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Jonathan takes his campaign to Oyedepo

Jan 29

After the new Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, won the election, he decided to break with tradition of conflating the rituals of religion and politics. Tsipras, an atheist, gently informed the Archbishop of Athens that this time, his clerical services would not be required in the swearing-in of the Prime Minister. There would be no Bibles, no crosses, no holy water and oath taken in the name of God. This is a highly significant move that aims to disentangle religion and the state especially where the two concepts have been intertwined and deployed...

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Buhari: What’s death got to do with it?

Jan 22

On Monday, Nigerians were treated to a political ad sponsored by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, where he tried to shoot down the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), by warning us of the man’s impending “death”. The ad, without any attempt at subtlety avers: Buhari is old, will soon die and must not be voted into office so we can avoid the conundrum that usually accompanies the death of a President/Head of State. We might have been used to Fayose and his excessiveness, political “rascality”,...

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Baga massacre: Why Nigeria moved on

Jan 15

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe On Sunday, an exceptional event occurred in Paris, France. About 60 world leaders, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, had in a show of international solidarity, gathered to mourn the cartoonists, satirists and others who were slaughtered by marching against the marauding force of terrorism. These world leaders, with residents of Paris and other arrondissements stood as one against the bestiality of a fringe but vengeful collective. Their...

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Where is Mrs. Buhari?

Jan 08

The photograph of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Lagos State interdenominational thanksgiving service standing with his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and Governor Babatunde Fashola on the front row says something about the APC presidential candidate. There have been murmurs about his donning a fez cap in church – that he is a Muslim disrespecting Christian tradition. For me, his forgetting to take off...

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The trouble with the Buhari manifesto

Jan 01

Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s manifesto caught my interest because of the mantra of “change” his party has been chanting. For Buhari and his All Progressives Congress, “change” is their theory of everything – that is, the ideology that undergirds their various propositions for the country. There is therefore no better place to confirm their commitment to change than their manifesto. The Buhari manifesto, titled, Manifesto and Vision for Nigeria, is an updated version of what was offered in 2011 when he ran on the platform of his former party, the...

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On Jonathan, Buhari’s ‘semi-illiteracy’

Dec 25

Prior to the 2011 elections, I wrote an article querying the credentials of President Goodluck Jonathan who was being promoted then as the first PhD president. In the piece, I mentioned that I spent time scouring the Internet, searching for Jonathan’s contributions to scholarship; that despite his stint as a teacher, it was curious that there was little linking him to the academia. His campaign team, ironically, vigorously promoted his PhD as a reason he deserved our vote but avoided attempts to subject this much-vaunted qualification to inquiry. Since 2011...

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2015: Bola Tinubu meets Bode George

Dec 18

Nigerian elections come with certain realities: “stomach infrastructure”; losers allege electoral irregularities; post-election agitation leading to the possibility of violence. The fourth, and a cardinal feature of Nigerian democracy, is the “godfather” syndrome. The party primaries that took place for most of last week had some predictable outcomes and multiple ironies. Perhaps, one of the most dramatic ironies of the spate of events was one that threw up two godfathers – Olabode George and Bola Tinubu – with history of power tussle against each...

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Are Nigerian politicians truly crazy?

Dec 11

The Nigerian Medical Association, recently, joined the throng of those who call for psychiatric evaluation for would-be occupiers of political office. The communiqué released after the body’s National Executive Committee meeting wants the Independent National Electoral Commission to engage psychiatrists who will supervise such tests. I know if I were given pre-austerity N1,000 note each time someone recommended psychiatric evaluation for Nigerian politicians, I would be ready to throw a self-financed Owambe by now. Just this September, the Peoples Democratic...

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Nobody is afraid of Goodluck Jonathan

Dec 04

Those selling the Jonathan-for-second-term project will no doubt promote the viability of their product to the highest possible limit – even if this means stretching the truth beyond its tensile strength. I do not think there is much anyone can do about this considering that political advertisements are not always the best places to look if one is seeking truth and virtue. But let not those who will tell us why their candidate should be the next president think they can get away with overselling themselves by pushing the claptrap logic in our faces that anyone...

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How to treat a naked woman

Nov 27

t be legislated by puritans who assume the right to determine the contents of everyone’s morality by insisting we have to live by certain undiluted African values. It never fails to amuse how some folk paralyse themselves with nostalgia of an Africa that probably never existed. If a woman showed “skin” in her self-presentation, a rabble of pontificates scream it is unAfrican forgetting that once upon a time, their African ancestors lived in unashamed Garden of Eden nakedness. Our ancestors did not deem themselves “naked” because shame about nudity was...

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