Author: Philemon Adjekuko

Rivers Of Blood

Bla~Bla~Blog
Fresh blood, refreshed every hour of the day, in scattered communities; From the mournful laughter of Lafia land to the wailing waters of the Bright of Biafra. Bewildered men, women and children at the foot of the gleaming Rivers of Blood; Bloodied  and drunk. Waiting for the next news of killings, Debating the number of the dead And going to sleep Not knowing whether the riders of the pale horse  will come calling to their community or a distant one. Yet they cry to be saved Or be buried in marked graves if not. But who is listen their drowning voices?

Dino Melaye: The Police Should Get Serious

THE GRAMOPHONE
While herdsmen are running amok killing and maiming, members of the Nigerian Police are playing hide and seek with Senator Dino Melaye. It is becoming unclear what this game of shame is all about. Dino was supposedly stopped from travelling out of the country. Being a "wanted person", he could have been arrested right at the Abuja airport by the police. But that did not happen, even though earlier report said so. Now, we hear dozens of police officers have besieged the home of the Kogi Senator. When will this waste of national resources stop? If Dino has committed any crime, the Police should arrest and charge him to court. The country is bleeding from the activities of criminals who are taking the lives of Nigerians on a daily basis. The Police has not shown the seriousness the situa...
Dancing By The Precipice

Dancing By The Precipice

Editorial
When Europeans arrived America, they faced fierce opposition from the native Indians and bandits from amongst their own folks. To defend themselves, they started owning guns. Then came the war of independence and the civil war. Thereafter, Americans began to developed an unusual appetite for guns even as the country built up one of the most formidable security apparatus ever known. Yet, nothing was done to restrict the unnecessary quest by Americans to own guns. Rather, the right to own guns became part of the country’s constitution. 200 years later, America has become the most violent country in the world at a cost too frightening to quantify. Homicide and mass killings are so common place that they are considered normal. Yet, Americans have refused to let go of their guns. What is the

Democracy Cannot Thrive Amidst Insecurity

Editorial
Inspector General Of Police Wednesday's raid of the Senate Chamber by hoodlums is more than a threat to democracy. It illustrated the resolution of the Senators the previous day about the security situation in the country and their call for the sack of the heads of all security agencies. From the account of what happened when those thugs came into the National Assembly Complex, it should have been obvious to the security men at the gate that something was brewing.  This should have made them to quickly alert their counterparts inside the complex and come up with an emergency response plan. That the thugs succeeded in causing mayhem on the floor of the Senate, stole the mace and beat four layers of security between the floor and the gate opening into streets around the eagle squar
Dino Melaye And Company

Dino Melaye And Company

Breaking, Opinions
The Nigerian Senate is supposed to be a very serious institution comparable to the House of Lords in the UK. In countries that run the presidential system, the Senate is considered a temperate environment with much more level headed people in contrast to the House of Representatives where things can easily be rambunctious. However, Senator Melaye is almost turning the Nigerian Senate into a village square where teenagers meet to play pranks and talk about nothing. Since Melaye arrived in the Senate, he has been involved in one incident or the other which drags into plenary session as if the place is his "beer parlour". The Senator comes across as a clown who is always enthusiastic about entertaining Nigerians. But he reminds one of the Roman Emperor who fiddled while Rome was burning. The ...

Assad And The Allied Forces

Editorial
The much expected bombing of Syria by the Allied forces of the US, UK and France has come and gone. President Trump has been particularly boastful about the outcome of the strikes even though President Assad is reportedly happy with it. And so the status quo returns and the slaughter of civilians, particularly children continues. It is difficult to understand what the strikes are meant to achieve or the message they represent. On the surface, it appears that it is acceptable to slaughter civilians with any other kind of weapon as long as it is not chemical weapon. The argument being that in law there is inhuman and cruel death. In other words, death is not simply death. Dying by means of chemical weapon is considered unacceptable. While death by nerve agents are indeed cruel, the larger p...

Malami and Adeosun $16.5m Babble

Editorial
The recovery of Abacha loot has become a masquerade dance that only the gods would understand. The story of $16.5m additional fees demanded by the Ministry of Justice on behalf of two Nigerian lawyers for a transaction supposedly closed years ago has added another layer of mystery to President Buhari's fight against corruption. This has given the opponents of this administration legitimate reasons to treat with contempt the so called fight againt corruption. But it is not just political opponents that are troubled. Nigerians, generally are not satisfied with this administration's strategy of what appears to be a selective fight against corruption. President Buhari seems to be aloof or unconcerned about the red flag activities of the people in his administration and this has degraded...

Abuja And The Herdsmen

Editorial
The Federal Capital Development Authority is asking Abuja residents to report herdsmen who are grazing their flock outside designated areas. It is either the FCT minister is playing ostrich or the city centre itself is part of the designated grazing area. And if the FCDA is paying for the adverts running on City radio stations over this matter, that would amount to a waste of public funds. The herdsmen are everywhere in the city that no one needs to report anything. We are certain that the FCT Minister frequently runs into them like everyone else. Sometimes, traffic on the major highways come to a halt to allow cows have their way. Abuja, a beautiful city which also plays host to people representing various countries deserves a much better deal. 
Herdsmen: Are Governors Helpless Or Cowards?

Herdsmen: Are Governors Helpless Or Cowards?

Editorial
Governors often claim to be the Chief Security Officers (CSO) of their states and they receive an undisclosed "security vote" every month to keep their states safe. But as governor after governor make a bee-line to Abuja to cry to President Buhari after each herders' attack and killings in their state, the CSO appellation and the funds that go with it should be up for debate. These governors give the impression of being helpless or lacking the constitutional powers to do anything. This means that if the Federal Government does not act, any criminal enterprise in any state will have a free reign. If that is the case, are governors mere whistle blowers who runs to Abuja to report crimes committed in their states? What do they really use their monthly security votes for? Back ...
He Wished He Was Jesus, Just For Her.

He Wished He Was Jesus, Just For Her.

Bla~Bla~Blog, Breaking
By Philemon Adjekuko He sat by her bed and with his head bowed sobbed without a word; Bacause you don't hear "sorry" from me any more, you think I habour no care; Only heaven knows the weight in my heart as I bear the agony of the ailments that feast on your body; Your nightly mourns sting my ears like the spines of a cactus. Each day I lose a pint of my life as I watch you drain. I know not much is left of you But not much is left of me either; Yet, Impossible does not reside in him who died for you and me. I wish I was Jesus even If just for you; But if you lay down your soul in deference to the adder of death; Take one last look behind, if you can; The one in the shadow is no other but me; No, I am not dying with you You have died off what ails you And I am coming to take you h...
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