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2nd Convocation at Chrisland University, Abeokuta

2nd Convocation at Chrisland University, Abeokuta

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

I spent last night at Abeokuta, the capital of my state in Nigeria. By the archaic constitution of Nigeria, I am from Ogun state, Nigeria, in spite of the fact that I have been a resident of Lagos, Lagos state, since 1973 when I left Ijebu-Ode Grammar School and became an undergraduate at the University of Lagos. Ever since, I have been a resident of Lagos, but Nigeria recognizes state of origin. So, myself and my offsprings will always have to fill Ogun state until the archaic 1999 constitution is dumped or amended progressively.

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Adieu HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

Adieu HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

The death of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa marks the end of a long era in governance in Bahrain. None of us took personal decisions to be on earth. Others, by their actions, resulted in our being here. Our departure from planet earth is a given. We certainly must depart one time or the other. For most, we would not know how and when. On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, a unique day in figures as 11-11-2020, a unique individual was one of those who departed planet earth. His Royal Highness, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain over the years took a bow out of our existential reality. We only have his too many legacies left. I have chosen to highlight a few in this tribute.

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Nigeria of the 21st Century is not a Cattle Grazing Field

Nigeria of the 21st Century is not a Cattle Grazing Field

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

A short while ago, a friend told me about the experience of her son on his way to the computer village, Ikeja, Lagos. For those who do not know, the computer village is not like a village as in Western countries where a village is a desirable place to stay for the rich since most facilities for a modern life are in their villages without the hustle bustle and stress of city life. The computer village is also not like the African village where life is drudgery as basic facilities like electricity and potable water is a pipedream. It is a piece of land in Ikeja where much selling, buying and repairing of imported computers, phones and accessories take place. So, my friend’s son intended to repair his laptop and make better use of his time since Covid-19, at that time, kept all students out of school.

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2020 Bahrain Visions Forum

2020 Bahrain Visions Forum

Sustainable Development Goals Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic

Every year, the Bahrain Visions Forum holds on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly. As a result of the peculiarities of this year, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition also marking the 75th anniversary of the UN could not hold physically. 

A virtual session was held on September 29, with participants including the Executive Director of the WHO. In pursing the SDGs beyond COVID-19, it was agreed that greater commitment to multilateralism and cooperation is preferred.  The highlight of the session was the idea of a an informal association to be called “Group of Friends of the UN SG for the amelioration of the negative impact of COVID-19 on the SDGs” proposed by Bahrain Visions Forum.

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The NBA, Corruption and the Rule of Law

The NBA, Corruption and the Rule of Law

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

The Nigeria Bar Association got a new Executive over a month now. Given the pervasiveness of corruption in Nigeria and its inverse relationship with the rule of law, one would have expected clear moves, even if as concretised expressions of intent to fight the scourge of corruption in Nigeria in general and in the dispensation of justice in particular.

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New Olu of Odoşęnlu Receives Staff of Office Copy

New Olu of Odoşęnlu Receives Staff of Office

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

As I was about to retire, my wife stressed the need to upgrade our country home at Odoşęnlu, Ijebu-Ode. It was clear that I would not settle in Geneva, New York or Nairobi as a number of my UN retiring colleagues tend to do. These choices for many UN retirees are easily explainable. Returning to home countries after socializing with an international oriented cosmopolitan group for decades tends to be traumatic. As a result, UN retirees tend to die off on an average of five years if they served till the very end. Of course, a few died a day after retirement as a result of accidents and some make it well beyond thirty years.

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New Olu of Odoşęnlu Receives Staff of Office

New Olu of Odoşęnlu Receives Staff of Office

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

As I was about to retire, my wife stressed the need to upgrade our country home at Odoşęnlu, Ijebu-Ode. It was clear that I would not settle in Geneva, New York or Nairobi as a number of my UN retiring colleagues tend to do. These choices for many UN retirees are easily explainable. Returning to home countries after socializing with an international oriented cosmopolitan group for decades tends to be traumatic. As a result, UN retirees tend to die off on an average of five years if they served till the very end. Of course, a few died a day after retirement as a result of accidents and some make it well beyond thirty years.

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Sit-Tight Presidents Syndrome: A Changing African Past

Sit-Tight Presidents Syndrome: A Changing African Past

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

With independence realized from colonial rule, Africa had its fair share of sit-tight Presidents. The continent started off with one-party states that knew only one leader who satisfied demands for elections but making sure that these “African Kings” regularly and purportedly scored over 90% of votes cast. Then came a spate of “African Kings in military uniforms” who equally stayed put in power and died in office and were succeeded by their sons or carefully chosen loyalist. Of course, there were those who had mother luck smile on them and acquired power against all odds like Daniel arap Moi but who in turn stayed put only to be eventually swept aside by historical pressures towards democratization given the push for multi-partyism.

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President Buhari as I think of Him

President Buhari as I think of Him

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

Over time, I have learnt that it is best to focus more on what people do than what they say. That does not mean not to pay attention to what people say because there are people who say it as they see it. What they say, you can literally take to the bank. There are others who say the opposite of what they intend to do and as soon as they speak, you know you have to do a lot of analysis to arrive at what they are likely going to do. Then there are those who keep extremely mum as the dust swirls around them. They possibly can see trends and want to avoid being pigeonholed. They either expect the dice to fall in their favour to subsequently rejoice. If the dice doesn’t fall as preferred or even as discretely engineered, they would find it easy to beat a retreat without losing anything. Of course, we can build several personality types along the continuum of those who say what they mean and those who say the exact opposite as well as those who claim to be diplomatic as if diplomacy is the art of lying.

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Operation Amotekun: Part One, Two and Three

Operation Amotekun: Part One, Two and Three

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

I lived in Nairobi for 11 years working for the United Nations on peace for Somalia. It meant I went into Mogadishu where I had earlier lived for two years (before the UN’s evacuation), on as needed basis. I was part of the UN’s support of the unending peace dialogues and conferences.

As I am wanting to do in many aspects of my life and shocked by the situation in Mogadishu, I thought through, planned and concluded that if Nigeria were to implode, I would choose to live in Nairobi or Accra if I must become a refugee. I enjoyed and made friends from far and wide in the city. But I knew and know that refugees have little choices. It depends on which country and/or community is willing to accept them.

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Operation Amotekun Parts 1-3

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