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  • Donald Trump, the US and its European allies

    Donald Trump, the US and its European allies

    As a businessman, he gave financial support to whoever caught his fancy including Democrats like the Clintons whom he would eventually square up against in the presidential contest.

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  • Democracy, Biafra and a sense of history

    Democracy, Biafra and a sense of history

    From 1966 to 1999 (with the short break of civilian rule from 1979 – 1983) the military dominated the political landscape in Nigeria. It was eighteen years ago yesterday when our country returned to civilian rule.

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  • The Ideal Democracy Day celebration

    The Ideal Democracy Day celebration

    Democracy entrenches personal and collective liberties and guarantees freedom from oppression and discrimination for all peoples governed within its compass.

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  • The Tinubu Factor in Yoruba and Nigerian Affairs

    The Tinubu Factor in Yoruba and Nigerian Affairs

    The leadership problematic in Nigeria requires that we pay adequate attention to rescuing what is given to us in terms of leaders and those who can be forced to achieve what is needed for the task of nation building in Nigeria. And all this becomes imperative despite their human frailty.

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  • Where is the change promised?

    Where is the change promised?

    This is not a time for speaking in tongues. It is a time to tell President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) and all the governing APC chieftains that two years should be enough to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

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  • On sexuality education in schools

    On sexuality education in schools

    I read an article in the newspaper by a women’s right activist justifying comprehensive sex education being taught in schools and the defense of sexual rights for school children.

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  • Resolving the power sector conundrum

    Resolving the power sector conundrum

    There was a rapid decline in electricity power supply from an average of about 5000MW (megawatts) in the mid 1970s to less than 4000MW by 2014 or even down to barely 3000MW (April2017) compared with the current estimated demand of 15000MW.

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  • Enugu: The Ugwuanyi lesson in rural development

    Enugu: The Ugwuanyi lesson in rural development

    The two-year development trajectory of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration in Enugu State signposts a clear and systematic departure from the past when most major achievements were concentrated in the urban areas.

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  • Bad politicians and military coupists

    Bad politicians and military coupists

    These politicians have been in and out of government from 1999 till date. They have either perpetrated, or aided and abetted acts of corruption, state-sanctioned violence, brutality, repression, and disdain for civic processes as much as the khaki boys.

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  • Okorocha’s fraudulent hospitals

    Okorocha’s fraudulent hospitals

    In public or general hospitals, long queues, preferential treatments and high-handedness of the few qualified medical personnel are daily experiences of Nigerians. To compound these, it has taken years to pass a national health policy that has not found proper implementation.

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  • Rule of Law: Garba Shehu goofs on Sambo Dasuki

    Rule of Law: Garba Shehu goofs on Sambo Dasuki

    Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity is one of senior professional colleagues who positively impacted in my career benefitting from their guidance and benevolence.

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  • The epidemic of universities in Nigeria

    The epidemic of universities in Nigeria

    Must all our Presidents; incidentally, own a University? OBJ (Bells University), Atiku (American University in Yola), Jonathan, Federal University Otuoke (it is not owned by Jonathan – but who owns the land on which the university is to be built?

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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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