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Reuben Abati: Who is the presidency?

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By Reuben Abati When last week, President Muhammadu Buhari decided to suspend the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke in order to allow unfettered investigations of both public officers, the most striking immediate reaction was the ...

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Simon Kolawole: Sanusi’s home truth deserves introspection

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by Simon Kolawole The time has come, I propose, for the expression — “Sanusi stirs controversy” — to be officially classified as a cliché. It would appear each time Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, the emir of Kano, talks, there must be an outbreak of controversy. Whenever he discusses economics or ...

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Reuben Abati: The Abuja-Kaduna airports: A testimony

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By Reuben Abati I have just returned from Abuja travelling through the Kaduna airport.  As we disembarked from the aircraft and moved towards the arrival section, I could hear an announcement being made. The diction of the announcer was clear. She didn’t sound like those On-Air-Personalities (OAP, they are called) who ...

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Reuben Abati: #BBNaija: Television as madness

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by Reuben Abati 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 ...

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Reuben Abati: Dino Melaye: The making of a brand

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By Reuben Abati  It is a sign of the times, and a tragedy that the most popular Senator in the Nigerian National Assembly at this moment is not the person who has moved the most impactful motion, not a lawmaker who has proposed a thought-provoking bill, and certainly not any Senator ...

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Abraham Ogbodo: Instead of corruption, let’s fight stupidity

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by Abraham Ogbodo I signed off rudely for two weeks without any prior notice. I am sorry. I was protesting the imperviousness of the Nigerian State and its people. The protest was triggered off by a query by one lousy fellow who accused journalists, including me, of not writing adequately ...

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Tonnie Iredia: Appointments Buhari should avoid

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By Tonnie Iredia One of the submissions of this column last week was that Nigeria must stop leaving substance to pursue shadows. It was argued that if 25,000 police operatives posted to a state during an election cannot prevent hoodlums from snatching ballot boxes, why should anybody leave that substantive ...

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Simon Kolawole: No bed space in Nigeria – A metaphor

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by Simon Kolawole My wife lost her cousin last week. She suddenly started gasping for breath, so it was a clear case of medical emergency. The family rushed her to a private hospital. Unable to handle the emergency, the hospital referred her to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). ...

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Simon Kolawole: Memories of midnight

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by Simon Kolawole It was midnight, not so long ago, when I woke up, used the toilet and returned to my bed to continue from where I stopped. For almost an hour, I closed my eyes in vain. I could neither induce nor seduce sleep. I was rolling from one ...

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Chude Jideonwo: How it came to be that Jonathan is an option in 2019

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by Chude Jideonwo I got a lot of panicked responses after my last piece; the panic focused on one small nugget of information buried within it: the fact that, as things stand today, former president Goodluck Jonathan is the strongest candidate that the People’s Democratic Party can present in 2019. ...

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Chude Jideonwo: Will the third party candidates please stand up?

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by Chude Jideonwo Nigerians talk a good game about third party candidacies, especially Nigerians on social media. They speak often about this utopia where Nigerians have had more than two options for president of Nigeria, and we could have chosen any of these options instead of what they consider less-than-ideal ...

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Simon Kolawole: The trial of Hameed ‘Netanyahu’ Ali

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by Simon Kolawole Retired Col. Hameed Ali was sitting gently on his sofa and watching TV on August 27, 2015 when some news flashed on the screen: he had been appointed the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). He was shocked. The previous day, he was with President Muhammadu ...

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Adewunmi Emoruwa: Presidents Buhari, Osinbajo and body language as policy

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by Adewunmi Emoruwa Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a former speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives and current governor of Sokoto state, mainstreamed the term “body language” into our national discourse. Presenting a paper during the international anti-corruption day 2014 roundtable organised by the Nigeria Bar Association, Tambuwal said, “The President’s (Dr. ...

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Chude Jideonwo: How did Obasanjo allow his legacy get off the rails?

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by Chude Jideonwo In the world these days, it is impossible to have a nuanced discussion about too many things. The lure of 140 characters disincentives the complexity that ideas sometimes demand, and until we evolve to that point where we can condense complicated thoughts into this inevitable format, we ...

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Reuben Abati: Buhari’s return: Matters arising

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By Reuben Abati As someone who has been in that corridor recently, I do not share the view of those who insist that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent 50-day medical vacation was mismanaged by his  handlers, up to this point. I said this much during a recent interview on Channels TV’s Politics ...

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Chude Jideonwo: Yemi Osinbajo’s performance is beside the point

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By Chude Jideonwo You could feel the sense of panic when some of the enablers and voters (of which I am one, having personally and professionally supported him) of President Muhammadu Buhari heard that the president was returning to Nigeria last week. The question – uncomfortable, perhaps unseemly – hung ...

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Abraham Ogbodo: Welcome back, Mr. President; please don’t listen to gossip

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by Abraham Ogbodo Sir, I am glad you are back. My purpose today is not to report to you what transpired while you were on medical vacation. I know some self-appointed good men and loyalists are already doing so. They are going to tell you how they prayed for your ...

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Simon Kolawole: Long road to recovery

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by Simon Kolawole President Muhammadu Buhari is back. Thank God. But seeing his pictures after his arrival on Friday morning shook me a bit. Surely, he looked better than this before he travelled. Contrary to repeated claims that “the president is hale, hearty and witty” by top government officials, Buhari ...

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Adewunmi Emoruwa: Goodbye ABV (Abuja International Airport): See you in 6 weeks or 6 months

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by Adewunmi Emoruwa Travel in time to the 20th of April 2017, a day after the expected completion and commissioning of the newly refurbished Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja (ABV). I am guessing you just heaved a sigh of relief; you no longer have to embark on the stressful routine ...

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Akin Osuntokun: Osinbajo has done right by Nigeria

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by Akin Osuntokun I am not at all sure if a persistent subconscious inability to come to terms with the knowledge that I am over fifty years of age is peculiar to me. Why is it that the fact of this advancing years prey on my mind all the time? ...

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