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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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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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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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