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Another Nigerian Tale

Another Nigerian Tale

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

When I read accounts on how Nigeria is lagging behind on infrastructural development, I always marvel. A drive to and beyond Nigeria’s Kirikiri: Medium, Female and Maximum Prisons clearly demonstrate the rot on infrastructure. Prisons, an essential part of rule of law need not be a punishment institution. At the UN, the spirit is more of correction/rehabilitation of human beings to return to being full human beings and not wild animals.

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Africa Avoids Accountability on Panama Papers

Africa Avoids Accountability on Panama Papers

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Indeed, there is quite an expanse of ocean separating the tiny country of República de Panamá (Panama) from the African continent. It is safe to say that many, in fact, most Africans are unaware of Panama, a little stretch of land joining Central and South America, with a population of 4 million people.

Some Africans may have learnt in school about the Panama Canal built over a ten-year period by the American Military Corps of Engineers from 1904. The Canal provides an artificial invaluable linkage of the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.

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Kenya: A Plea for Peace Re-Run Presidential Election in October 2017

Kenya: A Plea for Peace
Re-Run Presidential Election in October 2017

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Two watershed events happened in the recent history of Kenya: the elections of August 8, 2017 and the subsequent annulment of the Presidential Election on September 1, 2017.
Ordinarily, these seem innocuous but anybody conversant with the realities on the ground in Kenya would be concerned, hence the need to call for peace in the build-up to the repetition of the Presidential Elections in less than 60 days and immediately after. The travails and trials experienced in watering the soil of democracy should not always be with the blood of the people of Kenya.

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A Plea for Peace in Kenya 

 

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2018 Nelson Mandela Day

2018 Nelson Mandela Day

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

It is known all over the world that today, July 18, 2018, is Nelson Mandela international day. The UN General Assembly had in November 2009 passed a resolution recognizing Madiba’s birthday as an international event. It was not meant to be a holiday though. In addition, today marks the centenary of the birth of the icon.

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2018 Nelson Mandela Day

 

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Snippets from Memorial Symposium for Prof. Adebayo Adedeji

Snippets from Memorial Symposium for Prof. Adebayo Adedeji

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

July 7, 2018 marked the grande finale of the celebration of the life of Prof. Adebayo Adedeji, this time with a memorial symposium on “Africa’s development agenda: Lessons from the Adebayo Adedeji years and policy options for the 21st century”. The symposium took place at the opulent Radisson Blu, Ikeja, Lagos. Radisson Blu is a brand I like. I had stayed in many around the world including the other two in Nigeria on V.I and Abeokuta. But this really posh one does not come cheap. It has panache. Interestingly, memorial symposium took place in the Awolowo room.

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Snippets from Memorial Symposium for Prof Adedeji 

    

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Snippets from the Magodo Associates Symposium

Snippets from the Magodo Associates Symposium

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

On May 3, 2018 the symposium I had joined others in planning within the Executive of Magodo Associates took place. Magodo Associates, a civil society group currently made up of former and serving intellectuals from the University of Lagos and other experts within in Lagos, has been in existence for over 10 years, see www.magodoassociates.org

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The Annual Şęnrolu Day in Odoşęnlu

The Annual Şęnrolu Day in Odoşęnlu

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Upon landing from Addis Ababa on Good Friday, April 19, 2019, I drove from the airport to my roots-Odoşęnlu. In Nigeria, we wrongly place emphasis on place of origin as opposed to residence. Many civic forms demand this information and it used to be the basis for any stake in the larger system. Though the relevance of place of origin is reducing, it is still very much there. So, we tend to have attachment to where our great, great grandfathers or simply put our lineage is. Hence, Odoşęnlu is where I have my country home. It is where I am also a Prince.

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The annual Şęnrolu Day in Odoşęnlu 

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The Corrupt and Elite Animals of Nigeria

The Corrupt and Elite Animals of Nigeria

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

There is an irony about Nigeria. One only needs to shout: “thief, thief, thief”, in an attempt to apprehend an alleged petty thief, and in no time, a mob surfaces capture the individual. The alleged thief, whether male or female, is hounded by the mob and receives instant justice, without a trial. In some cases, irrespective of gender, petty thieves are forcibly undressed with accompanying violent kicks and slaps by a blood hungry mob. If the police delay in showing up and/or there is no voice of authority (whether as a result of age or public office) to restrain such mobs, dis-used motor tyres and petrol are procured to deliver instant death penalty without due process on a petty thief.

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The Human Side of Kofi Annan

The Human Side of Kofi Annan

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

I knew Kofi Annan has to die. Somehow, I never thought it would be this early for him. More so, when we were only told that it was after a brief illness. Brief illness for a great African, one of the best human beings, sounds strange for an eighty-year-old with access to the very best medical intervention possible on earth. I had thought he could have gone on for as long as Madiba did.

I would be stupid to want to analyse on the great deeds of Kofi Annan that altered the strategic framework of our world. I will not be exhaustive even in a thousand-page volume on Kofi at the UN and on our planet earth.

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The Politicization of the Request for World Bank’s Prioritization of Boko Haram infested Part of Nigeria

The Politicization of the Request for World Bank’s Prioritization of Boko Haram infested Part of Nigeria

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

I worked for the UN on the conflict in divided Somalia from 1993-2006. The division in that country was palpable in the city of Mogadishu that was, at the beginning of the conflict, divided between General Mohamed Farah Aidid in the South claiming to be President and businessman Mr. Ali Mahdi Mohamed in the North of the same city, also claiming to be President of the country. Both were from the Hawiye clan of the Somali set-up. I worked on both sides of Mogadishu and moved across the green line day-in day-out. Each move, I had many Guards in 3 SUVs with 12 AK-47s (standard UN protocol for such moved), ready to fight to protect the clans’ UN rented SUVs and not myself as I was initially made to believe. However, protecting the vehicles should be seen as protecting the occupants. The reality only comes during any attempt to loot one vehicle. But this is not at issue today as it should be explored elsewhere.

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The Politicization of the Request for World Bank

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