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Negligible Responses to Medical Negligence in Nigeria

Friday, July 5th, 2013  

Medical malpractice is generally defined as that professional misconduct comprised of illegal,unethical,negligent or immoral conduct of a person in a professional position, resulting in the failure to fulfil the duties associated with that position.malpractice

On the second week of April 2013, Funmi Lawal, a graduate of the Law Faculty, University of Lagos, died of cancer. According to reports dating back to the time Funmi was a student of the University of Lagos, she had been complaining about shoulder pains, and like any other health conscious individual, she consulted doctors who, negligently, did not diagnose her cancer but treated her for other ailments. However, a while after this, her shoulder pains developed into something more dangerous and sinister, before which time the doctors did not know that Funmi had cancer.

It should be noted that, it was also reported that Gani Fawehinmi, who was a foremost human rights lawyer in Nigeria, was also a victim of Medical negligence in Nigeria

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Nigeria: Outsourcing Justice

Saturday, June 29th, 2013  

“Arise oh compatriots”. That sentence has never seized to ignite in me a feeling of compassion, commitment, and unending dedication to the good and prosperity of my fatherland Nigeria. I am proudly Nigerian, and I will jump at any opportunity to let the world know. But, sincerely, there are times when I feel a rush of negative emotions like anger, pain, helplessness, and above all, shame, at the mere mention of the name ‘Nigeria’. I last experienced one of such moments on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 when I got the news of the conviction of Henry Okah by a South African court for acts of terrorism in Nigeria. That should ordinarily have been good tiding to my ears but the fact of Nigeria’s over-dependence on other countries in the fight against corruption and insecurity hit me like a blow. My scales-justicememory did an automatic flashback and the first stop was 2005. So, what about that year, you may ask, I’ll remind you.

In September 2005, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who had been elected Governor of Bayelsa State in May 1999 as a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and re-elected in 2003, was detained in London on charges of money laundering. At the time of his arrest, the Metropolitan Police found about £1m in cash in his London home. Later, they found a total of £1.8m ($3.2m) in cash and bank accounts. The ultimate shock came when he presented himself as an object of national disgrace by jumping bail in December 2005 and escaping from the United Kingdom by disguising himself as a woman, though Alamieyeseigha denied this claim. On July 26, 2007, he pled guilty before a Nigerian court to six charges and was sentenced to two years in prison on each charge; however, because the sentences were set to run concurrently and the time was counted from the point of his arrest nearly two years before the sentences, his actual sentence was relatively short. On July 27, just hours after being taken to prison, he was released due to time already served. In my state of mental sojourn, the past is linked to the present, as we forward to March 12 2013 when President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan announced the grant of Presidential Pardon to Alamieyeseigha.

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013  



The phrase `we are happier than our forefathers` has never been truer than it is today. Drawing from the tail-end of the 20th century to the rays of hope that brightened the 21st century, the planet called earth has enjoyed a significant improvement in culture, thanks to innovative technological developments by Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, yahoo, Google, MySpace, Word press, and gadgets like the blackberry, Ipad, IPhones, amongst others, which have heralded the development of Information Technology. The works of Bill Gates, Larry Page, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Mark Cuban etc, have undoubtedly made life better for the lot of a significant percentage of the world’s population. Information is now better transmitted to a larger audience with minimal effort, surprisingly, at the speed of light. Reaching out to people across the poles via social media networks, reuniting lost friends and creating new acquaintances have become the norm of the day. Business transactions are now effected more quickly and with minimal risk. Online purchasing has opened a phase in the marketing world where buyers and sellers need not necessarily know or meet each other, and this by no means diminishes transactional efficiency. All these and many more are the beauties of the novel concept of Information Technology.

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The Disparity between Reality and the Law: Marital Rape

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013  



It was the first mass of the new year, and the priest had decided to base the sermon on family values in accordance with the life of the

holy family. He preached about various habits of couples that ruined marriages, such as excessive drinking, gambling, adultery, abuse, etc. However, what really caught my attention was a question he addressed to the married couples about whether in their opinion a man could rape his wife. There was silence at first, but there came a resounding ‘yes’ from the congregation. According to these people, the answer was ‘yes’. It was indeed possible for a man to rape his wife. However, as a law student, I knew better. According to our laws, the answer should definitely not have been yes! Actually, it should have been a resounding ’no’.

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Seven Questions …

Monday, April 9th, 2012  

Writer, Author of “the way of the Africans”, and Professor of African Regional Affairs, Edward Guillotine, talks on African youths, regional growth, African unity and leadership

Q:You lecture at the Foremost University on African Regional Affairs. What is the experience like?

A: Well, after finishing my doctorate in African Relations, and writing a couple of theses on and around the same topic, it follows very much that I should specialize in this area of life in my lectures. Lecturing my students on African Regional Affairs has been a joy, and I have helped open many future entrepreneurs to the dangers that exist in investing in a volatile Africa, as against stable American and European countries.

Q: Your last reply and many of your articles seem to tilt almost on the verge of racism. What will be your reply to the talk that you are racist?

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