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    Justice Onnoghen in the dock

Justice Onnoghen in the dock

Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), is in the dock. Not in the dock yet, but you know what I mean. He is to be charged before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on Monday over allegations of false declaration of assets. It is actually a six-count charge, but it [...]

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    Ekiti: Furthering the ‘Reclaiming our land, Restoring our values’ concept

Ekiti: Furthering the ‘Reclaiming our land, Restoring our values’ concept

A few weeks before his much-anticipated--but still too good to be true denial in some political circles both within and outside the state--public declaration to join the legion of aspirants for the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in preparation for the Ekiti state governorship election, then Hon. Minister of Mines and Steel Development Dr. John Kayode Fayemi was [...]

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    It is the same old story; Boko Haram is still breathing

It is the same old story; Boko Haram is still breathing

A key campaign promise of the APC in their pursuit of presidential power during 2015 electioneering was that they would wipe out completely from Nigeria the existence of Boko Haram - the terrorist group that has killed thousands of people, destroyed properties and made a large area of the northeast inhabitable. Most of the innocent men and women who lived [...]

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    Amina Zakari and Nigeria’s bigger trouble

Amina Zakari and Nigeria’s bigger trouble

With due respect to all compatriots, Nigeria must currently be the most ridiculous nation on the surface of the planet.Some opposition political parties led by the Peoples Democratic Party cry foul over the recent appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission ad hoc committee on National Collation Centre for the 2019 elections and her [...]

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    Why Yari should take his empty seat home

Why Yari should take his empty seat home

Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, offered Greek gift as Christmas present: his soon-to-be-vacant official stool is not worth the paper on which he made the promise to step down as governor if doing so would bring peace to the state. There’s no need to give up his seat or to step down.Out of the goodness of his purple heart, however, [...]

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    Finally, the Buhari effect

Finally, the Buhari effect

There are variations in the tale of plots that eventuated in his dethronement some thirty-four years ago.But one account has never been in dispute - the introverted king had fore-knowledge of the dark conspiracy against him by his estranged military comrades. Others would have reacted savagely.On the summer night of August 1985 they finally came for him, the commander-in-chief chose to [...]

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    A comedy of infantile doltishness

A comedy of infantile doltishness

It was not the best way to start a year. A business visit to an older friend on January 3 had forced me to wait for him in his home office where we were assaulted with the thrash that passes for NTA news these days. For those of us who were addicted to NTA 9pm flagship news in those days, [...]

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    Is Rotimi Amaechi a wailer?

Is Rotimi Amaechi a wailer?

These are desperate times; a time of signs and wonders. It is “injury time” – anything can happen. Only the unwary will be taken in by the magic of this time.  Everything you read, every video you watch, and every audio recording you listen to that is put out by APC or PDP campaign minions is a piece in the art of [...]

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    Their excellencies’ alarm

Their excellencies’ alarm

Two state governors last week red-flagged the porous security profile of their respective state, which they considered yet heading southwards. Their rallying cry was that there is need for urgent and concerted action by stakeholders, along with government, to arrest the dire trend.Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, on Monday, owned up that the insurgency challenge in his domain was worsening [...]

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    Amina Zakari and allegory of the squirrel with a lone palm nut

Amina Zakari and allegory of the squirrel with a lone palm nut

The squirrel in traditional African worldview is the animal which got summarily killed by the searing pellets from the bullets of the hunter due to its inability to discern. Its roasted head, made into a gourmet and displayed on a platter, preparatory to being devoured for dinner, is held in African homes of yore as a lesson to men and [...]

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