Saturday, June 23, 2018

Adeola Akinremi

    June 12: Why we fought

June 12: Why we fought

It was a common cliché back in the day: “on June 12 we stand.”The cliché is bigger than any special honor. It was a cliché everyone could identify with regardless of age, profession and ethnicity.It means emancipation from poverty, unemployment, corruption, nepotism intolerance, oppression, sexism and other forms of proliferating anti-people policies.It was for that reason that the late legal [...]

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    Chasing Elumelu: On the road with big-hearted billionaire

Chasing Elumelu: On the road with big-hearted billionaire

In contrast to what everyone will do, on his Twitter page, Africa’s front row businessman and philanthropist, Tony Elumelu, has his portrait looking over boundless water.The billionaire’s masterfully calibrated image in a slick suit on a lofty perch was photographed somewhere in Lagos business district. It mirrors one thing: his boundless beneficence.For decades, Elumelu has rolled up his sleeves [...]

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    Meet Olukorede Yishau, The Nation journalist who’s thinking outside the newsroom

Meet Olukorede Yishau, The Nation journalist who’s thinking outside the newsroom

The Nation newspaper has many good names written on it for bylines. Olukorede Yishau, an associate editor whose job at the newspaper is to plough through tons of news stories everyday for highest standards of journalism by The Nation reporters has an outstanding name.A back page columnist for its Niger-Delta edition, whose finely written essays from trivial and somewhat flippant [...]

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    Tinubu’s triumph and humbling of Oyegun

Tinubu’s triumph and humbling of Oyegun

If the message this week about the illegitimacy of the tenure elongation for the All Progressives Congress chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, isn’t quite the end of Oyegun’s politics in APC, it is undoubtedly the beginning of the end.President Muhammadu Buhari, asserting his authority over the party this week, technically ended Oyegun’s tenure with a subtle notice to him to prepare the [...]

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    Tapping Toyin Umesiri, others for Africa reputation building in United States

Tapping Toyin Umesiri, others for Africa reputation building in United States

Bentonville, Arkansas, in the United States, is the most unusual place to build good reputation for Africa. It is not considered an important place for international relations, yet businesses thrive there. It is the city of Walmart, the multinational retail corporation.  But the reason Bentonville is not considered a place for international relations is this: Bentonville is miles away from Washington [...]

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    Chibok, Dapchi, others and psychosis of Boko Haram terrorism

Chibok, Dapchi, others and psychosis of Boko Haram terrorism

I have lived with the trauma of threat to my life for nearly three years. Every day I see my body lower into the grave. It’s hard to deal with psychosis of fear. I know firsthand after I was declared a “walking dead” by Boko Haram militants in 2015. My wife can tell of how many times I jumped out [...]

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    As APC waits for Godot, Tinubu can only go so far

As APC waits for Godot, Tinubu can only go so far

The All Progressives Congress is like a pot on a pressure cooker. It is in an uneasy state. It is clear to see why. These days, the party has been on the defensive in terms of its governance—not a good omen for its future.The founding fathers are equally divided along the old order of Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN) and [...]

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    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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