Thursday, Aug 21
Thursday, Aug 14

What Osun poll further reveals

Last Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Osun State was fought almost like a war and at the end only the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came out looking good. Despite all the provocations from the All Progressives Congress (whose officials kept churning out one disgraceful propaganda after another)

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Thursday, Aug 07

No magic wand in Washington DC

Ever since I arrived Washington DC last Thursday, I have lost my identity as a Nigerian to a country that does not exist: Africa! While it is no secret that most Americans are ignorant about our continent and its makeup, the situation has not been helped by the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit which ended yesterday.

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Chibok girls, terror and the challenge of democratization in Nigeria

There is still a real threat to the present democratic experience in Nigeria despite minimal gains. The glocalized version of terrorism in Nigeria, Boko Haram, poses as much a threat to Nigeria’s de...

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Thursday, Jul 31

And then, finally, death spoke…

Heralded in by drummers, it was clear to all those who were already seated, important dignitaries in their own rights, that the new entrant was a class above them. That was because for the first time, the master of the house, the great Death himself, stood up to receive a visitor whom he allowed to sit on the throne beside his.

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Friday, Jul 25

PenCom and the N4 trillion Pot of Gold

It was one of those brilliant memos in 2001 from then Director-General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to which President Olusegun Obasanjo was instantly sold. However, he didn’t like the fact that el-Rufai would suggest that only Mr. Tajudeen Fola Adeola could midwife a reform of the pension scheme in Nigeria.

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Thursday, Jul 17

Lessons from Murtala Nyako’s fall

The brief meeting between father and son over, President John Kennedy asked: “Dad, can you lend me some money?” Seeing the look of disapproval from his father to what had evidently become incessant demands, Kennedy added: “Don’t worry dad, this time I will pay back.”

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Thursday, Jul 03

Abacha’s loot & Mohammed’s deal

Apparently taken aback by what it considered a crooked deal by the Federal Government, Transparency International (TI) has described the withdrawal of charges against Mr. Mohammed Abacha as an act of encouraging impunity. A statement by its Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa, Chantal Uwimana, said: “Allowing the theft of public funds to go unpunished sends the wrong message that those with powerful connections can act with impunity. The case should have been fully prosecuted and the government has not given adequate reasons for dropping the charges. Corruption is widespread in Nigeria and despite claims by the government to make tackling corruption a priority too few people have been held to account for a series of high profile scandals.”

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