Thursday, May 23, 2019

Niran Adedokun

    If Buhari is really serious

If Buhari is really serious

If President Muhammadu Buhari truly desires to leave Nigeria much better than he met it, he would need to get more hands-on and visionary as he takes office for a second term in six days’ time.It is sad to say that there are ominous signs that things may not be significantly different but as Emily Dickson says in the poem, [...]

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    Ganduje’s eye for an eye politics

Ganduje’s eye for an eye politics

Politics in Nigeria is currently at the most primate and that is very sad. It is 20 years after the nation’s latest return to democracy, but it remains Herculean to find an improvement in the democratic culture of participants especially as it concerns tolerating dissent, an essential ingredient of democratic governance.Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State is the latest perfect [...]

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    Why are Nigeria’s heroes ‘dying’?

Why are Nigeria’s heroes ‘dying’?

In other parts of the world, you cannot gain the heroic status unless you did something really noble and outstanding, and mostly in the service of humanity. But not Nigeria. Here, one could be a nonentity yesterday, attain public office by some crookery, feed fat on the bill of the public, become an emergency philanthropist amongst the people and thereafter [...]

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    Rethinking Nigeria the Osoba/Bala Usman way

Rethinking Nigeria the Osoba/Bala Usman way

Depending on who you are asking, questions on the issues that militate against the development of Nigeria would elicit a plethora of possibilities.The most common of those would possibly be the evil that corruption has become to the country. For a variety of reasons, principal of which is the current administration’s deliberate amplification of the dangers of corruption, a substantial [...]

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    The shame that Lagos-Ibadan expressway has become

The shame that Lagos-Ibadan expressway has become

If you really want to understand the mess and jungle that Nigeria has become, travel on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway two or three times in one week.  It is sure that on one, if not two, of those occasions, you will encounter the basest of the instinct of Nigerians.That road, which is 127.6 kilometres long and believed to be the busiest [...]

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    APC and the lessons not learnt

APC and the lessons not learnt

Like the drunk who habitually forgets the ignominy that his indulgence brings on him, the ruling All Progressives Congress is about to tread on the path of confusion that finished it before it started out in 2015. But it is hardly surprising. Any gathering of people intent on self-delusion would most certainly fall into errors of the past and if [...]

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    Pius Adesanmi and a country hard of hearing

Pius Adesanmi and a country hard of hearing

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” – Nelson Mandela.I did not think I would write about Pius Adesanmi. No, it’s even worse than that, I have battled with myself and resisted every temptation to write about the man with whom I sat in some undergraduate classes and graduated [...]

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    Why politics is war in Nigeria

Why politics is war in Nigeria

Selfishness, the pursuit of self-interest and self-aggrandisement are the driving forces of Nigerian politicians. From bottom to top and back again, of those emotions, not one is free, not one is clean, not even President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s widely touted emblem of what is sane and altruistic in the polity.In the recently concluded elections, Buhari for instance, left no one in doubt as to the prime status of his ambition [...]

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    Why Nigeria may have no hope

Why Nigeria may have no hope

Believers in God, especially Christians of the Pentecostal persuasion, of which yours truly is an apologetic member, would consider this headline near heretic and that is understandable.For this class of faithful, thoughts and confessions are the life to the attainment of desire or even the promises of God for the individual or nation. A part of the Scriptures says that [...]

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    2019: The fruitlessness of political endorsements

2019: The fruitlessness of political endorsements

If you were looking for reasons Nigeria has, despite its acclaimed potential If you were looking for reasons why Nigeria has, despite its acclaimed potential, remained a dwarf in the comity of nations, you will find one in an event that took place at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel on Sunday. That evening, Abuja played host to members of some largely [...]

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    On Onnoghen and the hypocrisy of the Nigerian elite

On Onnoghen and the hypocrisy of the Nigerian elite

Elections are 16 days away and Nigeria is in a flurry of confusion. It is a most unfortunate and dreadful place for a country, which just four years ago presented a beacon of hope that democracy could prosper in black Africa.But it is not in the character of Nigeria to sustain progress. The country’s development plans fail to appreciate its [...]

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    Truth be told, Atiku messed up

Truth be told, Atiku messed up

How could anyone, regardless of their political leaning, justify the slip up ofpresidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, on Saturday?A man, desirous of leading 180 million people, out of which you will find millions of the world’s brightest, travels across the world to be part of a well-advertised presidential debate, gets to the [...]

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    A nation’s crying shame

A nation’s crying shame

A basic trouble with Nigeria, one which may render the country eternally underdeveloped is the people’s misunderstanding of the true meaning of loyalty to fatherland. A number of times, this unhelpful posturing is deliberate and directed at protecting some vested interests, which could be hinged on the economic, religious or ethnic considerations. The ones who perpetrate this level of treachery [...]

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    Amina Zakari and Nigeria’s bigger trouble

Amina Zakari and Nigeria’s bigger trouble

With due respect to all compatriots, Nigeria must currently be the most ridiculous nation on the surface of the planet.Some opposition political parties led by the Peoples Democratic Party cry foul over the recent appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission ad hoc committee on National Collation Centre for the 2019 elections and her [...]

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    2023: Is it Igbo or Yoruba presidency

2023: Is it Igbo or Yoruba presidency

Within the last five months, some key actors in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration have suggested that support for their principal in the forthcoming presidential election is the only guarantee that agitations for the Presidency by the South-East and the South-West, (which is not actively agitating) could manifest. It started when the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss [...]

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    Tinubu and the burden of history

Tinubu and the burden of history

In today’s Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (whatever that means) is one of those who speak, and everyone listens. Arguably the most formidable political player in what is now known as the South-West zone of the country, Tinubu understands his fortune and deploys it almost without care for [...]

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