26
Feb2017

Can’t Fight Xenophobia with Xenophobia - Simon Kolawole

Can’t Fight Xenophobia with Xenophobia - Simon Kolawole

Something unNigerian happened in Abuja on Thursday: protesters vandalised an MTN office in an apparent reprisal mission over the perennial xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. MTN, being the biggest South African company in the country, is by far the easiest for reprisal. This, I suppose, was meant to send a message to South Africans that their interests in Nigeria are also at risk if they do not relent...

25
Feb2017

Why I fell out with Tinubu - Kofo Bucknor-Akerele

Why I fell out with Tinubu - Kofo Bucknor-Akerele

State governors in the South Western part of the country have been advised to take measures to protect lives and properties in the geo-political zone against the menace of kidnappers and Fulani herdsmen. Making the appeal in an interview with ’TUNDE THOMAS, former deputy governor in Lagos State, Senator (Mrs) Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele enjoined the governors as chief security officers of their respective states to take urgent measures to stop the...

25
Feb2017

Why Osinbajo is succeeding where Buhari failed - Farooq Kperogi

Why Osinbajo is succeeding where Buhari failed - Farooq Kperogi

There finally seems to be some movement in the country. A new life has been infused into the country. There is now legitimate reason to be hopeful. Why has it taken the ascendancy of Osinbajo to the acting presidency to achieve this? The answer is simple: symbolic presence. Buhari lacked symbolic presence in the 20 months he was in charge. His presence was barely felt in the country. Nor was...

25
Feb2017

We should be patient with president’s health - Buhari's former physician

We should be patient with president’s health - Buhari's former physician

Professor Sadiq Suleiman Wali is 76, and he was Chief Physician to five former heads of state, namely General Muhammadu Buhari, General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, the late General Sani Abacha and General Abdulsalami Abubakar. Question: People remember you more as a former chief physician to five ex-heads of state. How did you begin your medical career? Wali: I did my post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom and qualified...

24
Feb2017

The evolution of Yemi Osinbajo - Jideofor Adibe

The evolution of Yemi Osinbajo - Jideofor Adibe

Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has been receiving deserved kudos for the way he has been holding forte since Buhari went on medical vacation in England on January 19 2017. In this round as Acting President, Osinbajo seems to have brought a new style, which he had not displayed previously. As Vice President, Osinbajo started on a somewhat shaky note. For instance one of his first faux pas was his...

24
Feb2017

Buhari: R for Respect, R for Resignation - Pius Adesanmi

Buhari: R for Respect, R for Resignation - Pius Adesanmi

Recently, Justin Trudeau 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 language of the province. Although French is the language of Quebec, there is an Anglophone minority in that province. English and French being the two official...

23
Feb2017

Why is President Buhari still in London? - Martin Patience

Why is President Buhari still in London? - Martin Patience

As Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was beginning his latest visit to London more than a month ago, a new series of Big Brother Nigeria was getting under way. A former military ruler known for his no-nonsense style would appear to have little in common with a reality TV show where contestants engage in attention-seeking behaviour. But both subjects were soon generating headlines for the same reason - neither of them...

23
Feb2017

The future of public stealing - Dare Babarinsa

The future of public stealing - Dare Babarinsa

One of the conventions since 1998 is that those who will vie for or be appointed into high public offices should at least be cleared by the security agencies, especially the Nigerian Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Department of State Security (DSS). In his quest to look for a successor beyond Vice President Atiku Abubakar, President Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have relied heavily on security reports on...

23
Feb2017

The future of Africa- Femi Komolafe

The future of Africa- Femi Komolafe

The current population of Africa, according to the United Nations, is 1.1 billion, which is about 16 per cent of the world’s population. This 16 per cent takes 40 per cent of the entire world resources and 60 per cent of the world’s arable lands (see Global Public Square). There is crude oil in Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, Angola and Egypt. There is Chromium in Congo. Sierra Leone, Angola and Botswana...

22
Feb2017

Emir Sanusi's poor man one wife policy - Ayoola Imran

Emir Sanusi's poor man one wife policy - Ayoola Imran

Marriage is a legal institution established to promote love, care and tranquility. It's also the best and legal channel for reproduction. It's worrisome the way people handle marital affairs today ignorantly and playfully. Playfully in the sense that a man who lacks the funds marries above his income, subjecting both the woman and the children to humiliation and a hapless situation which in turn converts the wards into a nuisance...

22
Feb2017

The French "Invasion" of Nigeria by proxy -Richard Murphy

The French "Invasion" of Nigeria by proxy -Richard Murphy

Nigeria has indeed seen tough times, tough times that have lasted over six years, with accompanying wanton destruction of lives and properties running into billions of naira. While it is argued in some quarters that the Boko Haram crisis has some international sponsors, I nonetheless think there is more than just foreign sponsorship of the activities of the sect. In my opinion, there is an international conspiracy to either destroy...

22
Feb2017

Is Dolapo Osinbajo also acting First Lady? - Bola Bolawole

Is Dolapo Osinbajo also acting First Lady? - Bola Bolawole

If Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is acting president, it stands to reason that his wife, Dolapo, should also be acting First Lady; the only snag, however, is that unlike the substantive president who has been sidelined by illness, the substantive First Lady, as far as we know, is hale and hearty and fit as a fiddle. We cannot match likes with unlikes and what God has joined together, let no illness...

22
Feb2017

5 lies the world tells entrepreneurs about how to succeed - Ron Shah

5 lies the world tells entrepreneurs about how to succeed - Ron Shah

It's common knowledge that 90 percent of startups die. So what do the 10 percent have that the 90 percent don’t? We are taught that succeeding as an entrepreneur is all about working ridiculously harder than anyone else and persisting beyond the challenges. Then, and only then, will you “make it.” That is a big bunch of hooey. I believe there is one factor above the others that allows for...

22
Feb2017

If we’re going to play God with gene editing, we’ve got to ask some moral questions - Christine Emba

If we’re going to play God with gene editing, we’ve got to ask some moral questions - Christine Emba

"We are as gods and we might as well get good at it.” So wrote futurist Stewart Brand in the introduction to the first Whole Earth Catalog in 1968. At the time the statement seemed tongue-in-cheek. Nearly 50 years later it’s much less of a joke. The past 30 days have seen several unheralded but consequential strides in the scientific quest for god-like control of our destiny. Last week, National...

19
Feb2017

BILL GATES: A new kind of terrorism could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year — and we are not prepared

BILL GATES: A new kind of terrorism could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year — and we are not prepared

When I decided 20 years ago to make global health the focus of my philanthropic work, I didn’t imagine that I’d be speaking at a conference on international security policy. But I’m speaking here at the Munich Security Conference because I believe our worlds are more tightly linked than most people realize. War zones and other fragile state settings are the most difficult places to eliminate epidemics. They’re also some...

19
Feb2017

The truth about people who play 'devil's advocate' - Daniel DiPiazza

The truth about people who play 'devil's advocate' - Daniel DiPiazza

One thing that bothers me is the concept of "playing Devil’s Advocate.” Oftentimes, if we come up with a good idea, friends, family and coworkers will look to find reasons why it won’t work. They’ll look for reasons why we might fail…but they’ll frame it in the guise of trying to “help” us. “I was just playing Devil’s Advocate.” But that’s not helpful at all, is it? For one, looking...

19
Feb2017

Interview: My quarrel with Kwankwaso – Ganduje

Interview: My quarrel with Kwankwaso – Ganduje

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has disclosed the main reasons behind the strained relationship between him and his former political associate, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, linking them to disagreements on policy implementation and actions of sycophants. He said Kwankwaso had misinterpreted the fine-tuning of the policies he bequeathed to mean an attempt to deny him credit. The governor expressed doubt about the clash affecting the chances of the All...

18
Feb2017

Is Abati the new poster boy? - Tony Ademiluyi

Is Abati the new poster boy? - Tony Ademiluyi

One of the books I read with relish when I was in secondary school was the Bottled Leopard by Chukwuemeka Ike. One of the themes was culture shock. The protagonist, Nwachukwu, who called himself Chuk, was sent by his father who was based in the United States, to go back to Africa and learn more about his culture, as he was of mixed-race and saw himself more as an American....

18
Feb2017

Yemi Osinbajo: When an Acting President Acts Well - Reno Omokri

Yemi Osinbajo: When an Acting President Acts Well - Reno Omokri

I am loving the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo right now and for good reasons too. In the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, Pastor Osinbajo-led the Executive Council of the Federation’s meeting and ministers were forced to deliberate for seven hours! It is the longest meeting ever under this administration and my reaction to it was WOW! This is my kind of man! I have previously said that Nigeria actually...

18
Feb2017

President Buhari and his London Visitors- Dele Momodu

President Buhari and his London Visitors- Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, let me warn quickly that a new circus has come to town and there is a theatre of the absurd ongoing in the city of London. The patrons are very important personalities from Nigeria who have turned the supposed illness of our dear President Muhammadu Buhari into a stage play. At the rate these medical tourists are going, Nigeria may be empty of all its fat cats as...

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