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When will Europeans see light and embrace polygamy?

By Rotimi Akinwumi Anytime I hear negative comments on the decision of Nigeria to ban homosexuality and gay marriage, my body develops goose pimples. I have made efforts at trying to rationalize why a man with his six senses, working at optimal level, will engage in animalistic actions and still make efforts at justifying such, hiding under the fallacious canopy ...

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Shutting shoddy NGOs out of business

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By Rotimi Akinwumi The rate at which crooked-minded Nigerians exploit the goodwill of foreigners to satisfy their personal greed is alarming. When the issue of proliferation of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) became public knowledge, I knew something drastic must be done to curb the new “golden geese” of the fraudsters who are by their actions and ...

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Tambuwal, soldiers’ harassment, and fascism

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal

By Rotimi Akinwumi Fascism, I was told in Government class, is a type of government led by a dictator, having complete powers, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and, often, racism. When I checked through the implications of having a man in position of power in Nigeria exercise such a magnitude of ...

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Let the crossfire begin!

Rotimi Akinwumi At long last, the expected probe into the allegations against the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Allison Deziani-Madueke, that the sum of N10 billion was used to hire an aircraft for her traveling pleasure, against all known rules of public service, would now commence. The planned probe had suffered a lot of hiccups in the past owing to the ...

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Let this spirit of nationalism continue…

On May 14, 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan did what most Nigerians had expected of him, by declaring a state of emergency in the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa which were at the fringe of being overrun by Boko Haram insurgents. In the televised broadcast, the president justified the much expected declaration of state of emergency, saying it was ...

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Chibok girls: When are they reuniting with their families?

By Rotimi Akinwumi It’s been over three weeks now that some students were forcefully taken away from their school by Boko Haram elements, drawing condemnations across the world. It is disheartening that those in position of power have not found it expedient to throw in their resources and political might into the efforts at rescuing the girls who were herded ...

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Before Niger Delta militants join forces with Boko Haram

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Rotimi Akinwumi Every day in Nigeria, the news seems to get from bad to worse, as the security situation deteriorates further and further. With the Boko Haram insurgents establishing their might and dexterity in causing chaos, what we now witness almost on a daily basis is  crisis everywhere, with people dying in their hundreds and properties being lost. The physical ...

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Seeking solutions to oil theft in Nigeria

By Rotimi Akinwumi The oil industry in Nigeria, like every other sector, has its own peculiar problems. In fact, it has been said over and over again by those who have ample knowledge about Nigeria oil industry that the greatest theft in the industry across the world, takes place in Nigeria. According to statistics, as much as $8 billion a ...

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Playing politics with human lives?

There is a big problem in this country, but most of those in position of authority seem not to notice or, should I say, are pretending not to see it. Insecurity has gradually become a part of our lives as the act of mindless killing is dominating the pages of newspapers, as well as the major bulletins of the electronic ...

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Insurgency: When silence is no more golden

Rotimi Akinwumi I had cause to discuss on this page, sometime in March, the issue of insurgency and its effects, when some animals in human skin went on rampage, slaughtering kids who were sleeping in their dormitories in Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, on February 25, this year. As I sat to write that particular piece, a thought kept hitting ...

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SWF: Another N59 billion down the drain?

By  Rotimi Akinwumi Was I shocked last Wednesday when another round of bulk-passing took place at the sitting of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Account when all the invited government agencies invited to give insight into the “missing N59 billion” from the operation of the Sovereign Wealth Fund took place? No. Though corruption and mismanagement of fund are ...

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Abuja park-and-pay policy: Authorised robbery?

By  Rotimi Akinwumi It is not a crime for government to charge citizens for some essential services, I am an ardent believer in the policy of making people pay before enjoying some benefits. When the administration of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) introduced the park-and-pay policy in 2012 to charge car owners and drivers for making use of specific part of ...

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Nigerian youths: Despised at home, slaughtered abroad!

By Rotimi Akinwumi My heart bleed as I write this piece. Events of the last 12 days have not been pleasant. Not that I had much hope and trust in the government of this country, especially under the current dispensation that has continued to prove to all doubters that it has nothing positive to contribute to the lives of the ...

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Before Boko Haram annihilates us all

By Rotimi Akinwumi In response to the recent killing of 59 innocent students of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, by the Boko Haram insurgents, the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, held a special session to mourn the massacred kids. Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the parliament was in his element once again at the session. He threw up posers ...

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Will pensioners ever have respite?

By  Rotimi Akinwumi Anytime I see retired civil servants, I mean those who served diligently without stealing from the purse of the nation, suffer deprivation in retirement, my heart bleeds. Under a normal circumstance, retirees are expected to spend the rest of their days outside civil service enjoying the benefit of their meritorious service to the nation, earning their pensions ...

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Who shall we believe: Ahmed or Yakubu?

By Rotimi Akinwumi The last time I saw the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, at the House of Representatives where he came to defend the integrity of the organization he superintends, he looked every inch a man who was deeply worried. I don’t blame him; a heavy lead is resting on his shoulders. This ...

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Rogues and thieves Nig Ltd!

Every time I pick up my ipad to put this column together, I usually have a feeling of dejection come over me because there is hardly anything positive about the nation to write about. The House of Representatives to which this page is dedicated has become a sort of mortuary where good news hardly emanate, not because the members of ...

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Voodoo Budget, indeed!

By Rotimi Akinwumi I have always suspected the government whenever any issue that borders on money crops up. I have also had reasons to make comments on the mishandling of our budget by the powers that be, given the fact that what we see on yearly basis is allocation of money to specific projects, only to see the money develop wings ...

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When shall we have a budget for 2014?

2014 fiscal year is into its second month, yet the nation does not have a budget upon which the national expenditure for the year is premised. While it is convenient to blame the presidency for bringing the budget estimate to the National Assembly very late, one cannot ignore the dirty politics of party loyalty which is playing out at the ...

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Can we have some peace, please?

The Defection of 53 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) was the peak of activities in the lower parliament in 2013. It was a move the ruling party never expected could happen under any guise. As a person and a keen watcher of activities in the political ...

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I can’t wait to see their faces…

By Rotimi Akinwumi,  0803 190 8637, folusoakinwumi@yahoo.com I am yet to get any tangible response to a question that has been bugging my mind for years on end. It’s a question some other Nigerians of like minds would have asked themselves over and over again in their  closets… The question is “can Nigeria ever get it right in the fight against ...

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The people deserve to know

When the military junta left power hurriedly, allowing  unprepared civilians take over rein of governance, in 1999, a flawed document in the name of constitution, upon which the soul of democracy was expected to lean and find rest, was left behind. The practice of democracy which I prefer to call civil rule,  has been fumbling and wobbling ever since because ...

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Oduahgate: Will “the needful” ever get done?

B y Rotimi Akinwumi, 0803 190 8637, folusoakinwumi@yahoo.com Last week, the issue of the illegal purchase of two BMW Bullet-proof exotic cars by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was what I discussed on this page with a promise to bring the concluding part if and when the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, who was named as the beneficiary of the cars eventually ...

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Impunity and struggle for Nigeria’s destiny

By Rotimi Akinwumi, Sms: 0803 190 8637, Emial: folusoakinwumi@yahoo.com Anytime my mind wanders towards issues of governance in this country, my soul bleeds. I have over and over ruminated on what will become of my nation in the next few years in view of the overwhelming criminality in the land. I can’t remember the last time I opened any newspaper or listened ...

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What’s the objective of this mudslinging?

Rotimi Akinwumi, 0803 190 8637, folusoakinwumi@yahoo.com Corruption thrives in Nigeria. It takes only a corrupt minded person to deny this fact. I have had reasons to listen to comments by aggrieved and deprived Nigerians, who in their own rights believed that the National Assembly is the most corrupt of all the three Arms of Government. With my limited knowledge of how government ...

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