Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wale Fatade

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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Rethinking journalism in Nigeria

Two events last week brought journalism practice into focus again, at least for me. The first was the annual convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) under the able leadership of a senior colleague, and egbon in the truest Yoruba sense of it, the avuncular Femi Adesina. The other was my class reunion at the Columbia University Graduate School [...]

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You can do without DSTV

Long before the current wave of xenophobia descended on South Africa, I had intended to focus on the relationship between Nigerians and South Africans. But the recent price increase by Multichoice, operators of DSTV, in March, which has not been well received by subscribers, forced a change of direction.Like many things involving Nigerians, Multichoice customers have been huffing and puffing, [...]

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    Sleep well OND

Sleep well OND

It has taken me a long time to write this because I had to process the loss slowly. Bereavement is a natural thing in our lives but it assumes a different dimension when someone you know intimately is involved. Even though I always tell people that there’s a threshold of death that we all cross whenever a close person dies, [...]

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Still on the presidential election

It’s appropriate again to say congratulations to Nigerians for a successful outing at the polls. While there are many side issues to the March 28 presidential election, proving naysayers wrong that our country will end up in flames aftermath of the election is one that gladdens my heart. We have shown the world that we can conduct our affairs in [...]

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Nigerians are the real winners

Saturday, March 28 came and eventually went well. Even when many things conspired to make the election a painful experience for Nigerians, majority of our compatriots braced all odds to exercise their franchise. From non-cooperation of card reader to weather elements and absolute logistical nightmare on the part of the independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC), with a mixture of politicians [...]

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Beyond March 28…

Finally, election day is here. After all the arguments and counter arguments, campaigns without messages and rallies without substance, Nigerians can cast their votes and a winner will emerge. In the last two to three months, this column has written on different issues concerning the election, especially the presidential election holding this Saturday. We have examined how our fault lines [...]

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Much ado about endorsement

It’s a season of politics and nothing seems more important two weeks before the presidential election than endorsement. Candidates, suddenly, have become products that require celebrities to endorse them and give a seal of approval that they are the best. In what I’m sure would give marketing executives and political communication experts enough to chew as they examine Nigeria’s peculiar [...]

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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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