Inauguration: Nigerians are losing hopes, feeling helpless – Onaiyekan

John Cardinal Onaiyekan


The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has raised alarm that Nigeria is at the brink of chaos, with citizenry becoming poorer, feeling helpless and losing hopes, due to the current situation in the country.

Ahead of the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja said it is no time to celebrate electoral victory or the defeat of political opponents.

Oniayekan, who gave the message titled ‘Let us choose life, not death (Deuteronomy 30:19)’ during the ongoing presidential inauguration interdenominational church service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, called for spiritual reflection for the peace and prosperity of the nation.

Among those in attendance are the Vice President and his wife, Mrs Dolapo Osinabjo, and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

He said, “The last election left thick clouds of acrimony that have yet to clear. This is no time for celebration of victory or defeat (of political opponents). Rather, it is time to pull our efforts together to tackle the serious challenges before us.

“For positive change to take place, we must all be ready for a sincere change of heart from the highest to the lowest level but especially at the highest level. Bare-faced boasts and empty denials cannot build the nation.

“The Lord Jesus tells us that the truth will set us free. Our nation is not in a state to rejoice. Such wide socio-economic disparity has led to widespread anger, tension and outright criminality in the land. All is not well. But all is not lost.”

According to the cardinal, as Nigerians embrace a new term of government, it should be a time to change habits of governance.

Onaiyekan stated, “Our ethnic diversity is God’s will and God’s gift that we ought to celebrate. In our emerging global world, we should be building on our long experience of living together along ethnic lines.

“Many are abandoning faith in God at great costs to humanity now and in the future. If this is to translate into a righteous nation, we must all seek the will of God for true human relations.


I left the office early to catch a bus before the rush hour, I was happy when I got to Oshodi and saw two red buses waiting, and a manageable queue. Today is indeed my lucky day, since I never get to the queue on time; and end up taking the expensive buses 

But lo and behold, the red buses just left empty, leaving the long queue waiting. My handkerchief was already soaked with tears from my stomach, so I just patronized a ‘galasera’ woman and recharged my stomach. 

As I stood, more  buses came by just posed and left us. I wondered what this Sanwo-Olu’s boys were up to, or were the iyana-ipaja buses on strike?

I had spent 30minutes on the queue and still no hope of beating the traffic at PWD,Ladipo, Ikeja Along and the ultimate Dopemu under bridge. I reckoned that if I had to be home in time for my favorite Soap Opera ‘Woman on Steel’, then I need to quit this queue and hit the road.

I was looking for a bus that would go for at least #100 not #150 and alas, here comes this confident female driver wearing a black camisole and yellow gown, a bobbed darling Yaki weavon in a rugged bus with few passengers, and she’s shouting in her most toutish voice : ‘iyana- Ipaja hundred Naira, wole pelu changi re’. O my lucky stars, without thinking twice, omo, I boarded. Some people were skeptical seeing she was a woman but she could careless. I must confess that I was humbled.

This woman could have been idle and dependent but she choose  to hustle in the rugged part of bus driving in this crazy place called ‘lasgidi’. Oshodi route for that matter. And as the bus moved, bike men and people in the queues were watching with mouth agape. She finished all the agberos with their slangs and swag. I was fascinated it’s not like mummy or aunty driving you around, but and original woman bus driver experienced in the ethos of the road.

She turned out to be a patient driver, obeyed all traffic rules and waited at the Zebra crossing for people. She got me thinking about my undergraduate gender classes and how we battled the sexes arguing what roles women ought to play in the society. I reasoned that things are changing, society has changed greatly, women can do and become anything they set their mind on, skilled or unskilled.

It’s not like women are fighting to replace men, we all know that society is highly patriarchal, even civilized society. But it’s a function of whatever your hands find to do, be you male of female, danfo or BRT driver, do it well. 

See me, I forgot that today’s our electricity ‘off day’ so no soap opera for me to watch, after all my wish to get home before six! But I see there’s no buggies, my bus driver is a real life WOMAN ON STEEL. 

About every two hours a child is taken to the emergency room for injuries related to cosmetic and beauty products kept inside the home. Items like shampoo, lotion, makeup and nail polish remover seem to pose the biggest threat to children under 5, according to researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, who tracked 64,686 such injuries between 2002 through 2016.

In a study published Monday in Clinical Pediatrics, researchers reported that most injuries occurred when a child swallowed the product, or the product made contact with the child’s skin or eyes. About 86.2 percent of these incidents resulted in poisonings, while 13.8 produced chemical burn injuries.

“When you think about what young children see when they look at these products, you start to understand how these injuries can happen,” said Rebecca McAdams, MA, MPH, co-author of this study and senior research associate in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s.

“Kids this age can’t read, so they don’t know what they are looking at. They see a bottle with a colorful label that looks or smells like something they are allowed to eat or drink, so they try to open it and take a swallow. When the bottle turns out to be nail polish remover instead of juice, or lotion instead of yogurt, serious injuries can occur.”

According to the study, 28.3 percent of injuries involved hair care products, with more than half requiring hospitalization, but nail polish remover, which accounted for 17.3 percent of all injuries, was the individual product that accounted for the most number of emergency room visits.

Another hazard, McAdams cautioned, is a child’s tendency to imitate what they see.

“Children watch their parents use these items and may try to imitate their behavior,” McAdams said in the news release. “Since these products are often stored in easy-to-reach places and are not typically in child-resistant containers, it can be easy for kids to get to and open the bottles.”

McAdams said most products involved in the recorded incidents do not have child-resistant packaging, so placement after use is vital to keeping kids safe.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to store personal care products in high storage areas and out of sight or behind a locked or latched cabinet. The researchers also said it was important for caregivers to know the National Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222).

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May 2019