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...

07
Apr2017

I hope my daughters don't go to college — here are the 15 skills I want them to learn on their own instead - James Altucher

I hope my daughters don't go to college — here are the 15 skills I want them to learn on their own instead - James Altucher

This is what I wish: that my daughters don’t go to school. I offered my oldest the very prestigious “Altucher Fellowship.” Never awarded before. Only awarded to her. Basically it says: Do exactly what I tell you to do for a year and don’t go to college. I’m not sure she’s going to take it. Here’s my ideal program: * Spend some time each day learning the skills in the...

07
Apr2017

Be Very Careful Before Beating the War Drums in Syria - David French

Be Very Careful Before Beating the War Drums in Syria - David French

War has consequences. Callous incompetence has consequences. The world is watching those consequences unfold in Syria today. No one can look at images of children dead from gas attacks and not be moved. Let’s stipulate two things: First, there were never any easy American choices in Syria. Second, the Obama administration got virtually every hard choice wrong. Or, to be more precise, the choices it did make did nothing to...

06
Apr2017

The shame of a diminished senate - Louis Odion

The shame of a diminished senate - Louis Odion

Increasingly obsessed with sleaze and scandals, it is unknown how many of our conniving senators still have the presence of mind today to ponder history. Those who do would perhaps have encountered the name Oliver Cromwell, the British general, who turned England a republic and taught it puritan values. Convinced the parliament had transmuted to the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah by the middle of the 17th century, the new lawgiver...

05
Apr2017

Muhammadu Buhari: A legacy of sorrow, carnage, tragedy and affliction - Femi Fani-Kayode

Muhammadu Buhari: A legacy of sorrow, carnage, tragedy and affliction - Femi Fani-Kayode

Four hundred people were killed by meningitis in our country in the last few days. Twenty two girls were abducted by Boko Haram in Borno state four days ago. Ten people were killed by Fulani herdsmen in Cross Rivers state three days ago. Two more people were killed by another set of Fulani herdsmen in Kwande, Benue state two days ago. Worse still suicide amongst Nigerian professionals (including bankers, lawyers...

02
Apr2017

The story of Dino of ABU -Azu Ishiekwene

The story of Dino of ABU -Azu Ishiekwene

We’re in trouble, but that’s not the worst part. The real tragedy is that we don’t know that we don’t know. It took one week and a Senate summons for the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Professor Ibrahim Garba, to say that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from ABU. And even then, his testimony left more questions than answers. In response to repeated press enquiries, ABU had promised to...

02
Apr2017

On Dino Melaye, the Senate’s job is not done -Abimbola Adelakun

On Dino Melaye, the Senate’s job is not done -Abimbola Adelakun

In the same national universe where senators stood down the Residential Electoral Commissioners’ confirmation hearing; where the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has added the ongoing alleged diversion of the Paris Club refund to his repertoire of scandals; where people in rural Benue have been imperilled by the same throttle-bottom Presidency that plagues the entire nation, it is almost a meaningless effort engaging Dino Melaye’s certificate issues. Since the senator representing...

02
Apr2017

The Nigerian Senate, one sitting, one trouble -Simbo Olorunfemi

The Nigerian Senate, one sitting, one trouble -Simbo Olorunfemi

"You campaign in poetry and govern in prose," Mario Cuomo once said. In Nigeria, we campaign in Fuji and govern in Reggae. There is neither poetry nor rhythm in our campaign nor is there prose to governance. Instead, we are bogged down in plenty of meaningless drama. For the most part, our theatre of legislation mimics the emergency playground that Oshodi becomes, when at the drop of a hat, agberos,...

02
Apr2017

Open letter to the Indian Prime Minister -Ahmed Sule

Open letter to the Indian Prime Minister -Ahmed Sule

Dear Prime Minister Modi, Please Stop The Hate Crimes Against Africans Residing In India. As the most influential Indian at the moment, I believe that you have what it takes to put a stop to the never-ending hate crimes directed at Africans residing in your great country. On 27 March 2017, hundreds of Indians in Noida went on rampage attacking African students whom they accused of dealing in drugs. That...

02
Apr2017

The judicial politics of Nigerian dominance and its impact in post-1997 Gambia - Emmanuel Nkea

The judicial politics of Nigerian dominance and its impact in post-1997 Gambia - Emmanuel Nkea

Generally, strong democratic institutions and transparent legal procedures are vital to the rule of law, judicial independence and political governance. The exercise of independent judicial power by the judiciary is critical to the rule of law and may have profound political effects on governance. The recurrent measure by the Gambia Bar Association (GBA)to boycott court sessions presided over by Nigerian born judges have raised crucial questions about the judicial politics...

02
Apr2017

Fiddling while Rome burns- Simon Kolawole

Fiddling while Rome burns- Simon Kolawole

My wife lost her cousin last week. She suddenly started gasping for breath, so it was a clear case of medical emergency. The family rushed her to a private hospital. Unable to handle the emergency, the hospital referred her to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). At LASUTH, they were told there was “no bed space” and advised to proceed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Getting to...

31
Mar2017

The false binary between Saraki and Buhari - Farooq Kperogi

The false binary between Saraki and Buhari - Farooq Kperogi

What’s all these annoyingly false Manichean binaries people are erecting between an “evil” National Assembly and a “benign” Aso Rock! Both Aso Rock and the National Assembly are equally evil, corrupt, obtuse, and inept. Saraki is a cold, calculating, corrupt conman who destroys everything that comes in his way and Buhari is a self-centered, insensitive, naïve, and clueless man who has no business being president. The politics and choices of...

31
Mar2017

The enemy within and the cold-blooded threat from Arewa (2) - Femi Fani-Kayode

The enemy within and the cold-blooded threat from Arewa (2) - Femi Fani-Kayode

Apart from Afenifere, the OPC and a number of noble and courageous elders and leaders hardly anyone else from the South West has spoken up publicly for the Ifes and the Yoruba in this matter and that is a crying shame. What happened to the voices of the APC Governors in Yorubaland? What happened to the voice of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo? What happened to the voices of the respected...

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