Sunday, April 7, 2019

Simon Kolawole

    A peace deal long overdue

A peace deal long overdue

Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education and a leading figure in the Bring Back Our Girls movement, called me on Friday afternoon, clearly desperate to hear some good news about the Chibok schoolgirls. She had heard that the girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram since April, were about to be released under a ceasefire agreement between the government and the [...]

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    The difficult options before Tinubu

The difficult options before Tinubu

Being a kingmaker could be fun, but these are not the most exciting times in the life of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In the next few weeks, or even days, he has difficult political decisions to make both on the national and home fronts as [...]

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    Who is afraid of Muhammadu Buhari?

Who is afraid of Muhammadu Buhari?

The moment millions of Nigerians have been waiting for is finally within touching distance. You know it: that moment when the opponent of President Goodluck Jonathan in the February 14, 2015 presidential election will be known. And that candidate has to come from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the biggest opposition party in the history of our democracy ─ judging [...]

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Suffering wealth and sovereign wealth

One of the most exciting things I have ever done, and I mean it, was my study of oil-producing countries in 2008. I set out on a study of five countries: Norway, Venezuela, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. On a comparative basis with Nigeria, I looked at their policies and practices: local content, product pricing, revenue sharing between [...]

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    My grouse with President Jonathan

My grouse with President Jonathan

You know the general election is around the corner when you see all sorts of groups springing up here and there, endorsing candidates here and there, and generally disturbing the public peace everywhere. Oh no, it is that time again. Yes, 2015 is here. The general election is a stone-throw away. President Goodluck Jonathan obviously wants to remain in Aso [...]

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    What’s Attahiru Jega’s INEC up to?

What’s Attahiru Jega’s INEC up to?

I am, evidently, one of the admirers of Professor Attahiru Jega, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Not that I have always liked him though. When he was president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and I was in my final year at the University of Lagos, I hated him and his ASUU. They went [...]

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    The trouble with Nuhu Ribadu

The trouble with Nuhu Ribadu

Much has been said about the defection of Malam Nuhu Ribadu from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Most of the comments I have read or heard are very critical of his decision. He has been described as a typical Nigerian politician without values. Someone said his defection is an indication of his desperation to [...]

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    Adadevoh was just doing her job

Adadevoh was just doing her job

Sometime in 2004, or thereabouts, I told the then Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili, that in spite of the successes recorded by her agency, fake drugs were still coming to Nigeria. She sighed, and with one look of frustration creating a dent on her face, she told me: "We [...]

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    Marching on to 2015 positively…

Marching on to 2015 positively…

At a time when Ebola has struck the fear of God into us, it is difficult to find positives around. Someone is coughing or sneezing beside you and you are worried. You don't want to shake hands. You are washing your hands 20 times per minute. You don't know if the guy sitting next to you has had a secondary [...]

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    With Ebola and death from Liberia

With Ebola and death from Liberia

There is something about us, Nigerians, that is quite difficult to understand, much less explain. For one, we think we are unique and completely different from the rest of the world. After all, we don't suffer earthquakes or landslides, neither do we experience Tsunamis or hurricanes. So, we think we are invincible. For instance, in March 2014, when the first [...]

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    The titanic battle for Osun State

The titanic battle for Osun State

The August 9 governorship election in Osun State is a tougher test for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) than Ekiti State. Allow me to explain. Ekiti, for all you care, has always been a "swing state" ─ to borrow the American term used for states that are not "safe" for any party. In 1999, we need to recall, Ekiti was [...]

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    Dear God, Buhari must not die

Dear God, Buhari must not die

We have many reasons to be thankful that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari survived the bomb attack in Kaduna on Wednesday. I'm not trying to suggest that the lives of those who died are worthless ─ or that we should be less thankful for several other lives that were saved. Personally, Kaduna means a lot to me. That is where I have [...]

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Do the right thing, for Pete’s sake

I was in shock ─ in fact, trauma ─ on Friday afternoon. I was in my bedroom, trying to do some work on my laptop when I heard a crashing sound behind my house. Initially, I thought a tipper had just discharged sand at a construction site nearby, with its back cover was violently hitting the floor of the trunk. [...]

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    ‎Shall we tell APC the home truth?

‎Shall we tell APC the home truth?

The fastest-selling narrative in Nigerian politics today is that if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins an election, it is because of rigging; if the All Progressives Congress (APC) wins, then it is the will of the people. After the June 21 Ekiti election, in which PDP's Ayo Fayose defeated Governor Kayode Fayemi ─ who was generally acknowledged to have [...]

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    The clear message from Ekiti voters

The clear message from Ekiti voters

I was at work sometime in 2003 when I got a call from my wife. She said with a form of excitement: "There is this man called Ayo Fayose ─ he is going to win the governorship election in Ekiti State." I was amused. Before I could ask her to justify her proposition, she said: "I just watched him on [...]

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What’s happening at the airports?

Sometime in 2000, I travelled to South Africa for a week. It was the first time I was spending more than three days at a stretch outside Nigeria. I spent time looking closely at the country. As I saw more of it closely, I was inevitably depressed. I saw a country that was running well, compared to Nigeria. Good roads, [...]

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