Thursday, November 15, 2018

Festus Adedayo

    Adeosun and the certificate narrative

Adeosun and the certificate narrative

At a Media and the State class which held at the University of Ibadan during the week, I told my audience which comprised Political Science students, that the governance structure in Nigeria had been so compromised by our collective corruption that no public institution is immune from integrity issues. If the students expected that I had come to dress the [...]

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    Politicians, blood oath and 2019

Politicians, blood oath and 2019

South African poet, Mazisi Raymond Fakazi Mngoni Kunene (1930-2006) and his Nigerian counterpart, Gabriel Imomotime Okara, in their respective works, have demonstrated how difficult it is for an African – no matter his embrace of modernity and religious values of the west and east – to divorce himself from the hubris of occultism, black magic and blood oath which form [...]

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    Why did Buhari resign?

Why did Buhari resign?

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari unwittingly provoked the age-long discourse on the relationship between God, religion and the state. Confronted by hundreds of dead bodies and rivers of blood aftermath a gruesome carnage suspected to have been unleashed on Barkin Ladi, Riyom and some parts of Jos South of Plateau State by Fulani herdsmen, Buhari, who had made a pleasantly [...]

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    His excellency the godfather

His excellency the godfather

Since the Macpherson Constitution of 1951 granted self-rule to all the three regions that made up Nigeria, the year 2007 was actually the very first time that virtually all the Nigerian states experienced a successful succession of leadership. Except perhaps in 1958 when Chief Obafemi Awolowo transmitted the power of the office of the Premier of Western Region to Chief [...]

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    A paradise for maggots

A paradise for maggots

If you are a keen follower of the narratives of corruption in Nigeria in the last ten years or so, you must have encountered a book written by Oxford University professor and Chair, African Studies, Wale Adebanwi, with the above title. A paradise for maggots details the war waged by the first Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [...]

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    Buhari’s Ejigbadero tactics

Buhari’s Ejigbadero tactics

At critical times, even the worst of governments are never in short supply of maverick game-changers who suddenly reconfigure the game in the middle of a tempest. Such persons spin a yarn that holds the crowd spellbound and in many cases, succeed in upturning the prevailing narratives. In many regards, the tactics they deploy conform to the theory of hegemony, [...]

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    Aristo and rage of the kitchen knife

Aristo and rage of the kitchen knife

There is really a huge lure to comment on the political today. President Muhammadu Buhari has just given a national broadcast that provokes several questions; ex-Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame was, during the week, sentenced to 14 years imprisonment; Buhari assented the Not Too Young To Run Bill, among many other issues. Unless we want to fool ourselves, political issues drive [...]

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    Long live Saint Sani Abacha

Long live Saint Sani Abacha

If statistical estimation of Nigeria’s population of 60% youth is anything to go by, then a very few percentage of Nigerian youth, in their multiple of millions, witnessed the reign of terror of General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s Head of State between 1994 and 1998. Thus, when President Muhammadu Buhari, last Tuesday, canonized the late General as one unfairly demonized, the [...]

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    When Ibadan interrogated Segun Adeniyi

When Ibadan interrogated Segun Adeniyi

At a time like this when virtually everyone in Nigeria is scrambling for material survival to enable them rise above our numerous problems of existence, if you ever come across those who still lay store by the pursuit of knowledge, please stop by and raise your thumb in their salute.I raised mine on Thursday last week at the Ibadan [...]

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    Buhari: Back to our sick season

Buhari: Back to our sick season

It will seem that again, Nigeria is back to the narrative of her President’s health. Senior Special Assistant on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, had on Monday issued a press release intimating the public of the president’s itinerary. He would be absent from the country for four days to attend to his health in the United Kingdom, so [...]

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    Travails and trial of Ayo Opadokun

Travails and trial of Ayo Opadokun

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, a gang of armed robbers had stormed the sleepy town of Offa in Kwara State and inflicted one of the most horrendous savageries ever on the town. Six policemen, several residents and innocent passersby were killed in the raid by robbers said to be about 30 in number. They eventually blew five bank’s entrances with [...]

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    In defence of Muhammadu Buhari

In defence of Muhammadu Buhari

Having once gone through a road of similar nature as theirs, I can access the state of mind of Nigerian presidential media handlers today. If Lai Mohammed, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu could rudely snatch the microphone from their principal, Muhammadu Buhari, each time he speaks extempore, they would do so without batting an eyelid.For a media minder of [...]

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    Nigeria as Buhari’s ‘Suara Sobo’ lorry

Nigeria as Buhari’s ‘Suara Sobo’ lorry

Nigeria of the 1950s and early 1960s had very many interesting personalities. Western Region had its fair share of such. One of them was a man named Suara Sobo (Sobo pronounced as Sorbor). He was a prominent transporter who held the transportation industry of the time by its jugular. An Ibadan man of the Opo Yeosa clan who lived in an [...]

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    OAU prof and sex predators on the streets

OAU prof and sex predators on the streets

The groin is perhaps where providence hid the bomb that will detonate mankind. Even in ancient history, for a tiny drop of seminal fluid, nations have gone into war with nations and a whole city lay in ruins just because one man wanted to engage in the animal desire of hoisting his erect flag in an island that is just [...]

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    A o m’erin j’oba at Tinubu’s colloquium

A o m’erin j’oba at Tinubu’s colloquium

Pardon this piece’s headline’s recourse to the Yoruba language. Finding an English synonym that aptly describes the trajectory of the unseen battles besieging the Jagaban Borgu, former governor of Lagos State and a man who stands by the periphery of Yoruba leadership, has been a herculean task. I am aware that, in just two previous sentences, I have provoked two [...]

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    Buhari and his Dapchi girls

Buhari and his Dapchi girls

Senator Marco Rubio stood ramrod in the midst of the rancorous audience. He looked at the audience’s insolent countenance like a subpoenaed witness in a murder case. He indeed had been summoned to the CNN-organized Town Hall meeting on the United States’ Parkland shooting on February 14. A grieving father of one of the students who was killed in the Marjory [...]

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