Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Niran Adedokun

    Deconstructing the NBA elections

Deconstructing the NBA elections

As a lawyer, the unfolding scenario post last week’s election of the Nigerian Bar Association leaves one totally abashed. That is, of course, not to suggest that the NBA is populated by super humans who are infallible. It is only to recognise the fact that the legal profession is held to a measure of standard, which places it a ton [...]

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    NDDC: What manner of leaders are these?

NDDC: What manner of leaders are these?

In so many ways, the performance of the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, at the House of Representatives’ public hearing on the Niger Delta Development Commission should dishearten rather than excite Nigerians. Just as the diatribe between Akpabio and a former head of the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, Joi Nunieh, as well as the testimony [...]

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    Nigeria: Who is not corrupt?

Nigeria: Who is not corrupt?

If we were to be honest with ourselves, it is hard not to be corrupt in Nigeria. I imagine this would cause a lot of anger in many honest compatriots and it is understandable. However, this sometimes impulsive, other times hypocritical posturing is itself, one of the core problems of Nigeria. A problem acknowledged is half solved but like the [...]

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    Keyamo got it wrong

Keyamo got it wrong

Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo’s insistence on holding on to his confrontation with the National Assembly is unnecessary, politically immature and unhelpful to the Buhari administration. It rubs mud on the face of the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, indicates that the ministry has no capacity for coherence and puts more questions on the ability of members of [...]

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    Daddy Freeze, Hushpuppi and the future of Nigeria

Daddy Freeze, Hushpuppi and the future of Nigeria

The broadcaster, ‘Youtuber’ and self-proclaimed preacher, Ifedayo Olarinde, also known as Daddy Freeze, is a subject whose interests almost always invite attention. As a person though, I have resisted the temptation to join debates about his views on some charismatic preachers. although I always felt his stand are sometimes extreme and borne out of a fragmentary understanding of the psychology of [...]

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    Between Oshiomhole and Obaseki, what difference?

Between Oshiomhole and Obaseki, what difference?

If you are a keen observer of political developments of Edo and (to some extent), Ondo states, you would have come to two or three painful realisations lately. The first is that politicians in Nigerians are not guided by any idea or principle. Nigerian politics is a jungle where ego and influence peddlers have a field day operating without any [...]

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    Naira Marley and the Abuja misadventure

Naira Marley and the Abuja misadventure

If you still had any doubts, the event at the Jabi Lake Mall Abuja on Saturday and the drama that has followed it, tell copiously of Nigeria’s descent into near anarchy. The country, like virtually every other, is in the middle of a pandemic with unprecedented virulence. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in executing the mandate of President Muhammadu [...]

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    Dangers in re-opening worship centres

Dangers in re-opening worship centres

There is something about Nigeria’s COVID-19 situation that makes one think that the miraculous is indeed taking place in the country. Could that be why managers of the country’s strategy for dealing with the pandemic are allowing worship houses open from next week? Is Nigeria really in that place yet? As the number of infections unravels daily like the steps of [...]

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    Rape: Halting Nigeria’s progressive descent into abyss

Rape: Halting Nigeria’s progressive descent into abyss

Far too many things break the heart about Nigeria. There is the grinding poverty that robs citizens of dignity; pervasive insecurity, which has turned nearly everyone into jittery refugees in their own country and the combination of many other factors gradually taking humanity away from Nigerians. That, which has stifled fellow feeling, made enemies of compatriots and completely devalued life. [...]

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    Beyond Ayade’s tears

Beyond Ayade’s tears

Benedict Ayade, Professor of Environmental Microbiology, law graduate and Governor of Cross River State, was at his most vulnerable last Thursday. At the inauguration of an odd body, known as the Cross River State Anti-Tax Agency, the governor’s lacrimal gland betrayed him as he dropped tears uncontrollably. It was for effect that could only have been lost on those who [...]

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    Why Nigeria is losing the COVID-19 war

Why Nigeria is losing the COVID-19 war

I imagine that someone would regard this headline as dramatic, even hyperbolic, and that would be totally understandable. Given the statistics of accomplishments that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 reels out during its daily press briefings and most especially last Monday, it is quite tempting to conclude that Nigeria is on the way to repeating its 2014 performance against [...]

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    COVID-19 and the almajiri dilemma

COVID-19 and the almajiri dilemma

Apart from accentuating the pathetically weak state of Nigeria’s health sector, the COVID-19 outbreak has also exposed the country’s perpetual neglect of its children. These two are of course, amongst several other things that need quick attention if Nigeria and its people hope for any future at all. That there is any such desire is debatable.  Nigeria is a country that [...]

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    COVID-19: Is it the right time to relax lockdown?

COVID-19: Is it the right time to relax lockdown?

These are certainly not the best of times for anyone with the title of leader anywhere in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges that test the capacity of the most knowledgeable in the affairs of man, materials and resources. As a citizen, Nigeria’s President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, his cabinet and governors of the country’s 36 states are [...]

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    The harm Kyari did Nigeria

The harm Kyari did Nigeria

There is a saying in the Yoruba tradition to the effect that death translates ordinary mortals into idols. I do not know the exact sense in which progenitors of the tradition meant it, but this can be construed in two ways, at least. The first but more improbable is the spiritual. In Yoruba cosmology, the dead are believed to have moved [...]

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    What does Boss Mustapha know?

What does Boss Mustapha know?

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha’s confession about being oblivious of the decay in Nigeria’s health infrastructure is uncomplimentary of his otherwise towering image. But there is something that does more damage. What is worse is the audacity to say that to Nigerians. True, the confession may present as a standard for the sort of candour [...]

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    COVID-19: Why Nigerians don’t trust their leaders

COVID-19: Why Nigerians don’t trust their leaders

On Tuesday, a two-and-a-half-minute video circulated quite a bit on the social media. It was of a faceless woman who had apparently just benefitted from the Ogun State Government’s COVID-19 lockdown relief package for its citizens. All you see in the video are two bags of what looks like 12.5kg of what she said was rice. The anonymous lady, in a [...]

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