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A noise orchestra for Dino

Dino Melaye

The legislative arm of gov-ernment all over the world is often a theatre of the absurd. I recall one of these ugly episodes, and incidentally, Dino Melaye was a principal actor in it as a member of the House of Representatives. On June 21, 2010, a faction of the House which styled itself as “Progressives”, had raised a motion for the impeachment of the then Speaker, Hon Dimeji Bankole over some contract issues.

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Osinbajo

Osinbajo commits political apostasy

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has lived the life of the quintessential vice president in the past 14 months of his emergence. There is an old American anecdote that portrays the Vice Presidency as a particularly “irrelevant” post in a presidential democracy. It tells of how one Unlce Tom “lost” two of his sons: “one joined the Navy, the other became the Vice President”.

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ambode

LASG’s war against street trading

FOR, perhaps the second “season”, the Lagos State Government,LASG, has decided to run the poor hustling for a living off the streets. In “season one”, former Governor Babatunde Fashola carried out what was widely referred to as “deportations” of fellow Nigerians who happened to be non-indigenes to their perceived states of origin, using the Kick Against Indiscipline,KAI, an outfit that has now earned the notoriety of the LASG’s “bad man” anti-poor brigade.

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Demonstrators shelter under umbrellas at an anti-Brexit protest in Trafalgar Square in central London on June 28, 2016.
EU leaders attempted to rescue the European project and Prime Minister David Cameron sought to calm fears over Britain's vote to leave the bloc as ratings agencies downgraded the country. Britain has been pitched into uncertainty by the June 23 referendum result, with Cameron announcing his resignation, the economy facing a string of shocks and Scotland making a fresh threat to break away. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

My top Brexit takeaway

THE fateful 23rd June 2016 referendum vote by a majority of the United Kingdom, UK, citizens to take their country out of the European Union has left the whole world reeling. Perhaps, many people did not really expect the “ayes” (or “leave”) to have it. But they did by 52 percent of an exercise where the younger segments of the society did not bother much to participate in the voting.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES SOUTH-EAST GROUP FOR CHANGE 2. R-L; APC Chieftain, Lady Sharon Ikeazor, Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buahri, the former Senate President and Leader of South-East Group for Change, Senator Ken Nnnami, Senator Ifeanyi Arerume and other members of the SOUTH-EAST GROUP FOR CHANGE in audience with the President at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; Abayomi Adeshida

Nnamani and co’s beggarly Villa trip

I WOULD not have commented on the recent appearance by a group of political adventurers in Aso Villa if not for the fact that they were described as “Igbo leaders” in some sections of the media. If they had simply gone as All Progressives Congress (APC) members from the South East visiting the President and leader of their party for whatever purposes, it would have passed as a non-event (though I have not seen APC leaders from other geopolitical zones going similarly cap-in-hand for special attention of President Muhammadu Buhari).

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (C) attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 12, 2016.
Muhammadu Buhari is on a visit to China from April 11 to 15. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / KENZABURO FUKUHARA

Entering year two more positively (2)

THE first part of this article on Monday reviewed President Muhammadu Buhari’s general approach to the governance in the past one year. Today, we will briefly look at the three cardinal policies of the regime (security, economic diversification/job creation and the war on corruption), how they have fared and how they can fare better in the years ahead.

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Tompolo and Buhari

Buhari’s archaic approach to Niger Delta problems

TWO Nigerians from Katsina State have been Presidents of Nigeria in the past ten years. The first was Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who assumed power on May 29th 2007. He was an academic from a Fulani elite family. The core of his government comprised mainly Northerners because unlike his late elder brother, Major General Shehu Yar’Adua, he never really had much opportunity to interact with the wider Nigerian society before he joined politics.

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