By: on October 21, 2020
•Apapa and environs must not be allowed to slide into chaos again There are apprehensions about the probable return of anarchy to Apapa and environs, following the withdrawal of the Presidential Task Force that had for months been maintaining sanity in the place. The stakeholders’ concern is accentuated by reports that days after the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led task force had wound up, and presumably handed over the control of law and order, as well as the management of traffic to the La...
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By: on October 17, 2020
The Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria, ARCAN, Africa’s largest, and perhaps most experienced gathering of diplomats decided on October 6, 2020 to make a prognosis of their country in international affairs 60 years from now. Almost all these ambassadors are above 60 and certainly will not be alive in another six decades; but having spent the most active part of their lives moving around the world in the service of their country and propagating its foreign policy of Pan-Afri...
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By: on October 13, 2020
In the next couple of days, if not weeks, many Nigerians especially economists, finance experts and planners would devote ample attention to discussing the 2021 proposed budget delivered by President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly last Thursday. However, no one can stop lay persons like this writer from expressing our opinions on the subject from our simple understanding of the purpose of a budget which is to improve the living standards of the people. But befor...
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By: on October 5, 2020
“Wailers”, “haters” and “hailers” marked Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary. They all agreed they killed a flourishing country. Certainly, they assisted at the funeral of the withered country. The conversation of how best to transform Nigeria into a human society will keep us busy and prevent us from relapsing into idleness till the 61st independence anniversary. History of 60 years of our independence is an illusion of togetherness for a multi-ethnic diverse country. Nigeria has been h...
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By: on October 3, 2020
Have you ever imagined a flourishing land of plenty, laced with richness and wealth inherent in natural resources? This is further epitomised by the cultural diversities and beauty of tradition of various states; a land flowing with milk and honey, manned by giants, languishing in lack, terrorism, corruption, political jingoism, and social vices. In time past, the land suffered the humiliation of colonisation of the British government which informed the search for individual and general liber...
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By: on September 26, 2020
Here is a story of a man with four wives and eighteen children. He was an educated man who studied law in the UK. When asked by friends who had a similar educational background but who were content with two, three children, he was quick to tell them he did not plan it that way. And indeed, he did not. He married his first wife when they were both students in the UK. They both agreed on a small family. Everything changed when he got to Nigeria. He was young, he had a good job and women threw t...
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By: on September 23, 2020
Way back in the late 80s and early 90s, when the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA’s) programme content was rich with educative and infotainment material, I was stuck to a particular theme song for a military parade that was aired regularly. I memorised it and still remember some of the very profound words and messages embedded in it. ….. “you laid your lives, for a truly just cause, Nigeria remembers you. We salute you, your courage we adore that Nigeria may be one, strong united sovereign stat...
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By: on September 12, 2020
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic; the sordid situation in various sectors of life in Nigeria have become even more unconcealable. If anything, the pandemic has unravelled the unmistakable divide between government’s performance and pronouncements since independence in 1960. It has also exposed the palpable indifference of public office holders to issues of nation-building. In not so many words, they have told citizens to firmly hold their destiny in their hands. This period, then, is one of...
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By: on September 11, 2020
Nigerians should brace up for the many hard times ahead. The future is very dim and very gloomy. This is not an unnecessary pessimism; it is a reality which every mindful person can see. The country has become an enslaved territory with ‘sovereignty’— a phantom sovereignty. If failures are categorized, this government is a failure of an unprecedented category. In other words, a new category needs to be created to fitly capture the depth of the country’s reversion into the abyss of economic helpl...
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By: on September 3, 2020
Penultimate week, I was privileged to have had a live Instagram conversation with a very impressive young lady, Ifunenya Isoje. Miss Isoje had read my new book, entitled: The Danfo driver in all of us, a compilation of my modest interventions on national issues published in this column over the last couple of years. As expected, she had loads of questions for me. She owned up to the confusion this country has become, in spite of its evidently enormous natural and human resources. She particul...
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By: on August 30, 2020
On the trending video claiming that ISWAP is massing for military invasion of the South West! Well, unless and until there is factual empitical evidence, my take is that people are really searching for enemies in primordial clothing to cover the real threats to existential wellbeing of ordinary people. When they are done with pursuing one illusion, they manufacture new ones. For a long time, it had been "the Hausa-Fulani bogey in the so-called "South"; followed by Boko Haram invasion, now,...
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By: on August 16, 2020
THE title of today’s piece is borrowed from an American economist who assisted Nigeria in the writing of its first Development Plan for 1962-1968. The book, Planning without Facts: Lessons in Resource Allocation from Nigeria’s Development, is not fully about Nigeria, but it makes the case that absence of facts vitiates plans and misleads those in charge of policymaking and implementation. It seems that over 50 years after Stopler’s warnings, Nigerian planners—political and professional—are still...
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