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Should we be less critical and more optimistic?

Last week on this page, I responded to the many Vanguard readers who have reprimanded me for voting for Buhari; and I admitted that he has yet to deliver the Change he promised Nigerians during the run-up to the 2015 election campaign and that I myself am disillusioned by the fact that the country is in very bad shape (thanks to electricity meltdowns, fuel shortages, widespread poverty, etc).

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*Pix. 4: Applicvants who could not find seats await further insatructions as others take seats to write the Nigeria Immigration Service examinations at the 60,000 capacity National Stadium, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

Long-overdue retribution

This week, the Federal Government filed 11 fraud and money-laundering charges against Comrade Abba Moro, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s Minister of Interior, his alleged accomplices (including the Ministry’s former Permanent Secretary) and Drexel Global Technology Limited, a company that is said to be linked to Moro.

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Otunba Nike Oluwole

Farewell to an adored matriarch

My very dear childhood friends, Datta, Kio and Kaine Amachree, recently lost their wonderful mother, Otunba Benedicta Olunike Oluwole. She was born in 1936 in Kaduna and was one of five children of the late Chief Ben A.F. Oluwole – a relative of the Balogun of Ijebu-Remo and member of the Latawa Sagamu royal family – and Mrs Marian Taiwo Oluwole (nee Odupele).

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan during the  world press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday.

Jonathan’s silence

I’ve just chanced upon an article that was written in The Will, an online publication, on January 11.

It stated that the PDP’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Abdulahi Jalo, “has tasked former President Goodluck Jonathan to speak out on the controversial $2.1bn meant for the purchase of arms to fight the Boko Haram insurgency during his tenure but which was allegedly shared by some influential politicians.”

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

No money!

I’ve spent the past three months in London. And while I was away, I regularly received phone calls from friends and relatives who are based in various Nigerian states. Some of these friends and relatives are staunch PDP sympathisers who voted for ex-President Jonathan during last year’s election, while others are staunch APC sympathisers who voted for President Buhari

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More about managing success with grace

Last week, I wrote about the many Nigerian VIPs who do not manage success graciously, change for the worse the minute they cease to be ordinary citizens and start treating old friends (and blood relatives as well, in some cases) very shabbily, even when these folks who knew them before they became VIPs have helped them a lot in the past and are therefore owed considerable goodwill and courtesy.

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