Women Must Be Allowed To Make Their Own Choices- El Rufai

The Wife of the Kaduna State Governor Mrs Hadiza El Rufai has emphasized the importance of empowering women in the society to make their own choices as it concerns their life. This in her view is the core of feminism. Mrs El Rufai made this disclosure in Ibadan recently at the book reading and signing event of her book titled the Abundance of Scorpion.
The event which was held at the premises of the Booksellers Limited, Ibadan and was anchored by popular Ibadan On Air Personality Ronke Giwa Onafuwa had in attendance people from all works of life.

She objected to the prevailing radical view of feminism that abounds in the society among younger women and advocated for the ability of women to make their own choices. According to her, “You can be a feminist and be a house wife because that is your choice. It is the choice you have made. I think what a lot of feminist are against is somebody else controlling their own choices maybe a father, a brother, or a father figure telling them what to do and what not to do. You should be able to make your own choices in life. So if you choose to be a full time house wife, it is fine”
She however cautions that it is important that a woman has a source of livelihood independent of her husband income as insurance for future unforeseen circumstances. “I believe that even if you are a woman that has a very caring and supportive husband as a good provider, I think it is important for you to have something of your own; to have some form of financial independence. It might not be as much as what your husband has but what is yours is yours.”

This reality is very much represented in the Book “The Abundance of Scorpion”
The book which is her first is existential piece of work, though fictional, that x-rays the travails of women in the society and the crisis and challenges they face especially after the demise of the husband or the ‘father of the House’.
The book was read and reviewed to positive and vibrant reviews by people present who showered accolades on her for taken out time to impart the society and boost literary activities especially among the women folk.
Mrs Hadiza El Rufai underscored the fact that it took her five years to complete the book amid personal and political challenges. She noted that she was inspired by her daughter, who took time to vet and critique the book while she was writing. She however lost her to the cold hands of death before the completion of the book. This according to her further inspired her to form a foundation in her name through which the young girl child her inspired to write and most importantly get educated in preparations for future life challenges.
Speaking with our correspondent after the event, she reiterated the importance of educating the girl child as the only viable means to overcome the societal bottlenecks that prevent the women folk from achieving their dreams and desires. According to her, “The most important thing is education. Education takes care of almost everything. When you get more educated you are aware of your rights, you know you have more choices in life. I think it is very important to educate the girl child.”

On the religious cum ethnic violence that recently engulfed Kaduna State, she emphasized the importance of tolerance among the various groups. She underlined how challenging the crisis has been for the husband the governor of Kaduna State Mallam Nasir El Rufai and hope the measure put in place by the governor will help forestall further occurrence.
“It has been quite challenging, but I think the governor is up to the task. I believe that these things will come to an end finally. This crisis has been going on for years and I think the way we have been handling is not the best way. I hope and I think the change in the way it is being handled now will give a better result.”

2019 Elections: Issue of Additional 5000 voting points in Oyo State is Fake News – Mutiu Agboke,REC,Oyo State

In a bid to enhance and promote voters education and awareness towards the forthcoming 2019 general elections, the Oyo state Independent Electoral Commission INEC in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency NOA on Tuesday invited all stakeholders in the electoral process to an Enlarged Stakeholders Election Summit.

The summit which was tagged Towards credible 2019 General Election and Civil Campaign, was held at the Bashorun Hall of the Civic Centre located at Idi Ape in Ibadan, had in attendance INEC Officials led by the Oyo state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barr Mutiu Agboke, his counterpart at the National Orientation Agency, the State Director Mrs Dolapo Dosumu, the Nigeria Police Force, Oyo state led by the Commisioner of Police Mr Abodun Odude, NSCDC officials, Customs and other security apparatus in the state. Also present were the various political parties in the state and candidates and representatives for different political positions in the state as well as members of the public.

The event was also aimed at sensitizing the populace about the menace and problems of vote buying, before and during the elections. The stakeholders were also prepared towards guarding against fake news that could truncate the credibility of the electioneering process.

The special guest at the event Chief Lekan Alabi advised the electorate as well as the politicians to conduct themselves appropriately and avoid inciting violence in the polity. He also admonished the people to vote in leaders that would enhance their living conditions and not sell their votes for peanuts so as to fast track the growth and development of the state.

 Also, Alh. Waheed Oyewole bemoans the poverty of ideas that is common among political leaders and advised the people to vote based on who they think has ideas that can transform their lives.

The Commissioner of police in the state  Mr Abiodun Odude, emphasized the readiness of the Police force and other security apparatus in the state towards enabling a free, fair and credible elections while promising to uphold the dictates of the law before during and after the coming general elections.

The Independent national electoral commission, through its admin secretary, Mr Daniel Asemo seized the occasion of the event to enlighten the electorate about the electoral process. He admonished politicians to make their campaign issues based while warning that state apparatus should not be used to against the oppositions as equal opportunity especially in the media should be allowed. Furthermore the electorates were charged to take good care of their voter’s card and avoid defacing it especially its ‘Antenna’, so that the card readers would readily identify them during the elections.

The Gubernatorial candidates of the various political parties were given the platform to air their views and questions on the forthcoming electioneering process which begins on the 18th of November. They all expressed satisfaction and appreciation for the Summit so organized. Mr Taiwo Otegbeye of the Providence Peoples’ Congress (PPC) sought clarification on the alleged new 5620 polling point created by INEC and charged the Police force to help check the case of vote buying during elections.

Responding to the various questions, especially the issue of the over 5000 voting points, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barr Mutiu Agboke debunked the existence of such polling points as Fake news and nonexistent. He thereafter clarified that what the polling points were ‘an extension’ of the polling units. According to him, each polling unit can only accommodate a total of 750 people. The polling points were therefore created to accommodate the excess number of persons in each polling units so as not to disenfranchise the electorate during elections.

He also admonished the people to stay positive about the forthcoming electoral process and stop insinuating and imagining non-existent scenarios, promising that the forthcoming elections will be far better than what has been in the past.

 Other gubernatorial candidates who attended the summit are Abiodun Bamgboye of Socialist Party of Nigeria, Ojo Olayinka Kayode National Interest Party, Olatunji Sodiq Atayese of Labour party, Senator Monsurat Sumonu representing Oyo Central,

Lessons From The Grand Celebration Of Ibadan Boys High School 80th Anniversary

In the colonial period, history has it that some Ibadan chiefs had a meeting with the District Officer and in the course of the meeting during which they (chiefs) reeled out projects that they embarked upon. While this goes on at every mention of a project, the district officer would nod in appraisal, good, good (7x) yeah yeah (6x). The Ibadan chiefs came back with the tales of how the Oyinbo did Seven(7) goods and Six(6) yeahs. (gudugudu meje, yaya mefa)
This was exactly the story of the Old boys Association of the Ibadan Boys High School at the just concluded 80th anniversary celebration.

The Eightieth anniversary of The Ibadan Boys High School has come and gone but the memory will live long for a long time. The pomp and pageantry that greeted the event, the conviviality, the re-union, the euphoria, the nostalgia and the pleasure of meeting old longtime friends and classmates may have fizzled out in the event of overriding activities and the prevailing socio political currents in the country, but the lessons learnt from this great experience will definitely live with us for the foreseeable future. Indeed there are lessons to learn.
It was indeed a spectacle to behold as the activities marking the 80th anniversary celebration kicked off on Thursday running through Saturday with a plethora of activities much to the benefit of the students who, as you can visibly notice were super excited to have the Old boys around. For them, it was Christmas come early.
The event came to its crescendo on Saturday, the grand finale, as the old boys in their different princely robes greeted the premises with so much excitement, the joy of reuniting with old folks, the nostalgia of reminiscing old memories lodged in their subconscious, memories of life and times in the hallowed institutions.

Leading the throng of old boys is the National President Ibadan Boys High School Old Boys Association, the eminent industrialist Chief Bode Amoo OON who in conjunction with other old students commissioned a host of projects embarked upon by different sets of old boys in commemoration of the 80th anniversary.
The first sign of CHANGE and impression of celebration is the imposing and magnificent school gate which boldly and warmly invites one into the precinct of the institution. The once rough muddy compound has being transformed into a finely interlocked surface that nicely complements the all-white uniform of the students. A newly commissioned beautiful bust of the founder of the school Chief T. L Oyesina greets your presence as you walk down the premises. Aside the side attractions of fanfare, the old boys really gave back to the school that gave them so much in their formative years. Majority of the projects commissioned were remarkably towards the intellectual and academic enhancement of the students of the school.

Aside the refurbishment of the various laboratories namely: Biology, Chemistry and Physics Laboratories, there were new Electronic Libraries; there are also conventional library and newly acquired books and educational materials by the Old Boys for the benefit of the students.
Kudos must be given to the leadership of the Old Boys Association led by Chief Bode Amoo and Otunba Reuben Famuyibo as well as the Principal of the school, Alhaji. Abubakar Olasupo who is also an old student for coordinating, Organizing and planning the various projects commissioned through the contributions of the Old Boys.
While we continue to laud the Old Boys for their contributions to the academic and intellectual development of their alma mater, this celebrations call for deeper reflection on a broader perspective – the state of our education sector and what would have been if old students could contribute to the infrastructural and academic development of their various alma mater.
The deplorable situation of our institutions of learning is all clear for all to see. This in no small way has virtually affected the quality of our education. The rot in our education system is ubiquitous, from dilapidated classrooms and school infrastructure to the poorly equipped library facilities, to poor quality, redundant and uninspiring performance of teachers.
Governments at all levels have been and are being complicit in the rots in the educations system. However while the negligence over the years. However, it is good to extend the drag net of blame to all stakeholders in this most important sector of our society; old students inclusive. While the Government will more often than not take the lion share of the blame, if all relevant stakeholders can also always contribute their own quota to the development of this all important sector, perhaps the current state would have been non-existent.
Therefore, it is important for all old students of various institutions to take a cue from the old boys of Ibadan boys’ high school in contributing their quota to the development of their alma mater in the infrastructural development, the academic and integral development of the students.
Many would argue that So much ‘burden’ has been imposed on the head of government who true to its statutory duties should oversee these institutions of learning. Some would argue that the level of corruption and mismanagement by the relevant stakeholders have left these institutions in Limbo, but the various stakeholders; parents and old student in a more ways than one can collaboration with the government can resuscitate these institutions and perhaps return them to their glory days if not to further their growth and development.
Old student can contribute to student’s welfare and educational advancement through the offering of scholarships to indigent students and the brilliant students can benefit from their brilliance by getting bursary and other incentives. This can be practiced at all tiers of our education system; primary, secondary as well as tertiary.
In this part of the world, we seem to lack the culture of giving back to the society. Only a handful of Nigerians have actually contributed towards the infrastructural and academic growth of their alma mater and the society at large. Advanced countries have a system whereby rich and wealthy individuals in the society enhance educational advancement by contributing a portion of their fortunes to a school or institutions within their society. These individuals often create a seat in the institutions of learning and through that aids, funds and grants are disbursed toward the promotion of research and learning and research. Many of our scholars and luminaries in Nigeria are beneficiaries of this largesse.

The Old Boys of Ibadan Boys High Schools deserve some accolades for organizing themselves in such a way that such lofty projects could be executed effectively. History will definitely be kind to them and Chief T.L Oyesina could only smile at them in appreciation for building on what he founded, thereby becoming collaborators in the bold dreams of achieving quality education for the citizens of Ibadan.
Reports and Photographs by Victor Alagogooko for IbadanCity ANNOUNCER

APC PRIMARY FALLOUT: Shittu Winds Down Buhari/Osibajo 2019 South West Regional Campaign Office

Uncertainties hover around the political future of the embattled Minister for Communications, Barrister Abebayo Shittu and his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari as the building housing the Buhari /Osibajo Dynamic Group Regional Campaign Office for the coming 2019 election has been put up for rent.

The office building located along the Mokola-Sango road Ibadan was commissioned with funfair after a well-attended event at the International Conference Center, University Of Ibadan in December 2017 with the intention of being the Southwest Zonal Campaign office for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming 2019 general elections.


The building also doubles as his Ministerial Constituency Office, touted as the first of its kind in Nigeria.

It will be recalled that in December 2017 the building was opened leading to speculations that it would in fact be the new APC secretariat in the state in an apparent bid to hijack the political structure in the state under the incumbent Governor, Sen Abiola Ajimobi.

According to our source, “Adebayo Shittu will be the first Minister in the history of Nigeria to have a Ministerial Office where people of the state he represents can get firsthand information on all his activities as minister” the source said

“The building will also serve as the zonal office of Buhari- Osinbajo Support Group, people from all walks of life working for Mr. President 2nd term agenda. Members of the group from Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos and Ondo will have their meetings here to support Buhari-Osinbajo and the All Progressive Congress Party”

There were indications however that the building was part of his grand plan and initiative towards achieving his ambition of becoming the Governor of Oyo state.

However things may have begun to unravel for Adebayo Shittu shortly before the APC governorship primary as news broke about his failure to embark on the mandatory one year National Youth Service Scheme.

The discovery made by available by Premium Times seems to have been the last straw against his political ambition as he failed on multiple occasions to justify his non-participation in the NYSC scheme. Adebayo Shittu was subsequently disqualified from contesting the primaries by the National leadership of the All Progressives congress.

Barrister Adebayo Shittu who is considered a loyalist of the President, especially considering their political relationship under the platform of Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) ,may just be hanging by a thread on his ministerial appointment as Minister for Communications following the NYSC scandal and the recent development only further fuel the speculations that all is not well with their relationship.


Already, the once imposingly beautiful edifice is giving up its radiance due to apparent signs of neglect. The immediate environment of the fenced building has become bushy and shrubs and trees have also overtaken the premises. Residents around have also taken the advantage of the bushy compound to dump refuse into the premises.

Reports by Victor Alagogooko and Photograph by Adefarati Abiodun

Nigeria First World Cup Goal Scorer, Rashidi Yekini’s Home turns Den Of Criminals, Reptiles!

On the 23rd of October the World Football Governing Body FIFA alerted our consciousness to the 55th posthumous birthday of the Nigerian and indeed world soccer legend Rashidi Yekini. The tweet reads “Rashidi Yekini, scorer of @NGSuperEagles’s first goal at the #WorldCup, would have been 55 today. The celebration from Nigeria’s record goal scorer will live in World Cup folklore.”
We are not bothered however that the Nigerian Football Federation could not honour him with at least a tweet in a remembrance. It goes to show how much we value our legends and those who have sacrificed so much for the game. So much has been said about the treatment meted out to legends such as Sam Okwaraji, and the likes that put in sweat and blood to put Nigeria on the world football map. What is of pride however is that even if “the prophet is not appreciated in his own town” the prophet is honoured and venerated outside the shores of his land. Clubs that Rashidi Yekini played for, in Ivory Coast and in Portugal (Victoria Setubal) have done their bits to engrave his name in the history of their clubs.
For the millennials who wonder who Rashidi Yekini is or was and what is the fuss about him?. Rashidi Yekini is the first ever goal scorer for Nigeria at the FIFA world cup (who can ever forget that celebration). He is also the highest goal scorer for Nigeria in our footballing history with a total of 37 goals.
Six years after his death, and the occasion of his birthday affords us the unique opportunity to beam our light on this “indispensable” most prolific goal scorer in the history of Nigerian football, we are yet to find his replacement.
Our correspondent paid a visit to the home of the soccer idol. His home is situated at Oni and Sons children hospital area, Off Ring Road Ibadan. To the chagrin of our correspondent, what is left of the buildings left so much to be desired. It is an embarrassment. The home of the soccer icon has become the home of snakes and a hideout for criminals.
From the outside, passerby can easily notice the bushy compound, the paints peeling off of the walls and the rusty padlock on the entrance gate, a sign that it has not been opened for a very long time. Some of the louvers are broken, while part of the roofing sheets have been removed and not replaced.
The gangling striker bought his home comprises of 3 different buildings spreading within the big compound shortly before the 1994 world cup and lived in there before he was forcefully moved out of the place for reason still unknown which led to his untimely death under a very curious circumstance yet to be fully explained by all actors


It appears that just as Rashidi Yekini was abandoned and left uncared for prior to his death is the same way the property in which he lived during his life time is being left uncared for. What a shame!
Despite the home sitting very next to the home of a prominent Ibadan business man and leader, the building is overgrown with grass and the structure already showing signs of dilapidation after many years of neglect. Why so?
Speaking with some neighbours within the vicinity, our correspondent gathered that the building has become a source of disagreement between family members and the daughters of the late footballer. According to them, while the family members want the property sold and the money shared among themselves, the children of Rashidi Yekini intend to convert the edifice into a museum and a historical monument where people can come to and see things belonging to the late icon just the children of fela Kuti did.
While this imbroglio continues, the property has become a cause of concern to neighbors and residents of the area. Some neighbors noted that dangerous reptiles have occupied the property to their (residents) detriment as snakes of different sizes and names have used the property as their abode. These, they say continually endanger their lives. Also they alleged that criminal minded individuals and miscreants have turn the place to hideout and meeting place further endangering the lives of the residents in the area. The landlords in the area have also expressed their displeasure at the security threat that the building now poses to those living within the environment.
It is noteworthy that his building painted mostly in white colours stand out uniquely among other buildings in the neighborhood due to its unkempt status.
With this development it is highly essential that the government steps in. Not only in a bid to honour the late footballer who gave everything for the country but much more for the safety and security of lives and properties of the residents in the environment.
An icon of the status of Rashidi Yekini deserves much more respect even in death than in life. His building carries a lot of history; history that deserves to be preserved. It is therefore highly suggested that government takes over the property and makes it a museum or state or national monument in honour of the soccer icon. This would be in accordance with the wishes of the soccer icon’s children.
In the first place, the neglect that the building currently endures is a de-service to the memory of a hero and eye sore to the environment. We cannot state enough the security implications that have been stressed above.
There is the benefit of preserving the history of the man behind the property and in a way generate revenue to the coffers of the government. The edifice can be turned into a recreational centre for children as it is even located close to the Oni and Sons children Hospital.
With the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (Liberty) stadium also a stone throw away from the property, the edifice can be made as a base for up and coming footballing talents to house and groom them into many more Rashidi Yekinis
There is a need for a re-examination of the way and manner we treat our heroes. This will go a long way in determining if we will have other heroes who will be ready to sacrifice their lives for the nation and the people.
The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain.

PICTURE TAKEN 09/09/2016

Reports by Victor Alagogooko and Photos by Kunle Omoniyi for IbadanCity ANNOUNCER