Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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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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    Lawal, Oke as test cases for Buhari’s war on corruption

Lawal, Oke as test cases for Buhari’s war on corruption

A month ago Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo submitted two reports to President Muhammadu Buhari, products of the work of a committee he headed. The committee, whose two other members included the attorney general of the federation and the national security adviser, was set up on April 19 specifically to probe allegations of corruption against the suspended secretary to the government of [...]

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    Schools resumption blues

Schools resumption blues

An advert on a bus last week forced me to think more deeply about this period of students going back to schools after a long holiday. It continued to gnaw at me, “Up to N4 million loan for your children school fees” and forced me to ponder what parents go through these days to pay their children school fees.What pushed [...]

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    Adebayo Faleti: Influence does not die

Adebayo Faleti: Influence does not die

It has taken me quite a while to write a tribute to the memory of Adebayo Mosobolaje Ajibade Akande Faleti, who passed on nearly two months ago at 95. Several reasons prevented me from doing so, one is that numbness all humans experience when someone’s death attenuate a plan that depends on the person’s life.About three years ago, I [...]

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    Misau, Nigerian police and corruption

Misau, Nigerian police and corruption

If you did not watch the farce between Senator Isa Misau (APC Bauchi Central) and Moshood Jimoh, the Nigerian Police spokesman, yesterday on Channels TV, you missed a lot. Farcical, not because the anchor did a shoddy job, but because one could see most of the things wrong with our police in Nigeria. It also affirmed what some of us [...]

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    ASUU’s unending strikes

ASUU’s unending strikes

Ever since I concluded that Brian Acton and Jan Koum who started WhatsApp in 2009 could not have imagined how some Nigerians would use it, I paid little attention to most messages on the platform. If you are not being added to groups without your consent, folks will be asking you to send particular messages to others for their own [...]

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    Our representatives’ N6.1billion cars

Our representatives’ N6.1billion cars

While we all shared in the collective grief over what happened at Ozubulu, Anambra State last week, a disclosure by the House of Representatives’ spokesman last week escaped the attention of most Nigerians.That was my conclusion based on the fact that a critique of the information has not generated much traction among us.Painful that we could still be divided over [...]

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    No more denial

No more denial

Last week, the chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) finally admitted what Nigerians had known for a long time. John Odigie-Oyegun, speaking while receiving those who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Delta State branch to APC, said, “Economically, things are difficult, there is no question about it.”As psychologists will tell us, a stage after the loss of [...]

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    Sokoto, Tambuwal and Sultan

Sokoto, Tambuwal and Sultan

One of the characteristics of those of us living in Nigeria is the fact that our shockability index is very low. Quite low, indeed. When you think there cannot be anything worse than what you’ve seen, you’re confronted with something else that forces you to revise your earlier opinion or merely shrug your shoulder, and move on.I speak of the [...]

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    Banire in the eye of the storm

Banire in the eye of the storm

Muiz Adeyemi Banire is in the eye of the storm, as far as the politics of his party, APC, is concerned. Now, the former three-term commissioner in Lagos State where he superintended transport, environment and special duties, is not a small fry in the ruling party. He is the National Legal Adviser of the party and a senior advocate to [...]

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