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Now that Abuja is under siege

Once upon a time, Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, was a serene and sprawling city that accommodated persons of all faith, social strata, and economic pursuits. Abuja, to the elite, offered an escape from insecurity, hustling, and bustling that plagued other major cities in the county. It was a city in which most elite wanted to […]

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Haaland vs Nunez: Youngsters set to seize stardom with Community Shield statement

or more than one decade, football fans across the world were treated to the sumptuous rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fuelling insinuations that such a friendly feud, which was hitherto unseen in the history of the game, might never be recreated but some pundits believe the duo of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and […]

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Insecurity: ISWAP’s threat to attack Lagos…

Nothing is as dangerous as power with impunity –– Isabel Allende (Chilean journalist and author) My dear concerned readers, lest we forget, when yours truly wrote and got published the opinion essays titled: ‘The Gathering Storm!’, ‘Of Gumi, Bandits and Impunity’ both in March, 2021 and followed them up with ‘Tackling Insecurity: The Hard Way, […]

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Looking beyond Asiwaju’s ‘bishops’

There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people. –Heinz Guderian. Not a few Nigerians will disagree with the above-quoted German general, Heinz Guderian, because many believe that the Nigerian situation is indeed desperate and requires desperate people to tackle it. Many also believe that desperation is necessary for the radical change that the […]

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Tinubu’s audacious Muslim-Muslim ticket -3

Justifying his choice of a running mate, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said the spirit of June 12, 1993 is upon us again! Can that be true?   Hear the Jabagan Borgu as he defended his choice of a Muslim like himself, Kashim Shettima, as running mate: “In 1993, […]

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2023: Between Atiku and Tinubu

This is the era of political campaigns where all manner of subterfuge are allowed to flourish to confuse and convince the undiscerning mind in a bid to raking up votes for the election.   I have listened to, and dissected both personalities of Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Tinubu in terms of experience and capacity to […]

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2023 general elections and a fractionalised electoral process (3)

Introduction Election is the hallmark of democracy. Any democratic regime that does not conduct election will be regarded as a dictatorship. The trust and reputation built up on the electoral process impedes on its credibility, ligitimacy and public acceptability. The higher the level of trust and reputation built around the electoral process, the higher the […]

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Caf Awards 2022: Mane, the royalty, breezing into invincibility

T he smile was profound, the joy was overwhelming as Sadio Mane’s name was called out by Patrice Motsepe for the final award of the evening in Rabat. In truth, another African Footballer of the Year accolade was not in doubt for the Bayern Munich new-boy following his individual and collective success since the turn […]

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We must take flooding more seriously

The issue of flooding has assumed frightening proportions going by what was recently experienced in Lagos State and other parts of Nigeria. Flooding has become part of life in Nigeria because of its unique geographical features. This is not to mean that the problem is peculiar to the nation. No. It is a global challenge. […]

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Osun Polls: Nigeria’s 2023 fortune foretold

It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power. –Abraham Lincoln The first black US President Barack Obama aptly captured the power of the ballot box when he said, “Vote! Voting is the best revenge.” Anyone familiar who remembers the cloak-and-dagger games that played out in […]

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