, should they not have been proactive enough and foresee the need to close the university before the situation got out of hands? Imagine if the protest had gone out of control and another student or two got shot dead by the morons in black and black outfit? I’m of the opinion that as a professor, you’re an epitome of knowledge. But these Nigerian professors are challenging that thinking pattern of mine!

Given that situation, it is no surprise
that in 56 years of independence, and with over 350 universities littering the national landscape, we have not been able to solve our myriads of problems as a nation. In other words, our universities are but a true measure of Nigeria’s futility in many areas of life. To solve our problem, the individual does not need a foreign education; the system needs an administrative overhaul and attitude adjustment. We are eager to run overseas in search of foreign qualifications but the talent at home is either ignored or discouraged. Recently, we almost divided the nation along the obvious fault lines and called each other names because the rich were unable to send foreign exchange to their wards schooling abroad, but very little is being done to elevate the quality of our university, which is – and has to be – the foundation of sustainable success at all level of governance in this country.

We have bought the foreign life as sold to us, but we are not doing anything to sell ours. Look at how poorly-managed our infrastructures are. The same administrators who have no difficulty going abroad to any institution, show no concern for our near-comatose institutions in Nigeria. Unfortunately this problem, which is of incompetence and mediocrity, is not limited to our citadels of learning alone. We send to public office people we know to lack commitment and character, and then complain when they steal us blind.
The answer is that we must make long-term plans and implement those plans. We must install and respect the concept of merit, so that those who take our important public jobs are among the best. Where there are anomalies, such as in the fraudulent Central Bank of Nigeria hires and in the case of those who manipulated the current federal budget, we must respond with severe and open sanctions, not simply re-
deployments of the guilty.

On this occasion of the brutal killings of innocent Nigerian Students and comrades, I rededicate myself to the destruction of that system, no matter what its purveyors call it, that seeks to enslave the workers of the world; to categorically detest and overthrow all circumstances in which the human
being is humiliated, enslaved; abandoned, and despised!
I pledge to Nigeria; however, not Nigeria in its extremely dysfunctional state. I commit to a new, progressive, and egalitarian Nigeria where citizens will be defined not by their name, language, faith, or ethnicity; where citizens will
find fulfillment no matter which part of the country they come from; above all, a Nigeria where every Nigerian can live in peace, go to school, work, raise a family and run for office wherever they choose. I believe that Nigeria is possible!

This challenge is bigger than the Nigerian Students and Comrades and bigger than our universities. It is the story and challenge of the Nigerian people! #BeWise
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Additional excerpts from the following works:

● “Oby Ezekwesili Versus Half-Baked Nigerian Journalists” By Bayo Oluwasanmi

● “Moyòsórè – A Journey Of Discovery, Reappraisal, And Rededication” By Chido Onumah

● “Troubled By China” By Sonala Olumhense
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… SamaOnPoint – always on point! …

OSUN: WHAT IS WRONG WITH NAMING OR RENAMING OF SCHOOLS? BY HON. BOLA ILORI


https://plus.google.com/+BolaIlori/posts/PzKfEPURUuV?_utm_source=1-2-2

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Osun PDP will never fail to amuse right thinking Nigerians. One wonders what is special in renaming a school. This is done in every sane clime and for many and varying reasons. Why can’t Osun PDP even do any research before they open their mouths to regurgitate and
vomit beer parlour talk they know little or nothing about?

I had the opportunity of doing post graduate study in Harvard University and I remember that a number of the
faculties were named after individuals.
In fact the funniest one was last year’s renaming of the Harvard School of Public Health to T.H. Chan School of
Public Health because the family of the man donated $350 million to Harvard University! If Aregbesola had done that,
the same ignoramus in PDP will be shouting corruption, siphoning, commercialisation of education, selling of legacy and so on. Why are your brains so skewed? Why?

Rather than Harvard faculties to shout corruption, the name of the college was changed and the history of the change is still advertised publicly on the website of Harvard University till today. Need I remind them that Harvard University is rated to be about the best University in the World?

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/harvard-chan-naming-
gift/

Imaging the benefit and relief that will come to the staff and students of LAUTECH if a department is named after Michael Adenuga, Otedola or any Osun person with such fund, who could donate 1 or more billion naira for research in such a department? Honestly I think Ogbeni should consider such.

I also listened to their thoughtless wailing and reference to the UNILAG-to-MAULAG analogy. I did my first degree at University of Lagos and was proudly amongst those who kicked against the renaming of the school. It will interest them to know that I was detained severally in our fight to secure
Abiola’s mandate while I was the University of Lagos Students’ Union Welfare Secretary and subsequently, the Secretary General of the UNILAG Students’ Union (A NANS Senator and National Mobilisation Officer).

What they failed to learn is that the basis of the antagonism was that the National Stadium Abuja is the
most befitting monument to be named after him (Moshood Abiola) considering his contribution to sports in Africa. Also we rejected the sectionalisation of Abiola as a Yoruba hero; he won a pan- Nigerian mandate!

Can these wailers please pick out the honoured individuals in the Osun case and lets analyse whomever they feel is not worthy of such honour in terms of their contribution to educational development of Osun. Honestly,
that way, I can agree with them on the basis of superior argument and not this incoherent rantings and uncouth
vituperation of theirs.

Meanwhile other states in Nigeria has renamed several institutions across party lines without anyone first
going to the State Assembly before the naming, yet no body quarrelled with it. The law is expected to be changed after
the naming and the House of Assembly is at liberty to accept or reject such bill.

Gov Wike (PDP) of Rivers state announced the honouring of Ken Saro Wiwa by renaming the state’s polytechnic after him on July 9, 2015. The bill to effect the change was not signed by the Rivers State Assembly until one month after, on August 7th , 2015. Yet APC didn’t raise hell.

http://dailypost.ng/2015/07/10/wike-honours-saro-
wiwa-renames-polytechnic-after-him/

http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/07/wike-
signs-bill-renaming-state-polytechnic-after-ken-saro-
wiwa/

Edo State (APC) also did its own:

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/11/edo-renames-
varsity-tayo-akpata/ .

Why must Osun PDP always advertise its acute lack of understanding about procedure of governance, no wonder
they could not achieve much during their seven and half year misrule in Osun. I challenge Osun PDP to name one educational institution in Nigeria that was first renamed by the State Assembly before been announced by the Chief Executive of the State.

PDP is a warped and wayward contraption for the dreg of Nigeria, however Osun PDP is the worst genre of the coven. They are so proudly arrogant in their display of acute lack wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Haba! Osun PDP rabidly validate the statement by Martin Luther King Jr that “There is nothing more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”.

Oh ye, Osun PDP , I command you in the name of Jesus to receive wisdom!

… SamaOnPoint – always on point! …

THE SECRETS OF TOLULOPE EBUN BY EMIOLA OLAWALE


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Tolulope Christiana Ebun a.k.a “ToluNio” is a Lagos based young lady born in Bariga – a ghetto in Lagos state.

Tolulope Ebun has been the talk of the youths in different parts of the country. It is imperative to ask why this 32-year old enigmatic lady remains the talk of town despite not holding a political office in the country?

She is an inspiring, intelligent, vibrant, liberal and eloquent young lady who is a fast growing political figure both at the state and national level. Her stern interest in human and societal development (especially youths) has endeared her to thousands both at home and in diaspora. Her humility, pragmatic approach to issues, honesty and respect for all are rare attributes which has earned her thousands of extremely loyal followers as she never makes sugar-coated promises just to have her way.

Tolulope Ebun has been nominated for, and won several indigenous and international awards based on merit, sterling leadership qualities, selfless service to humanity amongst other laudable attributes. These traits earned her recognition at the prestigious “Spirit of Lagos Awards” where she was named “The Exceptional Youngster”.

Tolulope Ebun is an astute grassroot politician, a card carrying member of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) since 2011. Tolulope Ebun contested for the Seat of The House of Representatives – Shomolu Federal Constituency (2015) and still remains constantly in touch with and easily accessible by her constituents despite losing the election.

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● Achievement Highlights:

• She is a rare philanthropist.
• Sponsoring of youths, both home and abroad, for educational advancement.
• Construction of several boreholes to ameliorate the menace of lack of potable water in several areas in her community.
• Donation of Transformers to her constituency.
• Organisation of scholarships, empowerment seminars, sports programmes amongst others.

Due to her passion for selfless service, she contested for the House of Representative seat for the Somolu Federal Constituency in the last general election. She enjoys huge popularity and massive followership in her constituency and beyond because of her humble attitude, pragmatic approach to issues, honesty and respect for all both young and old.

She has won several awards both home and abroad based on her sterling leadership qualities. The most prominent being the award she won even as an opposition party politician, the “Spirit of Lagos Awards”, organised by the APC governed Lagos State Government, where she bagged the “Exceptional Youngster Award”.

Her simple lifestyle, eloquent speeches and courage to impact her community are part of what drives her to giving more to the society. She is collectively known as “TOLUNIO” by her fans and associates.

Tolulope Ebun started her political career in the year 2011, based on her increasing passion to improve on the lives of the people in her society. Her personal contributions to both the socio-infrastructural development and human development of her community can’t be overstated. She has been a rallying point for the children of the FATHERFUL and MOTHERLESS just for the sake of making sure everyone in contact with her live a life full of purpose. Little wonders after her election in 2015, she remains the number one guest speaker in all youth events both in Nigeria and abroad.

Recently, Tolulope Ebun honoured an invitation of the West African Legislative Summit in Nigeria where she discussed the topic: “Youths’ Role in The Radical Change For National Advancement” at the prestigious Federal University of Technology Akure, (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria. This event had top personalities of the Nigerian Students Movement leaders from across various Nigerian campuses in attendance – leadership of the Nigerian Youth Parliament, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) amongst other personalities were all gathered to listen to the eloquent Tolulope Ebun challenge and awaken the Nigerian Students and Youths with her electrifying speech.

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The question that scrolls to mind is: “Did Tolulope Ebun contest in Ondo State?” Not at all. She contested in Lagos state but her activities are spreading across the shores of the country like the water flowing from its source. She has made herself available for the good of the society and has never  disappointed the youths in her given role. After this epoch making event, she has been receiving additional invites as the keynote speaker for events as her audience keeps soaring far high like the eagle.

She bagged another impressive award at the end of the event as “THE MOST INFLUENTIAL POLITICAL YOUTH IN THE COUNTRY”. This award was presented to her by the son of the HRM Obateru Akinruntan, the billionaire business mogul.

Tolulope Ebun’s secret remains unknown but like it is popular said: “the day your foot soldiers stop bringing their problems to you marks the day you cease to lead”. In other words, Tolulope Ebun, despite numerous challenges and constraints as an opposition politician, has remained a constant choice of the youths. Could that be the SECRET OF TOLULOPE EBUN?

… SamaOnPoint – always on point! …

DEAR WORLD, I AM HOME!


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By birth, I am Ghanaian;
By blood, a Nigerian;
By citizenship, a Nigerian;
By faith, a Muslim;
By calling, I belong to the WORLD;
By heart, I belong entirely to GOD.

Ages ago;
I lay hid. A swelling embryo;
Swirling. Whirling. Twirling.
In the amniotic cocoon that sustained me for 9 months;
And when I was ensconced in the comfort of your womb;
You spat me out through my mother;
Without remorse.
Thank you MOTHER!

I waddled to your gates;
On crooked, malformed limbs.
Innocent. Inept. Green with naiveté;
Awed by the magnificence of your: Undulating hills;
Misty mountain tops;
Surreal water bodies;
In these plethora of concatenating variances;
I took my first steps;
Into a world of unknowns!
DEAR WORLD, I am home!

You gazed with dispassionate eyes;
When your suckling treaded on shimmering coals;
And your boy bawled in discomfort;
You smiled with contentment;
When your protégée withered into soulless sheaves;
And his best were immolated on your alter of excellence;
You glowed victoriously;
When I dropped dead from exhaustion;
But you screamed in sheer joy;
When I was reborn after series of defeats and lows;
And like the Phoenix, I rose from the ashes;
Of the ebbing fire you kindled;
Refined. Purified. True denizen of your teachings – a champion!
DEAR WORLD, I am home!

Do know, though wide I may roam;
Always, a true son comes home;
No stronger impetus than the thought;
Of your all-embracing arms wide open;
Bidding your pliant son to his grave;
I have been here before.
In another life;
In another space.
In another time;
I am here now.
DEAR WORLD, I am home!

Till I depart your surface;
For the land beyond;
Please be kind on me!
DEAR WORLD, I am home!!!

Happy Birthday Salami Ismail Oyewale “EL’SAMA”!!!

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