Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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    What do we do with our army?

What do we do with our army?

Two reports affirmed that we’ve got a big problem on our hands as a nation with the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led by Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky.The first was the report that members of the movement said they would have dealt with our soldiers if they had guns and not just ordinary stones. The second was the faux pas [...]

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    Jaafar Jaafar’s finest moment

Jaafar Jaafar’s finest moment

One is not sure if President Muhammadu Buhari was informed of the giant strides of a journalist with the rather interesting name of Jaafar Jaafaar. This is important because our president expressed his disappointment last week with Nigerian journalists for not blowing his administration’s trumpet for the agricultural revolution he claimed was ongoing in the country.  For an administration that [...]

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    Justice for Queen’s College girls

Justice for Queen’s College girls

In a week that saw 113 women out of 161 who graduated with first class honours at the Law School, we must pause and weep for Praise Sodipo and two other girls of Queen’s College, Lagos who died 17 moths ago due to negligence of the school authorities.But we must not only weep, we must demand for justice for the [...]

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    Atiku, Obasanjo and Buhari

Atiku, Obasanjo and Buhari

No matter how much they deny it, President Muhammadu Buhari’s camp is jittery with the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). They’ve throw everything but the kitchen sink at him since it became clear that he is Buhari’s main opponent come next year. I stopped counting the press releases, interviews and articles [...]

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    Primaries as farce

Primaries as farce

Nearly four years ago, this column asked a rhetorical question, What manner of primaries? What manner of primaries? wondering what transpired at the various party primaries in December 2014.Sadly, those questions have not been answered till date. More painfully, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Things have instead gone worse. The stories are not different, from Zamfara [...]

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    The canonization of Iyiola Omisore

The canonization of Iyiola Omisore

The All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Adams Oshiomole, actually gave a summary of what transpired on Thursday, September 27, in the Osun State rerun election. In a Freudian slip, the former comrade said, ‘I think for democracy to flourish only those who can accept the pain of rigging….sorry defeat, should participate in an election.”That, folks, sums up the farce that [...]

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    Adewole’s wrong prescription

Adewole’s wrong prescription

As far as gaffes go, Isaac Folorunso Adewole’s own must rank very high among the Buhari administration officials. And there are quite many of them, but our dear minister of health’s own is condescension taken too far. A rather innocuous question, which demands a serious answer, turned a professor of gynaecology and obstetrics to a comedian.A bright and perceptive young [...]

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    Osun governorship battle

Osun governorship battle

The top echelon of the All Progressives Party relocated to Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Tuesday campaigning for the governorship election scheduled for Saturday. From the president to the party chairman, governors and ministers with other apparatchiks, ensuring the party’s victory in the election engaged their attention and time.Once a general, always a general and so to President Muhammadu [...]

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    The Tinubu-Ambode imbroglio

The Tinubu-Ambode imbroglio

It was only a question of time before the battle becomes public knowledge, as it has been going for a while now. In our peculiar brand of politics, the godfather-godson relationship rarely ends well. We all remember Orji Kalu and Theodore Orji, Chimaroke Nnamani and Sullivan Chime, Rasheed Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala, and Rabiu Kwankaso and Abdullahi Ganduje.The godfather anoints [...]

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    The new scramble for Africa

The new scramble for Africa

Coming a week after leaders of two giant economies in Europe, Britain and Germany, made whistle-stop visits to Nigeria, the ongoing Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at Beijing, China deserves more than a passing glance from Africans.It is instructive that China, a country, could gather the African continent in a summit and gleefully announced a $60 billion investment or “in aids [...]

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    Let’s call CPC to order

Let’s call CPC to order

In one of those rare moments of intense activity with the Muhammadu Buhari government, an agency is attempting to breathe life into a soulless organ of government. Not sure many will remember who headed the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) before the current head, Tunde Irukera, he is as dynamic as they come. But we must all ensure that in a [...]

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    In defence of press freedom

In defence of press freedom

Last week Thursday, more than 300 U.S. newspapers ran editorials promoting press freedom to counter President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, in a move coordinated by The Boston Globe. The newspaper said the move was to denounce “the war against the free press” asking that editorial boards take a stand against Trump’s words regardless of their politics.Trump has often [...]

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    Saraki, Daura and the presidency

Saraki, Daura and the presidency

It was refreshing watching Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey, lawyer and former Director of Public Prosecutions, Lagos State on Channels Television last Friday morning. He cut through the tissue of lies Nigerians are being fed with over the imbroglio currently playing out in the senate. Particularly enlightening is the fact that a senate president can only be removed while impeachment [...]

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    The impending political disaster

The impending political disaster

A picture is worth a thousand words, the English say. Nothing epitomizes this more than the picture released over the weekend of Senator Godswill Akpabio, the senate minority leader, visiting President Muhammadu Buhari holidaying in London. As one who has harped consistently on these pages that the president should play more politics, it is fitting that part of the blame [...]

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    Lagos is killing us softly

Lagos is killing us softly

It was with trepidation I drove out of my house on Monday morning. As one of those who bore the brunt of last week’s traffic tsunami on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, I hesitated before summoning courage to go to work. Good enough that the Lagos State government eventually lived up to her responsibility by taming the monster in an operation that [...]

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    Kemi Adeosun’s deafening silence

Kemi Adeosun’s deafening silence

It is now almost two weeks that our finance minister was accused of forging an NYSC exemption certificate, and the only official communication by the voluble information minister on behalf of the Federal Government, is that whatever the NYSC authority says is what the government says too. By the way, one hopes the anachronistic position of an information minister in [...]

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