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Owei Lakemfa

The Authority of the Land, the Law of the Authority

I agree with the Right Honourable Dogara that the constitution is the grundnorm, our ultimate law, but it is in reality, a contraption which cannot carry the weight of the country; we either brace it and hope it can continue to stand, or build a new viable structure

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Unpopular thoughts on my country

THERE is a ground swell to punish hate speech in the country. Doubtlessly, societies evolve and what is acceptable today may be forbidden tomorrow. But hate Speech is like religion; it depends on your beliefs. If some say Nigeria is a zoo, and others say those who call our beloved country a zoo, are animals; both groups may be exercising their constitutional and fundamental human right to freedom of speech.

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Inheritors of the Niger Area

THE elites who took over from the British colonialists behaved quite badly; within five years, parts of the country including the Middle Belt  and the West were on the boil. Despite the Federal Constitution in place, the centre intervened in the West leading to bloodbath. Given these,  manifest mismanagement and evident incompetence,  the populace reacted quite positively to the coup of January 15, 1966 but it suffered two tragedies. First, the attempt failed, and opportunist officers rather than restore the elected government, imposed  military rule. Secondly, the attempted coup was so badly executed that it could not shake off the tag of  being a sectional one.

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Reshaping Humanity: 150 Years of Das Kapital

HUMANITY yesterday, September 14, 2017 reached a milestone; the 150th year, Das Kapital by German Thinker, Karl Marx, was published. Understandably, it was not marked worldwide. Yet, the ideas  propounded in the book, changed and shaped the 20th Century; from the Great Revolutions of Russia in 1917 through that of the 1949 Chinese Revolution to the unforgettable Cuban Revolution a decade later.

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A King needs no Palace, Domain or Subjects

HIS Excellency, Senator Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi, the Governor,  and by the Grace of The Almighty, the “Constituted Authority”  of Oyo State,  changed the  197-year history of the monarchy in Ibadan by minting 21 additional  Kings where only one had existed. The projection of this reformist is that his chieftaincy factory   will produce   a total of 33 new kings  in Ibadan alone. His raw materials are the 11 High Chiefs in the Olubadan-in-Council, 13 local chiefs or ‘Baales’  and 9 other local chiefs who are yet to be appointed.

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The politics of election monitoring

THE  2017 Kenyan Presidential Elections were massively rigged right under the noses of International Election Monitors and Observers, and they consciously or unconsciously, whole heartedly endorsed the fraud. In fact,  within forty eight hours of the elections, the  head of the European Union Delegation, Marietje Schaake, a 38-year old Dutch politician  was lecturing opposition leader Raila Odinga on how to be sportsmanly and accept defeat: “The electoral process is still ongoing. It is a sign of leadership to be able to congratulate your opponent with grace.”

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If tomorrow comes to Nigeria

IT was the largest gathering of highly educated persons I have ever attended, or heard about on the continent. The quality of the academics and the cost that would have been incurred educating them is unquantifiable. The vice chancellors, VCs of all 148 universities in the country (that is already a minimum of 148 experienced professors), the rectors of 83 polytechnics and provosts of 37 Colleges of Education, COEs and all their registrars, gathering under one roof to determine admissions into tertiary institutions in the country for the 2017/2018 Academic Session.

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