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Even the most implacable critic of President Buhari would have to concede that Boko Haram’s capacity to “shoot, slaughter and kill”—as its avowed means of establishing Allah’s loving and peaceful caliphate in North-east Nigeria—has been significantly degraded.

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Muhammad Ali: The pugilist as poet and acknowledged legislator of the world

THE quest for an affordable ticket had landed me with a far longer journey than necessary—a predicament that all budget travellers of the world know too well! With final destination Abuja, I had first to fly for over three hours from Austin, Texas, to New York, then nearly 6,000 kilometres overnight to Paris, before finally embarking on the six-hour trip home. I scanned the in-flight movie menu. Ali, the 2001 biopic directed by Michael Mann, starring Will Smith, was available!

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Libido over learning: A sexual harassment bill to the rescue

ONE of the most socially significant bills to be introduced by a legislator is now before the Senate. Its proponent is Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege, only about three months old in that conclave of self-inflating legislators who crave the bogus adulation of “distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” By this bill alone, Omo-Agege has surpassed what older tenants of the Senate, some in their third or fourth terms, can ever hope to achieve besides living large and laundering our stolen moneys in offshore tax havens.

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What would it take for a politically exposed Nigerian politician to resign?

WHAT would it take for a politically exposed Nigerian politician to resign from office in protest of his or her averred honour? If ten trillion naira looted from the treasury was found stashed in his private vault? To stem the tide of public outrage following her purchase of five bullet-proof Bentleys purportedly for the comfort and safety of very important visitors to her ministry?

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Senate President Bukola Saraki  listening to Alh Lai Mohammed

Saraki: Endless saga of proving innocence by evading trial

Does Senate President Bukola Saraki believe he is innocent of the charges of false and anticipatory assets declaration filed against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal? If so, why has he chosen a most curious, if not downright dubious, manner of proving it? It is now half a year since he took his plea of “not guilty,”though not before a bench warrant for his arrest was issued to compel him to attend court.

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Supreme Court of Nigeria

The will of the Supreme Court as the basis of govt

THE recent spate of summary but affirmative decisions of the Supreme Court in hotly contested governorship election petitions gives dire warning of the urgent need for comprehensive electoral reform. Obviously, the Supreme Court relishes its image as a fearsome exponent of legal realism. Oliver Wendell Holmes, American jurist and avatar of this school, laid down its doctrine as “The prophecies of what the courts will do in fact, and nothing more pretentious” (emphasis original). Despite its capacity for judicial retardation and political cynicism, the Court has been gleefully torturing our civic sensibility with this doctrine for 35 years. One might say, “The votes of judges of the Nigerian Supreme Court, and no ballots more pretentious, determine elections.”

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Learning at the feet of a benevolent taskmaster (for BJ at 70)

EVEN before I had sat in the same classroom with Professor Biodun Jeyifo (BJ to his legion of friends and admirers), I regarded him as my teacher. He had been instrumental to my arrival at Cornell in 2001 to fulfil my long-nourished dream of taking a degree in literature-in-English. With a background in law, my best bet was to apply for a Master of Fine Art in poetry, having already published a collection of poems, finished the first draft of another, and freshly become a fellow of the Iowa International Writing Programme.

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Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, sandwiched between security operaives, leaving the court yesterday in Abuja.

Rule of Law as refuge

I WELCOME the controversy over President Buhari’sexplanation ofthe re-arrest and continued detention ofColonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), President Jonathan’s political ATM-machinewho went by the formal title of National Security adviser. If nothing else, it offers us the opportunity to ensure that the hallowed concept of rule of law will not become the refuge of scoundrels, of treasury looters whose kleptomania has the nation reeling from the mortal blows of grinding poverty, gross underdevelopment and threats to its corporate integrity. The president raised hackles when he said that Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu (leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra)have not been released,despite subsisting courts orders granting them bail, because given “the kinds of atrocities” they have “committed against the country, if they are given the opportunity, they will jump bail.

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