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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What President Jonathan Can Learn From Obama’s Troubles, By Adeola Ademoyo

“I think it's legitimate for them to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general.”- President Barak Obama-November 2013. Like most Diaspora subjects, I straddle two spaces-home and Diaspora. I am a…

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National Dialogue: Reno Omokri’s Convoluted Logic and Other Choristers, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Recently, some members of President Jonathan’s media team and others have attempted to defend his national dialogue. I have argued that Mr. Jonathan called the dialogue as one of the political tactics in his party’s PDP-package to distract the public from the series of ethical violations his government is implicated…

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Stella Oduah: Ethics, Gender, State and Corruption, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The allegation that Princess Stella Oduah, the minister of aviation is implicated in the armored car corruption where 255 million naira of public money has been allegedly looted has raised a different issue, which the Nigerian public may overlook in haste. That issue is the question of ethics, equity in…

Stella Oduah-gate: Why Ethics is Prior To Jonathan’s Political Dialogue, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The ethics of motive is an aspect of ethics that allows us inspect and assess the moral worth of an act.  In ethics, we say in popular folk terms that a good act may be done for the wrong motive and bad act may be done for the right motive. …

Obama-Care and The Shut Down Of American Government, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The American democracy works in a combination of simple and complex ways. Thus some broad explanation may be necessary. Also, given that on the surface, we appear to run the same type of democracy the practitioners (politicians) of Nigerian “democracy” and people may have something to learn from the American…

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The Ethical Questions Before Jonathan’s Conference, By Adeolu Ademoyo

President Jonathan recently constituted a committee to midwife what had been called   a national “dialogue”. The pronouncements of the president on this suggests that the dialogue or conference is being called to solve certain political problems. But the critical question is: while it is given that there is a need…

Letter to the Senate on Internet Monitoring, Adeolu Ademoyo

Dear Distinguished Senators, I am writing this letter to you in the month of Nigeria’s independence anniversary. This is not accidental for you are supposed to be the face of law making in Nigeria. As an older Nigerian who substantively speaking had seen all about our country, I have come…

Senate and Internet Monitoring: The Ethical Questions, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Recently, the Nigerian senate voted in favor of the third reading of a bill to legalize the monitoring of the  Internet use of Nigerians. The senate vote is happening within the context of a pertinent  previous story broken by Premiumtimes months ago. The story is  that the Nigerian government under…

Syria: The Moral Justification of Barack Obama’s Choice, By Adeolu Ademoyo

If August 21, 2013  did not happen in President Bashar Assad’s Syria, the Syrian civil war would have remained an internal conflict. Therefore, any attempt to attack Syria by an external force would have  raised serious  moral questions that need answers even if such external invasion were eventually politically and…

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Syria and Obama: When Politics Trumps Ethics, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The complexity of the Syrian problem defies a straight jacket either /or analysis. On one hand it looks like an internal Syrian conflict such that President Bashar Assad is fighting for the survival of his regime. On the other hand, given the use of chemical weapons, and the threat of…

Diaspora, Death, and the Middle Passage: Fẹmi Akindele 1950-2013, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“For it is in giving that we receive, and in dying that we are born to eternal life” -Prayer of the Franciscan. The Middle Passage is that historical, moral and emotional space, gap, absence, presence, nothingness and something, memory, loss with which the first generation of Africans apprehend the experience…

Kudirat’s Censuring Gaze From the Back of Beyond, By Adeolu Ademoyo

In dealing with the subject of truth in society, one constant fact people will notice is that those who want to escape from truth always take the route of relativising truth. In rejecting relativity, however, the African mind posits the eternal nature of truth as something that needs inquiry and…

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Deportation, Rationality, and the National Question, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The transfer of Nigerians from one state to the other has raised questions among Nigerians. The social status of these Nigerians is significant and of concern. Validly, this has raised the legitimate intersection between the social question (class, socio-economic issues such as poverty, destitution, unemployment etc) and the national question…

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Snowden, Elbit Security, Nigeria And False Analogy, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“It’s not enough for me as president to have confidence in these programs … The American people have to have confidence as well….These steps are designed to make sure the American people can trust that our interests are aligned with our values.”-- President Barak Obama(2013) on reassuring the American public…

Al-Mustapha, Birma, and Jonathan: Letter To Nigerian Judicial Council, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Dear Honourable Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, When leaders become rulers, they look our laws in the face and manipulate them.  At that point it is time for citizens to look to the custodians of those laws. Honourable Justice Mukhtar, you have been historically placed as one of the custodians of…

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Hamzat Al Mustapha, TB Joshua, Shamanism and 2015 Elections, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Diaspora children live in a dual space- original home and Diaspora- and Nigerian Diaspora children are no exception. Children innocently search for consistencies and point to contradiction in actions of adults. So my daughter with a chuckle called my attention to what I had written about Nigerian heroes in the…

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Hamzat Al Mustapha’s Guilt and The Logic Of The Conditional, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”(John 8:32) The Nigerian Federal Court of Appeal presided over by Hon Justice Amina A. Augie, with Hon. Justice Rita N. Pemu, and Hon. Justice Fatima O. Akinbami, as members judicially freed the head of General Sani Abacha’s killing…

On Rivers State Government: Letter To President Jonathan, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Dear President Jonathan, When state matters intensely worry private citizens, we are inclined to look at you--as president-- straight in the face and say the truth in public letters to you.  I was home briefly with one of my kids and I am back in the Diaspora.   From my interaction…

And President Jonathan Splits The Nation, By Adeolu Ademoyo

I recall the thought in an essay written by the venerable Tai Solarin more than three decades ago when General Yakubu Gowon the then head of state (1966-1975) dithered and continuously shifted the date the military government promised to return the country to democratic rule. Tai Solarin titled his essay…

Soyinka: Rationality, Ethics, and Nigerian History, By Adeolu Ademoyo

As a Nigerian citizen who works with other citizens in PREMIUM TIMES for the public good of our country, one is always burdened and weighed down by our previous attempts and efforts at-substantively speaking-“making Nigeria work and great”. Faced with obvious ethnic and religious divide-what Mr. Wole Soyinka has called…

Zaria, Ribadu, Jonathan And The Question of Public Ethics, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Beyond the so-called ethnic identity, Nigerian citizens, in a broad sense, belong politically to the liberal, progressive and social democratic views on one hand and conservative and anti-democratic, anti-social justice, unprogressive political views on the other hand. This kind of difference in social vision  among us is healthy for our…

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Yaro: The Questions of Rationality and Ethics, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of Nigerian Central Bank is reported to have an alleged adulterous relationship with Dr. Yaro, a staff, consultant or both with the same Central Bank. Dr. Yaro is a married woman. Mr. Sanusi is a married man. Given the need for clarity, some preliminary…

Governor Jang’s Gang of Governors And Their Irrational “God”, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Last week, I argued and suggested that the Nigerian state could implode if we citizens do not invest in the project of rationality in our engagement of public issues and in state/citizen relationship with respect to group practices (PREMIUM TIMES, May 26, 2013). And bang! Some religious commentators missed the…

Lagos Schools, Hijab and the Sovereignty of the State, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The news that the Lagos state government is examining the wearing of hijab by female students in Lagos state public schools has generated considerable interest among citizens. Such interest is justified in view of the social roots and origins of terrorism in our nation and the commercialization, fetishization and mystification…

How Jonathan indirectly Funds Terrorism, and Waste Public Funds, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Recently, the Nigerian state was forced to covertly admit that there was indeed a contractual relation of   $40 million with an Israeli firm, Elbit Security Systems, to monitor Internet and computer activities of Nigerians. However, President Jonathan’s retinue of official and unofficial spokespersons have maintained a covert duplicitous disposition on…