Wale Fatade

    The new scramble for Africa

The new scramble for Africa

Coming a week after leaders of two giant economies in Europe, Britain and Germany, made whistle-stop visits to Nigeria, the ongoing Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at Beijing, China deserves more than a passing glance from Africans.It is instructive that China, a country, could gather the African continent in a summit and gleefully announced a $60 billion investment or “in aids [...]

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    Let’s call CPC to order

Let’s call CPC to order

In one of those rare moments of intense activity with the Muhammadu Buhari government, an agency is attempting to breathe life into a soulless organ of government. Not sure many will remember who headed the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) before the current head, Tunde Irukera, he is as dynamic as they come. But we must all ensure that in a [...]

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    In defence of press freedom

In defence of press freedom

Last week Thursday, more than 300 U.S. newspapers ran editorials promoting press freedom to counter President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, in a move coordinated by The Boston Globe. The newspaper said the move was to denounce “the war against the free press” asking that editorial boards take a stand against Trump’s words regardless of their politics.Trump has often [...]

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    Saraki, Daura and the presidency

Saraki, Daura and the presidency

It was refreshing watching Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey, lawyer and former Director of Public Prosecutions, Lagos State on Channels Television last Friday morning. He cut through the tissue of lies Nigerians are being fed with over the imbroglio currently playing out in the senate. Particularly enlightening is the fact that a senate president can only be removed while impeachment [...]

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    The impending political disaster

The impending political disaster

A picture is worth a thousand words, the English say. Nothing epitomizes this more than the picture released over the weekend of Senator Godswill Akpabio, the senate minority leader, visiting President Muhammadu Buhari holidaying in London. As one who has harped consistently on these pages that the president should play more politics, it is fitting that part of the blame [...]

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    Lagos is killing us softly

Lagos is killing us softly

It was with trepidation I drove out of my house on Monday morning. As one of those who bore the brunt of last week’s traffic tsunami on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, I hesitated before summoning courage to go to work. Good enough that the Lagos State government eventually lived up to her responsibility by taming the monster in an operation that [...]

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    Kemi Adeosun’s deafening silence

Kemi Adeosun’s deafening silence

It is now almost two weeks that our finance minister was accused of forging an NYSC exemption certificate, and the only official communication by the voluble information minister on behalf of the Federal Government, is that whatever the NYSC authority says is what the government says too. By the way, one hopes the anachronistic position of an information minister in [...]

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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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