Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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    My ‘ordeal’ inside Kirikiri prison

My ‘ordeal’ inside Kirikiri prison

BY YUSHAU SHUAIB This is not a joke, but a real-life story. I still wonder how my family members, friends and well-wishers would feel about my ‘ordeal’ inside the Kirikiri medium security prison in Apapa, Lagos.In fact, this write-up commenced in the Prison. All my life I have tried to avoid any act or behaviour that would warrant me being sent [...]

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    Run, Ojudu, run

Run, Ojudu, run

BY SEGUN DELE DIPE Truth be told, being the next governor of Ekiti State after a rough rider like Fayose is herculean and largely unrewarding. Such a person will be spending quality time clearing filthy stalls. It is thus not in my character to goad anyone into such unfulfilling terrain. But, according to my late dad, the two occasions when an [...]

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    Tales By Moonlight: Don Gruffy, The Chocolate Loving Audu and five lessons

Tales By Moonlight: Don Gruffy, The Chocolate Loving Audu and five lessons

BY ABAYOMI OMOTAYONTA’s Tales by Moonlight should be a national treasure but unfortunately it has been trashed in the national trash can. I read an unconfirmed report online that even NTA cannot account for the tapes. In other words, they are lost. What a shame.Before I go further, please note that emphasis is on ‘unconfirmed report’ before I get [...]

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    Restoring public education’s pride of place is the only way forward

Restoring public education’s pride of place is the only way forward

By Michael Oluwagbemi It is not uncommon for Nigerians to bemoan corruption, the collapse of moral values, insecurity, decaying public infrastructure, unemployment or the high cost of doing business in the country. What is most uncommon is the correct diagnosis of the disease rather than the symptom, which all these represent, or its origins.Once upon a time, Nigeria’s politics was relatively [...]

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    A letter to Wendell Simlin aka Reno Omokri

A letter to Wendell Simlin aka Reno Omokri

By DAVID IYOFOR My dear Wendell aka Reno,I am not sure how to address you, whether to call you Reno Omokri or Wendell Smilin. This in itself is a fundamental problem. Your multiple identities send a profound message about your character and duplicitous personality.For the benefit of those who may not remember, I crave your indulgence to remind them that Wendell [...]

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    Lessons from the umpteenth Ranieri sacking

Lessons from the umpteenth Ranieri sacking

By Baba Grumpy As an Arsenal fan and a Wenger admirer, I wasn’t sold on the Leicester Premier League win last season. Yes it was a fairy tale as we have been told for the one millionth time but the fact that Arsenal defeated Ranieri’s team home and away despite some skulduggery from the referee especially in the match at the Emirates meant [...]

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    Buhari’s medical leave and a cabal’s opportunity

Buhari’s medical leave and a cabal’s opportunity

BY YUSUF BALA IKARA What comes to mind when changes happen is the recurring question of whether it is for better or for worse. The ruling APC Government has seen a lot of changes in its almost two years of existence. The party rode on the crest of change as its fulcrum to win the last election, and a bumpy ride [...]

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    AMCON, Nigerian aviation’s knight in shining armour

AMCON, Nigerian aviation’s knight in shining armour

By FEMI OYEDIRAN The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) recently took over control of Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading airline in order, we are told, to protect their anxious creditors, prevent a catastrophic shutdown of services to the public and preserve the jobs of their long-suffering employees. Arik, has debts of over 300 Billion Naira and needs the immediate infusion of [...]

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    One Arsene Wenger

One Arsene Wenger

You have read the reports especially after the match against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. “Arsene Wenger snatches candy from kids”. “His team can never do it again”. “They don’t have mental strength”. “He needs to go now” etc. Overreaction I call it. Apart from the fact that I am still hurting from the result, I am also incensed primarily at [...]

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    The goodwill we may never witness again

The goodwill we may never witness again

By Adam Idris President Muhammadu Buhari may go down in history books as one of few leaders who enjoys nearly the same amount of goodwill when his administration seems to be disappointing a large section of Nigerians as during the heady pre-election and early post-election periods (when people remind their compatriots to respect the order in queues for it is Buhari [...]

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    Ebonyi 2019: Exposing opposition’s grouses against Umahi

Ebonyi 2019: Exposing opposition’s grouses against Umahi

BY MONICA ADA C. EZE Few weeks back, we monitored nocturnal meetings in Abuja, Abakaliki and Enugu of major political heavy weights that lost out in the 2015 general elections in Ebonyi State, with those who felt that they are not carried along by the present administration of Governor Dave Umahi and the group that have some political scores to settle [...]

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    Birth attendants who cut the umbilical cord with broken bottles

Birth attendants who cut the umbilical cord with broken bottles

By Mercy Abang After losing her fourth child during delivery at the house of her regular traditional birth attendant (TBA), 42-year-old Kemi Ariyo contracted spiritualists to get to the root of her problems. “I was widely accused to be a witch as a result of the demise of my babies,” Kemi said. “So I approached the spiritualists who pray for pregnant [...]

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    Taking another look at the Buhari, Trump phone call

Taking another look at the Buhari, Trump phone call

BY PHILIP AGBESE In a  major boost to his global acceptability, President Muhammadu Buhari had a phone conversation with president of the United States, Donald J Trump. That meeting has reversed years of travesty as Trump committed to helping Nigeria’s military by the hardware needed for fight fighting terrorism.Not only has his predecessor refused to sell arms to Nigeria, he [...]

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    NCAA and airlines earnings

NCAA and airlines earnings

By John O Ojikutu The NCAA press conference of Monday January 30, 2016 was unlike anything before it in over 10 years since the agency was established. The conference seems to be an attempt by the agency to bring to the public knowledge the earnings, not the spending of the airlines operators. It could be an effort made to assuage the [...]

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    Why Nigeria should never break up

Why Nigeria should never break up

By Baba Grumpy Someone I consider a good friend recently accused me of an obsession with Biafra, as I appear to take pleasure in ridiculing and pouring scorn on the idea. I was forced to defend myself and also undertake some self-examination to be absolutely certain about my motives.I am from the South West of Nigeria, born after the Nigerian Civil [...]

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    Remembering Aare Arisekola: A Valentine baby

Remembering Aare Arisekola: A Valentine baby

By Folu Olamiti Renowned Aare Musulumi of Yoruba Land, Alhaji Arisekola Alao passed on two years ago. Today, he remains tall even in death. In his life time, the Aare made great impacts in the lives of many. His infectious sense of accommodation, altruism, generosity, piety and enterprise are virtues that endeared him to me and many others.I was one of [...]

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