Saturday, September 22, 2018

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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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    Still on Benue killings

Still on Benue killings

It’s only psychopaths who would not have cringed at the gory pictures coming out of Benue State in the last two weeks. Just on Saturday, rampaging herdsmen massacred another 16 citizens of the state. Apart from the usual ineffective condolence message by President Muhamamdu Buhari, with the attendant “order” on the largely complicit Nigeria Police, our president has been blasé [...]

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    Buhari’s shameful list

Buhari’s shameful list

Of all reactions to the shameful list released by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Friday, December 29, 2017, I think the one from Mrs. Anna Okpozo; wife of the late Senator Frank Okpozo who died on December 26, 2016 is perhaps the most comical. It is also one that offers critical lessons of an accident that rabid supporters of [...]

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    NFF, football and little things

NFF, football and little things

Sometimes I think Bill Shankly, legendary manger of Liverpool Football Club, had Nigeria and Nigerians in mind when he uttered these immortal words, “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.”We just love football. An average Nigerian can do anything and [...]

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    PDP’s night of long knives

PDP’s night of long knives

Historically, night of the long knives was the purge of Nazi leaders by Adolf Hitler on June 31, 1934. Fearing that the paramilitary Sturmabteilung had become too powerful, Hitler ordered his elite guards to murder the organisation’s leaders. Also killed that night were hundreds of other perceived opponents of Hitler.Why this historical excursion? I’m using it as a way to [...]

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    Maina’s pit of intrigues

Maina’s pit of intrigues

As absurdities go in Nigeria politics, last week’s sitting of the committee probing the re-absorption of Abdulrasheed Maina must rank among the worst. Though we’ve seen some absurdities, the show of shame confirmed what some of us have always affirmed: President Muhammadu Buhari does not seem to have a firm grip on many crucial issues under his watch.Even while we [...]

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    On the march again

On the march again

One of the tragedies of our democratic journey in Nigeria since 1999 is the undue focus on elections at the detriment of governance. Our politicians seem so focused on getting elected that they usually forget the demands of governance particularly important in a country with weak state organs and collapsed infrastructure like ours.Today’s headline is a throwback to the fantastic campaign [...]

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    Our doctors are disappearing

Our doctors are disappearing

I had already made up my mind to write on the alarm raised by Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, the Lagos State chairman of Nigeria Medical Association, before something else made it more compelling.Earlier this morning, news broke that Alexander Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, lawyer and architect, former vice president between 1979 and 1983, died in a London hospital. My condolences go to his immediate [...]

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    Death and the 26 teenagers

Death and the 26 teenagers

About a year ago, I watched with my children, how migrants engaged security agents in a battle of wits at the port of Calais on an international television channel. This is an international border barrier put up by France and the United Kingdom to prevent illegal immigrants from reaching UK. They were mostly Africans who have braced all odds including [...]

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    Too little, too late

Too little, too late

President Muhammadu Buhari last week announced that more ministers would be appointed to inject fresh ideas to his government. It was at the meeting of the executive council of the president’s party, APC that the announcement was made.  For me, there are two angles to this statement. First is the view that our president has made a 360 degrees turn [...]

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    Their army, our army

Their army, our army

No matter how the men and officers of the Nigerian Army spin it, our soldiers are facing a crisis in their reputation management. The army’s image has taken a battering in the last few weeks that, perhaps, only the dictatorial era of Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha compared to what ails  “the largest component of the Nigerian Armed Forces” as [...]

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    Garland for a xenophobe

Garland for a xenophobe

You never know the next foolish thing from any of our governors in Nigeria. You think you’ve seen the worst until a new decision or action completely unsettles one’s sense of propriety and you are left rationalizing that after all the previous one is somehow better than the new one.Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha went higher on the infamy index of [...]

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    Is TStv the one?

Is TStv the one?

Nigerians could be pardoned for the giddiness and excitement over the entrance of Telecom Satellite TV Africa into the world of pay TV in the land. I mean who would not be, seeing what DSTV has turned us to? But we need to step back and look at the undertones of the company’s appearance on Nigeria’s satellite television stage so [...]

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    Tambuwal’s illegal pardon

Tambuwal’s illegal pardon

Two months ago, this column wrote on how the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, spent N700 million to buy a residential building in Abuja for the Sultan of Sokoto. It further condemned the action wondering how a state classified among the poorest in our country could afford to spend such a humongous amount of money on a residence for [...]

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September 21, 2018USDGBPEUR
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