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The commentator’s burden

IN my column of Thursday, June 24, 2011, entitled “Boko Haram: Even with the bombings, there is no alternative to dialogue”, I had criticised Ochereome Nnanna’s call for an “iron fist” to deal with the problem of Boko Haram. He was “petrified” that government opted for a ‘carrot and stick’ approach to the problem.

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Goodluck Jonathan through El-Rufai’s mind

IT is not often that I agree with Nasir El-Rufai. During his tenure as Nigeria’s privatization Tsar; as minister of the FCT and member of the Economic Team of the Obasanjo administration, I wrote critical pieces about his over-zealous commitment to the sale of Nigeria’s patrimony; his often inhumane implementation of policies as minister plus his gung-ho attitude to the fight against perceived enemies of Olusegun Obasanjo, especially then Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

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Nigeria’s privatisation delusion

IT is the height of insanity to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result; right? That’s true only if you’re not in Nigeria. VANGUARD newspaper of Friday, May 27th, 2011, carried a report that the FGN through, the Attorney General, has asked the IG Police, to arrest the Anosike brothers, Fidelis and Noel, “over their alleged roles in the illegal purchase of The Daily Times of Nigeria assets, estimated at N3billion”.

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Lessons of the historical process

IF a word captures the central content of the responses I got to my first piece last week, it would be “vitriol”. Not that I was surprised; but the depth of anger against me, for daring to deconstruct the prevalent perspective about Northern Nigeria, within media, intellectual and even popular levels, in Southern Nigeria, was simply amazing!

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