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Snippets from the first General Assembly of the Yoruba World Congress

Snippets from the first General Assembly of the Yoruba World Congress

Yoruba Nation Beyond Nigeria

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Yesterday, February 29, 2020, I honoured with pleasure, an invitation to the first General Assembly of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC). I attach the invitation below. It was an invitation to the general Nigerian public to witness a meeting of the Yoruba nation, including and beyond the Nigerian border. The four to five hours meeting took place at the new Secretariat of the YWC on CMD road near NEPA station, Magodo Phase II. In the hall, we had approximately 75 people in attendance. Some 15 of these, including 2 very professionally senior people from Benin Republic were from the Diaspora. They came from the USA, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba/Spain and Great Britain

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George Floyd: Tirem os Pés dos Vossos Pescoços

George Floyd: Tirem os Pés dos Vossos Pescoços

Por: Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Muitos seres humanos condenam com razão a asfixia de George Floyd até o que deve ter sido uma morte dolorosa e agonizante, com ele a gritar: “Não consigo respirar” e a apelar à ajuda da sua mãe já falecida. Mas Derek Chauvin, o representante da polícia (melhor expressão do que “oficial”, que os faz sentir que estão acima das pessoas que devem servir), continuou ajoelhado a sufocar a sua presa como um leopardo faria a uma cobiçada gazela acabada de caçar. Os colegas de Derek: J. Alexander Kueng e Thomas Kiernan Lane ajudaram a conter Floyd, enquanto Tou Thao ficou de guarda a garantir que não houvesse interferência de espectadores, enquanto todos eles desfrutavam do horrível escoar da vida de George Floyd a esfumar-se durante 8 minutos e 46 segundos. George Floyd não foi o primeiro nem o último a enfrentar o “Momento George Floyd”. Em Atlanta, Rayshard Brooks enfrentou-o a 12 de Junho de 2020 e Eric Garner enfrentou-o a 17 de Julho de 2014. Também ele soluçava: “Não consigo respirar”, pois foi asfixiado por Daniel Pantaleo em Nova Iorque.

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George Floyd : Retirez leurs pieds de vos cous

George Floyd : Retirez leurs pieds de vos cous

Par : Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph. D

De nombreux êtres humains condamnent à juste titre l’asphyxie de George Floyd : ceci a dû être une mort douloureuse et atroce puisqu’il criait : « j’étouffe » en lançant un appel au secours à sa défunte mère. Mais Derek Chauvin, le fonctionnaire de police (appellation plus appropriée que celle “d’officier de police”, laquelle appellation donne au fonctionnaire une impression de supériorité par rapport à ceux-là au service desquels ils sont censés être), a maintenu son genou comme pour étouffer la proie du jour, à l’instar d’un léopard qui étoufferait une gazelle, précieuse prise de l’heure ! Les collègues de Derek : J. Alexander Kueng et Thomas Kiernan Lane ont aidé à retenir Floyd, tandis que Tou Thao montait la garde pour empêcher toute interférence de la part des spectateurs. Ils ont tous pris plaisir à l’horrible extinction de la vie de George Floyd ; un supplice qui a duré 8 longues minutes et 46 secondes. George Floyd n’était ni le premier ni le dernier à être confronté au “moment George Floyd”. À Atlanta, Rayshard Brooks l’a subi le 12 juin 2020, et Eric Garner le 17 juillet 2014. Lui aussi avait crié « j’étouffe » pendant que Daniel Pantaleo l’asphyxiait à New York.

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Covid-19, an Eightieth Birthday and Politics in Nigeria

Covid-19, an Eightieth Birthday and Politics in Nigeria

By: Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

July 3, 2020 was the 80th birthday anniversary of Prof. Adebola Kukoyi. The Yoruba or better still, the Ijebu sub-group, tended to have loud “owambe” (literally: it’s there i.e., the party is rich in all respects: attendance, loud live-bands, food and drinks, elegant competitive dressing: including in uniformed fabric with diverse designs), to mark landmark birthdays.

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George Floyd: Yank Their Feet Off Your Necks

George Floyd: Yank Their Feet Off Your Necks

By: Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Many human beings are rightly condemning the asphyxiation of George Floyd to death over what must have been a painful and agonizing death as he shouted: “I can’t breathe” and called on his dead mum to help out. But Derek Chauvin, the police official (better expression than “officer”, which makes them feel they are on top of people they are to serve), held on with his knees chocking his catch of the day like a leopard would do to a prized gazelle just caught. Derek’s colleagues: J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Kiernan Lane helped restrain Floyd, while Tou Thao stood guard and ensured no interference by bystanders as they all enjoyed the gruesome snuffing of life out of George Floyd that dragged on for 8 minutes, 46 seconds. George Floyd was neither the first nor the last to face the “George Floyd Moment”. In Atlanta, Rayshard Brooks faced it on June 12, 2020 and so did Eric Garner on July 17, 2014. He also had cried: “I can’t breathe” as he got asphyxiated by Daniel Pantaleo in New York.

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Covid-19 and Mallam Abba Kyari

 

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Covid-19 and Mallam Abba Kyari

Its family name is Coronavirus. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), gave its first name as Covid-19. The name is realized from an amalgamation of letters “co” from corona; “vi” from virus and letter “d” from disease. And since the assumption was that the mutation from bat to human or if you like from a lab (I hesitate to say which lab as we do not know many things as at today), took place in 2019, the last two figures of the year got added. Voila, Covid-19!

Today, knowledge on the index case on planet Earth is less crucial in comparison to finding ameliorative life-saving answers. Viruses have always lived with human beings and unlike bacteria, humans have not found ways to cure viruses with exception of vaccines to incapacitate them. The immune system naturally fights off viruses. Opportunistic diseases kill when viruses attack humans and the immune  system meant to fight diseases is compromised hence unable to fight it off. Cor Covid-19,  a vaccine is being sought but probably not realizable until 12 months from now at the earliest.

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Free download of Babafemi Badejo’s new book analyzing Operation Amotekun: “Rethinking Security Initiatives in Nigeria”

We are very happy to announce the unveiling of our latest published book titled: Rethinking Security Initiatives in Nigeria, written by Dr. Babafemi A. Badejo, published by Yintab Books, a subsidiary of Yintab Limited.

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A deep insight and critical analysis of Operation Amotekun and the Nigerian Security framework from the Author and views from other experts.

The book, being borne out of a passionate response to current Socio-political development, calls attention to the need to re-examine Nigeria’s failing security architecture, towards effective initiatives. There is no better time to ponder on the subject of Security in Nigeria, than now.

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Dr Babafemi Badejo wades into CJN trial calling on Nigerians to be dispassionate but factual on the issue

Following the recent CCT trial of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen on accounts of non declaration of assets, a lot of controversies have surrounded the issue.

Multilateral diplomat and lawyer, Dr Babafemi Badejo shared his thoughts on the issue on the Nationonline.ng news published on 17th January calling on Nigerians to approach the issue, speaking to the facts.

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Courtesy Call on Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga

On the 21st of June 2017, the CEO of Yintab Strategy Consults, Dr. Babafemi Badejo paid a courtesy call on presidential candidate Raila Amollo Odinga, an illustrious son of Africa and former Prime Minister of Kenya whose biography he had written in 2006. Musalia Mudavadi, former Vice President and former Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya on the left and Farah Maalim, former Deputy Speaker of Kenya, (in a campaign hat he much like), both Principals of the National Super Alliance were in attendance. He also definitely and emphatically wish Kenya the best choice this time around.

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