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Panama Papers Palaver

Apr 07

Once again, the world was confronted with a massive leak of supposedly confidential information of how the rich, the corrupt, and the shady people hoard their nuts. The Panama Papers affair is the unprecedented leak of a whopping 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. Led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – a team of over 100 news outlets- the documents are an expose of how people hide their wealth in tax havens, far from the surveillance systems of their countries. The people...

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Astronaut 2030: “Lazy” Nigeria fantasizes

Apr 01

If you have always been a Nigerian, by now you would be highly familiar with deferred national promises. Those are the lofty and extremely ambitious promises usually denominated with decade long life cycles. Those promises, like a malevolent abiku child, are almost always guaranteed to die before they can even live. It so often happens that just when the years have rolled by, and the stated date to deliver on those promise neared, the promise givers (read: the government) quickly reset the date of redemption to another future date. That way, there is no shortage...

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Agatu killings and Buhari’s moral cowardice

Apr 01

President Muhammadu Buhari was quick to condole with Belgium over the unconscionable terrorist attack it suffered on Monday but one should not take his concern for humanitarianism. It was a verbal photo op – or voice op, if you like- by a president who wants to be counted among globally visible leaders. If Buhari genuinely believed in the worth of lives, he would have paid attention to the repugnant violence happening on his watch, the latest being the massacre of the Agatus of Benue state. Days after that vile act, the president’s Spokesperson, Mallam Garba...

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El Rufai and the failure of stomach infrastructure

Mar 17

Kaduna State Government recently lamented the threat facing the future of its school feeding program that was launched with much fanfare in January. The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Shehu Adamu, said in a media report that primary school students desert schools after taking the free meals offered them. He said those pupils would claim they were going to get some water after eating, but it was only a ploy to sneak out of school before the day was done. These children return again the next day, bid their time until food was served and...

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First class honors: Kini big deal?

Mar 10

In recent times a number of editorials have poured scorn on the trend of the rain of award of first class honors in Nigerian private universities. The thrust of their argument is that private universities have deregulated first class honors degrees such that they award it to students liberally as if it were expired calendars. The argument they put forward is indeed reasonable: when Nigeria tertiary education had a far higher quality, first class honors were rare. Now that the standard of education has fallen so badly, the corresponding number of the degree...

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#FreeEse: Still about Sani Yerima’s original sin

Mar 04

The case of Ese Oruru, the 13-year old girl from Bayelsa who was taken to Kano state by her supposed lover exposes the weaknesses (and I must add, impotence) of Nigerian judicial institutions. If the laws carry their weight, why did we have to mount a media campaign to practically shame the Police before they are stimulated to do the job they are paid to do? One would think retrieving a minor from the clutches of her abductors is so basic that local Policemen could have done that without fuss. Why, in the name of all that is good, would the Police IG, defer to an...

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#BuyNaija: Why quality education is still everything

Feb 26

Since the Naira began falling like the Tower of Pisa, and the president adamantly maintaining what he would not do (rather than state what he will), Nigerians have undertaken the praiseworthy initiative to rescue their country. By now you would have heard of the #BuyNaijatogrowtheNaira campaign initiated by Senator Ben Murray Bruce on Twitter. If you check out the hashtag on Twitter, you will find politicians like Senate President Bukola Saraki and Murray-Bruce himself making a show out of buying cars locally assembled by the Innoson Group. There is also an...

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Olajumoke and the trouble with sentimentality

Feb 18

Like many Nigerians, I was excited to read the story of Olajumoke Orisaguna, the bread-seller turned model. A fortnight ago, Olajumoke hawked bread on Lagos streets. She happened to photobomb – to use a social media patois- a Nigerian-British singer, Tinie Tempah who was being photographed by TY Bello around Sabo area. After the photos landed on social media, people developed an interest in her. She was searched out, and the rest is a fairy tale being enacted before our very eyes. In the past days since the hoopla started, Olajumoke has been given a new look...

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Buhari, time we stopped lying to ourselves

Feb 11

President Muhammadu Buhari is not in an enviable position right now. Just a year ago Nigerians were chanting “Febuhari” and piling their mountains of soteriological expectations on him. In about six weeks it would be one year since he won the presidential election and if anything, Nigeria has proven tougher than what body language, or mere force of the president’s much touted incorruptible personality, can successfully heal. For a man who became president by surfing on the wave of democratic discontent lunged at his opponent, it was clear from the start to...

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French as a Nigerian second language

Feb 04

Lately, the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, announced that French was on its way to becoming Nigeria’s second official language. As a result, learning French will be a compulsory subject in Nigerian schools up till tertiary level. Anwukah did not elaborate on whether this is an oncoming policy or mere declaration of intent. Springing the notice on us during the visit of the French Ambassador seems more like a spontaneous idea than one that was spurred by an overall government ideology. Already, French as a subject of study exists in the...

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