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Busola’s equivalent

By   /  July 8, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Questions will linger, even when it seems the cause celebre is over. No affair of the heart, especially where sex roils, ever fades into the grave. Even when it is only suggested, without a scintilla of proof, it overruns the human imagination. Hence writers and movie directors have steamed movie screens and pages with the […]

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Everyone a Bororo

By   /  July 1, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

So many are antsy. So many are angry. But so few know what RUGA will wreak when it spins into a reality in the South. In the social media, fire and brimstone are flaring daily. Facebook is aflame, splitting the nation as Words are now swords. They are cutting tribes and faiths apart to the […]

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Barbarians in the House

By   /  June 24, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

In the days of the Owu chief, a stink was inaugurated. He endorsed a kangaroo act in the Plateau State House of Assembly in which six out of 24 members of the House impeached a governor. By that farce, the Obasanjo PDP had sanctified a rogue process. It told Nigerians a legislative monster of that […]

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Abiola’s contempt

By   /  June 17, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It ennobles the souls of citizens. It does same also to that of our nation. We can look back and pick out a genuine hero and canonise him. Nobody in our history at once encases the paradox of Nigeria and deserves it like Moshood K. Abiola. Flawed he was. Flawed Nigeria is. And flawed the […]

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Posterior governor

By   /  June 10, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Okorocha-Ihedioha

His antics bring to mind the description of King Leopold of Belgium in the 19th century as the “big-minded man in an insignificant kingdom.” Or what Shakespeare said of men who have grown too big for their status. The English bard described such persons as “man dressed in a little brief authority.” Even out of […]

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The army in us

By   /  June 3, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

IT is 20 years but this democracy has more traits of adolescence than manhood. We are still like the title of James Baldwin’s novel, “Going to meet the man.” The man in our democracy still eludes like a tantalising fruit in a mango tree. In this country lurk anti-democratic demons – the reign of monarchism, […]

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Suicide

By   /  May 27, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It cheers the heart that an old general adds a word to our political vocabulary. Not since Adelabu of what Soyinka calls the Penkelemesi years, the grand loquacity of the great Zik, the pompous orations of Mbadiwe and local vintage of Akintola’s phrases have we seen coinages for the ages. It is regrettable, though, that […]

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A tale of two governors 

By   /  May 20, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

On a walkway in front of Ali Modu Sherriff Primary School, a girl of about nine appeared. Fatimatu, a Boko Haram orphan, frail and cherubic, stepped into the presence of Kashim Shetima, the Governor of Borno State. She was not attending the school, which was overlooking the street. Shettima named the institution after a man […]

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Forest of thousand demons

By   /  May 13, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It is time to think about a penance for oil. A time to say sorry, and genuflect for the evil we have done to black gold. It was first the victim. Now, it is no longer just the black gold. It is now a god, a sort of wild, mighty and vengeful deity haunting us. […]

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Waging the peace

By   /  May 6, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

The young man up north is potentially a keg of gunpowder. And it is not his fault. The girl up north, on the other hand, is dangerous just because she is powerless. The girl child harms by doing nothing just as the boy harms by doing everything. The girl does not go to school, does […]

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