Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ikeogu Oke

    The merit of the PDP apology

The merit of the PDP apology

Vincent Ogbulafor, a former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), once boasted that the party would remain in power for 60 years. That’s six decades, for a man and a party Chairman who arrogated to himself the power to tell the future, something even the gods, for those schooled in classical mythology, are wary to do.Not only did Chief [...]

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    The Buhari ‘If’

The Buhari ‘If’

“I have seen enough to know that those angling to take over from you may not be any better."  – Simon Kolawole, “Shall We Tell the President?”As we approach the 2019 elections, it is important to examine the motives of our politicians and how or if they square with the interests of the average Nigerian.But seeing how most of them [...]

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    Wole Soyinka @84: A birthday dialogue

Wole Soyinka @84: A birthday dialogue

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman Wole Soyinka needs no introduction to any enlightened person who has lived on our planet in the past fifty years or thereabouts. He wears one the most recognizable faces on terra firma, a visage that grips your memory irretrievably like those of a Goethe, [...]

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    On Ochereomea Nnanna’s gaffe

On Ochereomea Nnanna’s gaffe

No one, I think, would disagree that Ochereome Nnanna’s reference to Yorubas as “sophisticated morons” was inappropriate and deserves the criticism it has drawn, and that it calls for the “unreserved apology” he has tendered. I would call it an unfortunate oxymoron with no intention of punning. Yet, some people think he shouldn’t apologize. To justify their objection, they cite precedents [...]

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    Appreciating the cash snake

Appreciating the cash snake

It should not surprise us That a snake would swallow Cash in a country so rich It sought use for money. Even animals in a zoo Know the use of money. That it builds and keeps their cages, And feeds their beastly souls. And the snake is the one They send to hunt for cash.  – Ikeogu Oke, “The Cash Snake” The snake that recently swallowed N36 million kept in the offices of [...]

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    Wike’s bounty and a safe nation

Wike’s bounty and a safe nation

Did Wike’s bounty create the magic that found those agents of the tragic, the killers who menaced his state, and served their gang a bitter fate? – Ikeogu Oke, “Wike’s Bounty”As we seek solutions to the mass killings that have wracked our nation’s peace in recent times, the N200 million bounty Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike placed on the killers [...]

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    Benefiting from Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment

Benefiting from Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment

There are two sides to Trump’s shit hole: The buccal and the anal. And, folks, you do not get it whole, If your sense of smell is banal.  – Ikeogu Oke, “Trump’s Shit Hole” “Whether we like to face up to it or not Africa has been the most insulted continent in the world. Africans’ very claim to humanity has been questioned at various times, [...]

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    A president and a heartbreak nation

A president and a heartbreak nation

"Ours is a heartbreak nation, a killer of elation, unmindful of its inclination to self-immolation" The recent killings in Rivers and Benue States and previous ones across our country, attributed to suspected cultists and Fulani herdsmen, should worry anyone genuinely interested in preserving its unity, security, peace and progress. If we have a sense of history, we should recognise the calls by [...]

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    In defence of the dead as government appointees

In defence of the dead as government appointees

Among the living the dead are welcome To serve our nation, and drive her genius home.  – “Rhyme of Our Working Dead”, by the Author Many Nigerians have reacted with criticism or ridicule to the recent inclusion of the names of seven dead people out of 209 appointed into various boards by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.   The dead appointees are Francis Okpozo, [...]

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    Atiku and Nigeria’s power problem

Atiku and Nigeria’s power problem

Most people would not dispute a high mark for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as a public speaker. Or the quality of his interventions on national issues, like his speech at the public presentation of We are all Biafrans, a book by the Nigerian journalist and activist Chido Onumah, held at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, on May 31, 2016.He is [...]

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    Buhari’s one hundred days of solitude

Buhari’s one hundred days of solitude

By “Buhari’s one hundred days of solitude” I mean solitude in a different sense from the usual. I mean the solitude, as it were, of President Buhari having run his government as President for a hundred days without appointing ministers. For this development – unprecedented in our democracy, if not our entire history – he has been the target of [...]

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