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When will Buhari visit Benue?

By   /  January 10, 2018  /  Blog  /  2 Comments

Buhari went to Abia for a rally which is Just like Jonathan in his day when he visited Kano. While Jonathan was dancing Azonto, the Boko Haram goons ferreted away the Chibok girls. In Buhari’s case, he could not even entertain with a dance, but about 80 people were killed in Benue by herdsmen. Miyetti Allah […]

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In Touch Awards concluded

By   /  January 8, 2018  /  Articles, Blog  /  No Comments

               Family of the Year That award goes to the presidency where the DSS and NIA did not see eye to eye in the homestead. The EFCC became the area of battle, and DSS called for Magu’s job not to be approved while the NIA wanted him. The president […]

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Ode to teachers (2)

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Articles, Blog  /  No Comments

Teachers

Some readers thought my last column was my last. It was only marking my thirty years in journalism, and I thought I should pay homage to those who taught me and buoyed me one way or another. In my year as a Gordon Fisher fellow at the University of Toronto in Canada, two professors made […]

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El-Rufai vs Teachers

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Articles, Blog  /  No Comments

 The diminutive governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, got in the eye of the storm over tests and presumable firing of teachers who could not pass primary four tests. What bothered me most in this furore is the Nigerian Union of Teachers who did not like the tests and the decision to separate the teachers […]

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Wike’s weak position

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Blog  /  No Comments

His language is vulgar. His mien is coarse and brutish. His ambience invokes violence. His name is Nyesom Wike, and, believe it or not, he is a governor. When he is not lying about Rivers State money in the posh apartment in Victoria Island and even swearing before the Almighty in church, he is denying […]

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Trumpquake

By   /  November 19, 2016  /  Blog  /  No Comments

Donald Trump

Barely two months ago, I had a dinner in New York City with an American journalist, and I cannot forget his view about the presidential election. “I don’t care what the polls say, that guy can’t be the president of this country,” he declared, a furrow defining his disgust. His tongue could not lift the […]

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Bird’s eye and the mermaid

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  Articles, Blog  /  No Comments

As the economy sings a dark song, it is time to wear a garb of cheer. Not to dwell on our duels, but to look at ways out of our well of troubles. They are mounting, and it is time to close ranks, to think of new paradigms for prosperity. The price of oil, for […]

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Of rogues and vultures

By   /  September 12, 2016  /  Articles, Blog  /  No Comments

Why should the EFCC chief call most lawyers rogues and vultures? The other question is, why not? The role of lawyers in a democracy just came to the fore, and what many are interested in are the insults rather than facts. It all began with the new NBA helmsman when he called for the stripping […]

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The Biafran Ghost

By   /  July 11, 2016  /  Articles, Blog  /  1 Comment

Like Banquo’s ghost, the past haunts us today, again. Forty nine years after the civil war, we are still fighting the war. Some think the war is over. They are wrong. The war is with us because we are a nation of self-deceit. We lie to and at ourselves. We say peace whereas tribulation lurks […]

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Ambode’s “Cascade”

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  Articles, Blog  /  No Comments

Twice he wanted to make it not about himself. Twice it inevitably became his show. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s birthday of June 14 was billed as an onslaught on cancer. But it became the effort of a governor. He brought captains of industry and men of charity to buy mobile cancer centres for Lagos. His compassion […]

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