Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Kayode Robert Idowu

    Their excellencies’ alarm

Their excellencies’ alarm

Two state governors last week red-flagged the porous security profile of their respective state, which they considered yet heading southwards. Their rallying cry was that there is need for urgent and concerted action by stakeholders, along with government, to arrest the dire trend.Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, on Monday, owned up that the insurgency challenge in his domain was worsening [...]

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    Stranded power, stranded promise

Stranded power, stranded promise

Nigerians have for long languished under debilitating incompetence of the power sector. And we are now better informed that the government should by no means be held responsible for the crisis. Rather, whiners should direct their angst at privately owned electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) and Generation Companies (GenCos) that are operators of the seemingly jinxed sector.We have no less to [...]

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    Trump comes to Ondo

Trump comes to Ondo

Let me hasten to clarify. United States President Donald Trump is by no means on record as even remotely contemplating a visit to Nigeria, and far less so to Ondo State. The continent of Africa, whose countries he once labelled ‘shitholes’ as revealed by his own country’s media, is evidently off the plate – at least, as yet – on [...]

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    Where are the candidates?

Where are the candidates?

One week after the official kick-off of campaigning for the 2019 presidential election, there is little action yet by most contenders known to have signified interest in the race. For an activity that the law provides a 90-day window, could it be they are yet warming up to hit the tracks? The impending poll is potentiated with a multiplicity of options, [...]

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    Stump troopers

Stump troopers

By statutory timelines spelt out for the 2019 general election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the lid is formally off stumping by the political class towards the forthcoming poll. Campaigns for presidential and national assembly elections slated for February 16th got off the starting blocks on November 18th, while December 1st is the official flag-off of campaigns for [...]

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    Pipe bomb conversations

Pipe bomb conversations

From historical heights of civility and decency, national conversation in the United States in recent weeks morphed into being rigged with pipe bombs as the country heads into mid-term elections this week.In the 2018 midterms, Americans will vote for all 435 members of their House of Representatives and 35 members of the Senate. They will also elect by direct vote [...]

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    Area father’s millions

Area father’s millions

Unless an appellate court upturns the verdict down the road, activist-entertainer and self-styled ‘Area Father,’ Charles Oputa better known as Charly Boy, will be N50 million richer, courtesy of a liability fee due to him from the Nigeria Police. A Federal High Court in Abuja, last Monday, ordered the force along with two top brass – the Police Inspector-General and [...]

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    Posers for 2019 electioneering

Posers for 2019 electioneering

Flowery use of language and grand sloganeering are staples of electioneering almost everywhere. As such, oratory and poetic skills have always been assets that are helpful for a typical politician on the hustings – even the average or outrightly incompetent one. With words and slogans, he could build fanciful bubble castles that would be a mirage to actualise when he [...]

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    Biya, the African parable

Biya, the African parable

Cameroonian leader, President Paul Biya, is veritably an African parable of power. He has been in office as the president of his country since the 6th of November, 1982, when Ahmadou Ahidjo gave way and handed over to him. Before then, he had been prime minister since the 30th June, 1975. Now at 85 years of age, and 36 years on in the [...]

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    Osun: 2019 threats and opportunities

Osun: 2019 threats and opportunities

If there was one thing the recent Osun State governorship poll showed up quite clearly, it was that all stakeholders in the Nigerian electoral process are taking the power of the ballot box in the country more seriously. That is one window of opportunity that must be cashed upon for the forthcoming 2019 general election.Unlike what used to be historically, [...]

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    Hubris and national pride

Hubris and national pride

By established reputation that he has done deliberately little to repudiate, President Donald Trump is renown for carrying himself with the ultimate supercilious swagger. In his own eyes, he is the centre of God’s universe around which all other existences must gravitate or otherwise fall off into ignoble oblivion. Actually, as it seems, they pass or fail the test of [...]

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    Iron fist on fragile world

Iron fist on fragile world

It was a showdown grimly portended and long brewed. The battle line was between enforcement potency of state power on one hand, and moral hubris of mass following in the civil populace on the other. The public keenly watched at the sidelines, and was served a cynical invitation some days ahead to come witness the “demolition show.” Then the blowout [...]

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    Where’s the ‘third force’?

Where’s the ‘third force’?

It was former President Olusegun Obasanjo that, in recent history, touted the doctrine of a third force in Nigerian politics. In a fiery open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari last January, he shredded the incumbent’s performance credentials and pitched in against his seeking another term of office. Obasanjo, however, sensed he was up against a brick wall with his gratuitous [...]

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    Now, it’s zero sum

Now, it’s zero sum

Lately trending on the social media was an audiovisual clip from the 2018 National Prayer Day in Kenya. Perhaps you’ve come across it. In the short clip, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his arc political rival, Raila Odinga, did the unprecedented: they large-heartedly embraced each other in a rare gesture of mutual rapprochement, along with their deputy candidates for the East [...]

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    Going for broke

Going for broke

With the way game-planning by Nigeria’s political actors towards the 2019 general election is getting heated up, we must wait to see if the business of governance in the country will stay open until the poll. For instance, the legislative space for much of last week was dominated by mass defection of lawmakers at the national and state levels, and as [...]

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    Crying wolf

Crying wolf

Eternal vigilance, as they say, is the price of liberty. And so, it is welcome when stakeholders in any project raise the red flag – even if presumptuously – on any concern they suspect could shortchange an objective outcome desired from that project. Doing this helps to deflect insidious schemes that could be contemplated, or perhaps already underway, to compromise [...]

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