Military and motivational pull

  In his book “Political communication: Rhetoric, Government and Citizens,” Dan F. Hahn said something that is very fascinating and directly relates to the thematic issues that informed the writing of this brief reflection which is a look at what the Nigerian military needs most at these times of intense counter terror battles in the North-East of Nigeria.     The author aforementioned, spoke about what he called “Functions of definitions.”     Reflecting through the whole gamut of what he presented as the functions of definitions, this writer progressively…

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Edo 2020 (3): Akande offers chance for truce

    A fter rain comes sun(shine). After war comes peace. After pain comes joy. Are members of the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) about to witness “sunshine, peace and joy” in the beleaguered party?   Every APC faithful, and well-meaning members of the public crave for a truce following the constitution of a new committee to resolve the series of crisis in the state, and across the country.     The squabbles, soon after the assumption of office of Governor Godwin Obaseki in 2016, escalated,…

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Poll verdicts: Supreme Court in the eye of the storm

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has since its decision on the Imo State governorship tussle on 14 January, 2020 found itself in the eyes of the storm.     In the decision, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha was sacked from office as the governor and replaced with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hope Uzondinma who placed the fourth in the polls. Uzodinma challenged the election result on account of some polling units that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cancelled which he…

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Bayelsa: The judiciary, politicians and the electorate

On February 14, a day remarkably known as Valentine’s Day, God taught us a very big lesson about the awesomeness of His power to decree things beyond our reasoning and imagination. It was an unprecedented game of hope, expectation and outcome in Bayelsa State on February 14. I pity the governor-elect, David Lyon. No matter how stoic he might have been before the cookies crumbled, he must have melted lie snow the moment news filtered in that he would no longer be sworn-in as the governor less than 24 hours…

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Need for govt to be proactive on quality roads

Some Nigerian stakeholders at an event organised by Penpushing, an online media platform, recently called Federal Government and all Nigerians to pay closer attention to roads in order to prevent accidents and preserve the sanctity of human lives in the country, This was contained in a communiqué issued and endorsed by Chairman, Editorial Board of Penpushing, Mrs. Funke Fadugba at the end of discussions and deliberations centered on; Global Future Cities Prosperity, Curbing Incessant Road Accidents and Lagos Ban on Commercial Motorcycles and Tricycles. Fadugba explained that, as a platform…

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What marriage software do you have? (Part 2)

B oth male and female children could have also grown up under a very terrible mother and a good father. It could have been their mother who consistently disrespected, cheated, harassed and maltreated their father and the males grew up with a conviction that women are always bad and dangerous, and should never be granted any iota of freedom. These are the husbands that eventually enslave wives in today’s society. It is a problem of old marriage software that was never changed. The females could have also grown up with…

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When a nation becomes immune to bad news

In the past couple of weeks, we have been treated almost daily to sickening headlines of Nigerians, either being killed, abducted or having their livelihoods taken away from them by marauding bandits, terrorists or plain opportunists robbers. In the past four weeks, 81 people have been killed in Plateau State alone. In attacks in Bokkos and Mangu local governments, between January 26 and 29, 26 people and 190 houses were razed. According to a statement signed by the Plateau Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Gabriel Agaba: “In the attacks that…

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An appeal to the Supreme Court on Imo judgement

As Winston S. Churchill said: “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” So, to the Justices of the Supreme Court, who are the representatives of the Almighty God on the bench and having the constitutional and judicial mandate of the people to dispense justice without fear or favour, I write.  I write to you to be guided at all times by three things: the fear of God that you represent, posterity and the supreme natural law of sowing and reaping. Although, our letter is fired…

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How Nigerian words made it into Oxford Dictionary

Nigeria was recently in the spotlight when the Oxford English Dictionary announced that its January 2020 update included 29 Nigerian English words. The reception, in both the traditional and new media, was nothing short of sensational. Most Nigerians expressed a great sense of pride in the fact that the unique ways in which they use English were being acknowledged internationally. The Oxford English Dictionary said in the release note: “By taking ownership of English and using it as their own medium of expression, Nigerians have made, and are continuing to…

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China’s economy momentum of growth

Recently, China’s economy comes under pressure in the battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak. The epidemic and relevant quarantine measures are believed to have a negative impact on the economy to some extent. Factories suspended production and consumer spending was reduced amid the country’s quarantine measures. Some people worry that the epidemic may drag down the economic growth in China and the world at large. However, we should look at the impact of the epidemic on the economy from a comprehensive and reasonable perspective. In my opinion, the impact is…

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