Sunday, November 18, 2018

Wale Fatade

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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Ekiti, the day after

Last week seemed to have been designed for commentators in mind. From the tragic bomb blast that left at least 49 students dead in Potiskum, Borno State, to President Goodluck Jonathan’s formal declaration to contest next year’s presidential elections and the purchase of nomination form for Aminu Tambuwwal, the House of Representatives Speaker, by some of his fellow representatives to [...]

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The demystification of Jega’s INEC

No matter the way the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) spins it, the ongoing third phase of permanent voters card distribution exercise is a failure. Yes, such failure that no level of reassurance or press releases can clean up the mess that the exercise has turned to.It is also an appropriate period to start looking closely at the commission [...]

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Our fault lines are deepening

We all must be worried about the direction our country is heading. We are becoming an intolerant nation where the language of debate, if we can still call it that, is not just crude but hateful, inflammatory, and inciting. Across the land today, issues are hardly discussed without viewing the matter at hand from the prisms of religion and what [...]

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We can’t forget the Chibok girls

When Alex Badeh, an air vice marshal and the chief of defence staff, announced a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram on Friday, October 17, my heart leapt for joy. Subsequent events, however, have not affirmed the agreement.One, the terrorists have not stopped attacking villages and towns in Borno and Adamawa states, with more abductions to boot. On Channels Television [...]

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    Fashola, Let’s have council elections

Fashola, Let’s have council elections

Last month, specifically September 29, a major decision that affects Lagos State residents was announced with the tacit approval of the Lagos State House of Assembly. Significantly too, and painfully for me as a Lagos State resident, the decision did not get the required examination by the media.That day, Fatai Adeyinka, a retired justice, and chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral [...]

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APC and the presidential election

A few weeks back, this column asked a rhetorical question about the 2015 elections. I return to the same theme today but with a specific focus on the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the presidential election scheduled for February 14, 2015. Why is APC of special interest and not the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)? First, the APC represents the best [...]

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Thank you, my wonderful teachers

Let’s leave politics aside today. While politics is too serious to be left to professional politicians alone, this column is dedicated to teachers, yes teachers. Sunday, October 5, was the World Teachers’ Day and I wonder how many of us ever bothered about those wonderful teachers who shaped our lives and moulded us to be what we are today. True, [...]

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Nigeria will rise again

I had wanted to adopt Simon Kolawole’s style of ‘And Four Other Things’ for this column because of the simple fact that there are many things to say about our dear country.It’s the Independence anniversary on Wednesday, October 1, and you ask for the umpteenth time, what does one say that has not been said in the past 54 years? [...]

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    The tragedy at the Synagogue

The tragedy at the Synagogue

Again, we have shown the world how we are as a country. The collapsed guest house at The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) offers a template of many things that are wrong with our society.Perhaps, nothing gives us a sociological window into how our leaders treat us the way they do, why pseudo-Christian preachers who practise syncretism dot [...]

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