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Buhari travels to Kenya on a state visit ; Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo

PMB is on an official visit to France, where he will be meeting the President of the European Parliament, and the President of the European Commission and he will address a special session of the European Union Parliament. This meeting will be attended by members of the executive and legislative arms of the Union.

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Presidential  media chat

Something for nothing Nigerians

President Buhari’s presidential media chat was hotly anticipated, some have argued that his delivery was a storm in a teapot, I disagree. The president held his own and was very frank in his delivery. I hope that the journalists heed his appeal to do more investigative journalism about important national issues. He is right. Malcolm X once said that; “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

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Buhari meeeting speaking  Journalists  at his Dura home

Home is not where you live… home is where you belong

My father had thrown down the gauntlet and told me that he will no longer come to the UK to visit me until I come home. Home, meaning Nigeria. He does have a point. I haven’t been home for over 27 years. My son is 26 and my daughter is twelve and they are pretty savvy as to their culture and their identity but nothing will compare to first-hand knowledge of their homeland. Why did it take me so long? The call of home was never loud enough for me to respond to, so people come and go and then on their return they come with good and bad stories. None of the stories ever coloured my opinion of my home land. Well, I can very much make up my mind and I am immersed in the goings on in Nigeria. I write about it every week.

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Men do suffer from emotional abuse

Matthew Gansallo walked to my office and told me that he was going to write a book to help men who have been going through emotional abuse. I sense there was more to his intent. Matthew Olaseni Gansello, you see, is qualified in the history of art, fine art and architecture and is building an international education consultancy. Although, he lives in London, he is very much a Nigerian and has a vested interest in the Nigerian community.

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Dasuki Sambo

Time to give back

It is high time Nigerians received a windfall, we know what is going on; there are billions of pounds that have been recovered and are languishing in the coffers or there about. This money can definitely make a difference in the quantity of lives of ordinary Nigerians. It is about time the government acted expediently to circulate the clawed back loot from the greedy politicians, and give back the money to the rightful owners: the Nigerian people.

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Sim-cards

Show me the money!

My apologies, I am not a crooner and my children will attest to that, but I know a good and meaningful lyrics when I hear one, and this particular one by Bob Dylan comes to mind and it goes like this: “The Times They Are A-changin” that best describes the sweeping changes in Nigeria to a tee; “..Then you better start swimmin’, Or you’ll sink like a stone, For the times they are a-changin’..

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*Ken Sarowiwa: Died in the struggle for Ogoni people

Ken Saro Wiwa, twenty years on

By Denrele Animasaun “Leaders become great,not because of their power,but because of their ability to empower other”-John Maxwell This November 10th,  marks the 20th anniversary of Ken Saro Wiwa’s death. Certainly in the UK, the media delivered a number of columns honouring him. I did the same thing three years ago. Ken was executed on trumped
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Biafra protesters

Biafra: Time we have that talk

In war, they say, there are no winners and yet, there seems to be calls to arms and calls for war or threats for one if Nigeria does not allow a section of Nigerians to go their own way. In fact, some have taken to the social media, to denounce their allegiance to Nigeria and some go as far as burn their Nigerian passports, they argue, that for them, they no longer want to be part of the Zoo, the Zoo, being Nigeria. Really, what ever gave them that idea?

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Economy

Sufferhead must go, Jeffahead must come”- Fela!

Love him or loathe him, you simply cannot ignore Fela. He was a tour de force, a verbal tornado. He spoke to millions and so eloquently through his music about the daily struggles of the ordinary man and that is why 20 years after his death, his music remains relevant as it was, when he first performed them. Everyone had their favourite. My son’s favourite is Zombie and mine is Yellow fever. Well, to be honest with you, teacher don’t teach me nonsense, comes very close.

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