Sunday, September 22, 2019

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    Misinformation minister and dishonourable officers

Misinformation minister and dishonourable officers

It was gratifying to read that Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in this year’s presidential elections is demanding an apology from a presidential aide who claimed that the former vice president is on a security watch list in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.A very good decision as this column had called out the particular aide in question last [...]

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    Does the president know?

Does the president know?

It has become imperative to ask President Muhammadu Buhari whether he is aware that large swathes of Nigeria are no longer under his control as the Commander-in-Chief. It seems highly improbable that one listens to news bulletins these days without being told of kidnapping or bandits’ attack or terrorists’ operation. Even some of those who are closer to the President [...]

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    When can I eat ponmo again?

When can I eat ponmo again?

We must commend The Nation newspaper for doing Lagos residents a great good with her expose on poisonous cow skin popularly called ponmo, which, sadly, is now a big business. It was vintage public interest journalism.In a beautiful story by a good reporter, Sina Fadare, the newspaper on Saturday, April 27, Ponmo: Business sparks fear of epidemic in Lagos community shows [...]

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    Our work-in-progress leaders

Our work-in-progress leaders

On a day that President Muhammadu Buhari came to Lagos to commission projects that are largely work-in-progress, our labour minister decided to have his own foot-in-the-mouth moment.Getting to work earlier than normal ostensibly to avoid the expected traffic due to the president’s visit, which eventually did not materialize, at least that aspect of the visit was better managed than what [...]

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    LASU’s cesspit of scandals

LASU’s cesspit of scandals

This is not the best of time for our academics in Nigeria. The ivory tower is under a renewed focus, not for groundbreaking research or new innovations, but corrupt acts and overbearing attitude of some administrators. The last seven days have shown us that our universities are not really different from the rest of us in the rot we see [...]

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    Zamfara’s discontent and citizens’ helplessness   

Zamfara’s discontent and citizens’ helplessness

Good enough that the banditry in Zamfara State is now a major issue of discussion in our country. It has even attracted a protest in Abuja, which in a way drew attention to the sufferings and degradation our compatriots in the state have been experiencing. It has also allowed our media, which have been largely supine and inert, except for [...]

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    Kolade Johnson and his police killers   

Kolade Johnson and his police killers

All lovers of football should be horrified that the game we love so much could lead to the death of a fan. More harrowing is when such death occurs after the game and not even at a stadium. That was the lot of citizen Kolade Johnson, whose life was cut short by policemen charged to protect him.Okay, not exactly policemen [...]

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    A needless spat

A needless spat

Nothing, perhaps, typifies the needless confusion over National Assembly leaders come May than the comments of Orji Uzor Kalu, one of the new senators waiting to be sworn in.  In an interview at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, the former governor said “I will shop around and seek to become the deputy senate president if the APC refused to zone the [...]

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    The way we are

The way we are

Occasionally, one wonders the way we are configured in this part of the world. Lest I’m accused of subtle racism, this is not affirming that we’re inferior, no, after all our compatriots have gone on to do greater things outside these shores just as some are forging ahead here even with the rot around us.Two pictures that made the rounds [...]

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    Six days of morbidity

Six days of morbidity

Painful as it sounds, death is a natural end of all living organisms. We will all die one day even when we pretend and act as though we shall live forever. Sadly, we remember death only when those close to us die; afterwards we shrug our shoulders and move on.But the last six days have been heart-rending and torturous, at [...]

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    Ogun needs Gboyega Nasir Isiaka

Ogun needs Gboyega Nasir Isiaka

This column is doing the unusual today, as it will, for the first time, endorse a candidate in an election. For the years that this column has been running, I’ve refrained from publicly supporting any candidate due to a plethora of reasons. But this is being jettisoned because of Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, who is contesting to become the Ogun State [...]

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    South-west’s impending electoral battle

South-west’s impending electoral battle

With the presentation of certificates of return to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, one can safely assume that the presidential election is over. We may, however, not be able to do a rigorous analysis of what transpired in our country last Saturday until the full story is told.But the words of Olisa Agbakoba, senior advocate, should be [...]

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    INEC, ballot box snatching, and other stories

INEC, ballot box snatching, and other stories

One must really pity the Independent National Electoral Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, these days. The professor of political history and international studies must surely be finding it tough to sleep at night as the elections draw nearer. What must have tipped the scale of sleeplessness further was the postponement, in the early hours of Saturday, February 16, elections scheduled for the [...]

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    How bad is too bad?

How bad is too bad?

Two months ago, this column warned that Governor Ibikunle Amosun should be called to order as his actions in bifurcating the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State did not bode well for the party’s future. I’m no clairvoyant, but the piece was based on interviews and analysis of the politics in the home state of President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President [...]

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    Much ado about endorsements

Much ado about endorsements

As Nigerians voted on March 28, 2015, my father called asking me to speak with my mother, his wife. He pleaded with me mildly to persuade Iya Wale to vote for his preferred presidential candidate, and thereafter passed the phone to her. My mother bluntly refused telling me that she cannot trade her franchise on the altar of a relationship [...]

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    We need more psychiatrists

We need more psychiatrists

Mental health has always held a fascination for me and I look at psychiatrists with awe. This fascination reached a crescendo when the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority decided that erring motorists would face psychiatric evaluation to determine their mental health whenever they are caught flouting traffic laws, a decision that was implemented to the hilt. The less said about [...]

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