Sunday, June 24, 2018

Niran Adedokun

    The real way to honour Abiola

The real way to honour Abiola

It will be uncivil to underplay Tuesday’s posthumous declaration of the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola as a former President.True, President Muhammadu Buhari who performed the investiture of Abiola and the late fiery Lagos lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, did not explicitly make that pronouncement, the conferment of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, an award customarily conferred on former [...]

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    The making of thugs, robbers and exam manipulators

The making of thugs, robbers and exam manipulators

Almost every solution provided to each nagging problem that faces Nigeria sets the mind back to the Yoruba parable of the Amunkun.Amukun, the man with the K-leg, met people who pointed out to him that the luggage on his head tilted. He took a good look at his accusers and retorted: “You complain because you are only looking at the [...]

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    Why are elections war in Nigeria?

Why are elections war in Nigeria?

Why are elections, which should be the celebration of democracy, war in Nigeria?In societies where people are in tune with the ethos of democracy, elections are the brightest moments in the lives of the citizenry.The basic definition of democracy is that it is the government of the people, by the people for the people. Periodic elections are the only way [...]

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    Codeine and a nation permanently on opium

Codeine and a nation permanently on opium

 In more ways than one, last week’s hurried outlawing of the importation, production and sale of cough drugs with codeine component in Nigeria shows the gross lack of competence amongst public office holders here.Now, lack of competence is not always due to incapacity. Sometimes, it could be out of unwillingness to act or simply a lack of concern for the [...]

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    Dino and Nigeria police as a metaphor

Dino and Nigeria police as a metaphor

So, the low turnout of constituents of the Kogi West Senatorial District of Kogi State put an end of the attempt to recall Senator Dino Melaye last Saturday.The rejection of the contrived plan to remove the embattled senator, who is currently confined to a hospital bed with what looks like a battalion of policemen on surveillance, was loud enough to [...]

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    Dilemma of the Nigerian youth

Dilemma of the Nigerian youth

Reaching a consensus about who a youth is in Nigeria is a fundamental challenge which may blur every other discussion about this demography.The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says youthfulness is an attribute of people who are in the 15 and 24 age grade. It promised though, that given the peculiarities of each member state, it would [...]

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    Of randy lecturers, lazy students and an immoral nation

Of randy lecturers, lazy students and an immoral nation

Nigeria is in trouble but we do not know. Or, we pretend not to know it, which is even worse. Ignorance could conceal a state of gradual depreciation but when the fatal blow hits like thunder in the night, sufferers could get excused for reveling in the soothing state of innocence. But it is difficult to pardon people who ignore [...]

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    Offa robbery: Story of our lives

Offa robbery: Story of our lives

Thursday, April 5, 2018 was a particularly sad day for me. Coming from Erin Ile, one of the towns bordering Offa in  Kwara State and belonging to a social media group attempting to foster peace in the Ibolo-speaking area to which both communities belong, news of that dastardly armed robbery incident in that town came to me real time.The first [...]

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    The wisdom in Danjuma’s intervention

The wisdom in Danjuma’s intervention

Partisans, political hirelings and ethnic apologists have taken serial swipes at the former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Defence, Gen Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, for that shocking outburst at the convocation of the Taraba State University in Jalingo last weekend.The one-time Chief of Army Staff ruffled feathers when he called on Nigerians to defend themselves against the attacks from [...]

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    Much ado about national assembly allowances

Much ado about national assembly allowances

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), promised, on Monday, to release details of the allowances of Principal Officers of the National Assembly just so that Nigerians would know how much of a drain these few ladies and gentlemen are on national resources.Sagay, sort of legendary in his antagonism and irritation with the spindrift [...]

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    Buhari vs national assembly: Fight between good and evil?

Buhari vs national assembly: Fight between good and evil?

Between President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the National Assembly, the die is cast.  Or, so it seems.Although we had it coming all along, Buhari on Tuesday sounded what appeared to be the death knell on his relationship with the Nigerian legislature when he rejected the amendment made to the Electoral Act by the National Assembly.The Nigerian electorate almost ever [...]

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    Buhari and the parable of ‘king’ elephant

Buhari and the parable of ‘king’ elephant

So, former Governor Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa State thinks former President Olusegun Obasanjo should be in jail for allegedly inducing legislators towards his reportedly 2007 third term bid?Abdullahi, who suggests that former Military President Ibrahim Babangida should accompany Obasanjo on the late-life trip to prison alleged that Obasanjo dished out N50m, a whopping sum even by the standards of today, [...]

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    What impact does Valentine have on Nigeria?

What impact does Valentine have on Nigeria?

On Wednesday, Nigerians joined people from across the world to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. As it always is with us, the commemoration, when put on a scale, is likely to have outshone that of any space of human congregation anywhere in the world.  That is the way we are, when we get introduced to any idea or event, we take [...]

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    Babangida and Nigeria’s other little foxes

Babangida and Nigeria’s other little foxes

I find the brouhaha after last Sunday’s alleged issuance of a statement by former military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, the denials and eventual validation that followed it very symptomatic of the various levels of crises that has continued to plaque our nation.The first is our perennial challenge with leadership.  Say what you would, Nigeria is bereft of quality [...]

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    Olusegun Obasanjo: Hero or villain?

Olusegun Obasanjo: Hero or villain?

Without much argument, anyone who believes in God must agree that the man, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, Nigeria’s two-time leader, is a beneficiary of the inexhaustible grace of God. In fact, when I think about the Holy Bible’s assertion of the tendency of God to have mercy on whom he pleases, Obasanjo comes to mind as one, who, in spite of [...]

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    Does Buhari really love Nigeria?

Does Buhari really love Nigeria?

I still do not know why President Muhammadu Buhari is in mortal fear of prospects that we need to discuss the restructuring of Nigeria. From his utterances each time he found the gumption to speak on the issue, the President sounds like giving Nigerians the opportunity to talk about these issues might lead to the breaking-up of the country and [...]

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