Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Niran Adedokun

    Does Nigeria really have a future?

Does Nigeria really have a future?

For someone who became deaf and blind at 19 months, the late American political activist and intellectual, Hellen Keller, stood in a good place to lecture the world about optimism.Years after she defied her handicaps to become a political and leading campaigner for women’s suffrage, labour rights, socialism and such other interests, Keller offered the world the following words on [...]

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    No, Nigeria is in trouble about doctors

No, Nigeria is in trouble about doctors

Nigeria’s health minister, Prof Isaac Adewole, recently drew the flak from Nigerians when he seemingly underplayed the intractable challenges that the country’s health sector grapples with.Speaking at the 38th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria last Friday, Adewole, a former President of the association said, amongst other things, “No serious shortage” [...]

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    2019: Is the PDP not just joking?

2019: Is the PDP not just joking?

Thoughts about Nigerian politics would always wear you out. And that is regardless of whether you are thinking about the politicians or the electorate.In the colony of politicians, the import of the calling itself is largely centred on what the political actors would gain, that is power and possibly money. Elsewhere, politics, even though accompanied with the ingredients of influence [...]

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    Memo to the Nigerian political godfather

Memo to the Nigerian political godfather

If Nigerian politicians were to invest a fraction of the time and energy exerted on undoing one another in the genuine quest of developing the country, Nigeria would be far gone from its current state of stunted growth.In the past couple of weeks, the people have become dazed by the dizzying pace at which politicians have crossed carpets from one [...]

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    No, Mr President, illegal immigrants are your trouble

No, Mr President, illegal immigrants are your trouble

Three years into what increasingly looks like his first term in office, President Muhammadu Buhari still appears not to have come to an understanding of the compassion and citizen deference that modern democratic leadership demands. If those were in his contemplation, his comment, last week, to the effect that illegal immigrants from Nigeria were on their own would never have [...]

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    Osinbajo: After Daura’s sack, what next?

Osinbajo: After Daura’s sack, what next?

While the remote and immediate causes for last week’s decisive sacking of MrLawal Daura as the Director-General of the Department of State Services remain a guess, it is unarguably the most inspiring action by the Muhammadu Buhari administration in a long while.And following it up this Tuesday with the literal disbandment of the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad, was a bonus [...]

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    Akpabio’s defection: Memo to fellow Nigerians

Akpabio’s defection: Memo to fellow Nigerians

Considering the drama that Nigeria has witnessed since 1999, it would seem that politicians had exhausted their capacity to shock until stories began to fly around about Senator Godswill Akpabio’s possible defection to the All Progressives Congress.The surprise in Akpabio’s move is not so much about the personality of the former two-term Governor of Akwa Ibom State. The truth is [...]

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    Can Oshiomhole save APC ship from sinking?

Can Oshiomhole save APC ship from sinking?

The seeming widespread acceptance of Adams Oshiomhole’s aspiration for the position of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, ahead of its June 23, 2018 convention is one of the most recently curious things about the party.Given where the former Edo State Governor was coming from, his personality did not cut the image of one who could save the [...]

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    No one should rejoice over those defections

No one should rejoice over those defections

Far too many things break the heart about Nigeria but two of them take the cake. One is the inhibited selfishness of the country’s political elite while the other is the naivety or docility of the citizenry.In a sense, these two are a corollary one of the other but like the egg and the chick, it is hard to tell [...]

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    What next after Fayemi’s victory?

What next after Fayemi’s victory?

It is curious, even though not out of character, that discussions about the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti State mainly centre on the winners and the losers.Of course, as it is with us, those who win an election, irrespective of how they accomplished it, would assail us with empty triumphalism while the losers are programmed to whine about how [...]

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    Kemi Adeosun and the opportunity lost

Kemi Adeosun and the opportunity lost

In two days, it will be one week after the online newspaper, Premium Times, published a story alleging that Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, may be in possession of a forged certificate of the National Youth Service Corps, yet there has not even been a whimper of response from the minister.  Now that is not likely to be something [...]

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    Prayers and the Nigerian dilemma

Prayers and the Nigerian dilemma

Two things mark the average Nigerian’s reaction to almost all the recurrent but avoidable misfortunes that hit the country. The first is the blaming of everyone but himself. And the second, a resort to the spiritual. The invocation of the powers of the divine to solve what are evidently human problems is a near default indulgence of the vast majority [...]

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    Death now two for a kobo in Nigeria

Death now two for a kobo in Nigeria

Sometime in the 1970s, the Juju music maestro, then known as Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, did a track wherein a line lamented the cheapness of death in the country.The line “iku di mejiepinni,” meaning “death has become two for a penny,” spoke about the frequency with which people, especially young ones died. It talked about the low life expectancy in [...]

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    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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