Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Niran Adedokun

    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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    The options before Kachikwu

The options before Kachikwu

Monday’s response by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company to allegations of insubordination and contravention of extant laws made against its Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, should show Nigerians on whose side the pendulum of authority swings in the shameful public spat.Given that both men had audiences at Nigeria’s [...]

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    On Ambode’s Awolowo statue

On Ambode’s Awolowo statue

If you do not want to incur the wrath of the average Nigerian unforgivably, do not hurt what they consider to be their ethnic or religious ego. Now, the tricky part of the deal is that you may never know what they so consider until you already would have crossed the line, in their own reckoning.  And God help you when [...]

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    Open letter to Professor Itse Sagay (SAN)

Open letter to Professor Itse Sagay (SAN)

Dear Prof,I feel very privileged to be able to address this letter to you. As one of the leading lights in the teaching and practice of law in Nigeria, the opportunity to speak to you, a teacher of teachers and an accomplished legal luminary, is what someone, a relative non-starter in the area in which you are an authority in, [...]

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    Lesson to learn from IPOB

Lesson to learn from IPOB

For the record, I do not have any shred of sympathy for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra. I agree that the Igbo people of South-East Nigeria have been served the short end of the stick for too long. One should be honest enough though, to admit that Nigeria has been unfair to so many of its [...]

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    Is Atiku really APC’s problem?

Is Atiku really APC’s problem?

Three things intrigue me about Nigerian politicians. The first is their unending capacity for deception. First deception on the people, which ultimately tails in uncanny self-delusion.That kind of thing in which people tell themselves so much lies, get so used to it and willingly substitute it for the truth.The second is the failure and refusal to learn from mistakes. It is [...]

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