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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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Abraham Ogbodo: Letter to the Acting President

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by Abraham Ogbodo Dear Mr. Acting President, I am writing to bring your attention to some soft issues that may become too hard to crack if they are not promptly addressed now. Although I had met you twice or so in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election, my name ...

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Alabi Williams: Why Tinubu shouldn’t run in 2019

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by Alabi Williams The All Progressives Congress (APC) appeared to have been very careful to avoid same pitfalls that clobbered former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), particularly on the vexed issue of zoning and rotational presidency. The APC, at the time of formation and constitution drafting, cleverly refused ...

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Tope Fasua: What I found Osinbajo doing in the toilet

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by Tope Fasua One guy wrote on Facebook, expressing his absolute disgust that the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had the time and could descend so low as to visit the toilets at the famous Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos during a recent visit. The West, North and Central African ...

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Dele Momodu: Presidential team is beginning to look like a divine one; let no one put asunder

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By Dele Momodu Fellow Nigerians, when I wrote my article last Saturday little did I envisage I was going to stir the hornets’ nests. And the bees came after me in droves though they couldn’t sting before they were sent back to wherever they came from. What was my offence? ...

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Chude Jideonwo: Why I am an entrepreneur in the business of nation building (2)

Chude Jideonwo

by Chude Jideonwo You can read the part one of this series here: Chude Jideonwo: Why I am an entrepreneur in the business of nation building (1) Then there is the long-term advantage – and this is the more important one for the future of our nation: what roles can business ...

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Chude Jideonwo: Why I am an entrepreneur in the business of nation building (1)

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by Chude Jideonwo A few days ago, I received this message in my email from a highly respected colleague with the Punch, which inspired this article: “Thank you for staying true to the cause. I have seen too many people transform into villains in recent years; but you have been ...

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Akin Osuntokun: From Awo to Mimiko – a farewell

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By Akin Osuntokun In anticipation of the instant umbrage of the short attention span category of rejoinders-who are wilfully constrained from reading beyond the title and perhaps the first paragraph of this essay, I need to quickly enter a proviso. It is to the effect that, I am, by no ...

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Pius Adesanmi: Pres. Buhari, respect your office by resigning if you know you can’t go on

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By Pius Adesanmi Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Justin udeau was in the province of Quebec for a townhall meeting with citizens. He has been holding townhalls across Canada. An Anglophone Quebecois woman asked him a question in English, he responded in French saying he preferred to respond in the official ...

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