Thursday, January 17, 2019

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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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    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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