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How to tackle corruption

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Book title: Anatomy of Corruption in Nige
ria: Issues, Challenges and
Solutions
Editor: Yusuf O. Ali, S.A.N.
Pages: 468
Reviewer: Seyi Shodipo

This book ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’ by Yusuf O. Ali, SAN, is a master piece that must be read. I read through from chapter one to the last chapter and could not see a chapter that is not useful to all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.

The inspiration behind writing this book is superb as all the contributors wield words together to tackle the menace of corruption, which has eaten deep into the fabric of the nation’s social, political, cultural and religious lives which calls for questions on the moral rectitude of the institutions of governance in Nigeria.

As the editor and author aptly put it in the preface of the book, “Together, we have set out to answer the questions posed by corruption. We have not only dealt with the subject of corruption in full, we also proceeded to proffer suggestions towards finding solution on how to tackle and eradicate the menace”.

Yusuf Ali, SAN, equally described corruption as hydra-headed monster, which has ravaged our country, Nigeria.

The scholastic endeavour can change the socio-cultural milieu of all Nigerians if all the remedies provided by these contributors can be put into practice.

In fact, I am the better for it, when I browse through the book extensively during my study hour. In the first chapter of the book, Yusuf Ali delves into definition of corruption and its various species like breach of trust, nepotism, influence peddling and so on; and equally states the causes and the historical background of corruption in Nigeria and the way forward on this endemic disease.

In the concluding part of chapter one, I quite agree with the author that the truth seems to remain that however comprehensive law enforcement agencies may be, whatever fear factor law agencies may deploy as weapon in the anticorruption warfare, the principal weapon against corruption is people with high personal moral standard and a disdain for crass materialism.

Chapter 4 deals with the role of the youth in combating the monster called corruption.

This, the author says, the parents and guardians must be role models in all they do. Chapter 5 of the book deals with the fight against corruption which he looked at from the perspective of sharia law as a model to suppress corruption in Nigeria.

Chapter 6 is a comprehensive examination of the issue of corruption vis-avis the role of the Bar and how it can be combated using the law to forestall sanity in the country, Nigeria.

The two preceding chapters are what the various political parties in Nigeria have done in the fight against corruption in Nigeria by setting up various anti-graft agencies and whether these agencies are independent or not. Chapters 9 and 11 deal with the challenges of sectional fight against corruption in Nigeria and legislative advocacy to combat corruption, respectively.

The final part of the book is a critical thrust on how corruption can be seriously dealt with in Nigeria.

This, the writer says, “Concerned patriots must search for ways of taming corruption before it brings the nation to a calamitous disintegration”. The book, ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’ is a critical view of the author on corruption, an issue that must be tackled headlong if we are as a nation.

The book does not only discuss the problems, it also to proffer some solutions and recommendations, which if some are strictly adhered to, will make Nigeria better than we have met it. In conclusion, this scholastic endeavor, ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’, by Yusuf Ali, must not be judged by its cover as its thematic concern is a serious discourse that must not be toyed with looking at the state of things in this nation.

Yusuf Ali is seen here taking a cursory look at his environment and thought that one of the ways to checkmate corruption in Nigeria is by putting pen to paper and discuss the issue and proffer some reasonable recommendations to all and sundry. Yusuf O. Ali, SAN is a consummate legal practitioner and teacher of the law practice with experience spanning more than three decades.

He attended the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) for his first degree and graduated with a second class upper division in 1982. He also made a second class in the class of 1983 in the Nigeria law school. He went back to the institution for his master of law degree in 1991.

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BBNaija 2018: I only had one-night stand with you – Rapper, CDQ Olowo replies Ifu Ennada

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Nigerian entertainer, CDQ Olowo, has responded to Big Brother Naija’s housemate, Ifu Ennada, saying he only had a one-night-stand with her.

Yesterday, Ifu Ennada had called out the popular rapper, accusing him of dumping her after sacrificing so much for his music career.

She claimed the singer forgot about her after attaining stardom.

According to Ifu Ennada, she was just 17 when she “sponsored” CDQ, gave him money meant for her handouts, school fees, and also gave him tickets to VIP event. Only for her to be used and dumped.

She said it was not about the money but about the sacrifices she made for him.

But reacting to Ifu’s claim, the musician described her as a one-night-stand, asking her to seek for promo the right way instead of talking “bullsh*t.

CDQ Olowo wrote on his Instagram, “I’m a self made. Dm or contact my management if you need free promo not by saying bullshit (sic).

“You were just a one night stand.”

 

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BBNaija: Efe blasts Nigerians who regret voting for him

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Winner of last year’s Big Brother Naija, Efe Ejeba, has lashed out at Nigerians who say they regret voting for him.

Efe, who has ventured into music since the show ended, took to his Twitter page to blast fans who have been criticizing his songs from the EP, ‘AmSorryAmWinning’.

He wrote: “For all those saying they regret voting for me, i entertained you and your money expired the day the show ended. #AmSorryAmWinningEp

“Thank you to those who have been 1000% with me from day one… your genuine support has kept me thus far through God’s grace… keep supporting the music… so we keep winning… #AmSorryAmWinningEp”

Efe won the coveted N25million prize money and an SUV after three months in the Big Brother house.

 

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Banky W shutdown EME, re-brands record label

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Pop artiste Bankole Wellington (aka Banky W), has announced the rebranding of his record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.).

E.M.E. was the starting record label for popular names in the music industry including Wizkid, Skales and Niyola.

He said the E.M.E is now a full-fledged Media Agency which will focus on creative Marketing, Advertising, PR, Brand Events/Activation’s, and talent management.

The singer on Tuesday shared the news in a two-part Instagram post via his account @bankywellington, where he recounted the history of the label and the decision to redefine it.

After nine years of operation in Nigeria’s music industry, the singer and actor said it became necessary to shutdown the label in January 2017, due to the restructuring.

According to him, E.M.E.’s business venture will now be marketing, advertising, public relations, branding, shooting of television commercials and documentaries.

He also added that the agency is not restricted to music artists, but will also cater for creative people in other areas such as sports, radio and television; and acting.

Banky W named his wife Adesua Etomi, DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Host of the BBNaija 2018 `Double Wahala’ TV show and Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru as the first set of clients of the rebranded company.

He wrote: “We have played our little part in helping discover/boost the careers of a number of talents in the music business (some of your favourite artists, producers and engineers).

“In January, 2017, after nine years of being in the Nigerian music industry, we decided it was time to quietly close the record label arm of our business.

“Essentially, we have restricted our business and instead of operating just as a record label, we have expanded and changed our focus a bit.

“This switch in focus has been amazing and fulfilling behind the scenes, we have been able to impact the launching and marketing of a number of brands and companies the way we did artists.

“But even in the talent management side, we are no longer restricted to working with just music artists.

“We still work with musicians, but also work with On Air Personalities, actors, and evaluating sports management as well.’’

E.M.E. was founded by Banky W and his best friend, Tunde Demuren in 2002 while they were at the university in New York.

Wizkid reportedly parted ways with E.M.E in February 2013, to start his own label ‘Starboy’.

Skales also moved on from E.M.E. following the expiration of his contract.

The label was best known for its 2013 compilation album ‘Empire Mates State of Mind’.

(NAN)

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