Thursday, September 20, 2018

Louis Odion

    Nigerian soccer and the culture of abuse

Nigerian soccer and the culture of abuse

Physics teaches us that lightning rarely strikes the same spot twice. The depth of shock experienced by the nation last week is therefore better imagined when, within a space of 72 hours, the lightning of death did not only smite Nigeria's two most accomplished football coaches but curiously at the same location: Benin City.The sudden death of Stephen Keshi and [...]

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    Ali: The Nobel prize winner we were denied

Ali: The Nobel prize winner we were denied

In a way, the Hanoi ceremony of three weeks ago could be said to share a parallel with just any of the legend's own epic duels that went the distance in the rope square. As visiting President Barack Obama happily announced the lifting of a 50-year arms embargo on Vietnam, it could as well be the declaration by an overly [...]

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    Buhari in the summer of sectional discontent

Buhari in the summer of sectional discontent

Ten years ago, yours sincerely received an unforgettable call on a certain Sunday afternoon. It was the ebullient Jimoh Ibrahim that was on the line. The youthful billionaire, though already a friend, was in a combative mood over the day's edition of this column published on the back page of Sunday Sun which I edited then.His beef stemmed not necessarily from [...]

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    Buhari: The pang of change

Buhari: The pang of change

With further "hair cut" of the naira on Tuesday, it does seem President Muhammadu Buhari has finally surrendered to the god of market forces. Coming two weeks after the removal of the much romanticized subsidy on petrol and five days short of the administration's first anniversary in office, the honeymoon is finally over between the general and a nation hypnotized [...]

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    Wobbling Wabba

Wobbling Wabba

Even the most ardent of his supporters would have felt ashamed at Comrade Ayuba Wabba's lame showing in Abuja this week. A moment that should have been seized to showcase personal gumption and a good reading of the national mood was alas squashed on the altar of petty ego and delusion.The consequence was the humiliating blow the Nigeria Labour Congress [...]

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    Terror nomads and official consent

Terror nomads and official consent

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    Adenuga at 63: The power of silence

Adenuga at 63: The power of silence

One of the enduring puzzles of Nigeria's political narrative of the past seventeen years is undoubtedly the Third Term saga. It is perhaps a fitting tribute to the pervasive culture of amnesia today and a shame on the nation's indolent intelligentsia that, ten years after that attempted political heist, no documentation of note - official or independent - yet exists [...]

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    Terror nomad and Oritsejafor’s political idolatry

Terror nomad and Oritsejafor’s political idolatry

With the Boko Haram cauldron still smoldering in a corner, it does appear Nigeria is already choking on a much quicker poison: the cocktail of beef and bullet. Or, how else can one describe the apparition of a trigger-happy herdsman now at the national door.The weapon his forebears carried never used to be more than a stick, to whip the [...]

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    Between Panama rats and the Ekiti fool

Between Panama rats and the Ekiti fool

Beside its entertainment value, another use the unfolding Panama Papers scandal evidently serves is provide us a barometer to gauge the shame index across the universe. Shame is no sign of weakness, mind you. When evinced timeously, it brings out honour. Shame speaks to an inner strength to recoil in admission that violence had been done to the normative value [...]

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    Dirty fight for Nigeria’s sky and forex

Dirty fight for Nigeria’s sky and forex

Anyone still doubting the manipulative influence of multinationals in the political economy of Third World countries like Nigeria only needs to pay more attention to dispatches from our aviation sector lately. With the nation falling on hard times in the last eighteen months over the steep drop in oil price and the $28b foreign reserve barely enough to pay 5-month [...]

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    Vandals at Tony Enahoro’s tomb

Vandals at Tony Enahoro’s tomb

To be honest, the erosion of value in our traditional institution is not just beginning. The degeneracy of decades is amply reflected by the proliferation of titles without honour. For instance, alarmed by what was considered the dizzying alacrity with which a first-class Yoruba monarch (now of blessed memory) began to dispense chieftaincies at some point, a palace wellwisher, as [...]

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    The collapse of Kwankwasiya’s test-tube baby

The collapse of Kwankwasiya’s test-tube baby

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    A week for the kids

A week for the kids

Away from the treacherous waters of political economy today. Last week, yours sincerely was quite busy at the home-front. Nothing naughty. Certainly not in the risqué sense you might be tempted to expect of a very energetic young man with, God willing, many years of active service still ahead. Far from seeking to break the new Olympic records set by [...]

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Ese Affair: Power without responsibility

By Louis Odion Though isolated, the recent budget-padding comedy in Abuja and lately the Ese scandal in Kano invariably underscore one acute elite affliction in contemporary Nigeria: an obsession to exercise power and the unwillingness to bear its responsibility.The pathology is what manifests today whenever President Buhari goes about issuing threats to deal ruthlessly with the "budget mafia" believed to have [...]

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    Ricky Tarfa’s ’emotional intelligence’ as game-changer

Ricky Tarfa’s ’emotional intelligence’ as game-changer

Nigerians will never stop to shock and awe with their prodigious ingenuity. Just when those engaged in the restricted field of psychology were about to give up having spent donkey years looking for how best to illustrate the rather complicated term "emotional intelligence", the least expected man miraculously brought a closure to the centuries-old dilemma in a fashion not even [...]

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    Utomi @ 60: He who can’t be gagged with piece of meat

Utomi @ 60: He who can’t be gagged with piece of meat

It was undoubtedly a bizarre way to greet. A decade or so ago, he ran into yours sincerely on the sidelines of a public lecture in Lagos. Instinctively, Professor Pat Utomi thundered at me, pointing at an imaginary bowl of soup: "Louis, see meat!"Moving closer and finger still pointing into the void, he repeated dead-serious: "Yes, that meat, take that [...]

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September 20, 2018USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK360.45480.18420.32
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KANO361483423
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