Thursday, April 4, 2019

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    Saving the ‘grassroots’ from itself

Saving the ‘grassroots’ from itself

I had given INEC a pass mark after the Presidential Elections. But by the second round of elections for State Governors and Houses of Assembly, I drastically reviewed my position. However the entire charade of an election is not an issue for INEC alone. The elections were watered by the blood of the innocent as usual. Some people said Nigeria [...]

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    Things I couldn’t say at Pius Adesanmi’s candlelight

Things I couldn’t say at Pius Adesanmi’s candlelight

It was a fairly easy decision for me to take when I was asked by organizers of Pius Adesanmi’s candlelight vigil at Abuja, to allow Senator Bukola Saraki who just arrived, speak ahead of me. It was perhaps the quickest and easiest ‘NO!’ I ever said. I then quipped that Pius would never have agreed – for some political genuflecting [...]

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    My journey through Boko Haram territory

My journey through Boko Haram territory

Of course I knew I had to make the sacrifice of traveling the whole of Nigeria and especially to visit states I’d never been to since I was born. To be the president of Nigeria, the least one should do for this country in my view, is endeavor to travel the corners of the country and document the entity one [...]

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    Why the idea of NEDG/BON debates must be permanently killed

Why the idea of NEDG/BON debates must be permanently killed

There is only one question to ask; why would Nigeria have 3 presidential candidates debating ideas on its most popular platform in the year 2019, when it had 11 candidates debating ideas and showing the country what they had to offer in 2015? It cannot be that the political space has shrunk, can it?  No, it expanded instead, what with the [...]

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    The unsustainable operation of Nigeria’s rail sector

The unsustainable operation of Nigeria’s rail sector

This is meant to be a sort of travelogue of my first train ride in Nigeria. I will focus the first part on exactly what happened and the second part on an analysis of what can be done better. I need to say that I am not one of those who are unnecessarily cynical or overly critical. Equally, I am [...]

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    Stop the deception – there are no 12 million rice farm-holders in Nigeria

Stop the deception – there are no 12 million rice farm-holders in Nigeria

As an economist I have an inquiring mind. What the profession teaches in essence, is the need to keep asking questions. And for that reason, there is nothing called an ‘economic expert’, except you are experts in asking questions. Anyone who says they are an expert in economics is a fraud, simple. Pay them their consultancy fees because that is [...]

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    Re: Let there be jobs

Re: Let there be jobs

Kindly permit me some space for a rejoinder to Simon Kolawole's column dated 23 December, 2018 with the above title. My locus standi is established by the fact that I am running for president and I am one of those who strongly believe that government has a strong role in job creation – especially in a toddler economy and society like [...]

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    Is democracy only skin-deep? (2)

Is democracy only skin-deep? (2)

Continuing from my last article on the above subject matter, a very interesting phenomenon has crept into our consciousness. It is the new romance of Nollywood, Nigeria’s entertainment industry, with politics. Off the cuff, I can recollect that the following artistes are angling for one political office or the other: 9ice, Desmond Elliot, Julius Agwu, Kate Henshaw, Tony Tetuila (bleached [...]

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    Is democracy only skin-deep?

Is democracy only skin-deep?

We are meant to write in this forum about how the Nigerian youth, especially, can make informed decisions about the upcoming 2015 elections; how they should ensure they vote the right people; how they should try and understand the meaning and import of democracy. But sometimes, one gets depressed and feels it’s rather pointless. Will anything ever change? Well, I [...]

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    Can the Nigerian middle class save itself?

Can the Nigerian middle class save itself?

Homer Stokes was the ‘reform’ Candidate. The prize was the governorship of the state of Mississippi. The year was circa 1934. The Great Depression had its fangs firmly dug into the American economy’s jugular, which lay bleeding profusely.  Vagabonds roamed the high streets and the countryside alike. Brothers betrayed brothers, as did Washington “Wash” Hogwallop to his cousin Pete. People [...]

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    Again, “It’s about the economy… stupid!”

Again, “It’s about the economy… stupid!”

What else can the 2015 elections in Nigeria be about, but the economy? The phrase, which was coined by James Carville for the Bill Clinton 1992 campaign and which played a huge role in upstaging George H. W. Clinton, could not have been more relevant in our clime than it is today.Many Nigerians would one way or another link [...]

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