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Reuben Abati: Buhari and the marabouts

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by Reuben Abati “Have you read Lauretta Onochie’s latest post?” “Lauretta. Lauretta. Who is she?” “She is a social media assistant at the Presidency. She shoots straight and direct. She defends President Muhammadu Buhari with the passion of someone the President treats like a daughter.” “Not a son, this time, ...

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Chude Jideonwo: Why you must ignore those who say protests don’t work in Nigeria

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by Chude Jideonwo “I was really hopeful about the February 2face protests,” a friend of mine told me over lunch just recently. “And terribly disappointed when he chickened out. It was the one protest I decided I would go out for.” Then she added the clincher: “Because for me I ...

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Abraham Ogbodo: Coordinating + Acting – Restructuring = Nothing

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by Abraham Ogbodo I am a bit confused and somebody needs to talk to me now. Where exactly are we on the matter of the rechristening of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, which happened last Tuesday t the Senate? Which, between these two names: ‘Acting President’ and ‘Coordinating President’ describes him in ...

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Simon Kolawole: Predators as Nigeria’s ultimate saviours

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by Simon Kolawole For decades, I have been holding on tenaciously to the belief that Nigeria would develop someday. I like to be practical, so I come up with all kinds of thoughts on how this would or could be achieved in real life. However, I have seen my hypotheses ...

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Inibehe Effiong: Osinbajo is the acting president of Nigeria, period!

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by Inibehe Effiong The written declaration or letter transmitted to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by President Muhammadu Buhari conveying his decision to proceed on medical vacation has ignited an avoidable controversy regarding the status and role of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN ...

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Abraham Ogbodo: Buhari: Between prayers and Section 144

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by Abraham Ogbodo This is the problem of being out of touch for longer than necessary. Now, so much has happened and still happening that I do not know where to begin and end to capture as much as possible. For instance, this old song called restructuring of Nigeria has ...

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Alabi WIlliams: Jonathan outsmarted

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by Alabi Williams Just as his ratings in the public space had sustained equilibrium, despite revelations of unparalleled theft and squandering of public treasury and opportunities by disciples who worked directly with him, and others from afar during his tenure as president, Goodluck Jonathan may have thwarted own flight and ...

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Simon Kolawole: The options before President Buhari

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by Simon Kolawole If you’re like me, you would hesitate to comment on the health of a fellow mortal in a sarcastic and malicious way just for the sake of politics. It doesn’t matter if it is the person next door or the president of a country. My grandmother never ...

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Adeniyi: “I did not distort Pres. Jonathan’s views and he did not say I did”

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By Olusegun Adeniyi My attention has just been drawn to an attempt in a section of the social media to credit President Goodluck Jonathan with what he did not say about my book, ‘Against The Run of Play’, in order to discredit me. Yesterday, President Jonathan said: “I have just ...

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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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