• 50 Years Ago

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    January 12 used to be a public holiday in Nigeria. I don’t remember when it ceased to be so, but the gang that stopped the holiday probably wanted to erase the ugliest chapter in Nigeria’s history so far from the younger generation’s memory. Has “Army Day” or “Remembrance Day” truly been lost in Nigerians’ consciousness?…

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  • 2015 Through My Lens

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    Here are snippets from this column in the outgoing year. Some contained eternal truths; some turned prophetic. Be the judge! The president’s [Goodluck Jonathan’s] weakest point has been lack of courage to rein in men and women of impunity who surround him and give his government all kinds of negative image. (Jan. 11) The 130,…

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  • Democracy By Manipulation

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    You could suspect that Prince Abubakar Audu was killed, just by listening to the various views canvassed in the media since his demise. Just listen to those struggling to take advantage of the governorship candidate’s misfortune! I don’t believe in the efficacy of “African science” or “remote control” or “otumokpo”, but the utterances of some…

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  • Mr. Udom Emmanuel Executive Governor, Akwa Ibom State

    A State’s Survival Strategy

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    The popular narrative has been that Nigeria’s 36 states are broke and can no longer pay N18, 000 minimum wage to their civil servants. The Nigeria Governors’ Forum said so on Thursday. And the state chief executives were requesting a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, perhaps to ask for another round of bailout funds. But…

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  • Ministers And Their Portfolios

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    At last, we have got our ministers, and they have got their portfolios. In the next two or three weeks, I hope, boards of agencies will be constituted and ambassadors nominated. Any shortcomings of the Buhari administration can now be excused; the four-month wait was worth it. My opinion on the quality of people appointed…

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  • Alamieyeseigha

    On Alamieyeseigha’s Killer

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    What killed Diepreye Alamieyeseigha eight days ago? The main culprit is high blood pressure with its cousin diabetes. Complications of the disease must have led to kidney (renal) failure and then cardiac arrest. It’s not true he developed HBP on hearing that he could be extradited to the UK; he had been living with, and…

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  • Let Lamorde Stay

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    What’s the source of the rumour that President Buhari would replace EFCC chairman Ibrahim Lamorde soon? If the rumour turns out to be true, then, we might as well kiss the anti-corruption war goodbye. A new head of the EFCC, especially one from outside the system, will need two years or longer to study the…

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  • New Corruption Fighters’ Verdict

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    Nigerian workers want every corrupt Nigerian killed. No, I got it wrong. Some Nigerian workers demand death penalty for treasury looters. Better. Not all workers supported the rally staged by a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) last week. NLC president Ayuba Wabba and TUC president Bobboi Kaigama…

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  • A Disease Nobody Understands

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    At age 90, former United States President Jimmy Carter wouldn’t be rightly described as a patient of any disease. Nelson Mandela understood that age itself is a disease known by different names. At 91 or so, he refused to be called a sick man. “I’m not sick; I’m old,” he had said. Dementia soon set…

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  • Neither A Lender Nor A Borrower

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    After examining some of the lists of chronic debtors that have been published by some Nigerian banks so far, I have become more convinced that many banks are hurting instead of helping the nation’s economy. However, it’s not likely that anything good will come out of the “naming and shaming” of “delinquent” debtors as directed…

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