Saturday, June 23, 2018

Femi Odere

    Ekiti 2018: Fayose and his continuity agenda

Ekiti 2018: Fayose and his continuity agenda

“The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe because its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them.” - AnonymousI have been waiting for the auspicious time to comprehensively interrogate Governor Ayodele Fayose’s “Continuity Agenda” which----for all practical purposes----the only pillar upon which his support for Prof. Kolapo Olusola (his deputy) [...]

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    Ekiti 2018: Revisiting the ‘Fayemi Question’

Ekiti 2018: Revisiting the ‘Fayemi Question’

"Most people think they know the answer. I am willing to admit, I don’t even know what the question is.” -- Arsenio Hall, an American comedian, actor, and talk show host.Perhaps the best way to interrogate if a question----or a set of questions----with the propensity to coalesce into a larger question for an individual and/or his persona may be to [...]

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    The ‘grand’ in PDP/Jonathan’s legacy of corruption

The ‘grand’ in PDP/Jonathan’s legacy of corruption

“And the reason why we will talk about it is, first, we must let our people know that we cannot afford to go this way again. And this is the point we are making, that there is no country in the world, and we must know this; there is no country in the world that would allow its resources to [...]

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    Ekiti 2018: The long and arduous road ahead

Ekiti 2018: The long and arduous road ahead

Judging from the intensity and almost fatalistic mindset that are often brought into discussing the affairs of their state on different fora, most especially the social media platforms, there’s hardly any doubt that Ekiti State indigenes are intricately and unapologetically tied to its apron string. And were passion and psycho-emotional attachment to be the requisite qualifications to determine, if not [...]

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    Why Fayemi should not run?

Why Fayemi should not run?

As a self-styled political analyst, perhaps Segun Dipe should have done himself a world of good if----in the interest of full disclosure----he had intimated his readers that his piece in The Nation on Monday, April 9, 2018 which he titled “Why Fayemi should not run” in his so-called analysis of Ekiti State politics derived its source and sustenance from being [...]

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    Ogbodo and his unwillingness to understand

Ogbodo and his unwillingness to understand

BY FEMI ODEREIt probably wouldn’t have been worth the while of any serious and discerning observer of Nigeria’s present socio-economic condition vis-à-vis the country’s place before the advent of the Buhari administration if Abraham Ogbodo’s article in which he wanted “Prof Osinbajo to answer his name properly” (whatever that really meant) had emanated from the country’s main opposition----the People’s Democratic [...]

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    Between Buhari, Ayu, Tinubu and south-west

Between Buhari, Ayu, Tinubu and south-west

"I talked to my friend, Tinubu, we are very close. I told him that we need to develop the progressive party in Nigeria. He didn’t believe me, he preferred to go and link up with the most right wing group in the North. And that right wing group was headed by Buhari in the name of CPC… I have known [...]

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    Who will save national assembly from itself?

Who will save national assembly from itself?

As the Second Estate of the Realm and a governance institution considered closer to the people, it is not unexpected for Nigeria’s National Assembly to be in the news. But it would have been soothing to the people as well as a welcome development were the nation’s legislators to be in the news due to the clash of ideas and [...]

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    Wanted: A few good men to defend this president

Wanted: A few good men to defend this president

“The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people.” -- Napoleon BonaparteWhat appears like an admonition to defend the country’s Chief of State as suggested by the title of this piece should not be construed in any way that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is in any physical danger. [...]

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    Of Bishop Mathew Kukah and military coup

Of Bishop Mathew Kukah and military coup

For someone whom a significant segment of society holds in high esteem as representing its moral authority and its moral conscience and a public intellectual to boot, one would think that even the mere hinting publicly that the military may be a viable alternative to a civilian and democratic government----having witnessed the atrocities that are inherent in the military and [...]

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    Obasanjo: The open sore of a nation

Obasanjo: The open sore of a nation

The title of this piece was borrowed, I should say, from the book “The Open Sore of a Continent” written by Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s playwright and Nobel laureate for Literature except that the Nigerian nation may have ceased being the continent’s “open sore” in many ways since the emergence of the present government.Subtitled “A Personal Narrative of the [...]

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    Who isn’t afraid of Kayode Fayemi?

Who isn’t afraid of Kayode Fayemi?

I must confess. Getting engaged in the public discourse of Ekiti State politics doesn’t come naturally. It’s really not in the top bracket of issues of national importance that I look forward to intervene in. But my intervention has almost always been due to some knee-jerk reaction. This reaction comes either when Fayose do or say something that demeans human [...]

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    Between Buhari and Momodu

Between Buhari and Momodu

Whether its founder(s) had intended it to be integral to the foundation that gives it its enduring sustenance (now called a “dividend”) or it became one of its unintended consequences, the citizens’ right to express their displeasure----if not anger----through open letters or memos to their political leaders about the state of affairs in their society and/or how they’re being governed [...]

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    Between Buhari and Kukah, Okogie, Onaiyekan et al

Between Buhari and Kukah, Okogie, Onaiyekan et al

Going by recorded history, one can say without any fear of contradiction that the church (or Christendom in general) was integral to civilization as we know it. Modern laws and what is now referred to as international best practices that now pervade the nooks and crannies of the world are without question predicated on Western values and civilization. These laws [...]

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    Tinubu had ‘discussed’ Buhari, 2019

Tinubu had ‘discussed’ Buhari, 2019

As did Festus Adedayo, this writer also cannot proceed with this piece without extending his heartfelt condolence to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed on the sudden and untimely death of his first son, Jide Tinubu. The pain of this great loss on this political colossus of our time and his family can only [...]

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    Omokri: Walking a thin line between loyalty and insanity

Omokri: Walking a thin line between loyalty and insanity

For those Nigerians who’re new to Nigeria’s political discourse and its murkily unpredictable, hair-splitting political environment, but have been wondering why Reno Omokri seems fixated in turning the truth on its head about the Jonathan presidency despite the many heaps of incontrovertible evidence that stands like the Rock of Gibraltar, they need to be informed that his mischievous fixation in [...]

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