Sunday, 12 August 2012



One tweet i saw on twitter yesterday night that inspired this piece reads thus ‘‘No gold medal, No silver medal, No bronze medal......... at this rate we might not even get a certificate of participation’’. As funny as this statement may sound, it clearly reflect the character of Nigeria and why we got nothing at the Olympic.
As the Olympics come to an end, serious minded countries have started making plans and preparation for the next holding in Brazil. This is how you know nations who truly prepare for success. As for Nigeria we are never in such proactive state in our National evolution, which is why we get this kind of humiliation.  The show of mediocrity by Team Nigeria at the London Olympic truly indicate that until we remove politics from our sports activities, Nigeria will continue to encounter this type of embarrassment inspite of her abundant sporting talent in the country.
Rather than we concentrating on getting the best hands to run sports administration in this country, Nigeria prefer to make mockery of the entire process by recruiting charlatans to handle this sector. To this end, i don’t think we should be surprise or complain of our poor outing so far. We deserve what we got u may want to say.
As much as a lot of us don’t like our outing so far, many will still go about their business without probing into why we ended up in this path.  If indeed we cannot separate politics from our national life then we should ensure putting the right persons in public offices so that they will make decision that will truly bring national pride and not this show of mediocrity.
The minister of sports must be made to answer some questions as regards this unfortunate happening. What are the minimum criteria for the appointment to sporting administration in the country? Do we still make appointments base on ethnic sentiments? If this is the case then am sure those who made it to representing Nigeria are not the best quality of material the country has got to offer. One would begin to wonder the kind of feeling going through the mind of the top dignitaries and politicians that went along with team Nigeria to give them that courage letting them know their father land is solidly behind them. My guess, we all loss in the end......


Friday, 3 August 2012


AT THIS STAGE ONE IS LEFT TO SAY God help the people of Syria as they face the reality of a regime that is truly intent on obliterating its own people all because they choose to speak out against tyranny. The U.N is at this stage left with a scar it created on its own, as Kofi Annan steps down from this unfinished assignment. Could this be a calculated attempt to let innocent civilian die just because the U.N is unable stop the blame game that has kept it from taking decisive action against the Bashar al-Assad regime?
What better description can be given to the rights of Man if he cannot decide what becomes of his own destiny by his own accord? The Syrian experience clearly shows that when the people become desperate, social norms and order may be subjected to immense stress, leading to the destruction of the fabric of society which at this stage many will agree to as the situation tenable in Syria. The question left to ask is, Why did they {the big boys} choose to remain silent while one man attempts to commit acts liken to genocide? Or is this another U.S – Russia show of its might?
Kofi Annan’s resignation as the UN-Arab envoy to crisis torn Syria simply depict that the powers that be merely pretended to show interest in the  initial stage only to abandon the Syrian people to their fate, but how do we expect an unarm civilian population to confront a government armed military force that has been given orders to kill? If Mr Anna can declare that his job has become a ‘mission impossible’ and therefore the option for him is to resign honourably, simply tells us that the world should expect nothing but the horror and carnage of death as Mr Assad is ever ready to proof to the world that his got everything under control in Syria. This is so because Assad’s action in recent times shows that the man is not ready to relinquish power any time soon. The west and America must act in the interest of justice, good concise to protect these people from massacre since the diplomatic options appears to be failing it.
On his part, Bashar al-Assad must begin to realize that even if he stays anytime longer than he has already done; the hands of the law will caught up with him and so it is best he step down now an act that will be seen heroic. So that the people of Syria can decide for themselves the kind of government they want. If he truly claims he loves his country, then that is an option still open for him to consider.  
Dept of philosophy, Unilag