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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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Original sin

By   /  August 19, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

It is easy to say Ibraheem El Zakzaky played a fast one on the Buhari administration. With both legal and medical feints, the man wove out of detention, flew first-class to India, asked for a first-class hotel, evaded a pre-test with a pretext, roped both the Nigerian and Indian government in a conspiracy charge, decided […]

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Revolution When?

By   /  August 12, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

The story of a revolution can be strange. Sometimes it can start because of pepper like the Yoruba Wars that changed the face of the tribe, even some say Nigeria, forever. Bread can provoke it as in the rumble of the French Revolution that capsized the history of Europe and even civilisation. Or the killing […]

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Above the fray

By   /  August 5, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Sometimes the campaign season foretells the reign. But not often. Those who seek office must don the charm of a hypocrite, adorn their speeches with chocolatey rhetoric, wear a smile at once grand and cherubic. They wax into an uncle and a child in one body, a confluence of innocence and nobility. The result is […]

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LKJ’s other side

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

The roll call of attendees at Lateef Jakande’s birthday party was an apparition of the Yoruba elite. Weak, wizened but worthy, the first civilian governor of Lagos looked fairer in the 90th. No past governor, or political bigwig who attended the event spoke without awe. He is a man of legacy. Perhaps the person who […]

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Eye in the sky

By   /  July 22, 2019  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Professor Wole Soyinka may not think it, but he asserted a literary irony in his recent intervention on the problem of security in the land. He said the issue seems to have overwhelmed the president. In his famous poem conceived when the bandit was not even conceived, he wished travellers safe trips. The famous lines […]

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El Rufai double talk

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

It is not in his character to be tame or modest. On that note, Malam El Rufai did not surprise. There is something intrinsically disturbing about the Kaduna State governor’s penchant for attention. He seems to be banging his shoes like a public desperado. He is like Oscar, the character in Gunter Grass’ Nobel Prize-winning […]

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Busola’s equivalent

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

Questions will linger, even when it seems the cause celebre is over. No affair of the heart, especially where sex roils, ever fades into the grave. Even when it is only suggested, without a scintilla of proof, it overruns the human imagination. Hence writers and movie directors have steamed movie screens and pages with the […]

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