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IBB: The rich also wed

Like a gathering of giraffes, they tend always to attract too many tall egos, that end up neck-sizing as they compete for the skies. And no matter how long-necked or short-necked they come, in events like that, every giraffe is bound to meet its match, or even its better

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What does Lamido want?

I ALMOST did not want to believe that former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, had said what he was reported to have said recently on the Hausa Service of the BBC; and which was something to the effect that ‘much worse than the like of the evil of Boko Haram, he (Lamido) was prepared to work with any evil, including from the bottomless pit of hell- if it would lead to unseating Buhari’s government and the APC’.

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Revisiting ‘Graffiti of the political legislator’

GRAFFITI of the political legislator’ was a piece I wrote back in the days of the Ghalli Assembly. It was an ‘oriki’, if you like, in praise –or is it dis-praise?- of the typical Nigerian lawmaker. A panegyric if you like on the enfant terrible of our political legislator. As I am unable to pen on fresh matters this week, I find this piece as relevant –on a lighter mood- as it was during the Ghali days. Enjoy it.

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What to do with Saraki NASS

I SHOULD not tire to quote David Ingram, who said: “The American founders believed that a constitution that placed unlimited power in a legislative majority will inevitably result in tyranny, instability and lawlessness”. These founders, in reaching this conclusion, had discovered that their “optimistic faith in the capacity of ordinary citizens to exercise judicious self rule, collided with their pessimistic appraisal of a humanity driven by self interest”.

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Now that Jonathan is on the Menu

NOTE: That the Jonathan government was decadently corrupt is not to be debated any longer. Nor should it be debated too that virtually every one in that government helped themselves scandalously to the public till. What continues to be denied though is that Jonathan himself, on whose desk the buck should have stopped, had a hand in that filthy bazaar; or in the very unlikely event he did not, at the very least he should have remorsefully borne responsibility for the humongous theft that happened under his permissive -or even if negligent- watch.

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On Buhari’s ‘hale and heartiness’

INFORMATION Minister Lai Mohammed, was the one who said that President Buhari was ‘hale and hearty’ notwithstanding Mr. President himself had said that he was in London to spend some part of his leave to attend to his health. And the questions arose: ‘what does it mean to be ‘hale and hearty’? Who is supposed to be ‘hale and hearty’? Is a person ‘hale and hearty’ merely because he is not bed ridden on account of ill-health, or is a person ‘hale and hearty’ only because he is able to be ‘up and about’ in spite of ill-health? Maybe.

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Metaphors for a troubled nation

I SAID when I wrote ‘Now that Yar’adua is back’ (02/26/10) that “Nigeria has become one huge Elizabethan theatre where clowns, harlequins and pantomimes now prowl the stage in an unending melodrama –sometimes more comic than Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors‘. And in this unfortunate milieu it seems we are no longer divided over issues. We are rather titillated by personalities.

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On justice Ononghen

THE late American humorist, Art Buchwald said about the ‘law’ that “the more complicated lawmakers make it, the more work it generates for lawyers”. Had the ‘Ten Commandments’ been written by a lawyer, he said, “Moses could never have carried them on a stone tablet”. It would have been so voluminous, Moses would have had to haul it “down from Mount Sinai on to the Rock of Gibraltar”. Besides, such ‘divine judicature’ sullied by the pedantic pen of man, would also have been so verbose, Moses himself would have had to require an encyclopedia or concordance of ‘words’ and ‘phrases’ to decode.

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