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ELECTION SERIES – VOX POPULI: WHO THE CAP FITS

Hello beautiful people of the prestigious faculty of law. How y’all doing? It’s that time of the year again. Yep. The time one knows the other’s ‘true colour.’ The time friends become ‘slys’ or ‘slies’ whichever way it’s spelt. The time bcs of all sorts roll in; head bursting bcs that will make you wonder what you’re even doing with your life (“see what my mates are doing”). The time dirty linens are washed in public; that thing about someone you never esperred will just spring out from somewhere or nowhere because he/she is contesting for a particular post and y’all do not want him/her to win. So y’all play dirty politics. It’s the faculty elections. Different people have declared their intentions to contest for (and win) various executive positions in the LSS. They have all drafted beautiful plans that will be executed (if they do win). Plans like… well, come for the Manifesto at the Law Annex on Tuesday the 8th of August, 2017.

This post echoes your opinions of the students of the faculty, who they do want to fill the vacuum (oh okay it’s not empty) of the seat of the LSS President. This is basically a vox pop on who y’all think the cap fits. A specific number of students were sampled from each class and this is what y’all had to say:

Alliyu Faruq. I believe he has more charisma and a better sense of responsibility.” –El chapo.

Boye. I do not know why sha. I just feel like he really wants to serve and he has been serving since like day one. And he has convinced me. I know what he is capable of. I just feel like he is the right man for the job. I do not really know what the other guy is up to and I feel like Boye seems quite independent. He is the man behind his vision. But this other guy I just feel like he has some people that are pushing him. That is my opinion o. He does not look like someone that has his own stand. He looks like someone that people are just telling what to do. Boye seems more on his own. He has his own plans. He is already even trying to push the other candidates, telling them that they should be ready to work if they win. And I can see the drive and energy. He is mobile and he has been trying for these people since year one.” –Dapo.

I don’t even know who to support. Maybe after the manifesto.” -Yinka.

Faruq. He has a lot to offer. His intentions are in line with the pressing issues of the LSS.” -Cendy.

Boye. Because I like him more than I like Faruq.  –Tron.

Both of them do not have sense. Can another person just run? It would have been better if another person should just run. They are both flawed, so we are just trying to pick the most un-flawed. It’s just like, which one is not as rotten as the other? They are both rotten eggs. It is like picking between HIV and Ebola. You have no choice you have to pick one. You’ll still die; you just have to pick the one that does not kill faster.” -Devil’s advocate.

Faruq. I believe in his plans and manner of approach.” -LSS best player

“I am not really interested because I am not feeling any of them. So when manifesto comes, I’ll decide. But right now, I really do not know. –Funmi.

Alliyu Faruq. Because he does not undermine his opponent to boost himself in campaigns, and he has really good plans for the LSS.” –Unscripted writer.

Definitely rebirth. Everyone is definitely alive; don’t tell us to come alive. But what will be reborn out of the ashes we find ourselves in presently. So I’m for rebirth. I’m for Boye.” -The Joker.

As much as I am not really impressed by the two candidates that are coming from class of ’18, I feel Boye is somebody that is a goal getter, and therefore would not be influenced by the people around him. I also feel he knows a lot of important people, and that will help in pooling resources together. I like the fact that he is radical, and the best president LSS has had is Cornel because of how radical he was. Apparently, I am on Faruq’s campaign group chat. I just agreed because I didn’t want him to waste my time convincing me, because I know he couldn’t.” –Princewill.

I would prefer Alliyu Faruq, even though his campaign and socialization shit is nothing to write home about. My preference for Alliyu is due to his personality presentability, his responsibility and no image tarnishing report so far.” –J.

Faruq. His plans  are achievable within the 10 months he has in office and he has what it takes to fare well.” –Conte.

I’ll go for rebirth because I want a president and not some presidents.” –A.

Alliyu Faruq. He has good and practical plans for the LSS.” –John.

Alliyu Faruq. Going by his pedigree and past feats, he has shown and proven to be a reliable and intuitive leader. His blueprint for his Presidentil race is in itself the most feasible and achievable and not some blue sky thinking and ideas of the other quarters.” –Achebe.

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Taiwo Famakinde,

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Posted by on August 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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ELECTION SERIES: THE ADO OF THE LSS PRESIDENTIAL RACE

​”It is during elections that strangers suddenly start getting all familiar”-Anon.

  Hi there, it’s Ignis. I’m here to talk to you about the upcoming LSS Presidential elections. I’m sure we’ve all seen BCs and been approached either by the men in black themselves, or their proxy campaigners. Well, honestly don’t see why all this fuss. I mean, in this recession, someone will spend money doing banner for election he might probably not win. Hian. Anyways, I guess the courage to even come out to contest should be applauded. I mean, we all know how hard it is, to stand in front of a law crowd and declare your intention to do anything. So, well done, I guess. But, ehm, why exactly are these guys interested in occupying that presidential seat I wonder? Do they really intend to make good on their “plans” and “dreams” for the LSS?…. ..of course we know that’s all sweet talking. 

   Let’s talk about the candidates shall we? On the one hand, we’ve got a man who’s served in the Justice Kayode Eso Student Chambers, the Association of Muslim Law Students, The Tax Club, The Law Society Trust Fund Committee, and Faculty of Law Electoral Committee, and who thinks that this qualifies him to make the LSS alive again. Low key, this guy just called us all dead guys. Moving on, I heard someone say that this candidate has that communicative and oratory advantage, and he probably hopes to use that at the manifesto to convince the lot of you. But then, Hilary Clinton possessed this too, and she was floored in a landslide loss of votes. I have learnt that the presidential baton doesn’t always fall in the orator’s hand, and a man of words is not necessarily a man of the people- matter of fact, a man of words is to be feared. So, the fact that this man seems to be talking up and down doesn’t guarantee anything. We know people would say anything in a campaign. And might I add, it is one thing to be alive and another thing to be alive and well. Well, I don’t quite have much of a backstory on this guy and I think that tells you something. But a certain president won the seat without even serving in any faculty capacity, so maybe he just might win the seat. I just hope that whatever happens at the end of it all, this our guy makes it out alive. Win or no win. 

   Now let’s talk about the one who’s been relatively quite quiet as per campaigning, leaving us all in suspenseful anticipation of what his plans might be. Now, we know that when it comes to politics, this guy, no, man (he’s not your mate oh) has got (a non academic equivalent of) a PhD. He’s used to winning with landslides and sometimes not even being opposed. He’s been repping his class for as long a time as time itself and this seems to be sufficient to say that a person with such acumen as this would be able to serve in a capacity such as the office of the LSS President, but then,…..elections will not be one on what “seems” but on what “is“. And do you know what this man is? He is ambitious (however quietly so), more so to graduate as the president of the faculty than to graduate. This is someone who won’t take a “no” and this poses both advantages and disadvantages, but that’ll not be my business. He is someone who, though isn’t as “out there” as his rival, has the backing of some of the powers that be because he’s known to be quite friendly with the influencers of affairs of the faculty. He’s not someone who needs twelve different BCs, or who needs to talk much, in fact, he doesn’t want to talk, because he’s doing some underground paroles that y’all are oblivious to. He has been working smart more than he has been working hard. He has the backing of all the class reps from bottom to top and by extension, the majority support in the faculty. But, I’ll have you know that “support” and “backing” does not in political dictionaries, translate to “votes“. A classic example is when some of your parents supported a certain presidential candidate in the US last November, but could not, and did not vote. Anyways, I’m not here to campaign on anyone’s behalf, nor am I here to ruin someone’s campaign. This is only an analysis.

  I will leave you with this: A poor beggar at the road side, or a lunatic displaying lunacy, is obviously very much alive, and breathing air. But would you call that much of a life? And by the way, there was a rebirth from PDP to APC, but, any #change?? You and I know the answer to that.

    By the way, you Nigerians that are shouting “Neymar this, Neymar that”, shey you know he doesn’t care, and he just got richer. You’re here taking surgery for someone’s injury. Hian.
Mayowa Akinyemi,

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Posted by on August 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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CAMOUFLAGE

Few weeks ago, I saw a horrifying, vile and absolutely disgusting video on Instagram. In it, uniformed military men were flogging someone for wearing camouflage. That’s not new, right? 

He was disabled. On the floor. Using one of those floor crutches, the ones that look like low-key skate boards.
And they beat him, black, blue, red and yellow. They beat him like he stole. They dragged him, every disabled inch of him. They flogged him with belts and whips. They didn’t stop for a good minute or so.
 
He was disabled.
In the middle of a market.
Obviously less privileged.
Definitely wearing the camouflage out of necessity, not want.
They didn’t care.

It beats me how those who swore to protect the integrity of our nation don’t even have integrity. I’ve never understood the camouflage drama and I never will. If you do, please explain it to me. Maybe, it would start to actually make sense. 
Perhaps, fighting off terrorists have made them terrorists themselves. Its probably a thing that after being in the jungle for so long, some animalistic tendencies suffice. But, what do I really know? 

You know, I saw a really crap picture of them, in the aftermath. The soldiers and the victim, now in a wheel chair. They were smiling and I laughed. I laughed till my sides hurt. I was happy for him, I mean I am. But what happens to the other victims who get beaten to a pulp every day, just because of camouflage? Those who have no videos to fight for them and social media influencers to raise alarm? The ones who don’t trend on Instagram? What happens to them? 

Use the comment button. What’s your take on this? What are your camouflage stories? 

Written By Titilope Adedokun

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Posted by on March 7, 2017 in Opinion

 

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PARANOIA

PARANOIA.

The name I was called,
The name she gave me,
I had so much trust in her,
I had so much love for her ,
For her I could give my life,
For her I gave my happiness,
Everything she said was law,
Everything she wished was my command,
For in her I found my purpose, a reason to carry on,
In her, I found a reason to believe, albeit I believed with imprudence,
In her I found an excuse to leave and die another day,
For to and fro she tossed me like the tempest waves of the seas,
To and fro I went to do her bidding,
Yea, I was on the verge of sinking,
Nay, I do not want to sink anymore,
For captain of my ship she had become
And I had no firm grip on the wheels of my ship;
Free, I stand at the bank of the river
Taking in a deep breath, finally feeling the wind of freedom caressing my skin
Now, I fear that history repeats itself,
For in her eyes that sparkle like Orion’s belt, I see nothing but transience,
A daily reminder of the impermanence that suggets the inevitability that awaits me,
For every time she walks away
The pain is heart wrenching
One I cannot bear
Maybe I am wrong
Maybe history indeed is repeating itself
Or maybe I am just being what men call
PARANOID.    
                                        Yours Truly,
                                     Tales of the Phoenix.

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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Metanoia, Opinion

 

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LSS CHRONICLE, In a Lighter Vein

By Joshua Omenga

Against all odds the FORWARD TEAM came to being, after a rigorous campaign laced with betrayal and rumour and blackmail – don’t ask on whose side, don’t get entangled in the quagmire, don’t let the smouldering fire burn you. For a reason we prefer not to inquire into, the LSS Blog did not to publish the result of the election. We present you here a rundown of the list of FORWARD TEAM Executives:  the man behind the FORWARD TEAM is Cornelius Gabriel (as President) and the woman behind is Motunrayo Ogunseitan (as Vice-President). Other players in this stage include: Oluwadara Oluwafemi (as General Secretary), Oluwatobi Olowokure (as Assistant General Secretary), Ayuwo Jones (as Public Relations Officer), Qasim (as Sports Secretary), Bolaji Benson (as Treasurer), Islamiyat Olamilekan (as Welfare Secretary), Jide Agbaje-Williams (as Social Secretary) and Gboyega Ahove (as the Financial Secretary)
January 19, enter the players to the stage. We, the spectators, turn to see how FORWARD this team has moved. Not meaning to insert a needless disclaimer, let it be known that we are interested only in the events as we saw them, not the politics behind them, nor of messengers who disobeyed their master’s biddings, nor of the master who refused saving counsels, nor of the fantastic plans that did not materialise; nay, we know only what we see… and here is the summary of what we saw…
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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Opinion, Students Write-ups

 

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Student Voices – Headlines that Make Nigeria

Student Voices – Headlines that Make Nigeria

By Ajayi Samuel

The First Week of August 2015

* We live like rats, yet Nigerians want us to be their friends – Policemen

The comment: “And their motto is still ‘the police is your friend’? When you don’t want a child to steal, you give him what he wants. The standard of living of the Nigeria Police is below what is expected. Why won’t they take bribes and engage in atrocities? They secure our lives hence, give them what they want and no living like rats”
Oyinkansola Akinrinmade. 300 Level Law student.

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Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Columns

 

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