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18 Jan 2015
I HAVE read the Koran over seven times, page by page.  As I have been at pains to point out, education is universal and every culture, religion, group contribute to its gigantic trough. Islam, the Arabs, Shintos, Confucius have done their bit by contributing their wisdom into this pot.  I do not claim to be…
18 Jan 2015
IT is an election year again and everyone is shouting change all over the place. Hopeful excitement trails the country’s election prospects so much so that it seems we already take it for granted that this year’s election will surely rub off well on us all. Like all well meaning Nigerians and our well-wishers all…
18 Jan 2015
MORE than two years after I wrote my last article in The Guardian, it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain my self-imposed silence, not because I feel that I have something compellingly important to say but to satisfy or even to reassure some of those who have  read me over a period of more…
18 Jan 2015
SINCE his foray into the murky waters of Nigerian politics in 2003, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has proved that he is not only a true democrat, but has unquenchable desire to offer the country a desired leadership that has been missing since the return of democratic governance in 1999. On three occasions, Buhari contested the…
17 Jan 2015
THE APC’s candidate for the February 14 presidential election, General Mohammadu Buhari gives the same answer to all the great questions of the day. ‘I will fight corruption and stop Boko Haram’ he keeps repeating. It is a constant response to even questions on dwindling oil revenues and the abysmal state of school enrolment in…
17 Jan 2015
THE political space is turbo-charged because election fever is raging. As in every contest, front line stakeholders are working extra hours in order to remain competitive. But there are always rules in every game. In athletics, for example, there is a certain level of adrenal activism within which contestants must subject themselves. Anyone who seeks…
17 Jan 2015
I CONGRATULATE PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN for finally visiting Borno State, the heartland of the insurgency in Nigeria, last week. His stop was Maiduguri, the state capital, where he guaranteed his personal security inside layers of soldiers and officials.   Did he praise the military or encourage them? Check.   Did he remember the internally-displaced and…
17 Jan 2015
IT came like a whirlwind. Initially, many did not understand its purpose and intent despite deliberate far-flung explanations. Speculations abound in the land. However, the proponents of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, were undeterred despite the seemingly hostile environment of certain sections of the polity and from certain individuals who have this morbid feeling…
17 Jan 2015
TWICE Reluwe (Railway) went to seek the service and the advice of the Ifa Priest. Dafida Trouble and his assistant Alaba are sitting in the deserted Railway Station in Lokoja. “I didn’t inanimate subjects and objects went to see the Ifa priest”, was the surprised response of Trouble. But knowing Alaba and his various sources…
17 Jan 2015
FOR some politicians belonging to the ruling APC in Lagos State, it is unthinkable that their party is not the party in power in the state. This is hardly their fault, having been the ample beneficiaries of three back to back political and electoral victories of the party in various shapes, formations and names; and…
16 Jan 2015
MANDELA (1918-2013), late President of South Africa is perhaps the greatest leader of our time. Richard Stengel wrote that ‘His greatest achievement is surely the creation of a democratic, non-racial South Africa and preventing that beautiful country from falling into a terrible, bloody civil war...’  Madiba is described as the last of the twentieth century’s…
15 Jan 2015
IT is lamentable as well as unacceptable that our fledgling democracy, on which the fortunes of this great country and its millions of citizens rest, seems destined to remain in an infantile stage. The sacrosanct and non-negotiable hallmarks of a functioning democracy include the following principles: Individual worth, right to be informed, enlightened citizens, clarity…

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