Friday, January 4, 2019

Louis Odion

    Of narco caste and Rivers’ political slaves

Of narco caste and Rivers’ political slaves

If any doubt had lingered on the certainty of opioid epidemic afflicting Nigeria's youthful population, it surely was removed last week with the cold statistics reeled out by the University of Lagos. For parents who might wish to stand up in arms against its new extra-ordinary policy to administer drug test batteries randomly on students with the same aplomb road safety [...]

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    Newspaperman as icon and iconoclast

Newspaperman as icon and iconoclast

"Always fight for progress and reforms, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged class and plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be dramatically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by [...]

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    Attorney gen as atanni je

Attorney gen as atanni je

We thought we had seen the worst mutation of fawning depravity in Michael Aondoakaa, the pathetically loquacious character who, as Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), strove tirelessly to pervert justice by openly putting the law at the service of shady political players during the Umar Yar'Adua administration, thereby dragging the nation's jurisprudence into utter disrepute.So embarrassed [...]

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    National condition and the OPC franchise

National condition and the OPC franchise

On his inaugural ride in the cultural chariot as the Yoruba generalissimo, he perhaps will first have to contend with that eerie numbness - the odd feeling experienced when euphoria mixes with trepidation. Joy at attaining an epic height; anxiety about meeting very high public expectation that comes with it.This might then tempt Gani Adams to imagine himself in [...]

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    Further entry in the diary of shame

Further entry in the diary of shame

With the stench of the NNPC affair starring Ibe Kachikwu and Maikanti Baru still choking the air, with national dignity looking sullied by suggestion that ailing president spent his 103-day supposed medical seclusion in London mostly signing away multi-billionaire dollar oil contracts presumably over expended injection syringes, a bizarre twist yet entered Aso Rock's comedy of errors last weekend following [...]

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    NNPC: Buhari’s autumn as moral Czar?

NNPC: Buhari’s autumn as moral Czar?

Iron-clad integrity was the chief credential General Muhammadu Buhari flaunted to win power in 2015. Today, that golden badge appears under grave erosion in view of rising tide of sleaze and tales of apparent presidential indifference.Last week's leaked memo by scorned junior oil minister, Ibe Kachikwu, provides what potentially may now be the tipping point.In a rather rambling response yesterday, [...]

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    October 1 and the torment of memory

October 1 and the torment of memory

Forget the rose-scented official statistics, the sweet words of the establishment. There can be no procedure to tracking Nigeria's progress graph more efficiently, more intimately than a gesture as ordinary as dusting up old copies of newspapers or journals to find just how much of yesterday's promises were eventually delivered and the gradient to which current lamentations in the land [...]

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    A thought for the watchdog

A thought for the watchdog

Technology is undoubtedly impacting journalism in the manner not many anticipated and, so, only a few are able to adapt. The concept of time and space is being aggressively redefined. The newsroom is no longer demarcated by walls. The market becomes invisible. The consequence: more and more professionals of old are the new casualties of the emerging digital divide.The foregoing [...]

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    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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