Sunday, April 7, 2019

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    NPAN show of shame

NPAN show of shame

With the arrest of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the mind-boggling disclosure of those who fed fat on our collective patrimony, publishers must be ashamed of media owners’ roles in the sordid tale. Of course, we should not use just one brush to tar the many honest and hardworking publishers and journalists left in the land, but this [...]

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    Inconclusive National Electoral Commission

Inconclusive National Electoral Commission

Trust Nigerians and our sense of humour, a witty Nigerian coined a new meaning for our electoral commission after two ‘inconclusive’ elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states replacing ‘independent’ with ‘inconclusive’. Little wonder, humour merchants are smiling to the banks reaping bountifully from their efforts in making citizens forget their sorrow.The INEC under Professor Attahiru Jega as chairman was not [...]

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    The lion and the zoo

The lion and the zoo

In a country with countless drama, one should be pardoned for not taking notice when some unusual ones occurred. I speak of the one that happened in Jos, Plateau state, last week when a lion, which escaped from the Jos Wildlife Park, was shot dead. I know some readers out there could be saying, "and so what?” After all, a [...]

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    President Buhari needs a mirror

President Buhari needs a mirror

Last week should have been President Muhammadu Buhari’s best in office. From a heartwarming appearance at Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo’s funeral, a pleasant surprise for his vice president as I heard that he was not expected on account of his journey, to a dinner with our sybaritic senators with former governor Bola Tinubu in attendance, it was supposed to [...]

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    Our rapacious state governors

Our rapacious state governors

Watching the Osun State Governor, Raufu Aregbesola, last Thursday on Channels Television address journalists after the National Economic Council meeting, a new meaning of the word irony came to my mind. I mean what’s more ironic than for Mr. Aregbesola talking about a presentation that the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) made to the council imploring governors to set up pensions [...]

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    Our president and his ministers

Our president and his ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari continues to confound those of us watching him from afar. His latest surprise act was the allocation of portfolios to ministers last week. At a level, it showed him as one who does not forget old friends and associates while at another he displayed the ruthlessness of a typical politician keen to establish his own political base [...]

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    Still on the MTN fine

Still on the MTN fine

Quite a lot has been written on the $5.2 billion fine imposed on MTN Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that another piece might appear to be overkill. That was my feeling late last week until a friend returned from a business trip from Ethiopia.While handing over the beautifully wrapped Ethiopian coffee he bought for me, he disclosed how [...]

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    The message from Ile Ife

The message from Ile Ife

Two weeks ago, I contemplated writing on the victory of Justin Pierre James Trudeau who led the Liberal Party in Canada to victory in the October 19 election. His victory seems compelling for me because of his age, 43, until Christmas day later this year when he turns 44 especially when viewed against the background of gerontocracy we have here [...]

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    What is Boko Haram?

What is Boko Haram?

First, a confession. This headline’s copyright belongs to President Muhammadu Buhari and since he belongs to everybody and nobody, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. But when we remember his disdain, hopefully in the past, for journalists, this newspaper’s management is hereby put on notice.The president asked this question on Saturday, February 7, at the Kano State governor’s office in Kano [...]

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    Ekiti does not need an airport

Ekiti does not need an airport

On November 14 last year, this column, in a piece titled Ekiti, the day after, congratulated Governor Ayodele Fayose on his victory at the governorship polls. In it, I admitted his popularity among the Ekiti people who, despite their academic prowess, never forget their rustic roots; and I concluded with a warning that he should not disappoint his people.But [...]

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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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April 5, 2019USDGBPEUR
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KANO361474413
PH361475412
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