Monday April 27th, 2015
Monday April 27th, 2015
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Pigs may fly

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:53 am   /   Comments

nigeria3

So here we are in the year 2014, a much expected year like others but much more because of the brand of expectations it has engendered. It is the year of big preparations for tremendous happenings with the trail of events they will have in their wake. It is the year, you see, that will follow the year we have been waiting for —the year that must decide many issues for us as a nation, more than several epoch-making years have ever done.

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Happy new year? eko O ni baje O, a crying shame

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:49 am   /   Comments

OBJ-n-Jonathan-300x182

President Goodluck Jonathan’s reply to Chief Obasanjo’s celebrated letter left me nonplussed. I wondered if I was reading an abridged form. I expected a response enlivened by some pungent statement of repudiation and counter-accusation, laced with some vitriolic flavour. Perhaps it was far removed from the influence of one or two of his well-known aides who shall be nameless here. Their input, which would’” naturally be of an acerbic nature as usual, could have generated some heat but also added a bit of feeling to the reply.

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a nursery of killers

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:52 am   /   Comments

Obasanjo-Iyabo

It is so easy for anyone to criticize Olusegun Obasanjo — General, war hero, military head of state, civilian president, et cetera, et cetera, — because he finds it so easy to criticise anyone himself.He does it in season and out of season, and so, hardly anyone winces when he too is made to have it good and hard.

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a thought for “our heroes past”

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:07 am   /   Comments

Dr. Nelson Mandela

Not all the story of the exploits and achievements of Nelson Mandela would have been told decades from now. His towering sense of patriotism, his indomitable spirit of resistance to evil, his soaring charity of forgiveness and several other facets of an unforgettable character which he has bequeathed to the world as a model for sterling human interaction, will survive him for a long time.

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on the brink of disaster

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:23 am   /   Comments

Stella Oduah

The visit of a minister to a state should not ordinarily excite comment, except that in some special cases it could invite attention, especially when it involves a personality who had been making headlines of an unsavoury nature, like Princess Stella Oduah, the Minister of Aviation.

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he who hires, fires

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:05 am   /   Comments

Oshiomhole-new

I strongly feel I should bring you all that Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State said in Benin City at the meeting of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference/Dialogue, despite the attempts to gag him by a mob of hired hooligans. You might have been aware of it anyway, though I believe some parts of it can bear repeating for a number of reasons..

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Not giving a damn!

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:30 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

It is very clear that President Goodluck Jonathan is determined and almost desperate to seek another term of office. His refusal to put it in so many words can be described as his stock in trade. He did precisely that, the last time around, before ferociously pursuing his ambition. Not many people were fooled then. Hardly anyone is fooled now.

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a Nigerian politician

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:24 am   /   Comments

Senate President David Mark

The futility of a National Conference of any kind was very clearly described by none other than Senator David Mark, President of the Senate, recently. It was consistent with his normal views readily expressed on previous occasions. It made good sense.

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i love my country

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:41 am   /   Comments

INDEPENDENCE—President Goodluck Jonathan (6th right) flanked by Vice-President Namadi Sambo (7th right); former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (5th right); Senate President David Mark (9th right); former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan (8th right) and service chiefs, cutting the 53rd Independence Anniversary Cake at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Happy Independence Anniversary. Maybe I should have said that last week, but then there were many things I should have said last week that I didn’t.

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with a forked tongue

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:31 am   /   Comments

Okonjo-Iweala

Could it be that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, is being economical with the truth? One must confess that the people are not fully let into the true state of affairs concerning the health of the nation’s wealth.

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a law should be made

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:52 am   /   Comments

Kawu Baraje

The lady must have been a natural southpaw the way she lashed out at her fellow legislator, who was, fortunately a real gentleman.

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we, the people

  /   in The Passing Scene 3:30 am   /   Comments

His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse II The Olu of Warri Photo by
George Osodi

We are at the mercy of the politicians who rule us as masters rule slaves. They do not have any consideration for our needs and desires. They do not care to honour even their word to us. They care less still for the pride of the nation, or her progress. They hold us in utter contempt.

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never the same again

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:52 am   /   Comments

Kawu Baraje

The entire country —or almost the whole country— has been startled by the sudden decision— well, at least, it seemed unexpected —of a sizeable chunk of the pecking order of the Peoples Democratic Party to break away and form another—if not a different — political group.

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high cost of law-making

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:12 am   /   Comments

Senate President, David Mark and Speaker of House of Reps, Aminu Tanbuwal

The pages of newspapers have been rustling, in the past few days, about what is so cheaply described as the “jumbo” remuneration of our legislators. It has been reported that they each make over two million naira or more a month, with all sorts of allowances. No one seems really sure because it appears that the salaries and details of other items of remuneration paid to our law-makers are the best-kept secrets outside Fort Knox.

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one massive action

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:37 am   /   Comments

Nigerian-Footbal-Fan

This country today is awash with ill-feelings. The land crawls with bad faith. Anguish and bitterness compete for space, and our vision is blurred by bad faith in high places.

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what we are saying

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:04 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-2015---2

Notice was given earlier in the week that President Goodluck Jonathan would soon announce his interest in contesting the presidential ticket in 2015.

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the reps got it right – almost

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:51 am   /   Comments

House of Representatives during plenary

I applaud the efforts of the House of Representatives whose ad hoc committee’s recommendation on the review of the 1999 Constitution has found their approval on the floor of the house. It was a fair appraisal of the yearnings of the people for a better future for the country. However, I find one aspect of the recommendation most appalling.

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What a shame

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:25 am   /   Comments

Amaechi

Mr. Bisi Lawrence of the Passing Scene column in the Vanguard newspaper is an elder statesman in the pen profession and over the years, he had endeared himself to many of his fans who read him regularly. I want to count myself lucky to be one of his great fans who had benefitted from his well of experience for his sober offerings on Saturday Vanguard.

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*rare “rolling dollar” *a circus troupe

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:44 am   /   Comments

*Fatai

Fatai Rolling Dollar almost escaped being a period piece. But his style of music and its intrinsic worth which lasted the whole of his career stamped him for a juju performer.

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mko and “the spirit of nigeria”

  /   in The Passing Scene 2:56 am   /   Comments

MKO Abiola

Chief M.K.O. Abiola’s political career suffered the agony of a bitter irony. The architect of its magnificence was also to be its destroyer at its finest hour.

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in the pantheon of heroism

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:02 am   /   Comments

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello

We must write and continue writing about “the labours of our heroes past”. Else,they will be forgotten very soon. Even right now, the heroic deeds in our nation-building efforts are subverted even while they are being performed.

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what a shame

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:10 am   /   Comments

kids

I happened to attend a celebration of the so-called “Democracy Day” earlier in the week. It was held by a concert of elementary/primary/basic (suit yourself) schools which included one in which I have an abiding interest. The children marched with banners waving, after which formal ceremony, they settled down to dance. You never saw the like— or maybe you have! We are in a country where almost anything is allowed to pass muster, even the way our children grow up.

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this is war

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:00 am   /   Comments

Troops getting ready

Are we then at war? Can we admit it at last? The proclamation that slapped a state of emergency on three States —Yobe, Adamawa and Bornu — would seem to suggest that much especially from the ‘launching of all-out hostilities on certain areas of the region.

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Gaskiya College at Fifty

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:13 am   /   Comments

*One of the new model schools built by the state government

Jonathan Olatunde Lawrence was a born intellectual. He was blessed with a high capacity for original thinking and the acquisition of knowledge. He was therefore outstanding in almost all his endeavours.

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the chase after amaechi

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:52 am   /   Comments

*Amaechi

We seem to have gone through it all before. The Presidency, or The Party— seldom the President — feels uncomfortable about someone of influence, particularly in the party of the President, and swiftly various unsavoury things begin to happen to the man; all sorts of unsavoury information begin to float around about him; it suddenly becomes apparent that he is unfit for the post he holds; his face is turned to a downward route from the peak of a precipice, and every effort is applied to make him take the wrong step so as to tumble down.

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What next,for goodness’ sake!

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:41 am   /   Comments

alams-cartoon

All these events swirling around us embodying power outage, poor health delivery,bad roads, dysfunctional so-called amenities, brutal insecurity, stifling corruption and ineffective leadership strike one as a mirror of our society.

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bothered and bewildered

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:53 am   /   Comments

amnesty-boko

I am in one of my dull moments again when simple situations that are as clear as daylight fail to emerge from the depths of confusion for me to grasp and comprehend like all others around seem to do. Why can’t I understand what is going on? Just when I think I am on top of the unfolding events, something that leaves me panting turns up again.

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aspects of the amnesty deal

  /   in The Passing Scene 3:22 am   /   Comments

Dr Frederick Fasehun

On the horns of a dilemma, that is where President Goodluck seems to find himself right now. Or, as my friends used to put it in those sweet-scented ghettoes of North DC, “He’s damned if he don’t, and is damned if he do. “

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*enough!

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:42 am   /   Comments

Muhammadu Buhari

It is unfortunate that a former Head of State and perennial presidential candidate, like retired Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari, could expose himself to indefensible criticisms through his unguarded statements about this nation.

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dwarfed by his heritage

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:18 am   /   Comments

Oluwole Awolowo

Chief Oluwole Awolowo was definitely not a saint. He never had a chance. He was expected to be a “rascal”, a word freely used beyond and beside its real meaning, way back in our grapple with the English language in Yorubaland.

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goodluck to the President

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:08 am   /   Comments

babangida-jonathan1

Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, PhD, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Commander of the Armed Forces, must know something that the rest of us do not know. He wants another term in office, a desire which certain sections of the nation vehemently oppose. We all know that.

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No apologies

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:57 am   /   Comments

Oladipo-Diya

The recent call on the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, by none other than His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to grant amnesty to all the members of the Boko Haram, deserves a second look.

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