Niran Adedokun

    Between Mrs Buhari and Fatima Mamman Daura

Between Mrs Buhari and Fatima Mamman Daura

Fatima Mamman Daura’s Monday interview with the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation is as audacious as it is revealing. Until Fatima picked up the gauntlet, there were widespread aspirations to put a face to the name First Lady Aishat Buhari mentioned as having recorded and then going ahead to release the video that saw the President’s wife fuming. [...]

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    Sex for marks: A deconstruction

Sex for marks: A deconstruction

As hard as this may be to accept, the sex for grades documentary released early this week by the British Broadcasting Corporation African Eye tells of nothing we did not already know. All right, that is not entirely correct; before the release of that 53-minute long quality work, non-initiates knew nothing about the spectacular things that went on at the Senior [...]

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    Do we even have a country?

Do we even have a country?

As Nigerians congratulated themselves over the country’s 59th Independence anniversary on Tuesday, questions ran through my mind as to whether ours can indeed be said to be a country. And if not, whether it has made any progress in attaining that status or remained a mere geographic expression as Chief Obafemi Awolowo noted in his 1947 book, Path to Nigeria [...]

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    As el-Rufai’s son goes to school

As el-Rufai’s son goes to school

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai’s dramatic registration of his six-year old son, Abubakar Al-Siddique in a public school early this week, and the spectacle that attended it signposts this country’s pathetic degeneration.For a country of Nigeria’s size, resources and clout, the enrolment of a governor’s offspring in a public school should be the norm rather than the exception. A governor [...]

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    Seun Onigbinde and the tyranny of loyalty

Seun Onigbinde and the tyranny of loyalty

Seun Onigbinde, co-founder of BudgIT, a civic group dedicated to financial transparency in government, recently became the latest metaphor for the lack of principles that pattern and ultimately ruin public office and governance in Nigeria.Speaking about principles, I do not refer to the fluidity of character that makes one take daggers against a government today and crawl into the very [...]

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    South Africa: Xenophobic attacks as failure of governance

South Africa: Xenophobic attacks as failure of governance

Following the escalation of violence against foreign nationals in some part of South Africa earlier this week, all sorts of video commentaries showing the opinions of natives of that country have surfaced on the Internet. One of the good things about these videos is that they expose the mindset of the indigenous people of South Africa and go on to [...]

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    How Nigeria bred Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa miscreants

How Nigeria bred Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa miscreants

Nigeria lost its voice for what looked like an eternity this last week. Following the United States of America’s Federal Bureau of Investigations’ astounding revelation of the number of Nigerians allegedly busted for Internet fraud related crimes, not much of a coherent official response defending the integrity of Nigeria and its people emanated from the government until several days later.The [...]

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    Much ado about Tekno’s Agege video

Much ado about Tekno’s Agege video

Since there has been no refutal of the alleged threat to make an example of music artiste, Augustine Kelechi, otherwise known as Tekno, it is safe to conclude that the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Chief Segun Runsewe, truly offered that much to the media about Tekno’s Agege video. And that is quite unfortunate.Of course, it [...]

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    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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