Monday 26 December 2016

Photo Speaks: All Shades Of 'Child Abuse'!

Pictures below show babies used as ploy for alms as seen along Lekki express way, Lagos - Nigeria, on Sunday December 25th, 2016, under the scourging sun at about 1:30 - 2 pm. 

This is obviously a specious form of "Child Abuse". 

Who own these babies and on what terms are they peharps rented out  for?. 

Why are these 'professional beggars' employing the use of minors under harsh 'working condition', imagine the scourging sun.

Is this act acceptable anywhere in the world, if not why are these women operating on most major roads with impunity?

Sunday 25 December 2016

James Ibori's Release - Nigeria's 'Distinguished Senator's' Welcome Address!

It is no longer news that ex- Delta State governor, between 1999 - 2007, James Ibori, was recently released from a U.K prison, after he was sentenced by Southwark Crown Court, London, in February 2012. 

What could be news however, was "part" of the "address" of a sitting Nigerian Senator, who identified himself as "Distinguished Senator Peter Nwoboshi"  and "a voice that speaks and Nigeria speaks",  at the welcome party organised for the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, in London, after his release from jail, where he spent four years and eight months (February 2012 - December 2016), having admitted to financial fraud. 

The dialogue below gives an analysis of that "part" of speech:

Citizen 1: Oh Boy, complements of the season, have you heard the latest news? (shakes hands)
Citizen 2: What news again, nah everyday news dey break around the world these days.
Citizen 1: Bros, you mean to tell me say you never hear say them don free Chief James Ibori???
Citizen 2: That is no news nah, wasn't it last week or so??
Citizen 3: (enters..shakes hands) Bros nah trueooo, dem don free big brossss...see as people just dey jubilate anyhow-anyhow.
Citizen 2: But dat no be news again nah, the video is all over the Internet.
Citizen 3: I don watch am, see as that man dey throw-way haillings give big go fear, power pass power nah.
Citizen 1: Really?, I haven't seen that. What and what was said???
Citizen 2: Hmmm, you mean that speech that got me embarrassed??? to imagine that people from all over the world would have seen that. How can a "sitting Senator" be so careless in his speech??
Citizen 1: Wao! what and what was said??
Citizen 3: But nah true the man yan nah, no be naija? nah so them dey do nah. Citizen 2: (cuts in) Point of correction, no be so we dey do am for Naija abeg, this particular case could be an exemption. The man was just released from prison and the radar is on him, that speech could get him into more trouble.  Citizen 1: I am confused here, what and what was said in the video???
Citizen 2: Part of the speech categorically states, and I quote. "There are many people who have been governors, who have never been opportuned to make their successors. but James Ibori made a successor. There may never be a governor in Nigeria history again who will seat in the cell or in the prison and make a governor, (claps..cheers) and there will never be a governor again in the history of Nigeria who will seat in prison and make Senator. And there may never be a governor again in the country who will seat in the cell and support a Senate president"...(someone in the crowed shouted...and make a Speaker) ..."and there have never be a governor who will seat in prison and make a Speaker of the House of ......
...."and there may never be a governor in this country who will seat in the cell or in the prison and make the daughter a member of the House of Assembly...(cheers...claps..shouts of "power pass power"). He rounded off by saying: "As a Senator I must speak, I'm a VOICE in the National Assembly".
Citizen 3: Omoo forget that thing, power pass power.
Citizen 1: That was rather careless abeg, and he addressed himself as a "Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria", and "a VOICE", who "must speak"??? Voice of WHO abeg?
Citizen 2: Now you get my point, if he made that statement on his own-behalf, I no mind. Why decide to rope the whole country into that incautious utterance??? 
Citizen 1: Abii nah drink???
Citizen 1: Nooooo, on a serious note, peharps it was uttered out of excitement.
Citizen 2: Caution my brother, caution should be the watch word. That is why as someone who occupies such an exalted position, you should always be careful with your utterances. It's not on everything you must speak, and if you must, you need to watch what you say. The country is already going through a lot, our image have been more tarnished than glorified internationally, we have been called "fantastically corrupt", and all sorts of demeaning names. We have been directly, and indirectly ridiculed by governments of both Centres and Peripheries, not because they are better than we are, but simply because we lack decorum. I wonder how these people get elected into such positions, beats my imagination. Regrettably sad.
Citizen 3: No be una elect them to dey represent??
Citizen 1: Who elected who??? them dey elect most of them???
Citizen 3: I tell you, the way some of them dey take enter that position, you go bow. Some no dey even reach their constituencies to know first- hand how things be, but the issue on ground be say: me I think say the man yan him mind.
Citizen 1: My friend keep quite if you don't have any meaningful thing to say. Why didn't he speak "his mind" as an individual, why drag the whole system into that rake-less speech Huh?, who send am??
Citizen 2: That speech could indict the whole system.
Citizen 1: Thank you, I think irrespective of the Senator's pehaps 'noble' intention, that speech can
only get the ex-governor into more trouble in the home front, and at the International terrain. I mean this is a man who needs a clean bill to start
over, peharps get involved in some "Youth
re-orientation program", where he could use the platform to channel
the Nigerian Youth, most of who really admire him, into more positive developmental programs that could, with time, give him a more appropriate
image. We all make mistakes, but the ability to face the consequence(s), if
need be, and raise above that, to become a positive force in the society is to
me, true strength.
Citizen 3:  True talk, true talk be that, so in summary, watin you dey yan so be say- big bros needs distance himself from some kain things like that. Mmm sense no go kill you sha. 

Dialogue copyright: Obianuju Mbanusi

Thursday 15 December 2016

Eyesore Along Mobile Road, Lekki!

Pile of dirt cleared out from a gutter abandoned for days now in front of an estate under construction along Mobile road, off Lekki-expressway, Lekki- Lagos.

'Horrible' is the best word that can describe this situation, the rubbish  is almost blocking off the road, with smelly faeces littered all over that segment of the road. 

Lagos State Ministry of Health, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) take note and do something about this eye-sore.

Monday 5 December 2016

Succour Atlas For Lekki Nightmarish Traffic, Need For An Alternative Beach Road!

Information disclosed on LASG Monitoring Team's Twitter handle tagged "New face Of  Lekki Roundabout" indicates that ongoing Lekki-Epe express way junction improvement project by the Lagos state government, is expected to greatly relieve commuters of the tiring drive to and fro the Lekki Peninsula axis of Lagos State. 

According to the information it takes about 15-20 mins to cross the massive roundabout junctions every morning and evenings. When completed, it is expected to take about 5 minutes to cross each junction.


Over the past 10-15 years, the Lekki Peninsula axis witnessed at first "gradual" , but recently an immense flock of people attracted to the Peninsula.


Highbrow development scheme, beautiful serviced estates, and promises of breadth taking infrastructural development


Considering this expansion plan, the rapid construction of office/ shopping malls and estates indicates that the Lekki axis will emerge the next residential and business hub of the metropolis. Highly commendable as the current efforts of the Lagos state government to ease traffic around this axis might be, a single entree/exit express-way can definitely not cater for the expected population growth. 


There is therefore the need to consider constructing an alternative 'Multiple Lane Beach Road with functional street lights', and a Rail Sub-way which will run through from Oniru in Victorian Island down to Eleko area in Ibeju Lekki, to relieve a foreseen traffic catastrophe causable by predictable colossal in-flock.

Entrance into Elegushi beach
The only escape route for commuters during heavy traffic periods at the moment is the Oniru/ Elegushi beach road with exit at 2nd Jakande gate, into the express - way.

Current state of the Elegushi beach end of the expected beach road
 Area Boys at the Jakande beach gate are not making things easy with their demand for some money from already exhausted commercial and private vehicles as a pass. 

Friday 2 December 2016

Photo Speaks: "No Beer In Heaven"!

This hilarious sign was seen on a "Beer Parlour" (Local bar) along Mobile road, off Lekki expressway, Lagos Nigeria.

What a sign.