Friday, June 22, 2018

Louis Odion

    June 12, military cult and PMB’s ritual offering 

June 12, military cult and PMB’s ritual offering 

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    The politics of age

The politics of age

Easily given to ceremony than substance, it is no surprise that we seem carried away yet again by the enactment last week of the “Not-Too-Young-To-Run” Act. By “we”, I refer to citizens of my generation and the millennials, many of whom probably view the development as no more than a tacit official acknowledgement of “our own turn to eat”.True, there [...]

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    OBJ and the ‘ogboju’ syndrome

OBJ and the ‘ogboju’ syndrome

“Ogboju” is no ordinary term in Yoruba speak. It describes a false bravado by the daring in pursuit of often dubious end. It happens when the marauder is, for instance, audacious enough to turn around and blame the very crime on their supposed victim. More and more, we are witnessing the “Ogboju” syndrome in the simmering Buhari/Obasanjo tiff. With the [...]

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    IGP’s ‘transmission’ and other treacherous tales

IGP’s ‘transmission’ and other treacherous tales

As is customary, today, we shall be making a detour from the usual to dissect just two of the slew of words that has lately crept treacherously into national conversation since our last enumeration. The mission is to provide context and content, so that the uninitiated may better understand. Transmission: Goodluck Jonathan gave us “transformation” even though it turned out [...]

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    Verily, Oyegun’s cry-babies need nose-wipe

Verily, Oyegun’s cry-babies need nose-wipe

Were Ehiogie West Idahosa not a familiar name, one would have been tempted to dismiss the graffiti credited to him recently in the media as composed by a stark illiterate at a pepper-soup joint at the popular Agbado market in Benin City. Aside the farrago of illogicalities, seeking to ethnicize the circumstances that forced Chief John Odigie-Oyegun’s fall as APC [...]

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    2019 and Yakubu’s wake-up call

2019 and Yakubu’s wake-up call

Though he set out to tackle the allegation of complicity in reported underage voting in recent Kano polls, INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, has inadvertently reopened the extant debate on the forces undermining the integrity of the electoral process in Nigeria. Back in February, tongues naturally began to wag across the land after the social media was awash with footages of [...]

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    Kogi and the end of politics

Kogi and the end of politics

It is quite hard to reconcile the plague currently engulfing Kogi’s political space and the memory that the province is also the cradle of the great Sunday Awoniyi. Or the colossal Silas Daniyan.Before he drew his last breath in November 2007, the Aro of Mopa, once private secretary to immortal Ahmadu Bello, was an embodiment of political accommodation, temperance and [...]

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    Life and times of Pa Ibidapo

Life and times of Pa Ibidapo

The nation is certainly yet to fully account for the desperate moments that followed the slaying of General Ramat Murtala Mohammed on February 13, 1976 on the road to the mosque.Already, we heard how a feisty Dimka hijacked the Federal Radio station; his drunken gaffe in mistaking “dusk” for “dawn” while announcing the coup and how he was eventually dislodged [...]

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    Sex-for-mark as metaphor

Sex-for-mark as metaphor

His guttural voice oozes the geniality only long practice at the game could confer. Excitement over the coming harvest would, in fact, seem telegraphed subtly by his very ring-tone - a line from a classic number by Miliki grandmaster himself, Ebenezer Obey, to wit: “Adura fun awon to ‘nsoro wa lehin o, Edumare dari ji won o” (Prayer for the [...]

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    Oyegun and the Abuja disease

Oyegun and the Abuja disease

Abuja disease is a peculiar affliction in Nigerian politics. It refers to the tendency of an actor with otherwise modest endowment or from humble station to transmute to a monstrous creature once he/she enters the nation's capital and begins to frequent the power circles. Intoxicated by a new false sense of identity, such upstart does not consider it abominable to now point [...]

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    Profiles in fortitude and courage

Profiles in fortitude and courage

For those tempted to give up on the Nigerian identity, three recent events should offer some reassurance. Though disparate in circumstances, they nonetheless collectively tell the story of tenacity in the face of denial, character under temptation and courage under peril.After slaying another victim last weekend in Cardiff, United Kingdom to reaffirm his invincibility in the rope square, emerging heavyweight [...]

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    Gates and the Nigerian ostriches

Gates and the Nigerian ostriches

In the last decade, billionaire Bill Gates is reputed to have funneled estimated $1.6b (Over N500bn) of his own hard-earned fortune into humanitarian causes in Nigeria, especially immunisation for kids against polio with a view to helping to end the nation’s shame as the world’s capital of the horrific yet preventable disease.Without being prompted, the Bill & Melinda Gates [...]

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    The barbarians at Edo gate

The barbarians at Edo gate

It was typical of punctilious Godwin Obaseki to assume that mere appeal to reason - this pious invocation of the spirit of good neighborliness - would be enough to rein in the Barbarians arriving Edo’s ancient gate.But as he seemed to have realized with regret at the weekend after yet another hand-wringing visitation to the grieving and the traumatized in [...]

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    Lagos, garbage and its profiteers

Lagos, garbage and its profiteers

When this writer and the likes of Professor Pat Utomi, Sahara desert explorer Newton Jibunoh, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM 1) and Lagbaja were named Lagos State Ambassadors for Environment in 2009, then Governor Tunde Fashola was trenchant in his expectation: deploy your individual talent and platform to help create awareness for the sustainability of the environment in a world ensnared [...]

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    From Imo to Zamfara: Monarchy trumps democracy

From Imo to Zamfara: Monarchy trumps democracy

A dialogue imaginatively ascribed to what would ordinarily pass as an innocuous photograph from a routine official event opens perhaps the best aperture on the festering culture of political degeneracy. (The author of the mischief that trended in the social media is understandably anonymous.) Face lit up with his trademark fawning smile, Rochas Okorocha is shown drawing close to President Buhari, [...]

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    Obaseki help! — my community besieged

Obaseki help! — my community besieged

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