Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Wale Fatade

    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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    Still on Lagos

Still on Lagos

Writing a column for a newspaper could be a frustrating exercise, especially in a country like ours. One of the reasons that could make one’s head not to be properly screwed in the right places is the danger of repetition. Political commentary is a vocation that could lead to an increase in the commentator’s blood pressure as writing the same [...]

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    Lagos for sale

Lagos for sale

Lagos State officials are trying to re-write the rules of political communication. They believe in rolling out policies before citizens’ engagement just as they do not think any form of campaign is necessary before announcing landmark policies. I don’t think this is because of the officials’ sagacity, but most likely condescension as they are used to ramming down obnoxious policies [...]

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    Our lying minister

Our lying minister

As a non-Yoruba man, most likely our agriculture minister, Audu Innocent Ogbeh, might not have heard the story of how the expression Amoju ti b’ekun Saare je became part of the Yoruba language. As told by my grandmother, Saare was a young man who lived in a village where warriors routinely killed leopards and feeling left out of their heroic acts, he [...]

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    Hurricane El-Rufai

Hurricane El-Rufai

Last week, the war ongoing among politicians in Kaduna State went a notch higher when officials of the state government demolished a house belonging to Suleiman Hunkuyi, a serving senator also elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).As usual, the news broke first on social media and I thought it was a joke. Not because our politicians [...]

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    Zamfara brutal killings

Zamfara brutal killings

Since last week, Daura has become the ‘new’ Aso Rock as our president is on a five-day visit to Katsina, his home state. Nothing extraordinary as presidents worldwide spend time away from their regular bases since that’s where they would return after their term.But this current visit is a private visit as the president’s media handlers informed us. Except that [...]

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    Our friend, the police

Our friend, the police

The Nigeria Police is always in the news. From the numerous illegal arrests by policemen to the ubiquitous check points mounted on our roads and other illegal activities by its officers and men, they are never far way from us.But three incidents last week offer illustrations that could be used as a narrative on the usefulness or otherwise of our [...]

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    Obasanjo, Babangida and Buhari

Obasanjo, Babangida and Buhari

Flip-flop is a characteristic of politicians, even generals that mutated into politicians. That’s why we should not be surprised over the attention former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida’s weekend statement has generated.As a matter of fact, the derogatory label is traceable to the 1880s when then U.S. President Grover Cleveland reached a compromise with the United Kingdom on fishing rights [...]

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    Neither APC nor PDP

Neither APC nor PDP

Across the land, the statement former President Olusegun Obasanjo released last week is dominating political discourse, largely. No doubt, the Balogun Owu is enjoying the attention and being the focus once more. For me, an interesting aftermath of the statement is the pictures of some business minded Nigerians printing it, laminating and selling on the streets. Knowing our former president [...]

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    Lagos’ growing refuse heaps

Lagos’ growing refuse heaps

Between Friday and yesterday, officials of Lagos State government sent me four emails, all of which were on the refuse heaps that dot the landscape. Sure, the same set of emails were sent to other journalists, but it seems to me that if the state would apply the same energy in fashioning out a better and workable system of refuse [...]

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    Seven ludicrous governors

Seven ludicrous governors

All eyes were on the Benue crisis last week until a group of seven thoughtless governors decided to take our attention away, albeit momentarily. The governors of Yobe, Kogi, Niger, Kano, Kaduna, Adamawa and Plateau States threw caution to the wind, assaulting our sensibilities in the process even when we were united in collective grief.Probably after a gastronomic adventure in [...]

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September 03, 2018USDGBPEUR
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