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Yinka Odumakin’s last column

Popular Vanguard columnist, Yinka Odumakin, succumbed to the cold hands of death on Saturday, April 3, leaving his family and indeed most Nigerians, especially his readers, heart-broken. This was the last column he wrote for Vanguard on March 8 before his transition. Decoding ‘no flight zone’ over Zamfara? OUR parents out of ignorance over the demographic
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Republic of bandits

By Yinka Odumakin HOW fast a country can degenerate into a failed republic is presently playing out in a Nigeria that is tottering towards the edge, unhinged in the hands of leaders willing to do this without remorse. The same people who were promoting change six years ago and their counterparts under the umbrella, including
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Kongi and the madmen

By Yinka Odumakin THIS must be a distressful season for Professor Wole Soyinka as Nigeria journeys through its peculiar season of Kongi and the madmen. The Prof has spent almost a lifetime teaching in the classroom as well as national and international fora to know well enough that some people are uneducable. I am still
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Still on Jakande

By Yinka Odumakin BOLA Oloro, an engineer, was the Rector of the now vandalised Lagos State Polytechnic from 1992-1999. The polytechnic is a school built by Alhaji Lateef  Kayode Jakande, the man who developed what we know as Lagos in four years. His bright idea of a metro line for Lagos was, like the polytechnic,
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The wars Yoruba fight

By Yinka Odumakin SOME of our supposed compatriots of Fulani extraction have been taunting Yoruba to war of late thinking that the people are a senseless group who will fight as a first resort without choosing their battles and weigh the cost of a war. We have not forgotten so soon that when Nigeria had
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The last days of Nigeria?

By Yinka Odumakin IT’s only those who are too daft to read societies on anomic drifts that would not be able to decode that Nigeria as presently constituted is nearing its last days, the way Yugoslavia, USSR and other once-upon-a-time countries exhausted their possibilities and became history. If Nigeria fails to restructure as has been
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Ndubuisi Kanu, rare breed in consistency— Tinubu

Farewell, Admiral Kanu

By Yinka Odumakin WE can’t be lamenting our erosion of standards and not talk about one of the standard-bearers who just crossed to the land of the ancestors. Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu took the last flight last week, sending shockwaves to the ranks of admirers and friends. I called Mr. Fred Agbeyegbe shortly after I heard
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