Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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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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    JAMB’S computer-based torture

JAMB’S computer-based torture

Reading the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) registrar interview in a newspaper on Saturday left me dispirited as it was full of “we are going to” as response to many of the questions by the interviewer.Even if we pardon the aspect where the professor of Islamic Jurisprudence said, “we have resolved that by next year we are going to [...]

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    The immortal Awo

The immortal Awo

No, I’m not a blasphemer and so neither my wife nor pastor should be worried about the sincerity of my faith, as only God is truly immortal. But the word ‘immortal’ is used here in the sense of performance, competence, and finesse with which Obafemi Oyeniyi Awolowo brought to bear on his life as a politician and leader of his [...]

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    Nigeria’s ponderous diplomatic operations

Nigeria’s ponderous diplomatic operations

The news broke last week that staff of our embassy in Washington DC, United States, have embarked on strike or a sit-in depending on the version of the story one read, to demand for their five months salaries, which have not been paid. Expectedly, our foreign affairs ministry under Geoffrey Jideofor Kwusike Onyeama, denied there was a strike. In typical [...]

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    Where is our president?

Where is our president?

It was the worst kept secret in town. I mean the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari, which technically could be said to be the health status of Nigeria as well. Having refrained from penning anything on this issue for a long while because of several reasons, we are now at a point where we must all speak out.An older [...]

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    The murderers of Calabar

The murderers of Calabar

Last week our country lost another set of citizens, and as usual, they were needless deaths. That’s why I think their deaths should be classified as murders with perpetrators consequently brought to book giving a fitting closure to their senseless exits.While others worldwide enjoyed the football match between Manchester United and Anderlecht on Thursday, April 20, some who gathered at [...]

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    An unlikely reformer

An unlikely reformer

It’s Easter and so the idea of sacrifice should be more appealing to humanity. But what do we say to self-immolation from an unlikeliest source – a traditional ruler? Monarchies or traditional institutions by nature are conservative, and attempts at modernization no doubt, will chirp away at its selling point – the mysterious aura that surrounds it which also aids [...]

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    Praise Sodipo must not die in vain

Praise Sodipo must not die in vain

Those of us with children in boarding school will admit that one never truly relaxes until they are back home on holiday without any health complaint. So, I perfectly understand how parents of Queen’s College students must have been feeling with happenings in the school since January.It was therefore with keen interest that I’ve been following events in the school [...]

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    Much ado about Dino Melaye

Much ado about Dino Melaye

It was obvious that those gunning for Senator Ali Ndume had him on toast when the senate president appeared before the ethics and privileges committee of the senate. Hopefully the irony is not lost on Nigerians that there is a committee in the senate overseeing ethics. So when the inevitable happened and our ‘distinguished senators’ as they love to be [...]

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