Saturday, February 9, 2019

Reuben Abati

    Rule of law: The president got it wrong

Rule of law: The president got it wrong

It is unfortunate that the most important statement made so far at the on-going Annual Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association, an outright derogation of the supremacy of the rule of law, has not yet generated any coherent response from either the Bar or the Bench. President Muhammadu Buhari was guest of honour on Sunday at the NBA Conference and [...]

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    A dry Sallah and other stories

A dry Sallah and other stories

“Baba is back, we thank God”“You have started your mischief again. Baba said he will be back in two weeks, and he is back, so what is special about that?”“You know sometimes when the President goes to London like that, we may then be told that his doctors have advised that he should spend another week or more. But we [...]

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    Dauragate and the shame of a nation

Dauragate and the shame of a nation

The week that just passed will for long be remembered as perhaps the most momentous week in the history of the Muhammadu Buhari administration since 2015. Exactly a week ago, officers of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), acting under the instructions of their boss at the time, Lawal Daura, wearing hoods, stormed the premises of the National Assembly [...]

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    The Asaba disgrace

The Asaba disgrace

“I think this is the first and last time I will come to Nigeria to compete. If you are not ready to organise something please don’t…It was three days of travel for some and two days for others; like you are travelling from Africa to Asia or America. I have been to four African Championships and it’s my first time [...]

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    Understanding APC and the crisis of defections

Understanding APC and the crisis of defections

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the “factional” leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly asked Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki to resign his position as Senate President. What exactly does the Comrade want Saraki to resign from- the Senate Presidency or even his membership of the Senate having won election into the Assembly in the first place on the [...]

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    The APC ship is sinking…

The APC ship is sinking…

When we wrote much earlier that the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party was a coalition of strange bedfellows and a one-chance special purpose vehicle to get rid of President Goodluck Jonathan by all and any means possible, we were accused of sour grapes. When we argued even much earlier that Nigeria’s Presidential seat of power was jinxed and [...]

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    Dasuki’s bail and the attorney-general

Dasuki’s bail and the attorney-general

It is more than two weeks now since His Lordship Justice Ijeoma L. Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, gave clear, positive and unambiguous orders in the matter between Col Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) as applicant and three persons - the Director General, State Security Services, the State Security Services and the Attorney General of the Federation as respondents. [...]

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    Hadi Sirika and the return of Nigeria Airways

Hadi Sirika and the return of Nigeria Airways

One of the usual features on Nigerian social media is the nostalgic passion with which Nigerians often distribute pictures of the old Nigeria Airways and how that company once considered one of the best in Africa was mismanaged and made to fail. Established in 1958, it was liquidated in 2003. I have seen pictures of old tickets, images of Nigeria [...]

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    The Adebayo Adedeji example

The Adebayo Adedeji example

Professor Adebayo Adedeji, the towering intellectual, scholar, pan-Africanist, international civil servant and pioneer Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Under-Secretary General of the United Nations  (1975 -1991) died on April 25, 2018 at the ripe age of 87. He was buried on July 6, in his home-town of Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State.On July 7, [...]

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    In defence of the Fulani in our midst

In defence of the Fulani in our midst

State of the nation: In the last two weeks, over 200 persons in Plateau state were reportedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, 45 villages were ransacked and sacked and those villages we are told have been taken over by Fulanis, and the original owners have had to flee from their homes. There has also been some frightening talk about the true [...]

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    10 years after Lamidi Adedibu

10 years after Lamidi Adedibu

It has been ten years since the self-styled “strong man of Ibadan politics”, Chief Lamidi Ariyibi Akanji Adedibu, died. He died on June 11, 2008. I do not recall seeing many tributes or advertisements in the newspapers or other media commemorating his life and legacy. There was no public lecture or any important statements from those who were his protégés. [...]

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    Super Eagles and Marcus the pig at the World Cup

Super Eagles and Marcus the pig at the World Cup

There has been nothing in recent memory like the build-up to Nigeria’s first match at the on-going 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia. Football is Nigeria’s greatest unifier: when it is football, our compatriots drop all ethnic, religious and ideological differences and profess the missing faith and ideology of one Nigeria.They have expressed similar solidarity over whose jollof is [...]

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    ‘Just do good’: A June 12 story

‘Just do good’: A June 12 story

I used to have a friend we called Alhaji Bashy. He was not a Muslim. No. But he called himself Alhaji Bashy, even if that was not his real name. You want to know his real name? It was Theophilus. And his wife was named Ruth. His children? He was yet to have one. Even Ruth was called his wife [...]

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    Buhari and the June 12 saga

Buhari and the June 12 saga

There are three aspects - the strategic, the political and the legal - to the Federal Government’s decision to replace May 29 with June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, and to confer on the late Chief MKO Abiola, the highest honour in the land. Strategy: Long before now, the Buhari government had needed to review its strategy of engagement with the public, move [...]

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    The road to Babylon

The road to Babylon

Nigeria is on the road to Babylon: a place of confusion. Three years ago, the people were convinced that they had found a messiah who will lead them to the Promised Land, and meet all their expectations. Today, everyone is speaking in different tongues; “turning and turning in the widening gyre…the falcon cannot hear the falconer... things fall apart; the [...]

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    Shina Peters at 60: A life in music

Shina Peters at 60: A life in music

I consider it a great privilege to count Shina Peters, the Afro-Juju maestro, who turns 60 this week, as one of my friends and brothers. Dele Momodu has already penned a short tribute in his honour and a committee of friends is planning a day of tributes to coincide with his birthday on May 30. Shina Peters deserves to be [...]

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