Thursday, November 15, 2018

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    The battle for Ekiti

The battle for Ekiti

Ekiti, that homogenous state in our country, is literally at war. For a group of people famed for wars, at least we all remember the Ekiti Parapo war, that internecine war between Ibadan and combined forces of Ekiti/Ijesa, which lasted 16 years; they’re no strangers to wars. But this war is for the votes of Ekiti citizens come Saturday, July [...]

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    An avoidable tragedy

An avoidable tragedy

It was another sad day for Lagos residents and by extension, Nigerians. A scheduled meeting made me leave office that day and thereby helped me avoid the attendant chaos aftermath of the accident involving an articulated vehicle at the Otedola Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.Perhaps, only the January 2002 armoury explosion compares with last week’s disaster in terms of [...]

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    Bloodbath on the Plateau

Bloodbath on the Plateau

Our president never disappoints. But it’s high time we reminded him that he swore on oath to protect lives and properties. Perhaps he has forgotten that he was not elected to enjoy the appurtenances of office alone, but to lead and lead decisively. Burying his head in the sand like an ostrich and speaking platitudes cannot make the country’s security [...]

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    We can’t keep ignoring Zamfara

We can’t keep ignoring Zamfara

Not sure which one grate more, the fact that Governor Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State claimed to have ‘resigned’ from his responsibility as the chief security officer of the state on Friday, June 15, and that he was right on the podium on Tuesday, June 19, at a campaign event in Ado Ekiti to campaign for a friend of President [...]

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    June 12, Sowore and 2019

June 12, Sowore and 2019

I kept postponing this piece. But President Buhari’s announcement last week on the June 12, 1993 presidential election provided a fillip to return to a personality and subject I had avoided for a while. Also, I reckoned that what better pivot to anchor a piece on Omoyele Sowore, activist and enfant terrible of Nigerian politicians who is aspiring to become [...]

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    Activists demand information on Lagos water projects

Activists demand information on Lagos water projects

Activists and labour unions have demanded that the Lagos state government tell Lagosians "the truth" about water public private partnerships that it is allegedly introducing through the backdoor.At a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, Akinbode Oluwafemi, deputy director, Environmental Rights Action, an environmental rights group, and part of the Our Water, Our Right Coalition challenged the state government to [...]

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    The Gbajabiamila credo

The Gbajabiamila credo

Clearly, the House of Representatives majority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, cannot be happy with those folks who gave us Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. They have succeeded in not only making him miserable, but have aided the expose of things he would have preferred covered. From the evening of May 27 when Gbajabiamila decided to celebrate his wife’s 50th birthday, it is [...]

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    Buhari, Obasanjo and political shadow-boxing

Buhari, Obasanjo and political shadow-boxing

Tuesday, May 29, marks three years of the Muhammadu Buhari government. The major question that should be on the lips of all Nigerians is, ‘Am I better off than I was before this government assumed office?” No matter the intensity of campaigns for next year’s elections, that’s the only issue that should be up for determination as President Buhari seeks [...]

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    An unnecessary strike

An unnecessary strike

When disaster strikes close home, it speaks eloquently. I never took the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) – what a name – serious until a neighbour got entangled and nearly lost her three-year-old son. Sometimes, journalists forget that statistics are not just mere figures but could be human beings as well and until you’re involved in something, one might not [...]

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    Enemy of democracy

Enemy of democracy

First things first, and lest one is accused of plagiarism, this headline belongs to our dear senators or ‘distinguished senators’ as they love to call themselves. The phrase was the way they described the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who again failed last week to appear before the senate after he was summoned.Like any issue in life, there are [...]

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    Congresses of woes

Congresses of woes

Apart from the All Progressives Congress governorship primaries in Ekiti State, I did not think much of the state congresses of the party held last Saturday. My eyes were on Ekiti because three of my friends were involved, campaigning and working for a candidate; thereby forcing me to look out for them and their safety.But what I saw around 12 [...]

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    We’re marching to Kigali

We’re marching to Kigali

Early 2005, while in graduate school, a Singaporean classmate and I decided to go to the cinema to unwind. We settled for Hotel Rwanda, the film starring Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo who both acted Paul Rusesabagina and his wife in a true life story of the Rwandan genocide where nearly one million Rwandans lost their lives in less than [...]

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    Buhari, youths and linguistics

Buhari, youths and linguistics

Once more, our president had another foot-in-the-mouth moment. True, we’ve all been there before; our own faux pas moments when you wish you never uttered those words. But, we all recover from such; however, it could be terrible for public officials. While such moments show that we’re human after all, some leave irreparable damage on a public official's image or [...]

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    Old methods, new players

Old methods, new players

It was the worst-kept secret in the land. I mean who did not know that President Muhammadu Buhari was going to contest next year’s presidential election? We all knew it was only a matter of time before he threw his hat into the ring. Political offices are alluring, perhaps not anywhere more than Nigeria where with a bevy of planes at [...]

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    The Offa carnage

The Offa carnage

Whichever way we look at it, what happened on Thursday, April 5, at Offa, Kwara was more than armed robbery. Over 50 people killed at the last count, including seven policemen, and five or six banks robbed, depending on the account you read, leaving behind tales of woes, sadness and befuddlement at how low we have sunk as a society.What [...]

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    Danjuma sees the light too

Danjuma sees the light too

He is still a soldier’s soldier even at nearly 80. He still knows when to strike at the enemy’s solar plexus thereby inflicting maximum damage. For someone who abandoned college to enroll in the army, it must have taken considerable efforts to criticize the institution that made him publicly.Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma’s words last Saturday at the Taraba State University’s maiden [...]

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