Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Louis Odion

    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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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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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