Frankly Speaking

New year, different beginnings

New year, different beginnings

By Dele Sobowale “These are times that try men’s souls” -William Shakespeare, 1564-1616. The year 2023, more than most in our recent history, will decide the fate of the nation in many ways. From my point of view, I doubt very much if we will have an undisputed election. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, […]
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Birthday wishes to Babangida at 80 (1)

Birthday wishes to Babangida at 80 (1)

“The most uncharitable critic of IBB, after experiencing four other administrations (Shonekan, Abacha, Abubakar and now Obasanjo), readily conceded that, but, for the annulment of June 12, 1993, IBB would have been an untainted hero” – Double Chief Duro Onabule in my book, IBRAHIM B BABANGIDA 1985-1992: LETTING A THOUSAND FLOWERS BLOOM.

Is it now Sai Baba and the 40 thieves? (2)

Is it now Sai Baba and the 40 thieves? (2)

One of the indisputable truths in the book I am already writing is the fact that Oshiomhole and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, after accepting Akpabio into their party, called all the leading members of APC in Akwa Ibom State and ordered them to turn over the party structures in the state to Akpabio and regard him as their leader.

She who needs no introduction: Mrs Taiwo Ajai Adefolaju-Lycett

She who needs no introduction: Mrs Taiwo Ajai Adefolaju-Lycett

 Without giving away my age, I can recall seeing Ms Adjai-Lycett on a British comedy programme. This was during the time of black and white screen even that did  not take the shine off her sparkle; seeing her with threaded height defying hairstyle juxtaposed with her English accent so plum  that it can cut glass.

Is it now Sai Baba and the 40 thieves?

Is it now Sai Baba and the 40 thieves?

Increasingly, the Federal Government of Nigeria now resembles the modern version of ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES.

One of my late uncles who worked for ELDER DEMPSTAR LINES – one of the largest shipping companies in the pre-independence days – was in the habit of bringing me small pamphlets of story books from England.

Magu and Mugus

Magu and Mugus

America’s 16th President left that observation carved in stone for prominent Nigerians who now must apologise publicly for misleading the public for so long about Mr Ibrahim Magu — professors of law, journalists and opinion leaders. Most important of all is Buhari – who stubbornly kept Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after he was turned down by the Saraki-led Senate. It is axiomatic that the most important decisions made by a President concern those he appoints to important offices. Undoubtedly, Buhari must accept responsibility for foisting Magu on Nigerians and allowing him free rein to perpetrate whatever alleged crimes he and those called “Untouchables” within the ranks might have committed. What the VANGUARD reporter wrote about the seven operatives should renew outrage among Nigerians who had long passed being outraged by government officials.