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    Sycophants at the corridors of power

Sycophants at the corridors of power

In my little years as a trained media and Communications professional, I had scanned international political arena for great leaders. My conclusion is it will be unwise to say our world lacks supposedly great leaders who can turnaround things. But major problem of such individuals are sycophants around them.For many sane leaders, says Daniel Vasella, former Novartis Chairman, the urge to be [...]

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    Prospects of oil and gas in northern Nigeria

Prospects of oil and gas in northern Nigeria

The new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari, has committed himself to championing oil exploration in the Northern part of Nigeria, including parts of the South that are yet to be explored. Years ago, when I did a Legal Masters in Oil and Gas Law (LLM), I learnt about the prospect of there being [...]

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    Osoba’s cold wars and last laugh

Osoba’s cold wars and last laugh

Growing up, he flirted with boxing. We see a glimpse of that aspiration in the blurry picture of a puny ten-year-old raising a guard in over-sized gloves on page 176 of the book.But if any portrait is framed by the chronology of the many storms weathered, hurdles surmounted, adversities endured and foes conquered in Chief Olusegun Osoba’s new autobiography, it [...]

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    Can we all just get along?

Can we all just get along?

The eyes see what they want to see.  And the mind believes what the eyes see. In the Washington Post’s essay entitled, ‘Psychology explains why people are so easily duped’, Eryn Newman, a postdoctoral scholar in cognitive psychology at the University of California, deduced that ‘’photos and names can have surprisingly powerful effects on our memories, beliefs and evaluations of [...]

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    Accuser of the brethren

Accuser of the brethren

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    Fasoranti and rise of Nigeria’s un-Nigerian President

Fasoranti and rise of Nigeria’s un-Nigerian President

The killing on Friday of the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, 94-year old leader of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba group, may yet be throwing up two apparent equations in a post-Fulani herdsmen-sympathetic Nigerian leadership which may begin in 2023.The first is that, President Muhammadu Buhari may be the last Nigerian president. We will get so riled as a people by this [...]

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    The Nduka Obaigbena phenomenon

The Nduka Obaigbena phenomenon

I recollect vividly as if it happened yesterday — the day I first had a one-on-one with Mr Nduka Obaigbena, editor-in-chief and chairman of THISDAY Newspapers. I had heard so much about him, the good and the bad, and I had always been fascinated by the good. By instinct, I focus more on the positive side of people, partly because [...]

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    The killing of Afenifere leader’s daughter and the omnipresence of bandits on Nigerian roads

The killing of Afenifere leader’s daughter and the omnipresence of bandits on Nigerian roads

On Wednesday, June 12,  Adenipekun Ademiju, a staff member of Atakumosa west local government area of Osun state embarked on a journey – of no return.  It was a quotidian day like any other, and there was nothing betokening tragedy. He boarded a bus from Osun town heading for Ibadan.  On the expressway around Ikire community, a group of bandits emerged from the [...]

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    An international diplomat’s frank views on Nigeria

An international diplomat’s frank views on Nigeria

We met by chance on a sweltering hot day recently as I was sitting poolside shooting the breeze in a well-known Abuja hotel, when he sauntered to the table next to me. He was dressed in white open neck shirt, grey linen trousers and black loafers and had the look of an executive of a Forbes 100 corporate organization.While waiting [...]

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    Ruga controversy and Buhari’s place in history

Ruga controversy and Buhari’s place in history

Let me state without equivocation that the controversy and debate, which the Federal Government-proposed Ruga policy has generated will not abate so soon. I’m not a pessimist but not with the sheer intransigence being exhibited by Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to foist the policy on the country, willy-nilly. Buhari is from the Fulani ethnic group, which the Ruga agenda is designed [...]

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