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    If Buhari is really serious

If Buhari is really serious

If President Muhammadu Buhari truly desires to leave Nigeria much better than he met it, he would need to get more hands-on and visionary as he takes office for a second term in six days’ time.It is sad to say that there are ominous signs that things may not be significantly different but as Emily Dickson says in the poem, [...]

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    Wike, the GOC and oil bunkering

Wike, the GOC and oil bunkering

Comparison between public conduct elsewhere and what obtains in Nigeria can sometimes be awkward, especially because it can be mistaken to suggest that we can’t be up to any good. That’s not only incorrect, such moral equivalence is unfair to millions of Nigerians who are doing their damn best in their quiet spaces. But two stories last week reported within twenty-four [...]

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    A vote for plastic ban in Nigeria

A vote for plastic ban in Nigeria

On Tuesday, Nigeria’s house of representatives passed a bill banning the use and sale of plastic bags in the country. According to the legislation, anyone that fails to provide customers with paper bags in place of plastic ones risks three years in jail or a fine of N500,000 - or both at the worst case scenario. The bill would have [...]

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    Misinformation minister and dishonourable officers

Misinformation minister and dishonourable officers

It was gratifying to read that Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in this year’s presidential elections is demanding an apology from a presidential aide who claimed that the former vice president is on a security watch list in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.A very good decision as this column had called out the particular aide in question last [...]

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    Ramadan Week 3: Ya Allah my Du’a is for Buhari as he forms his government

Ramadan Week 3: Ya Allah my Du’a is for Buhari as he forms his government

Ya Allah, my Du’a in this third week of Ramadan is for President Buhari as he forms his next government. In 2015, President Buhari became the first challenger to unseat an incumbent president in Nigeria’s history and was sworn-in amid great hope and enormous good will. Following his inauguration, the country was awash with optimism that his government would reignite a fading [...]

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    No Yoruba president in Nigeria for another 20 years

No Yoruba president in Nigeria for another 20 years

If Nigeria were to survive the ticking time bomb of the rigged 2019 presidential election, one of the prerequisites would be that there cannot be a Yoruba president in the country for at least another 20 years. Otherwise, we would be further stoking the flames of disintegration. The Yoruba have provided the president in 8 of the last 20 years. [...]

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    The hemp in Aketi’s pocket at Kalokalo graveyard

The hemp in Aketi’s pocket at Kalokalo graveyard

Though bound by geography, they yet present two contrasting morality tales. The increasingly animated talk today of Indian hemp being refined into a legitimate business in Ondo and the fierce denunciation of pool-betting elsewhere in Bauchi surely depict, in some way, the stark contradictions of Nigeria’s federalism and her moral universe.  Moralists opposed to cannabis will, for instance, cite its pungent [...]

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    Nigerian politicians: Leaders or locusts?

Nigerian politicians: Leaders or locusts?

Nigerians did not vote for anyone to pray for them in either Saudi Arabia or Israel. We do have enough pastors and imams—who are doing all that and more. In serious climes, political leaders are being voted into power to solve economic and security problems, but here, after voting them into power, they become naïve, oblivious and clueless, and start [...]

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    Your Excellency, the chickens are home to roost

Your Excellency, the chickens are home to roost

In the next few days, specifically nine days from today, the party will be over between many of the current state governors and their mandates to steer the ships of their respective states. Four, or in some cases, eight years which, on May 29, 2011 or 2015, looked like yesterday and the day of their accomplishment which seemed like an [...]

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    Talkin’ about a revolution

Talkin’ about a revolution

I always hesitate to use the “R” word because I don’t understand how it really works, but a lot of Nigerians have been talking about “revolution” for a while. They say Nigeria will experience a revolution at a point in time, given the way the society has been going: the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer; the fat getting [...]

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