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OGBEMUDIA: Exit of a consummate leader

MAE West was essentially right when she asserted, “You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough”. The life and times of our late Sage, Brigadier-General Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, lend full credence to West. Ogbemudia was one man who lived to the fullest. If re-incarnation were truly a fact of life, Ogbemudia’s achievements in his one life time could easily have surpassed the achievements of most men in their fourteen life times.

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Elamah’s exit from Edo Revenue Service

TRULY, everyone has an underlying philosophy of life – even those to whom the subject of philosophy is anathema. On his arrival at the Edo State Revenue House some 68 months ago, Chief Oseni Elamah made it clear that the day you arrive at a place is the same day you begin to plan your exit. That explains in large part why, throughout his stay in office, no file ever stayed on his table overnight.

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Exporting executive ailments

IN the traditional African setting, the practice was that as a man grew older, he began to farm nearer home, principally to avoid the rigour of a long walk to the farm. At that time, conventional wisdom also dictated that when a man became terminally ill, he was brought home because there was greater honour in dying at home than being brought home dead.

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Wanted: State of the Nation Address

FROM the lessons of Social Psychology, it is clear that nothing should be written-off as totally wrong because even a dead clock is correct twice everyday. All those who hate war with passion must wait till they see how war reconstruction efforts turned Hiroshima from a ghetto to an ultra-modern city after it was reduced to rubbles by the bombs of the Allied Forces in Word War II.

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Feedback on ‘Still Planning To fail?’

BEGINNING from this New Year, we shall bring your way, at least occasionally, some reactions of our esteemed readers. You will also be adding value to this Column by adding your voice from time to time. We can be reached on E-mail:,; and phone +2348036608970 (restricted strictly to text messages).

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Unreasonable import restrictions

IN most of the policies we dish out, we are only clever by half. A case in point is the recent Federal Government pronouncement on the partial restriction on the importation of many products into Nigeria. Henceforth, there are items that cannot come into the country through the land borders. Such can only be brought in through the seaports. Meanwhile, the authorities are silent on whether those commodities can come in through the airports.

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Politricks of Toll gates

THERE must be an outbreak of Keynesian economists in Nigeria. Suddenly, they are showing up on the idea of our tolling policy.

John Keynes (1883-1946) was a classical economist who had a soft spot for full employment. For him, the people must be employed, even where it meant getting them into what might ordinarily look like the absurd cycle of pit digging:

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