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  • A divided House of Buhari

    A divided House of Buhari

    A divided house will fall. But, this presidency must not fall. These shameful, debilitating, self–serving, internecine squabbles are one luxury this nation cannot afford.

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  • Gloating over Buhari’s health is of no value

    Gloating over Buhari’s health is of no value

    Dele Alake, who was to become Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State for eight years, was editor, but he had travelled on the fateful day. So, the lot fell on me to produce the newspaper, as the deputy editor. Dr (Mrs) Doyin Abiola was Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief.

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  • N’Golo Kante: One tree that makes a forest

    N’Golo Kante: One tree that makes a forest

    Like Messi, he is an enigma, quiet, unobtrusive, not a showman, totally devoid of the characteristic air of flamboyance and sometimes arrogance often associated with sports superstars. He is doing an incredible job for Les Bleu.

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  • Heresy in the house of Oduduwa

    Heresy in the house of Oduduwa

    At this unfortunate time that History is not a compulsory subject in our school curriculum, it is pertinent to educate ourselves properly about our dear beloved nation. For those who may not know, Ile-Ife is the ancestral home of all Yoruba people.

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  • America’s leadership in crisis and Merkel now in charge

    America’s leadership in crisis and Merkel now in charge

    President Trump was supposed to be the transformative President, the chosen one to “make America great again” and unequivocally stamp its pride of place and unrivalled position on the global stage as “The city upon the hill.”

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  • The state of the nation bill

    The state of the nation bill

    You may or may not know that our presidents are positively allergic to dialogue with the people. In 2013, the National Assembly decided to remedy this by institutionalising an annual state of the nation address by the president. This would be similar to what obtains in the U.S. and it is regarded as one of the pillars of their democracy.

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  • Soft drinks, benzoic acid and Nigerian regulators

    Soft drinks, benzoic acid and Nigerian regulators

    As we all know, on account of the loopholes and laxity on the part of some of the regulators, a number of multinationals in Nigeria tend to get away with a lot they would not even dare dream of in other places.

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  • Before Supreme Court finally kills PDP

    Before Supreme Court finally kills PDP

    Now, if there is anything the PDP is very good at – apart from impunity, it is the uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (apologies: Chinua Achebe). Of course, I don’t expect the APC people to gloat at that, because everything that was wrong with PDP is beginning to appear in APC.

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  • Is Nigeria a tragedy?

    Is Nigeria a tragedy?

    With much natural abundant resources, Nigeria has failed on all indices of life worth living. What went wrong? Leadership deficiency, I can hear you say. Nigeria is wasting God’s resources. The country is now in a mess.

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  • Colonel Hammed Ali and the Senate

    Colonel Hammed Ali and the Senate

    Retired Colonel Hameed Ali, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, is a proud and stubborn man. His disdain for others and insufferable arrogance is not only vexatious to the spirit but also downright nauseating.

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  • Illegal directive on wearing of uniform by Customs boss

    Illegal directive on wearing of uniform by Customs boss

    Under the doctrine of estoppel by conduct the Nigeria Customs Service cannot be permitted to deny the payment of what was charged and collected as appropriate duties from vehicle owners several years ago.

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  • Recession and the noise about a uniform

    Recession and the noise about a uniform

    For several weeks now, the Senate and the Comptroller-General of Customs have been embroiled in an argument about the proper kind of dress the Comptroller-General should wear to appear before the House. The Senate wants to discuss the Customs boss’ directive that appropriate duties be paid on all imports and must be paid on all vehicles imported even long before now.

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  • Ile-Ife crisis and a recurring Nigerian problem

    Ile-Ife crisis and a recurring Nigerian problem

    The ethnic crisis that erupted in Ile-Ife, Osun State recently between the indigenes and the Hausa-Fulani community showed that there is a recurring problem that needs to be solved in Nigeria.

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  • How PDP can avoid mutually assured destruction

    How PDP can avoid mutually assured destruction

    It is wise to understand that what cannot be avoided must be endured. As a party, the PDP must focus on changing its leadership rather than fixate on fighting that leadership and the ONLY way that can be done is through the instrumentality of a National Convention.

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  • Steady progress in agriculture, potential history in the making

    Steady progress in agriculture, potential history in the making

    If there is anywhere in Africa where a surge of agriculture investments could change the fortunes of an entire country, it is here. Moreover, success in Nigeria would send a strong signal to the rest of the continent that agriculture offers our most promising path to sustainable and equitable economic growth.

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  • Making mortgages cheaper without reducing price

    Making mortgages cheaper without reducing price

    With an average paying job and many foreseeable working years to go, a working class fellow should be able to afford a mortgage on a commensurately priced house by simply spreading the payments over a long enough period of time. In most developed countries this is the case, but in developing or underdeveloped nations, it’s not quite so.

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  • Derek Walcott embarks on the eternal sea

    Derek Walcott embarks on the eternal sea

    Derek Walcott was the lyrical heart of the Caribbean, yet wide and profound as the sea that washed his island shores. I visited him at his home, envied his splendid isolation and affinity with the sea.

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  • The trial of Hameed ‘Netanyahu’ Ali

    The trial of Hameed ‘Netanyahu’ Ali

    This is not a typical Nigerian story. Maybe that was what Buhari saw in him and decided to saddle him with the customs job. It was one of those appointments in the early days of this government that made people think “change” was for real.

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  • Big Brother Naija and trivialization of sexual assault

    Big Brother Naija and trivialization of sexual assault

    A violated TBoss, oblivious that Kemen had inserted his fingers in her pants while she slept, was allowed to walk about with happy innocence. Big Brother surely doesn’t have the temperament of a true brother.

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  • The gospel according to Atiku Abubakar

    The gospel according to Atiku Abubakar

    Again I argued that his file was neither heavier nor dirtier than the files of those angling to become the next president. Besides, he had developed overtime, a vast network across the country and, to his advantage, cannot be described as a tribalised Nigerian.

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  • President Buhari and his letter writers

    President Buhari and his letter writers

    Let me begin by welcoming our dear leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, back home from his medical vacation in London. We have every cause to be thankful to Allah, the Merciful. The Yoruba have a very apt adage for what happened to President Buhari: we should be grateful to the death that wanted to kill us but chose to blow off our cap only.

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  • No duty too high to save Hameed Ali

    No duty too high to save Hameed Ali

    In the last two years since Hameed Ali was appointed Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, I do not recall ever seeing him in uniform. But since the retired army colonel is not harming himself or any third party by not wearing uniform, I have gradually reconciled myself to seeing him in civilian dress.

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  • The underappreciated role of women in sports in Nigeria

    The underappreciated role of women in sports in Nigeria

    It is arguable that a greater proportion of Nigeria’s sporting success is attributable to women. Both in terms of impact and sheer numbers, Nigerian women stack up immensely well against their male counterparts. In spite of this, there has been an almost systematic neglect of women in sports in Nigeria.

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  • Worries about drinking Fanta and Sprite

    Worries about drinking Fanta and Sprite

    So, here we are, the Nigerian Bottling Company finally responds to the decision by the Court that the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) orders the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Plc to put a written warning on Fanta and Sprite bottles stating that both soft drinks are poisonous if taken with Vitamin C.

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