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The Senate : A petty, paranoid, red – eyedchamber intent on castrating the youths

“Banish the social media, dismantle the internet and confiscate their mobile phones. Isolate them, put out their lights and shut in these trouble makers and there will be peace.” “All in favour say aye” If we hesitate, with this senate, the ayes will have it. The biggest threat to the perpetuation of the enslavement of the poor majority in Nigeria by the political class is the social media.

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Of peace, tolerance !

It is good that muslims , good muslims, are drawing the line. And it’s time they did. Boko haram members are not muslims, I agree. ISIS is not Islam. And that has to be the summation because Islam is a religion of peace , therefore any interpretation of the Koran that portrays Islam as a religion whose adherents cannot coexist with people of other faiths in peace must be discarded.

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Diezani in Dele Momodu’s wheelbarrow

When the society substitutes true spirituality with showy religiosity then conspicuous consistent sinning will abide and recourse to rigourless magical atonements will be the rule. When the tokenistic giving of alms becomes a common penance for iniquity, hypocrisy and beggarliness will be jointly promoted. And because the economic situation has become increasingly desperate even begging has become competitive . In being competitive, it became an art, creativity and imagination are now freely employed.

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The metamorphosis of Ndi Igbo

“Igbo enweeze” ( Igbos have no kings) pays tribute not to disunity but to the independent mindedness of Igbos and their republican spirit. Igbos rightly believed that when the community ruled itself then arbitrariness and inequality that kings epitomized would not afflict them. ‘Igbo enweeze’ therefore is the enthronement of not just consensus and equity but also industry and meritocracy. Monarchy and feudalistic structures , despite all the historical sophistication ascribed to them , enthrone not mediocrity but also servitude. But the political docility that has beset Igboland now is startling.

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This Nnamdi Kanu, that Radio Biafra and the tragedy of charlatanism

The itinerant luxury bus medicine dealer starts with prayers , sings choruses and sells fake ‘omnipotent’ drugs to both the sick and the healthy. He touts a particular knowledge of staphylococcus and expertise in improving watery sperms and weak erections. He will suggest his bag contains cures for every known disease. He will jump off the bus but not before he is done . He tells tales like the ‘zoo’ story, playing on the vulnerabilities of an impoverished and ignorant society.

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Reuben Abati: An ‘Otimkpu’ in whom the man has since died

Nigeria isthe land of political eunuchs. The country is replete with loquacious apostles of morality , sanctimonious technocrats, who come into government with so much promise butare castrated by a brief exposure to the irradiation of power and money.When technocrats in Nigeria are offered political appointments they accept them before considering the moral complexity of the tasks and potential consequences of their engagements.

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Commercial kidnappers prowling, still prowling!

The presumption that has sustained kidnapping, that abductions are invariably followed by ransoms, must be falsified. The evil business can’t remain lucrative.It has been all too easy for kidnappers. Ransoms are routinely delivered. But what options do terrified and traumatized families and friends of victims really have? The final solution may lie in a collective determination not to accede to ransoms.

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Saraki and the politics of anti-corruption

In a fit of pique, the son threw the parable of ‘filth and pigs’ but refused to take on the father, resisted the temptations of those who egged him on to put the father beyond public redemption. He swallowed his pride , no one knows if he is still regarded worthy of his seat in the anti corruption assembly. Time will tell. Because these half- hearted “its ok now” reconciliations often cannot undo the damage already done to reputations . A shattered or tattered reputation , ordinarily, has no ‘nmekwatarism’ as the Igbo would joke.

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Fashola, Lagos’ Pigs of Bida, a Truth Commission

Suicide is bad but one would understand why Hitler preferred it. The boko haram variety is propelled by the lust for heavenly virgins. The delusional is sick , so his plight is perhaps understandable. But when my undergraduate second cousin drowned herself in shaving powder some years ago because her school boyfriend jilted her, anger more than sorrow took hold of me. Lagos APC is currently possessed by such a terminal folly. Vindictiveness is pathetic.

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