Ogun Assembly aspirant, Ishola urges people to sustain lessons of Ramadan

An Ogun State House of Assembly aspirant from Abeokuta North Constituency, Engr. Tajhdeen Olalekan Ishola has urged the people of Abeokuta North Local Government to remain cheerful givers and pray for prosperity of Nigeria.

This was contained in an eid-el-fitri message made available by his Director of Communication and Media, MOSHOOD Muhammed, in Abeokuta on Friday.

Ishola congratulated the adherents and urged them not to relent in keeping the good morals and lessons Ramadan had taught them, adding that such was capable of engendering peace and prosperity of the country.

The statement partly read; “Engr. Ishola congratulates Muslims across Nigeria and particularly those of Abeokuta North extraction on the successful completion of a very important pillar of Islam – the Holy of Ramadan.

“He urges the faithfuls not to relent in exuding good morals and lessons Ramadan has afforded them, adding that such goodwill, if sustained would culminate in building a peaceful society.”

It added that; “For us at Irorun Movement, we use this medium to restate our commitment to work assiduously for the good of the people. This we have again exemplified during the last nine days of Ramadan where about two thousand people were duly catered for.

“Consequently, we would consolidate on the projects we have started, such as bore hole project across the sixteen wards. The first one at Ilawo Oke Ona Ward 1, Abeokuta has been completed and ready for use.” He disclosed.

Ishola stated that Irorun Empowerment programmes would go on as planned and advised the people to celebrate the festivity with moderation.


Story of Taju, the new wonder kid

By: MOSHOOD Muhammed

Help, I believe would get to whosoever it is meant at the appointed time. This is the case of a youngster named Taju, a five year old boy from Ibadan in Oyo state, Nigeria.

Many were taken aback by the rare display of boldness, hilarity and willingness to learn and go to school when he was seen in a video, being questioned by an older person.

The Day Taju was found. (L-R) Taju’s father, father’s sister, Funmi Awelewa, Taju’s grandma and others.

The less than thirty seconds video generated mixed reactions. While many laughed at the funny expressions of the encounter, others condemned the choice of words deployed by the interviewer on the young boy, when he said he did not know the answer to the question; “how old are you?”.

He further revealed during the playful video that he had never been to school!

Taju, as he simply identified himself in the video was based in Ibadan, reportedly with his grandmother. Sources claim the young boy is a product of a broken home. Hence, he found solace under the roof of his grandma.

The new Taju with Muyiwa Ademola

A post by Funmi Awelewa, a Nigerian actor supposedly became the turning point for the young boy.

With Funmi repost of the viral video, popular comedian and entertainer, Ayo Makun, AY, pledged his support once the boy was found. That was how the search for the kid began and he was found, going by social media reports on 13th of June, after the video had gone viral a day before.

Taju and family visit AY in office. Funmi Awelewa, Taju’s benefactor was present.

Presently, an account, under the supervision of Mo Abudu, has been opened to sponsor his education while celebrities such as Falz, Don Jazzy, Muyiwa Ademola, AY among many others have or are believed to have donated to the cause.

Now, Taju has moved to Lagos with the hope of a new beginning.



By: Engr. Tajhdeen Olalekan Ishola, ICIOB, MAPM


While Abiola, a South Westerner contested on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP), his rival from the North West part of Nigeria, Tofa, floated the banner of National Republican Convention (NRC) in that keenly and well contested battle for the country’s top job in 1993.


It’s though sad that the result was annulled by the then military government before the pronouncement was made, but, all indications pointed to one direction – Nigerians had decided and Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola had the day. It was June 12.


Never in the history of Nigeria had there been an election so free, fair and credible as the 1993 presidential elections.


Hurrah! Twenty five years after the popular will was submerged, coupled with inundating clamour for good governance and accountable leadership, the Nigerian government under President Buhari has partly revisited the injustice done on all Nigerians, conferred the martyr of the country’s democracy with the highest honour of the land posthumously and decleared the day, never to be forgotten, as Democracy Day!


Though opinions differ on the legality or otherwise of the proclamation, or even the motive behind the move but while that remain in the court of public opinion, I think it is necessary for me to draw our attention, and indeed that of government to an honest point of regular reference in national discourse since independence.


Elections have been held since return of Nigeria to ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people’, with rhetorics of what can and should be done for the people, all to no difference in affairs of the country and life of ordinary Nigerians. In other words, promises have been made and little or nothing has been done by those at the helms of affairs and their allies at the corridor of power to better the lots of patriotic Nigerians who have held their peace so long enough, in anticipation of a greater tomorrow, as canvassed by Bashorun M. K. O Abiola in his Hope ’93 Campaign.


Now that President Buhari has been bold enough to revisit what was earlier termed a ‘a lost struggle’, and won himself some accolades by awarding the ‘winner’ with the highest honour of the land, and apologizing to the family of the deceased business mogul for the injustices meted out to them, it is important to take steps forward also, and ensure he wipes off the cries of millions of Nigerians who still clamour for good governance and ensure the mandate bestowed on him is not taken for granted.


Mr. President should not be overwhelmed by 2019 electioneering activities and the desire to remain in office beyond 2019 but concentrate on the work he has at hand, deliver on his electioneering promises so that the struggle, detention, incarceration and death of Bashorun Abiola, to demand the mandate, and right of Nigerians, is not a waste and effort in futility.


If the needful is not done, and evidences of succour – in security, economy, fight against corruption and social services – as promised millions of Nigerians are not apparent as we look forward before January 2019, then, Nigerians may not but infer that the June 6 declaration on June 12 by the President is not but a political calculation to woo the South West once again.


While we wait, I say, may God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Getting The Best Out of Nigeria: A Must Read for Youth

By: Afolashade Osho

We often think our future is attached to development of our country. While that it not entirely wrong, it is also not true in its entirety. I’ve stayed a few years on this part of the world to know that the future of our generation can be built by us – everyone – and infact, the youth.

Today in Nigeria, a lot of graduates are out there – job-hunting. They perhaps won’t get one except one is well connected. Despite the mass of unemployment, some of these youngsters proceed on Master’s degree. They prefer to use the little they earn with their graduate certificate to further their academic pursuit instead of focusing fully on life.

While further academic certification is not out of place, I beg to say, you don’t need to be fully educated before success comes knocking on your doors. Many today smile to bank a whole lot with craftsmanship and thousands of business ideas.

I know a few graduates who consider travelling out for their Master’s. This often comes without deep thinking of the implications of their action. Don’t get me wrong, studying in another country would be a plus to your career, but, it’s important to ensure you have solid financial backup. Survival is a major challenge to those who study abroad; even those who are ‘sponsored’ by organizations in Nigeria and government at all levels have at one point in time been faced with financial difficulties. How would you survive in a ‘No-man’s land?’

All other countries can not be like Nigeria where due respect is not accorded to due process. Countries in Europe and Americas, to mention a few, make effort to meet the needs of their citizens, before considering needs of other nationals. Nigeria may put the needs of foreigners first, but such doesn’t happen there.
It is noteworthy for most youth to understand that there is more to life than travelling abroad; many who fund themselves abroad may be counted lucky, but it has never been a bed of roses for them. Many youth have spent fortune on botched oversea travels while thousands have lost their lives in the Medditaranenean sea through Libya, all in a bid to cross over to Europe via Italy. From my experience, living abroad doesn’t mean you have everything you want, it is merely a case of time zone difference and system of government variance.

The question that begs for answer is, why waste money you can gather to survive and establish yourself for a great future on fruitless and uncertain future? There are a lot of people that do not even the leave country and they are making it.

To carve a niche for yourself in that country, get a goal, put up a structure/work modality and work hard. Your goals are just a few steps to success.

As a way to start, personal development should be made a priority – read books, attend seminars, conferences and meet people. In this age, synergy would do.
You can do businesses with your colleagues and like minds. Sometimes, a billion naira idea needed to push you to limelight/wealth may come through brainstorming with likeminds. When you synergize, your knowledge on the particular area would be different from that of your colleague.

Summarily, study yourself, develop your skills and fire on till success becomes your friend.


African Heroes Awake

By Tunde Eso, President of Fix Nigeria Group and 2018 Osun State Governorship Aspirant

My vision is to ensure that my twenty-one-year pregnancy for Africa gives birth to young and dynamic visionary leaders that will elicit new political ideology, educational growth, industrial advancement, political stability, provision of constant supply of electricity and security among other dividends of good governance for an enviable continent where other peoples of the world would want to reside.

In 2013, I put together in my book Vision for Africa my thoughts to awaken the consciousness of progressive minded youths in Africa towards taking their destinies in their hands politically, economically and socially by using the principles of the new system of government that I refer to as Youthocracy which is a “government of the people, by the youth and for the people” Youthocracy is majorly to ensure leadership shift for pragmatic development in Africa and the rest of the world.

It is right to say that the quality of leadership is important for Africa to rise up and take its rightful place. Objectively, Youthocracy will be a driving strategy to attaining lasting development through the injection of new political ideology by the youth.
Africans should liberate themselves from the primitive thought of embracing rotational system of government that yields tribal and endemic political control of power.

Conversely, having painstakingly studied political strategies in Africa, I discovered that Africa has three groups of leaders that have been presented within three generations. Generation one: Those that led in the 50s and 60s, like Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Obafemi Awolowo of Nigeria, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. The legacies they left was that they fought for independence. They freed us from colonialism and were commended for their efforts. They were followed by generation two that wreaked havoc on the continent. One hero said, if one thinks of fighting corruption, human rights abuses, mismanagement of public funds they became champions and stereotypes of African leaders the West makes reference to today. He said that generation had moved on and have been replaced by generation three with the likes of late Nelson Mandela of South Africa. He is not saying they are perfect but have helped to clean up much of the mess of generation two. For stopping the fight and improving macroeconomic policies, he described them as the stabilizer generation.

Presently, Africa’s increasing wealth and economic liberation has brought up a new breed of businessmen that do not rely on political connections and thus are able to raise their voices against abuses in their country in the likes of Aliko Dangote, Folorunsho Alakija and Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese billionaire philanthropist.

I am not happy as Africa has for about four decades become a laughing stock among comity of nations; some of its leaders are more than 90 years while others are just beginning new terms in office. Where do they want to lead the continent to?

Most African leaders are by nature greedy for power. It has become obvious that the external influence which was thought to be responsible for the misbehavior of African leaders was in fact not responsible for Africa’s misfortune over leadership.

What are the factors behind this irrational quest for power and the unwillingness to relinquish same? Insecurity of life outside power, economic gains, political influence and more are some of the factors that have kept genuine democracy away from most African countries. Without these and other factors, what else could have made Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast cling to power until his disgraceful removal even when the whole world acknowledged that he lost re-election through free and fair election? What else could have kept Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in power for 42 years until his country came under rebel attacks and no fly zone imposed by allied forces?

The style of leadership in Gabon and Togo has been that of dynasty by two families and there are many examples of sit-tight dictators in Africa.

Few examples of such leaders readily come to mind.

Felix Houphouet-Boigny was President of Cote d’Ivoire for 33 years. At his death, he was the third longest serving head of state in the world, after Fidel Castro of Cuba and Kim II Sung of North Korea. He was the first President of Cote d’Ivoire, and died in office as president.

At over 80 years old, he was reported to have said: “I refuse to grow old, so that I can serve my country and Africa.” Yamoussoukro was Houphouet-Boigny’s village; he attempted to replace Abidjan with it as the nation’s capital. A lot of money was sunk into the fruitless exercise. It was only after his death that the capital was transferred back to Abidjan.

Gnassingbe Eyadema was president of Togo for 38 years. He came in through a coup d’état and refused to leave until his death. Eyadema ran Togo as a personal estate. He made his mother the mother of the nation and made her birthday a national day. Under him, Togo was militarized. An entourage of 1000 beautiful women sang his praises everywhere, as did highly indoctrinated school children. When you heard a siren in the streets of Lome, you must drop whatever you were doing and clap ecstatically, on the understanding that it must be the president passing by. Eyadema ruled Togo as a ruthless dictator. If you opposed him, you are likely to be killed.

Muammar Gaddafi was the leader of Libya for 42 years; which made him Africa’s longest serving head of state. Once he seized power through a coup d’état in 1969, he had no intention of relinquishing it. He held on to it until he was killed by his own people in 2011.

The leadership of Samuel Doe, Charles Taylor, both of Liberia and Idi Amin of Uganda went the same way. The same thing with former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, who spent 23 years (1988 – 2011), he dictated the tunes; Tunisians danced for 23 years until he was deposed by the new political wave that pervaded the Arab world; Hosni Mubarak of Egypt had 30 years (1981 – 2011) before Egyptians kicked him out of office. Many of them did not see the possible continuous existence of their countries beyond their leadership.

There are 54 independent countries in Africa and 90 percent of their presidents are between the age 70 and 95. Here are some of them, their country and age as at 2017.

Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (37years – since 1980), Robert Mugabe, 93, has been in power for 37 years. He had just unwillingly stepped down as president though negotiations with the army. President Mohammed Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria became the country president at the age of 72.He is regarded as the oldest person to become Nigeria’s President; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became President of Liberia at age 70 in 2006. She is currently 81; Jacob Zuma of South Africa is 75 years old. President Peter Mutharika of Malawi was 74 when he was sworn in on 31 May, 2014. He will be president till 2019 at 79 years, President Alpha Conde of Guinea is now 77 years old and he was sworn-in in December 2011 at 72 years, President Jose Eduardo Santos of Angola is 72 years.

And he will be president till 2020 at 78 years; President Abde Bourtefilka of Algeria is 77 years old and will be in office till 2020 at 83 years old, President Alasanne Quattara of Ivory Coast was 72 years in 2012, and will be President till 2016 at 76 years.

Conversely, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has been president since 1985. He won another seven year term in 2013 at 77 years, and will be president till 2020 at 84. President Jose Mujiaga of Uruguay was 75 years old when elected. He is now 79 years. President Tedoro Oblang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea, was born January 6, 1942. He is 72 years and still going on.

President Michael Sata, Zambia, is 77 years-old. He became president September 23, 2011 at 74, and will rule till 2016 when he will be 79. President Paul Biya of Cameroon is 81 years old. He will be in office till 2017 at age 84 years.

Every progressive minded young African should be angry about the gerontocratic nature of our governance. But that is not enough, the youth must also wake up from their slumber because power is not easily attained; one must struggle for it. Power will not get to the youth on a platter of gold. They must come out of their cocoons and begin to make sacrifices in search for power.

From the analysis I have made and for the youth to identify themselves with the quest to do away with capitalism Abraham Lincoln coined Democracy for people to identify with. For the youth to identify with, I have coined a new system of government known as Youthocracy which is a system of government of the people, by the youth and for the people, that will entrench the reign of the youth in Africa which the world can emulate for the benefit of mankind.

We must all pay attention to grooming the set of generation of youthful leadership in a strategic succession plan for Youthocracy to ensure pragmatic development through leadership generational shift in Africa.

The content of my book is an article of truth, which should be adhered to as a new philosophy that will entrench true democracy in Africa and make Africa a better place for all nations.
The book contains the vision I have for Africa and the rest of the world. Youthocracy invariably means government will be controlled by the youths for freedom, liberty and socio-political and economic well-being of the people. This is much like democracy. The difference is that youths will be the key players in the helm of affairs to inject new ideology and development.

By Tunde Eso,2018 Osun State Governorship Aspirant,
Author, Vision for Africa and African Security Solution

Shall We Tell the President?

By Simon Kolawole

Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, I hope this meets you well. I don’t know if you remember me. My name is Simon. Simon Kolawole. Never mind. We will come to that later. Let us briefly journey into history for proper context into why I have chosen to openly write you this morning. I first heard of your name in the evening of December 31, 1983 when you were named the military head of state. Earlier in the day, Brigadier Sani Abacha had woken us up with the announcement of the overthrow of the civilian government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. The economy had been in bad shape. Prices of basic commodities had gone out of hand. Life was so hard. We were tired of Shagari. And we were happy to see his back.

You passionately preached patriotism, Your Excellency, and for once we were proud to display the Nigerian flag everywhere without being coaxed. We also started singing the second stanza of the national anthem. Commercial drivers plastered your image on their vehicles as if you were some Michael Jackson or Bob Marley. You passionately preached discipline, Your Excellency, and queuing became part of our culture — even if enforced with a bit of koboko. Open defecation and open urination became a rare sight, even in the remotest of villages. I remember politicians being sentenced to 500 years in prison for corruption. We loved you to bits.

But things soon took a terrifying turn as journalists and activists were being arrested and detained under gruesome conditions. By the time they came out of detention a year later, they were in poor health, most of them looking like 3D images of skeletons. The detention cells of the National Security Organisation (called the NSO, the forerunner of today’s SSS/DSS) were like concentration camps. Human rights abuses became normal. To be honest, Mr. President, I began to dislike you. When Brigadier Joshua Dogonyaro announced your ouster on August 27, 1985, I’d be honest, I jumped for joy. Don’t be offended: I just couldn’t help it.

But I was soon in regrets, Your Excellency, after the initial euphoria that greeted the ascension of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida to power. It took a couple of years for me to realise it is not all that shines that is star. Gradually, corruption became a way of life. We used to be discreetly corrupt but it soon became an across-the-counter culture. Our values were completely eroded as Babangida ran a laissez faire government and entrenched a “settlement” culture. In the words of Ike Okonta, the revered prose artist, “Babangida democratised corruption and corrupted democracy.” I started thinking of what might have been if you had stayed a bit longer and finished the moral foundation you were laying.

Something happened that made me walk my way back to you. TheNews magazine interviewed you in 1994 and you said something that melted my heart. You confessed that you made mistakes while you were head of state “but they were genuine mistakes… we were in a hurry to change Nigeria”. Your Excellency, that was the day you won me back. Four years later, with all the work you had done at the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF), I started dreaming of a Buhari presidency again. I wrote an article in THISDAY sometime in 1998, virtually asking you to become president again. My late friend, Chuks Ehirim, teased me afterwards, demanding: “Simon, tell me how much Buhari paid you for that last line.”

Then in February 2001, I finally met you. I had been appointed the editor of TheWeek to re-launch the now rested magazine owned by then Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. I was looking for a great interview. You came to mind. I got your number, called you and promptly got an appointment. I met you at your house in Jabi, Kaduna, and we had a very good interview. Remember me now? You said something that reinforced my belief in you. You said what Nigeria lacked was leadership. You promised to provide that leadership. I became a self-appointed volunteer and started fighting your cause in the media. You were not the darling of the so-called Lagos-Ibadan press, but I never make my decisions based on the crowd.

When you finally won the presidential election in 2015 after several tries, I had only one expectation from you: to offer leadership as you had promised me in Jabi in 2001. I never expected you to be Lee Kwan Yew as many of your latter-day supporters on Twitter were painting you. The only thing I expected was leadership. My expectation was that you would pick a team of competent people, allow them to come up with a blueprint and then be their political backbone for the implementation. That was all I desired. I did not expect you to be an inventor like Graham Bell or make a Martin Luther King Jnr kind of speech. I had been your close “friend” for 14 years. I knew what to expect and what not to expect.

One trait of leadership is swift and decisive action. The herdsmen/farmers had claimed hundreds of lives before you showed up. Leadership entails emotional presence and motivation. Where are you, Mr. President? I need to be blunt with you, Your Excellency. You know very well that I am not looking for a job. I will be a journalist for life, never to be found anywhere in government either by election or appointment. I know how many “juicy” offers I have turned down in my life. That puts me in a very good position to talk to you without fear or favour. All I want is for you to offer Nigeria the leadership you promised me in Jabi. I am neither PDP nor APC. I’m not among those who hate you because you are Muslim or Fulani. You know me well; I don’t need to justify myself.

I will now list three of your failings. One, you are too soft with corrupt government officials, especially those seen to be close to you. Many of them carry on as if they have your backing. The foundation of your moral authority, Mr. President, is being eroded before your very eyes. I understand that you can’t convict anyone, but you can at least fire them! It took you decades to fire Babachir Lawal. The Maina affair remains a baggage. Premium Times has just exposed a N10 billion scandal involving your officials. TheCable recently exposed the sleaze around Abacha Loot recovery. Sadly, nobody is expecting you to act — which shows how expectations have been lowered. Not good, Mr. President, not good.

Remember, Your Excellency, that this is your government. Long after you have gone, nobody will remember who your ministers were. I know that a leader cannot do everything but he must take responsibility for the people he chooses. He must prune when necessary. Most of your ministers are not pulling their weight. But it seems you find it difficult to ask people to go. You appear to be rewarding people with beats based on loyalty — not that they are fit for purpose. Mr. President, your cabinet is long overdue for a shake-up. This is injury time and if you don’t throw the deadwoods in your cabinet overboard, they will sink your ship. It is your name and your legacy that are at stake.

Two, you are not in control of the security agencies. The security chiefs are fighting their own civil war. Last year, two of your service chiefs were not on speaking terms because they were competing to become chief of defence staff. In the process, they refused to co-operate and this helped Boko Haram re-possess Sambisa forest. Where is the leadership you promised, Mr. President? Your EFCC acting chairman, DSS DG, NIA DG, army chief, minister of interior and national security adviser are at one another’s throat. Can’t you call them to order, Mr. President? Where is the leadership you promised me in Jabi? How can Nigeria be at peace when the security chiefs are at war?

Three, Your Excellency, can you please stop running down Nigerians before foreigners? By your position, you are the chief marketer of Nigeria. Why did you say what you said about “a lot of” Nigerian youth at the Commonwealth meeting? That they don’t go to school and only want freebies because of oil money? Who says that about their own people? In the UK where you were talking, young people receive weekly benefits from the government — in addition to free education and free healthcare. And you know what? This is taxpayers’ money, not even free oil money. I know you said “a lot of the youth” not “all” but anybody who tells you that you said the right thing is a boot licker. Quote me, Your Excellency.

There are a dozen other issues, such as human rights abuses by the police and DSS, Mr. President, but I lack space. If you noticed, I did not even talk about your second term bid. I have seen enough to know that those angling to take over from you may not be any better. I have seen it all. In every election, politicians play on our intelligence and ride on our emotions. When they get power, they become something else. So I don’t have any appetite for politicking. My resolve is to always constructively engage with whoever is in power and proffer ideas for national development. If you get a second term, I won’t relent. If you don’t, I will engage with whoever succeeds you. All I desire is a better Nigeria.

By the way, Mr. President, I almost forgot to tell you that there are some things I still admire in you. I still trust your personal integrity – I am yet to hear that you are collecting money from businessmen and ministers; and nobody has yet hinted me that you have a private jet held in trust by some banker. This still gladdens my heart. I will also say the economy is steadily picking up after some initial missteps. On infrastructure, things are looking up. I am also heartened that you are blocking many loopholes in government, even if your anti-corruption war can be better executed and more encompassing. Of course, I know Nigeria is not going to change overnight – I’ve been saying that for ages – but, Your Excellency, all the failings I have listed today do not require divine intervention. It is all about leadership.

Thank you for your attention and please accept, Mr. President, the assurances of my highest esteem.




The suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and his thugs allegedly invaded the senate chamber on Wednesday – unobstructed by the police – and made away with the mace – again unobstructed by the police. He was then “arrested” by the police, although he told us while he was being led away by two officers that “it is for my protection”. They later escorted him to his mansion, confirming that he was never under arrest. And now he has secured an injunction restraining the police from arresting him in connection with the brigandage. Anybody who believes that Omo-Agege acted this script without police complicity will believe anything. In fact, I am the Queen of Somalia. Nonsense.


The most brilliant senate president we have had since 1999, in my opinion, was Dr. Chuba Okadigbo. Intellectually grounded and oratorically endowed, he looked like a big departure from the norm in Nigerian politics. But he lost it. His reign was the shortest. Why? He saw himself more as God than a senator and lorded it over his colleagues, forgetting that he was just first among equals. While I think Dr. Bukola Saraki, the current senate president, is certainly better than Okadigbo in managing his colleagues, he has to watch the potentially damaging dictatorial aspect. You cannot be suspending your colleagues at the slightest hint of dissent. No. It will boomerang at some point. Tact.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did the unthinkable on Friday: he announced he was leaving the club that had become synonymous with him since 1996. Even some Arsenal fans who had wanted him out all along became emotional. Wenger himself must be very sad leaving a club he had helped turn into a global brand in two decades. The tough truth, though, is that all things, good or bad, must come to an end someday. Unable to challenge for the coveted league title since the 2004 unbeaten run and with no European title to his name yet, Wenger was clearly in decline. This season is set to be his worst in 22 years, though he is still fighting for the Europa League trophy. Whatever, he is a legend. Adieu.


Owelle Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, has ordered all “leviable adults” in his domain to pay N3,000 each as “development levy”. The money, his government said, is to be used for “autonomous community adult development”. The state has registered 2,000 leviable adults in each of the 637 autonomous communities. The recognised communities will serve as the collectors. They are to pay at least N6 million each. Traditional rulers of defaulting communities will have their allowances or salaries suspended if they don’t enforce the levy. With his tenure ending May 2019, I won’t be surprised if Okorocha uses the levy to “develop” statues of himself all over the communities. Comical


By: Muhammed Moshood

Clad in wild jubilations and cheers of excitement from participants, spectators and admirers, Engr. Tajhdeen Olalekan Ishola has restated his commitment to sustainable empowerment of Abeokuta people.

TEEJAY as widely referred to stated this during the closing event of the maiden edition of Irorun Champions League. Ilupeju FC clinched the championship having topped Oke-Ona FC in a breath-taking two goals to one encounter.

The competition was organized for youths in Abeokuta and sponsored by Irorun Movement, a non-political and self-sponsored group rooting for the emergence of Engr. Tajhdeen Olalekan Ishola as member of Ogun State House of Assembly, Abeokuta North Constituency.

While presenting awards to the winners, TEEJAY lauded the players’ show of sportsmanship and urged them never to stop showcasing their God given talents. ‘‘I am glad to see many of you play in this tournament. In my capacity and in line with my promise to you, more of you would be given opportunity to showcase your God given skills in another trial game. This is to ensure we do not deprive any youth in Abeokuta North the opportunity of this programme’’.

He added ‘‘I congratulate you for taking part in this and I assure you won’t regret your participation. It is my hope that you won’t relent. Many of you will be part of our football club while we would monitor others with such incredible skills for greater opportunity. This is our promise from day one and we won’t let you down.’’

TEEJAY said he does not agree with those who are in the habit of handing out peanut to constituents in the name of empowerment, saying such would only further impoverish the people whose case they were supposed to plead. In his words; ‘‘as we have seen some of you play now, we would ensure that the best legs among you would have a chance to train abroad. I have liaised with agents and if any of you makes it to a club there, I believe you would also be able to join me in my quest to make life meaningful for our people, when you get yourself a better life.

‘‘This is what we are concerned about. I do not agree with those who only hand out peanuts to our people. Our women and the aged would not be left out in this plan’’. He pledged.

The final match was preceded by a novelty match between Irorun Movement team and leaders of Youth in Community. The match ended two goals to nill in favour of Irorun Movement.

Head of Community Heads in Oke-Ona, Chief Jelili Adio Oyejide led other community chiefs to the event. Youth in Community, Village Square, Community Development Council, Irorun Queens, National Association of Nigerian Students, officials of the Nigerian Army, among others were in attendance.