By: on October 17, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari during his national broadcast on Independence Day, rightly stated that there was the need to begin a national healing process. The president also identified correctly that Nigeria has so many faultlines, which have been magnified over the years to issues that have held the nation down. Also, the president identified that beyond the faultlines, which he classified as artificial, the country is battling with other multifarious challenges that ranged from insecurity, dist...
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By: on October 12, 2020
SIR: Nigeria has been notorious for one thing–bad leadership. Since its beginning as a sovereign state, Nigeria has been in the grip of bad leadership, a scourge that continues to stymie its march to development. The country is one a big entity bare of peace, because huge swaths of Nigerians are not comfortable seeing and keeping up with the political strategies on which the country thrives. That is the more reason every failure is portioned to the absence of good leadership manifest in the shee...
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By: on October 11, 2020
“For what is wedlock forced but hell, An age of discord and continual strife? Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss ...
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By: on October 5, 2020
Even by his accustomed controversial standard, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day anniversary speech fell far short of the worst. It is bad enough that it was ever written; it is worse that it was read. If it was ever vetted for facts, logic and grammar, those responsible did a shoddy job. A columnist once noted that an American president’s speech was so bad that a certain kind of ghoulish grandeur crept into it. Nothing memorable, not to say valuable, crept into President Buhari’s Oc...
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By: on September 26, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari, in August, 2020 approved the appointment of executive board members of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (PLWDs). The commission has as chairman a former member of the House of Representatives from Kebbi State, Hussaini Kangiwa, while James David Lalu, from the North-Central, was named as Executive Secretary. That inauguration was a milestone in the struggle by persons living with disability in Nigeria to have a platform that caters for their...
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By: on September 25, 2020
If the Buhari administration had somewhat harboured the expectation that the irritations from Nigeria’s foremost letter writer will at some point peter out, or at least lose traction to be taken any seriously, the pointless overdrive by the administration’s hierarchs which followed can only be a measure of how the famed Ota-farmer’s testimonials means more to it than it is willing to admit. For far beyond the lexical exertions about whether the country has failed, is failing or has fallen, and ...
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By: on September 24, 2020
Once upon a time there was Pastor RUGA. Armed with the gospel according to Fulani RUGA theology, he went about looking for people to convert to the new faith. But RUGA suffered untimely death from the overwhelming rejection by Nigerians. Like Soyinka’s Abiku, RUGA has been coming and going with different names. The new name is Water Resources Bill and Lying Mohammed, Minister for Information and Culture, is the newest Pharisee of RUGA Theology. To him, RUGA is do or die matter. Whether we lik...
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By: on September 21, 2020
This is indeed another week of positive distraction, thanks to the oracle again. I was planning to write on a report that our leaders in Abuja have come up with another distraction – to set up another anti-corruption agency – just to manage ‘proceeds of crime’ when the oracle nudged me again to allow ‘the dead to bury the dead’. So the spirit is leading me again to write about when we should begin to pray and search for our Nehemiahs who can verily, verily rebuild our broken walls. The oracle ...
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By: on September 15, 2020
One character of the Nigerian political leadership that has become entrenched and which has not been in the overall interest of the country since independence in 1960 is the penchant of the leaders to always underrate serious national issues. The reason is that Nigeria has passed through several turbulent challenges and managed to survive but not without serious and permanent bruises. This attitude of leadership has often postponed the evil day as the country remains in limbo. I want to say u...
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By: on September 14, 2020
With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any route to your water point, they will follow it, it doesn’t matter whose farm it was…The first republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the minister of agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle routes where they used meagre resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department…So, any...
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By: on September 13, 2020
I have looked into the seeds of time again and an oracle has spoken that I should recast my (February 16, 2020) message to the authorities here. There is therefore a revelation that they are failing to read ‘the writing on the walls’ all over the place. The oracle has noted that they should get cracking to read the writing that has become more visible on the walls, lest the nation will be in a crisis of some sort. So, before it is too late, the one who has authority over the most populous black ...
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By: on September 11, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari, because of his sense of self-righteousness is an easy prey for political schemers. Although he loves Nigeria to a fault, he is easily distracted by those he regards as his ‘loyal gate-keepers’ who do not often share his pan-Nigerian vision. Egged on by fifth columnists who had their own agenda, he embarked on unnecessary wars against the press and critics during his first coming. He refused to listen to the voice of reason spearheaded by the likes of Wole Soyinka unt...
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