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Broken tongues

If I am told there is a “democratically elected” president in Nigeria in the last 10 days since the #EndSARS protest began, I will surely express some doubt. I am not just wondering how a supposedly elected president would keep mum when the country he was elected to preside is on fire, but I am […]

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Nigerian greedy professors and their ‘fat’ salaries

What we are saying is that if the Federal Government would reduce its profligacy and cut waste, there will be enough money to pay teachers in public universities, as well as fund research and upgrade infrastructure in such institutions. Hungry teachers can neither teach well nor carry out research. And poorly-taught students can neither excel […]

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Is democracy really the best form of government? (2)

INTRODUCTION It was Churchill that once theorized that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”   How correct is the above assertion? Only time will tell as I continue my discourse on the above topic. Last week, I made it clear […]

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MANCHESTER CITY VS ARSENAL: PARTY TIME FOR GUNNERS’ PARTEY

Few recent transfers have generated as much excitement among Arsenal faithful as Thomas Partey arriving at the Emirates and there is no bigger match for the Ghanaian to start his party at the club than the Londoners visiting Manchester City today (Saturday). After months of chasing the 27-year-old, Arsenal finally landed their man on deadline […]

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Families in tears, anguish over SARS’ atrocities

The appearance of scruffy looking, gun trotting rude guys on patrol in hijacked commercial or private vehicles do send jitters down the spines of Nigerians especially the youth. It is not because there’s any reported crime or breakdown of law and order but for the likelihood of being caught as preys in the web of […]

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Beyond the SARS brawl

“The Police are often as corrupt as the corporate government that employs them” – Steven Magee The recent yawp against the Nigeria Police unit known as Special Armed Robbery Squad, notoriously called SARS yielded result last Sunday when the Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, announced the scrapping of the unit. The IGP’s position […]

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Ondo election: A post-mortem

The Ondo governorship election has come and gone, but the reverberations continue. Days after, it was talkof- the-town everywhere in Akure, the state capital. Akure wore a gloomy look and carried on like someone bereaved. It is obvious – and understandably, too – that most Akure people did not like the win of the incumbent […]

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End SARS? No. Reform police? Yes!

I have watched with keen interest the demonstrations and protests being orchestrated by some Nigerians to put an end to the operations of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad easily known as F-SARS. I got worried reading the commentaries of some notable Nigerians adding vent to the discourse and advancing reasons on why the Police must […]

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Reflections on 60 years of U.S.–Nigerian engagement

Sixty years ago, this week, Ambassador Joseph Palmer II presented his credentials as the first United States Ambassador to the Government of Nigeria.   The occasion presents the opportunity to reflect on the breadth and depth of the partnership between our two great nations, each evolving democratically, over the intervening decades. In his welcome address […]