Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Niran Adedokun

    Between Nigeria’s unplanned population and poverty

Between Nigeria’s unplanned population and poverty

In reaction to my recent piece titled: “We kill militants but in vain,” a reader, Oris Obelikpeyah, wrote in as follows: “…In addition to all you wrote about, there’s the problem of an alarming rate of increase in child birth that tilts in favour of the poor, the destitute and unemployed Nigerians, as well as refugees who sojourn in our [...]

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    Have unity schools outlived their purpose?

Have unity schools outlived their purpose?

You will get a sense of the babelic spirit of the administration at the Federal Ministry of Education from a report in the August 10 edition of The PUNCH.  During a stakeholder’s forum on Education the day before, questions were raised about allegations that the ministry had increased fees paid by students of unity schools by an incredible 300perecent. The [...]

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    The PDP and its leopard skin

The PDP and its leopard skin

When I read about the confusion that trailed last Monday’s meeting of the South West caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), I was reminded of the fable of the Scorpion and the Turtle. It was said that the Scorpion, being a very poor swimmer once sought the help of the Turtle towards crossing a river.  The insect advocated that the [...]

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    We kill militants but in vain

We kill militants but in vain

Towards the end of last year, American multinational conglomerate, General Electric, published the result of a research on the future of work in Africa.  The document, Skills White Paper, made projections into the enormous potential within the clutch of the continent and what it needs to do to appropriate an opportunity that could make the region the beautiful bride of [...]

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    King Solomon’s life as parable for Dogara and friends

King Solomon’s life as parable for Dogara and friends

Even though I always maintained that like every little component of the gun, there is hardly anything noble about politicians, I am totally befuddled by the level of callousness found in members of the House of Representatives, given recent revelations.The bubble burst penultimate Wednesday when Speaker Yakubu Dogara announced the removal of Hon ‎Abdulmumin Jibrin from his position as Chairman [...]

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    Where are the youths to lead Nigeria?

Where are the youths to lead Nigeria?

There is a debate currently going at the National Assembly and in the minds of everyone who imagines that Nigerian youths have consistently been denied access to high political office.You would have over the years, encountered allusions to how it was said by some politicians, shortly after independence, that the future belongs to the youth and how those same politicians [...]

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    How do we make better husbands and fathers of men?    

How do we make better husbands and fathers of men?    

Last Saturday I had the privilege of being in the midst of a group of women who came together to find communal succor, even if fleeting, from the strains of their circumstance- single motherhood.The stories of these ladies were as diverse as their shapes and sizes. Some, but a far fewer number lost their spouses to the cold hands of [...]

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    But things are very difficult for Nigerians

But things are very difficult for Nigerians

While we are having all the conversations about how much has been stolen in Nigeria and how to repatriate such criminal proceeds, I suggest that our leaders begin to quickly ideate on practical ways to reverse the frightening level of poverty in the land. There is nothing more deserving of utmost urgency in today’s Nigeria.In our usual hasty and unreflective [...]

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    The many wars of Muhammadu Buhari

The many wars of Muhammadu Buhari

One of my contentions with the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) administration is the penchant to situate virtually every and all the challenges Nigeria currently faces in the pecuniary.I agree that money is important to driving the policies of governments but Nigeria grapples with a myriad of problems that have nothing to do with the sum of revenue accruing or not [...]

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    Aregbesola, Osun parents and the legacy of chaos

Aregbesola, Osun parents and the legacy of chaos

When I think about Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, I remember the aphorism that the road to hell is paved with good intensions. In today’s class of 36 governors, it is doubtful that anyone has the progressive and performance pedigree of Aregbesola before attaining their current office. I will explain.As Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure under Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s [...]

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    Why the PDP needs to redeem itself now!

Why the PDP needs to redeem itself now!

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) currently cuts the image of the most abominable slice of the Nigerian politician. Incurably selfish, egoistic and deficient in graciousness, top members of the PDP have in the past couple of weeks shown us that nothing, about the common man, interests them as much as the gratification of  their individual personal indulgences.Since the failed attempt [...]

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    Before Ambode gets carried away

Before Ambode gets carried away

I never had a doubt about the capacity of Mr. Akinwumi Ambode to do well as Governor of Lagos State. In what looked like the absence of governance in the first few weeks of his administration, I thought the newly sworn in governor was only trying to be methodical in his approach to tackling the myriad of issues confronting the [...]

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    The personal change that Buhari needs

The personal change that Buhari needs

I do not think that anyone or thing has done as much disservice to President Muhammadu Buhari as the interview published in a number of newspapers this last weekend.The interview was supposed to be some kind of anniversary benefit for local media outlets who have complained about the President’s preference for the foreign media, but after reading the interview, I [...]

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    Buhari: One year of delayed hope and deferred change

Buhari: One year of delayed hope and deferred change

In three days’time, the Muhammadu Buhari administration will breast the finishing line of its first year in office. I hope hardline supporters who have shut down criticisms of the administration now agree that time is ripe to attempt an analysis of the first quarter of the President’s tenure.When we looked at his performance in one hundred days, they said it [...]

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    How precious is human life to you, dear Nigerian?

How precious is human life to you, dear Nigerian?

There are some stories you hear in Nigeria that make your heart bleed and make you wonder if the people of this country are actually ready to break out of the shackles of underdevelopment. While we are all quick to identify the speck in the eyes of others, especially our leaders, we refuse to acknowledge, not to speak of removing the [...]

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    Religion, culture and the plague of domestic violence

Religion, culture and the plague of domestic violence

Since he granted an interview to The PUNCH from his hideout on Monday, Mr Lekan Shonde, who is alleged to have murdered his wife, Ronke, in Nigeria’s latest domestic violence turned fatal episode, has succeeded in garnering appreciable public consideration.He has given his dead wife away as a shameless adulterer, who after the act, came to relive the salacious experience [...]

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