Who should we invest on – private citizens or privileged few?


Two well known figures passed away within 24 hours of eachother. One was born into privilege and has been in charge of looking after ‘his people’ for over 50 years. This was Emir of Kano Alhaji Dr. Ado Abdullahi Bayero, 84 years old by the time of his passing. He was flown out of the country in February this year to London, for medical treatment. His ill health was publicised on media briefly and a handful of people sent their well wishes to him. He later passed away on Friday June 06 2014 in Nigeria.

I have a fond memory of my visit to the Emir’s palace and plenty of photos to show for it. However, each time I thought about this trip I always have puzzling questions – why are those kids not in school in the middle of the day? The Emir was an educated man, were his sons also…

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  1. The answer to the main question is apparent but unfortunately, things are so warped in Nigeria because of corruption that rich people who do not deserve further breaks get all the advantages.

    It would be a shame, though, if the Ife Monarch would not see the need to amend his ways and do some patch-patch(!) work of reaching out to his neighbors at Modakeke before departing this world. I do not know what – if anything – he has gained from the turmoil over the decades but I do know he has lost a lot: Sir Adesoji’s name lives on.

    Thanks for these history-based postings that educate even those of us Yoruba who know much less than your first-hand knowledge, and for educating others who may learn here for the first time that vestiges of the Yoruba’s age of fratricidal wars of the 18th and 19th centuries still remain.

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    • Thank you for the comment.

      That is one of the things that I still don’t get – The old man (Oba Okunade) is missing out on good name big time.
      The irony is that Ile Ife is supposed to be the cradle of Yorubaland, so much for the adage Oruko rere san ju wura ati fadaka lo’ – good name is better than gold and silver.


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