Sunday, February 9, 2020

Femi Adesina

    Insecurity: What Buhari has done, and is doing

Insecurity: What Buhari has done, and is doing

Each time he itemizes the three focal areas of government, President Muhammadu Buhari follows the same order: we shall secure the country, because you have to first secure a country or institution before you can efficiently manage it. We will revive the economy, and create jobs, particularly for our teeming youths, and then, we will fight corruption. The order above shows [...]

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    PMB at 77: ‘Please tell Baba we are with him all the way’

PMB at 77: ‘Please tell Baba we are with him all the way’

I boarded a commercial airliner heading to Lagos from Abuja. I was already seated, and strapping my seat belt, when a young man approached me. He must have been in his late 20s, or at most, early 30s. I shook hands, greeted him warmly, and he slipped something in my palm. He went back to his seat. It was a piece [...]

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    Tam David-West in final escape

Tam David-West in final escape

Now, my introduction to Professor Tam David-West was on this wise: I was brought up by a very strict, educationist father, who would not allow his seven children travel during holidays, particularly the long vacation at the end of the session. He had his own way of keeping us busy. My town, Ipetumodu, in Osun State, is about ten to fifteen [...]

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    Atiku: They gave him a false sense of hope

Atiku: They gave him a false sense of hope

After the Supreme Court threw out the legal challenge by Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the February 2019 presidential poll last week, two things flashed across my mind. One was a song, the other, a quote from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which I’d read over 40 years ago. First, the song: The strife is o’er, the battle done, The victory [...]

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    PMB at ICC: Proud to be Nigerian

PMB at ICC: Proud to be Nigerian

I've seen him address the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Seen him speak at AU (African Union) summits. Seen him address the European Parliament at Salzburg, France. Watched him speak to the world a number of times at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). And on Tuesday, January 17, 2018, he stood ramrod straight to address the International [...]

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    Why I stand with Buhari

Why I stand with Buhari

These are very difficult times in our country. Sad, mournful and dolorous times, as the New Year opened with killings in Rivers, Kaduna, Taraba, and Benue states, among others. Of course, there had been gruesome carnage on the Mambilla plateau mid last year, and bloodletting in Numan, Adamawa State, as well as in other places. Hell suddenly seemed to have [...]

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    Key achievements of President Buhari’s administration in 2017

Key achievements of President Buhari’s administration in 2017

At the twilight of 2017, and at the threshold of a brand New Year, it is fitting to recount some key achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in the outgoing year. Here we go: Despite global economic challenges and initial outlook of slow, or unlikely, recovery, the Nigerian economy trumped predictions and witnessed some remarkable changes in 2017, which include exiting from [...]

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    Why God kept Buhari alive

Why God kept Buhari alive

Let me begin by telling a story. On June 1, 2015, the day I resumed work as adviser on media to President Muhammadu Buhari, he had admonished me: “Adesina, always tell me the truth. That is what I want from you. In this type of position I have found myself, it is very easy not to be told the truth. [...]

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    Wise men still come from the east

Wise men still come from the east

At his incarnation, wise men gifted in astronomy came from the East, all the way to Bethlehem, in the south of Jerusalem, to worship Jesus Christ. They are today known as the Magi, who gave the newborn gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. There is a lot to say on the significance of each gift item, but that is not the [...]

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    Buhari: Just like the mills of the gods

Buhari: Just like the mills of the gods

There is a saying bequeathed to mankind by the Greek physician/philosopher, Sextus Empiricus, who lived in Alexandria and Athens in the 3rd Century. It goes thus: “The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.” What does this mean in everyday language? Justice may be slow, but it will come eventually. And for those who pray, it also [...]

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    Wanted: A restructuring of minds

Wanted: A restructuring of minds

Hearing some Nigerians speak (whether based at home or in the Diaspora) you discern that they are "in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity." They spew out things that give them away as "whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones." What happened to grace? Where did decency disappear to? [...]

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    I’ve been to London to see the king

I’ve been to London to see the king

Yes, I’ve been to London to see the King. The Lion King. But unlike the pussycat in the nursery rhyme, I didn’t frighten any mouse under the chair. Not a few tongues had wagged over the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was outside the country on medical vacation for weeks on end, and no member of his media team was with [...]

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    PMB and the descendants of Shimei

PMB and the descendants of Shimei

There is nothing new under the sun, goes a popular saying. In fact, the more things seem to change, the more they appear the same. From time immemorial, some people have spoken evil of leadership, cast aspersions on them, and generally portrayed themselves as scum of the earth. No matter how a country loves its leader, there will naturally be [...]

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    To those who want Buhari dead

To those who want Buhari dead

They showed their pernicious hands again last Sunday, and have been on the prowl since then, roaring like a lion, seeking who to devour. Purveyors of death they are, and they have killed President Muhammadu Buhari many times over, cloned the websites of international media houses to announce the hoax, but their wishes did not become horses, so they remain [...]

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    PMB’s health: Gloating is of no value

PMB’s health: Gloating is of no value

I learnt an enduring lesson on the day General Sani Abacha died. It was June 8, 1998, and death had laid its icy hands on the maximum ruler, and the scepter had fallen from the grip of the king. I was deputy editor of National Concord, the newspaper owned by Basorun M.K. O Abiola, the man Abacha not only inveigled [...]

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    The soft side of President Buhari

The soft side of President Buhari

They were called the unsmiling duo. In his first incarnation as Nigerian leader, the then Major General Muhammadu Buhari was paired with another top brass military officer, Babatunde Idiagbon, who was the number two man. Smile was alien to their lips, laughter a total stranger. They had a job to do, which was to rid the country of corruption, crime [...]

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