These are trying times – in our nation, our continent and the world. From Abuja to Pretoria, Bujumbura to Islamabad, Aleppo to Moscow, Central African Republic to Washington DC, so much is going on yet so little is being said as people seem to be shrugging off much of what is going on in the world either owing to apathy or despair, leaving a yawning field that ought to be planted with ideas; ideas that could help shape the world.
Our revered Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka said in The Man Died, “The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny” and Russian writer Nadezhda Mandelstam said in Hope Against Hope; “I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity” while New York born Audre Lorde, in her Essays and Speeches averred that “Your silence will not protect you.”
Indeed there is so much to talk about; so much wrongdoing and right-doing in the world. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there,” said Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, a 13th century Persian poet.
So LET’S TALK, bearing in mind the wise words of 19th Century novelist Mary Ann Evans, known more as George Eliot, and remembered for her famous novel Silas Marner, who counseled in her Impressions of Theophrastus Such that “Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.”
Your straightforward comments, views and analyses of trending issues are highly welcome on the platform but PLEASE let’s keep it civil and responsible.
God bless you.
Now, LET’S GO THERE
London gets first-ever Muslim Mayor
Sadiq Khan, the son of an immigrant bus driver and a seamstress, has become London’s first Muslim mayor, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed victory for his opposition Labour Party.
He beat 11 other candidates to win the mayoral seat with a whopping 1.3 million votes to his closest rival, Zac Goldsmith’s 994,614.
In his victory speech, Khan said:
“I have a burning ambition for London. An ambition that will guide me everyday: to give Londoners opportunities not to survive but to thrive, the opportunities to build a better future with a decent and affordable home.”
Source: Times of India/Monitored reports
What does this say for ambition and how will this impact on the perception of Muslims in the West?
Pakistan teen poisoned, choked and burned alive in ‘honor killing’
More than a dozen people have been arrested after a teenage girl was choked, injected with poison, tied to a van and then burned to death.
Police in Abbottabad in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said the death was a so-called honor killing ordered by a tribal council after the girl, 16-year-old Ambreen, allegedly helped a neighbor and her boyfriend elope. The girl’s mother was among those arrested for complicity.
Honour or horror?
NNPC ‘withholding more revenue’ under Buhari than it did under Jonathan, says report
“The subsidiary (NPDC) produced a sizeable 110,000 barrels of oil per day in the last six months of 2015.14 But we have seen no evidence that proceeds from NPDC oil sales enter the treasury.
“Instead, they are spent in an unknown manner. In one especially questionable case, we found evidence that NNPC has retained all earnings from the offshore Oil Mining Lease (OML) 119, a field owned wholly by NPDC that produces around 30,000 barrels per day of Okono grade crude.”
NRGI commended Buhari and his team for clearly working towards a cleaner oil sector, stating that much of its focus has been limited to replacing unethical officials and tracking stolen funds.
What’s the meaning of this?
Cameroonian footballer collapses on pitch, dies
Patrick Ekeng, a 26-year-old defensive midfielder, died on Friday after collapsing during action for his Romanian Dinamo Bucharest club.
Ekeng, who joined the club in January, fell to the ground exactly seven minutes after coming on as a substitute in the league game against Viitorul Constanta.
He was rushed to hospital where he died after over one hour of battling to restore his life.
His death is a reminder of Marc-Vivien Foe, also a Cameroonian midfielder, who died after collapsing during a Confederations Cup match against Colombia.
What could be done to avert such painful deaths?
NP:Which of the stories interest(s) you?