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Buhari not my dog

When you open the newspapers these days or log on to the internet, you are assaulted by a variety of information, and the old cliche: “the good, the bad and the ugly” wears a more dramatic toga. I did not want to believe it when the story broke that a man bought a dog and named it “Buhari”. Not only that, he inscribed the name on the sides of the dog for all to see.

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Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu’s ‘tyranny of expectations’

If not for the burden of my profession, I would not read what media aides of Nigerian public office-holders write. In most cases, they follow the same pattern of wallowing in sycophancy for their principals. They are hardly sobre and dignified in tone, nor do they truthfully address the issues at stake. There is always that “fight-back” thing, which is why some see Nigerian media aides as “attack dogs”.

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Igbo Chiefs

Yes, Ndi Igbo, ‘go home’

I READ an interesting Facebook broadcast by a friend of mine, Ray Morphy Ugba, the morning just before coming to the office to write this article. Ray is a journalist, politician, blogger and (from what I saw after the broadcast) also a musician. He hails from Cross River State, though he seems quite proud of the fact that his mother is an Igbo woman, which is why he calls Igbos “my mother’s people”.

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Dino Melaye

A noise orchestra for Dino

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 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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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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