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Jega-INEC-BOSS
15 Feb 2015
NIGERIANS may have borne the insult with admirable equanimity, even with some hope that something good would be the outcome of their long wait and delay. But let Professor Attahiru Jega and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as President Goodluck Jonathan and his security advisers not be in any doubt that with…
15 Feb 2015
THE Yoruba town of Ibadan is the largest native market in Africa. The Yorubas engage in the business of planting and trading in cocoa, palm produce, timber, rubber, and kola nuts, apart from their normal food crops. They are good businessmen and women, some of whom dealt in timber, cocoa, kola nuts, trading from Lagos…
15 Feb 2015
“Insults are the arguments by those who are in the wrong” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau; French Philosopher, 1712 – 1778) NIGERIANS have followed the on-going political campaign for the 2015 General Elections characterised by lack of any significant discussions about issues affecting their welfare. It was obvious from the start that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is…
15 Feb 2015
THE screaming headline from a report by Bloomberg on recent developments in the Nigerian foreign exchange market leading to the organization pointedly wondered aloud if the new Governor of the Central Bank is really his own man! An unbiased assessment of this sweeping pronouncement will be to ask if this conclusion is not rather hasty,…
15 Feb 2015
IT is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable candidate for the European Union on its path to becoming a functioning democracy that upholds universal human rights, gender equality, the rule of law and the rights…
AU-troops
14 Feb 2015
AFRICAN nations, outraged at the atrocities being committed by Boko Haram recently demonstrated their solidarity with Nigeria by proposing to set up a regional force of 7, 500 troops to fight the rampaging terror group. Such intervention by the African nations under the aegis of the African Union (AU) is undoubtedly commendable as the threat to security posed by the terrorists requires a collective effort by Nigeria and her neighbours…
14 Feb 2015
IN a previous article, I had written glowingly about the capacity of the United States of America to literally carry on its shoulders the burden of the globe without stretching to breaking points. It is the only nation on earth that can be everywhere at the same time and still function optimally. The rest of…
14 Feb 2015
THE most popular headline last week was the fret by politicians that some ‘coup’ had occurred, as a result of the postponement of the general elections earlier billed to take off yesterday. There was no language some aggrieved persons did not deploy to describe the shift in date. Some said it was a re-enactment of…
14 Feb 2015
AS the entire world now knows, Nigeria last week scheduled a war.  A six-week war, with specific start and end dates.     Actually, it is an old war recast differently. The enemy is well-known: Boko Haram, the ruthless enemy Nigeria has fought, and lost to, for six years.  It is the militia that has…
14 Feb 2015
IN the prevailing hysteria triggered by the charade of change on which General Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential ambition is anchored, it is necessary to step aside for sober reflections on the fate that has befallen the North’s once unassailable political prowess. The last time the people of the North were constrained to give serious thought to…
14 Feb 2015
NEVER do today, insists Alaba — Special Assistant to Trouble — what you can do tomorrow is not a plan of action. Rather, you are saying you are putting off till tomorrow what you cannot do today. It is an escape. It is a way out. It is a way out of present responsibilities. And…
14 Feb 2015
IT was not on the usual campaign trail but at a very formal stakeholders meeting on taxation that no less a person than Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola made the unforgivable gaffe that PDP governorship candidate Jimi Agbaje is a serial tax defaulter and should not be electable as governor of the state. That should be the most potent example in contemporary Nigerian politics of the misuse of taxation as a political weapon to intimidate and disgrace a political opponent, by any sitting power holder or incumbent state governor in recent times. It was a blow below -the-belt; undeserved by the target.  Just as…

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