2019: Nigeria’s emerging political leaders - Reuben Abati

24 April 2018
2019: Nigeria’s emerging political leaders - Reuben Abati

A strong indication of both the quality and failure of politics in Nigeria, as the people look forward to the next general elections in 2019, is the manner in which...

Isiaka Adeleke: One year gone, but the soul keeps marching on - Wale Ojo

23 April 2018
Isiaka Adeleke: One year gone, but the soul keeps marching on - Wale Ojo

Whether by a combination of diabolical means or natural consequence, it's exactly a year ago today, April 23, 2018 when His Excellency, Sen. Isiaka Adeleke paid the supreme price. So...

Shall we tell the President? - Simon Kolawole

23 April 2018
Shall we tell the President? - Simon Kolawole

Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, I hope this meets you well. I don’t know if you remember me. My name is Simon. Simon Kolawole. Never mind. We will come to that...

Nigeria as Buhari’s Suara Sobo lorry - Festus Adedayo

22 April 2018
Nigeria as Buhari’s Suara Sobo lorry - Festus Adedayo

Nigeria of the 1950s and early 1960s had very many interesting personalities. Western Region had its fair share of such. One of them was a man named Suara Sobo (Sobo...

Ekiti governorship election: Wheat and chaff - Niran Olatona

20 April 2018
Ekiti governorship election: Wheat and chaff - Niran Olatona

I understand up to 28 aspirants have picked forms to contest the primary election in anticipation of becoming governor of Ekiti State on the platform of APC. I have taken...

Does God speak in discordant voices? - Jideofor Adibe

20 April 2018
Does God speak in discordant voices? - Jideofor Adibe

The political season is a festival of sort for many - not just for political gladiators but also for most members of the society - from political pundits to those...

Where is Nnamdi Kanu? - Tola Adeniyi

18 April 2018
Where is Nnamdi Kanu? - Tola Adeniyi

Today I charge all of us in the Media with criminal silence and culpable complicity in the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu’s saga. Since September 14 last year when Nigerian troops...

Tinubu’s conundrum - Femi Otubanjo

17 April 2018
Tinubu’s conundrum - Femi Otubanjo

President Buhari’s presence at Tinubu’s 66th Birthday Colloquium was a public affirmation of a rapprochement between two men, who had been estranged for the better part of the pendency of...

Section 5 and the Mohammed Bello Adoke case - Reuben Abati

17 April 2018
Section 5 and the Mohammed Bello Adoke case - Reuben Abati

His Lordship Justice Binta Nyako at the Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory last Friday, gave an instructive, landmark judgment in the matter between Mohammed Bello Adoke...

What’s been stopping the Left? - Dani Rodrik

17 April 2018
What’s been stopping the Left? - Dani Rodrik

Why were democratic political systems not responsive early enough to the grievances that autocratic populists have successfully exploited – inequality and economic anxiety, decline of perceived social status, the chasm...

Run, Buhari: Resign and run far away - Sonala Olumhense

16 April 2018
Run, Buhari: Resign and run far away - Sonala Olumhense

Finally, President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed what has been known to many for nearly three years: he wants to remain in power for four more years. According to Mr. Buhari,...

OAU Prof and sex predators on the streets - Festus Adedayo

15 April 2018
OAU Prof and sex predators on the streets - Festus Adedayo

The groin is perhaps where providence hid the bomb that will detonate mankind. Even in ancient history, for a tiny drop of seminal fluid, nations have gone into war with...

Why I'll vote Buhari again and again - Femi Adesina

14 April 2018
Why I'll vote Buhari again and again - Femi Adesina

The greatest talking point in our country this week has been the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that he would seek a second term in office next year. And naturally...

Buhari is running once more to where? - Yemi Adebowale

14 April 2018
Buhari is running once more to where? - Yemi Adebowale

Leaders in third world countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, enjoy being disgraced out of office. Their shenanigans are legendary and rank very high on the dark flanks of Africa. Just...

The Syrian conflict: Is WW3 imminent? - Tony Ogunlowo

14 April 2018
The Syrian conflict: Is WW3 imminent? - Tony Ogunlowo

The possibility of another World war is imminent if the crisis in Syria is allowed to spiral out of control: following last week’s chemical attack on Douma, America and a...

Restructuring: propositions summarised - Edwin Madunagu

13 April 2018
Restructuring: propositions summarised - Edwin Madunagu

The aim here is to summarise my current position on the question of geopolitical restructuring of Nigeria. I say “current” because as far as I can remember, I started thinking...

When abuse of an old man becomes mindless and atrocious - Anayo M. Nwosu

13 April 2018
When abuse of an old man becomes mindless and atrocious - Anayo M. Nwosu

When a man gets older and crosses age 70, his sense organs begin to wane and malfunction. The brain articulates slower. It is normal to hear old men complain of...

The Police and the slaughter slab - Tola Adeniyi

12 April 2018
The Police and the slaughter slab - Tola Adeniyi

My heart bleeds for the Nigeria Police, the most endangered species of government employees in the country. I have been writing and lamenting about the pitiable plight of the Nigeria...

Buhari’s decision to seek re-election - Jideofor Adibe

12 April 2018
Buhari’s decision to seek re-election - Jideofor Adibe

I was surprised that some people seemed surprised that Buhari decided to seek re-election. I have always maintained that it will be unthinkable for any President of the country to...

Can it be illegal to leave your country? - Kamel Daoud

11 April 2018
Can it be illegal to leave your country? - Kamel Daoud

For some years now, certain videos posted on Facebook, Algerians’ preferred social network, have been causing a sensation here: They show groups of young Algerians brandishing smartphones and singing, taking...

Ayo Adebanjo: The man and his politics - Reuben Abati

10 April 2018
Ayo Adebanjo: The man and his politics - Reuben Abati

When friends, family and political associates gather in Ijebu-Ogbo, Ogun state today, to celebrate the 90th birthday of Chief Ayo Adebanjo, they will be honouring a radical and progressive politician,...

2019: Let the others simply run away - Femi Adesina

10 April 2018
2019: Let the others simply run away - Femi Adesina

There are two options for those in contention for the presidency in 2019: run, or run away. Now that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated his intention to run, dwarfs trying...

The global trade game - Mohamed A. El-Erian

09 April 2018
The global trade game - Mohamed A. El-Erian

The trade confrontation between the United States and China is heating up. After firing an opening salvo of steep tariffs on steel and aluminum, the US administration has released a...

Notes on Leftist politics - Edwin Madunagu

05 April 2018
Notes on Leftist politics - Edwin Madunagu

Recently, a young man who teaches English in Abia State University phoned to inform me of an impending conference on the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx. But what...

Ayo Adebanjo @90: Our joy, his sorrows - ‘Sina Kawonise

03 April 2018
Ayo Adebanjo @90: Our joy, his sorrows - ‘Sina Kawonise

Attaining age 90 in a country where life expectancy is 55 years is a monumental achievement. Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the great Awoist, nationalist, patriot, democrat, leader, ideologue, and Afenifere chieftain,...

Bill Gates as “a wailing wailer” - Reuben Abati

29 March 2018
Bill Gates as “a wailing wailer” - Reuben Abati

“I do not enjoy speaking to you this bluntly when you have been gracious enough to invite me here…” – Bill Gates. Mr. Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, friend of Nigeria...

Liberal World Order, R.I.P. - Richard N. Haass

26 March 2018
Liberal World Order, R.I.P. - Richard N. Haass

After a run of nearly one thousand years, quipped the French philosopher and writer Voltaire, the fading Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire. Today, some...

Buhari and his Dapchi girls - Festus Adedayo

25 March 2018
Buhari and his Dapchi girls - Festus Adedayo

Senator Marco Rubio stood ramrod in the midst of the rancorous audience. He looked at the audience’s insolent countenance like a subpoenaed witness in a murder case. He indeed had...

Mixed Feelings about the Dapchi Schoolgirls' ‘Rescue’ - Farooq Kperogi

23 March 2018
Mixed Feelings about the Dapchi Schoolgirls' ‘Rescue’ - Farooq Kperogi

Daily Trust reported that 5 hours before the return of the Dapchi schoolgirls, soldiers guarding the town of Dapchi were mysteriously withdrawn. Recall that the Yobe State governor had alerted...

Deleting Facebook? Don’t worry, I’ll replace it for you - Alexandra Petri

23 March 2018
Deleting Facebook? Don’t worry, I’ll replace it for you - Alexandra Petri

The hashtag #deletefacebook is trending on Twitter after Facebook's Cambridge Analytica controversy. Here's a guide on how to leave the social media site. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post) I can understand...

The Left and election 2019 - Edwin Madunagu

22 March 2018
The Left and election 2019 - Edwin Madunagu

In late 1978, or early 1979, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of Nigeria’s frontline political leaders and the leader of the newly-proclaimed Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), came to Calabar in...

The Kigali AU Summit: Nigeria’s diplomatic blunder - Reuben Abati

22 March 2018
The Kigali AU Summit: Nigeria’s diplomatic blunder - Reuben Abati

President Muhammadu Buhari’s 12th hour decision to snub the African Union Extra-ordinary summit on the endorsement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), in Kigali, March 20 – 22...

Osinbajo confirms Buhari’s impotence - Abimbola Adelakun

22 March 2018
Osinbajo confirms Buhari’s impotence - Abimbola Adelakun

If Vice President Yemi Osinbajo expected a public outrage at his latest revelation that the whopping sums of N100 billion and $289 million were embezzled by the Goodluck Jonathan administration...

We’re Jonah in our boats - Festus Adedayo

21 March 2018
We’re Jonah in our boats - Festus Adedayo

American novelist and essayist, James Baldwin, in virtually all his books, underscores the interconnectivity of our life experiences and the strands that tie the world together. If you read the...

Remembering the ‘Motor-Park Economist’, Ashikiwe Adione-Egom - Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

21 March 2018
Remembering the ‘Motor-Park Economist’, Ashikiwe Adione-Egom - Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

This month marks three years the great man departed these shores. I still remember him attired in his colonial district officer kind of shorts. Who can ever forget his bow-tie?...

Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil - Reuben Abati

20 March 2018
Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil - Reuben Abati

Professor Wole Soyinka was keynote speaker at the maiden annual lecture of the Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism held in Lagos on March 15. Topic: “Rebuilding Trust in...

APC and the spirit of witchcraft - Femi Aribisala

19 March 2018
APC and the spirit of witchcraft - Femi Aribisala

Both Christians and Muslims must reject outright the strange spirit that the APC, in its lust for power, has imported into Nigeria. On 27th November, 2014, at the inauguration of...

Between history and current demands - Edwin Madunagu

14 March 2018
Between history and current demands - Edwin Madunagu

One of the propositions of Leftists’ theory of history is that human beings are the makers of their own history. A corollary to this – that human beings do not...

Lagos state and the politics of taxation - Reuben Abati

14 March 2018
Lagos state and the politics of taxation - Reuben Abati

The government of Lagos state seems to be currently in the eye of the storm over its introduction of a law, a property tax as it were, known as the...

Buhari’s Marriage of Anansewa - Festus Adedayo

11 March 2018
Buhari’s Marriage of Anansewa - Festus Adedayo

In Ghana during the week that just ended, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, acted the script of late Ghanaian playwright, director, children's author, poet and dramatist, Efua Theodora Sutherland’s The Marriage...




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