Thursday, August 1, 2019

Niran Adedokun

    Again, hell visits Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Again, hell visits Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Hell will officially be visiting Nigeria via the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from August 3, 2019. And the Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Power, which should work in the general interest of Nigerians, says that is exactly where the people should be.In a report published in The PUNCH on Monday, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Adedamola Kuti, [...]

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    Jakande: All-time model for state governors

Jakande: All-time model for state governors

On Tuesday, the first democratic Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, turned 90! This is a milestone that seems increasingly unattainable in a country where life expectancy is put at 54 years by the United Nations Population Fund.  That is when war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria have 65 years, 58 and 73 years respectively! Such a [...]

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    Nigeria needs a revolution now!

Nigeria needs a revolution now!

For the right effect, this intervention must restate the fact that Nigeria needs a very urgent revolution if it must survive. Things are going totally south for this country and not all the prayers or wishes that the 200 million citizens can muster would save it unless there is an instant revolution!Now, before we get ahead of ourselves, this is [...]

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    Citizen Atoyebi as hope for Nigerian youths

Citizen Atoyebi as hope for Nigerian youths

Last week’s announcement of Oyetola Muyiwa Atoyebi as one of the latest members of the elite club of legal practitioners is one of the best news to come from Nigeria lately. In these days when you wake up daily to absurd and frightening stories of killings, kidnappings, self-inflicted fire outbreaks and what have you, that a 34-year old becomes a [...]

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    Between men of God and gods of men

Between men of God and gods of men

Three days after the video where Mrs Busola Dakolo, accused Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo of defiling her at 16, Premium Times, a leading online newspaper in Nigeria, published a story alleging that Habeebulah Abdulrahman, an Ede, Osun State-based Islamic cleric, had defiled a 16-year-old pupil of his qur’anic school.Although the cleric insisted in an [...]

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    Soyinka and the unknown young man

Soyinka and the unknown young man

Reactions to Monday’s incident between Prof Wole Soyinka and an unidentified young man on an airplane are typically Nigerian-impulsive, emotional and clearly devoid of rigour.A nation cannot grow beyond the thoroughness of its people’s contemplation. For it is from deep thoughts about conditions around a people that vision is born and as the good book says, a people without a [...]

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    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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August 01, 2019USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK306397354
LAGOS362475413
KANO361474413
PH361475412
ABUJA362476413
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