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Osinbajo confirms Buhari’s impotence

Mar 22

If Vice President Yemi Osinbajo expected a public outrage at his latest revelation that the whopping sum of N100 billion and $289 million was embezzled by the Goodluck Jonathan administration weeks to the 2015 elections, he must be disappointed by now. Up till now, nobody is exactly asking for Jonathan’s head on a spike. Osinbajo has confirmed people’s suspicion: that Buhari, the man who was elected to tear down the temple of corruption in Nigeria is not as potent a force as he was marketed. Nigerians that thought they were getting two raging bulls must be...

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What do we do with Shehu Sani’s revelation?

Mar 15

Senator Shehu’s exposé of the jumbo remunerations Nigerian senators awards themselves is supposed to be a big thing but, honestly, it is nothing new. We have been through this before. In 2009, the defunct NEXT newspaper reported that lawmakers were not only being overpaid, they were also – and to use the mildest of language – thieves as well. In the same year, Prof. Olusola Adeyeye, (now a Senator but then a House of Representatives’ member) also gave a ground-shattering interview where he revealed that not only were lawmakers given an official license...

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Dear Atiku, no be by Black Panther o!

Mar 08

Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, over the weekend, went to the cinema in Abuja to see the Marvel Cinematic Empire’s latest offering, Black Panther. According to Twitterverse, he became the cinema himself. In the spirit of Baba rere, Baba ke! with which he was heralded, Atiku paid for people’s cinema tickets. Relatively the one with the perspicacity to use the social media to advantage and position himself as the “youth’s youth,” he tweeted his appreciation of the film and wrote his reflection on the lessons Black Panther held...

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Why can’t Buhari address the nation?

Mar 01

Since the first and only time President Muhammadu Buhari faced the nation during the presidential media chat, he has been more or less aloof. Except for some official occasions, and a random interview or address with a foreign media in the past, he has mostly hidden inside the safety of Aso Rock. Now and then, his aides speak to the nation on his behalf through their shoddy press releases, but that is as far as it goes. At the rate at which we are going, Buhari will eventually qualify for the most arrogant president in the history of Nigeria. Now, there has been...

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Dear Senator Tinubu, Buhari has thrashed us all!

Feb 22

Tuesday past, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the erstwhile strongman of opposition politics, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, expressed her frustration at how her husband was “thrashed” by the President Muhammadu Buhari government he helped put in office. Even a minimally savvy observer of Nigerian politics would have figured out that a palace coup has consumed the so-called Jagaban of the game. Asiwaju Tinubu’s position in the APC is no longer what it used to be, and his profile as a master politician gifted with a deft understanding of...

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Money-eating snake and other Nigerian miracles

Feb 15

By now, almost everybody in Nigeria has heard, and, maybe, laughed out loud over Philomena Chieshe and her spiritual money-eating snake. The bizarre tale is the illogical submission to an audit at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Makurdi’s office. Chieshe’s fantastical tale has seen domains that nominally ignore Nigerian news featuring the story on their websites. While a big part of me thinks she is a phony, and the story is an attempt to deceive, there is also a little part that also wants to believe that the woman might be sincere. No,...

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Nigeria’s diaspora children saving Nigeria’s face

Feb 08

This month, Nigeria has its first representation ever at the Winter Olympics currently taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea. The country will be unusually represented in the sport of women’s bobsledding, thanks to the enterprising efforts of three young women Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga, and Seun Adigun. Another young woman, Simidele Adeagbo, would be representing Nigeria in South Korea too. She will be the first African female Skeleton competitor. During the 2016 Olympics, Chierika Ukogu, a graduate of Stanford University represented Nigeria in a...

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Africa needs more than leaders who take pay cuts

Feb 01

Caught in the swirl of euphoria and overwhelming sobriety that attends great electoral victories, newly elected president of Liberia, George Weah, has sworn to slash his presidential salary by 25 percent. He equally wants to check racism and execute other laudable objectives. In the hydra-headed world of nativist populism, state captures by presidents, and elitist blindness to the suffering of the masses, President Weah is to be commended and then told he needs to go further than a pay cut. Weah is taking over a badly depreciated economy, one where every...

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Nigeria is not Obasanjo, Buhari’s horse

Jan 25

Nigeria is not Obasanjo, Buhari’s horse A year and some weeks short of the 2019 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari experienced the infamous black arts of sanctimony from Nigeria’s preeminent whited sepulchre, ex-president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. On one or two occasions, I had joked that Obasanjo would send Buhari “the letter” as he did with his predecessor. I was therefore not surprised when he eventually fired a missive from his lofty throne as the self-appointed custodian of Nigerian virtue. Obasanjo, in and out of...

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Nigerian pastors as 2019 opposition party

Jan 18

When the news broke that men of the Department of State Security had supposedly attempted to arrest Prophet Isa El-buba, the General Overseer and President of Ebomi Ministry, my first thought was that the present administration had scored another own goal. Lately, the prophet gave a fiery sermon against President Muhammadu Buhari where he alluded that transcendental forces are arraigned against the president for his many shortcomings. Christians in Nigeria, he urged, need to match the spiritual forces aligned against the president by getting their Permanent Voter...

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