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Extortionists in government

There was a tap on my window. I wound down a bit out of politeness and curiosity—or stupidity as it turned out—to see who it was. We—my driver and I—were on Town Planning Way in Ilupeju and were about to turn left into Coker road. We had been stopped at the junction by a man in mufti who acted like a traffic warden. A couple of cars were in front of us and a couple were behind. I was taken aback by the sternness in the voice of the man I wound down my glass for. He had appeared from the side.

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Counting the years

Last weekend, I attended the 80th birthday celebration of Mr Ben Lawrence. It was hosted by his nephew, Nosa Igiebor, the CEO of Tell Magazine, a weekly news magazine that played a prominent role in the June 12 saga. The ‘party’ was all that I expected; a quiet get-together of veteran journalists—mainly of the defunct Daily Times stock—who had paid their dues to the pen profession.

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What did you learn last Saturday?

I have witnessed many Independence Day anniversaries in my time. Right from the very first one when as a little school kid, we were given small green-white–green flags and asked to line the streets. Later, we were given free lunch and freer time to indulge in our favourite past time of games and pranks. I didn’t know what it all meant then but I learnt—through my parents, teachers and the passing years—that it was the day we gained the freedom to govern ourselves as we liked.

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Recession: Saraki’s recommendations

Like any leader, or indeed any patriotic Nigerian, our Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has of late, been showing considerable concern for the country’s economy. Fresh from a two-month, fully paid Sallah break with his fellow distinguished legislators which they must by now know that the country can no longer afford, he recommended the sale of some of the country’s assets and the sack of the Ministers of Finance and Budget and Planning.

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