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Time to release Dasuki, El-Zakzaky on bail

Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy – US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1856-1941.

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Heil! Donald Trump The American Fuhrer

Americans, since the end of the Second World War, had always wondered how the most advanced people in Europe, the Germans, in the early parts of the last century could produce a monstrous leader like Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945. With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America, they now know how in a fit of absent-mindedness bordering on lunacy, nations use their votes to appoint a crack-port as their leader. History does not repeat itself; only human beings are so stupid.

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Vice President Osinbajo it is genocide not religious violence

Professor Osinbajo, SAN, as a prominent lawyer, teacher and now top politician asked the question: “why are such cases never concluded?” as if he does not know the answer. The answer had been partly and generally provided by the General Manager of a satellite station in the Middle East. World wide and in Nigeria, there is very little of what you can call “religious violence” left anywhere. What we have had since the rise of Al Queda and the attack on the World Trade Center in New York has been global terrorism and genocide systematically and relentlessly carried out by those claiming to be Muslims.

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Still on El-Rufai

The 2019 elections are starting early in Kaduna State and the first slogan of the campaign for those elections is El-RUFIA MUST GO – at least that should be expected from some quarters in the light of the disaster that is Southern Kaduna. He can go and run for President since he is rumoured to be interested in presiding in Aso Rock

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Ladies’ man and Life in a Nigerian Bario

The seventh of my seven children – all girls – finished university last month and is now waiting for National Youth Service call up. She is also the seventh graduate and she had completed fro me a long term programme which started in May 1970, at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, USA, when my first child and daughter was delivered by one Dr Macovitch. Like most selfish young men, especially Africans, a boy was my choice; but a girl was what God had decreed.

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Thrown two life lines Nigeria can now hope for economic revival

While others had their eyes glued to the pages carrying the President’s budget address to the joint session of the National Assembly, NASS, some of us were paying greater attention to movements in the global oil sector. Like it or not, the volume of oil exported next year and the average price per barrel will still be the major determinant of how the Nigerian economy performs next year – just as it was in 2016 and years before it.

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Poor Mrs Uwais: A victim of benevolence

Tell me quickly which appointed Federal Government official received the highest vote in the 2016 Budget? If your answer is Babatunde Fashola, the Super Minister of Power, Works and Housing, you are dead wrong. The biggest “pot of gold” or naira actually was handed, again on paper, to someone who is not even a Minister. She is just a Director, but a really Super-Super Director.

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Trump trumped Nigeria’s best and brightest

An acquaintance of mine, resident in the US had been in Nigeria for over six months for undisclosed reasons. He was here during the primaries and with the emergence of Hillary Clinton, as the Democratic Party candidate, and Donald Trump, as the Republican Party candidate, he announced that “Clinton will win by a land slide”. Before making that statement, he had asked me what I thought would be the outcome of the Presidential election. My answer to him was: “Trump might win because he is saying what white Americans would like to be done”. My friend followed with almost two hours of “analysis” aimed at proving to me that Trump could not win. He ended up by asking me to “take a bet one dollar from me to one naira from you” that Trump can never win. I don’t bet – out of personal principle. But, I told him we will talk after the November elections.

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Amaechi in the eye of the political storm – 2

When Amaechi’s political antagonists went after him, after the altercation with Mrs Patience Goodluck they least reckoned with two factors – the man’s resilience as a politician and the shifting sands of Nigerian politics. They brought all the powers that the Presidency could muster against him. The former Commissioner of Police in Rivers State and the force under his command were deliberately rude and hostile. On two occasions the wife of the President stormed Portharcourt with all the armed forces represented; Amaechi was literally locked into the Governor’s mansion. The scenes reminded me of the early years of the Second World War when Hitler’s armies overran the French and marched triumphantly through Paris.

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