Thursday, November 15, 2018

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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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    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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November 13, 2018USDGBPEUR
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KANO359476420
PH360476420
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