Sunday, July 14, 2019

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    Governor Shettima’s crocodile tears

Governor Shettima’s crocodile tears

In the ding over the accusations against the high priest in our country’s temple of justice, one could be pardoned for forgetting a governor’s theatrical performance last week. Governor Kashim Shettima wept publicly while visiting President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, January 7, in the company of others from the state. This newspaper, like others, reported the encounter and it is [...]

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    A comedy of infantile doltishness

A comedy of infantile doltishness

It was not the best way to start a year. A business visit to an older friend on January 3 had forced me to wait for him in his home office where we were assaulted with the thrash that passes for NTA news these days. For those of us who were addicted to NTA 9pm flagship news in those days, [...]

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    Frederick Isiotan Fasehun 1935 -2018

Frederick Isiotan Fasehun 1935 -2018

Dr. Frederick Isiotan Fasehun was a marker in my life and journalism career as well. Unfortunately, we did not have our planned meeting before he died on December 1 at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching, Ikeja.I first met him in June 1998, shortly after he was released from detention where he was for 19 months. [...]

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    Kidnappers on the prowl

Kidnappers on the prowl

As we all look on seemingly helpless, kidnappers are on the prowl again picking people at random for huge ransoms. I know some will disagree with this wondering if they actually left or we simply adjusted our psyche in order to accommodate kidnapping. The truth is kidnappers have only become more daring; they’ve always been with us. They kidnap not [...]

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    Amosun needs our help

Amosun needs our help

Accountants are usually reticent with words. Indeed many end up in the profession because they are more comfortable with figures than words, but what do we say when an accountant of nearly four decades throws caution to the wind saying what he should not say? Maybe that’s what politics do to people in this part of the hemisphere. Just maybe.How [...]

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    Bloodbath at Metele

Bloodbath at Metele

Two weeks after I asked rhetorically that what do we do with the Nigerian Army, it is with sadness and pain I return to another issue concerning our soldiers. This time around, it has to do with the bloodbath at the 157 Task Force Battalion, Metele, Abadam local government area, Borno State.Without dancing on the graves of those soldiers whose [...]

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    Our lame duck governor

Our lame duck governor

The phrase “lame duck” is used cautiously in this piece. One, we don’t have a new governor yet in Lagos State as Akinwumi Ambode remains our governor until May 29, 2019. But, for many of us residents of the state, our dear governor is dozing; no, he’s actually sleeping.It is apparent that Ambode has not fully recovered from the blow [...]

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    What do we do with our army?

What do we do with our army?

Two reports affirmed that we’ve got a big problem on our hands as a nation with the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led by Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky.The first was the report that members of the movement said they would have dealt with our soldiers if they had guns and not just ordinary stones. The second was the faux pas [...]

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    Jaafar Jaafar’s finest moment

Jaafar Jaafar’s finest moment

One is not sure if President Muhammadu Buhari was informed of the giant strides of a journalist with the rather interesting name of Jaafar Jaafaar. This is important because our president expressed his disappointment last week with Nigerian journalists for not blowing his administration’s trumpet for the agricultural revolution he claimed was ongoing in the country.  For an administration that [...]

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    Justice for Queen’s College girls

Justice for Queen’s College girls

In a week that saw 113 women out of 161 who graduated with first class honours at the Law School, we must pause and weep for Praise Sodipo and two other girls of Queen’s College, Lagos who died 17 moths ago due to negligence of the school authorities.But we must not only weep, we must demand for justice for the [...]

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    Atiku, Obasanjo and Buhari

Atiku, Obasanjo and Buhari

No matter how much they deny it, President Muhammadu Buhari’s camp is jittery with the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). They’ve throw everything but the kitchen sink at him since it became clear that he is Buhari’s main opponent come next year. I stopped counting the press releases, interviews and articles [...]

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    Primaries as farce

Primaries as farce

Nearly four years ago, this column asked a rhetorical question, What manner of primaries? What manner of primaries? wondering what transpired at the various party primaries in December 2014.Sadly, those questions have not been answered till date. More painfully, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Things have instead gone worse. The stories are not different, from Zamfara [...]

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    The canonization of Iyiola Omisore

The canonization of Iyiola Omisore

The All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Adams Oshiomole, actually gave a summary of what transpired on Thursday, September 27, in the Osun State rerun election. In a Freudian slip, the former comrade said, ‘I think for democracy to flourish only those who can accept the pain of rigging….sorry defeat, should participate in an election.”That, folks, sums up the farce that [...]

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    Adewole’s wrong prescription

Adewole’s wrong prescription

As far as gaffes go, Isaac Folorunso Adewole’s own must rank very high among the Buhari administration officials. And there are quite many of them, but our dear minister of health’s own is condescension taken too far. A rather innocuous question, which demands a serious answer, turned a professor of gynaecology and obstetrics to a comedian.A bright and perceptive young [...]

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    Osun governorship battle

Osun governorship battle

The top echelon of the All Progressives Party relocated to Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Tuesday campaigning for the governorship election scheduled for Saturday. From the president to the party chairman, governors and ministers with other apparatchiks, ensuring the party’s victory in the election engaged their attention and time.Once a general, always a general and so to President Muhammadu [...]

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    The Tinubu-Ambode imbroglio

The Tinubu-Ambode imbroglio

It was only a question of time before the battle becomes public knowledge, as it has been going for a while now. In our peculiar brand of politics, the godfather-godson relationship rarely ends well. We all remember Orji Kalu and Theodore Orji, Chimaroke Nnamani and Sullivan Chime, Rasheed Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala, and Rabiu Kwankaso and Abdullahi Ganduje.The godfather anoints [...]

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