Jakande urges Nigerians to accept winner of presidential poll as God’s choice

A former Lagos State Governor, Lateef Jakande, on Saturday urged Nigerians to accept the winner of the presidential election as God’s choice for the country.

Mr. Jakande told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos after he was accredited for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Ilupeju, Lagos that Nigerians should consider the day a crucial one.

He urged them to ensure that they performed their civic rights by voting to choose the leader of their choice.

“I urge my friends and colleagues to do everything right this day,” he said in apparent reference to the political class.

“I want everyone to know that Nigeria is greater than all of us and we must do everything to protect it,” Mr. Jakande said.

He appealed to Nigerians to protect the image of the country in the course of carrying out their civic responsibility.

“I plead with Nigerians not to create any situation that would threaten Nigeria’s existence,” he said.


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  • princegab

    Good write up, good advice. Free courses for self advancement is good for everyone. Take advantage of it, it’s there in the internet.

  • taiwo

    On point Prof. These kids also are not encouraged and sometimes not even allowed to do house chores. Most of us parents have clearly lost the plot. We appear to be in trouble as a people, as we have almost lost the ability to pass on the values of honest, hard work to our children.

  • Remi

    In a country where staying online can be a hideously
    expensive business; not to speak of the
    ability to get, and stay online for long, due to frequent network & power outages;
    am wondering how such online learning platforms as offered by these world-class
    Universities can be accessible to our undergraduates, majority of whom are cash-poor
    and infrastructure-challenged.

    • taiwo

      Really? My observation tells me most of these kids spend so much time and data on FB, Snapchat & Instagram. I was thinking it would be wiser for them to use most of those resources on the more useful things Pius Adesanmi mentioned here.

      • Remi

        Then, the value system also has to change, from one which abhors rigour, seeks, and revels in, material acquisition, self-promotion and grandstanding ; to one which seeks knowledge acquisition and self-development and improvement.

    • taiwo

      Yes, the values system of yore needs to be revived. I truly despair dealing with many of these kids either on a work, intellectual or social basis. It’s all about cutting corners and instant success.

      And for your information, data is not hideously expensive in Nigeria, at least with Glo and Airtel. Lastly, these kids go to any length to charge their phones in order to get their fix on Social Media.

      • Remi


        I have previously had a similar experience as yours with these kids and hence can very well relate to what you are saying. As for reviving the values of yore, that is rather sadly, as my scars reveal, a very dangerous undertaking. It is only leadership, at all levels, but more especially starting from the top, who can fix this problem, as this problem did not grow in a vacuum. The kids are taking their cue from the top and a parent or teacher who insists on some sterling values nowadays will soon find out that they are “disadvantaging” their wards. What you will be told is that “everyone is doing it”, “the end justifies the means” – what matters most is bringing home the riches or fame and not necessarily how you achieve it.
        As someone who already takes advantage of the learning opportunities that Professor Adesanmi wrote about in his article, I know the amount of discipline & effort (reading, re-reading, thinking, ruminating, reflecting & recording) that goes into availing oneself of such facilities. And that is why I wondered aloud, whether a mind-set so suffused with “cutting-corners”, “grandstanding” and “instant” gratification, coupled with the ready excuse of a constraining infrastructural environment, are really well positioned to take advantage of these free learning opportunities.

        • taiwo

          I totally agree with you. I hope there is still hope for us in this country with our children. I hope at some very near future we will get the true leadership that Nigeria needs in most levels and arms of governance.

          Enjoy your weekend.

          • Remi

            Many thanks for yours. Sorry, I missed the latter part of your last reply either because it did not display well in my browser or that my screen reader somehow skipped it.
            When I speak of data being “hideously expensive”, I am talking more about affordability of data by the majority of cohorts in question, than it’s absolute price. For example, data at N10 per minute, comes to N600 per hour. For a course which notionally requires the student to spend one hour of study online per day for five days a week, you will be talking of an expenditure of N3000 per week studying online, PHCN & ISP permitting. For someone who lives and works abroad, that is less than $10 and £10 per week and cheap, but for a struggling undergraduate who has to depend on equally struggling parents, that may not be so cheap to find, over the 3 -5 weeks that most of these courses last. And this again is where values come in because, what a “kid” is prepared to do online with their data, so hard-earned, becomes a function of what they value most. Besides, posting on Facebook, Snapchat etc. is often not exactly the same as doing some of these courses. In the former, the “kids” are in familiar and relatively less demanding territory, and their comfort zone, while in the latter they are in uncharted , and more demanding, space.

          • taiwo

            Remi: You nailed it. It boils down to the values. Most of these our kids prioritise their data & battery life on Social Media apps. I hope we can turn things around for the benefit of Nigeria, Africa and the Black race, as the progress of all black people rest squarely on the progress & development of Nigeria.

            I always feel so sad and depressed about the misdirection of black talents and skills mainly towards sports & entertainment. Economic & technological progress should be more important to us as black people than anything else for the next 3 or 4 generations.

            BTW, my My MTN 10gb monthly data costs ₦10,000. These free online courses don’t use much data would use up about 5gb for about 4 to 5 weeks.