Adeolu Ademoyo

Adeolu Ademoyo, a moral philosopher and African Studies scholar at Cornell University. He is a senior lecturer of Yoruba language and culture.

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The Kingdom Of Morals from Boko Haram to the Chibok Girls, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Immanuel Kant the German 18th century Enlightenment, and modernist, thinker summed up his account of ethics as worship in the “Kingdom of Morals.”  Given the serial evil our world  inherited from the Stone Age, through the medieval periods in Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle East etc, ethics has come to…

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Boko Haram, Myths and Realities, By Adeolu Ademoyo

As those who officially claim to be members of Boko Haram and those who do not make such claim but are loosely and informally working under the Boko Haram doctrine continue their beastly slaughtering of people in the country, I expound the multiple views on Boko Haram held by some…

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Boko Haram Plc or Foretelling the Balkanization of Nigeria, By Adeolu Ademoyo

With the Jos bombing and other bombings, it is obvious that we need to turn the page to reflection time. And this reflection time starts with the political Plc, the terrorist business venture called Boko Haram. The signs and evidences show that a political business consortium is in charge of…

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Boko Haram: Open Letter To Gusau, Dasuki and Abubakar, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Dear Sirs, I am writing to you as a Nigerian Diaspora parent. And I am writing to you in your capacities as the minister of defence (Aliyu Gusau), the Inspector General of Police(Mohammed Abubakar), and the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.…

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Responsibility in The Heart of Darkness, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Why is Jonathan, Shettima, and Abubakar still keeping their jobs? Tons of colonialist literature were written on Africa during the dark ages of enslavement and colonialism. Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” was one of the negative classics. When Mr. Conrad wrote “The Heart Of Darkness,” given the data he presented,…

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Chibok, Jonathan, Abba Moro and the Hearts of Darkness, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Two tragic events and moral acts have defined our moral world in the last few weeks. The death of Nigerian youths and the moral failure of the Nigerian state to take responsibility. The death of South Korean youths and the promptness of the South Korean state in taking responsibility. In…

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The American Kathleen Sebelius and the Nigerian Abba Moro, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Ms. Kathleen Sebelius was the former American secretary of Health and Human services while Mr. Abba Moro is Nigerian interior minister.  Two life issues have joined the fate of these two public servants. These are the moral rights of working people to employment without being murdered, and the access to…

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Reno Omokri: Anatomy of the Goebbels Motif, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such a time as the State can shield the people from political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for…

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Sadiq and Gumsu Abacha: The Genealogy of African Kleptocracy, By Adeolu Ademoyo

In September 2012 when another scandal of the now well known -family run Nigerian corruption –the oil subsidy theft- broke out I wrote an essay published in Premiumtimes titled “Bamangar Tukur, Arisekola Alao, Their Children And Oil Subsidy” In the essay I asked a simple question: “And in the specific…

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Jonathan’s Canonization of Dictatorship, By Adeolu Ademoyo

President Goodluck Jonathan put ash and dirt in the mouths of Nigerians when for reasons of his own political survival recently  “canonized” Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha. Post-civil war Nigeria, the regime of Ibrahim Babangida effectively marked the commencement of the combination of the official institutionalization of corruption and state…

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Sanusi’s Suspension and the Limits of Hasty Judgment, By Adeolu Ademoyo

With the “suspension” from office of Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, the question of the lack of reason and law   had again been centered in Nigerian public governance. Like the case of the former Court of Appeal President Justice Ayọ Salami, President Jonathan again…

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Fallacy of Division and Nigerian Corrupt Ministers, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Last week four Nigerian ministers were relieved of their services. Some of them had been pointedly accused of corruption.  They are Stella Oduah (Aviation), Godsday Orubebe (Niger Delta Affairs), Caleb Olubolade (Police Affairs) and Yerima Ngama (Finance). Interestingly, from the relieve, it seems the “national quota” and  “ethics” of “federal”…

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Government Shut Down: From Obama to Jonathan, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The attempt by the All Progressives Peoples Congress-APC to slow down the   passage of the 2014 budget as a democratic tool to extract commitment on the part of the ruling party-PDP- to respect the Nigerian constitution on questions of liberty, freedom and more economic good for Nigerians    has been likened…

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Al Mustapha, the Apostle Paul, and Nigerian Parenting, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Parenting is the greatest gift we can hand over to society in our world today, for the home is the morning of the human adult.  This is why, having straddled home and Diaspora, and given what we take to be the challenges to the moral health of children in contemporary…

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Of Snipers, Unresolved Murders, and All That, By Adeolu Ademoyo

After former Nigerian president-Mr. Oluṣẹgun Ọbasanjọ- made the allegation that the government of President Jonathan keeps snipers and has a list of 1000 Nigerians under watch, the Nigerian Human Rights Commission announced its preparedness to investigate state sponsored assassinations in the country. While this is welcome, a successful outcome of…

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Justice Ayọ Salami and Nigeria’s Moral Burden, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“…Nigerians do not naturally want the truth to be told. Whoever dares to tell the truth is marked for destruction…” Justice Ayọ Salami (Lagos, Nigeria, January, 2014). As a teacher, I am often interested in the meaning of words and how words sometimes say more than what we mean, and…

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Facebook, Nigerian Presidency, and the Freedom Of Speech, By Adeolu Ademoyo

I ended 2013 with an   essay on how ethics and ethnicity will play a major role in Nigerian public space in 2014 and beyond. People are often surprised, or even derisive, when one raises the question of ethics in public governance in Nigeria. After decades of abuse, especially through the…

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Bode George’s Guilt and the Logic of Deduction, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Mr. Ọlabọde George is a member of Nigerian ruling party-PDP. Under the regime of President Oluṣẹgun Ọbasanjọ, he was a chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority. Together with others, Mr. Ọlabọde George abused his office as Chairman of Nigerian Ports Authority. In a court case between Mr. Ọlabọde George,  Architect…

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The Creation of Nigerian Imperial Presidency, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Diaspora imposes a burden and enables a privilege – the critical evaluative privilege. The privilege is that of an intellectual and moral distance from one’s original country. This allows you to see the affairs of your country in a different manner. Call this Diaspora Gazing. But the state of Diaspora…

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Al-Mustapha and Elbit: How Nigerian Politicians Sell Nigerian Security, By Adeolu Ademoyo

In the Diaspora, one’s immediate family (Children, Mother, Father) is the first platform with which one re-connects with one’s original country. The family and home are more or less an “embassy” abroad. So last week a video posted on Sahara Reporters caught the attention of my wife and I  here…

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How Jonathan and Nigerian Politicians Manufacture Terrorism and Criminality, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“Conscience is an open wound, only truth can heal it”-Uthman Dan Fodio Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, Mohammed Junaid, and Hamzat Al-Mustapha do not need any introduction. While Junaid is a trained medical doctor, Dokubo-Asari claims to be a businessman in the Republic of Benin. Hamzat Al-Mustapha headed the death squad under General…

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Madiba Nelson Mandela (1918-2013): Only The Deep Can Call To The Deep, By Adeolu Ademoyo

He gave us many signs that he was leaving.  But we fell on our knees to beg him not to leave instead of falling on our knees to learn and imbibe his ethics. He told us in no uncertain terms that the work of the labourer is finished that he…

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Madiba Nelson Mandela: Only The Deep Can Call To The Deep, By Adeolu Ademoyo

He gave us many signs that he was leaving.  But we fell on our knees to beg him not to leave instead of falling on our knees to learn and imbibe his ethics. He told us in no uncertain terms that the work of the laborer is finished that he…

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The Moral zilch in Jonathan’s Trip to Israel and Britain, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“…I have never regarded myself as having a monopoly of wisdom. The trouble is that when most people in public life and in the position of leadership and rulership are spending whole days and nights carousing in clubs or in the company of men of shady character and women of…

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Ahmed Gulak’s Assault on Ethics and Reason, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“As far as the President is concerned, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and not Amaechi.”-Ahmed Gulak, Special Adviser On Political Matters To President Jonathan (November, 2013). I do not know Mr. Ahmed Gulak.  Hypothetically, if asked to, for purely ethical reasons,…