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    Ekiti electoral corruption and our ‘baa ko daya’ politics

Ekiti electoral corruption and our ‘baa ko daya’ politics

Ekiti State exploded on July 14. Pundits who had predicted an explosion of firearms and blood spillage initially thought that their predictions had gone off target as no blood was actually shed on that day. With the benefit of hindsight however, what pundits probably foresaw was an explosion of repulsive stench. As we speak, the odour from the Ekiti election [...]

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    Between Nigeria Airways and Nigeria Air

Between Nigeria Airways and Nigeria Air

Anytime Senator Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, spoke about setting up a “national carrier”, I always switched off. Even though I like his ideas — and I still salute his single-mindedness in closing down the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for a critical runway reconstruction last year — I just could not see eye-to-eye with him on the [...]

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    Open letter to governor Godwin Obaseki

Open letter to governor Godwin Obaseki

Your Excellency,I chose this medium of an open letter to reach out to you because of the existential danger presently confronting the peoples of Edo State. It is no longer news that Nigeria has become an open killing field stalked by so-called Fulani ‘herdsmen’, a roving band of terrorists acknowledged by the Global Terrorism Index as the fourth most dangerous [...]

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    Wole Soyinka @84: A birthday dialogue

Wole Soyinka @84: A birthday dialogue

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman Wole Soyinka needs no introduction to any enlightened person who has lived on our planet in the past fifty years or thereabouts. He wears one the most recognizable faces on terra firma, a visage that grips your memory irretrievably like those of a Goethe, [...]

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    Ekiti: Perpetuating the cycle of hollow elections

Ekiti: Perpetuating the cycle of hollow elections

Ekiti prides itself as one of the states in Nigeria with the highest concentration of professors and academic doctors. It boasts of some level of political sophistication that has made it impossible for any incumbent governor to win re-election in the state. However, what put Ekiti on the map four years ago was the doctrine of ‘stomach infrastructure’ which underpinned [...]

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    Okotie as God’s political missionary

Okotie as God’s political missionary

The pastor of the Household of God International Ministries, Reverend Chris Okotie, has asked the 68 political parties, especially the two major ones, to roll over and adopt him as their consensus candidate in next year’s presidential election.It is not a joke or a suggestion. It is a divine instruction, which the parties will do well to accept “within the [...]

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    The Hausa-Fulani and sentimental politics

The Hausa-Fulani and sentimental politics

To the Hausa-Fulani, politics is religion and religion is politics; the two are hyphenated in the emulsion of power.Since the Uthman Dan Fodio jihad of 1804, when Hausa kings were deposed and Fulani emirates established, the north has always played sentimental politics. The sentiments of religion are rooted deeply in Hausa-Fulani political culture, evident today.The reason for this is historical. [...]

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    What next after Fayemi’s victory?

What next after Fayemi’s victory?

It is curious, even though not out of character, that discussions about the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti State mainly centre on the winners and the losers.Of course, as it is with us, those who win an election, irrespective of how they accomplished it, would assail us with empty triumphalism while the losers are programmed to whine about how [...]

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    2019: Electoral value holds all the aces

2019: Electoral value holds all the aces

2019 promises to be a defining epoch in Nigerian politics. Having undergone several hiccups in the past 20 years – desertions, defections, betrayals, fortifications, bandwagon effects, alignments and realignments – political parties are set to take enduring forms. We should therefore view the current spate of defections across political parties as a good thing. Let every politician seek like-minds and [...]

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    Grand alliance, Ekiti election and 2019

Grand alliance, Ekiti election and 2019

The buzz created by the signing on July 9, 2018, of a Memorandum of Understanding between the PDP on the one hand and over 30 political parties on the other hand (some media organizations put the number of parties that signed the MOU at over 40) has not fizzled out, when the Ekiti State governorship election, with its hype and [...]

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