Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Niran Adedokun

    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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    2018 Electoral Act: What Buhari should do

2018 Electoral Act: What Buhari should do

It is in moments like this, when elections are fast approaching, that you see the really immature democratic character of Nigerians. The desperation, the reckless vituperation, the unbridled partisanship show that Nigerians do not realise that elections, as a former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Ghandi, once said, should not be so much about those who win or lose as about [...]

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    Nigerians and the god of money

Nigerians and the god of money

Recent stories from across Nigeria indicate that the country may be in more trouble than it actually realises. It also rings the alarm that unless the power elite who are currently engrossed in their seasonal scramble for power comes to terms the harm they have foisted on the country and retract with alacrity, the horse may indeed soon bolt away [...]

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    Many troubles of the Nigerian Army

Many troubles of the Nigerian Army

That there has been no public reprimand or manifest sanctions on the top echelons of the Nigerian Army as we speak is a disheartening indication of the failure of ethics and the lack of respect that the country has for those gallant men and women adorning its military uniform. And that is not just because two soldiers who claimed to [...]

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    The Ganduje situation

The Ganduje situation

The drama ensuing after the release of videos alleging that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State solicited and received bribes from contractors is an unmitigated shame. It is indicative of the country’s backwardness on two fundamentally important fronts and should worry everyone who desires a democratic and corruption-free country.The first testimony of the country’s failure to make progress in [...]

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    Ezekwesili and new generation presidential hopefuls

Ezekwesili and new generation presidential hopefuls

Even by the sheer reason of venture, the number and quality of aspirations to Nigeria’s Presidency in the 2019 elections should excite and give a sense of satisfaction that democracy is gradually taking roots in the country.Democracy is after all a mark of liberalisation of political power, the ability of every constitutionally-enabled national to aspire to rule their country regardless [...]

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    Shi’ite crisis: Nigeria is playing with fire

Shi’ite crisis: Nigeria is playing with fire

No matter what the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force say in the aftermath of the latest face-off with members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, this country cannot justify the measure of force its agents have continued to unleash on this religious group.But this incident, in which an unclarified number of people lost their lives, is indicative of [...]

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