Friday October 31st, 2014
Friday October 31st, 2014
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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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With one eye open

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:18 am   /   Comments

*IBB

Whatever made General Ibrahim Babangida to deprive Nigeria of the fruits of that golden venture into democracy, dealt a severe blow on the future of this nation.

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up police

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:00 am   /   Comments

female-police

The forthcoming Police Games recalls the role of the police force in our sports development.

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The shoes of the fisherman

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:06 am   /   Comments

Pope Benedict XVI AFP Photo.

If you want to start an unending argument, say something even slightly disparaging of the Pope to a Roman Catholic
faithful. (And that, I confess, includes some of my loved ones.) I am very careful when I have to say anything about “Christ’s Representative on Earth” whom I actually hold in very high esteem, though my “Ave Maria” no longer swells with the passion of younger days.

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at last, another party?

  /   in The Passing Scene 3:48 am   /   Comments

OPPOSITION—From right: Gov Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); representative of Yobe State Governor, Senator Jejere Alkali; Govs  Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Kashim Shettima (Borno); Babatunde Fashola (Lagos); Umar Tanko Al -Makura (Nasarawa); Abdul-Aziz Yari (Zamfara); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), after the meeting of Opposition Governors on the proposed merger, held at Lagos House Marina, yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

The recent gathering of ten State Governors in Lagos reminds me personally of a spectacle I used to cherish in my boyhood days around the late thirties and early forties.

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with respects to ezekwesili

  /   in The Passing Scene 1:34 am   /   Comments

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili

The early rains have arrived here in some parts, or shall we call them the threatening return of the f1oods so soon in the year? It would seem that this thing called “climate change” may be right after all.

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not in the name of allah

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:04 am   /   Comments

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayer

The mindless attack of Islamic terrorists or insurgents in the country on His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano, has provoked a spate of comments expressing, absolute shock, downright condemnation, and utter dismay. One sees the attack as mindless because the object is one of the most eminent Muslims in the country.

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a gentle, gentleman

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:22 am   /   Comments

*The late Deacon Ayo Ositelu.

THE ENTRY OF Ayo Oshitelu into sports reporting was bound to bring one or two changes into the art of sports writing. Very seldom had the Ivory Tower released a choice product from its dizzy heights straight into the “Arena” of sports.

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“andrew “checks out

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:49 am   /   Comments

*Late Enebeli

“Andrew” eventually checked out, after all. In the TV commercial which captivated the imagination of the entire nation, he looked dapper, self-assured and fully determined to quit the country of his birth where nothing worked— the electricity supply, the telephone system, the public water supply, the health system, the roads … the lot.

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the true transformation

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:14 am   /   Comments

sanusi22

We keep pre-fixing his name with the prosaic title of “Mr.”, but I am sure that he must be an Alhaji—at he least. But then he is the prince of a great emirate, anyway.

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dialogue overcomes everything

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:00 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

The religious sect known as Boko Haram is at war with Nigeria. It attacks and kills men, women ‘and children indiscriminately for no other reason than that their victims are Nigerians.

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three men of courage

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:15 am   /   Comments

Lam, Eso and Saraki

It is a common belief that each year rolls on, albeit gently or turbulently, towards its end and then, in the “ember” months, suddenly bears many of “its children” away.

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the way of peace, the way of the wind

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:00 am   /   Comments

A PHOTO JOURNALIST NATH JIBRIN WITH THE DAILY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS  WHO IS VICTIM OF THE TRIKANIYA CHURCH  BOMB  EXPLOSION ON HIS ST. GERALD CATHOLIC  HOSPITAL, KADUNA ON SUNDAY. PHOTO BY OLU AJAYI.

The greater Beiram Festival of the Muslims has ended in another glorious flourish leaving in its wake the echoes of pleas and prayers for peace all over the world. It has been thus for years past.

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The inheritor and the heir

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:00 am   /   Comments

Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko

It is no longer news that Olusegun Mimiko was returned as the Ondo State governor in the recent election. That fact was released after the votes had all been cast, counted and collated to the satisfaction of INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission), the official institution invested with the authority to conduct the polls.That was when it became certain that the incumbent governor had been returned by the people of the state whom he had striven to serve for the past four years. That is what elections are for.

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the sublime principle

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:21 am   /   Comments

University of Port Harcourt students brutally beaten and burnt alive

Not many people knew anything about Aluu until two weeks ago. And then, on the 5th of this month, the sleepy suburb of Port Harcourt began to make headlines for the wrongest of reasons.

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A horribly scarred heart

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:07 am   /   Comments

biafra-awo

As ugly a human undertaking as any kind of war is, none is as gruesome as a fratricidal conflict and that describes every civil war. Our three year-long experience could not have been devoid of some shameful acts on both sides, soured as it was by ethnic prejudices. But the mature and cultured mind takes it all in and allows the finest touch of the human spirit to mellow it down. That is the quality of the mentality that one would expect in an accomplished writer like Chinua Achebe.

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the waning glories of NAFDAC

  /   in The Passing Scene 12:26 am   /   Comments

Prof. Dora Akunyili

NAFDAC once dazzled our eyes by its operations .. Its charismatic Director, Dr. Dora Akunyili, captured the affection of many Nigerians, though there were some who were very eager to see her off the scene.

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