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OLUSEGUN ADENIYI’S AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY – A CRITICAL REVIEW.

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THE twelve chapters book, ‘Against the Run of Play – How an incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria’ – is the latest attempt by Olusegun Adeniyi to chronicle how Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was upended in the 2015 presidential election.

As a matter of fact, the reactions generated by the book does not only has a significant impact on nation’s political space but it has added to the existing literature on Nigeria’s political history. The antecedent of the author being the former spokesman of late president Umar Musa Ya’radua, the quality of his earlier book titled Power, Politics and Death and the Pedagogical approach adopted in writing the new book gives it the necessary credibility.

With the distinctive style of Adeniyi’s writing, he is becoming arguably one of the foremost and most credible chroniclers of Nigeria’s contemporary political history and evolution. The author approaches the documentary from perspective of an active journalist/reporter not that of an academic historian as this has even been confirmed by Chidi Amuta who wrote the foreword of the book.

However, he applies footnotes where necessary to give the book the scholastic touch. The omniscient point of view used in developing the narrative sounds plausible. With the narrative approach, the work passes test of objectivity and this is justified by the use of interview technique adopted by the narrator in seeking the opinions and identifying the roles of various dramatic persona in event preceding the defeat of an incumbent president in the nation’s history.

The 221 pages non-fiction work is in my considered opinion a book that will have an enduring value. Through careful allusion to relevant actors that shaped the course of political history of the period under review, the author’s purpose which is preservation of the nation’s political history and documention of the roles of various actors has been achieved.

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The way the narrator had used the device of flashback gives the storyline the necessary linkages as reflected in the chapterization of the book.

It is instructive that in developing the contents and coverage of the book, the appropriate themes such as roles of ethnic politics, intervention of international community, PDP crises, formation of the APC, mistakes done by Jonathan’s presidency, Boko Haram insurgency / Chibok girls palava, Obasanjo’s revolt and interference of Governor’s forum were intertwined to make the book a masterpiece.

Of equal importance is the fact that the author gives the prime actor of the narrative the enough benefit of doubts to either clarify or air his views for the purpose of balancing and prosperity.

In short, the book offers the readers unusual insights into the major human and institutional factors that actually facilitated the defeat of the then ruling party, Peoples’ Democratic Party.

Obviously, the book recapitulates in the best tradition of literary journalism the experiences and events of Jonathan’s era in a chronological order.

The narrative carries one along compellingly and this has largely enriched the text apart from its deep clarity, brevity and conciseness of diction and expressions used by the author.

As a narrator, Adeniyi provides the reader with a factual accounts of events that culminated into the unprecedented defeat of President Jonathan by capturing the various intrigues that defined the outcome of 2015 presidential election.

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In the book proscript, the narrative clearly chronicles Buhari’s presidency, the president health challenges and the underscoring tides and this is garnished with relevant illustrations.

By way of evaluation, some events that the book captured were condensed in such a way that the quality and aesthetics of the book become minimized. Assuming some of the happenings had been carefully expatiated, the full import of the narration wold have been fully appreciated.

Again, the narrator is too mild in defining the roles the various actors played both positively and negatively in the events leading to the historical defeat of the incumbent president in the annals of the nation.

One other important development arising from the public presentation of the book is the issue of cyber security. It sounds ridiculous that three days after the book launch, the soft copy of the book had gone viral on social media.

The ugly development actually raises the question of copyright piracy in Nigeria. The author invariably would have lost fortunes or would probably have been surcharged by the theft of his intellectual property by the criminal hackers.

Without mincing words, the theft of the copyright of the book has exposed the government inability to forestall copyright infractions and theft of Adeniyi’s intellectual property. The scenario in a way has exposed the defects and inherent lapses in the capacity of Nigerian Copyright Commission and EFCC in handling cyber related copyright piracy of online publications.

Arising from the theft of the softcopy of Adeniyi’s new book is an advocacy and call for a better regime of intellectual property administration in Nigeria.

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Of course, there are reasonable grounds to suspect the members of staff of the firm that published the book, Kachifo publishers, of being responsible for the thieving of the book or probably one of them must have connived to break the code used for storage and protection of the copyright otherwise the public wouldn’t have got access to it.

In the final analysis, the book – Against the Run of Play – by Olusegun Adeniyi is a must read for students, historians, politicians and scholars of contemporary politics. By evaluation, the book succeeds in capturing the blow by blow accounts of how president Jonathan was defeated.

Again, the book by content analysis, examination of choice of diction by the author and style of the narrative, passes the test of readability, exploitability and cannot be right off in terms of suitability of content.

By Rahaman Onike, Oyo.
He is public administrator, policy analyst and author.

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#ENDSARS: Buhari to address the Nation at 7pm on Thursday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will make will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.

This was stated in a Press Statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adriana

According to him, “Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari

”Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast”.

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#ENDSARS: ‘Military offensive on protesters is an abomination, Akande -Sadipe talks tough

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The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has called on President Muhammed Buhari to address the killing of unarmed protesters across the nation, while condemning the killing of protesters by Armed Security operatives in the country.

Tolulope Akande Sadipe in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday said, “I weep for my beloved country, Nigeria. This is the Darkest Moment in our Nation. The Current Action is Unacceptable”.

She wondered why men of the Nigerian Army turned on the people they were meant to Protect, firing live bullets at citizens holding the Nigerian Flag and chanting the National Anthem, describing such as an “Abomination”.

“I, as a member of the House of Representatives cannot keep quiet in the midst of this abominable action. I was duly elected to be the voice of my people and my people are weeping”, she said.

She opined that the protests were about a generation trying to end the systematic rot that pervades the society, which had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation.

The APC chieftain  continued, “We need to be honest with one another on this matter. We need to face the truth on ground. The youths were out there because they are tired and fed up of victimization, daily oppression, injustice, unemployment, untapped talents, lack of opportunity, poor healthcare, poor education and lack of infrastructure and power across the Nation. The Youths are protesting for a better future for themselves and their children. The #EndSARS PROTEST stands for the systematic ROT in our Nation.

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“This was about the realities on ground. This was about the ROT since independence. This was about genuine service to the people who elected us to represent them. This was not about the President, this was not about the current administration, this was not about North and South, this was not about Religion. This was not about party affiliation. This was about a Generation trying to end the systematic ROT that pervades our society”.

Speaking against the backdrop that there are some external forces pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency  said the Federal Government should genuinely address issues.

“Those alluding, that there is a 5th Columnist within or external, there is a solution. If there is a 5th columnist or external negative force, pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, if we do the right thing, by genuinely addressing the issues that have led to the distrust between leadership and our youths, by addressing the rot that has pervaded our Nation. The 5th columnist in our midst or external negative force, would fail. But with this action, what have we said to the Youth and to the world.

“This is the time to make the wrongs right and it is not by bringing out the Army to shoot its own citizens, that we achieve this. We can still put a stop to this inferno. We must realize that no position is permanent and it is the country we make that we shall all live in”, she added.

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Concluding, she empathized with all the families of fallen Youth Patriots, praying that their death would not be in vain.

 

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Nigeria Excluded From 2022 US Visa Lottery

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Nigeria has been barred from the US visa lottery application for 2022, a document obtained from the US Government website showed. 

In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the visa lottery.

“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam,” the document read. “Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.”

Although natives of other African countries are allowed to apply, the document explained that “persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt,” it said.

“Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.”

In the document captioned “Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022),” applicants must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the visa lottery.

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“The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing,” the statement added.

“The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.”

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