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    APRA Conference 2018-Botswana, CHOGM 2018-London and other conversations

APRA Conference 2018-Botswana, CHOGM 2018-London and other conversations

I wrote this, weeks ago aboard a RWANDAIR flight, which happens to be one of my favorite African airlines which I fly with across Africa, as long as they have a connection. My week was busy and akin to what you could call shuttle diplomacy, though I had no mandate from the Federal Government of Nigeria but as you might [...]

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    2019: How long can Buhari ride on the ghost of MKO Abiola?

2019: How long can Buhari ride on the ghost of MKO Abiola?

Like him or loathe him, any poll conducted now to determine the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari in the south west in particular and Nigeria as a whole would reveal an uptick from the level it could have been before the announcement of adoption of June 12,1993 Democracy Day.That's the positive fall out of the presidential pronouncement that late chief [...]

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    Super Eagles and Marcus the pig at the World Cup

Super Eagles and Marcus the pig at the World Cup

There has been nothing in recent memory like the build-up to Nigeria’s first match at the on-going 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia. Football is Nigeria’s greatest unifier: when it is football, our compatriots drop all ethnic, religious and ideological differences and profess the missing faith and ideology of one Nigeria.They have expressed similar solidarity over whose jollof is [...]

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    The rustication of ‘Kunle Adebajo by UI, ‘the University of Intolerance’

The rustication of ‘Kunle Adebajo by UI, ‘the University of Intolerance’

One Day in March 217, I had the good fortune of being one of six speakers invited to the University of Ibadan for the Ibadan version of the World Speech Day. There were a few impressive speeches, to be honest. But it was one of those days when ‘the last was not the least’.As a side attraction, Rasheed Ridwan, the [...]

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    A paradise for maggots

A paradise for maggots

If you are a keen follower of the narratives of corruption in Nigeria in the last ten years or so, you must have encountered a book written by Oxford University professor and Chair, African Studies, Wale Adebanwi, with the above title. A paradise for maggots details the war waged by the first Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [...]

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    Of June 12 ‘saints’ and ‘sinners’…

Of June 12 ‘saints’ and ‘sinners’…

I have been feeling very uneasy at the re-opened debate over the June 12, 1993 presidential election impasse after President Muhammadu Buhari decided to honour the presumed winner, Chief MKO Abiola, and his running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, as well as declare June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day. I thought it was a brilliant idea. I thought it would finally [...]

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    On Ochereomea Nnanna’s gaffe

On Ochereomea Nnanna’s gaffe

No one, I think, would disagree that Ochereome Nnanna’s reference to Yorubas as “sophisticated morons” was inappropriate and deserves the criticism it has drawn, and that it calls for the “unreserved apology” he has tendered. I would call it an unfortunate oxymoron with no intention of punning. Yet, some people think he shouldn’t apologize. To justify their objection, they cite precedents [...]

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    Does Buhari hide his shit like North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un whenever he travels abroad?

Does Buhari hide his shit like North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un whenever he travels abroad?

Shit is serious business.Shit, a by-product of human metabolism, is a potent element in diagnosing health anomalies.Your shit indicates whether your muscles are strong or not. It tells if your gastrointestinal system is functioning optimally or not. It shows if you are getting enough fiber and other nutrients. It also tells if your hormones are chic. And if your internal [...]

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    Effective leadership: A combination of solution centre and service

Effective leadership: A combination of solution centre and service

At the heart of human existence is leadership. Leadership is the fulcrum on which society is built. Society is usually the mirror of its leadership, and a society without effective leadership is rudderless.Leadership must provide solutions to the teething troubles of society. Mwai Kibaki, the late celebrated Kenyan politician, puts it this way: “Leadership is a privilege to better the [...]

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    Risk management in tax administration: An examination of VAIDS, WHT and VAT (2)

Risk management in tax administration: An examination of VAIDS, WHT and VAT (2)

Risk definition: The first step in risk management is risk identification by determining the likely sources of risk and the magnitude of risk, which threatens the objectives of tax collection by developing a list of potential risks. The potential risk in tax collection, when we consider that the biggest tax payers are those closest to power, and are in the know of [...]

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