Saturday, February 17, 2018

Adeola Akinremi

    Mr. President! These drums are loud enough

Mr. President! These drums are loud enough

I grew up listening to pattern of strokes on drums. From a scared forest near our house, we heard constant drumbeat; from a palace of a deceased famous king we heard early morning beating of drums; and from the market square a few steps away, sound from drums was what Gelede masquerade listened to before putting one foot in front of the [...]

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    Buhari’s reign of error

Buhari’s reign of error

Believe me; President Muhammadu Buhari should face stiff political headwinds, if he goes against his conscience to seek re-election. Look everywhere, but at the truth. In April 2015, days before his inauguration, Buhari penned an op-ed for the New York Times. It was a clever propaganda to present himself to the world as a ready-man. In that op-ed, Buhari quoted [...]

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    Buhari just lied on his agenda, claiming three out of five points

Buhari just lied on his agenda, claiming three out of five points

There’s a lot of chaos in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government already. But the falsehood that has been added requires strong pushback.This is where I stand: if we don’t want the labour of our past heroes to be in vain, we must stand up to defend Nigeria from harm. Yes, every politician lies, but the trust given to Buhari to govern [...]

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    Buhari cannot run, time ran out on him

Buhari cannot run, time ran out on him

This year is not looking good for President Muhammadu Buhari. The incurious president has spent half of January confronting what he had ignored—the herdsmen extremism.Allies of Buhari are increasingly confident that he would run again, but they don’t see why the president is too timid to declare his ambition. In fact, a group of seven governors mostly from rural [...]

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    Peterside, the man NIMASA wakes up to

Peterside, the man NIMASA wakes up to

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the director-general of the nation’s maritime agency, doesn’t have an easy job, clearly. But we knew he will not lose his head, when others are losing theirs. We have seen many do in this government. The rare breed politician, who turns 47 on Sunday, December 31, is actually what Rivers State prayed for in 2015, before they were [...]

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    PDP’s bet on Atiku to take it back to power

PDP’s bet on Atiku to take it back to power

Sometimes we are exasperated by the internal politics of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that we forget that there will be no way to simply ask PDP to shake off the stench.That PDP’s convention was riven by disagreements over “unity list” shouldn’t be a surprise, the architects of power in the grand old party have lived by swords and stones [...]

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    Nigeria’s broken politics

Nigeria’s broken politics

Nothing explains the fact that our political system is broken than the recent exit of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and the immediate association of his name with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Naturally, President Muhammadu Buhari must be happy with the exit of Abubakar. The president and the APC devotees knew the [...]

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    Did Buhari just shoehorn south-easterners into APC?

Did Buhari just shoehorn south-easterners into APC?

Enugu opened up to make President Muhammadu Buhari happy on Tuesday. The amazing excitement seen at the airport and on the corners of the streets about his visit to the coal city must be a pleasant surprise to a man who has been reluctant to make a single passage to the southeast since he came to power.   To my mind, with this [...]

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    Buhari, Grand Commander of Frustrated Republic

Buhari, Grand Commander of Frustrated Republic

Nigerians are hurting. Perpetual presidential blunders have increased distress in homes across Nigeria. Sadly, Nigerians cannot make a distress call to President Muhammadu Buhari. He is a distant leader.After throwing Nigeria into recession with poor economic policies that forced citizens into depression, Buhari spent taxpayers’ money to overcome his affliction in London.The adulation he received from those coaxing him into [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala, Adeosun, Ezekwesili, Ahmad… the list is endless

Okonjo-Iweala, Adeosun, Ezekwesili, Ahmad… the list is endless

I love Serah Makka-Ugbabe. She’s the woman who heads ONE Campaign in Nigeria as the country director. She has extended role for Africa. The first time we met a little over five years ago our chemistry kicked in. She has a good education and reputation—a degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of North Florida and a Masters [...]

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    Uber’s bad sign requires government action

Uber’s bad sign requires government action

Uber is a beautiful business with ugly stories. The ride-sharing business is fast, cheap and smart, but its global record contains sexual assault, murder and theft.In June, Los Angeles Times reported a bizarre story of a 46-year-old Uber driver who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and kidnapping after an intoxicated passenger was taken to a hotel and attacked.The Uber driver [...]

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    Making sense of ‘America first’ in Africa

Making sense of ‘America first’ in Africa

Oh! There was plenty of debate in New York this week.The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72), at the UN Headquarters on Tuesday had several interesting part as leaders read speeches prepared for them and in some cases by themselves.Of course, sidelines and hallways provided lobbyists and nonprofit leaders the opportunity to ambush many of them. [...]

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    Tony Elumelu’s theory

Tony Elumelu’s theory

Across Africa, Tony Elumelu’s unstinting generosity is written in the hearts and minds of the people. National governments in Africa bear same record.But the stylish banker is doing more than giving money these days.  He’s opening up in a way few philanthropists and business owners do. His photocopier machine sales job story says more about resilience and grit. I found that [...]

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    Now, no more nightmares at NIMASA

Now, no more nightmares at NIMASA

Really, I’m not sure why most Nigerians decide to concentrate energy on a man who is in a pickle. I can only think of one thing: human psyche.Of course, the public’s right to know and the obligation of the Aso Villa to tell became a confluence of conflict in our political debates in recent time with President Muhammadu Buhari’s sickness [...]

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    The private citizen who belongs to everybody

The private citizen who belongs to everybody

“Hello, Commander-in-Chief, when are you going home?”“My sister, I told my people soon so that they will stop to poke their noses into my life. Nigerians want to know everything in Aso villa and the other room. They just don’t understand the word privacy.”“But you said you belong to everybody, you belong to all.”“It was an overzealous speech I made [...]

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    Population surge, more poor people: Africa leaders have one option, it’s to rev-up health care financing

Population surge, more poor people: Africa leaders have one option, it’s to rev-up health care financing

Two unrelated recent events with discernible pattern in sub-Saharan Africa gave me hope and despair. In Mombasa, Kenya, a kindergarten boy from a poor home died in a horrific accident. He fell through a hole on the floor of a moving school bus in which he was riding. The bus crushed him to death. Despair. The floor of the school bus had [...]

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