Thursday, November 15, 2018

'Fisayo Soyombo

    Should Lai Mohammed’s N3.5m claim have been left off the record?

Should Lai Mohammed’s N3.5m claim have been left off the record?

“Journalism entails a high degree of public trust. To earn and maintain this trust, it is morally imperative for every journalist and every news medium to observe the highest professional and ethical standards” — Preamble, Code of Ethics for Nigerian Journalists (1998).For three days in March 1998, some of the country’s finest journalists, plus newspaper owners and other stakeholders, gathered [...]

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    The army’s assault on Shi’ites could land us in deep shit

The army’s assault on Shi’ites could land us in deep shit

Once upon a time, Boko Haram was a very peaceful group. Boko Haram — the same “dreaded”, “insurgent”, terrorist group — once went about its business very peacefully even if its doctrines themselves were unpopular. This was so for the first seven years of its founding. In fact, when he sought to become Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff [...]

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    Drug abusers deserve a second chance from UNILAG

Drug abusers deserve a second chance from UNILAG

Success in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and in the follow-up internal test of an institution are usually enough to qualify a candidate for admission into a Nigerian university. Not anymore, particularly if the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is the candidate’s first choice. As Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, of the university announced days ago during [...]

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    Atiku’s last chance saloon to be president

Atiku’s last chance saloon to be president

This is the 26th year since Atiku Abubakar first tried to be President. In those all those years, he has already tried four times. Only once, in 2007, did he ever get his party’s ticket. In February 2019, he will be a party’s presidential candidate for only the second time ever. By election date, Atiku would have clocked 72. Were [...]

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    Kemi Adeosun’s dishonourable resignation

Kemi Adeosun’s dishonourable resignation

Normally, in a country where politicians and public office holders are not good friends with the resignation letter, anyone of them who leaves a job receives a hero’s welcome. Expectedly, since her resignation letter was made public on Friday, former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun has been widely branded the poster girl for honour. “Adeosun bowed out in honour,” many have [...]

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    Why Atiku’s presidential ambition doesn’t tickle

Why Atiku’s presidential ambition doesn’t tickle

There are very few presidential aspirants who can articulate their plans for Nigeria like Atiku Abubakar. In the lead-up to the 2015 presidential election, Atiku’s media interviews offered plenty food for thought and some interesting propositions, including the country’s potentials to solve its everlasting electricity problem with its coal deposits. By contrast, the interviews of Muhammadu Buhari, the man who [...]

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    A flicker of light (a TEDx Apata speech)

A flicker of light (a TEDx Apata speech)

We live in a world where good is perpetually locked in a battle with evil. At any point in time in the history of mankind, it has always seemed as though evil is trumping good. It is as though the world is in a state of permanent darkness. I tell you what, there can be light.As we speak, 58 armed [...]

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    The nine kinds of people opposing Buhari’s second-term bid

The nine kinds of people opposing Buhari’s second-term bid

I have had an interesting week reading the different shades of social-media reactions to my piece classifying President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election supporters into nine groups. The most popular shade is that there are people supporting Buhari just because they still believe him; people in this self-created set argue that they belong to none of the nine groups. I see them [...]

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    The nine kinds of people supporting Buhari for a second term

The nine kinds of people supporting Buhari for a second term

Corruption is fighting back! That is the constant refrain from the people in government and their supporters to criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari or opposition to his re-election ambition. If, for example, you’re a journalist and you believe the President hasn’t done enough to earn a second term, it is because brown envelopes have been in short or no supply. [...]

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    The Peoples Democratic Congress and the All Progressives Party

The Peoples Democratic Congress and the All Progressives Party

There has never been a time in Nigeria’s political history when the party affiliations of leading politicians were this difficult to place. At the moment, we are unsure if Godswill Akpabio belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or the All Progressives Congress (APC). Over the weekend, PDP’s two-time former Akwa Ibom Governor met with President Muhammadu Buhari in London. [...]

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    Ortom, senator ‘Dino me-lying’ and other 2019 election movies

Ortom, senator ‘Dino me-lying’ and other 2019 election movies

This is such an entertaining time to be an avid follower of Nigerian politics. The word ‘entertaining’ has been deliberately chosen. It is not an intellectually stimulating or politically refreshing or ideologically renewing time to be Nigerian and politically conscious. But, surely, until another four years, Nigerians are not going to get the regular doses of political entertainment available from [...]

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    ‘Two fighting’ in Osun: A dancing senator versus Jagaban’s cousin

‘Two fighting’ in Osun: A dancing senator versus Jagaban’s cousin

In exactly two months less one day from today, two men will engage in a fight whose prize is the Osun State governorship seat. Actually, ‘fight’ puts it really mildly; elections in Nigeria are bitterly contested. With sights of soldiers, policemen, civil defence officer, polling booths are almost like battlefields.Even the primaries that produce governorship candidates are contested with acrimony; [...]

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    In Ekiti, stomach infrastructure has changed hands

In Ekiti, stomach infrastructure has changed hands

For many members and loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the next few days are the season of whys. In matters of public interest, the post-mortem culture in Nigeria is notoriously weak. Not so for partisan politics, where the interest is more pecuniary than public.Both in terms of protecting their future selfish interests, and in terms of explaining their [...]

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    Is the media truly siding with farmers against herdsmen?

Is the media truly siding with farmers against herdsmen?

Is it actually true, as is being alleged from time to time, that the media is deliberately anti-herdsmen in its coverage of casualties on the side of farmers versus herdsmen? Is it true that attacks ON (Fulani) herdsmen are being under-reported in the media, while attacks BY (Fulani) herdsmen are being generously reported?I will not rush into answering yes or [...]

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    Nigeria’s helmsman and his herdsmen

Nigeria’s helmsman and his herdsmen

No matter how hard President Muhammadu Buhari tries, or no matter the frequency with which his spokesmen finger the opposition, the final months of his tenure in office will continue to be dominated, in part, by herdsmen attacks(Yes, someone tell the President I wrote “herdsmen attacks” — not “herder-farmer crisis”.). Since suspected herdsmen killed more than 100 across three local [...]

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    Is Jones Abiri, the Bayelsa journalist arrested by DSS in 2016, dead or alive?

Is Jones Abiri, the Bayelsa journalist arrested by DSS in 2016, dead or alive?

On July 28, 2016, Facebook user Ndoboke Doris posed a question, followed by a prayer, on the wall of journalist Jones Abiri. “Where are you my brother?” Doris wondered.“I pray the Good God shall perform a miracle for you.”Well, the “good God” hasn’t, just yet, but there is evidence he indeed heard Doris’ prayer. In June, the month four days [...]

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