A passionate Nigerian, desirous to make Nigeria a better place. MOSHOOD MUHAMMED is a Journalist, Writer, Social Worker, Research Enthusiast, Media, Communications and PR Addict, Services Solutions Agent, and serial entreprenuer.


‘The presidency is right in the centre of everything. My wealth is decreasing because my charities are increasing. Aside from that,  Nigerians are not only poor as they were before,  they are becoming poorer.’  ” my charities will not eliminate poverty but my presidency will.” Those were the words of Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, in a discussion with his closest friend from whom he received advice whenever he was distraught.
He was the largest donor of foreign scholarships to Nigerian students, the biggest supporter of religious institutions, benefactors to numerous universities and thousands of blacks in diaspora were not left out in is reparation schemes. Universities libraries gulped  thousands of dollars from his monies. Moshood’s level of charities is yet to get equalled by any dark skinned man.
He adopted the slogan FAREWELL TO POVERTY, little did he know that he had just launched pay-off to his own life – FAREWELL TO FREEDOM. He named his campaign office HOPE ’93; sadly, retrieving his mandate turned HOPELESS.
To prove his level of acceptability, MKO floored TOFA in his Kano ward(his homestead); Bashorun was accepted across all religions and ethnic groups in the country.
Alas! The worst happened, the cannon was fired from General Ibrahim Babangida: He declared the elections annulled on 26th June 1993. He gave excuse such as election malpractices, rigging etc. Nigerians were sad, street protests upsurged, chaos took over as a result of the evil genius pronouncement of the annulment.
Afterwards, Babangida bowed out as a result of national and international pressures; Sonekan was fixed as the interim head of government with the dark-glasses Army General, Abacha, as its stabilizer. He saw it as his opportunity: he knew the interim leader was weak, he pounced on him and took over leadership of the country from him.
Struggle for the actualization of people’s mandate went unabated, people got jailed whenever they get hailed. If you were people’s mouthpiece in those days, you had rather get ready for persecution of all sorts, with an option of incarceration in most cases. 
To his tragic and inhumane end, Abiola sets to take his mandate; he couldn’t allow his mandate got robbed off him, thus watch his people’s voice discarded. He saw it as unpatriotic and chaotic-breeding. 
By this view, on June 11, 1994, he declared the government of National Unity at Epetedo in Lagos in a speech entitled; “Enough is Enough”. It marked the beginning of his end. He was hunted, hounded and eventually arrested.

Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola’s sun suddenly and forcefully sets. Democracy got imprisoned, democracy got clubbed to death and democracy is never heard of again in Nigeria, till date. 

Kudirat Abiola was a devoted wife, she stood by her husband, she gallantly fought the evil despot behind her husband ordeal. She turned an activist and her activities were put to an end. Her blood watered the earth, she was assassinated and her children got orphaned.
Where corruption thrives, everything is possible, including a breakdown of all norms and practices – Nigeria is on a meltdown. Interestingly and tragically, no alien spirits  have come to pull down our structures. You and I are responsible for this decay.
The crises and problems facing Nigeria, as a microcosm of the world, are rooted in corruption which is launched on the springboard of religion and ethnicity masked by the masses’ illiteracy. We have learnt so much but we have not unlearnt the wrong things we have accepted as a fait accompli. We have all been fed with lies by mind manipulators that we hold pervert opinions and wickedly negative views of one another, which all result in strife, tension and conflict enveloping our dear nation.
We have allowed divisive politics, ethnic-chauvinism and religious bigotry to divide us so far that the young ones are becoming increasingly  the most heinous and despicable.
However, life is not just for the survival of the fittest but of all since everyone has a role to play. The end also does not justify the means, it is the means that justifies the end and no one should be under the illusion that any evil done by man to man will go unpunished, if not now, surely later, to paraphrase the late Dele Giwa.

Cumulatively, the June12 saga has proved to be a potpourri of betrayal of trust/friendship as demonstrated by the Abiola-Babangida relationship; Of ethnicity as evinced by the prevention of power shifting from the Northern to the Western zone. 
Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola was the president who never ruled. I like him. He had the intellectual acuity to take this rudderless nation to its promise land. The political savvy was there, he was a business mogul, his philanthropy was exemplary. He really deserve laudation for his munificence. In spite of his movement from a humble background to becoming a moneybag, he remained humble, he didn’t fumble, he granted people assistance and never grumbled.
I like him. Continue to Rest In Peace, our very own #AareOnaKakanfo.

I’m Folorunso Fatai Adisa




By: Samsideen Ajadi 
Prior to the emergence of the present government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, he had identified corruption as the major bugbear in Nigeria government. He made a date with looters and promised to sweep the rot out of the system. 

It is crystal clear that Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) alongside its sister agency, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) appear to be having a nice display of their hardwares since creation, courtesy of the anti corruption drive of the incumbent.

The whistle blowing policy, an initiative of the present government, is believed to be a blessing for these two agencies in the long walk. 

Some of the corruption cases that have caught Nigerians attention through the media involved; wife of Former President Jonathan, Mrs Patience Jonathan; much taunted Father Christmas in politics and formal National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, Formal Minister for Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke; Niger Delta Militant Leader, Mr Ekpemolu(Tompolo); former People’s Democratic Party spokesman, Olisah Metuh; Former Minister of Aviation and Director General of Goodluck Jonathan Campaign in the 2015 election, Femi Fani Kayode;  the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and so on.

As good as the news of arrest, trial and anti corruption agency run after these people might have been, it is rather unfortunate that there is no successful trial of these corruption cases and of today. What has become the order of the day is confiscation of properties, sums from alleged looters. 

EFCC and ICPC needs to do more than winning on National Dailies’ headlines. Instead of endlessly pointing accusing fingers at some figures and institutions as badly corrupt, Nigerians are waiting to see proper prosecution of looters and those who have cornered our commonwealth, without exemption.  

Also, Nigeria can take a clue from counties such as China, North Korea, Indonesia and many others that impose death sentence on anyone found guilty of corruption. A mindlessly corrupt mind deserves a serious legal rod. 

Nigerians should seek for a legal framework that would bar anybody with a corruption case from contesting for any offices of be appointed in any capacity whatsoever. 

In all, the judiciary arm must be up and doing, free from corruption and unlawful practices because the popular axiom says “he who must come to equity must come with clean hand”.


By: Adekunle Adewunmi


“Government shall strive to eradicate illiteracy…..(a) free, compulsory and universal primary education (b) free secondary education (c) free university education and (d) free adult literacy programme”

     Section 18, sub section 3 of the Nigerian 1999 Construction



The above provision is entrenched in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But, can we say the law is still very relevant today? The answer is as you have right in mind.

Literacy has over the years been termed a way out of many world problems. With education, the key to success in the outer world is assured, they say. Having garnered much strength by parents to send their children and wards to school, it is believed way that the road to such child’s success is certain while others bend themselves to low-esteemed jobs out there to become part of the beneficiaries of the leading trend of education that births success. It is however, sad that the delivery of such brings tears to one’s eyes.

Political office holders take pride in rearing their own children in wealth and affluence to study in pocket-screaming tuition amount, in the best private schools in the country and abroad, not minding the conspicuous lack of equipments and study materials cum capable hands in exerting knowledge to the tomorrow’s future in our schools, with the jaundiced state of the Nigerian Academic Standards, community, and syllabus.

Re-calling the months in which students have had to sit at home due to recurring strike actions that had always emanated from paying lip services to teachers’ rights, which occurrence has not been well tailored still, with LAUTECH students still languishing at home, no thanks to the strike actions.

Teachers and Lecturers have been found with oodles of ways in bringing disrepute to the Nigerian educational community due to government’s neglect. They have resorted to the saying which goes by: ‘oga ta, ogaota, owo alaaru ape’, thereby lessening the standards of the impartation of knowledge, skills and wisdom. Lecturers on the other hand, had been found selling textbooks to students even when they are sub-standard, and coercing students to by them with various threats to fail them if they fail to buy books. This is bad but, government and Ministry of Education has influenced these happenings. I’m not saying what they are practicing is good, rather, some of them have been found in it because they have to look for alternative ways to make ends meet.

Neglect of the majority minors screams in all corners whilst policies and Constitutions, bent and maligned.

No gain saying the fact on how the Federal Government had brought in JAMB that is used as a means of milking the citizenry dry every year just because of the much necessity thrown at us, by the society of getting educated. Not relating anymore with the fact that enough scholarships are far-cry as rampant in other countries that helps the minorities who are intellectually sound and want to study but for which free education for all has become lost in transit.

Our Leaders and Politicians has been found guilty of sending their children abroad and brag, about the same. Many of them flaunt their wealth and keep spitting lies about how they bag certain unknown degrees in Institutions outside the country. The Senate President has been found doing the former, with many others swimming in the latter.

In spite of all, despite all of these, Nigerians have kept mum!

The will to learn has been on the increase amongst Nigerian youths and even the adults are not left out, as they are being found heightening and widening their intellectual horizons to keep themselves away from being tagged ‘Dinosaurians”.

The recent news that trends around the Nigerian educational community is the increase of tuition fees not minding the pocket-tearing admission fees demanded by most schools.

I for one believe that at this crucial moment where our country is experiencing downturns in most sector, the educational sector should rather be given a boosting morale instead of dampening the hopes of people seeking to gather knowledge.

Little wonder why many do all in their capacity to study outside the country even if it demands borrowing. They have studied this nation and have seen that anyone who wants to attain the desired height of greatness either scholarly or in any other fields, mustn’t await the government of this day, for all they delight in is to sweep the nation’s wealth in their well embroidered white Agbada apparel and receive many with their white teeth smiling on the outside.

Nigerians are fuming, they have a very good resistance habit but when their “shock absorbers” gets worn out and they get back to the government in any possible way of revenge; either wars or mutiny, they shouldn’t be blamed, for they have well waited for a bettered but given a battered change.

When people have chosen to find succour in the government institutions but neglect and heart break is what they get in return, then it is nothing but shame on the ministry that umbrellas this sector!

Let me quickly ring you an alarm of remembrance if you have forgotten that, plethora of the governing body had enjoyed from the free education given to all during the Awolowo times because your parents were also like many of ours but, you scaled through ignorance vis-a-vis illiteracy and here you are today, in lucrative positions not willing nor wanting others to prosper. You claim that you want to be called a success after all but, can there ever be a success without a successor? How are you mentoring others? Let that keep in ringing!

Someone had said that Nigerians are suffering from poverty. The Westerners had tagged us as being poor. However, we aren’t poor at all be it materially, intellectually, name it; only that we are being deprived of showcasing what we’ve got and can do for Nigeria, Africa, and the world by Nigeria. We see our people in countries like UK, America and other developed countries; developing things and making things work for other countries other than ours because we have refused to take responsibility to develop and brush up our tools (students); we are sound upstairs. Our system is sick upstairs due to bad, haphazard operators.

Government shall direct its policies towards ensuring that there are equal and adequate educational opportunities at all levels, Government shall promote Science and Technology- Nigerian Constitution, Section 18(1).

For Polytechnic graduates having to go through the process of Post Graduate Diploma or Conversion programmes before being certified to obtain Masters Degree form, is it not sickening? It is really barbaric for some graduates to delve into the next level of education straight, on a platter of gold, in the name of paper (Certificate) while others go through a useless process before doing same. What disturbs and disheartens me the more is the fact that graduates with low, pass marks in University takes this process in which Polytechnic graduates with Distinction is also obliged to sit for. It has gotten that bad!

A Third Class University graduate being likened to an assiduous Distinction, Higher and Lower Credit graduate of a Polytechnic lacks meaning and any sound explanation as defense; it is becoming unacceptably incessant.

However, many of us are ever ready to #Standwith9ja though we are out-cast, yet will we stand if and only if this country is ready to make the wrongs right and continue to right the rights.

Re-positioning our academic standard cum parlance will involve procreation and disbursement of more educational equipment to all state and federal institutions, improved payment of teachers’ salaries and allowances without any hiccups, employment of fresh graduates to both administrative and teaching part of Education, re-work of syllabus at all levels, respect for Polytechnic and Technology based schools graduates, with many other right actions; we shall reach our desired height of academic excellence.

EDUCATION is Light, help us gain access to this light, and we’ll make Nigeria shine brighter than all! Give us the opportunity to learn, and we will become great and illuminate the dark path in the life of the country; thence shall we re-affirm the real saying that, EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS.

Also, government should not fail to do the needful, adhere strictly to the dictate of the Nigerian constitution. Human development is worth more than infrastructural stride.

May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!


By: Moshood Muhammed

Social media, facilitated by the internet technology and made popular at the turn of the millennium by the emergence of platforms such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook opened a vista of opportunities in every area of human endeavours. This has undoubtedly enhanced effective information dissemination and communication in a way that has never been experienced before, globally.

However, social media has not only opened doors of opportunities for business expansion through online marketing and sales of goods and services, it also fostered the practice of citizen journalism, enhanced interaction among people globally, at social, economic, political and other fronts.

To this end, the importance and relevance of social media globally cannot be over emphasized, especially in the area of information dissemination and social interaction.

However, while some people reasonably adopt the platforms in promoting their businesses, social causes, and interaction, others have at one time or the other, consistently used the different platforms in spreading lies, unfounded rumours and speculations about persons, organizations and their activities.

This development has the capacity to cause unrest and civil disturbance. Sometimes, outdated information and irrelevant messages are sent on social media without verification of their authenticity.

Moreso, some people use the platforms to show off, by virtually releasing all information about them and their families online, a practice that is steadily gaining ground.

Some kidnappers and robbers have often revealed during investigations that they get information about most of their victims from their social media activities and are able to trace them, based on the information made available on the cyberspace.

Nigerians should note that aside the security challenges, those who release virtually all their travel details, achievements or generally misuse the social media may unknowingly be sending wrong signals even to prospective employers. This is because recruiting organizations now search the social media, to gauge and understand the lifestyles of their recruits to determine if it aligns with their companies’ goals. This gives them an insight into what the prospective employee can offer their establishments.

Also, tertiary institutions also rely on social media for a background check on their prospects. This is unknown to many people who have in the process lost jobs and admission opportunities.

To correct these anomalies, it behooves on the relevant agencies including the National Orientation Agency in collaboration with Nigerian Communication Commission, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to continuously sensitize Nigerians on the proper use or way to operate these platforms and possibly facilitate reasonable legal framework to check abuse.

This move however, should not be an excuse by the government to gag the people.

Also, parents, guardians, religious leaders, social groups and the Nigerian media should sensitize the people on the need to make judicious use of the social media rather than use it to cause harm to themselves and the country.









Your Excellency,

With high hope of a better Nigeria, which my colleagues and I have committed ourselves, we welcome you back to the country.

Permit me, your Excellency, to on behalf of all serving corps members convey our view on some critical issues to you via this very platform. I hope it gets to you.

There is no doubt that news of your return was delighting; it has and will in the days to come panacea return to political stability. Though, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who stood in acting capacity, did try his best to ensure the smooth running of government. This you must have been told and it is obvious. Yes, he did try.

Now that you are back, there is a need to urgently look into serious issues demanding attention. Attending to these issues in timely manner will in no small measure douse the rising tension in the country. The issue of restructuring, the call by some certain Nigerians for self determination, the ravaging insurgency in the North East and militancy in the South South as well as the loathsome activities of the nomadic Fulani herdsmen across the country are some.

Hate speech, which has sadly become a national code, to some, is a result of perceived marginalization and disappointment in the state of affairs. They feel if their views would no longer be entertained, they should reach the Aso Villa in some other manner. Going by the recent happenings, it is important we consider the dangers of such utterances and the failure to address the concerns of such people.

Mr. President Sir, one of the reasons that got you elected was your hard stance against corruption and insecurity, especially the spate of Boko Haram insurgency. Two years down the lane, we have heard of the improvement on the both sides, but, Nigerians, I must say are not fully satisfied with regards to your administration campaign against the aforementioned agenda.

On insecurity, the ‘technically defeated’ Boko Haram insurgents’ onslaught has been technically reinvigorated. Infact, some arrested terrorists, whom were released in exchange for the Chibok girls were believed to have appeared in a video, which showed the kidnapped lecturers of University of Maiduguri, during an attack on an oil exploration released by the group recently. Asides this, killings and maiming in that region is again on the rise. Sir, this clearly shows that the carrot and stick method may not give the desired result. It is my honest opinion that hard stance is taken against the unrepentant evil merchants. Nigerians really want to see the end of Boko Haram.

On corruption, many revelations have come out through the media and the working EFCC. But, we would not do well enough if justice is not served on those whom have personalized the commonwealth of Nigerians for years. Nigerians demand prosecution of all corrupt elements, without exception.

While you were away, sir, the National Assembly adopted some certain provisions of the Nigerian constitution for amendment. Now, the bills have been passed, Nigerians await your judgement on some of the new legislative frameworks. We would want no further delay in this regard.

Before you traveled, the committee of investigation you constituted against the suspended duo of Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, have completed its investigation and the report was meant to be submitted a day after you left. Nigerians are eagerly awaiting the report and your position on these cases.

Currently, ASUU is on about a week long strike while students of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, have not been in school for months. The list is endless. Our education system needs serious attention. The highest investment a government can make is not in bridges, roads and dams, but, in human development.

Similarly, consideration should be given to issue of increment in salaries of our parents in civil service. The last has not been heard of the committee set up by your administration in this regard. And to be sincere, things are not what they used to be, years ago when the current minimum balance was announced.

It is widely rumoured that cabinet reshuffle is imminent. May I urge you Mr. President to put capability beyond familiarity or politics. Like I argued with an Igbo friend yesterday, leadership is not an easy task, especially when it comes to serving wonderful people like Nigerians, yet, a choice of what becomes of your administration can be made by solely you.

Importantly to serving corps members, I must commend the government for ensuring our monthly allowance of #19, 800 is regularly paid. Sir, I do passionately appeal that you consider an increase in the “allawe”, to reflect current reality. Prices of commodities are exorbitantly high. Also, a reform of the scheme will in small measure aid the betterment of the programme as well as corps members. If perhaps there is a reason Nigerians, youths especially are still united to some extent today, NYSC has played a prominent role. Hence, it needs government attention and support.

As corps members and youths, we have pledged to Nigeria; it is important the country pledges to us. We #Standwith9ja, our interest and future should be important to government at all levels. We would not want Nigeria to fail us.

Finally, it is our believe that you will overcome challenges of leadership and successfully pilot the affairs of this country to a greater height expected of you. While I pray that Almighty God help you, endeavour to building strong institutions that can take care of  needs of ordinary Nigerians, including good healthcare facilities.

May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!


Yours in Nation-building,


Enugu, Enugu State.

​From West to East

By: Moshood Muhammed 


I remember waiting to be mobilized for NYSC and it never came until January. That was Stream II, 2016 Batch B. While waiting, many jokes were made of our situation. Many tauntingly referred to the stream as “the longest stream in the world”. Lol.

After waiting for weeks since deployment of the Stream I PCMs in November 2016, the waiting eventually came to an end. I was deployed to the eastern part of Nigeria. At last, it finally came. The once anxious Otondos were relieved and preparation began in earnest. 

As an ardent information seeker, I randomly  dropped my mobile number on Facebook groups, with a view to getting added to other information channels – mainly WhatsApp, asides NYSC sources. I clicked on few Whatsapp links as well. While I was invited to some, others did not go through. All the numbers I dropped were on request by some unknown individuals, who were either representative of a group in camp, fellow PCM or interested serving Corps members.

In one of the groups I belonged, having clarified my state of deployment, a participant, presumably a female serving youth corps shared a tormenting post. In that arrow she threw, according to her highly powerful source,  majority of the Stream II corps members would be posted to village because the town had already been occupied by the Stream 1 corps and the Batch A guys.

Curiously, many participants threw barrage of questions at the sender, she assured everyone never to be worried, provided they were ready to cooperate. If a certain amount is paid, she would help us secure good postings. I felt jittery. How would I pay for good posting? 

All these were a few days to my resumption to the Awgu orientation camp.

So, I chose to talk to the link in person. I slid into her DM, and I was assured again of good posting, provided I was ready to pay the good sum within a specific time. I was dazed. 

Membership of platforms like that is not entirely bad. There are genuine and reasonable fellows. Even though I couldn’t make friends on those platforms, due to some reasons best known to me, I participated in discussions when it was necessary and I must say, I was ‘info-tained’. I got enough dose of information and entertainment. Impatience and ethnic issues were some of the the reasons for many disagreements. 

On leaving camp on the 13th of February, I was not only posted to town, but, got a reasonably fair PPA. All at no cost. Yet, most of those who parted with their hard earned nairas had grief fill their hearts. For them, fetching water inside a basket is not as wasteful as their kidnapped sum. 

More to come… 

If you’re reading for the first time, read other accounts from #WestToEast on this blog. 

#CoalKopa #CoalCity #NYSC #Enugu


By: Samsideen Ajadi
Tooth decay is the primary cause of toothaches for most children and adults. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on the sugars and starches in the food one eats. These bacteria form a sticky plaque that clings to the surface of the teeth. Acids produced by the bacteria in plaque can eat through the hard, white coating on the outside of teeth (enamel), creating a cavity. The first sign of decay may be a sensation of pain when one eats something sweet, very cold or very hot.

Other causes of toothache can include; accumulation of food and debris between teeth, especially if teeth have spacing between them, infection at the root of the tooth or in the gums and well as trauma to the tooth, including injury or grinding your teeth.

Typically, the tooth is lifted using an elevator , and using dental forceps , rocked back and forth until the periodontal ligament has been sufficiently broken and the supporting alveolar bone has been adequately widened to make the tooth loose enough to remove. When teeth are removed with forceps, slow, steady pressure is applied with controlled force.

The other way is surgical extractions, which involves the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gum line or because they have not erupted fully. Surgical extractions almost always require an incision. In a surgical extraction, the doctor may elevate the soft tissues covering the tooth and bone and may also remove some of the overlying and/or surrounding jawbone tissue with a drill or osteotome.

Frequently, the tooth may be split into multiple pieces to facilitate its removal. Surgical extractions are usually performed under a general anaesthetic.

Meanwhile, removal is always an option but not the only option. Extraction is rarely the only or best option.

However here in Nigeria, in respective of the severity of the depth  of the problem, the only option is extraction. Patients, from past experiences are not helping the matter either. Anyone having toothache easily calls the dentists to inquire the cost of extraction, rather than going for proper check up and diagnosis. Today’s Dentistry Researcher, Dr. Darryl Marsh, attests to this view. 

Speaking on his Nigeria experience, Dr Darryl Marsh, says when one has toothache, the severity of the depth of the problem will generally determine the treatment that will be required. In his words, “The worst case is that the tooth is in savable  and that you are going to need to have it extracted but often there are other situation that are aren’t  as dire as drastic as that”.

Meanwhile, not knowing that not all cases require extraction. Some needs filling and some might be  something that is not a toothache at all, it could be a muscular problem.

Teeth extraction are done in two ways: simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anaesthetic, and require only the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth.

Further more, toothache may result from an infection that can be prevented rather than needing the tooth for extraction. The following are cases where this may be the case: A gum infection, A bite on the tooth muscular spasms and trigeminal neuralgia: a nerves infection on facial nerves.

It must be stated here that, Nigerian dentists community should engage in proper awareness to educate Nigerians on the importance of diagnosis before treating any teeth related issues. In other words, there is a need for massive orientation of Nigerians towards their teeth care. 

Similarly, it must be pointed that the dentists community must play their part and be awake to their responsibilities.