21
May2017

My trip to Vegas, the city of allure, sin and gambling - Folu Olamiti

My trip to Vegas, the city of allure, sin and gambling - Folu Olamiti

I’m a Christian, a firm believer in God and His majestic power to order the affairs of man on this plane of existence according to His perfect will. It, therefore, goes without saying that I’m also a firm believer in providence, which Wikipedia describes as “the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.” It was this providence that, once again, catapulted me to...

20
May2017

The language of slaves - Femi Fani-Kayode

The language of slaves - Femi Fani-Kayode

The most difficult challenge that Nigerians face is not the hegemony of the Hausa Fulani ruling class but the ignorance and slavish mentality of some of those from the Middle Belt and the south that they have conquered. Ignorance, cowardice and delusion is the language and practice of slaves. And it is typical of a slave to despise and hate those that seek to liberate him from his slave masters...

19
May2017

What’s a life worth in Nigeria?’ -Biodun Ogungbo

What’s a life worth in Nigeria?’ -Biodun Ogungbo

Somewhere in Nigeria. A trailer fell on a woman. It crushed her legs. She was still alive. But in severe pains and begging. Begging for help. For someone to save her! There on the scene. Men and women. Including law enforcement. Walking around her. Taking photographs and video. Capturing her misery. Her impending death from blood loss. For all to see! Oh, what a life? This was the distressing picture...

16
May2017

Revenge of the older woman - Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

Revenge of the older woman - Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

When Emmanuel Macron, the President-elect of France, won his election in a landslide on May 7th 2017, much of the focus was not on the politics which threw up such a massive victory for him and his party. It was about the twenty-four year age difference between the handsome 39 year old President-Elect and his much older wife, Brigitte Trogneux, who will be the next First Lady of France. The...

16
May2017

Junaid Mohammed's bunkum and the final battle for Nigeria's independence- Femi Fani-Kayode

Junaid Mohammed's bunkum and the final battle for Nigeria's independence- Femi Fani-Kayode

"If anything happens to Buhari the north will insist on being in power till 2027...those who see Buhari as their representative and are not being treated justly are going to claim their own rights and the only way you are going to resolve the issue is that after Buhari’s administration, you have it zoned to the north for eight to 10 years"- Dr. Junaid Mohammed, Punch Newspaper, 14th May 2017....

11
May2017

Non-custodial sentencing and criminal justice administration - Blessing Akinsehinwa

Non-custodial sentencing and criminal justice administration - Blessing Akinsehinwa

JThe Webster’s New World Law Dictionary defines a non custodial sentence as ‘a criminal sentence served elsewhere than in a prison (for example, on probation)’. In the simplest term, a non custodial sentence refers to the sentence imposed on a person who has been found guilty of a crime by a competent Court of law which does not involve a term of imprisonment in the case of an adult, a...

10
May2017

Osinbajo is the Acting President of Nigeria, simpliciter- Inibehe Effiong

Osinbajo is the Acting President of Nigeria, simpliciter- Inibehe Effiong

The written declaration or letter transmitted to the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives by President Muhammadu Buhari conveying his decision to proceed on medical vacation has ignited an avoidable controversy regarding the status and role of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) for the period that Mr. Buhari’s medical vacation will subsist. On Tuesday May 9, 2017, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and the speaker...

08
May2017

Five reasons why Macron won the French election

Five reasons why Macron won the French election

Emmanuel Macron has triggered a political earthquake in French politics. A year ago, he was a member of the government of one the most unpopular French presidents in history. Now, at 39, he has won France's presidential election, defeating first the mainstream centre left and centre right and now the far right as well. He got lucky No doubt about it, Mr Macron was carried to victory in part by...

07
May2017

The options before President Buhari -Simon Kolawole

The options before President Buhari -Simon Kolawole

If you’re like me, you would hesitate to comment on the health of a fellow mortal in a sarcastic and malicious way just for the sake of politics. It doesn’t matter if it is the person next door or the president of a country. My grandmother never failed to warn me, when I was much younger, to not laugh at anyone’s deformity. “Nobody chose to be deformed,” she would say,...

04
May2017

Deepening uncertainty over Buhari’s health - Punch Editorial Board

Deepening uncertainty over Buhari’s health - Punch Editorial Board

The raging controversy over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari is a repeat nightmare Nigerians do not deserve. For the second time in eight years, inertia, uncertainty, cabalistic intrigues and primordial divisions have gripped the country as the President grapples with an illness that keeps him away from public view and raises doubts about his fitness for the job. It is also raising questions about who is really running...

01
May2017

Is CBN defending the naira or dollar?- Henry Boyo

Is CBN defending the naira or dollar?-  Henry Boyo

“As I speak to you, our external reserves stand above $31bn, and that provides us with enough fire power to be able to defend the naira” –Godwin Emefiele (Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, April 25, 2017). The question, however, is this: Is the CBN actually defending the naira? This question is addressed in the above title, which was first published in The Punch and Vanguard newspapers on January 12, 2015....

25
Apr2017

Reporter’s Diary: My encounter with Buhari’s Chief Security Officer - Lekan Adetayo

Reporter’s Diary: My encounter with Buhari’s Chief Security Officer - Lekan Adetayo

Shortly after I arrived at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday morning, I received a message that the Chief Security Officer to the President, Bashir Abubakar, would like to see me in his office. What came to my mind immediately was that it was the Presidency’s Media Office that interfaces with journalists and not the CSO. I felt I should inform the presidential spokesmen before honouring the strange invitation. I...

20
Apr2017

Emir Sanusi and other truth speakers - Abimbola Adelakun

Emir Sanusi and other truth speakers - Abimbola Adelakun

In the past few months, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, is a man reborn; from what he says these days, he seems to have had something akin to a Damascene conversion. There is a lot to be excited about when a theocratic ruler transforms into a social advocate to vehemently rail against the retrograde conservatism and benign aloofness of his exalted position. However, one should be cautiously happy....

20
Apr2017

Riding on the runway - Olusegun Adeniyi

Riding on the runway - Olusegun Adeniyi

For a government that thrives on propaganda, it is just as well that the operatives of the Muhammadu Buhari administration did not understand the significance of what happened on Tuesday at the Abuja International Airport. If they did, they would have moved beyond just regaling us with their cemetery tales. Ordinarily, the rehabilitation of an airport runway should be no big deal. However, given the circumstances surrounding this particular project,...

19
Apr2017

The sound and fury of Ango Abdullahi and the mendacities of Tanko Yakasai - Femi Fani-Kayode

The sound and fury of Ango Abdullahi and the mendacities of Tanko Yakasai - Femi Fani-Kayode

Professor Ango Abdullahi is the spokesman and de facto leader of the Northern Elders Forum. His notorious mendacities and constant submissions and assertions remind me of Shakespeare’s’ profound words in his classic play titled ‘Macbeth’ where he spoke of “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. A few days ago the Professor claimed that, “the north sustained the entire Nigerian state from 1914 up...

19
Apr2017

Yemi Ogunbiyi: Mr. Activity at 70 - Chidi Amuta

Yemi Ogunbiyi: Mr. Activity at 70 - Chidi Amuta

Dele Giwa and the Lagos media crowd made a rowdy and disruptive late entrance. It was a dinner party at Yemi Ogunbiyi’s staff quarters home at Ife. Stanley Macebuh had arrived earlier and kept us busy with his usual incisive cerebral excursions into the philosophy of nearly everything current. Nothing thrilled him more than moments like this, when he would commune with like minds on nearly every subject. For those...

17
Apr2017

The technocrats and the demagogues- Sina Odugbemi

The technocrats and the demagogues- Sina Odugbemi

To recap and settle our terms, the populist demagogues now emerging as leaders of governments around the world have a peculiar way of operating. At the core of their practice is a truculent nationalism that defines a part of the political community as the ‘real’ people. They claim to govern in the name of ‘the people’, as defined. They use polarization deliberately, even when in government; they define enemies and...

13
Apr2017

Is Nigeria being punished by God? -Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Is Nigeria being punished by God? -Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

The recent meningitis outbreak, which has so far claimed almost 450 lives in Nigeria's north, may have exposed one of the reasons why that region of the country continues to have some of the grimmest statistics in almost every area of development. Even before the Boko Haram militant Islamist insurgency, there was alarmingly high figures on infant and maternal mortality, poverty, child marriage, children out-of-school, to mention but a few....

08
Apr2017

Biafra: The march of ethnic nationalists and a friendly warning to the French and British Ambassadors - Femi Fani-Kayode

Biafra: The march of ethnic nationalists and a friendly warning to the French and British Ambassadors - Femi Fani-Kayode

In 1941 during the course of the Second World War, the most famous alumna of my old school Harrow and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Sir Winston Churchill, said the following words to General Bernard Montgomery, who was also known as the “Spartan General”, the hero of the Battle of Alamein, the Commander of the famous British Desert Rats and the Field Marshall of the British Armed Forces. He...

08
Apr2017

Dangote is 60 - Leadership editors

Dangote is 60 - Leadership editors

Fortune, it is said, favours the brave. That may be said of the man Aliko Dangote a multi-billionaire who became famous for large-hearted philanthropy. Outside his familiar circles of business and manufacturing, his donation to worthy causes stand him out among the greats. The Dangote Foundation, which he founded and finances is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of his group. It is responsible for contributing over $100 million in...

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