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Sons of malice

By   /  October 14, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It was a mockery of a familiar scripture. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.” So Atiku Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo could sit together, after the firestorm of laughter a few years ago. They now see themselves as sons of God because they sat together to fulfil Atiku’s ancient ambition […]

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Open duel

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It was first a grudge match. Atiku Abubakar was persona non grata at the Aso Rock, and the man with deep pocket and perennial ambition did not cherish it. Buhari and his men had placed him below the ladder. He grumbled and got tired of it. APC provided no way up the presidential tier. Atiku […]

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Democracy of dunces

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

The reactions boiled over. As the informed columnist, I am accustomed to such vitriol, especially when they come from the isthmus of ignorance. My column last week simply inspired what was to come. When they did not know how to foil the magnitude of my logic, they resorted to vituperations. They admitted they had lost […]

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Knowledge versus vanity

By   /  September 24, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

So, in an election where over 700,000 people were to launch a new leader through the vote, it boils down to barely 3000 persons. The fate of millions of Osun State citizens caves in to the oligarchy of the people. Oligarchy often entails men of money, influence and power, wheel horses on the crest of […]

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Directed primaries

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It is the best of ideas. It is the worst of ideas. Whatever it becomes, depends on whether the best or the worst of us triumphs. I prefer the concept of direct primaries to what is now called the indirect primaries. The concept of the direct primary comes with all that we desire in a […]

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Ruin of law

By   /  September 10, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Let’s not get it wrong. President Muhammadu Buhari did not blindside us with the rule of law discharge. From many comments, including the sapient intervention from Professor Wole Soyinka, the president emerged as though plotting a stealth outburst of cannonades on human rights. We don’t have to look to see that we have been bleeding […]

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Birds of praise

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

I like to think we are in a dream, and waking is not permitted. For barely a month, I have hardly heard of a herdsman rampage. Or is it that no dying man is crying, no daggers flying, no widows have found funeral clothes, or are the predators acting by stealth? No Miyetti Allah caper. […]

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Delinquency

By   /  August 20, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

An air of vanity has bustled into our politics. Not since the prelude to the Nzeogwu coup of the 1960’s. The National Assembly stalemate examples it and has proved that we the people weigh like dust in their regal hands. The quiet imbroglio brawls. But on the streets, indifferent silence. The vanity of politicians squelches […]

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The figurehead and figurine

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Men in black. Hooded like goons of robbers. Eyes pop as though out of the dark. Mute, ominous guns like growls about to be heard. Gates on lockdown. Lawmakers cannot cajole but holler in vain. A dawn undone. It was not a building complex that was under siege. Not the brick and mortar of the […]

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Usurper

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

The choice of verb distorted the news headlines. Bukola “Eleyinmi” Saraki did not defect from the APC. He was forced to defect. “Was forced” is a passive tense, which connotes that the subject, that is the senate president, did not take the action out of his own volition. He was temporising. But word leapt to […]

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