My Journey To COVIDOM

By Babafemi Ojudu It took a lot of self-persuasion to decide on a trip to Ado Ekiti on December 18 to attend the funeral of my friend’s dad. Kay as we call Kayode Afolabi has been my pal since primary school. I therefore considered it an obligation to join in the traditional obsequies for his dad. His parents are like mine. It took a friend like Kay to take me out of my home to office routine since the outbreak of the pandemic almost a year ago. I am finicky…

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The Audacious Lies Of So-Called Arik’s ‘Local Investors’

By Paul K. Adegboyega The reported appeal by a group identified as “a group of local investors with stakes in Arik Air” to President Muhammadu Buhari calling for the airline to be returned to its former owners lacks both credibility and substance. The appeal confirms that some of the individuals whose mismanagement of highly indebted firms have led to Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) intervention have no sense of remorse or responsibility for their terrible handling of the affairs of the companies in question. The public appeal to the…

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Buhari: Masquerade That Won’t Dance

By Lasisi Olagunju The president is in Katsina State, he is not on leave, yet the Federal Government sent a delegation from Abuja on Sunday to ‘commiserate’ with the Katsina State government. I do not know if you also find that very awkward. Is that how it is done? What is happening? I know there are persons in Nigeria who fear President Muhammadu Buhari more than they fear God. I could feel them frantically fighting the winds over reports of Friday’s abduction of schoolboys in Katsina. Their problem is not…

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Oyeyemi And Modernisation Of FRSC: An Overview Of Anticorruption Campaigns

By Bisi Kazeem, fsi When the Federal Government of Nigeria established the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on 18th February 1988, it was generally seen as the culmination of all past efforts to address the growing menace of road traffic crashes in the country which put Nigeria road as the most dangerous to drive vehicles on, second only to Ethiopia. The responsibility of bringing down the rate and fatalities of the crashes fell on the founding fathers of the organisation who had earlier proved their mettle in road crash management…

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How And Why PDP Won Okigwe Senatorial Bye-Election

By Ogu Bundu Nwadike, M.A For those of us in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the bye-election in Okigwe Zone on Saturday December 5, 2020 has come and gone. A winner has emerged, and losers have emerged. Fortunately, while PDP, with their candidate, Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu won, others led by the All Progressives Congress (APC), lost. This short essay is conceived to situate concisely the how and why PDP, with Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu emerged winner. But before we elaborate on that, let’s quickly report that APC expectedly lost because it…

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Buhari’s Incompetence Rouses Slumbering North

By Ikechukwu Amaechi “The time of truth has come. This situation is no longer acceptable to any Nigerian. We can’t be mourning our citizens every day.” Anyone who reads the comment above would instinctively assume it was made by known critics of President Muhammadu Buhari like former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose; former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode; or leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. So damn wrong. It was made by Senator Ahmad Baba-Kaita (APC, Katsina North; also known as Daura Senatorial District) – Buhari’s…

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Igbo: For Whom the Bell Tolls

By Akin Osuntkun Caveat emptor: No arguments and positions canvassed hereunder should be construed as preference for any other option than the expeditious return to true federalism going forward. “The proposition for an Igbo president is likely to be the most consequential subject in the 2023 election year. If it comes about, there will be consequences for Nigeria and the Igbos. If not, the consequences will be even more dire. If the proposition fails, Nigeria will carry the moral burden of continuing as a nation sustained on systemic injustice. Fifty…

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Public Trillions In Private Pockets

By Olusegun Adeniyi AMCON is owed #3 Trillion by 20 bank thieves called bank debtors. My wife lost #6m l gave to her to invest in quoted companies that collapsed. Thousands of people lose their jobs due to bad debts of serial borrowers that lead to collapse of banks. In July last year, the federal government established a task force comprised of the EFCC, ICPC, NFIU and the Federal Ministry of Justice to recover N5.7 trillion owed to the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The government also proposed an…

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Remembering Jerry Rawlings

By Rotimi Fasan The seven-day period of national mourning declared by President Nana Akufo-Addo to mourn the passage of Ghana’s former president, Jerry John Rawlings, ends today. During this mourning period the Black Star flag of Ghana flew at half-mast. While receiving members of the Rawlings family who had visited the Jubilee House office of the president of Ghana to formally inform him of the death of Rawlings, President Akufo-Addo had promised the deceased president would be given a state funeral. His status as both a former president of Ghana…

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Thank You, Mr Donald John Trump

Mr Trump who was seeking a re-election as US President was thoroughly defeated by Sen. Joe Biden who is US President-elect By Muniini K. Mulera Notwithstanding the damage that Donald John Trump has done to the United States in just four years, he deserves our gratitude for exposing some truths that had been buried underneath the veneer of a progressive nation that President Ronald Reagan had hoped would become “A Shining City On A Hill.” Two things stand out for me: #First – Trump has lifted the pretence by boldly espousing…

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