Friday, September 21, 2018

Aniebo Nwamu

    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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    Back to our communities (II)

Back to our communities (II)

My guess is that we are now at the stage Western Europe was about 200 years ago. Forced by necessity, their men and women had to use their brains to transform their society. What followed was the industrial revolution. While our black ancestors were fiddling with charms, fortune-telling and witchcraft, the white people were using their brains to lift themselves out [...]

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    Back to our communities (I)

Back to our communities (I)

The wall separating urban and rural communities is collapsing fast. What makes a community urban except for availability of power, piped clean water and paved roads?  These amenities are present in a majority of our rural communities today, but they are lacking in some cities. As I write this in a part of Abuja where I live, there has been total [...]

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    No restructuring, no voting

No restructuring, no voting

A reliable source has told me what he believes is the reason the National Assembly has yet to pass the 2018 budget. Our lawmakers, he said, have been expecting chunks of money they would use to fight the next election but have been disappointed by a “frugal” presidency. I don’t believe my friend’s tale because no federal lawmaker should run out [...]

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    Armageddon now or later

Armageddon now or later

Many have held their breath since penultimate week when the US, Britain and France bombed facilities allegedly housing chemical weapons in Syria, and Russia promised there would be consequences for that action. I too have been restless, for I’ve not forgotten a remark Ronald Reagan once made about “that evil empire” or the Bible prophecy concerning Armageddon that would precede [...]

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    Deadly terrorists in the ‘Dark Continent’

Deadly terrorists in the ‘Dark Continent’

Long before the emergence of Al-Qaeda or its forerunners, there existed tiny creatures terrorising the whole of Africa and some other parts of the world: mosquitoes. Those who declared a “war on terror” 16 years ago didn’t regard them as the enemy, though the WHO, UNICEF and national health programmes like “Roll Back Malaria” have specifically targeted mosquitoes. It’s been a [...]

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    Why we do this thankless job

Why we do this thankless job

Just last Sunday I resolved to resume this column after reading about a quarrel between Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore and Nigeria’s communication minister Adebayo Shittu during a radio programme. Sowore gave Shittu a bloody nose. The typical Nigerian politician’s arrogance and ignorance reminded me of the “shithole” tag US President Trump gave us in January, and I’ve felt like a nationless [...]

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    Imminent return of the president

Imminent return of the president

There is every hope that President Muhammadu Buhari will return to the country in the next few days. He may return to continue convalescing or receiving treatment at home. His ability to continue to discharge his duties as president effectively, on his return, may be uncertain, but many of us will not like to see him resign. Within the 18 [...]

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