Thursday, November 15, 2018

Louis Odion

    The age of AK47 Pastor

The age of AK47 Pastor

Like the proverbial stubborn grass that defies the gardener's sickle - quick to sprout after every cut, the lexicon of public conversation has undoubtedly grown with a raft of terms and phrases since the last compilation on the page. Consistent with our tradition, we shall be undertaking an update - an induction, if you like - of the new entrants [...]

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    Endgame and Abacha’s last disciple

Endgame and Abacha’s last disciple

Those skilled in psychoanalysis could not have missed the telltale hint. Newspaper images we saw of Yahya Jammeh receiving ECOWAS emissaries at the Banjul airport last Friday clearly depicted acute weight loss, accentuated by a distant look on his face.Really, it would have been humanly impossible to be haunted at home and heckled from outside like Jammeh in the past [...]

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    Buhari and the FRC affair

Buhari and the FRC affair

For once, President Buhari on Monday chose to act with a despatch and clarity rarely seen in his tenancy at Aso Rock in the last twenty months. The ink of the reports of the forced resignation of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, arguably the dean of Pentecostal district of the nation's Christian community, had barely dried before someone was made to lose [...]

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    OBJ vs Adenuga: A memory

OBJ vs Adenuga: A memory

The following, an abridgement of a two-part series entitled "Michael Ishola Adenuga" and "Of War, Stray Bullets & P.O.Ws" first carried 11 years ago (2006) by Sunday Sun, is rerun today with a view to offering readers some illumination to better dissect the epistolary grenade hurled Wednesday by former President Olusegun Obasanjo against Oba Sikuri Adetona of Ijebuland over the [...]

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    Leadership recruitment: The Adefarasin doctrine

Leadership recruitment: The Adefarasin doctrine

Lately, the chief priest of the House on the Rock, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, has been championing an advocacy of sorts. Merely professing Christianity, he postulates, is not what prospers a nation. Which explains why most of the supposedly prosperous nations in Asia and the Gulf today are homes to worshippers of faiths other than Christianity.Instead, Pastor Adefarasin preaches righteousness. Religiosity [...]

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    Mimiko: Profile in treachery

Mimiko: Profile in treachery

A cartoon published earlier by Punch offers perhaps the most prophetic foreword to the political tragedy that climaxed in Ondo on November 26. Someone in an unconscious state is sketched being hustled away from the shelter of the Iroko (big oak tree) as the Good Samaritan mutters, "struck by lightning".Indisputably, the Iroko moniker is patent for the brand of politics [...]

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    Soyinka and Trump’s illegitimate kids

Soyinka and Trump’s illegitimate kids

This must be a depressing hour indeed for the man who “fashioned the drama of existence” and first black Nobel prizewinner in Literature, Professor Wole Soyinka. A comment uttered in what could only be a protest against the willful trampling on the dignity of the African immigrants and other "underdogs" has, alas, been twisted out of its moral joint and now [...]

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    Oshiomhole in Edo history

Oshiomhole in Edo history

Though continents apart, there are a surfeit of parallels between outgoing US President Barak Obama and retiring Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State. Both are not only southpaw and gifted orators, but also united on account of timing and circumstances of their ascension of office.Eight years ago, the world was confounded by the fairy tale of the son of an African [...]

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    Love in the time of recession 

Love in the time of recession 

With the stocks looking stuck on the economy front, with figures simply no longer adding up, it seems inevitable that more and more Nigerians would instinctively seek solace in the elementary, yet most transcendental, vocation ever known to man - the pursuit of love.Even at that, there is no guaranty of easy win. For rarely is the amatory arrow fired from the [...]

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    Executive vigilante and other apparitions 

Executive vigilante and other apparitions 

In line with the tradition of this column, today, we look back with a view to compiling words/phrases which have crept treacherously into public conversation lately. As we shall soon find, nothing best dramatises, with searing intensity, the national condition presently than the frequency of the use and abuse of such terms in the ensuing public chatter. [...]

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    Upgrading Buhari to 4G tech

Upgrading Buhari to 4G tech

Unwittingly, President Buhari exposed a fortnight ago the dingy side of the digital divide he inhabits on the eve of the nation's Independence Day anniversary. The occasion was the presentation of picture book in Abuja. Responding to perspectives offered by a youthful panel of arts entrepreneurs on how to maximize the potential of the creative industry in a digital age, [...]

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    Nnamani and the Abuja racket

Nnamani and the Abuja racket

With the inauguration of the Ken Nnamani committee on Tuesday, the Buhari administration is following closely the footsteps of his predecessors in what seems to have become a perennial national racket. But coming soon after the president had openly dismissed the report of the 2014 National Conference as only fit for the archives, this sudden U-turn is bound to arouse [...]

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    Edo poll: Complicating a simple matter

Edo poll: Complicating a simple matter

When someone first alerted yours sincerely that Wednesday afternoon (September 7) that the much-awaited Edo 2016 governorship poll would be shifted, I thought it was the most insensate idea to propose. Yet to be fully dismantled at the iconic Sam Ogbemudia Stadium was the giant canopy under which President Buhari stood barely 24 hours earlier in what was thought to [...]

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    At the gate of political hell, godfather’s last gamble

At the gate of political hell, godfather’s last gamble

Ordinarily, the choice before Edo voters on September 10 should not pose a burden heavier than the simple ceremony of sieving the grain from the chaff. The contention is between APC and PDP.But given the ongoing legal cockfight in PDP resulting in its iconic umbrella being literally torn in the court of law between Markafi and Sheriff, it is safe [...]

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    KSA @ 70: Ariya as catharsis

KSA @ 70: Ariya as catharsis

The reports few days ago that the acclaimed torch-bearer of Ariya culture chose a foreign soil - the United States - to commence his grand entry into the septuagenarian club must be troubling indeed for cultural sentinels back home. How ironic that the platinum milestone of the king of African beats, connoisseur of the good times, falls in a lean [...]

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    Chibok Girls: Time to break the rule

Chibok Girls: Time to break the rule

The latest video released by Boko Haram showing a section of the missing Chibok girls should serve as incentive for deeper introspection. At the official level, perhaps the moment has come to rethink a counter strategy that increasingly looks impotent, if not suspect; even as public communication is weaned of words that now sound more like broken record.In the eleven-minute-long recording, the Abubakar [...]

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