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Where do mothers come from?

WHERE do mothers come from? I have always pondered this question. All humans come from planet earth, of course. But, what of mothers? They have this uniqueness about them that makes me wonder if they could only have come from earth like everybody else. For one thing, everybody that breathes on earth came out of a mother. Even the Pope, the President and the most powerful men and women on earth – all those men and women of pomp and pageantry.

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Requiem for Pius Adesanmi

OUR paths never crossed on this earth, but we had a lot in common. We shared a similar worldview and intellectual culture as columnists and public intellectuals. He was an Okun Yoruba from Kabba, which made him my fellow Middle Belt compatriot. Like him, I also studied French language and civilisation, although mine was preparatory for post-graduate work in Economics, Public Administration and Law. We both had the privilege of moving freely from French Cartesian philosophical thinking to Anglo-Saxon philosophical empiricism – the best preparation, in my view, for any public intellectual worthy of the name.

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Women in politics and government

I AM writing this piece from Rabat, having been invited on the conference circuit in the beautiful Moroccan capital. I missed the governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday. Friday, March 9 was International Women’s Day, an event that was celebrated here with solemnity. Morocco is a Muslim country, but also a progressive one. Women here have made considerable progress, unlike in Nigeri

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The travails of democracy

BRITISH war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill described democracy as “the worst system of government – except for the others.” Euro-Americans like to trace the origins of democracy back to the ancient Greeks. Among Athenian aristocrats, it was not a polite word. It derives from the Greek word “demos”, which means rule by mobs. The philosopher Plato despised it, preferring rule by philosopher-kings.

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How to form a new govt without tears

DESPITE the postponement, intimidation and outright manipulation, the Nigerian people showed great resilience last Saturday in coming out en masse to exercise their democratic franchise. This week, by the grace of God, we shall know who our president-elect is. A new president must hit the ground running. He would certainly face an in-tray of formidable to-do priorities.

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Venezuela – a Lesson on how not to manage an economy

WE all like the idea of revolution. The first great revolution of history was the Glorious Revolution of 1668 in England, which led to the establishment of Magna Carta.  The second was the 1776 American Revolution of Independence. Historians are agreed that the 1789 French Revolution drew much of its inspiration from the American experience. Every thinker of that epoch eulogised it, save for one lone voice – that of the Anglo-Irish conservative political thinker Edmund Burke — who reasoned that the costs by way of violent bloodletting were never worth the benefits.

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The real isues before the Nigerian electorate

AS we march towards the presidential elections on Saturday February 16 , there seems to be palpable tension everywhere. This has not been helped by incendiary comments from some high quarters, to the effect that international observers will return home in “body bags” if they continue to “interfere” in our domestic affairs. The EU has reacted, while I believe the rest of the international community have taken judicial notice of those interahamwe who are trying to upturn our fledgling democracy with their dangerous hate speech. I appeal to all Nigerians to remain calm. Ensure that you exercise your full electoral franchise on Saturday. But remain peaceful and calm

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