Thursday, January 3, 2019

Aniebo Nwamu

    To unwise travellers from the east

To unwise travellers from the east

There is no fuel scarcity this December, but by last Saturday you had to pay N12,000 to board a rickety bus from Abuja to Onitsha. Those who could fly parted with double the amount they used to pay airlines. High transport fare is the least of the problems, however. The people of the southeast especially have not been deterred: they [...]

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    Peace in earth’s bosom: the Ikedife example

Peace in earth’s bosom: the Ikedife example

I experienced culture shock for the first time not in America or England but in Bauchi, Nigeria, sometime in 1990. A colleague had walked into our office at the Federal Secretariat, one morning, to announce that his mother had died the day before. He first spoke in Hausa, and because at that time I could understand the language only “kanda [...]

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    Bad loans or bad banks?

Bad loans or bad banks?

A younger Nigerian with a burning desire for greatness got excited after reading a statement issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in July this year. The sweet-sounding release that arrested the attention of Natty (surname withheld) was entitled “Guidelines for accessing real sector support facility through CRR and corporate bonds”. Agricultural, manufacturing or other employment-generating businesses, it stated, [...]

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    Nigeria: Gearing up for telecom advancement

Nigeria: Gearing up for telecom advancement

Improvements in telecom services have appeared at the top of political campaign points in Nigeria since 2003.  As has become customary, there will be no limit to the claims of politicians in the run-up to the 2019 general election: “We gave you GSM.” “From 400,000 Nitel lines, we now have 160million subscribers.” “We brought cell phones into the country.”  “Discussions [...]

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    Unnecessary Kanu-phobia

Unnecessary Kanu-phobia

Nnamdi Kanu always strikes while the iron is hot. His reappearance after more than one year has dominated discussions online and offline, generating anxiety in some quarters and ecstasy in others. Some political candidates are already trembling, for the great crowd puller could make the difference between success and failure at least in the south-east. I guess even Peter Obi, [...]

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    Executive Order 6: Too little  too late

Executive Order 6: Too little  too late

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    Atiku’s moments

Atiku’s moments

As they always do, the kingmakers of Nigeria have chosen for us our next leader. Remnants of the coup plotters of 1966 have almost always determined “who gets what, when and how” in the country for the past 52 years. Last weekend, they picked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the man to succeed Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. The choice came just days [...]

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    Remembering a quintessential teacher

Remembering a quintessential teacher

As a young man in the 1980s, I regarded Tai Solarin as my role model because of his unconventional approach to education, which was reflected on his school Mayflower in Ikenne, Ogun State. When I eventually met Solarin in Lagos early in 1994, the year of his death, I still admired his green pair of shorts and was about to [...]

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    Shouldn’t we listen to Ekweremadu?

Shouldn’t we listen to Ekweremadu?

With a 400-word post on Facebook last Wednesday, deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu has set the Nigerian media buzzing. Though he said nothing new – he renewed a proposal for a single term of five or six years for president and governor to reduce the “feverish political climate” that always precedes elections in the country – he has received mainly knocks from [...]

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    What workers want

What workers want

Several governorship and presidential aspirants will, later this year, promise to pay civil servants a minimum of N100, 000 per month if elected into office. No second-term candidate will make any such pledge, for reality has certainly forced them to beat a retreat. On the other hand, some might be able to fulfill their promise if the naira went the [...]

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    Connecting with our communities

Connecting with our communities

Good governance entails satisfying the most pressing needs of the people. In Nigeria, we seem to have been obsessed with roads – the performance of a governor or president has often been measured by the length of roads they have built.While roads may be important, there are other needs that our people consider more important. What are these necessities that [...]

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    Hunkuyi versus the ‘bulldozer’

Hunkuyi versus the ‘bulldozer’

The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna will this Thursday, August 2, hear how a high court’s order failed to prevent a bulldozer from demolishing a property at No.11B Sambo Road, Kaduna, on February 20, this year. The plaintiff, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, will want to know whether Nigerian law is not meant to be obeyed by people in high places. When [...]

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    2019: Electoral value holds all the aces

2019: Electoral value holds all the aces

2019 promises to be a defining epoch in Nigerian politics. Having undergone several hiccups in the past 20 years – desertions, defections, betrayals, fortifications, bandwagon effects, alignments and realignments – political parties are set to take enduring forms. We should therefore view the current spate of defections across political parties as a good thing. Let every politician seek like-minds and [...]

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    Abacha versus strange democrats

Abacha versus strange democrats

Many who lost out in the politics of the 1990s would want Nigerians to believe that Gen. Sani Abacha was the greatest evil to have befallen the country. They are wrong. It took an Abacha to expose the average Nigerian politician as a fraud, a gangster, a selfish moron, and worse. The generation of Nigerian leaders before us – the generation [...]

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    Nigeria: Forecasts for the next 12 months

Nigeria: Forecasts for the next 12 months

The trip to the grotto was smooth, except that there were rainstorms and windstorms followed by lightning during a downpour. I set out 6pm on Thursday, May 31, and, shortly before midnight, I was sitting by the cave, waiting to hear from the ORACLE. My mission? Last week, this column promised to consult HER and make forecasts about events that [...]

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    3 years of famine, disillusionment and despair

3 years of famine, disillusionment and despair

As a schoolboy, I loved to compete in the 400-metre race. You had to run full circle on the field, unlike the 100m or 200m race where athletes with stamina weren’t given the chance to prove their prowess. In those days – some 40 years ago –my admiration usually went to long-distance runners whom we called “milers” or “marathoners”. They [...]

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