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Redeemer’s non-University and the Nigerian youth

Oct 19

Most of us are familiar with the fable of the dog and the tortoise. During a severe famine in the animal kingdom, all animals were instructed to eat their parents. While the famine persisted, all the animals -except the dog who always appeared well-fed – suffered. Eventually, the tortoise managed to prod the truth out of him: unlike the others, he did not eat his mother. Instead, he hid her in heaven, and he regularly returned to her to be fed. While the other animals starved for both lack of food and perspicacity, the dog thrived because of his deference...

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2019: May Buhari not contest

Oct 12

My prayer for Nigeria is that President Muhammadu Buhari will not contest for another presidential in 2019. I hope when the time he comes, he will do the noblest thing: thank Nigerians for giving him a chance to serve, allow the transition process to run smoothly without his interference, and walk away with his head high. That will be the best thing for Nigeria, and one hopes he has enough of Mandela spirit in him to know when to walk away from the gambling table. Nigeria is doing poorly under his watch and we cannot continue this way until 2023. We cannot be...

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Why Awolowo’s statue sat down

Oct 05

Piqued by criticisms that followed his 20-foot statue of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the artist, Hamza Atta, has since been on a damage limitation public relations whirlwind. The subtext of his PR is self-congratulatory and tone-deaf, an indication that it is perhaps futile engaging him further on why those who have oju ona – a sense of critical appreciation-decried his work as a piece of monstrosity. Atta slyly alluded to borrowing the idea of putting Awo in a sitting posture from United States’ Abraham Lincoln’s statue (the one that sits at the Lincoln...

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Fighting Islamization of Nigeria

Sep 28

The Christian Association of Nigeria is, for the billionth time, raising sanctimonious alarms against the perceived Islamization of Nigeria. This time, the charge is that the FG wants to sneak in an “Islamization” agenda through floating a Sukuk Islamic bond. CAN, with a righteous indignation, claims that Nigeria is a secular country and the government ought to be taking a neutral stance in matters of religion. They argued that that using legal mechanisms to promulgate the issuance of Sukuk is tantamount to a violation of the secular spirit of the Nigerian...

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IPOBs are terrorists, so what next?

Sep 21

After the hue and cry that followed the declaration of Indigenous People of Biafra as a terrorist organization, the military backtracked on its decision. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, found himself at great pains to clarify the indistinct difference between the army making a “declaration” about IPOB being a terrorist group and a mere “pronouncement.” The difference between the two, he should know, is not a matter of mere semantics. Such speech, whether miscommunicated or not, is performative and will signal the actions that would be...

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Alhassan, “respect,” and our culture of underdevelopment

Sep 14

Let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that, ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister but Baba, just like you know, I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather – Aisha Alhassan.   Much has been made of the comment by the Women Affairs’ Minister, Aisha Alhassan, who clarified in an interview with BBC Hausa that if President Muhammadu Buhari were to contest in 2019, she would not support him. Instead, she...

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Like Nnamdi Kanu, like Buhari

Sep 07

After the initial revulsion at the words presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, used to describe the followers of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, one wonders what it is about the man that makes him the wet dream of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. Why would a presidential aide cast aside every pretense at executive neutrality to publicly declare that Kanu ought to be permanently incarcerated, thereby unabashedly valorizing injustice? Why preempt the judiciary by subtly asking them to go beyond the constitution in punishing him? Since no one has disowned...

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Sierra Leone and the coming Nigerian eclipse

Aug 24

For weeks, the United States’ solar eclipse fever permeated everywhere as if it was Christmas already. Weeks before the eclipse, people took vacations to cities that were in the path of totality. On the day itself, counties organized science fairs for school kids; scientists were on different media channels educating the public on the phenomenon they were about to witness. Amidst that festive spirit, the Nigerian in me quietly wondered what would happen if science turned out to be wrong? With the level of their fascination with eclipse and the cultural economy...

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Charly Boy and the mob of animal farm

Aug 17

Two Tuesdays ago, Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy) and his #OurMumuDonDo group protested President Muhammadu Buhari’s prolonged absence from office. Typical of the Nigeria Police’s short-sightedness of citizens’ democratic and civic rights, they took the protest as a personal affront against “Dear Leader” and tear-gassed the protesters. The Police added a sequel to their own farce when, mere days later, a collective of Buhari’s supporters rallying in his favor was peacefully escorted to Aso Rock! What more proof does one need that some animals are more...

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Buhari: Beyond “Resume or Resign”

Aug 10

President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has embarked on a campaign for another presidential term that will begin in 2018. Mugabe is 93 years old and by the time the new term he will most likely win rolls to an end, he will be 100. Mugabe is not only old and frail, he has long expired. Senescence has longed robbed him of any pretense to vigor and agility. He stumbles and falls in public, and dozes off at important meetings. Lately, Mugabe was photographed snoozing at his campaign rally while his ambitious wife marketed him to the audience. That image of him was...

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