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Apart from my investigative and human interest stories that highlight the depredations of oil exploration on the region’s land, water and air and the concomitant effects on lives and livelihood of the people, I went a step further to lead international media organisations to produce far-reaching and very revealing news features and documentaries to draw attention to the atrocities committed against our people.

TB Joshua was too generous and humble. He was a good man and never looked down on anyone. There was never a time I met him in the company of Dr. Frederick Fasehun that he didn’t bestow his benevolence on me through prayers, kind words and cash gifts. Such was the altruistic nature of this great man with the demeanour of a self-effacing and gracious servant of God. 

By then, the most recent karate session against free speech by His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the Twitter Empire in Africa in General and Nigeria in Particular (I hope Idi Amin Dada would not be livid in his grave for piracy of his intellectual property!), had not begun.

He searched and low and behold, he found such a town in Nigeria, it’ll be home for the next 50 years of his life. When he got to Ilesha, he became a part of an ongoing revival there led by Apostle Ayo Babalola. He ended up becoming a mentor to Apostle Babalola and many other known christian leaders in Nigeria. He was the spiritual father to Archbishop Benson Idahosa. Benson Idahosa testified of how God specifically gave him the name of Ilesha and told him to go look for a white man there who will mentor him.

I would have said it is laughable, but who in the Nigerian contraption is laughing now? Who is laughing? Is it the hundreds of thousands who had been driven away from their ancestral homes in the last five years and are now crowded and famished in the so-called Internally Displaced Peoples Camps…in their own country?

Reading newspaper reports daily has negatively impacted the mental health of many persons. Howbeit, would one remain perpetually deaf to what is happening in one’s community? Life has got so bad that being a student has become a difficult journey to embark upon.

Born into the family of a Primary School teacher, Pa Abraham and late Mrs. Rose Diri of Sampou community in the present day Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on June 4, 1959. Like the common parlance, “many things have happened and many waters have gone under the bridge” but this man is standing firm and strong by the grace of God in good health on the occasion of his birth.

For a student of history, it is difficult to accept the accusation against Nigeria that Nigeria has not been fair to the Yoruba nation. As I have said above, the Yoruba people and the Biafran people have occupied every political, economic and military position in the Nigerian nation. As a matter of fact Yorubas are the most privileged people group in Nigeria.

Compared with a number of other hotspots around the world in December 2020, however, Nigeria was not even among the three riskiest places. According to global medical and security specialists, International SOS, Libya, Syria and Afghanistan were the deadliest places to be. The group also projected that these places would retain the record by the end of 2021.

Today some Nigerians would rather prefer that Nigeria is still under the governance of Great Britain today. There are Nigerians  who would prefer our resources were managed by foreigners. That is the height we have fallen as a result of ‘independence’ void of responsibility. Things have only become worse after our so called independence.

This was a clear case of assassination. There were two other persons with him according to reports. The assassins, true to type, identified their quarry, murdered him and didn’t bother about the witnesses. It is all the more curious because Gulak has a recent history of association with Imo State. He was the leader of the APC team that organized the controversial party primaries in Imo State ahead of the 2019 Gubernatorial elections.

Okay, if the Yoruba nation wants a monarchy system of rule, who will be the King? Who will become the sovereign monarch? Where will the kingdom be? Is it the OOni of Ife or the Alaafin of Oyo? Won’t the Awujale of Ijebuland or the Alake of Egbaland want the right to the stool? Where will you put the Orangun of Ila who also is a direct descendant of Oduduwa?

When Details Nigeria first launched GOtv in 2011, Nigeria was at the cusp of a new era. The country was seriously looking into the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting that had become a global concern in the first decade of the 21st century. The International Telecommunication Union agreement of 2006 which Nigeria was a signatory to was a landmark spur for that direction shift.

Usually, I write my column on Saturday morning but I delayed it till Saturday night – after the epic final – just to accommodate Manchester City’s anticipatory victory, hoping to use the triumph to rile my known and unknown football frenemies, who cut across countries and continents, online and offline

From this quotation we see that Chief Obafemi Awolowo believed in one Nigeria, because he could see that our diversity is a blessing. He for sure had the political influence and leadership to have led Yorubas into self determination, but yet he didn’t, because living together as one country is better for all. It was better then and it’s still better today.