by Feysayo Adeyemi
This week’s edition of Rubbin’ Minds took on the State of the Nation; exploring issues that bothers majorly on the recent bombings and the government’s reaction. The aim to this edition is to discuss these issues objectively and give opinions as youth.
Guests on the show were Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria; Cheta Nwanze News Analyst, Daily Times; Seyi Taylor, entrepreneur and Henri Okelue, IT Professional/Blogger. The discussion got heated up even before the show began. Mr. Sesan, whose mother worked in the bombed UN building, stated that “we have been sleeping with one eye closed. These days, we sleep with two eyes open”.
Seyi Taylor believes the State of the Nation as it is, has been the result of different systemic errors over the years.
“This problem we have has been 40 years in the making. Unfortunately, we didn’t learn from the September 11 US bombing,” Taylor inferred while Okelue concurred saying “the system had always failed us.”
With the heat steaming hot, RubbinMinds went on a break as Rubin’ Minds presenter, Sade Ladipo, urged the guests to call out individuals they believe are coming short, asking who should to be held responsible for the security lapses; what agency?
Nwanze wondered why the Inspector General of Police would travel out for frivolous issue almost immediately after a bomb blast targeted at his office.
“At the end of the day, the bus stops at the President’s table,” Nnwanze said.
The edition was later adjourned to extensively trash out the theme ‘The State of the Nation’.