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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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The castle

By   /  April 29, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

IT is an emblem of what northern Nigeria is becoming. Kajuru, a few months ago, was alien to many people. But it has registered its name in blood and fear. We know it for its many predations, of herdsmen versus Christian neighbours, of vain recriminations, of government impotence. Machetes slash, guns blare and huts burn. […]

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What kind of elders?

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

When British philosopher David Hume asserted that the “corruption of the best produces the worst,” he was telling us how religion can corrode the soul. He may have written those lines centuries back. They however point inquisitorial fingers at an impostor Christian assemblage that goes by the name National Christian Elders Forum. This is a […]

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The Onnoghen dilemma

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

It will intrigue not only lawyers, not least men of the bench, as well as psychologists what secrets lurk in the heart of Justice Walter Onnoghen. Is it that he genuinely feels righteous or he is acting one? Is it that he thinks the law sheds its lofty smile on his side or he has […]

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The voice of Chi

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

No greater irony in the last round of polls than the victories of Simon Lalong of Plateau State and Samuel Ortom of Benue State. Fellow columnist and member of The Nation editorial board Femi Macaulay first pointed it out in one of our casual, if sometimes luminous, dialogues on the state of the nation. In […]

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Rogue Arithmetics

By   /  March 25, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

His name is Peter Obiora, not Obi. He is not a former governor or the man who stumbled on his way to be vice president. He is a judge, and he read the lead judgment over the governorship poll that declared Gboyega Oyetola as the governor of Osun State. Some news organs that had fallen […]

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Pot-pourri

By   /  March 18, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction,” Winston Churchill. Every election cycle throws up its own tale. And for a variegated nation such as ours where egos, culture and tribe intermix with the heres and nows of hunger and belief, we enjoy a treasure trove. No one can tell […]

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Militia

By   /  March 11, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

We call it election but rather than vote, we tote AK 47. Before that, there were campaigns, rallies, posters, songs and dances, party names and emblems, rhetoric and barnstorming. Azonto, shaku shaku, et al. It swings from a fanfare to a fair of death and rancour. It ends not as democracy, but impunity. It is […]

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