Thursday, November 15, 2018

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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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The resurrection of PDP  

A lapsed Christian friend of mine remarked on Tuesday, June 9, as we watched Senator Bukola Saraki emerge the Senate President: “I think the story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection might be true after all, for this is PDP’s resurrection.”While Christians should pardon the gentleman for his apostasy, he was spot on in his conclusion. Ladies and gentlemen, the Peoples [...]

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    Osun is in a mess

Osun is in a mess

Let’s say it the way it is: no matter how the Osun State governor and his supporters spin it, the state is in a mess. A big mess for that matter, with something close to apocalypse going on in my home state unless we don’t want to speak truth to the government. Last September after Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s victory at [...]

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We must help Buhari to succeed

As speeches go, I think President Muhammadu Buhari’s on May 29 was a good one. He touched on the most pressings issues germane to our survival as a nation. Interestingly, some do not think so and they have voiced their concerns at different levels. Having read it many times now, I think apart from the transition between paragraphs that could [...]

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The stone age is here  

Nothing prepared us for the trauma we have gone through in the past 10 days or so as Nigerians. And that is why this column is coming 24 hours late. Clearly, all of us, young and old, have had our fair share of the distress that living in Nigeria entailed due to the energy crisis. Deep down in the innermost [...]

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    The ‘new’ Ben Murray-Bruce

The ‘new’ Ben Murray-Bruce

The senator-elect from Bayelsa State is a master of show business indeed. What better way to announce his entry on the political stage than the right words carefully calibrated or choreographed to what Nigerians want to hear this time around. I present to you the ‘new’ Benedict Murray-Bruce who must have had his moment of epiphany after emerging senator on [...]

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    Buhari, beware of pitfalls

Buhari, beware of pitfalls

Morning shows the day, the English say, and this is more apt now as president-elect Muhammadu Buhari waits in the wings to assume the reins of power. Two major events last week were enough to raise the red flag for those of us who are not members of the ‘Buhari-can-do-no wrong’ group, which, by the way, is increasing daily. That [...]

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    President Jonathan, we can’t get petrol

President Jonathan, we can’t get petrol

In 1986 after a meeting of the Armed Forces Ruling Council, Ibrahim Babangida, our self-styled military president, asked the Inspector General of Police then, Etim Inyang, “My friend, where is Anini?” A highly manipulative person, General Babangida was at his best in front of cameras and he ensured that the exchange shifted the burden on the police. Fortunately, Anini, a [...]

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