Saturday, February 16, 2019

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    Just like in 2015, Nigerians torn between the devil and the deep blue sea

Just like in 2015, Nigerians torn between the devil and the deep blue sea

There is something baffling about the fascination of Nigerians with the lesser of two figurative evils. In fact, the twin-devil concept is popular in Nigeria beyond politics, as exemplified by the widely-applied saying: “The devil you know is better than the angel you don’t.”In 2015, Nigerians went to the polls torn between the devil and the deep blue sea: Goodluck [...]

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    Big Brother, small Naija

Big Brother, small Naija

Was anyone worried last week when reality television show Big Brother Naija kicked off the auditions for its 2019 edition? In each of the eight audition centres —Edo, Enugu, Lagos, Rivers, Oyo, Delta and Cross River states, plus the Federal Capital territory (FCT) — youth assembled in their tens of thousands to jostle for just 12 house spots (or maybe [...]

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    Ezekwesili’s and Galadima’s ACPN as a metaphor for APC and PDP

Ezekwesili’s and Galadima’s ACPN as a metaphor for APC and PDP

Until President Muhammadu Buhari infamously showed up on Friday to ‘remove’ Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) through the backdoor, an alternate party was on the verge of providing us the biggest talking point of an entire week — for the first time in a long time Onnoghen’s suspension has no place in any democracy. Let’s not lie about [...]

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    The debaters, Buhari’s no-show and Atiku’s own goal

The debaters, Buhari’s no-show and Atiku’s own goal

Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu and Fela Durotoye must have woken up on Sunday morning feeling a measure of resentment towards Nigerians. Quite thanklessly for them, these are the same Nigerians whose votes they seek.At Saturday night’s presidential debate, Ezekwesili spoke about her determination to lift 80 million Nigerians out of poverty. She talked about removing barriers in the way of [...]

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    Onnoghen in the den of the lions

Onnoghen in the den of the lions

There is nothing heartwarming about the expected arraignment, later today, of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on a six-count charge bordering on fraudulent asset declaration. It is not good for Onnoghen, it is not good for his profession, it is not good for the country, it is not good for [...]

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    What is the logo of your benz?

What is the logo of your benz?

Those who believe in God know that there are times He uses the unworthy vessel to work wonders. One was Moses the stammerer, who considered himself unqualified but was nevertheless picked to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land. Another was Saul, the man who went about arresting believers of Jesus but then not only turned one himself but also [...]

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    What the VP debate taught us about the alternatives to APC/PDP

What the VP debate taught us about the alternatives to APC/PDP

In a country of 91 political parties in theory but just two in practice, a vice-presidential debate was always going to be a hard sell. For many reasons. When the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) announced the five parties to participate in the exercise, not many Nigerians could, off the top of their [...]

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    After arresting Adeyanju, the police still think they’re not politicians?

After arresting Adeyanju, the police still think they’re not politicians?

For a moment, it appeared the Police had a case against Deji Adeyanju, the Convener of ‘Concerned Nigerians’ whom it picked up on Wednesday just at the start of the ‘Police Not Politicians’ protest to raise public awareness of the apparent Police bias for the ruling party. There were at least two reasons: the identity of its latest victim, and [...]

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    Boko Haram will continue killing soldiers

Boko Haram will continue killing soldiers

… a soldier come up and say ‘I’m not well equipped’ yet you have a rifle; what do you want? You want APC, you want tanks? The basic weapon of an infantry man is rifle, so why should there be mutiny? Why? The basic weapon of an infantry man is rifle, so why should there be mutiny? — Alex [...]

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    That hijab controversy raging in UI’s international school

That hijab controversy raging in UI’s international school

For two days last week, students of the International School, Ibadan, did not take classes; and it was not down to an industrial action. Well, students of the parent institution — the University of Ibadan (UI) — are at home as well. The plight of UI students is understandable: the Academic ‘Strike’ Union of Universities (ASUU) is on one of [...]

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    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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