Thursday, March 21, 2019

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    Between TOS Benson and Folake Solanke: A beleaguered love story

Between TOS Benson and Folake Solanke: A beleaguered love story

BY FEMI KEHINDEDuke Orsino, in ecstasy and fantasy, had sang melodiously in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: "If music be the food of love, play on/give me excess of it, that surfeiting/the appetite may sicken, and so die".Duke Orisono was insanely in love with a wealthy and resistant lady, who was in mourning of her brother and was annoyed, by Orsinos inappropriate attention. [...]

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    Why Bauchi governor should take the path of honour

Why Bauchi governor should take the path of honour

BY TURAKI HASSAN Hon Justice Inyang Ekwo, the judge who granted an exparte order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from collating Tafawa Balewa Local Government Bauchi state governorship election result has struck out an ex-parte motion seeking to also stop INEC from collating results of Rivers state Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.The Rivers State AAC/APC alliance led [...]

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    Nigeria and its lag in international trade development and treaty polices

Nigeria and its lag in international trade development and treaty polices

BY SAMUEL SAMIAI ANDREWSNigeria’s refusal to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AFCFTA) raises beyond economic and political issues, but fundamentally her lack of policy direction and capacity to compete in the global international or African regional trade space.From the early International trade agreements, from Berne Convention to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Related Aspects [...]

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    Sokoto and INEC’s inconclusive decision

Sokoto and INEC’s inconclusive decision

BY ABDULAZIZ BN ABDULSALAM I do not envy the people of Sokoto state at all. Before their very eyes, the powerful turned the hand of their electoral clock backwards. They voted on March 9 for a governor but got what Abuja called 'inconclusive' as their dividend of democracy. Their gubernatorial baby was half way out of the womb and suddenly the [...]

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    Pius Adesanmi’s appraisal of the fate of the public intellectual

Pius Adesanmi’s appraisal of the fate of the public intellectual

Back in 2012, SLS, now the Emir of Kano, consented that I should help publish, in book form, a compendium of critical essays (irreverent outpourings) written by him, over a number of past years. It turned out to be a voluminous product running into about 600 printed pages aptly titled "For The Good Of The Nation - Essays & Perspectives [...]

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    Why Buhari is not Nigeria’s messiah

Why Buhari is not Nigeria’s messiah

BY ILIYASU GADUFollowing his re-election for a second term in office, those who have always held the belief that President Muhammadu Buhari is Nigeria’s messiah have found added ammunition to further promote this view. The mammoth crowds that attended his campaign rallies all around the country no doubt points to his towering political status. In the election proper he garnered some [...]

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    It’s game over for Bauchi governor

It’s game over for Bauchi governor

BY TURAKI HASSANThe rerun election in Bauchi state will only be an academic exercise since the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reversed the illegal cancellation of the election of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area by Prof Mohammed Kyari, state Returning Officer.The Commission said the result from Tafawa Balewa will now be regenerated from the 11 Registration Areas (Wards) in [...]

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    Letter to Pius: You are not a dead man

Letter to Pius: You are not a dead man

BY ADEDOKUN SEYIYou don't know me. I am sorry for introducing myself after sitting at your table, eating all your beverages and wallowing in your bathroom basin of lots of soupy dishes. I have made it a responsible for myself to pay you the truest respect, which won't even be the last. I have said, even in the grave, you [...]

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    On the 2019 elections and Umahi’s victory in Ebonyi

On the 2019 elections and Umahi’s victory in Ebonyi

BY LAZ EZE The 2019 elections in Ebonyi State has now become history. As a national officer of the Alliance for New Nigeria, I was actively involved and picked up some lessons in the process. One of such is that many folks refuse to learn from history.I was quite young in 2002/2003 when my elder brother contested elections into the State [...]

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    Sanwo-Olu vs Agbaje: Between a dynamic political newbie and a freedom fighter

Sanwo-Olu vs Agbaje: Between a dynamic political newbie and a freedom fighter

BY AYODELE OBAJEUNHit with dazed disbelief, historians are still busy trying to navigate their routes through history’s detours and diversions occasioned by the behavioural sophistication of Nigeria’s vote-weary electorates as displayed during the last presidential election. For the first in the fourth republic, the country conducted what could arguably be close to a real election.As expected, history is on the [...]

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    That opium of the masses still influences our political choice

That opium of the masses still influences our political choice

BY AMIRU HALILU"Religion is regarded by the wise people as true, and by the rulers as useful." - AnonymousThe political temperature here in Kaduna state is hot—I mean is very hot—an indisputable fact which those who are far away from us may not have a clue, just like our friends living somewhere else around the globe, however unpalatable this may [...]

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    A letter to Professor Jibrin ‘Jibo’ Ibrahim on International Women’s Day

A letter to Professor Jibrin ‘Jibo’ Ibrahim on International Women’s Day

BY AMINA SALIHUDear Mallam Jibo, I feel particularly humbled writing you this letter, as my teacher at the Ahmadu Bello University, and my civil society mentor. I believe that there are two people in one’s life, that you could never grow up to; your mother and your teacher. How can you, when they were at your becoming, and molded you, [...]

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    Why I am voting Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday

Why I am voting Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday

BY KESTER OSAHENYE Like I told my friends I am not a card-carrying member of any political party, but I know why I have been tarciturn since the Presidential election, I don't know why some minions and cronies of some political parties unleashed violence on innocent electorates. I am optimistic that the Governorship election will be peaceful, I am also hopeful that [...]

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    Right of reply: NERC absolves NBET MD of fraud

Right of reply: NERC absolves NBET MD of fraud

BY SAMBO ABDULLAHII am one of the management staff mentioned in the above captioned story published by TheCable on March 1, 2019. I wish to state that the pre-payment audit carried out on the payment vouchers as enshrined under the Financial Regulations on both Olorunsogo and Omotosho revealed the shoddy deals. The internal audit resistance led to both departments of [...]

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    The fate awaiting Gov Abubakar on Saturday 

The fate awaiting Gov Abubakar on Saturday 

BY TURAKI HASSANIn 1942, a group of young progressive intellectuals from the north congregated in Bauchi, among whom were Saadu Zungur, Malam Aminu Kano, Dr. R. K.B. Dikko, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and  Malam Yahaya Gusau, all of blessed memories.Although young, they were statesmen, patriots and visionary leaders who saw tomorrow and felt the urgent need to chart a new [...]

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    Understanding the TAN/Ifeanyi Ubah endorsement of Sanwo-Olu

Understanding the TAN/Ifeanyi Ubah endorsement of Sanwo-Olu

BY LAW MEFORRapprochement is the word – reestablishment of a happy relationship or rearrangement. A peace treaty between warring parties is a kind of rapprochement. That is the real perspective to the mission of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah and Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) in Lagos governorship election.TAN hardly needs any introductions. It was a creation of the Senator-elect, Dr. Ifeanyi [...]

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