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I knew Peter Enahoro enough to recognize him and speak to him in a familiar tone of voice, though I had little claim to any kind of familiarity more than the fact that 1 was working in the same office with his elder brother, Ben (or “Benito, for short”, as we used to playfully call him – God rest him) and we met now and then when they lived in Yaba.

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On grounds of ill-health

It is said that the Special Adviser on Information and Strategic to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Segun Ayobolu, voluntarily withdrew his services on grounds of ill-health earlier this week. It warms the cockles of my heart that he is a kindred spirit, in the sense that he runs a backpage column every month in the Alausa Alert newspaper.

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*the Ikemba speaks

There were speculations that the verdict of the Court of Appeal on the matter of the Anambra State Governorship case involving Dr. Andy Uba, could create a state of anarchy in the State, if it was not properly handled. Legal tussles of that kind are usually attended by conjectures, and rumours of one kind or the other.

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Time is of the essence

President Umaru Yar’Adua cannot be under the delusion that all is well in the Niger Delta, in the sense that the recent amnesty, following the surrender of arms by the militants, is the harbinger of peace in that difficult area. Of course, it definitely points the way, but it has no loud announcement to make yet about our arrival.

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*gani *sanusi *sunmi

A torrent – nay, an avalanche – of tributes, such as has seldom been witnessed in our nation has been cascading down the pages of newspapers since Gani Fawehinmi passed on barely seven days ago. Yes, Gani deserves his rest no less than he merits these spontaneous expressions of the admiration of his compatriots.

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the throbbing point

The gentleman in question, Gabriel Omoh, a dyed-in-the-wool professional, scored what I would call a “world scoop”, and it took no less than a stalwart in the practice of journalism, and a true veteran himself, Aba Saheed to also proclaim it as such. Aba Saheed, I should add, writes for another newspaper. To stretch a congratulatory message to another publication therefore speaks of the highest standards.

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The welcome in Libya

On December 21st, 1988, PanAm Flight 103 was just seeking its cruising height for a smooth flight to the United States when it crashed over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. No less than 269 souls were lost, not counting 11 others on the ground. It was the result of an explosion caused by a bomb that had been planted by terrorists who tore through the ‘eighties with dastardly acts of mass murder in a variety of execution.

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