January 2020

Muiz Banire > 2020 > January

Voter apathy: Albatross of Nigeria’s political representation (1)

It is not in doubt that the average Nigerian has always possessed an appreciable knowledge of political happenings at the local, state and national levels. As a matter of fact, one may not be off the tangent to add “international” to these realms. From the cosmopolitans to the rustics, the Nigerian wants to know: the transistor radio, newspapers and newspaper stands and, lately, social media (particularly WhatsApp and Facebook) are willing tools that the Nigerian has adapted to his fulfilment of his quest of being politically savvy. For different reasons, Nigerians crave political knowledge and believe that information (particularly that...

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Am I a Nigerian? (2)

Identical experiments are currently ongoing and it is yet to be seen how sustainable the effort will eventually be. Due to the failure of the development visions and programmes in Nigeria as a result of poor handling by corrupt bureaucrats, growing poverty symptoms, including electoral fraud, untrue and inefficient political and economic representation, pervasive violence, religious crises, crises in the Middle Belt and Niger Delta regions, hostage-taking and cultism, food insecurity, low agricultural production, illiteracy (that also weakens democracy), crime, high mortality and morbidity rates, prostitution, poor health and national image, low GDP and GNP and high unemployment rate all...

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Am I a Nigerian? (1)

Once again, happy New Year to my readers. Are we concerned about patriotism in Nigeria in the contemporary period? I am sure you would be wondering why I am asking that question. Two incidents threw up the enquiry. The first came up during a discussion with a cousin of mine seeking admission into a university in Nigeria. The poor boy scored over 300 marks for a professional course for which he was eventually denied admission, while a classmate of his from another state of the country with less than 200 marks aggregate was admitted based on what, in our clime, is...

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Breathing life into executive order 9 to end open defecation (2)

With regard to the practice of defecation by choice, the study above has revealed the following as the basis of such election to resort to open defecation. People often do so as a result of socialization, which mostly involves group activity by age groups in the villages and outskirts. This is mostly obtainable in sub-Saharan Africa. In this wise, It is common to find that people of age groups prefer going to open spaces simultaneously to practice open defecation. This is because this enables them close interaction in the process. This practice features mainly in the early mornings or in...

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Breathing life into executive order 9 to end open defecation (1)

When I read recently on Thursday, November 22, 2019, the signing of Executive Order 9 deprecating the practice of open defecation in the country, I was excited. My excitement was not so much about the new order but out of the recall of the efforts I made in eliminating the practice as the then Commissioner for Environment in Lagos State. Open defecation involves the emptying of the bowels or the discharge of feces and urine indiscriminately all over the environment other than in designated and properly designed places. Open defecation is a term that developed from the interaction on water,...

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