Saturday, February 17, 2018

Niran Adedokun

    What impact does Valentine have on Nigeria?

What impact does Valentine have on Nigeria?

On Wednesday, Nigerians joined people from across the world to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. As it always is with us, the commemoration, when put on a scale, is likely to have outshone that of any space of human congregation anywhere in the world.  That is the way we are, when we get introduced to any idea or event, we take [...]

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    Babangida and Nigeria’s other little foxes

Babangida and Nigeria’s other little foxes

I find the brouhaha after last Sunday’s alleged issuance of a statement by former military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, the denials and eventual validation that followed it very symptomatic of the various levels of crises that has continued to plaque our nation.The first is our perennial challenge with leadership.  Say what you would, Nigeria is bereft of quality [...]

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    Olusegun Obasanjo: Hero or villain?

Olusegun Obasanjo: Hero or villain?

Without much argument, anyone who believes in God must agree that the man, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, Nigeria’s two-time leader, is a beneficiary of the inexhaustible grace of God. In fact, when I think about the Holy Bible’s assertion of the tendency of God to have mercy on whom he pleases, Obasanjo comes to mind as one, who, in spite of [...]

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    Does Buhari really love Nigeria?

Does Buhari really love Nigeria?

I still do not know why President Muhammadu Buhari is in mortal fear of prospects that we need to discuss the restructuring of Nigeria. From his utterances each time he found the gumption to speak on the issue, the President sounds like giving Nigerians the opportunity to talk about these issues might lead to the breaking-up of the country and [...]

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    Yusuf Buhari as a metaphor for Nigeria’s health sector

Yusuf Buhari as a metaphor for Nigeria’s health sector

Last weekend, some national dailies reported the appreciation of the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, to the medical personnel tending to the needs of her son, Yusuf, who was involved in a bike accident last month.The letter, which came alongside reports that the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, was at the head of the medical team treating the young [...]

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    Can Buhari still bring the change?

Can Buhari still bring the change?

Next to a slithering sense of incompetence bordering on lack of preparedness, the incurable vacillating disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari would be the biggest culprit for the seeming ineffectiveness of his administration.It started right from the beginning. The President just seemed to imagine that four years was an eternity. He did not seem to realise that there was an urgent sense [...]

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    ‘Who presidential documentary epp?’

‘Who presidential documentary epp?’

On Christmas Day, I stumbled on an interview given by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. Although it was a fairly lengthy interaction with the presenters of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television that morning, two things that the presidential spokesperson said amplify the fault with the President’s communication.Confronted with a front page [...]

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    $1bn, governance and our misplaced priorities

$1bn, governance and our misplaced priorities

 For me, questions about the $1bn Excess Crude Account money recently approved by the National Economic Council is not so much about whether it was truly meant for the purpose we were told, to fight the already “technically degraded” Boko Haram insurgents, but about the procedures as well as the expediency of the expenditure.From my understanding of the laws of [...]

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    PDP convention: Story of our democracy?

PDP convention: Story of our democracy?

I have read all sorts of reactions to last Saturday’s National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party and the only surprise I have is the quantum of shock from Nigerians at the turn of events. I cannot believe that Nigerians actually imagined that things would go on in anyway significantly different from the way they turned.For me, what we saw [...]

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    The church, tithing and the rest of us

The church, tithing and the rest of us

I did not think I would join this unending conversation on the propriety of paying tithes until I saw a friend who is not of the Christian faith share a critical article in the past week.That meant two things to me: The first being that the Church can no longer hide from the scrutiny of the world and the other [...]

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    Corruption war: Is Buhari still in control?

Corruption war: Is Buhari still in control?

Everyone who loves Nigeria must be worried about two things that seem to define the character of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.One is the disgraceful level of incoherence and rivalry amongst agencies of government and the other, the President’s incredible seeming lack of concern about these rivalries and a number of high-levelisome things.Over the past two years, we have seen [...]

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    Obiano: Did the people really speak?

Obiano: Did the people really speak?

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State was on Sunday declared winner of the November 18, 2017 governorship election in the state. It was a landslide victory that should not surprise any keen watcher of the electoral process in Nigeria. In this country, incumbents, especially in states, do not lose elections unless one of three things happens. The first is that the losing incumbent belongs [...]

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    The lessons I learnt from women in Nollywood

The lessons I learnt from women in Nollywood

Over the past couple of months, I have been talking to a particular set of women from whom I have learnt so much. Even though these women are all united by one single trade-filmmaking, I discovered in the course of the groundwork for the Ladies Calling the Shot, a book which was released in Lagos on Tuesday, that, as they [...]

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    Buhari is just another politician, after all

Buhari is just another politician, after all

For a while now, I have reached the point where I could no longer give a care about what the Nigerian politician does or does not do.As far I am concerned, there is nothing beyond the average Nigerian politician. Of course, there are a few exceptions to this unfortunate General Order but that is what it is- the general order.I [...]

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    President Buhari and those ‘surrounding’ him

President Buhari and those ‘surrounding’ him

Let me start by restating the trite point that there is no society entirely free of corruption.  Tendencies for compromises and self-gratification are part of the human nature and they are emotions that all mortals, irrespective of colour, race or religion are susceptible to in the absence of sufficient restraints. There, however, seems to be a consensus that this malaise [...]

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    Of failing teachers and failing primary education

Of failing teachers and failing primary education

Not too long ago, I had the rare privilege of being in the same room with six of Nigeria’s 36 state governors. Discussions mainly centered around the need to urgently restructure the country and let the constituent units have their say on the issues that affect them.While this lasted, only one thing agitated my mind. As discussions went on [...]

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