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A FRIEND just sent me an excerpt from The Dual Mandate In British Tropical Africa, a book that was written in 1922 by Lord Frederick John Dealtry Lugard, the British colonial administrator who spent 13 years in Nigeria – first as High Commissioner, of the Northern region, then as Governor-General of both the Northern and Southern Protectorates – at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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Re-Promote Amodu TM, appoint Keshi coach

Amodu & Keshi were dropped because of our below per performance in the 2002 African Cup of Nations. Even though we got to the third place, our display was dismal. When Amodu took over from Bonfere a few players like Oliseh were not sure that Nigeria would qualify, so they did not show up for some of the last qualifying matches. In came Friday Christopher in our last match to man the defensive midfield position and his performance was great.

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John Brown: 150 years later

John Brown had struck severe blows against slavery, he had shamed his accusers and persecutors who might have thought he would beg for his life. He went to the gallows head held high and walked into martyrdom. His adversaries are forgotten in history but John Brown’s saintly accomplishments will never die.

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Mark of the beast

THE feud between the Senate and House of Reps, which thwarted the presentation of the 2010 Appropriation Bill by President Umaru Yar’ Adua reminds us of the parable of the two foolish goats at the precipice. There was a narrow precipice, so narrow that only one animal could cross at a time. First, two lambs started crossing.

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Us redefining us

THERE is one characteristic trait that endears a Nigerian to his host wherever he goes. It is not entirely clear whether the particularly advanced propensity of the Nigerian to adapt is the result of his being fundamentally African or just a survival tool he has adapted; a fallout of colonialism and its neo-colonial cousins.

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Fani–Kayode: Tales his father told him

Victor Ladipo Akintola, Akintola’s son in his book, Akintola: The Man and the Legend, wrote that there were demands by the late Oba D. C. Akran that he with his richer political experience deserved to be Deputy Premier not Fani Power. He wrote: “It was a silly, irrational demand since Fani-Kayode was a man whose extreme toughness would be useful to the party in the rough political ride that was to come”. And the rough and tough times actually came with burning and looting, thuggery and murder of political opponents.

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Maryam Babangida…. Obituary for the living

Revolution is a serious undertaking, and those who come forward to seek changes in a rotten society are never expected to be products or beneficiaries of the same corrupt clime. Most of the time, they are ready to pay the supreme sacrifice to accomplish their noble goals. Patrice Lumumba, Steve Biko, Martin Luther King, Kaduna Nzeogwu, Fela Anukulapo Kuti, Prof. Awojobi, Chima Ubani, Barack Obama, and the last of the Mohicans, Gani Fawehinmi.

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Abike Dabiri’s heretical Bill

Before this Bill became public knowledge, Dabiri-Erewa had been one of the federal legislators who always stood on the right side of every issue or controversy, be it the Ettehgate, the Freedom of Information Bill or the Diaspora issues. In fact, only last Monday, a young man from my hometown who is languishing in a Benin Republic prison on drug offences, called me requesting that the plight of people like him should be brought to the notice of Hon Dabiri.

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‘WETIN’ CONCERN NLC/TUC WITH FOREX MARKET? (2)

Currently, the CBN is annually responsible for about 70% of all dollar revenue that enters into the domestic forex market. The balance 30% or less is supplied by oil companies and a few exporters outside the oil sector! While these private dollar suppliers are legally permitted to approach the banks directly for the exchange of their dollars to naira, the owners of public sector dollar revenue in our reserves are not so lucky!

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Azikiwe, 1904-1987

The various constitutional conferences that shaped Nigeria from 1950-1958 were simply icing on the cake. At the convention of the nations in San Francisco in 1945 at the end of World War II leading towards the convention of the United Nations, Winston Churchill, the prime minister of Great Britain tried to steer the discussion towards agreeing that the Atlantic charter did not cover the colonies who were standing upon the argument that the charter guarantees freedom for all peoples.

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Now the time is ripe

Another thing about time, to me, is that behind, or below that blank canvass are dynamic laws, giant mirrors not just reflecting, for all to behold, everything we think and say and do, but huge transmitters of the reward and punishment for everything we put into its bowels. There is, therefore, this constant teasing awareness that it is what you put into time that grows you, your family, your nationality group, your race, even mankind. So, by everything you do as an individual or in groups, you invest in what can grow you or retard your growth. How true it is, therefore, that man is the architect of his fortune and misfortune.

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