Friday, January 18, 2019

Simon Kolawole

    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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Governors and their juicy pensions

If I were a former governor, I would be cursing Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State by now. He has inadvertently revealed a best-kept secret: that ex-governors and their deputies are a drain on state resources in their own right. Not satisfied with all the goodies they gulp while in office, they want to keep the perks flowing and [...]

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‘Dem say money no loss o!’

History repeats itself. In 1977, the military head of state, Lt. Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, set up a Crude Oil Sales Tribunal to investigate the operations of the Nigerian National Oil Company (NNOC, which metamorphosed into NNPC same year). The tribunal found out that in three years, NNOC had failed to collect its equity share of oil produced by Shell, Mobil [...]

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It’s called colonial mentality

No, I'm not making any excuses, but it seems we don't know what we are doing in this country. And because we don't know what we are doing, we keep doing things that hurt us. And because we keep doing things that hurt us, we keep going round and round in a vicious circle. I'm not making any excuses, I [...]

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All have erred on Boko Haram

I'll raise up my hand and say I erred. When I first heard of Boko Haram in 2009 ─ after the Bauchi uprising, followed by a three-day insurrection in Maiduguri ─ I simply equated the group with the Maitatsine sect which held Kano hostage in 1980. And as soon as the Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed, I cheaply [...]

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The wind and the whirlwind

You hear the proverb all the time, don't you? "He that sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind." Let's stop being sentimental and face the truth: the security challenges that we are facing today are exactly the outcome of our handwork. That's a bit harsh, I know, but let the truth be told. We sowed the wind and we are [...]

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Madrid humiliate Bayern Munich 4-0 at home, qualify for Champions League final on 5-0 agg

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Abducted Chibok girls ‘no longer in Nigeria’

Hopes that the 230 secondary school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents will be rescued are fading by the day.According to a BBC report, some of the abducted girls have been taken across the border to Cameroon and Chad.A man described as "local leader" in Chibok, Borno State, Pogo Bitrus, told the BBC that there had been sightings of gunmen [...]

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Dreams can come true

Today marks the beginning of something new. Sorry, I take that back. There is nothing new under the sun. Most of the innovations we have today are just a re-combination of what has been ─ as many trend experts will tell you. But when I say something new, I mean a new way of making you enjoy what you are [...]

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    Osun, Ekiti voters get 1.1m permanent voter cards

Osun, Ekiti voters get 1.1m permanent voter cards

INEC has distributed 1, 108,495 permanent voter cards (PVCs) to people who registered in 2011 in Ekiti and Osun.A statement issued by Mr Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, on Thursday in Abuja said the distributed cards were from 1,913,825 cards printed for the two states.It said the commission had also conducted Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) for [...]

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    Mauritania’s President to run again

Mauritania’s President to run again

Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz handed in his papers on Thursday to stand for reelection in a vote on June 21 he is a strong favorite to win. The constitutional court said in a statement he was the first candidate to do so. Abdel Aziz came to power in an army coup in 2008, won an election the next year and [...]

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    Don’t mess with Fed Cup time table, NFA warns states

Don’t mess with Fed Cup time table, NFA warns states

The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) on Thursday warned football associations in the 36 states and the FCT not to default on the 2014 Federation Cup schedule.A statement issued by Ademola Olajire, NFA Assistant Director of Communication, cautioned the states against altering the date for final matches of the preliminaries."Some weeks ago, the NFA rolled out the schedule for this year's [...]

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