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Femi Adesina: Nigeria And War Of Tongues

Our country is at war today on many fronts. Nigeria battles insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery, cult killings, ritual murders, and war of tongues. War of tongues. Is that a new one? No, it’s as old as man, but it is perhaps the deadliest of all the wars. It is fiercer than insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery, cult killings, ritual murders, all put together. A war of tongues has been unleashed on Nigeria, her leadership, anyone in government, in fact anybody serving the country in one capacity or…

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Time for Gov Sanwo-Olu to intervene in LASU power supply problem

For more than five weeks now, Lagos State University, Ojo, has been in darkness.  The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) reportedly cut off power supply to the institution because of N29m electricity bill that the chairman of the university’s governing council considers to be too high.  Although the council gives the impression that it is not paying because the bill is outrageous, to an average worker in LASU, the university is broke.  It was lamentation galore the last time I visited LASU, a university whose sobriquet is “Citadel of…

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FLYING ON THE WINGS OF GAS

By the time we remove hatred, malice, indecent politics, and all the ills that plague our country and its leaderships across different governments, President Muhammadu Buhari would go down in history as the one that pioneered different kinds of revolution in our national life: agriculture, infrastructure (roads, rail, bridges, airports etc), and the latest; gas. In fact, Nigeria is set to fly on the wings of gas, courtesy President Buhari. But let me give due credit for the headline of this piece, which is the brainchild of Mr Tony Attah,…

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Dollar Drought: Blame Not CBN Nor Emefiele

By Jackson Ugbechie There is dollar drought in Nigeria. It has become the biggest challenge for the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in recent memory. To its credit, the CBN is fully aware of this and its grim implications on the economy and the apex bank has been tinkering with different strategies to shore up dollar reserves and ultimately save the naira. Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of CBN, obviously has grown more grey hairs trying to contain the dollar scarcity. It’s important that he does so. Any time Nigeria’s…

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On Hijab And Controversy In The State Of Harmony

If religiosity is the way to economic power and technological advancement, Nigeria would have been an Eldorado by now. Many Nigerians are extremely adept at being sanctimonious. They would rather fight for God than love fellow citizens. Some even kill for God to prove their right standing with their Maker. Never mind that religion doesn’t stop these people, especially the political elite among them, from stealing and looting the nation’s commonwealth.  Converting state money to personal funds is not a sin; they don’t care if all the schoolchildren in the…

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BUBA MARWA AND THE BAD GUYS

New things are happening at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and suddenly, there’s a throwback to the 1996-1999 Lagos State, when the then Colonel Mohammed Buba Marwa was military administrator. Marwa took a broom, and swept Lagos almost clean. With Operation Sweep, criminals were given bloody noses, and sent scampering for cover. Roads, which had hitherto become craters, were suddenly fixed. Bitumen, which we had been told didn’t exist, miraculously materialized. Different aspects of life and livelihood were touched, and it became one big pleasure to live in…

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‘WE ARE ALL TOGETHER’

Those who are younger than 55 or thereabouts may not easily get the joke in the expression, ‘We are all together,’ which I’ve chosen as headline of this piece today. The event happened 45 years ago in the country. A drunken military officer, Lt Col Buka Suka Dimka, led a military coup in which the then head of state, Gen Murtala Ramat Muhammed, was killed. He then proceeded to Radio Nigeria, made a rambling broadcast, which he concluded thus: “Everyone should be calm. Please stay by your radio for further…

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WARS AND RUMOURS OF WAR

It’s often intriguing to hear eminent and well appointed Nigerians talk about disintegration, destabilization and outright war, as if it’s a picnic. War? Not a tea party, and not something you should wish even upon your enemy. Nigeria fought a war before, in which about two million people died. There was sorrow, tears and blood, till good sense prevailed, and we said there was no victor, no vanquished. The scars of that internecine conflict are still very evident in some parts of the land. Why then do some newspaper columnists,…

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International Women’s Day: See How Buhari Celebrates Nigerian Women

March 8 of every year is observed globally as International Women’s Day. Theme for 2021 is Choose to Challenge. The celebration provides ample opportunity to reflect on how President Muhammadu Buhari honours the womenfolk. Here is a checklist of ‘The Buhari Women,’ just few of them: Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Pauline Tallen, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment Sharon Ikeazor,…

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THE LAST WAILING WAILER DIES

It was the end of an era Tuesday when Bunny Wailer, the last of the original Wailing Wailers passed away, aged 73. Bunny (original name Neville O’Rilley Livingston) completed the trio that formed the reggae music group, Bob Marley and the Wailing Wailers, alongside Marley and Peter Tosh in the 1960s. They recorded hit albums like Simmer Down, Stir it Up, and many others, before Bunny went solo around 1973. His reason was simple. He didn’t like extensive touring that the band did, saying it clashed with his Rastafarian beliefs,…

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