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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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Dis-Atikulated

By   /  March 4, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

“Tell your children about it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation,” Prophet Joel. A week to the polls, a friend phoned from the United States and thought Atiku Abubakar had won the polls. I had predicted a resounding Buhari victory all along. “From what I am reading, it seems […]

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The prize

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

There is nothing more exciting in the life of a nation than the anticipation of the vote. The only thing more exciting is waiting for the results. After that, the disappointments surpass the joys. For in politics, a loss runs deeper than a win. In victories, we exhale. In losses, we choke. That is what […]

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Tinpot emperor

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

His cap fits him, especially as a measure of his ego. It points up like an airport tower as though intending to graze the sky. Ibikunle Amosun’s head gear suffers from what Sigmund Freud and his followers would call phallic anxiety. From base to top, the cap occupies a real estate bigger than his face […]

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Lest we forget

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

As kids growing up in Warri, we dreaded a certain ant called Okurubas, a sly and nimble irritant. Its sting not only tumefied the skin but threw anyone, no matter how big, off balance in an instant. The victim could go down as though a softie of a wrestling match. We called the sting “site,” […]

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