Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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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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    Ile-Ife mayhem: No to partial justice

Ile-Ife mayhem: No to partial justice

The deft reporting of The Punch newspaper correspondent in Osun State culminating in an interview published in the papers’ edition of Sunday, March 26, must be commended. The reporter succeeded in tracking down a vulcanizer reported dead in the Ile-Ife mayhem of March 8 and got a good interview.Mojeed Owoyomi disclosed in the interview that Yoruba and Hausa used guns [...]

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    Still on Fanta and Sprite

Still on Fanta and Sprite

At my son’s school Parents Teachers Association meeting on Saturday, I watched with amusement as most people refused Fanta, Sprite and Coca Cola that they were served with snacks. What amused me was what they went for, Pepsi, Teem, and 7UP which prompted a question in my mind, “What’s the difference?”Last week was a bad advertisement for the Nigeriaan Bottling [...]

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    Between Ambode and Fashola

Between Ambode and Fashola

It was the worst kept secret in town. But the gloves came off when Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State accused his predecessor and current minister of works, power, and housing, Babatunde Fashola, of frustrating efforts of his government in developing Lagos State.A foreigner would have been forgiven if he had assumed that the duo are members of different political [...]

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    Nnamdi Kanu as Buhari’s albatross

Nnamdi Kanu as Buhari’s albatross

On Saturday while watching a programme on BBC world service, I used the opportunity to teach my eight-year-old son about the civil war. The programme was on a film produced by Angelina Jolie on the Khmer Rouge horror in Cambodia, which happened 40 years ago. Supported by Netflix, the reporter noted how Cambodians are not encumbered in looking at their [...]

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    Ambode, don’t sign this bill

Ambode, don’t sign this bill

A perfect definition of irony in the Nigerian context is when legislators break their recess to pass a bill. For the farce that passes for legislation in our part of the world, citizens should be wary of a hastily passed bill. When you then factor in the incestuous relationship between the executives and legislators in most states, the suspicion gets [...]

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    A new dawn in the southwest?

A new dawn in the southwest?

Last week, governors of the southwest region met at Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital to discuss issues affecting the zone. Interestingly, the gadfly among them, Peter Ayodele Fayose, hosted the meeting where there was only one absentee, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State. Hate him or like him, Fayose’s speech at the meeting touched on core issues affecting the [...]

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    2017 budget’s devilish detail

2017 budget’s devilish detail

Figures generally unsettle most of us, a major reason for financial illiteracy, but Nigerians need to look more critically at the nation’s budget for this year especially when you remember the English saying, the devil is in the detail. While presenting the budget dubbed ‘Budget of Recovery and Growth’ on Wednesday, December 14 last year, President Muhammadu Buhar promised that [...]

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    Let there be more protests

Let there be more protests

It was an anticlimax. Some, with a better understanding of how such things work in our country, had actually predicted such an end. I guess it was only those of us who are not in the loop of political happenings really thought the protest scheduled for today will actually happen as planned.On Saturday, I was a guest at a radio [...]

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