Matters arising from Falae’s kidnap

THERE are many reasons to fear criminals. There are many reasons for which, when they are caught (especially by a mob) the urge to deprive them of their most prized possession – their lives – can be so overwhelming. The fragile foundations of the nation’s unity and stability were visibly shaken when one of our most respected living elder statesmen, Chief Olu Falae, was kidnapped by “Fulani herdsmen”.

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Buhari and other ministers: random musings

ONE of the most brilliant lawyers in Nigeria, Chima Nnaji (you will see him from time to time on Channels and the African Independent Television discussing current affairs) once said: if you close your fist everybody’s eyes will be attracted to it. Everybody will want to know what it is you are hiding in that fist, until you open it and they find it is a mere piece of paper. Hiding that piece of paper creates suspense, a heightened sense of expectation and yearning for you to open that dratted hand.

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elrufa vs Osinbajo

El Rufai ‘insults’ Osinbajo – déjà vu

ALL is not well between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the man widely referred to as the “unofficial vice president”, Mallam Nasir el Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State. Proof: after a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) held on 17th September, 2015, el Rufai showed up in Osinbajo’s office and both took a photograph, all smiles; and splashed them all over the internet. Purpose: to debunk the “rumours” making the rounds that they had exchanged insults. To confirm the story further, a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) a couple of days ago tabled as an item for discussion/resolution the “face-off” between Osinbajo and el Rufai.

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Bukola Saraki

Saraki in his own stew

AREN’T you amused at this federal agency called Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)? And the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for that matter? These two supposed anti-graft agencies can no longer hide the fact that they have become willing tools in the hands of politicians seeking to settle scores and consolidate their strong arm hold on power.

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Nigeria's fans hold a banner reading "World Unites Against Boko Haram" before the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO

As Boko Haram begins to ‘surrender’

NIGERIA is not just a hotbed of Islamist terrorism; it is also a very fertile ground for it. Nigeria may have to get ready to live permanently with Islamist terrorism unless our leaders, especially those at the commanding heights of political power, change their cowardly, dubious and wretched attitudes to these criminals who have slaughtered well over 15,000 Nigerians, uprooted millions from their homes and cost the nation billions of dollars that could have been invested in crucial services.

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Brand Buhari’s encounter with Diogenes

I WAS enthusiastically looking forward to the public unveiling of President Muhammadu Buhari’s declared assets, and I will tell you why. Buhari is one of the most intensely branded political leaders in Nigeria’s history. Since he started running for president in 2003, a consistent mental image of him has been monogrammed in the minds of millions of Nigerians, such that even his foes often accept his portraiture as “Mr Integrity”. In the North, they call him: Mai Gaskiya (Man reputed for telling the truth always).

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Buhari after 100

Buhari after 100 days

By Ochereome Nnanna NOT much was heard about the “first one hundred days” fad before 1999, when our democracy was rescued from the military doldrums. The renascence of democracy thrust it forcefully into our political culture. The new civilian leaders used it to try and paint images of themselves as “action” or “performing” political actors.
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