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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Ombatse, Boko Haram, MEND, Boston: How an American Catholic Cardinal Builds Love, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The Diaspora citizen dwells in multiple spaces-her original country and her Diaspora environment. At home with family, at work, on the streets, in church, in mosque and other faith spaces, nurturing and being nurtured, shaping and being shaped, teaching, thinking, idling, just living life both in its fullness, and its…

Letter to President Jonathan and Col Sambo Dasuki, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Dear President Jonathan and Col Sambo, You will please permit the public nature of this letter. It is about the collective security of our nation and people.  The public nature of my letter to you is justified by the fact that citizens themselves are a nation’s best form of security.…

Jonathan’s Hypocrisy: Punishing MASSOB while rewarding MEND, OPC, Boko Haram, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Just as the guns and bombs of Boko Haram, the main northern wing of our ethnic militia, continue to boom, and as if they actually sat down at a meeting to plan the final dismantling of the Nigerian state, Boko Haram’s counterparts in the creek –MEND and others replied with…

A Christian Song for MEND and Boko Haram: Are You Called? By Adeolu Ademoyo

Last Sunday, here in Binghamton, New York, coming out of the cold winter season,  as the spring season continued to spring more warmth into our lives, families and faithful -- in this small, serene, peaceful, children, and family-centered city in New York state - -poured out to fellowship with other…

Governor Akpabio “Own Hands”, The Nigerian Elites and a Nigerian Arab Spring, By Adeolu Ademoyo

A week before Nigerian governor, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state in Southern Nigeria confessed that he “pre-rigged” the election of Senator Aloysius Etok of Akwa Ibom North Senatorial District, I was having a discussion with a   Nigerian citizen who participated   outside public glare with other then young Nigerians for…

Pope Francis, The Cube Of Love, And Boko Haram, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“How I wish For a Church of the poor, and that the Church were poor…How I wish for a poor Church and Church for the poor” –Pope Francis. March 16, 2013." (Quoted from www.osv.com, Our Sunday Visitor Vol 101, no 48, pp.4 &8. OSV, weekly Catholic Newspaper published in Huntington,…

Prof Akinwumi Isola’s historic lecture: Raising the Yoruba language several notches, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Something quiet, subtle but historic  happened in our country  on Wednesday March 20th 2013. On  this  day, amidst great expectations and celebration from the families and graduating students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo state, Akinwumi Isola, a retired professor of African language and literature (Yoruba), in a warmth and…

On Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon: Open Letter To President Jonathan, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Dear President Jonathan, I write this as a Nigerian parent. Together with mom, we are raising our children as Nigerians with integrity and strong work ethics in the small town we live. But something very disturbing happened on Friday March 15.  One of our children wrote an email to me.…

President Jonathan and 2015: When Law Trumps Ethics, By Adeolu Ademoyo

I believe that every Nigerian has the constitutional right to contest any office in the land.  To this extent I believe that President Jonathan has the right to contest. However, the relevant questions for President Jonathan’s candidacy in 2015 and the candidacy of other Nigerians in similar position as President…

The Crisis of Leadership in Africa: What Awolowo Would Say, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“In the second place, African leaders fail to appreciate the compulsive role which hereditary-and environment play in a man’s unconscious motivations, tendencies and habits, be they physical or mental. (Obafemi Awolowo: The Problems of Africa: The Need For Ideological Reappraisal, Accra, Macmillan, Press, 1977, p. 37) . Given the phenomenal…

The Christian Lent Season: Citizenship, National and Social Questions, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien for you were once aliens residing in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry to me, I will surely listen to their cry. If you lend money to…

The Christian Lent Season, History And Our Moral Conscience, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearances so that they may appear to others as fasting. Amen I say unto you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear…

El-Rufai’s Retweet, And CAN’s Misrepresentation of a Moral Point, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“Therefore putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger…The thief must no longer steal, but rather labor, doing honest work with his (own) hands, so…

Today’s women and men and their poor moral judgment, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Until the presidency brings out the relevant ministerial team to inform Nigerians on this issue, we are inclined to appreciate and  believe Mrs. Ezekwesili. And that is morally in order in an open, inclusive,  civilized and democratic society we aspire to be. Oby Ezekwesili’s allegation that General Obasanjo’s administration left…

Emir Ado Bayero’s flight to London and the second-class image of our ruling elite, By Adeolu Ademoyo

             “Where there is no vision, the people will perish.”(Proverbs: 29:18) Last week, death and its merchants again stalked the city of Kano, Northern Nigeria. The consequence was the sad death of the Emir’s “horsemen”. Death was very close in its mission. By the time…

The immoral laundering of Babalakin’s image and the dirty ways of our ruling elite, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Wale Babalakin does not need too much introduction. He is a lawyer-businessman. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and the Chairperson of Bi-Courtney, which is reported to be the richest construction company in Nigeria. Mr. Babalakin is said to be one of the top 25 richest Nigerians who allegedly…

Adesina’s phoney “s”ell phones and the immoral echo of electoral project 2015, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The recent contemplation by the minister of Agriculture, Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, to spend 60 billion naira to buy  “cell” phones for about 10 million Nigerian peasant farmers has riled many Nigerians. The objections and shock of Nigerians are understandable. Why? I think Nigerians are shocked probably because Dr. Adesina is…

Between Awolowo’s evergreen prescriptions and Jonathan’s moral bankruptcy, By Adeolu Ademoyo

President Jonathan closed his Nigerian argument last year with his claim that  “attitudinal issues” and not corruption were responsible for Nigeria’s problem. General Obasanjo on the other hand closed his in 2012 by claiming that Nigeria would be great when we have “good leaders”. Coming from two presidents –current and…

Kole Omotoso: A writer’s moral and the moral future of a country, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“Self thrives best, when we strengthen the collective and make it work.” “If they make it work well for us even if minimally, it will work best for them” As we collectively prepare for the New Year with some apprehension of what are locked in and what lurk ahead, my moral introspection this week…

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General, Mr. Obasanjo as enemy of the open society, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Recently, in Ghana, General Obasanjo refreshed his a-social vision. It is an unethical vision for a closed society. He gave us something to chew, but nothing to cheer-rather Obasanjo chilled us completely.   This is the Obasanjo story. General Mr. Obasanjo was at the head of the ECOWAS monitoring team in…

The Advent, the Connecticut 28 and the stories we do not tell our children, By Adeolu Ademoyo

"Our hearts are broken today. The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women…

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Sanusi and NLC: Between a “Proletarian” Ethics and a “Bourgeois” Ethics, By Adeolu Ademoyo

[caption id="attachment_96326" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Adeolu Ademoyo: Mr. Sanusi ought to be commended for attempting to substantively re-define the terms of our conversation in our country from an ethnic one to a more social, and therefore more productive one[/caption] Recently, the Governor of Central Bank, Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was reported…

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Five lessons Nigeria can learn from the American election, By Adeolu Ademoyo

[caption id="attachment_96326" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Adeolu Ademoyo: The Nigerian politician maintains an immoral relationship with Nigerian taxpayers. This is not the case with the American election.[/caption] Despite the soundness of the radical critique of the electoral component of democracy in the western world as a process that restricts and suppresses voters…

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Ribadu oil panel, Tai Solarin and a Jonathan presidency bereft of morals, By Adeolu Ademoyo

As a Nigerian, and one who is part of a generation who saw, believed and still believe in the potentials of the greatness of our dear country as one united country, one is always looking for that X factor that explains our now lethal inability to break into greatness –a…

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Ribadu Oil Panel: Presidency, Doyin Okupe and an unethical postmortem, By Adeolu Ademoyo

For doctors who take their profession seriously, ethics and medical ethics are at the core of their practice. In the course of living our lives as mortals, the need for postmortem often arises for sundry reasons-scientific, social, causal etc. But for the sake of public good, in special situations, the…