Thursday, August 6, 2020

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    Our population lies are catching up with us

Our population lies are catching up with us

Amidst the utter confusion around COVID-19 and the swirling conspiracies some of which are believable or at least should be investigated, a worrisome statistic about future population outcomes rented the waves about two weeks ago. In short, the statistic, published by Vollset, S. E. et al for The Lancet, an academic journal, which for the purpose of my write-up but [...]

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    What is wrong with NSITF?

What is wrong with NSITF?

Perhaps because every year, the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) is one of those organizations where companies – mine inclusive – have to scramble to make payments in order to maintain full bonafides in the eyes of the law, news coming out of that organization jumps at me. For some reasons, my mind strayed to NSITF yesterday morning and [...]

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    Employment for the youths: Finetuning the Keyamo initiative

Employment for the youths: Finetuning the Keyamo initiative

That is what it has become – the Keyamo initiative. The man sitting in the driver’s seat takes the credit, especially if he actually acts on an initiative and gets results. No policy is perfect. Neither is any implementation 100%. That is my position on these matters. I recently had a discussion with a friend about Senator Stella Oduah, to [...]

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    Who said churches, mosques and synagogues are not essential services?

Who said churches, mosques and synagogues are not essential services?

Let me start with a caveat. I am not exactly religious. I could attend church like 4 times a year and no one could compel me to. I also cannot be intimidated by some of the scare tactics employed by those who want to lure me. I believe one can have a relationship with God on his own. I am [...]

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    Our children are losing the most from lockdown; let’s hurry and reopen

Our children are losing the most from lockdown; let’s hurry and reopen

Are we looking into the minds of our children at this moment? Are we assessing the impact that this odd season is having on them? Do we think they don’t have much going through their minds at this moment and that all we need to do is lock them up, shield them, pamper them? I think it is important that [...]

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    Before we implement Oronsaye report on public sector streamlining

Before we implement Oronsaye report on public sector streamlining

On the 30th of April, 2020 news filtered out that President Buhari had given final approval for the implementation of the Steve Oronsaye committee report; a report which was commissioned by late President Umaru Musa Yaradua to look into the proliferation of government agencies, many with duplicated or lavishly overlapping functions. At some point, the figure we had was 541 [...]

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    Nigerians best opportunity ever to take control of our economy

Nigerians best opportunity ever to take control of our economy

“Be fearful, when others are greedy… Be greedy, when others are fearful” – Warren Buffet Alright. Gloves off. Enough already. I have refused to add COVID to the title above because we have seen and read too many COVID-titled articles already. Everyone has an opinion on that subject and justifiably too. But the time for play is over. Equally, the time [...]

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    COVID-19: Let’s go back to the beginning

COVID-19: Let’s go back to the beginning

“Everyone in the citadel doubts everything. That is their job. But the tales of the long night can’t be pure fabrication. Too many similarities from unconnected sources. In the citadel, we are the world’s memory, Samwell Tarly Without us, men would be little better than dogs; don’t remember any meal but the last; can’t see forward to any, but the [...]

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    Buhari, reopen the economy immediately

Buhari, reopen the economy immediately

Forgive me if I repeat myself. I may have written about some of what I will write about here at a previous recent occasion. I am writing with almost unprecedented energy after I visited Arise TV a few minutes ago, to attend a financial show with ace anchor, Charles Aniagolu. The station is situated inside Transcorp Hilton Hotel, which I [...]

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    Nigeria must not waste the opportunity called COVID-19 crisis

Nigeria must not waste the opportunity called COVID-19 crisis

First the bad news. Expect no less than a Global Economic Depression in the realm of what happened between 1930-39. This time it may even be worse. Why? The world economy has never been more integrated. There hasn’t been so much reliance on the allocative power of markets. The fragility of world economies has never been so cheaply exposed. And [...]

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    COVID-19 and hard lessons in economic diversification

COVID-19 and hard lessons in economic diversification

We have always talked about economic diversification. To no avail. And now that an unprecedented economic shock has hit, like magic in just a couple of weeks, we are ruing our fate and speaking still about economic diversification. Many seminars have been had on the subject, and it is a popular refrain among talking heads everywhere, that all Nigeria needs [...]

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    On 2,890 days and other thoughts

On 2,890 days and other thoughts

The other day I made some postings on Facebook, ruing the very flimsiness and unpredictability of life, and admonishing friends to reflect deeply so as to prioritize what is truly important; more like making a ‘bucket list’ of the things you would want to achieve before you die. I guess a few friends were a bit alarmed, because those are [...]

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    Why INEC – a carrier of political coronavirus — must be scrapped

Why INEC – a carrier of political coronavirus — must be scrapped

So INEC Chairman’s spokesman and my friend, Rotimi Oyekanmi, wrote an article which was widely-circulated, titled “Between INEC and unending conspiracy theories’. Ordinarily I should have ignored the article for several reasons; one, Oyekanmi is my friend and I know him to be a gentleman. Secondly, as a chairman of a political party which is an institution under INEC’s supervision, I [...]

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    Coronavirus and the media: Perfect instruments of modern warfare

Coronavirus and the media: Perfect instruments of modern warfare

Having been swindled by Al Jazeera over the ouster and brutal killing of Muammar Gaddafi, the consequent destruction of Libya and the opening of weapons route for the destruction of Nigeria, I stopped actively watching the news. We know that the CNNs of this world come with their agenda. In fact, I believe I could tell a journalist who doubled [...]

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    Buhari and Femi Adesina – what are you doing to Nigeria’s future?

Buhari and Femi Adesina – what are you doing to Nigeria’s future?

I was rereading Mr Femi Adesina's vehement pronouncement at Mrs Farida Waziri's book launch and the part that got me was his claim that Buhari declared his assets openly in 2015 but chose not to declare openly in 2019 and that it was his (Buhari’s) prerogative since the constitution does not say he should declare openly. He also said that [...]

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    INEC and the end of Nigeria’s democracy

INEC and the end of Nigeria’s democracy

With the rash of protests that have greeted the draconian and militaristic purported deregistration of some political parties in Nigeria, I believe it is high time to alert the INEC and every right-thinking Nigerian that there is a possibility of a constitutional crisis brewing from the act of recklessness and impunity. It is trite to mention that the Buhari administration has [...]

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