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Wasting Nigeria’s scarce electricity

Last week, I was on a two-day trip that has changed my ignorant position on the nation’s perennial energy crises. It was an opportunity to inspect Jebba and Kainji Hydropower Plants, given a privilege to inspect the facilities and also ...

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The room President Buhari really needs now

At first, like every sane Nigerian, I took President Muhammadu Buhari’s response to his wife’s criticism of his government as a joke (taken to far). And even agreed with Malam Garba Shehu’s description of it as as such on Twitter, ...

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Kaduna’s conflict resolution disaster

Those skeptical of the handling of Army -Shiites clash in Kaduna State last December, predicted a disturbing backlash. The earliest clue that the clash may not be fairly resolved was inferred from the government’s expressed disdain for the Sheikh Ibraheem ...

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The danger of Shekau’s death mythology

“Were my days of living over,” said the Book Haram leader in a new video, “you wouldn’t have seen me here.” And this put an end to another official statement of his killing by the Nigerian troops. Shekau may not ...

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Portrait of the critic as a hater

Perhaps it’s sub-clinical, but partisanship as exhibited by Nigerians appears to be more than just uncritical loyalty to a political party. It’s a psychiatric dilemma. Perhaps this is only my lack of explanation for, or understanding of, reference to critics ...

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Change does not begin with a slogan, Mr. President

Last Thursday the federal government, obviously terrified by the burden of expectations upon it, launched what’s a form of psychological propaganda. It’s a social orientation campaign named “Change Begins With Me”. Introducing the campaign, the President said, “Our citizens must ...

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Happy recession, Nigeria!

We do not know the exact date of this historic festival neither are we in the know of its end. This festival of inflation and hunger, unemployment and job cuts, liquidation and crimes, and mental health crisis and despair. There’s ...

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Dilemma of the Nigerian youth

These past weeks, I’ve had reasons to reflect more on the place of the Nigerian youth in politics and public service. The inspiration for this was the hypocrisy one witnessed all the times our gerontocratic political establishment opened its door ...

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Zaria massacre: Have we been vindicated yet?

Though the legal team of the Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement of Nigeria had long distanced itself from whatever may be the final report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to establish the facts of the December 12 ...

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Discussing Senator David Umaru

Often, when Senator David Umaru is being discussed in our social media interactions, I’m either mentioned or referenced. The reason is their identification or recognition of my fierce support for his political presence and aspiration, especially in his bid for ...

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Discussing Senator David Umaru

Often, when Senator David Umaru is being discussed in our social media interactions, I’m either mentioned or referenced. The reason is their identification or recognition of my fierce support for his political presence and aspiration, especially in his bid for ...

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The herdsmen, the bogeymen

It’s easy to exploit Nigeria’s security arrangement and get away with it. As soon as a crime that ought to be subjected to fair litigation and then judgement becomes a trending topic of national discourse, it polarises the nation. So ...

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Boko Haram: The end of a conspiracy?

If the past administration took the Boko Haram for granted, making the disaster a justification for thefts and even refusing to correct perception of the group in some hollow conspiracy theories promoted by gullible and polarised citizens, the Muhammadu Buhari-led ...

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Chibok girls: Two years of vilified altruism

In commemoration of their second year in captivity, the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners have dedicated a week, termed “Global Week of Action”, to remembering the abducted girls, and reawakening the conscience of the compassionately fatigued and even numb on the mission to ...

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For the Muslim in denial

The claim that these self-identified Muslims who subscribe to a terrorist ideology are not Muslims is no longer a blue-sky defence of Islam. It’s not just a coincidence that these  terrorists don’t quote the Bible or the Bhagavad Gita 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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Of Southern Celebrities and Northern Appendages

Flips of Commonsense Lagos Blogs and self-styled celebrities need a reality check in their claims to being famous, influential and, sometimes, even wealthy in our socio-political space and interactions. They are rockstars of sensationalism whose achievements in nothing have been ...

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Northern businesses as apology for innovation

The average northerner develops an entrepreneurial wisdom early enough to realize that, beyond or without formal western education or certificates, the most viable options are the opportunities presented by the world of buying and selling. He’s earned a reputation in ...

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Why “Zaria Massacre” is a Scary Deja Vu

The cruellest analyses of the December 12 crackdown on Shiite mobs in Zaria are those based on narratives that ignored the background of the sect’s past confrontations with both the authority and the society that rebelled against their doctrinal alignments. ...

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The Audus in the public eye

As proposed in this column last week, the death of Prince Abubakar Audu shouldn’t be a reason to rewrite his stories and describe as a fiction all the proven bits of his life as a politician who had had ample ...

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Audu: Death, history and memory

I faulted the declaration that the yet-to-be concluded Governorship elections in Kogi State was  “between the Devil and the Satan”. It was, I observed in an interaction elsewhere, between sentiments and ignorance. Sentimental because supporters of APC, rallying around the ...

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Why Biafra is a Schizophrenic Genius

I’ve found the wisdom to categorise our chaotic attempts to understand the agitations for actualisation of Biafra into two. Even though I only sympathise with the group that has exhumed Biafra to make a point about that atrocity perpetrated by ...

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Discussing security challenges in Niger state

Sometimes it’s hard to contribute to a discussion around the administrative direction of a government without being perceived as its ill-wishing foe and your observations dismissed as deliberately adversarial or rebellious. This explains some reactions from government quarters to my ...

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Al-Makura vs citizen Lois Lorvihi

Early this year, on my way back to Abuja, along the Kubwa expressway, I was forced to tail behind the convoy of the Emir of Katsina. The reasons for this were the guns pointing at all motorists attempting to overtake ...

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Adamawa without Nuhu Ribadu

In commemoration of its twentieth anniversary last weekend, the Thisday newspaper honoured twenty outstanding Nigerians, described as “game changers”, who, as it explained, “have altered the landscape and made remarkably positive impacts in their chosen fields.” The honourees are accomplished ...

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The wisdom of Comrade

It was my cousin who first drew my attention to it. I thought he was lying, that he was only trying to make the man we both admire look smarter than we thought he is. “Comrade is sharing camels for ...

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