Sunday, January 20, 2019

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    Ministerial screening as drama

Ministerial screening as drama

In secondary school, our literature-in-English teacher taught us the elements of drama. These are characters, plot, setting and symbolism. That came to my mind watching the drama that surrounds the nomination and would-be screening of the 21 names President Muhammadu Buhari sent to the Senate on September 30. Surely, all these elements are present as we await our ministers nearly [...]

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The emir and his bride  

The latest offensive by Boko Haram and the 55th Independence anniversary with the last-minute submission of 21 ministerial nominees by President Muhammadu Buhari could have made Nigerians forget another major incident. I speak of the marriage, or intended marriage, based on information that it will not be consummated yet, between Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II of Kano, 54, and an 18-year-old daughter [...]

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    Falae, Saraki and the hajj stampede

Falae, Saraki and the hajj stampede

My intention today is to assume the role of a photographer who uses different snapshots to tell a singular story. As unrelated as the three issues seem to be, a common thread runs through all of them: failure, of individuals and government at different levels. Whatever anybody says, nothing, perhaps, speak metaphorically of the situation in our country presently that [...]

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    Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu  Awolowo

Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu  Awolowo

The death of Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo on Saturday, September 19, marked the end of an era in Nigeria politics. Some weeks shy of her 100th birthday, hers, from all indication, was indeed life well spent. This newspaper had written an obituary on the woman behind the Awolowo political machine, but this piece couldn’t be too much for an homage [...]

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Our governors didn’t get the memo

Apparently so many of the governors can still not fathom that a new order is in operation in the country. They still prefer to do things the old way, lording over the citizens they are leading and taking impunity to a higher level. If one is not buying condiments at a market, another in Osun State will proceed to screen [...]

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We must stop the carnage on our roads

Driving on Nigerian roads could be a nightmare even though once in a while it could also be pleasurable. But I’m sure most of us who drive will agree that anytime you get to your destination, there’s always a relief that one has escaped death.The past week brought this reality into focus again in separate incidents across Lagos State. While [...]

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    Buhari’s kitchen cabinet

Buhari’s kitchen cabinet

The Daily Sun of last Friday, August 28, really cut to the chase, as Americans would say in relation to the latest appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari. Its headline, Buhari unveils kitchen cabinet helped me in making greater sense of the appointments in view of the fulminations, particularly in the media, that trailed the last set announced last Thursday. This [...]

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    Fashola, Tinubu and the pigs

Fashola, Tinubu and the pigs

There must be something congenitally wrong with some Nigerians that when a former public officer accused of frivolous spending responded with a mere statement, and voila, he is absolved of the charge. More shameful is the action of simpletons in our newsrooms who cast such lame headlines attributing denials as ‘refutals’ pretending not to know that without concrete evidence, nobody [...]

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Let’s scrap the national assembly

Nigerians got a kick in the mouth on Sunday, August 15 with a story published by The Nation on Sunday.  Titled Naira rain as senators collect N23.4m each, it affirmed what some Nigerians have always suspected: our National Assembly is a sybaritic enclosure where members might not be able to contribute meaningfully to the task of developing Nigeria. My mind [...]

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Service chiefs or service thieves?

There must be something wrong with public service in Nigeria that makes people sing like canaries immediately they leave office. Remember how former President Goodluck Jonathan said he felt liberated after conceding the presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari? But this is not about the former president; it is about our two former service chiefs who recently retired – Alex [...]

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Murder so gruesome  

As a father, it was traumatic reading the sad story of how a 16-year old apprentice murdered a four-year-old boy last Sunday, July 26 as reported by Vanguard newspapers. Tajudeen Azeez, the apprentice, killed the boy after luring him to a primary school, Anglican Primary School, Deeper Life Bus Stop, Ijanikin Otto, Lagos State. Bear in mind that this is [...]

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    Still on Buhari’s visit to the US

Still on Buhari’s visit to the US

By and large, we can safely conclude that President Muhamadu Buhari had a good time in the United States. Whether the visit was worth the energy a lot of Nigerians dissipated on discussing it is another matter entirely. It was, however, good that our president had his moment in the sun and Nigeria became the cynosure of all eyes once [...]

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Dasuki, Obua, and the rest of us

Now the spooks are getting spooked. The last few days have not been rosy for retired soldier and immediate past national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, just like the chief security officer to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Gordon Obua. They have been force fed some of the bitter mixture they pushed down the throats of others while they held sway in office. [...]

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    Here comes Sunday Oliseh

Here comes Sunday Oliseh

Barring any unforeseen event, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will unveil Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh, 40, as the new coach of Super Eagles, our men’s football team. “And so what,” someone might be tempted to say, but I think it is serious enough to attract our attention and greater scrutiny. As reported by this newspaper last week, Amaju Pinnick, met with [...]

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APC must stop the drift  

It appears the All Progressive Congress would have been better as a party in opposition. Ever since the election of Senator Bukola Saraki and Representative Yakubu Dogara as Senate president and House of Representatives speaker on June 9, the party’s major preoccupation has been trying to discredit and unseat the duo. For once, the party’s well-oiled propaganda machinery as recognised [...]

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That Lagos may excel

One of the most popular catch phrases in our political lexicon these days is ‘hit the ground running’. While on the one hand, this is a reflection of a microwave generation who are used to instant things; it’s also an expression of an earnest desire of a people traumatized by the ineptitude of past leaders. That’s why it must be [...]

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