Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Louis Odion

    Stalking the affluent society

Stalking the affluent society

John Galbraith characterized the affluent society in part as the showpiece of the promise of capital in the post-industrial age. Once normalcy had been restored to America’s economic climate after the Great Depression of the 1930s on account of optimized production cementing her prestige as the wealthiest nation on earth, the acutely perceptive scholar often hailed as the “father of [...]

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    What ails Chris Ngige?

What ails Chris Ngige?

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    Comedian as president, pregnancy in prison

Comedian as president, pregnancy in prison

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    Regulating Anambra’s obituary economy 

Regulating Anambra’s obituary economy 

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    Aliko, Arewa and the multi-billionaire truth

Aliko, Arewa and the multi-billionaire truth

It is not exactly new talk; the news is that it came from the lips of Aliko Dangote, thus breaking the age-old culture of silence. Summoning a moral courage rare among the elite, the Forbes-certified richest black man came down hard on northern governors while lamenting the clear and present danger extreme poverty poses to his native Arewaland. Speaking at the fourth edition [...]

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    The shame of Zamfara’s zig-zag

The shame of Zamfara’s zig-zag

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    Karma and the parable of ‘Filadefia’

Karma and the parable of ‘Filadefia’

So, after the mammoth burnt offering at the altar of greed, Rochas Okorocha will still end up with the bread of political sorrow?  The Imo west senatorial seat meant to be a “consolation prize” after the defeat of his stooge in the governorship polls of March 9 has been withdrawn by INEC over allegation that it was secured at gun-point on [...]

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    Lagos: Agbaje and the danger of ethnic card

Lagos: Agbaje and the danger of ethnic card

My error: Contrary to my claim in last’s week article, Generals Olusegun Obasanjo, T. Y. Danjuma and Ibrahim Babangida are not alumni of the Sandhurst military institute in the U.K. Many thanks to the likes of Colonel Tony Nyiam (rtd) and the “Air Vice Marshall” who drew my attention to the error of fact.  [...]

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    Sunset for the Sandhurst oligarchs

Sunset for the Sandhurst oligarchs

Several hours before the winner of the 2019 presidential polls would officially become known, Fela Durotoye was already being treated to a feast of hi-fives and fist-bumps. Prior to the sermon Sunday morning, worshippers at the House on the Rock temple in Lagos were intimated of the presence of the presidential candidate of Alliance for New Nigeria by presiding Pastor [...]

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    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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