Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Kayode Robert Idowu

    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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    To gaffe is human

To gaffe is human

Going by reports, our country comes under fresh global spotlight this Monday as United States President Donald Trump hosts Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in Washington. Well, one watchword to advise for that outing, with all due respect, is that to gaffe is human, but to be decidedly guarded in utterance is crucial wisdom.Presidential comments, no matter how casually meant, have [...]

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    Another look at TI’s graft index

Another look at TI’s graft index

When Transparency International (TI) recently unveiled its 2017 corruption perception index, Nigeria’s ranking effectively left rotten eggs on the face of the Muhammadu Buhari presidency.The global index that was issued on 21st February placed Nigeria 148th out of 180 countries, with a dismal score of 27 marks in a percentage rating field. And this latest ranking showed the country losing [...]

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    Dapchi: déjà vu?

Dapchi: déjà vu?

When militants last Monday storm-trooped a girls school in Dapchi, Yobe State, displacing the students and their minders and apparently abducting some, it was a virtual reenactment of the nightmare we tangled with not too long go in Nigerian nationhood history.The militants, suspected to be Boko Haramists, struck under the cover of night at the Government Girls Science Technical College [...]

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    Needless fuss over poll order

Needless fuss over poll order

If members of the National Assembly have their way, as they seem intent on doing, presidential poll would tailguard the sequence of the Nigerian general election due next year. And if that happens, the election management body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), would be crudely arm-twisted over the timetable it has already announced, which heads up with national elections [...]

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