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Femi Aribisala

The rise and fall of Boko Haram

HOW do you fight an enemy who is not an enemy but a fellow-citizen? How do you fight someone who is fighting you but you don’t know exactly why? How do you fight a mad man? That precisely is the challenge we face in Nigeria with regard to the Boko Haram. That challenge reached a new chapter with the kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls.

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ExxonMobil (Nigeria) persists in cheating its Nigerian workers: What is the government doing?

IN the last few days, ExxonMobil Nigeria has embarked on an image-laundering exercise concerning its shabby treatment of its Nigerian security workforce.  It has paid for advertorials in several newspapers and online publications captioned “The Facts: Blockade of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Offices and Residences.”

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ExxonMobil shows outright contempt for Nigeria’s Supreme court

IF you were to visit the Lagos headquarters of ExxonMobil (Nigeria) in Victoria Island, Lagos today, you would immediately notice that something strange is going on. You will find a number of people camped outside the building; sometimes chanting, sometimes dancing, sometimes shouting slogans. They are there 24/7; day and night. Surely, this is anomalous to the activities of an international oil company.

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The revolution is already here

MANY years ago, as a member of the Nigerian delegation to the Non-aligned Conference, I engaged a Nigerian vice-president in discussion on Nigerian politics.  I cannot recall now the exact subject-matter, but I remember saying at some juncture: “Nigerians won’t stand for that, Sir.”  The vice-president became visibly irritated: “What are they going to do?” he asked pointedly.  “What can they do about it?”

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Nigeria cannot do without the North

IN 2005, Goldman Sachs Investment Bank forecast that Nigeria will be the 20th largest economy in the world by 2025 and the 12th largest by 2050; ahead of Italy, Canada and South Korea.  Having identified Brazil, Russia, India and China as four emergent powerhouses of the world economy referred to as the BRICS; it included Nigeria among “the Next Eleven” countries, which are Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, and Vietnam.

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Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

FOUR gravely ill Nigerians went to see their doctor.  One was Hausa, another Yoruba, the third Igbo and the fourth from Niger-Delta.  They all had very high temperatures and could hardly walk and talk.  They had the same complaints: chest-pain, high blood-pressure, migraine, vomiting, stomach-ache and heart-palpitations.  They had all lost considerable weight and were skin and bones.

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Ekiti election

Why PDP’s loss in Ekiti is bad news for the APC and Nigeria

WITH the declaration that  Kayode Fayemi has won the gubernatorial election in Ekiti, APC spin-doctors went into overdrive.   Lai Mohammed, well-loved by all and sundry for his vacuous bombasts, came out shouting on the rooftops that the Ekiti election is a referendum on the Buhari administration.   However, the honourable minister needs a gentle reminder that Buhari was not on the ballot in Ekiti.

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Nigerian-style democracy

THE system of    government favoured by Nigerians has always been the democratic system.  Even military governments in Nigeria seize power ostensibly in the interest of upholding or promoting democratic structures.  We even had a period, under Ibrahim Babangida, when a military government at the federal level orchestrated democratic structures and elections at the state and local government levels.

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The leadership Nigeria desperately needs

IN the last election cycle, I was a strident supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan.  I wrote extensively in support of his re-election.  Elections are never about choosing the best people for positions of authority.  They are about choosing the best of the available candidates.  This means we are often required to choose the best out of a bad lot.

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