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This video has almost broken the internet. Femi Otedola earlier today posted a clip of himself in a commercial bus (Molue in Naija parlance) It’s got social media talking… Everyone with their own views…. what’s yours?
Is one of the richest men in Africa (and in the world) allowed to ride public transport, live his life and post on his Instagram account as he pleases?, or is this another publicity stunt riding on a motive? Is it appropriate? Is there anything wrong with the seeming humility the video portrays? Just curious to know your opinions. See video below.

Femi Otedola rides public transport

Femi Otedola rides public transport

 

This Kole Obasa

“My Dear Nigerian Youths”

I am very angry and that is why I am addressing you.

You are the source of my anger and I want to vent my spleen- maybe not at you directly- but at the arrogance of your ignorance.

You sit in front of a computer and rant all day through social media but with every click, you make money – not for yourself – but for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).

With every megabyte of data you spend complaining and maligning, you make stupendous bucks for Etisalat, Glo and Airtel.

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Stomach infrastructure in Nigeria. (Photo Credit: Niger Reporters)

Stomach infrastructure in Nigeria. (Photo Credit: Niger Reporters)

Fayose became the Governor of Ekiti state in 2014 while Baguda became Governor of Kebbi state in 2015, while Baguda took N4bn to BOI, got counter funding and got 78,000 people cultivating rice (employment), my own governor Fayose took N4.7 to build the first flyover in Ekiti state, while the farmers in Kebbi have sold their rice to Lagos state (LAKE RICE) and have moved on to increasing their farm size, my Governor is still battling with how to complete the humongous project that won’t provide a single sustainable job.

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Youths shut down NASS. (Photo credit: Nigerian Monitor)

Youths shut down NASS. (Photo credit: Nigerian Monitor)

Youths in their hundreds, yesterday stormed the national assembly (NASS) demanding for the ‘not too young to run’ bill, which was proposed by lawmakers, be passed into law. The bill, which is has recently been proposed is seeking to reduce the qualification age for those aspiring for public office, including that of the president.

Former Chairman of the Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, addressing the coalition of youth groups before marching to the national assembly said: “We are in a country with the median age of 19 but people who want to save Nigeria’s unity have an average age of over 60.

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Governor Rochas Okorocha. (Photo credit: Buzz Nigeria)

Governor Rochas Okorocha. (Photo credit: Buzz Nigeria)

Freshly back from London where he went to visit his sick boss, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state had this to say about Femi Fani Kayode: “The guy (Fani-Kayode) is a spoilt child, one of those whose parents over pampered they hardly talk like human beings. Apart from somebody who went into government, he is not known for doing business. I wonder if he has ever worked and all of a sudden he had political appointment. He has nothing else to brandish apart from the father’s name. Remove his father’s name; I don’t think he is a human being. Rochas grew from the scratch. By the grace of God and hard work, he is where he is today. But that one apart from coming to politics what else does he have to brandish?”  OUCH!

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General Yakubu Gowon. Photo credit: General Yakubu Gowon

General Yakubu Gowon. Photo credit: General Yakubu Gowon

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has stated that despite the current agitations in the land, Nigeria won’t break up, because the youths will not allow anything or anyone threaten the unity of the country. Speaking at the 50th-anniversary programme of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the retired General said: “I am not scared for the unity of the nation. I have confidence in Nigeria and the youths of this country that they will make sure that they take over and do better than we left for them. I have no fear that these rantings and so on….. I have confidence that the youths of this nation will keep Nigeria going and make it greater. Diversity is our source of unity and strength.”

If only these agitators will listen to a wise man, who actually fought in the war.

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Naija Youths dares entertainers. (Photo credit: Political Matter)

Naija Youths dares entertainers. (Photo credit: Political Matter)

Like I mentioned in my post on Lai Mohammed’s troubles, he is gaining a lot of support from sections of the country over the controversial statement he is accused of making.

The minister was supposed to have hinted at a ban on Nigerian entertainers shooting (or producing) music videos and movies abroad, much to the chagrin of Nigerian Entertainers who have issued multiple statements stating their displeasure. Rugged man wrote an open letter to the minister strongly stating his displeasure, so did the Coalition of Nigerian Entertainers (CNE) who outright called for his dismissal as a minister of the federal government.

Their statement went further by asking for Alhaji Lai Mohammed to rescind his statement within 7 days or the government should prepare for a nationwide protest. This is what has now irked the Youths For Change NG. They have also dared the Entertainers on their plan to hold this protest.

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Nigerians and the National Assembly.

Nigerians and the National Assembly.

Surely, this is one piece of legislation that’ll be welcomed by the Nigerian youth. The house of representatives has proposed a change in the constitution to allow for the age limit for running for the presidential office be lowered to 35 years.

The current minimum age for qualification for the contesting is 40.

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President Buhari meets delegates. PhotoCredit @NGRPresident

President Buhari meets delegates. PhotoCredit @NGRPresident

Again, media handlers of our amiable President on Sunday realeased a photo of him receiving a delegation of APC Governors at the Abuja House, London

According to the Presidency Nigeria twitter handle, the photo was released at 8:56pm (UK) and showed the President seemingly in high spirits surrounded by the said Governors and delegates. They included Chief John Oyegun, party Chairman, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport as well as the Governors of Imo, Kogi, Kaduna and Nasarawa.

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African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

I came across an article this week that listed the salaries of the top 10 highest paid African Presidents. According to Africaranking.com, South African Presisent, Jacob Zuma is the highest paid leader in Africa receiving an annual wage of $272k and Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame ranked #10 receiving $85k per year. These guys are mong the highest paid leaders in the world, this is a continent where many live on only $2 per day.

On another note, isn’t it a surprise that the President of Nigeria never made the list? Perhaps its because the wages listed only reflects base salaries, regardless though, is the Nigerian President’s salary that low? Blasphemy! I hear Nigerians say. They should take solace in the fact that a common Local Government Chairman in Nigeria is richer than all 10 presidents put together. I’m sure every African (if not the world) knows that already. Anyway, here’s the list in full:

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