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    Language as development: The Lagos example

Language as development: The Lagos example

It is compulsory for all primary and secondary schools – private or public – to make the teaching of Yoruba Language a core subject at all levels. The purpose, according to the government, is “to provide for the preservation and promotion of the use of Yoruba Language.” No state in Nigeria, prior to this, had enacted such law which seeks [...]

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    Thieving snakes and Magic Maggi cubes

Thieving snakes and Magic Maggi cubes

If, like me, you grew up watching Tales by Moonlight – that NTA children’s programme very popular in the 80s and 90s, then you would be familiar with the myth of talking animals and spirit beings that shuttle between the land of the living and the dead. However, if Tales by Moonlight isn’t your childhood reality or point of reference for animals doing the [...]

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    Musings on Nasir el-Rufai at 58

Musings on Nasir el-Rufai at 58

Today, I join family members as well as the teeming friends and associates to celebrate an extraordinary Nigerian, a leader of leaders, a patriot to the core and one of this best minds of our generation - the inimitable Mallam Nasir el Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State who turns 58 years old today. Mallam El Rufai was born in [...]

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    Of Bishop Mathew Kukah and military coup

Of Bishop Mathew Kukah and military coup

For someone whom a significant segment of society holds in high esteem as representing its moral authority and its moral conscience and a public intellectual to boot, one would think that even the mere hinting publicly that the military may be a viable alternative to a civilian and democratic government----having witnessed the atrocities that are inherent in the military and [...]

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    What impact does Valentine have on Nigeria?

What impact does Valentine have on Nigeria?

On Wednesday, Nigerians joined people from across the world to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. As it always is with us, the commemoration, when put on a scale, is likely to have outshone that of any space of human congregation anywhere in the world.  That is the way we are, when we get introduced to any idea or event, we take [...]

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    Snake venom and jerry cans

Snake venom and jerry cans

We’re back where we used to be many moons ago. Shortages and long petrol queues have resurfaced and there’s no sign that things would get better any time soon.If, however, promises could fill the supply gap, we would be drowning in petrol. The first clear sign of shortage started in December 2017, nearly three months ago.After the Federal Executive Council [...]

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    Rochas Okorocha’s statue crumbles as a pack of cards

Rochas Okorocha’s statue crumbles as a pack of cards

I am a very enthusiastic observer of political happenings across the planet earth and I do know it like I do know my fingers that the sort of politics we are playing in Nigeria cannot deliver a true prosperous nation. It is the breed of politics that puts shelter on the big-head of mediocrity, greed and nepotism.Our adaptation of politics [...]

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    Sacrifice necessary for reconciliation: The task before Tinubu

Sacrifice necessary for reconciliation: The task before Tinubu

One of the leading authorities in public commentaries and no doubt objective analyst and columnist, Mallam Mahmud Jega, presented what could be regarded as the summation of public opinion regarding the reconciliation task given to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by President Muhammadu Buhari in the back page of Daily Trust of Monday, February 12, 2018. Titled Tinubu might do a Goldwater, [...]

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    Can the APC reign for 60 years?

Can the APC reign for 60 years?

It was Vincent Ogbulafor, former PDP national chairman, who betrayed a fatal flaw and said the party would rule Nigeria for 60 years. Rochas Okoroacha, Imo state governor, also, once succumbed to the flattery of hubris in declaring that the APC would rule the country for 24 years.The crux of this piece is to test the plausibility of Okoroacha’s declaration [...]

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    Not Bakare, not Fela Durotoye… meet the men who will deny Buhari a 2nd term

Not Bakare, not Fela Durotoye… meet the men who will deny Buhari a 2nd term

I am not a fan of sequels. More often than not, they underperform, they fail to meet the expectations created by the first part. Sequel to novels, a sequel to movies, the sequel even to a political term of office. Hit the ground at best in the first term, and find your way out of office.Nelson Mandela understood this more [...]

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