Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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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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    A trip like no other

A trip like no other

Nearly all Nigerians agree that travelling on our roads is a suicide mission. From terrible roads to crazy drivers, armed robbers to kidnappers, and extortionists claiming to be security agents, it is no wonder that we shout for joy whenever we get to our destinations safely.I’ve been avoiding the Benin-Ore expressway, if we can still call it an expressway, like [...]

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    Renewed hostility between senate and presidency

Renewed hostility between senate and presidency

Last week again witnessed another scene in the appalling show between our dear senators and the presidency. Presidency, in this instance, is used solely to mean the office of the acting president, as there are many agencies under that nebulous word, ‘presidency’ in our country.The rancour is particularly interesting as the APC is both the majority party in the senate [...]

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    For Obo, the new electoral commissioner

For Obo, the new electoral commissioner

Once in a while, some appointments to public office in Nigeria make one excited and thinking that maybe we will turn the corner for good. Of course, I know that public office has also turned out as the crematorium of otherwise brilliant and patriotic citizens.One could also be forgiven for asking rhetorically, “What good can only one person make in [...]

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    What about the six Epe students?

What about the six Epe students?

As I write this, it’s now 32 days that six students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, were kidnapped and possibly most of us have forgotten about them. Buffeted with political issues across the length and breadth of our country, one may pardon citizens for seemingly forgetting about these six students. It is understandable too why the kidnapping is [...]

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    Saraki and Buhari’s anti-corruption war

Saraki and Buhari’s anti-corruption war

Last week, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) discharged and acquitted Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, of an 18-count charge of false assets declaration. Predictably, reactions to the judgment have been bifurcated to those who think it was a dent on the anti-corruption war of the Muhammadu Buhari government or whatever is left of that war; and the usual refrain [...]

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    Dialogue of the deaf

Dialogue of the deaf

A friend recently accused me and other Nigerian journalists of not doing enough to stem the tide of accusations and counter-accusations over marginalization exacerbated especially by statements and speeches from different nationalities in the past few weeks.Granted that journalists are responsible for some problems in our country as this column said last week https://www.thecable.ng/tvcrc-102-5-fm-the-day-after. I think, however, that nearly all [...]

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    TVC/RC 102. 5 FM: The day after

TVC/RC 102. 5 FM: The day after

As I drove into the premises of Continental Broadcasting Services a day after 145 staff were asked to go home, I reflected on the sack and the state of journalism in Nigeria. I thought about my friend who was among those sacked. You see, my friend loves journalism, he breathes it, and his life revolves round the profession.The pain that [...]

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