Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kayode Robert Idowu

    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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    Of ‘shitholes’ and ‘shitty’ jibes

Of ‘shitholes’ and ‘shitty’ jibes

President Donald Trump in his pushback against Michael Wolff’s damaging book, Fire and Fury, touted himself ‘a very stable genius.’ He truly must be. Because with just another of his famously unguarded weigh-ins, he has elevated a hitherto unprintable obscenity into a pervasive print word. That must surely count for a streak of genius! And it wasn’t that he did anything [...]

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    Flight of fantasy

Flight of fantasy

An idea is much like beauty, its appeal is in the eye of the beholder. That must be why there’s been so much firestorm over the sheer ingenuity in statecraft unveiled lately in Nigeria’s southeast state of Imo.State Governor Rochas Okorocha came up with the brainball of an idea and he’s just not being appreciated for it. He minted a [...]

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    Exit Mugabe

Exit Mugabe

With his ouster from the presidency of Zimbabwe last week, old man Robert Mugabe’s dream of dynastic reign in a republican setting came to a rude closure. His iron grip on power was broken and his hope of posthumous rule through forced spousal succession – what his former allies in the war veterans association dubbed “coup by marriage certificate” – [...]

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    Zuma’s apotheosis

Zuma’s apotheosis

It was a giddy leap to sainthood for South African President Jacob Zuma in Nigeria penultimate weekend. His country is Nigeria’s power peer in sub-Sahara Africa, if presumptuous to rule in the entire continent. But Zuma came calling, not as a state guest of his Nigerian counterpart, but in quasi-private capacity on the fare of Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha. [...]

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