Thursday, November 15, 2018

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    The rustication of ‘Kunle Adebajo by UI, ‘the University of Intolerance’

The rustication of ‘Kunle Adebajo by UI, ‘the University of Intolerance’

One Day in March 217, I had the good fortune of being one of six speakers invited to the University of Ibadan for the Ibadan version of the World Speech Day. There were a few impressive speeches, to be honest. But it was one of those days when ‘the last was not the least’.As a side attraction, Rasheed Ridwan, the [...]

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    The good and bad of Buhari’s June 12 declaration

The good and bad of Buhari’s June 12 declaration

It took 25 years to happen — long enough for the dream to have evaporated — but Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola has finally taken his place in history as the number-one martyr of Nigerian democracy. Before now, six former leaders could have made it happen: Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan. Of [...]

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    REPORTER’S DIARY: With N46,000 bribe, I drove a ‘stolen’ car from Abuja to Lagos, and back!

REPORTER’S DIARY: With N46,000 bribe, I drove a ‘stolen’ car from Abuja to Lagos, and back!

Over two days in April, investigative journalist ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO drove the equivalent of a stolen vehicle from Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, to Lagos, the country’s commercial hub. Not only did he arrive Lagos safely with the car, he returned to Abuja scot-free with it — and this is despite passing through a whopping 86 checkpoints in a journey of over [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: Imo ‘urban project’… grabbing land from the poor, giving to the rich

INVESTIGATION: Imo ‘urban project’… grabbing land from the poor, giving to the rich

Since the start of his second term, Rochas Okorocha, Governor Imo State, has embarked on an audacious urban renewal drive. On paper, it looks laudable: expand the roads, widen the drainage systems, de-congest clustered city locations. But the project has been splotched by failure to compensate lawful land owners, pulling down of buildings without rebuilding them, demolition of markets without [...]

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    UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: Cancer is the disease, Nigeria’s health system is the killer

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: Cancer is the disease, Nigeria’s health system is the killer

EDITOR’S NOTE: All the names of cancer patients in the undercover parts of this story have been concealed as a mark of honour for their struggles and respect for their privacy. An undercover method was unavoidable, as it was the only way to ascertain the true quality of healthcare available to them in federal hospitals. TheCable confirmed that the journalist [...]

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    The Nigerian politics of latter-day saints

The Nigerian politics of latter-day saints

The title of this piece was inspired by the Jesus Christ Church of Latter-day Saints. Some name condensation has occurred here — strictly for the purpose of equation with the ‘latter-day saints’ currently unrestrainedly straddling Nigerian politics. Otherwise, the full name of the church in question is: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the LDS [...]

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    Egotistical senate versus Hameed Ali and the rest of us

Egotistical senate versus Hameed Ali and the rest of us

Big egos are a big part of the human nature. As man is naturally a political animal, egos are a big part of politics. Outside politics, egos are in high supply. In board rooms and the rest of the corporate world, for example, ego clashes are fueled by intellection and the contestation of ideas — by the unwillingness of a [...]

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    Are we really a shithole country?

Are we really a shithole country?

Are we one of the countries Donald Trump had in mind when he wondered why US lawmakers were seeking protection for "all these people from shithole countries" --  immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries?To be clear, this question is not original to Nigeria. It has been appropriated -- and I am thoroughly ashamed to admit this -- from Botswana.Following the [...]

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    Is God venting his anger on Buhari through Tunde Bakare?

Is God venting his anger on Buhari through Tunde Bakare?

Sooner or later, Tunde Bakare, fiery preacher and founder of The Latter Rain Assembly, will be running for president. This may be 2019 or 2023; it may even be 2027. After all, the man himself stated that in asking him to run for president, God had told him it would be done “at the appointed time”.Still, we know Bakare is [...]

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    What Nigeria will look like in 2018

What Nigeria will look like in 2018

On the first day of 2018, as it is with every new year, the temptation is to dream big — to fantasise about sudden turnarounds of poverty to wealth, sadness to happiness, suffering to delirium.It’s a time when self-appointed men of God, latching on to the propensity of the people to romanticise the future, declare all good and no [...]

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    Petroleum minister Buhari and ‘fuel scarcity minister’ Kachikwu

Petroleum minister Buhari and ‘fuel scarcity minister’ Kachikwu

At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. — Muhammadu Buhari May 29, 2015.Nigerians are already regretting entrusting leadership to President Muhammadu Buhari. Although on [...]

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    The $1bn ‘Christmas’ fund to fight the ‘degraded’ Boko Haram

The $1bn ‘Christmas’ fund to fight the ‘degraded’ Boko Haram

There is something inherently unsettling about the 12 to 18 months preceding an election year, particularly when a sitting president is seeking re-election. It is a period of sure governance missteps. It is the period when even the strongest leaders slacken their political will, and allow politics rather than governance dominate their decision-making.It is the period when elective office holders [...]

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    PDP’s golden chance to become Nigeria’s ‘necessary evil’

PDP’s golden chance to become Nigeria’s ‘necessary evil’

We know already that life is filled with ironies, but no one would have imagined that the most important elective convention in the life of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would coincide with the International Anti-Corruption Day. PDP and anti-corruption are like daylight and night-time; ordinarily, their paths should never interweave.Without trying to excuse President Muhammadu Buhari’s unidirectional anti-corruption campaign, [...]

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    Checked-in luggage thieves at Ethiopian Airlines and Nigerian airports

Checked-in luggage thieves at Ethiopian Airlines and Nigerian airports

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything — Albert Einstein.In life, never say never. Nothing, really, is finite. On Tuesday November 14, I was discussing with a very senior journalist about why opinion writing space should be strictly devoted to public matters, how the columnist should focus [...]

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    What is the worth of a Nigerian migrant’s life?

What is the worth of a Nigerian migrant’s life?

In April, a former Nigerian public official lost his daughter under questionable circumstances. The young lady’s death was avoidable, and who knows, maybe her spirit is already haunting a UK hospital and another one in Nigeria. A hospital in Birmingham misdiagnosed her condition; the one in Nigeria performed surgery on her without having a life support machine. When her condition [...]

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    El-Rufai’s teachers and Shehu Sani’s labour unions

El-Rufai’s teachers and Shehu Sani’s labour unions

For as long as one is the Governor of Kaduna State and the other is obsessed with unseating him, Nasir el-Rufai and Shehu Sani will never see a coin from the same side. No, scratch that. So long el-Rufai sees a coin form a certain side, Sani can never see it from the same.Ordinarily, this is not our problem — [...]

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