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“Show Boy” Goes Home

The interment was held today Friday 19th September, 2014 for ex Gregorian Sokunbi Gbadebo Sowunmi. Aged 76, he lived throughout his life on Bamgbose Street, Lagos and was popularly known as Show Boy. His mates in St Gregory’s College were Chief Architect Tony Sowetan, late Mr Orlando Akanni Martins, Mr Dayo Wright, Professor Jibade Rokosu, Dr Flash Maggregor and Mr George Okpako. Show Boy was a member of the popular House of Commons Social Club in Campos area of Lagos Island.

Daniel and Amosun Tear Each Other Apart

Gbenga Daniel and Ibikunle Amosu

“You be thief

I no be thief

You be armed robber

I no armed robber”

These are lyrics from a song by late indefatigable Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the greatest musician Nigeria has ever produced. Many of his lyrics are referred to almost on a daily basis by radio and TV discourses, interviews and reports these days. He must have been a futurologist to foretell the harbinger of events that we are now witnessing in Nigeria. The lyrics above can be juxtaposed with the accusations that criss-crossed between Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State Southwest Nigeria and his immediate predecessor in office, Otunba Gbenga Daniel. It is indeed a show reminiscent of a roforofo (mud slinging) fight as language unbecoming and akin to guttersnipes were utilised by both governors in describing each other’s previous and present actions in office. Some of the inferences are unfit for publication by this site, but for your maximum perusal and parodical entertainment, we publish two links of the transgressive vituperations.

  • From the Tribune

Amosunn, Daniel in hot exchanges •Daniel not an Ogun indigene —Amosunn •That’s an insult —Daniel

18.Sep.2014  Olayinka Olukoya – Abeokuta

Governor Ibikunle Amosunn of Ogun State has on Wednesday declared that the state former governor, Gbenga Daniel, is not a citizen of the state.

He also vowed to expose how he and others, allegedly assisted Daniel to claim to be an indigene of Sagamu, when the former governor wanted to contest the governorship position in the state, in 2003.

In his reaction, Daniel described Amosunn’s statement as an insult to his people in Sagamu, saying that he is a freeborn citizen of Makun, Sagamu.

The former governor in a statement issued by his Media Officer, Mr Ayo Giwa, said his successor’s statement was a taboo and effrontery on the traditional institution in Remoland.

Amosunn said this, during his second day assessment tour to Odeda Local Government Area of the state in continuation of his tour of the local government areas in the state.

The governor, reacting to the allegations leveled against him by Daniel, penultimate weekend that the present administration had sold off all the farm settlements in the state claimed that Daniel is an Isoko man, contrary to the claim that he is an indigene of Ogun State, alleging that Daniel mortgaged the farm settlement under the guise of concession.

Daniel in his reaction stated further that, “It is now glaring that the clock is fast ticking towards electoral defeat, hence his attempt to stand history on its head by reverting to the same scenario that played itself out, some 12 years ago.

Daniel added that the statement that Gbenga Daniel is not from Sagamu is an insult on the entire good people of the historical town of Sagamu as well as a taboo and effrontery on the traditional institutions in the land, especially the thrones of the Akarigbo of Remoland, as well as the Ewusi of Makun, in Remo Kingdom.

Tinubu Defended

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Tinubu, age uncertain

Tinubu, age uncertain

We present, in our usual manner, a comment we received and found interesting and noteworthy enough to bring to our readers’ attention as a headline story. Read on:

I refer to Joe Okoli’s remarks about ex Governor Tinubu’s state of health. As interesting as it is, it does not directly and poignantly address the issues at hand. Seeing Bola Tinubu in London NW2 is his unsubstantiated assertion. I am aware that many Nigerians live in this neighbourhood between Kilburn and Harlesden. To wit – Mike Adenuga, Aliko Dangote, Oba Akiolu of Lagos, Fola and Idowu Ogunlesi, M. A. Fagbayi, Brigadier General Oluwole Rotimi and his wife, Titi (nee Odusanya) and her only child, Adetokunbo Alalade (daughter of late Master Mariner, Captain Bola Alalade), Chief Mrs Kuforiji Olubi, Sunny and Ireti Asemota, Abiola Johnson, Tunde Shitta, George Nichol, Gbolahan Odeinde, Sam Amuga and Lekan Smith. Other Nigerians in the neighbourhood are Bola Oluwole, Rita Finnih, Dada Marquis, Dr Deinde Williams, C. O. Thomas, Tunji Thomas, Margaret Thomas, Tayo Lawrence, Mr Shojobi, Ambassador Tokunbo and Gbemi Kamson, Chief Dele Daramola, Mr R. O. Khalisdson, Mrs H. O. Davies, Mr Adenubi who was murdered by armed robbers in Ikorodu some years back and wife Tinu (nee Alison), strikingly beautiful ex Holy Child student and their son, Ladi,  Dr Sorungbe who took over from Professor Ransome Kuti on the Public Health appointment in Abuja. Other landmarks in the area include Nigerian restaurants Mama Calabar, Buka, Oasis and Ghanaian Food Market, Calabash, managed by elegant Ghanaian light complexioned woman, Regina, Neasden Shopping Centre, Staples Corner Shopping Mall and Cinemas and Brent Cross Shopping Centre. Since many of these residents are Lagosians I hasten to add that I am very much at home in this environment. Is Tinubu buying another property in London? Or is it the turn of London for colonisation by him after becoming the richest Lagosian with all the Ikeja, Oregun, Alausa, Ikoyi Bourdillon, Ikoyi Glover, Oriental Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, Lekki Golf Course, vast Lekki seaside holding and Eko Akete properties that have tickled his fancy? I have just read today ex Governor Tinubu’s one paragraph Twitter handle statement denying his illness. Who is fooling who? With all the technological aids, visual and audial that I referred to in my comment on the Tinubu saga, the initiated mind will realise that a Twitter message can be drafted and written by one person on behalf of another. Your sighting him(?), the Twitter message from him (?) and the denial by his congenial wife do not decidedly answer my posers. Is this an analogous anecdote of the Governor Chime of Enugu State episode all over again? I still wish Bola Tinubu bon chance!

–Mudasiru Adepoju, Lagos & London

The piece above was submitted as a riposte to the Asiwaju’s ill-health denial by Joe Okoli. Our discerning readers will note that we took our story on Tinubu’s health from another site and we clearly provided a link to the originating breaking news item. It is never our desire to besmirch, denigrate or derogate but we are not obscurantist and without resorting to paralogism, we are always sniffing for news especially when it concerns notable, respectable and sociable Lagosians like our ex Governor Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.

Update Friday 19/09/2014

Just as commentator Mudasiru Adepoju demanded, ex governor Tinubu arrived Lagos yesterday. He was seen in flesh, healthy but with a bit of a shaky voice. No more wagging tongues. Sapience demands that Lagos Blog will not accept any more comments on this matter. C’est finis.