Saturday, September 23, 2017

Louis Odion

    IPOB: Parable of the stubborn fly

IPOB: Parable of the stubborn fly

True to prophecy, the mere shadow of armoured tanks approaching River Niger bridge last week was enough to dismantle the rather imposing castle of conceit Nnamdi Kanu had erected across the south-east in recent times, like straws under a Category 5 hurricane. The little braggart who had romanticized rebellion so vigorously, who had threatened fire and brimstone so darkly, suddenly [...]

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    PMB, Atiku and illusion of party

PMB, Atiku and illusion of party

Part of the cultural carnage bequeathed by prolonged military rule is rendering the contemporary soldier to be too much of a civilian while the political actor now appears militarized in thinking and behavior. Thus, the language of politics has become corroded by war terms and phrases.Those versed in military warfare are therefore most unlikely to have any difficulty in decoding [...]

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    CC: When will Trump see the light?

CC: When will Trump see the light?

From the apocalyptic Hurricane Harvey in Texas to lately the hellish wildfire in Los Angeles, these are surely agonizing moments for the United States. In a rather dazingly rapid succession, the two natural disasters, the worst in half a century, have forced America's second and fourth largest cities to their knees, exacting heavy human toll and incalculable material loss.In Texas, [...]

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    Restructuring and its frenemies

Restructuring and its frenemies

Back in the Athenian garden where the tradition of public debate was first documented in antiquity, the danger had long been recognized. Logicians call it red herring.Those in the habit of artfully diverting an argument in order to obfuscate the question prefer this kind of fallacy.Such, it would seem, is the clear and present threat now encroaching the national gallery [...]

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    Buhari’s speech: Changing sitting order in a stuck titanic?

Buhari’s speech: Changing sitting order in a stuck titanic?

The cartel of political prayer-warriors are bound to lay claims. But if anyone deserves credit for at least "fast-tracking" the return last Saturday evening of President Muhammadu Buhari to, as they say, continue his "good work" in Aso Rock, it must be the procession of contrarians who had laid a siege to Abuja and their comrades who barricaded Abuja House [...]

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    The art of managing the truth

The art of managing the truth

Give it to inimitable MKO Abiola. Proverbs, by his transliteration of a Yoruba wit, provide the lubricant with which words are calibrated to achieve highest possible meaning. Wit is the horse on which words ride and vice versa. In one of his expansive moments, MKO would joke that one of his unfulfilled childhood dreams was to be a doctor. Why? [...]

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    The moral debris of GEJ’s looted home

The moral debris of GEJ’s looted home

Vanguard editorial, in my view, belongs in the heavyweight echelon of Nigeria's commentariat. The weight of its punch is to be judged not only by the resonance of the message over the years; but also its economy of phrase - the uncanny facility to say a lot in so few words, packing so much into so little a space.But its [...]

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    OBJ, Fayose and the Libyan idol

OBJ, Fayose and the Libyan idol

A humour bag of arguably inexhaustible depth, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, would make even the most consummate stand-up comic feel inadequate on a good day. From improvising the risqué to trafficking the folksy, his creativity, as he himself once famously put it in one such fit of self-deprecating humour, is fed by a certain native resourcefulness, being "Omo ma [...]

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    Yusuf: The insolent child of impunity

Yusuf: The insolent child of impunity

Those tempted to view corruption only in materialist terms, overlooking the abstract subversion of norms and values, will perhaps be forced to have a rethink by simply following the farcical drama currently unfolding at the National Health Insurance Scheme.Equating his kinship with President Buhari to a talisman, Usman Yusuf was not content at only breaking all extant service rules as [...]

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    Modu-Sheriff: The spirit of law

Modu-Sheriff: The spirit of law

It is quite human for Ahmed Markafi and co to quickly imagine the worst storm is over following the legal life-line from the Supreme Court last week and therefore relapse to the iniquities and debauchery of the past. But unless the dominant faction of the beleaguered Peoples Democratic Party now has the sobriety to decode the hidden lessons in the [...]

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    Magu at the barricade of Abuja pirates

Magu at the barricade of Abuja pirates

The introduction lately of the impeachment kite into the ongoing tussle between the executive and the legislative branches over the jugular of the EFCC - and potentially the soul of Nigeria's still fragile democracy - has injected a new twist into what now clearly looks like the nation's most cynical power play in recent memory.Much as no one has confirmed [...]

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    Lawmaker as porn star?

Lawmaker as porn star?

So, a decade after bequeathing Sharia to Yobe and a quarter century political career during which he served thrice as governor, Bukar Abba Ibrahim would end up the new face of pornography in Nigeria.What makes this feat quite extra-ordinary is not just that it was performed by a presumably vigorous sexagenarian in a threesome; more startling, if not ominous, is [...]

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    Poisoning the Nigerian child quietly

Poisoning the Nigerian child quietly

Christian clerics currently raising hell over the subsuming of CRK under another subject in the school curriculum could not be said to have a full view of the bigger sharp razor grating the soft underbelly of the nation's education system.Far more lethal, in my view, is the subtle but sustained sexualization of the curriculum at the secondary level. This existential threat, [...]

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    Evans: Rise of the invisible neighbour

Evans: Rise of the invisible neighbour

Mathew Hassan Kukah (MHK), it was, who perhaps best framed a key ethical question bogging the contemporary society with collapsing values. To reclaim the moral boundary, the engaging Catholic Bishop once argued that it is no longer enough for the cleric to expressly grant request by a congregant to bless their endeavor out of shared ecumenical spirit without first ascertaining [...]

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    Gomina’s Ghost: A case for séance

Gomina’s Ghost: A case for séance

Before we set forth, some clarity might be necessary on the two odd words above. "Gomina" is the corruption of "governor" in Yoruba. Rooted in French mythology, "séance", on the other hand, refers to a psychic channel of communicating with the dead. The phenomenon is however not exclusive to the French; it permeates most superstitious civilizations including Africa.This astral route may well [...]

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    Neo-Biafra: Of sense and nonsense

Neo-Biafra: Of sense and nonsense

Just when the rest of the nation on Wednesday began a postmortem of the Biafra Day celebration following media reports of "total compliance" in Igbo land of a sit-at-home-order by IPOB/MASSOB, the following are excerpts from the riposte by one Ken Henshaw (obviously from the South-South) trended in the social media: "I think the current generation of 'Biafrans' are the most (unprintable) [...]

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