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Mistaken identity

By   /  April 16, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

The tenure elongation crisis in the APC is not a crisis of democracy. It is a crisis of identity. We claim to be democrats, but we act like soldiers. The crux, though, is that we do not accept that we are acting like soldiers because we wear agbadas, gavels thump in parliaments, presidents wave at […]

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Gospel according to Leah

By   /  April 9, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

What image does Leah Sharibu conjure in your mind? A young girl in the grips of the fanatic? A girl innocent, virginal in faith and mind? Or a naïve soul bewitched by her Christ? Or shall we compare her with the suicide bombers her age, except that she does not holla in the name of […]

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A politician again

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It was the first time the president became a party man since 2015. He had been playing president since he was sworn in. Muhammadu Buhari just realised that his famous mantra about being for everyone and for no one was a fantasy of idealistic perversion. You cannot be for and against simultaneously. You cannot bring […]

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Not like Jacob

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

They returned to town like holy gangsters. They rolled in a wave of vans, laughed like cynics, brandished guns like an army of occupation, were hoodless in bravado and heedless of time in their reconquest. They did not fire a gun, but the town’s ears still echoed with their shots not long ago. Those shots […]

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Yusuf and his brothers

By   /  March 19, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It was a sign with an enigma. Against the backdrop of an empty street, on a white, slightly billowing sheet, its words conveyed a mysterious injunction: EVERY BENUE YOUTH IS A YUSUF. The young men who held the sign imparted a look of protesting sobriety. The president was visiting to mourn their state’s dead. The […]

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Soldier envy

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Ike Ekweremadu is not a colourful man. He is not like a Bukola “Eleyinmi” Saraki, who once buried his extremities in his voluminous agbada in homage to the Village Headmaster hero. Neither is the number-two man in the Senate blessed in the art of rhetoric. But you don’t always need such attributes to stir attention […]

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Perfect stooge

By   /  March 5, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

The word perfect was a perfect word until it lost its innocence. Perfect used to be pristine and flawless. So, we had a perfect soul, perfect strategy, a perfect dream and even a perfect society. Now the mind of humans has now perverted things. Even in the scriptures, God called for humans to be perfect. […]

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Heart of darkness

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

When I visited Bayelsa State recently, the sense of home hit me as an original of the Niger Delta. As I traversed lands, saw creeks and peeped through forest barks, I sank into a state of nostalgia. The term “my land,” the word “legitimacy,” the phrase “resource control” and the epithet “state rights” all percolated […]

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Witch snake

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

We must not show surprise at the lying tongue of Philomena Shieshe, the conjurer of the thieving snake. We must admire not only her lies, but the fertility of her imagination. She has put the story of our war on corruption in perspective. She invoked a maid, a conspiracy, a large sum of money, and […]

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Camouflage of carnage

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

We saw truth and reconciliation in Rwanda, after daggers flew and a bleeding. In South Africa, it served as a rebuke of a monument to prejudice, the worst since Jim Crow in the United States and the era of slavery and slave trade. Truth happened to fling the door open for reconciliation. In Nigeria, we […]

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