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Budget 2017 and Nigerian leadership irresponsibilty

“In every community there is a class of people profoundly dangerous to the rest. I don’t mean the criminals. For them we have punitive sanctions. I mean the leaders. Invariably, the most dangerous people seek power” —Saul Bellow. (VANGUARD BOOK OF QUOTATIONS, VBQ p 124).

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Nigeria media and fake news on a Range Rover – 1

Arewa Consultative Forum spokesman, Anthony Sani, reportedly repeated the Nigeria Police line on the Ile Ife clash between Yoruba and Northerners saying “criminality knows no ethnicity or religion”. I agree. But will Mr Sani tell us how many people the police arrested for killing an Igbo man in Kano and parading his severed head around? We are waiting for him and the IGP

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Time to release Dasuki, El-Zakzaky on bail

Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy – US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1856-1941.

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Heil! Donald Trump The American Fuhrer

Americans, since the end of the Second World War, had always wondered how the most advanced people in Europe, the Germans, in the early parts of the last century could produce a monstrous leader like Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945. With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America, they now know how in a fit of absent-mindedness bordering on lunacy, nations use their votes to appoint a crack-port as their leader. History does not repeat itself; only human beings are so stupid.

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Vice President Osinbajo it is genocide not religious violence

Professor Osinbajo, SAN, as a prominent lawyer, teacher and now top politician asked the question: “why are such cases never concluded?” as if he does not know the answer. The answer had been partly and generally provided by the General Manager of a satellite station in the Middle East. World wide and in Nigeria, there is very little of what you can call “religious violence” left anywhere. What we have had since the rise of Al Queda and the attack on the World Trade Center in New York has been global terrorism and genocide systematically and relentlessly carried out by those claiming to be Muslims.

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Still on El-Rufai

The 2019 elections are starting early in Kaduna State and the first slogan of the campaign for those elections is El-RUFIA MUST GO – at least that should be expected from some quarters in the light of the disaster that is Southern Kaduna. He can go and run for President since he is rumoured to be interested in presiding in Aso Rock

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Ladies’ man and Life in a Nigerian Bario

The seventh of my seven children – all girls – finished university last month and is now waiting for National Youth Service call up. She is also the seventh graduate and she had completed fro me a long term programme which started in May 1970, at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, USA, when my first child and daughter was delivered by one Dr Macovitch. Like most selfish young men, especially Africans, a boy was my choice; but a girl was what God had decreed.

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