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    When things are bad, it’s the best time to reinvent

    Economy

    It is often said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Nigerians have been doing a lot the same thing and wishing that they get a better outcome. This is wishful thinking. We cannot continue to seek divine intervention for self-inflicted mess that was our own doing.

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    Let’s say no! No to domestic violence

    In my column on December 20, 2015, I wrote; Men do suffer from emotional abuse. It seems they are more men who experience emotional and physical abuse than they dare admit. It generated a lot of debate and I do hope this one on domestic violence would do likewise. The subject of domestic violence is an uncomfortable one, it is uncomfortable to discuss and, not just because of the nature of the violence but there is a wall of silence when it comes to getting people to talk freely about domestic violence. I told my sister, Sola that I was going to write about domestic violence she was worried on how it would be received.

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks with British Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R) during a reception in Buckingham Palace in London on May 10, 2016 where  called Nigeria and Afghanistan "possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world" as he hailed their leaders' attendance at an anti-corruption summit in London.

    ‘It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to’

    If you are ever in doubt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s steely determination, the world sat up and took notice of PMB and he gained millions of admirers around the world, including the British Prime minister, David Cameron who caused a major diplomatic faux pas at an event in which the British monarch was present. David Cameron had earlier being overheard that: “We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”

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    Motor mouth: The man loves the sound of his own voice

    Ayo Fayose, has got form. And what is predictable about him is that: he is predictably erratic. The man likes the sound of his own voice, he has an over inflated view of his persona and ego; believes his own hype that he is the man of the people, that he has grassroots connect ability and with a devil may care attitude. As long as the attention is on him, the better his ego feels and like a seasoned performer, he puts on a show; goes to the market, jump on the back of the Okada. He feels he has scores to settle and not for the first time too, he holds court to simply to lambast anyone he takes a dislike to, or those that refuse to give him his due or in his case, the respect or the attention he deserves. Can someone, anyone please, tell Ayo that respect is earned and cannot be demanded.

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    Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

    Asiwaju of Yoruba is 64!

    The air has been full of felicitations for his birthday from the 28th and up to now as I write this. It covers the radio, television and then newspapers. Bola Ahmed Tinubu was 64 years old on the 29th of March. Akanbi, has not been a common man- as an Accountant and a Politician of note. He was senator of the Federal Republic and two-time governor of uncommon Lagos State.

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    Blinkered majority

    “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief” —Frantz Fanon

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    ...Cross section of Almajiri students

    Poverty of Ambition

    I thoroughly concur with the above quoted position credited to His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, and agree also that it is about time we addressed the greatest scourge and abuse of millions of people in our society. It is a common place in our society to accept that some citizens are meant to be nothing and do nothing but beg from cradle to grave. Those holding this belief, inadvertently, promote and relegate a huge number of citizens to a bleak future. And those who make begging their livelihood purposely marry and breed their offspring for a lifetime of begging. And the ones that give to them are equality responsible for perpetuating this heinous practice. Giving to professional almajiris will not absolve them of their sins, it is a false sense of absolution. it will be better to consider what is better of the two sayings: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” and the better option is clear. The almajri system has created a dependent culture.

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    President Muhammadu Buhari

    If the cap fits

    When the president was last in the UK he gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph. There was an uproar due to some of his comments in the interview. It seems that his remarks cut too close to some peoples’ sensitivities and perhaps, too honest,way too honest for some. It is not a secret that there are some, I mean, a higher than acceptable level of criminality among Nigerians and these criminals are feted in a big way. In other countries, they lock their criminals and they make an example of them.

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