Friday, September 21, 2018

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    Obasanjo and the limit of messiah mentality

Obasanjo and the limit of messiah mentality

BY ORELOMO GIWAAs a general rule, it is expected that old age has the tendency to temper man’s proclivity to want to dominate others at all cost and by all means, and compels more sober and careful disposition before taking actions.But for former President Olusegun Obasanjo, his disposition to force feed Nigerians on the way to go; his messianic complex [...]

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    Yobe 2019: Time for paradigm shift?

Yobe 2019: Time for paradigm shift?

BY ADAM MUKHTAR JAJIMAJIIt will be a needless to say that the attention of the whole nation has now shifted to 2019 elections. There is more keen interest in what might be the outcome of the elections for so many reasons. First, the elections, in some states, will mark the end of two terms of some governors and the beginning [...]

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    Akpabio’s defection: The hypocrisy in anti-graft war

Akpabio’s defection: The hypocrisy in anti-graft war

BY SEGUN ABASIt is no longer news that Nigeria’s senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio is set to decamp to the APC; what started as a rumour after his notable absence from the PDP NEC meeting has gathered so much momentum as the former Governor yesterday paid a visit to President Buhari in London.The defection which seems very likely as [...]

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    An open letter to Olusegun Obasanjo (I)

An open letter to Olusegun Obasanjo (I)

BY ALIYU SALISU BARAUDear Dr Olusegun Obasanjo,Please accept my warmest greetings and prayers for more sound health, peace, and tranquillity. I am one of the millions of Nigerians that read your letter of January 2018. You wished Nigerians a belated happy New Year then. Please accept my delayed felicitations over the doctorate degree that you have earned not so long. Your [...]

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    A political party is not a real church

A political party is not a real church

BY BABA GRUMPYLast week, I got grief for advising genuine supporters of the present administration not to do the opposition’s work for them over the finance minister’s issue. This week, I am going to continue along the same line.I have seen many posts condemning the imminent defection of senator Akpabio to APC. Many are unhappy over the perception and the [...]

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    Generational shift as means for recalibrating Nigerian politics: Note to so-called lazy generation

Generational shift as means for recalibrating Nigerian politics: Note to so-called lazy generation

BY AYO AKINGBEMIIn a span of seven months, another presidential election will be upon us. All over the place, the electorates are gearing up for what they hope to be a new era and there are talks of a fresh beginning. Hope upon false hope that perhaps this time will be different. But there is nothing in the body politic [...]

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    Filling the gap in 2019

Filling the gap in 2019

BY AZIBOLA OMEKWEGeorges Benjamin Clemenceau came to power in France in 1917. That was when the First World War was full blown. But how did the world war start? Very simple! Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was murdered and that was all. Some events that led to world wars actually had gestation periods. Acute nationalism was the debacle of Europe then [...]

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    Cankerworm of corruption in Nigeria: The case for an all-encompassing solution

Cankerworm of corruption in Nigeria: The case for an all-encompassing solution

BY BONAJO BADEJOIt has become a notorious fact that despite efforts by the government, corruption remains endemic in Nigeria. It has eaten into the fabric of the society. It has indeed become a national security issue. If this menace is not tackled effectively and comprehensively, it will eventually destroy our nation.WHAT BREEDS CORRUPTION?A study of countries where corruption is less prevalent [...]

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    APC defections: A test for democracy in Nigeria

APC defections: A test for democracy in Nigeria

BY IBIDAPO BALAOGUN With the recent defections of political figures from the APC to the PDP, the fate of party politics stares Nigeria in the face. Despite its imperfections and uneven performance, the APC seemed to offer the most internal democracy of any political party. Its ability to hold open congresses and conventions, no matter how untidy, and shut aside the [...]

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    Wamakko’s betrayal forced Tambuwal out of APC

Wamakko’s betrayal forced Tambuwal out of APC

BY ZUBAIR ABDULLAHI SADAAmidst the gale of defections ravaging the political atmosphere of our country, there were indications from different quarters that Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state would abandon the All Progressives Congress (APC) for his former political party, the Peoples Democratic Party. This development may not come as a surprise to political observers, but to the general public [...]

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    Nigerian political season of certificate forgery scandal, defection and impeachment

Nigerian political season of certificate forgery scandal, defection and impeachment

BY ALAO ABIODUNIn the past few weeks and still trending, the Nigerian political space has been heated up by unending tales of dramas and there are still many to come -- This however shows that Nigeria is indeed a play with so much unexplainable suspense, ironical ironies, paradoxical plots, enthralling yet unimaginable scenes and outstanding characters. A cursory look at [...]

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    Understanding the politics of Dogara

Understanding the politics of Dogara

BY MARIAM MOHAMMEDOn the morning of June 10, 2015, Hon. Yakubu Dogara emerged Speaker of the House of Representatives and made a solemn assertion that the House “shall wage an unrelenting legislative war on Nigeria’s problems”, stressing, “let the word go forth from here that it shall not be legislative business as usual again in Nigeria.”Three years down the line [...]

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    The press council bill, Nigerian Press Organisation and deregulation of media regulation

The press council bill, Nigerian Press Organisation and deregulation of media regulation

BY AUSTIN MAHO Stakeholders in the media industry under the auspices of the Nigerian Press Organisation, NPO, recently expressed strong opposition to a bill at the National Assembly seeking to repeal and re-enact the law establishing the Nigerian Press Council. The NPO, in its opposition to the bill, described it as illegal and amounting to criminalisation of journalism. Specifically, in its statement it [...]

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    Kemi Adeosun: Time to be smart

Kemi Adeosun: Time to be smart

When Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was made Minister of Finance by General Obasanjo in his second stint as a ‘Military Head of State’, I was quite impressed. Back then, I was a bit naïve and everything from Overseas especially from the World Bank was very good.  Mrs Iweala made her mark; she did many good things. One of these was publishing the [...]

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    The agency for national ethics and values compliance

The agency for national ethics and values compliance

BY YAHAYA ETILA"In just about every area of society, there is nothing more important than ethics”- Henry Paulson.  I recall my surprise when I learned of a bill for the establishment of a National Agency for Ethics and Values Compliance.  I must also add that I struggled to come to terms with what value such agency would bring to the polity [...]

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    Osun won’t dance away the glory of Aregbesola years

Osun won’t dance away the glory of Aregbesola years

BY FATIHULAH ADEGOKE(A response to Fisayo Soyombo’s TWO FIGHTING IN OSUN: A DANCING SENATOR VERSUS JAGABAN’S COUSIN)Fisayo Soyombo’s piece of the above title no doubts stands out as a racy prose for those in love with fine writing. In there, he laboured very well to bring side-by-side the candidates of the two leading political parties in Osun ahead of the [...]

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