By: on April 30, 2020
On Monday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, the judge presiding over the “treasonable felony” case of Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow , expressed concern that Sowore and his co-accused person had not perfected their bail conditions of October 4. Justice Ojukwu, who had initially set Sowore’s bond at an unattainable N100m, slashed it to N50m. Olawale Bakare (aka Mandate), Sowore’s co-accused, had his too cut to N20m from N50m. We should thank Justice Ojukwu for her concern over Sowore’s welfa...
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By: on April 30, 2020
If someone lies against, or otherwise deceives you, it is natural that that you would be outraged. You would seek to expose him, and demand justice. To that extent, I am fully behind the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to combat what it calls “fake news.” In its pushback, the government is attaching “hate speech,” but they are not related. ...
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By: on April 30, 2020
There is no doubt that there are many dimensions to the Nigerian postcolonial predicament. And to get a handle on these dimensions and the lessons they teach requires that we also get a regular dose of historical remembrances that serve as mean by which we give attention to the past as a framework for regulating the present and preparing for the future. Thus, this October marks the 60th anniversary of the historic establishment of the Western Nigeria Television in 1959 by the visionary leader of...
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By: on April 30, 2020
I just read the contribution of Professor Stephen Banji Akintoye, a notable and respected historian, to the burning debate about the origin and meaning of the word, Yoruba! I scrutinised his arguments and I considered his sources. I welcome his submissions but I respectfully disagree with his conclusions. I maintain my original position and I stand by what I wrote in my essay: I am NOT a Yoruba but a son of Oduduwa. There are two demeaning and insulting names and words that the Fulani gav...
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By: on April 28, 2020
As you have probably heard, Beijing now has the world’s largest airport terminal, the Daxing International Airport (PKX), just an hour from the Beijing Capital International Airport. It is an ambitious project; if you considered its annexes and runways, it spans an amazing 18 square miles. It aims to be the busiest airport on earth, with an astounding 72 million passengers projected to pass through in 2025, and 100 million by 2040. The project is technology-driven, opening with futuristic...
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By: on April 28, 2020
If anyone said I’d be fetching water in buckets to cook in this house,” my mother mused, “I’d say, ‘Tell another lie.’” But ‘fetch water’ she does because the government ceased supplying water 20 years ago. The same with electricity whose visitation prompts a scurrying around to plug cell phones, rechargeable lamps, deep freezer, and washing machines. Thanks to a complacent housing corporation, her once quiet, shrubbery-lined neighbourhood now boasts a betting pool, two banks, three schools, ...
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By: on April 28, 2020
The evidence that Nigeria is broke lies somewhere in the admission by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed: “What (Nigeria has) is a revenue problem. Our revenue (projection was) by (mid-2019 only) 58 per cent (realised).” Government’s piling up debts is just stating the obvious. Nigeria’s debt is now $81.27bn, or N24.947tn. Between 2002 and 2019, EXIM Bank of China alone loaned $6.5bn, or N1.9tn, to Nigeria, for rail, road, airport, gas power plants, security a...
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By: on April 28, 2020
The history of our planet has been a titanic struggle between viruses and human beings. Viruses probably played a role in the disappearance of dinosaurs that failed to adapt to a changing eco-system. The first settled civilisations appeared some 5,000 years ago around Mesopotamia. Then, we had the predominantly black civilisation of ancient Egypt and the great kingdoms of the Nile Valley – Kush, Punt and Meroe. Greece and Rome, China, the Indus Valley and the Incas and Aztecs of the Americas. ...
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By: on April 28, 2020
BETWEEN a harvest of contagious, high and low calibre corpses in Kano and government distributing colon cancer as palliative for COVID-19, which is deadlier? In less than 12 hours, Kano buried 12 prominent persons – professors, bankers, editor – and it’s government still says everything is normal. Someone said Kano is waiting to infect the whole of West Africa with its epidemic of deaths while other northern cities are itching to follow the Kano example. A distraught 70-year-old woman lost h...
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By: on April 26, 2020
Thursday marked the start of the holy month of Ramadan for many Muslims. But with so many places of worship closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the holiday will be a bit different this year. Here’s a look at what traditions will remain in place, and how others might change. ...
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By: on April 26, 2020
FOR obvious reasons, it must be a joke for anyone to think the future of aviation sector and airline business in Nigeria like other parts of the globe is not hanging in the air. This is a reality that may be confronting the entire sector for perhaps, months or years by the time the COVID-19 monster must have finally been defeated for sure. Recall how what started as endemic in China gradually metamorphosed to pandemic spreading across the world including our dear country, Nigeria. ...
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By: on April 26, 2020
Marriage is a lifetime journey of learning to love each other which can sometimes bring about other disclosures even when you think you have come a long way together and both have what it takes to build a rock solid life together. There are several videos trending on social media on how couples are coping during this lockdown. Even though they are amusing considering how lonely and miserable the days can suddenly become, yet the sarcasms are the realities in many homes and a reminder that ma...
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