Thursday, February 21, 2019

Louis Odion

    Amosun’s treasonable mischief and other stories

Amosun’s treasonable mischief and other stories

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    History and PMB’s walk in the Lagos garden

History and PMB’s walk in the Lagos garden

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    Onnoghen: The wasp on the nation’s scrotum

Onnoghen: The wasp on the nation’s scrotum

An otherwise solid moral argument against Justice Walter Onnoghen is, alas, weakened by those uninformed enough to draw a parallel with the Ayo Salami affair, to justify the suspension of the Chief Justice of the Nation (CJN) last Friday.Nothing could be more offensive to either the spirit of natural justice or the memory of the just.True, both fell short in [...]

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    The last of Awo’s cavalrymen

The last of Awo’s cavalrymen

It appeared odd, if not outright farcical. Reappearing after disappearing briefly from the dinning-table that memorable morning in 2001, the steward miraculously produced a medium jar of Milo, to the culinary relief of the choosy one among the guests.Not until our chief host casually waved off the chef who had tried to tender the change from the little grocery shopping did it [...]

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    Parliamentary debate: Adede’s sobering insight

Parliamentary debate: Adede’s sobering insight

Long before the National Assembly became known more or less as a “fattening grotto” for lawmakers on account of humongous compensation package received, that same arena was once inhabited by not a few actors with slender appetite, even modest taste.That is the generation that first warmed the seats at the iconic Green and Red chambers at the birth of this [...]

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    Finally, the Buhari effect

Finally, the Buhari effect

There are variations in the tale of plots that eventuated in his dethronement some thirty-four years ago.But one account has never been in dispute - the introverted king had fore-knowledge of the dark conspiracy against him by his estranged military comrades. Others would have reacted savagely.On the summer night of August 1985 they finally came for him, the commander-in-chief chose to [...]

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    Lagos and the garbage question 

Lagos and the garbage question 

After much public outcry, authorities in Lagos seem to be according the long-running waste challenge the emergency response it deserves. There have been reports of re-mobilization of the existing waste management board which, in turn, has massively pressed men and materials to rid the highways and residential neighborhoods of garbage. Already, assurance has been given that Lagosians can now contemplate Y2019 without having to agonize [...]

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    Of digital apartheid and the promise of 5G

Of digital apartheid and the promise of 5G

The announcement last week of plans to migrate Nigeria’s telecoms to 5-G technology in 2020 is bound to animate conversations in the nation’s ICT community in the times ahead in a manner that perhaps enables us better appreciate how a mere foothold in the knowledge economy, more than the possession of gold and diamond, is a better store of value and a [...]

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    2019: The illusion of Oby and other rookies

2019: The illusion of Oby and other rookies

Oby Ezekwesili caused quite a stir on Sunday on Abuja streets. Even as the ruling APC and the main opposition PDP continued to trade insults days after individually presenting their election manifestos ahead of what promises to be a grudge “rematch” in 2019, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria opted to share pamphlets to folks gathered probably more out of curiosity than [...]

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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 over the issue [...]

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    Wike and the misadventure of Prince Charles

Wike and the misadventure of Prince Charles

The narrow-minded would probably view the futility of the entire visit only by a fleeting wardrobe malfunction. In the amusing picture that had trended in the social media, visiting Prince Charles of Wales buttoned his suit wrongly. Flanked by wife Camila and a Nigerian general in full ceremonial attire in the blazing sun, his sunglasses would have accentuated his grey-colored [...]

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    Of ‘Oko-croach’ and the incest in Imo

Of ‘Oko-croach’ and the incest in Imo

While pursuing his feudal aspiration in Imo, Rochas Okorocha would appear to be reading Igbo history book upside down. Several decades after warrant chiefs appointed by the imperialists failed in Igbo land, how pathetic that the Imo governor still thought he could brandish an expired talisman and get a different outcome.The British assumed they were clever then. Since the Igbo [...]

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    Anenih: A trough of bitter-sweet memories 

Anenih: A trough of bitter-sweet memories 

Our first encounter in 2000 was simply apocalyptic. The old cop was at his bewitching best - marshalling provincial tactics of intimidation and seduction.  An editor with THISDAY then, I was in Benin City for the weekend and happened to have been with then Governor Lucky Igbinedion at the White House that evening before the then acclaimed "strongman of Edo politics" [...]

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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.Obviously a product of nepotism, Yusuf instinctively has been feeding the web as well. Among his first actions in office was said [...]

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    The stark reality APC must face about Atiku challenge

The stark reality APC must face about Atiku challenge

Intifada is Arab word for uprising. It perhaps best describes the emerging battle formation in Nigeria’s expanding coliseum ahead of the 2019 polls. Indeed, today, only the utterly naive will still need an interpreter to decode the dire signal from the nation’s fraternity of restive generals.Other than in the heyday of coup in the 70s and 80s, never have we seen a gang-up of old soldiers this [...]

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    Lessons from the Ambode gamble 

Lessons from the Ambode gamble 

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