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  • You must be born again

    You must be born again

    My wife and son were trying to open a drawer at home, but it was stuck. They tried and tried, but to no avail. So they came to ask me to help. I said to them: “I’ll be with you in a minute.”

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  • They learnt nothing, and forgot nothing

    They learnt nothing, and forgot nothing

    Purveyors of death they are, and they have killed President Muhammadu Buhari many times over, cloned the websites of international media houses to announce the hoax, but their wishes did not become horses, so they remain stranded, with nothing to ride.

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  • The language of slaves

    The language of slaves

    The most difficult challenge that Nigerians face is not the hegemony of the Hausa Fulani ruling class but the ignorance and slavish mentality of some of those from the Middle Belt and the south that they have conquered.

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  • An open letter to Pastor T.B. Joshua

    An open letter to Pastor T.B. Joshua

    My dear Prophet, I’m very certain this letter must come to you as a big surprise. But that is the nature of this column. It is in the character of Pendulum to swing in the direction least anticipated. Today, it has chosen to navigate itself towards you, my dear man of God.

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  • Corruption gets a boost at Dino Melaye’s book launch

    Corruption gets a boost at Dino Melaye’s book launch

    To Saraki, the war on corruption is a circus show that is working on the surface instead of dealing with the symptoms. Perhaps, dealing with the symptoms amounts to allowing Saraki to walk away with the many cases of corruption that he drags about.

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  • Buhari: A president and his covenant with God

    Buhari: A president and his covenant with God

    Destiny has a strong influence in the shape of the affairs of men and nations. Theologians believe only God Almighty determines and divinely controls any outing of destiny at any phase in time and history.

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  • Is the ruling elite of Nigeria by chance or by choice?

    Is the ruling elite of Nigeria by chance or by choice?

    Sometime about two or three weeks ago, three men met in Minna. All three men are military men. All three men have been military heads of state. One man among the three men has also been a civilian head of state. The media dubbed the three men the directors of Nigeria plc ltd.

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  • Predators as Nigeria’s ultimate saviours

    Predators as Nigeria’s ultimate saviours

    The military took over and we celebrated “benevolent dictatorship” by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida but, in the end, we were praying for the soldiers to just pack their jackboots and guns and return to their barracks.

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  • Season of books and denials

    Season of books and denials

    The main man I want to write about today is far from being a bearded author. Apart from being tall and probably gangling, he looks too smooth to be easily recognised as one of those controversial writers. His style is also clearly not their style but in another sense he possess their unique attribute of being different from the norm.

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  • What is wrong with this anti-corruption war?

    What is wrong with this anti-corruption war?

    The only case of conviction that might have added some feather to the government’s cap was that of Mr. Bala Ngilari who bagged a sentence for some financial impropriety. But this was, just as soon, rubbished by a bail granted him by the same court through some legalistic abracadabra.

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  • The other side of the anti-graft war

    The other side of the anti-graft war

    The punitive aspect of the war deals with the arrest and the prosecution of those found to have broken the law and helped themselves, rather shamelessly, to our common wealth at our expense. This is the better known dimension of the war; for very good reasons.

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  • Buhari’s health, 2019 and release of the Chibok girls

    Buhari’s health, 2019 and release of the Chibok girls

    While the world was outraged by the use of chemical weapons against children in Syria, no one seemed to care about the fate of the Chibok girls. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo even speculated that the girls may never be seen again.

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  • Acting president or coordinating vice president?

    Acting president or coordinating vice president?

    Nigeria is a peculiar country and she is not in any hurry to shed this unwholesome peculiarity. It is not out of place to describe any nation or entity as being peculiar, after all, individuality is entrenched in man as it is second nature to nationalities.

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  • Buhari and the limits of endurance

    Buhari and the limits of endurance

    It is sad that due to a natural occurrence, the north was understandably “shortchanged” in 2010 when Yar’Adua died and Vice President Goodluck Jonathan had to take over from him. It will even be sadder if a similar situation repeats itself such that the north’s shareholding in the presidency is again threatened.

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  • Why Nigerian miners should go to church

    Why Nigerian miners should go to church

    We cannot afford to play the ostrich, saying we are so blessed by God that we are sort of ‘exempt’ from natural disasters. The truth is more logical: As we keep on taking from our God-given natural resources, the Earth is stressed, and demands all the sense of conservation and responsibility we can muster.

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  • Imo State and the cost of ineptitude

    Imo State and the cost of ineptitude

    This sentiment reverberated not only in the state, but at the centre, where an unpopular and irredeemably corrupt President faced a popular APC candidate and an emboldened opposition party who rode on the continuously repeated failures of the presidency and the ruling PDP party.

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  • The real Nigerian tragedy

    The real Nigerian tragedy

    As much as that is desirable, we now know for a fact, if you have been paying attention, that it takes more than one man or woman leading the Executive arm of government to transform a system where hardly anything works. No country can work without systems and institutions.

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  • Makarfi PDP faction as the real terror group

    Makarfi PDP faction as the real terror group

    It takes morbid callousness or an unrivalled level of ignorance or a combination of both to attempt the stunt by a faction of the troubled People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in its reaction to the release of 82 of the abducted Chibok girls.

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  • The 82 Chibok Girls and other stories

    The 82 Chibok Girls and other stories

    Lakanu’s elevation is certainly a reward for hardwork, diligence and professionalism. I congratulate him on his achievement. He has not served as Police PRO but he is probably the most influential police officer of his grade among Nigerian journalists.

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  • Religion of the heart

    Religion of the heart

    The one thing that God requires of us is not our money, as is currently being misrepresented in the churches: it is our heart.

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  • The options before President Buhari

    The options before President Buhari

    Since nobody goes to the market to buy cancer or diabetes — or any ailment for that matter — no human being should gloat over another person’s misfortune. This I believe.

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  • Do our youths really know what they want

    Do our youths really know what they want

    A sobering and telling indication of this is the recent picture of three of our previous leaders, Generals Abdulsalam Abubakar, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and Olusegun Okikiola Obasanjo, along with Otunba Fasawe, meeting in Minna to decide on the fate of the present leadership of our dear country.

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  • Buhari’s health: Time to stop wondering and wandering

    Buhari’s health: Time to stop wondering and wandering

    They said they had predicted Yaradua. They heard the coughing and saw the blotches. Buhari, they said, was dying. Their sources, they would always talk about their sources who tell them things. They were sure he was at best a vegetable. They would mock your doubts.

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  • The divinity in our humanity

    The divinity in our humanity

    What manner of a man is Jesus? The answer reveals a kingdom dynamic vital and fundamental to the believer’s walk. Jesus is the godly man; precisely the kind of man God re-created man to be.

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