Monday, July 22, 2019

Niran Adedokun

    Death of three ‘corpers’ and a nation’s dark soul

Death of three ‘corpers’ and a nation’s dark soul

That Nigeria is so easily moving on from the untimely death of three young participants in the National Youth Service Corps is a clear mirror to the darkness of the soul of the nation. The three “corpers” died in national custody within 48 hours of one another, while fulfilling the compulsory requirement of a one-year national service.The first incident involved [...]

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    Oshiomhole and his Agbalowomeri gang

Oshiomhole and his Agbalowomeri gang

I cannot tell whether the word, Agbalowomeri, existed in the Yoruba lexicon before the late J.F. Odunjo gave meaning to it with his definitive book, Agbalomeri Baale Jontolo.Written in 1958, the play is about the head of a village who, in spite of his position and wealth, forcefully sought patronage from his subjects, even the evidently poor ones.  Those who [...]

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    Ondo election and elite conspiracy

Ondo election and elite conspiracy

The worms of deceit and duplicity which dwell with politicians are rapidly eating at our dear President Muhammadu Buhari. And that is an awful shame. Here is a man who rode on the back of his universally acclaimed integrity to become President, but is now like a sheep who having strode in the company of dogs for a season, now feasts [...]

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    Misplaced priorities of the Buhari administration

Misplaced priorities of the Buhari administration

Penultimate Friday, I woke to the frantic call of a childhood friend of mine. He asked if I could link him up with someone with authority in the police in a South-West state. Now, that itself tells of a society that is not working. When the confidence of people in institutions of state depends on whom they know, that country [...]

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    When are you ‘checking out’ to Canada?

When are you ‘checking out’ to Canada?

As President Muhammadu Buhari seems nostalgic about his 20-month rule in the 1980s such that he draws inspiration from it, he will do well to recall the campaign against Nigerians emigrating in their numbers as we have started to witness.Shortly after he became the Head of State after the ouster of the civilian government of President Shehu Shagari in 1983, [...]

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    Why the war against corruption may fail

Why the war against corruption may fail

Nigeria has recently embarked on something which its leadership describes as a war against corruption. I do not know whether it is by design or by mere happenstance but the series of events which government and its agents fly as posters for the success of combating corruption are unworthy of what a people, having any hope for an enduring change [...]

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    Does Buhari have the courage to change Nigeria?

Does Buhari have the courage to change Nigeria?

Among many other things, the recently launched authorised biography of President Muhammadu Buhari, entitled, “The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria,” strives to humanise its subject and make him look too good for Nigeria. But that is not all it is to effective leadership.In line with that strategy, the book refreshes our memory about Buhari’s ouster as head of state in [...]

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    The futility and danger of DSS raid on judges   

The futility and danger of DSS raid on judges  

According to the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, JSC, “No one should go to the Bench to amass wealth, for money corrupts and pollutes not only the channels of justice but also the very stream itself. It is a calamity to have a corrupt judge… When justice is bought and sold, there is no more hope for society…”That was at a [...]

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    Peter Obi, governors and a pathetic citizenry

Peter Obi, governors and a pathetic citizenry

You will get a sense of the awful state of citizenship in Nigeria if you have followed reactions that trail Saturday’s intervention by former Governor Peter Obi at 2016 The Platform in Lagos.And this reinforces the significance of concerted efforts on raising the level of political consciousness among our people more than we worry about the failure of successive political [...]

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    Tinubu vs Oyegun: Like PDP, like APC

Tinubu vs Oyegun: Like PDP, like APC

Finally, the cracks papered over by the All Progressives Congress since it took office have become a gaping hole where political lizards now recreate. Even if they still deny it, the statement recently issued by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader and prime mover of the alliance that birthed the APC signals that undertakers may soon be invited to inter the [...]

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    Fashola: There is nothing to celebrate yet

Fashola: There is nothing to celebrate yet

I recently read an article which queried the silence of the media on the “good work” that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, is doing on the Sagamu-Ore end of the Lagos-Ore-Benin Expressway and a number of other federal roads. Titled, Fashola at work: Why is no one talking, the piece, written by one Modestus Umenzekwe, apparently [...]

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    Finality of death and lessons men fail to learn

Finality of death and lessons men fail to learn

I got fascinated by the dramatic form, tragedy, from the first day I was introduced to it. Arthur Miller, one of the most renown theorists on the subject, says, while dismissing the perception that tragedy was synonymous with pessimism in a February 1949 essay titled, Tragedy and the Common Man, “… in truth, tragedy implies more optimism in its author [...]

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    Because the EFCC is no god

Because the EFCC is no god

The recent verbal fireworks between leaders of the Nigerian Bar Association and authorities at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should not be seen as a battle between the forces evil and good as our emotions would, most likely push us to believe.Sometimes, we can get very emotive about our appreciation of issues in Nigeria. And public figures in the [...]

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    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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