Thursday October 2nd, 2014
Thursday October 2nd, 2014
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Sitting on a keg of gunpowder

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PDP supporters at the rally.

THE Christian in Nigeria is constantly faced with a serious dilemma: He must confess positive all the time, because in the church’s belief of the self-fulfilling prophesy, the power of the tongue is very strong. At the same time, he is enjoined to remain truthful, even at the edge of doom.

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Gun-running, money laundering, smuggling?

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Gun

THE issue of how much disclosure is healthy for the citizenry has been a matter for public debate. For instance, if, in a war situation, the President of a nation suddenly became blind and unable to manage the affairs of state, would it be better to make this known to the public; or his lieutenants should shield him from public view and carefully carry on his responsibilities as if nothing has happened?

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An Open letter to the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele

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Emefiele

DISTINGUISHED First Banker: Barely 41 days ago, this column carried the piece titled “Bank Charges As Criminal Overkill”. In that piece, we showed enough excitement at the prospect of one of our own attaining the enviable position of Governor of the apex bank in the land. In earnest, that article was intended to aid agenda-setting for your high office.

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Dr.John Odigie-Oyegun -Excellence personified

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Newly Elected National  Chairman of APC  Odigie-Oyegun at APC National Convention in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

THIS column is today taking time off from the murky waters of politics to bring you the profile of a purist; a true democrat of our time; and one man in whom there is hope that Nigeria is still possible – Chief (Dr.) John Odigie-Oyegun.

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Are Nigerians a bundle of masochists?

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Nigeria Bar Association

WHETHER you are a sadist or a masochist simply depends on your source of joy. All those who derive joy from the hurt of others are sadists. This is where a callous man would rape an innocent minor and still shoot her dead after the rape.

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Government Of National Unity as a tasty poison

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unity

WE are reminded of “Aggregate Seven” – an uncle of ours whose nick-name emanated from the fact that he had an aggregate of seven wives, none of whom was original. Uncle used his position as a Customary Court President to acquire second-hand wives.

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The pepper syndrome and Ebola

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Cartoon-ebola

IN this part of the world, until recently, there was no scientific explanation for death because all deaths, including those from fatal accidents, were attributed to witchcraft.

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The crash of impeachment

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Nyako, Al-Makura and Onyebuchi

THE more things change, the more they remain the same. Fourteen years into the 21st century, the self-acclaimed largest political party in Africa is still fixated on the crude techniques of dog-eat-dog that are purely reminiscent of the dirty politics of yester-years. How can it be said that during the Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections, prominent opposition politicians were picked up and dumped in the gulag, only to be released after voting hours? There is God ooooo!

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Bank charges as criminal overkill

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*File Photo

TO all those born after the 1970s, towards the twilight of the 20th century, today’s opening will certainly sound Greek.

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A seaman in exile from the sea

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army

TODAY, we remember the Polish-born English intellectual giant, Joseph Conrad (1857-1924). We owe today’s title to his expose in his famous novel The Secret Agent – Lord Jim: “His incognito, which had as many holes as a sieve, was not meant to hide a personality but a fact.

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Between Lamentations and Song Of Solomon

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Fashola

THE same spirit that propelled “the weeping prophet”, Jeremiah, to write the book of Lamentations at the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon, with her people killed, tortured or taken captive, is more than enough to make us reside permanently in lamentation for today’s world that is filled with injustice, poverty, crime, war and all forms of rebellion.

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Our consequential bereavement

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•The lawmakers... friends turned foes.

REACTING to our recent article titled “No hiding place for tax defaulters”, one of our avid readers wonders why our governments handle tax defaulters with kid gloves.

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2015: Shall we ever get there?

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Late Dr. Umaru Dikko signing the condolence register during his condolence visit to the family of the late Alex Ibru, at their Ikoyi residence, on Tuesday.

GOING by the lessons of history, it is clear that the cane reserved for Iyale (the first wife) shall someday be used on Iyawo (the new wife).

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Injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere

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Cry-Justice

THIS lame-duck Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has brought to the fore, the obvious fact that a fundamental premise of the democratic system of government is the capacity for peaceful leadership change through the ballot box.

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Whither separation of powers?

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Ayo Fayose casting his vote yesterday...

ON a matter of urgent public importance, we heartily congratulate the people of Ekiti State for showing a good example of how to behave in an election.

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Who owns the purchase price?

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APC National Convention:  River State Governor , Rotim Amechi and his delegate at the Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

SOLO: I heartily congratulate the APC on a most successful National Convention, which culminated in the election of Chief John Odigie Oyegun as the party’s First Citizen. Bravo! A better choice, none could be! APC is now set to make history.

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Okonjo-Iweala: The pot, the kettle

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Okonjo-Iweala

WE salute the Nigerian spirit – the spirit of enterprise. It is the spirit that rewards excellence and punishes indolence. We have seen the Nigerian team in a football match with another country on our home ground. In the beginning, Nigerians applauded their team to the high heavens but as soon as the Nigerian team fell into goal deficit, Nigerians switched their support to the visiting team and at the very height of their disappointment, they even started hurling stones at the Nigerian players.

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In the de-worming of Edo State APC (2)

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*Oshiomhole

Saint Thomas: Occupy till I come.

Decampees: OK Boss but you must continue to do all the collateral damage from within so that the party shall be totally decapitated by the time you leave.

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In the De-worming of Edo State APC (1)

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Voters set to cast their votes at Oza Primary school Igbesamwman Benin city. Photo: Citizen wolbum

THE more things change, the more they remain the same. In those days, our parents certainly knew what they were doing.

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Beware: Third-term agents around

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

These politicians may, after all, not be as smart as they pretend to be. Some of them are daft or simply hard of hearing. How else does anyone explain a situation where they keep doing the same old thing in the same old way and be expecting different outcomes?

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As I remember Elder Isemede

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ARMY

s I remember Mac, I remember “Yahoo don come”. That was a pet name we shared as we were entering into the computer world. We threw up the name freely, even at the middle of church services, particularly on those rare occasions, at the Church of God Mission, when the preaching was getting pall and uninteresting.

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All the black market injunctions

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peter-odili

NORMALLY, we don’t have to justify telling the truth but we do have to justify not telling the truth. The plain truth is that from the beginning, these smart guys — men who at times even attempt to outsmart themselves — have the same modus operandi. They think they are bold and with their boldness, they can intimidate the rest of society and browbeat all of us into submitting to their whims and caprices.

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Between our locomotive and their train

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File photo: Passengers hanging on a moving train in Lagos at Ikeja Railway Station, Lagos...

At creation, all men were equal but the circumstances of birth and the accident of geography played major roles in determining the final outcome.

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Illegality fuelled by insensitivity

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Abuja-blast

AS soon as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, issued what it called the time-table for the 2015 general elections, there were, expectedly, general outbursts about some items on the programme.

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Who were Sanusi’s supervisors?

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Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

WE have already embarked on a gradual descent to anomie. Some day soon, when we arrive at destination, we shall have no difficulty in recognising it. The early signs are very clear: we now have a country where evil is constantly celebrated and where people get away with murder in the manner of providing comic relief. We just laugh and get entertained.

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The NIS debacle: Harvesting the dead

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*Immigration

TRAGICALLY, somebody must now die for other members of his family to be offered jobs. The policeman must be cut down by the assassin’s bullet for his children to get scholarship to go through their university education.

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Campaign, sensitisation and gimmickry

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Another view of party supporters.

WE live in a world of oddities where one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. The best time to decide whether to climb up or not is when one is yet on the ground, not after one has climbed half way. In essence, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should by now be deciding if it is honestly prepared to conduct the 2015 general elections. We think INEC is unprepared.

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ABACHA LOOT: Unborn tomorrow, dead yesterday

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Jonathan hands to late Gen Sani Abacha's widow, Mariam Abacha. Source: Goodluck Jonathan FB wall

STRONG man, Sani Abacha, had no reason to begin to provide for failure since he was sure that nothing was going to prevent him from transforming himself to the life president of Nigeria. Such a man had no cause to begin to disguise his loots. He was, therefore, an archetype of a Nigerian thief who could steal with impunity.

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Still on Lamido Sanusi

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Lamido Sanusi

THE witch hovered over the house and cried all night. In the morning, the baby died. We do not need to search too far for the killer of the baby.

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Straightening Amaechi’s K-leg

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Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State

A MAN’S journey in life reminds us of the antelope and the lion. When the antelope wakes up in the morning, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion, lest it would be consumed. When the lion wakes up, it realises that it must outrun the fastest antelope or it would starve to death.

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Sanusi’s inconsistent consistency

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Sanusi

EVIDENTLY, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has been quite loquacious. Since his ascendancy to the position of CBN Governor, there has been no holding the parrot’s mouth. He has made his opinion readily available on every topic, including those vexatious political issues that had nothing to do with his role as the CBN Governor.

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Climbing a tree from the top

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SAVE-US-cartoon

By Josef Omorotionmwan NIGERIA reminds us of the case of the smart messenger with a short memory. This messenger soon turned his mother into a money spinning machine of sorts. One morning, he came to the office to announce that his mother was critically ill and he needed money to procure her medication. Out of

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