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  • Depression, Lagos lagoon and the allure of suicide

    Depression, Lagos lagoon and the allure of suicide

    The economic cost of untreated mental illness is more than 150 billion dollars each year in the United States. Thus, if not properly addressed, depression could as well turn out to be a time bomb waiting to explode in an already troubled world.

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  • Magu and the invisible hands

    Magu and the invisible hands

    Who says there can be no in-fighting and intrigue among the president’s men? Conspiracy theorists, of various hues and backgrounds, to say nothing about their political leanings and motives, have been having a field day, since the rejection by the Senate of Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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  • Asiwaju at 65, the selfless life of a leader

    Asiwaju at 65, the selfless life of a leader

    Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a remarkable political composite with so many dimensions such that it is difficult to paint an adequate portrait of all that he is and all he has accomplished.

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  • Buhari and his divided government

    Buhari and his divided government

    President Muhammadu Buhari sits atop a government that is very divided. The administration is apparently in confusion with close members at war with one another.

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  • Nigeria’s angry children of suicide

    Nigeria’s angry children of suicide

    I once wrote about Nigeria’s “children of anger”, but the country seems to have progressed from anger to clinical depression, resulting in a rise not merely in social aggressiveness, but a determination by certain individuals to escape from it all.

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  • Will darkness continue forever?

    Will darkness continue forever?

    This leaves an inquisitive mind asking, who is to blame? Considering the history of system failures in Nigeria, can we say the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) is actually holding unto the power? The simple answer is not farfetched. There is no power to hold unto.

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  • Paris Club refund and state-level accountability

    Paris Club refund and state-level accountability

    A majority of the sub-national governments in Nigeria are adrift and seem to be floating on the sea leading to a predictable destination. That destination is one of perdition for the majority of citizens.

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  • Political office holders and income inequality in Nigeria

    Political office holders and income inequality in Nigeria

    Income inequality gives birth to corruption, insecurity, lack of efficiency and capacity in the work place. It retards growth and development of both the individual and the nation.

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  • Non-oil sector as a game changer in Nigeria

    Non-oil sector as a game changer in Nigeria

    Nigeria’s export trade in the 1960s was fuelled by the agro-industry and constituted mainly of cocoa, groundnuts, rubber, palm oil, palm kernel, beniseed and copra. Nigeria also exported tin ore and columbite.

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  • Is Nigeria wired to be a player in the knowledge age?

    Is Nigeria wired to be a player in the knowledge age?

    Let me introduce that factor through a quote from Anthony Giddens, the British economist, that “Government has an essential role to play in investing in the human resources and infrastructure needed to develop an entrepreneurial culture.”

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  • The truth about truth

    The truth about truth

    Today I have chosen to go philosophical. And in doing so, I have elected to come up with layman’s approach to philosophy. However in choosing to do so I have sought refuge in Wikipedia to help with the intro to the subject.

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  • Do christians hate God

    Do christians hate God

    This brings Christians into focus. Christians have more than passing knowledge of God. Therefore, it is quite possible for Christians to hate God. Indeed, although many Christians today don’t seem to realise this, we can easily be classified as enemies of God.

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  • The president’s power is tyrannical power in Nigeria

    The president’s power is tyrannical power in Nigeria

    Some of the power conceded to the president frankly usurps the powers of the legislature, by a constitution which was designed quite clearly to create, not the president of a democratic republic, but the president of a “noyau” republic.

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  • Nigeria in need of demosthenes

    Nigeria in need of demosthenes

    Shortly after inspecting the inside of my eyelids and still on the bed, my two children walked into my room. I knew they wanted to joust. “Who did you vote for in the elections between Jonathan and Buhari?” The boy asked.

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  • Our Senate as a senior prefect

    Our Senate as a senior prefect

    A typical Nigerian legislator would make the point at any available opportunity that it is only the legislature that is a bonafide organ of democracy. The posture is only to garner importance for the legislator as the most important in a democratic society and as such should take the lion share of our resources.

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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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