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THIS column frequently criticises Nigerians who pollute our society, do their jobs lousily and are nasty pieces of work. Today, I am in a cheerful mood (for a change!) and am going to concentrate on Nigerians who are getting it right professionally or politically or within the contexts of their personal lives.

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On the lame ducks

TODAY’S piece begins with a matter of urgent public importance. Strange enough, the National Assembly is not sufficiently proactive (or it is outright lazy) even on matters relating to its own processes. How else does anyone explain a situation in which at the inception of every new National Assembly members are embroiled in the debate on the issue of their ranking order but it never gets settled?

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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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Ohakim, Okorocha & the certainty of uncertainty (2)

Although ikiri is an ugly animal, the metaphor entailed by the tenacity of its grip reflects Ohakim’s belief that the governorship of Imo State is firmly in his hands, such that it would take a political tsunami for the grip to be pried open by any of his opponents in the April 26 gubernatorial election. Lions are known as kings of the forest, because of their strength and ability to subdue any prey.

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Rope a dope : Power supply – 1

This column could easily have been titled I dey laugh too O! And, it would still have been apt. In fact, if all the reasons for my post-election laughter were to be written and analysed, it would require a whole booklet to do justice to it all. Since this piece is being read today, Sunday, May 29, 2011, the day President Goodluck Jonathan is being sworn in as the substantive Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Incorporated, it is perhaps the best day to recap a few issues which others have either habitually or inadvertently or deliberately forgotten.

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Corruption in the Nigerian media

A fortnight ago, one of my previously cherished neighbours, Professor Sam Ajayi, a pharmacist, shouted across the fence to salute me, but his rather good gesture ended in a fiasco as we both swore never to relate again. The bone of contention was his caustic remarks about some of my colleagues in the media whom he claims visit his Agency regularly to “beg him for money”.

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Talba: Now that the storms are over (3)

Niger State is famed, on the one hand, for Power -on account of two contradistinctive sources of power and noted, on the other, for history -on account of two opposing causes of history. As Power State, she is the source of two voltages: one political, being the birth place of two former Military Heads of State, (IBB and Abdulsalami), and the other hydro-electrical, -being home to the nation’s only two hydro- dams, (Kainji and Shiroro).

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Re: GSM ring tunes tariffs

In the write-up with the above title, I spoke about how a gsm service provider began to deduct N100 every month from my account for a ring tune I hadn’t consciously ordered for. On the advice of a reader, I did take my phone to one of the outlets of the service provider in question, two weeks ago, to have the ring tune removed. I was attended to by a polite young lady who asked if I didn’t like that particular ring tune. I explained that I didn’t order it, and wanted it removed. She agreed immediately and then fiddled with the keys on my phone. “Ma, I’ve removed it. You won’t feel the effect immediately, but after about four or five hours.”

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