Thursday, September 20, 2018

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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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    Still on the Ebola Virus Disease

Still on the Ebola Virus Disease

It was a text message that brought the reality of Ebola closer home for me last week. My son’s school was scheduled to open on September 6 before Patrick Sawyer, as reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), brought Ebola to us in Nigeria on July 25 thereby forcing a postponement. Previously, I had watched, as it were from the [...]

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    Open letter to Governor Rauf Aregbesola

Open letter to Governor Rauf Aregbesola

Dear Ogbeni Aregbesola: Congratulations once again on your victory at the Osun State governorship election of August 9, I’m sure it’s not too late to felicitate with you.You’ve fought a good fight and it’s your inalienable right to savour the victory that you secured through doggedness at the polls. I love your political expediency; I mean who could have imagined [...]

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Let’s talk about constituency projects

One of the unique features of our democratic journey is the concept of ‘constituency projects’. Simply defined, these are projects that are conceptualised and executed on the behalf of legislators in their respective constituencies by contractors. Several theories abound on how it was introduced into our political lexicon. Former senator, Olorunnimbe Mamora, claimed that it was the Lagos State House [...]

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    Nuhu Ribadu is just another politician 

Nuhu Ribadu is just another politician 

It is somehow laughable that quite a sizable number of people were shocked at the defection of former police officer, Nuhu Ribadu, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). One still wonders how Nigerians expected him to be different from other politicians in the land, his former position as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [...]

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    A greater problem

A greater problem

There is a greater problem assailing us in our country currently. This is neither the ebola virus disease nor our corrupt politicians who keep changing parties like baby diapers. It is our growing illiteracy rate and nowhere is this exemplified than the latest results released by the West African Examination Councils (WAEC). The Council’s flagship examinations held in May this [...]

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    The gladiators of Osun

The gladiators of Osun

Never before in our annals has an election become very important with two major sides vigorously campaigning and unwilling to leave anything to chance. I’m talking of the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, August 9, in Osun State or if you belong to one of the combatants’ camp, State of Osun. I think it was the Ekiti State governorship election [...]

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    This ship is sinking

This ship is sinking

My initial plan was to write on the plight of the girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14 who have now been held for over 100 days. I had hoped to draw attention to this painful fact especially as many schools ended the academic session last Friday.  But while some of our compatriots have devoted [...]

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