Monday, September 24, 2018

Louis Odion

    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 [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    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. [...]

10 comments Read Full Article
    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, [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    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 [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    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 [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    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 [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    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 [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    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 [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    Glossary of a murky season (2)

Glossary of a murky season (2)

Back in January, this column had taken time off the regular "hard stuff" to compile a list of  new words, phrases and terminologies which had treacherously crept into the national conversation following the outbreak of Dasukigate, to help the uninitiated get along. Judging by feedback, it was obviously well received as one's modest contribution to national understanding, thereby helping in [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    Nation’s open sore: Media as antiseptic

Nation’s open sore: Media as antiseptic

Apparently tired of the old tactic of charge-and-bail of suspects, Nigeria's security establishment resorted to a tool that looked rather extreme in novelty sometime in 2014 against the entire fourth estate of the realm. Beginning from the midnight of the D-Day, along key highways across the federation, troops ambushed circulation vans of media houses and held both consignments and personnel [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    Buhari vs IBB: Finally the defining moment

Buhari vs IBB: Finally the defining moment

"...I found out that some officers were spending money. I asked, 'Where did they get the money from?' They said it was from the Military Intelligence fund... Later, I learnt that General Aliyu Gusau who was in charge of intelligence took import licence from the Ministry of Commerce, which was in charge of supplies, and gave it to Alhaji Mai [...]

2 comments Read Full Article
    Democracy feeds Turkey to fascism

Democracy feeds Turkey to fascism

From all indications, Turkey seems marooned at a dark crossroads today. A failed coup last Friday has  not only exposed the rump of military generals but also the darker side of a democracy entrusted to an intolerant hawk, Tayyip Recep Erdogan.Since triumphing over the putschists Saturday, the Turkish president has been acting in a manner that gives a new poignancy [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    Rawlings and Abacha’s blood money

Rawlings and Abacha’s blood money

Like a witch undergoing the last purgation at death's door, J J Rawlings' tongue dramatically came unhinged last week in a fit of abominable rant, thereby diminishing whatever remained of his moral capital as possible hero of post-colonial Africa. He granted an exclusive interview to The Guardian published last Sunday. But by dabbling in the Nigerian affair in a manner [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    Holiday as new opium for recession

Holiday as new opium for recession

Who or what misled the Federal Government into announcing a wrong date for the Sallah holiday that just ended?A rather disturbing account circulated midweek. It was whispered that the monumental embarrassment could have been saved had there not been a chasm between the Buhari people and the Sokoto sultanate. The tradition was that the Interior Ministry interacted with the Sultan [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    Cameron: Fantastically un-Nigerian

Cameron: Fantastically un-Nigerian

Not too long ago, he ruffled the Nigerian feather following the leaking of his side-talk in London with the British monarch. Footage captured by an eavesdropping television cameraman had gone viral. Looking a bit tipsy after what many in Abuja would imagine to be one glass too many, Prime Minister David Cameron sensationally declared that citizens of Nigeria, Britain's biggest [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
    Edo: Political obsequy of the godfather

Edo: Political obsequy of the godfather

So, after all the feint and razzle-dazzle, the victory dance of Osagie Ize-Iyamu would be aborted even before it started. For the gangling matador expected to lead PDP's chariot against the foe on September 10, how ironic that the first attack came, barely 24hrs later, in form of a vicious dagger-stab in the back from within his own party.By disclaiming [...]

0 comment Read Full Article
Advertisement

 

Advertisement

Advertisement

Exchange Rates

September 21, 2018USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK360.45480.18420.32
LAGOS360485425
KANO361483423
PH362482423
ABUJA362481423
NOTE: The black market rates represent the most prevalent. They could be slightly higher or lower among different sellers.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement