Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Niran Adedokun

    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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    Of marriage, and that Tiwa and Tunji spat

Of marriage, and that Tiwa and Tunji spat

In the concluding chapter of his book, I married you, Walter Trobisch, late German marriage counsellor and missionary to Africa, wrote: “Last night, I committed all the errors which I advise other husbands not to commit. I talked only about my work. I told my wife to give a message in church and to prepare another one for the morning. [...]

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    Before we burn down the national assembly

Before we burn down the national assembly

From the outset, the 8th national assembly got off the wrong foot with Nigerians and it does not appear like this frosty relationship will ever improve.At its inauguration in June last year, the Senate, which first convoked, delivered a coup de main in which Dr.  Bukola Saraki, evidently not anointed by the hierarchy of his All Progressives Congress (APC), became Senate [...]

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    The change that Buhari needs

The change that Buhari needs

In about five weeks, President Muhammadu Buhari will be one year in office. I do not expect that Buhari would, in the fashion of most politicians from this side of the world, roll out the drums in celebration of what you could call a milestone. I am able to easily say that because the President, in spite of the depravity [...]

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    Between Okada and the Lagos of our dreams

Between Okada and the Lagos of our dreams

You should never ask my opinion about taking Okada, the commercial motorcycle operator, off the roads of Lagos. Why? Because you will be asking the wrong person.  I am biased; my opinion is premeditated and deliberately resolute on what the fate of the Okada should be. My vote is that Okada should be taken out and I will tell you [...]

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    Memo to ‘Buharists’ and ‘Jonathanians’

Memo to ‘Buharists’ and ‘Jonathanians’

I regret that I finally have to validate the ridiculous   ‘Jonathanians’ and “Buharist” mentality today. The truth is, I detest using such tags on people. Since the folly of political polarity gripped our country just before the 2015 elections, I have refrained from lumping people together with labels like “Buharist”, “Jonathanian”, “Haliers or Wailers” and others with which people have [...]

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    Mr President, you don’t have three years more

Mr President, you don’t have three years more

President Muhammadu Buhari gave what could be likened to a state of the nation address last Thursday. Only that he spoke, not to the nation, but the National Executive Council (NEC) of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).Perhaps because it was meant for people who are more or less members of the same political family, the speech, was plain [...]

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    Who needs a gender equality law?

Who needs a gender equality law?

Truth be told, I am done nerve-racking about Nigerian politicians. As it is, nothing will make those who ply politics in Nigeria put the interest of the common man above their personal, class and party interests. At least, not until the common man himself realises the muscle in his own democratic rights and flexes same to his own advantage.This is [...]

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    Of wayward clerics, the church and the nation

Of wayward clerics, the church and the nation

If you are Christian in Nigeria, and one who takes his faith with a measure of seriousness, you should every now and then, feel some sore discomfiture at the news of men of God who dip their hands into stuff uncomplimentary of their celestial office. These stories are endless and their atrociousness, unimaginable.In the warm up to Nigeria’s general elections [...]

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    Buhari and the demon of mis-communication

Buhari and the demon of mis-communication

President Muhammadu Buhari is deficient in so many things but I do not imagine compassion for the people of Nigeria is one of those. Just think about it,  the major reason why PMB went against every economic and common sense counsel to immediately remove subsidy on petroleum products at his ascendancy was for the effect that it would have on [...]

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    Ese Oruru’s travails as the shame of a nation

Ese Oruru’s travails as the shame of a nation

It was the inimitable Nelson Mandela, who said that “there can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nothing shows the darkness that has gripped the soul of Nigeria and its people like the unfolding story of Ese Oruru, the teenager allegedly abducted from Bayelsa State by a young man [...]

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    Sheriff’s PDP and that 2019 dream

Sheriff’s PDP and that 2019 dream

The Peoples Democratic (PDP) cuts the perfect image of a most pathetic organisation currently. Since Nigerians voted it out of power last year, the party has sauntered from one inglorious juncture to another such that no misadventure from its fold could distress us any longer. We just seem to have resigned to expecting the worst from them.Curiously, the PDP seem [...]

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