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Of politics, governance and loyalty

It baffles me to note that in Nigeria everything is about the next “election” rather than the governance issues. Let’s insist on good governance for the existing mandate. In my understanding, there is diff erence between “politics” and “governance”. According ...

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Buhari and the 2019 signal from Kaduna

Th e popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is still unprecedentedly strong in the country. Recent political happenings in Kaduna State have further proved that apart from being Buhari’s second home, Kaduna ...

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Jonathan on freedom of speech

Again, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan missed the point when he took to the social media and posted that he forewarned that the freedom of speech he ‘dashed’ us during his tenure was now a scarce commodity! And that we had hitherto ...

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Kwankwasiya and dangerous mischief-making

Indeed, a bloody riot could have stormed the ancient city of Kano a day after the Eid-el-Kabir festival when the antagonizing Gandujiyya and Kwankwasiyya APC factions clashed, leaving scores injured. If that calculated, deadly and political bomb had eventually explored, ...

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Pay Lagos neigbourhood operatives

I am using this medium to call the attention of the people of Lagos State to the act of administrative misdemeanour being perpetrated by members of the board of the newly established Lagos State Neigbourhood Safety Corps. Pay Lagos neigbourhood ...

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Courtesy instructors for Nigerians?

I once wrote to Ian Nelson the national marketing manager of 7UP Bottling Company Plc, as an undergraduate of the University of Ibadan. I needed scholarship at the time. He swiftly cabled a reply. Even though the company didn’t off ...

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Open letter to education minister

Honourable Minister Sir, in an earlier open letter on the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), my thoughts centred on how best to shorten the duration of the strike, while remaining on the path of constructive ...

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PMB should shore up food security

Tth e recent announcement by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that Nigeria has successfully exited the worst economic recession in 29 years brought joy and a sense of relief to many Nigerians. Th is wonderful news came at a ...

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Tijjani Kwaji Kumbi: A bridge builder

A bridge builder administratively or politically is a person who does not discriminate on creed, tribe, background or religion. He is a person who de-emphasizes confl icts, contradictions or controversies. He relates with almost everyone. A bridge builder accepts things ...

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Open letter to TETfund scribe

Th e news making the rounds is that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) will no longer give research grant to any scholar that has started his programme one or more years back. Frankly, this will not help our quest ...

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Ambode’s devolution plea

Th e story in the media on Wednesday that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode appealed to lawyers at the NBA conference to help amplify the clamour for restructuring the country is interesting and intriguing. Is this supposed to be a joke or ...

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Nigeria’s elite and education

Duncan Green’s “From Poverty To Power” vividly describes a person’s life from the cradle to the grave as interwoven in chances dominated by the extraordinary levels of inequality and lack of education that characterize the modern world. He paints a ...

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Poor education and intolerance

Where education is not a major provision in a community’s infrastructure, confusion can govern attitudes. It is easy to denigrate and demonize an ethnic or religious category of people when it appears under the spotlight for the fi rst time. ...

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Who is afraid of the youth?

I had a beautiful growing up.  Th e best part of my life was, no doubt, my childhood; and the part where I was most impactful, I would say, was my youth – the years from secondary to university education ...

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Still on Paris Club refund

Th ose who are familiar with the Israeli economy would know that one of the biggest pilot programmes to test-run electric cars has already been initiated. Th e whole world is watching the programme – which has the capacity to ...

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Fayose’s nuisance value

Th e personality and character of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State means diff erent things to diff erent people at diff erent times. To his people, he is their omniscient leader that glorifi ed himself with stomach infrastructure. To ...

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Towards a better judiciary

  Th e Nigerian judiciary is constitutionally saddled with the interpretation of laws made by the legislative arm of government. It has, over the years, made a lot of contributions to the nation’s democracy through its adjudication in diff erent ...

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Citizen observation as panacea to credible polls

Observation of elections by the citizens has become one of the global yardsticks for assessing credibility and transparency of an election, highlighting specifi c recommendations for improvement and garner support of their international community for genuine democratic elections. Also, election ...

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Musa Ujah: Exit of doyen of Nigerian youths

Penultimate Th ursday night, Alhaji Abdulhameed Musa Ujah, former chairman, Strabag, and immediate past chairman, SMEDAN, left this clime for the great beyond, the fi nal destination of humanity, after a protracted illness. His janaza was performed on Friday after ...

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Give HND holders breathing space

It was on June 2, 2017, the Nigerian Senate resolved to pass a bill that gives equal opportunity for HND holders to head the proposed Federal Road Authority (FRA), just like their counterpart, the holders of a bachelor’s degree, but ...

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Kanu and his bail conditions

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has on several occasions violated the conditions of the bail granted to him by a federal high court in Abuja. On April 25, a federal high court sitting in Abuja ...

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Communication paradigm in Islam

Communication (from Latin commūnicāre, meaning “to share”) is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, visuals, signals, writing, or behavior. It is the meaningful exchange of information between two or more ...

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A better way to fight corruption

Corruption has been the root cause of each and every problem ravaging Nigeria today. Government institutions are weak because corruption has eaten up the fabrics forming them. Power is still epileptic because some corrupt people usurped and pocketed monies meant ...

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Calling on Radio Nigeria

My text message was wrongly read on the last edition of your network programme known as: “Radio Link”. Th e programme was broadcasted on Saturday morning, August 12, 2017, and the discussion was on checking and curtailing the spread of ...

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A note for Ambode

Epe, one the divisions in Lagos State which had for a long time been on the wrong side of development index, is gradually wearing a new look. Governor Akinwumi Ambode has touched the lives of many people in some communities ...

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Towards the ideal North

No serious-minded country relinquishes a region as rich and as resourceful as Northern Nigeria. Without the North, Nigeria’s much-vaunted potentials would vanish. Without the North, Nigeria would be nothing more than yet another balkanized and insignifi cant African country, or ...

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Addressing voters’ apathy

Th e recently concluded Local Government election in Lagos State has once again brought to fore the issue of voters’ apathy in the country. According to reports, voters turn out during the last Lagos Council poll wasn’t in any way ...

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Poor education and intolerance

Where education is not a major provision in a community’s infrastructure, confusion can govern attitudes. It is easy to denigrate and demonize an ethnic or religious category of people when it appears under the spotlight for the fi rst time. ...

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On inter-agency rivalry

Osinbajo congratulates new Somalian president

It is disturbing the reports of inter-agency rivalry among security agencies in Nigeria. Rather than ensure maximum protection of life and property, the personnel engage in unnecessary altercations that are not only detrimental to national security but the image of ...

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In defence of the rule of law

It is not for nothing that, in the best of democracies all over the world, what one fi nds as the most visible is the strict adherence to the rule of law and conscious internalization of democratic values that largely ...

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Shettima commends UN operations in Borno

Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, said the state government will continue to relate with the United Nations (UN) and its collaborating bodies on humanitarian services to the most vulnerable and victims of Boko Haram insurgency. He also appreciated the UN ...

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Multiple tales around Ozubulu massacre

If the massacre of innocent lives at Saint Philips Catholic Church, Amakwa, Ozubulu in Anambra State was bestial and shocking, the cacophony of tales tumbling from the mouths of those who claim to know the men behind the masked executioners ...

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