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Spare-tyre Yemi Osinbajo

The spare tyre is an important component of an automobile which many a motorist hardly pays much attention to, me inclusive. Oftentimes, we would drive to a vulcaniser and ask him to gauge the pressure of the tyres without any ...

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Back to the belly of anaconda!

This story is akin to the experience of the biblical Jonah who was swallowed by a huge fish on the divine order of God for refusing to go to Nineveh to preach repentance to the sinful community. He was fortunate ...

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Torn between golf and polo

My passion for sports dates back to my childhood. It was football that got me enrolled into primary one through the backdoor. In my days, you would not “smell” the classroom until you clocked six when you were expected to ...

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Albinos: The endangered species

In elementary economics, we are taught that labour is a veritable factor of production that generates wealth for investors. Most wealthy men and women in civilised climes make their money positively using the human elements in the pursuit of their ...

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Dangote, always first among equals!

In the Ghanaian mythology, a story is told of a mighty warrior named Ossei Tutu, no consanguinity with the archbishop Desmond Tutu. The latter is a retired South African cleric. Ossei was so pissed off by the murderous activities of ...

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Bastard money everywhere!

We all dream dreams. While some dreams come to pass, some don’t. In fact, most dreams oftentimes come around to laugh at the dreamers! From my childhood, I had always nursed the desire of becoming one of the richest men ...

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From Canon Moh’d to Bishop Moh’d

A recent interview granted by the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Borno state Chapter, caught my interest not solely because of the content but also the name the interviewee bears. The former head of the Pentecostal Fellowship ...

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120 minutes with Maikanti

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, I walked into my office and met an invitation card addressed to me. I opened the envelope (not brown, please but white) and lo and behold, it was the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria ...

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The Dinomyelitis pandemic

It is customary in medical circle to name diseases after their discoverers. It is a primordial tradition. One example will suffice here: Parkinson’s disease. It is an incurable movement disorder named after James Parkinson, an English physician and politician who ...

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NBC: Tackling impunity in the airwaves

Last week, the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, hosted a coterie of notable Nigerian columnists and veteran broadcasters at the Protea/ BON Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja, at a roundtable. At the occasion were members of ...

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The day Indimi fired my appetite

The first time I set my eyes on the Borno-born billionaire, Alhaji Mohammed Indimi was at the Government House, Bauchi. He had come to see the military governor of the state, then Col. Abu Ali. And I was privileged to ...

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Buhari: Our President, their Deity

This biggest challenge in the assessment of any government is always the counterforce of a marked legion of partisans loyal to it, and willing to employ both literary and physical violence to defend it and malign its critics, often without ...

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APC and Akande’s strange postulations

A Yoruba adage says agbakiiwalojakioriomotuntunwo. It presupposes that elders are sta¬bilising forces for the peace of society. It gives preeminence to the role of elders in guaranteeing stability and peaceful co-existence of various com¬ponents of the society. There is no ...

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A season of political trekking

When I was growing up in Kumasi, Ghana, Johnnie Walker was a very popular brand of whisky most middle level men loved to fraternise with. The whisky originated from Scotland in the 19th Century. As kids, we used to be ...

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Charlie Hebdo: A centrist’s perspective

For those who’ve confessed to being moderate in both adherence to religion and political ideology, commenting on a clash of two extremes is often a huge dilemma. This familiar dilemma, I experienced, in my initial hesitation to contribute to the ...

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Politicking without human rights

Obo Effanga   This year’s Human Rights Day on December 10 has a very interesting theme. It is simply, “Human Rights 365”, recognising that every day is for upholding, protecting and preserving human rights. According to the United Nations Secretary-General, ...

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The dangers of do or die politics

Nuratu Oyetunji AbdulRasheed     Politics in Nigeria is at an alarming stage whereby winning elections is now a do or die affair and politicians feel they must rule by force. This situation is creating a scenario of panic in ...

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Biafra and blackmail of the North

Biafra is like that murdered sibling killed by members of a family, for being a black sheep, to keep the house together; it’s like that sibling whose cause of death is never discussed in the open, over at the dining ...

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Why our democracy is under threat

There is indeed a terrible misappropriation of political progressivism  in Nigeria as seen in the voluble and unguarded pronouncements of leading members of the major opposition political party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as preparations for the 2015 ...

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Being begged to contest elections

Maurice Chukwu   We beg them to run, contest, and re-contest, to continue ruling us forever. Some have been ruling us even before the days of Methuselah, some since 1985, some since 1999. Being a very religious people, we constantly ...

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Jonathan’s quest for re-election

  Chris Okotie   There’s a brief historical parallel between the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 – 69), who succeeded President John F. Kennedy when the latter was assassinated, and President Goodluck E. Jonathan, who ...

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Still on Niger guber race

My expression of cynicism last week, in my take on the generational chaos that is the contest to succeed Governor Aliyu in 2015, has sparked a torrent of reactions, fierce from the devastated camps and patronising from likeminded Nigerlites, with ...

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Buhari’s handshake and handcuff (2)

In the concluding part of his piece EBELE CHUKWU draws from the effectiveness of PTF intervention in Nigeria’s economy. Under Muhammadu Buhari’s watch PTF created scores of thousands of jobs by encouraging competition in the building and pharmaceutical sectors, etc. ...

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Buhari’s handshake and handcuff (1)

In the first of my two-part article two weeks ago, ahead of his declaration Wednesday, I made a full disclosure that I am an impenitent Buhari supporter. I have read all sorts of comments, from those claiming the General is ...

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Re-understanding political opportunism

One mystery that amused, just as much as it confused, me was the audacity of the political aspirants who join the race for elective positions aware of the impossibility of victory. Not because they’re unqualified. Neither is this about political ...

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Shekau’s many deaths

For the umpteenth time Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s extremely dreaded leader, is dead. Reports say he was killed late last week during one of the battles over Konduga. This story, if true, calls for celebration, at the very least. Even ...

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Tampering with a time-bomb

“Can you even hold a gun?” “Shut up, if you see a real war, you will pee in your trousers!” “War is not for the feeble-minded like you!” These are things we hear when paranoid civilians talk tough, consider getting ...

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The dangerous shows for 2015

If the period running up to the 2011 presidential election portended tragedy for the intuitive citizens, this period, four years later, should rattle even the indifferent, for whom this must be a phase for overcoming their moral dilemma. My curiosity ...

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A brief history of democratic chaos

Fifteen years after Nigeria’s return to democracy, the leadership challenges, which were the demerits of the regimes of the soldiers before it, have only become worse. Contrary to the excuse that ours is still “nascent democracy”, a self-deception promoted by ...

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Time not to be silent

Last week’s allegation by Boko Haram negotiator Dr Stephen Davis that some prominent Nigerians are actively funding Boko Haram is a big matter that will be trailed by lots of controversies in the meantime. But like many issues of equal ...

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Time to save our country

The insurgency in northern Nigeria took a new twist earlier this week when, following a fierce battle with the Boko Haram insurgents, our soldiers succumbed and retreated to neighbouring Cameroun. It was initially reported as an act of defection, but ...

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The lynching of Nuhu Ribadu

The Ribadu defection scandal, which has dominated our public discourse over the past two weeks, has generated heated debate, bitter and patronising, among Nigerians. Today, I yield this space to the commentary of one of my favourite public intellectuals and ...

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Re: A letter to that Nigerian-Palestinian

My column last Friday generated a heated debate, with reactions both patronising and scathingly critical of my position. This week, I yield this space to a sample of the reactions shared by readers – GimbaKakanda. Yomi Okusanya Scott: Nice read ...

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On amnesty for Boko Haram

The issue of possible amnesty for the Boko Haram terrorists has remained a controversial topic. Therefore when in his Democracy Day address, President Goodluck Jonathan hinted at the possibility of amnesty for the sect members, a number of interests were ...

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The demon called Ebola

The first time I came to hear about the deadly Ebola plague that is currently ravaging some West African countries was in the mid-80s. I was at various times editor of the Jos-based Sunday Standard and Daily Standard during which ...

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The Malala odyssey and our listening president (1)

Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani activist from the Swat District, who recently earned President Goodluck Jonathan’s attention, is a courageous teenager whose story easily touches the heart. But the significance of her story has been deliberately exaggerated, carefully packaged and ...

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