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Atiku’s requiem

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

The Supreme Court verdict was, to me, not about legalistic niceties, or the casuistry imposed on the law by those who feel rigged out of the presidency. Not the remorse or bloodlust in their rhetoric. Not even who lost or won, or the mechanistic frustration of those who would have wanted to appeal the verdict. […]

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Bello and his hooters

By   /  October 28, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

I had expected that Kogi State Chief Judge was marching into a hall of fame as the man of the year. The story had rippled through the news pages that Nasiru Ajana was going to plant the bench against the tide of the kangaroo APC elite led by Governor Yahaya Bello and his cohorts of […]

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Of rains and roads

By   /  October 21, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

WHAT we might have today in Lagos is a return to the singsong of childhood. The first of course is “Rain, rain go away/ come again another day…” But this is no child’s play. The roads in Lagos, in dips, pockmarks, potholes, gullies and sometimes craters, call for a way out of the ditch. What […]

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The good soldier

By   /  October 7, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

An eyewitness tells the story of a sprightly young man in the creek during the civil war. Ipoola Alani Akinrinade, then a major, saw a runaway Biafran. This kinrinade could not swim. But a sprinter he was. He would not allow the Biafran to escape. The squad was already conquered. But this Biafran would not […]

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Holy cow!

By   /  September 30, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Nothing demonstrates the state of our democracy at independence like the cow, and the drama in Ondo State. The episode hit everyone in the country like a jolt. The cows wanted to graze. The lush, green fields appetised the herds. The sky was soft and blue. Witnesses deny a cloudburst was in the offing. No […]

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Thinker. Worker. listener

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

THE supporters of Abdullahi A. Sule may be gloating over his recent victory at the tribunal over his rival at the court. The double A governor just felled his challenger to the high seat of governor of Nasarawa State. But the fellow has also fascinated this writer as a few we have seen in the […]

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The Cow and Cowry

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

IN the beginning was the land, and the land was with the people and the land was god. No one up till today, in spite of the sophisticates of technology and commerce, has been able to do it in. It has duelled men and with men, and men with it, and there is no effort […]

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The Irish wizard

By   /  September 9, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

So, we think that the problem was that South Africa’s loathes Nigerians. But it is. A failure of temperament and collapse of decorum. Yet it masks an angst lodged in both countries: Elite and government failure. The hatred launched itself with a subterfuge. It crept into our soul with a new word but “xenophobia” reflected […]

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Borno’s worries

By   /  September 2, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

THERE are many Nigerians who never believe that we are at war as a nation. Boko Haram, for all its savage flares, rings abstract to them because they don’t know the victims: a dead relative, a maimed neighbour, an embattled home, a razed village, a limp athlete. They hear but do not fear because no […]

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A modest applause 

By   /  August 26, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It is not often that a writer can see his words travel from the page onto the stage of action. Not the playwright’s stage, which is often in the province of fiction; but when a piece of suggestion or observation translates into government action. This essayist has enjoyed this rare gift within one month. Not […]

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