Friday, September 21, 2018

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Our legislators are rogues

On Friday, March 6, I saw a bevy of cars at the Murtala Muhammed international Airport tollgate. On closer look, I discovered that they were part of the convoy of our Senate President, the Rt. Hon. David Mark as he vacuously addresses himself in official correspondence.After counting eight cars, I gave up, as the opulence on display was sickening. [...]

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The St. Nicholas Hospital example

On Tuesday, February 24, The Punch newspaper published an interesting story (http://www.punchng.com/metro-plus/exam-fee-turned-me-into-conductor-%E2%94%80-accident-victim/).It got my attention because of several reasons. First was the refreshing action of a highbrow hospital in Lagos, St. Nicholas, which not only treated an accident victim for free, its management and staff further gave him a cash gift to pay for his examinations and take care of [...]

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    NLC’s house of scandal

NLC’s house of scandal

Sometimes we focus too much on our political leaders and forget that there are others who are as bad as they are. One of the pervasive effects of corruption in our society is that nearly all sectors are rotten. Corruption has rendered impotent critical components like labour, media, and student movements from playing the watchdog role they ought to be [...]

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Our soldiers deserve more support

It was heartwarming somehow to learn that the Nigeria Air Force had acquired some new warplanes as part of its armory. Ostensibly, this is to prosecute the Boko Haram war and as I watched the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu, on television talking about the latest acquisitions, I thought about the sacrifice and commitment of our [...]

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We are playing with fire

The long drama of 2015 elections provided another twist with the postponement announced by INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Jega, last Saturday. No playwright could have scripted a better play full of subplots than what is playing out currently. Painfully, the denouement seems to be far away. I will return to that shortly.Watching Channels Television news 10pm that day and seeing [...]

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No to media terrorism

In these days of political rallies without campaigns and posters bereft of messages, a new form of danger is creeping upon us. Slowly, like malignant cells, it is growing surreptitiously and many Nigerians do not seem to bother.I speak of a brand of terrorism, which a Facebook friend last week dubbed ‘media terrorism’. A dictionary defines terrorism as “the unofficial [...]

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Kerry, where is the empathy?

'The headmaster is around and all pupils must behave' seemed to be the message conveyed by the United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Lagos on Sunday, January 25.There are several angles to this parachute visit, the first to Nigeria by any high-ranking United States official since 2012. The visit must also be viewed against the not-so-good [...]

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Let’s talk more about issues  

The political atmosphere is getting tensed especially as campaigns increase across the land. There have been rallies and more rallies in the nation that politics seems to be the only vocation currently. As a Lagos resident, it is very painful to see the city becoming an eyesore again with posters everywhere. But the campaigns have been short on issues. Mudslinging [...]

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Lessons from France

Suddenly, we are all French citizens. The attacks last week Wednesday in France where two brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, methodically massacred 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices and also a police officer before escaping by car turned the world’s attention again to the threat posed by religious extremism. On Friday, another terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, attacked a Parisian kosher [...]

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Is INEC ready for 2015?

Two months ago, this column in a piece titled 'INEC’s bumbling steps' asked if the body charged with the conduct of 2015 elections was actually ready for the exercise. It was a review of the distribution of permanent voters cards in Lagos state, which did not end very well as seen in the multitudes who did not get their cards. [...]

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    Akinyemi’s timely warning

Akinyemi’s timely warning

It is doubtful if an average commentator in Nigeria can afford not to be repetitive. You are forced to write about the same issues repeatedly because citizens don’t change for the better, just as governments at all levels pretend not to know what to do. This caveat is necessary so that one does not sound like a broken record.I return [...]

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The real message of Christmas

Christmas is under severe attack. Not just by some folks in the United States who insist on calling the celebration ‘Holidays’ to engender a supposedly inclusive period for people of all faiths, but also by those who refuse to see the real message of Christmas.Thankfully, their cousins on the other side of the Atlantic, the Brits, have refused to join [...]

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The imperative of a new order

Nothing, perhaps, shows the poverty of our democratic experience than the party primaries recently concluded in Nigeria. This is not a rehash of last week’s column, but a cry on why we need something radically different from what we have currently. The fact, which supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari know but will never acknowledge, is that [...]

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What manner of primaries?

As a guest last week on a television programme, I was surprised, initially, that a fellow discussant could advocate ‘consensus’ approach in choosing candidates for the forthcoming elections. But, based on his explanation and analysis, his argument is worth looking at more closely even though I will never support imposition of candidates. Incidentally, it was on the day that the [...]

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Between Jonathan and Obasanjo

It’s been a wonderful time for journalists in the past few weeks, especially with verbal missiles coming from former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Suddenly, the Balogun of Owu is not only an ‘elder statesman’ but has taken a front row seat among human rights activists in the country. His outbursts have generated wonderful copies that even a newspaper played on the [...]

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Ile Epo as a metaphor

For those who might not know, Ile Epo is a bus stop on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway – if it still can be called that - which in its present state says a lot about our country. A large portion of the road has become impassable due to water overflowing the drainage into the expressway or whatever is left of it. [...]

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