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  • Bravo to Speaker Dogara & Governor El Rufai

    Bravo to Speaker Dogara & Governor El Rufai

    No one seems to be able to decode the special lexicon which lures our political class into so much of electioneering and little of governance. We all appear distracted by the politicisation of every subject making it hard for many to bother about information on what was done and how it was done.

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  • Christ is risen from the dead, hallelujah

    Christ is risen from the dead, hallelujah

    Today, we have every reason to be joyful. Our joy is not the type the world offers, but one borne out of a genuine conviction that Jesus is, indeed, Lord over heaven and earth. Even though He is God, He humbled himself to be born of a virgin, to suffer innumerable persecution and to offer His life as atonement for our sins.

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  • Corruption not fighting back…yet

    Corruption not fighting back…yet

    Anytime they were invited by the EFCC, they would plead not to be assigned to Magu for interrogation. He investigated the “big guys” without a fear in the world. He earned my thumbs-up when his investigation led to the conviction of his brother-in-law. This is not a common story in our Nigeria.

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  • When you hear the whistle, it is time to play

    When you hear the whistle, it is time to play

    When you heard the whistle coming from the street that meant it was football time. Real football.You see, when I was young, I loved playing football. But where I grew up in southern Nigeria, it was kind of like a ghetto.

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  • Our country and the unknown landlords

    Our country and the unknown landlords

    On another day, I will deal with the politics, morality and efficacy of whistleblowing as a tool in the fight against corruption. On my own part, my major concern is the lack of protection other than financial reward offered to the whistleblower!

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  • Can Nigerians trust this INEC?

    Can Nigerians trust this INEC?

    Although he led Nigeria for a little less than 36 months, late former President Umaru Yar’Adua will remain one of the few Nigerians with the most respect for democratic ethics in history.

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  • Not by salary alone

    Not by salary alone

    What the citizens would be confronted with at the end of the squabble between Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the Speaker of the House Assembly Yakubu Dogara is not a resolution of the crisis that redounds to the transparency of their financial dealings.

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  • Dangote too needs a birthday gift

    Dangote too needs a birthday gift

    Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s great strength is the capacity to recognise opportunities and the courage to navigate in stormy waters. Dangote, who turned 60 on Monday April 10, is on top of his game.

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  • Big brother Naija: Television as madness

    Big brother Naija: Television as madness

    What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 million voters across Africa.

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  • NDDC and the forces against anti-corruption drive

    NDDC and the forces against anti-corruption drive

    On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, former Niger Delta militants numbering over 100 disrupted the inaugural sitting of a six-man investigative panel set up by the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

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  • The Anambra law on burial rites

    The Anambra law on burial rites

    You may have noticed that people from this part of the country do not undertake funeral rites of their departed ones soonest. Rather the corpse is kept in a mortuary pending when they are ready for it.

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  • Only way Buhari can win again

    Only way Buhari can win again

    This monkey business was “invented” by Chief Tony Anenih who, as a close confidant of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, way back in 2001, announced that there was no vacancy in Aso Rock in 2003.

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  • It is not good for man to be alone [II]

    It is not good for man to be alone [II]

    Christians fall in love, then get married. But our love for our wives or our husbands does not exclude fighting and abusing them. Our love does not exclude beating them up. We pledge for better, for worse; but when things go south we opt for divorce.

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  • Celebrating God in a difficult economy

    Celebrating God in a difficult economy

    While it is true that the economy is still in a dicey state, it is not expected, however, to dampen the spirituality associated with Easter. Like the theme of this year’s Lenten pilgrimage for the Archdiocese of Lagos stated, ‘Man does not live by bread alone.’

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  • Is Prof Sagay Nigeria’s problem?

    Is Prof Sagay Nigeria’s problem?

    It is not irrational to imagine that the current efforts of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at redressing the on-going heating-up of the polity by its officials in government can hardly work.

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  • The ‘death’ of grassroots sports in Nigeria

    The ‘death’ of grassroots sports in Nigeria

    One can easily replicate what is going on in football in other sports in the country including basketball, tennis, track and field athletics. The breeding ground has shifted to Europe and America.

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  • Gov Yari and the gods of Meningitis

    Gov Yari and the gods of Meningitis

    And just in case the gods are still active. And just in case it’s true that the plague of an unending stream of thieving but religious politicians that has blighted the country since 1960 is because of the slaves our ancestors sold, then we plead for mercy. The scourge of bad leadership is worse than the worst bubonic plague.

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  • There is life outside power

    There is life outside power

    Let me emphasise that it is not how long you govern that matters but how well. Every leader must decide how he wishes to be remembered. It is pertinent for every leader to consider this and decide on what he can do very quickly to attract eternal grace and praise.

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  • Bamaiyi, politicians and the rest of us

    Bamaiyi, politicians and the rest of us

    General Ishaya Bamaiyi is in the news today and getting flaks from prominent Nigerians after the release of his book where he, without fail, supported the administration of General Sani Abacha, which he was a key member of.

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  • The challenges of change

    The challenges of change

    I do not suppose the government needs anyone to persuade it to see that its beloved change is turning into a mere slogan for lack of focus. And change has stuck in our maws.

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  • Engaging the United States’ self interest in Nigeria

    Engaging the United States’ self interest in Nigeria

    Nigeria really has no choice but to seek such truly win-win partnerships, if it wants to move from slow to fast growth. Ijose is a policy analyst based in the United States.

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  • Bamaiyi’s heroes and villains

    Bamaiyi’s heroes and villains

    When the odd-defying English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking quipped that “we spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let’s face it, is mostly history of stupidity,” he did not do justice to the relevance of history to a people’s development.

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  • Boko Haram frustrations and beggarly posturing

    Boko Haram frustrations and beggarly posturing

    Terrorists recall with much sadness their sudden impotence to violently seize whole communities for days, capture and abduct innocent Nigerians in Gwoza, Baga, Chibok, Damaturu, Biu, Pulka, Mallam Fatori, Gujba, Konduga, Giwa, Abuja or Kano among others.

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  • IPOB: A delusion taken too far

    IPOB: A delusion taken too far

    The disdain they have for constituted authority is thus mirrored in the rudeness with which they treat political leaders from their region, which makes the disdain they treat the federal government and its institutions with negligible.

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