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Treasury Looters: To Die Or Not To Die?

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The issue of whether the country should adopt capital punishment for treasury looters came to the front burner again last week as the organised Labour; the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), called out their members last week not only to stage a support rally for President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war but also to call for ...

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FG’s Promised Free Meal

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Nigerians received good news from the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government last week as the government unveiled its plan to put smiles on the faces of Nigerian children through introduction of “one-meal per day” for elementary school pupils. This is well thought out on the part of the government and it’s a highly commendable plan if the government could walk the ...

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PMB: Extend Probe Beyond Jonathan’s Administration

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The determination of president Muhammadu Buhari to fight the cankerworm of corruption which has been the bane of this country is quite commendable. Of course we cannot be telling ourselves again that the major reason behind the country’s underdevelopment is corruption. So if we are able to deal with this virus then our problem remains minor. No doubt president Muhammadu ...

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Attahiru Jega: Exit Of An Upright Electoral Umpire

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Professor Attahiru Jega’s tenure as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came to an end last week as the respected Professor of Political Science bowed out from the Commission last Wednesday at the expiration of his five year tenure. What a successful landing and an honorable way of calling it a quit? Even though constitutionally Jega still ...

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How Not To Represent The People

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The nation woke up last week to see another example of how not to represent the people when some far from being honourable members of the lower chamber of the National Assembly engaged in fisticuffs. In what could be said to have become the legislative tradition in the country since the beginning of our current democratic experiment, our so-called legislators ...

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National Assembly As Avenue For Self-Enrichment

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To say that the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives have become avenues for personal enrichment is to state the obvious. Of course there is no disputing the fact that our National Assembly has become an albatross on the neck of our democracy by the humongous salaries and allowances its members allocate to themselves in the name of law ...

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Osun And Its Present Challenges!

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But not only Osun indigenes are sad about the situation, observers of Ogbeni Aregbesola’s administration who have fallen in love with the ebullient and hard working governor who, through his progressive approach to governance, has turned things around in the state within the first four years of his administration, are also unhappy about this turn of events. Honestly, what is ...

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I knew Amosun And Ajimobi Would Make It

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By Kola Odepeju   “Do your little bit of good where you are, it’s those little bits of good that overwhelm the world”. – Desmond Tutu on good governance. Each time I pass through Abeokuta on my way to my daughter’s school in Ikenne Remo, Ogun state, I do feel delighted about the transformation that has taken place in that ...

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Ten kings, Ten Eras

Kola Odepeju

The title of this column is a common saying amongst the Yorubas and it’s to emphasise the changing nature of time. Literally it simply means that when a king passes on, then his own time had gone; to give way to another era. Thus if you mentioned the names of ten kings that had ruled a particular town, the events ...

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Should we accept Mr. President’s apology or not?

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   At the valedictory service held in his honour on Sunday at the Aso Villa Chapel, the outgoing president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, did ask those Nigerians he may have offended in the course of his administration to please forgive him as he is not perfect. In his words, Mr. President had said amongst other ...

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Lessons From The Buhari Traveler Phenomenon

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   It was a real record-breaking by Suleiman Hashim, the Katsina indigene who trekked from Lagos to Abuja to felicitate with retired Gen. Muhamnadu Buhari on his victory at the poll. Suleiman was on the road for eighteen days. Nigerians woke up last week Tuesday to listen to the odd news of the arrival in Abuja on ...

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Mounting national debts: Consequences of undue emphasis on infrastructure and contracts (2)

Francis Ogbimi

By Francis Ogbimi   In 1949 when Mao Zedung became the leader of the Chinese people, the economy was in chaos. The Russians on whom the Chinese had depended upon for a long time had quarreled with them and stripped Manchuria, the most built-up city in China then of everything. The transport system was in ruins and the currency worthless. ...

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Lessons for APC from PDP’s downfall

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   After sixteen years of misrule which epitomised under the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) finally met its waterloo at the presidential poll held on March 28, 2015 as Gen. Muhammad Buhari (retd) (GMB), who was the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and now President-elect trounced the incumbent ...

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APC: Time to shut your door against political prostitutes

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   Amongst the seven sins the great Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi admonished humanity to avoid is ‘politics without principle’. But in the lexicon of many Nigerian politicians this warning is conspicuously missing. And this is why they revel in jumping from one party to another unashamedly. Cross carpeting isn’t a new thing in politics though; in fact, ...

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Buhari: Nigeria’s Abraham Lincoln

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   After all the campaigns of calumny and hate speeches against Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd ), the Will of God and the wishes of the  majority of Nigerian people finally prevailed as Buhari emerged the winner of the presidential election held last Saturday. How sweet is his (Buhari’s) victory! As his consistent supporter since 2003 that he has ...

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OPC: Why beating the drum of war?

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   The protest embarked upon in Lagos on Monday by the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) led by a leader of the group, Chief Gani Adams, leaves a sour taste in the mouth as it didn’t portray the group as a law abiding and peace loving one. As guaranteed by our constitution     every individual or group has ...

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Our First Lady’s incendiary comment in Calabar

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   The inciting pronouncement made by the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan in Calabar last week during a campaign to drum up support for her husband and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming general elections for which she has been reported to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the ...

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When will election violence end in our country?

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   Like the seed of discord that germinates and re-germinates as you cut it, violence has become part and parcel of Nigeria’s electoral history. This is quite disturing and it leaves right thinking people to continue to ask the question; will election ever be violence-free in our own country? Fifty-four years plus of our independence it’s really ...

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OBJ’s exit from the PDP and its implications

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju    The papers were awash on Tuesday with the story of former president Olusegun Obasanjo finally dumping the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the party he had helped to build for a whole sixteen years. Virtually all Nigeria’s national dailies made the news their front page major headline on Tuesday. Of course the story deserves such a prominence. ...

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PMS price reduction: Much smile for tokenism

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   “It’s absolute tokenism… It’s a pittance”. – Schapelle Corby When the Federal government – in her hypothetical nature – announced a N10 reduction in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called ‘petro’ on Sunday, the above quotation by that Australian woman, Schapelle Leigh Corby was the first thing that came to my mind. ...

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2015: Will it bring the desired change?

Kola Odepeju

By  Kola Odepeju   As it has always been, whatever that has a beginning must surely have an end. In the Gregorian calendar several years had come and gone. Same with Islamic calendar. And whenever providence ushers us into a new year, we tend to look at the next twelve months as very far. Alas, as day dawns and night ...

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Christmas without the Chibok Girls

By Kola Odepeju   Today 25th of December 2014 is another Christmas Day; a day of celebration for millions of Christians the world over as they annually celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on this day. But these days Christmas isn’t a celebration for only the Christians. Coming during the end of the year period Christmas has become a festival ...

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Mr. President: Give us security now or quit

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   Nation to nation and continent to continent; in fact, every humanity under the sky government exists for two main reasons. Primarily government exists to provide security for the citizens and to cater for their (citizen’s) welfare. These two, are the purpose for the existence of the institution of government. From time immemorial, even before the advent ...

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Is Jonathan truly Nigeria’s best President?

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   I found the response of the presidency to former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s comment that Jonathan’s administration has performed below average very embarrassing. Not only embarrassing, it’s also sufficiently disgusting and insulting to our collective sensibility as a people. And I want to believe that I am speaking the minds of many Nigerians here. In his candid nature ...

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Mr President: Beyond condemnations please

Kola Odepeju

By Kola Odepeju   Nigerians went to bed sad – yet again – on Monday night with  the unpalatable news of the death of scores of students in  Potiskum, Yobe state, arising from a  bomb blast. As at  the time of writing this article no one or group had taken  responsibility for the dastardly act but the deed couldn’t  have ...

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