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The FOI bill in perspective

With the benefit of historical hindsight, the ill-fated Nigerian FOI Bill resonates with fervour, and underscores the fact that freedom of information acts (FOIAs) had never been won anywhere without a sustained and protracted fight. Even in the US from which the FOIA model was exported to other countries, it came about after much pressure from media groups and organisations, consumer groups, etc spanning 20 years from 1945 to 1965. The American Congress passed the FOIA in 1966.

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Between ‘Bloody’ and ‘One Man’ Revolutions

He adopted the famous aphorism that the revolution consumes her own to argue that “Revolution is exceedingly costly. It is a very costly means of transformation. I am an optimist as far as our country is concerned. I believe one man in position of authority can transform our country. Only that we have not been lucky to have such a man”. A very simple and attractive thesis: just get the special one and everything will be new again.

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Football exile! An imitation that may hurt

There can be no bigger lie. FIFA is a body that parasites on government and will always talk sense when they notice the government has a good case. If we have found the NFF Board to be corrupt, there are appropriate government agencies to handle those fingered. Moreso, how can Lulu pocket the State Football Associations that are appendages of the state governments?

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Bringing maturity to Lagos Assembly

Where there is paucity of in formation, rumours flourish. This appears to be the situation currently playing out in Lagos State . Early this year papers were flooded with alleged face-off between the former and incumbent governors of the state – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Babatunde Fashola. Like every tainted tale, the rumoured fight between Tinubu and Fashola withered away like flower which lifespan has expired.

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Super Eagles and spirit of a failed state

After Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ first match against Argentina in the on-going football World Cup (SA 2010), some writers and analysts were quick to impress it on enthusiasts that they saw significant impact of coaching on our boys. Personally, I saw much less of that. What I saw was much more the impact of some marginal shift in attitude. Imagine a Super Eagles team playing with the same zeal, commitment, uncompromising attitude and dogged spirit as our politicians and rulers deploy in election rigging and treasury looting!

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Jonathan and the rising hope of Nigeria

Jonathan currently enjoys an unprecedented goodwill among Nigerians. His political maturity and magnanimity reflects the much desired statesmanship that is craved by well meaning Nigerians who are fed up with the version of “do or die” politics that have characterized the Nigerian political landscape in the last decade.

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2011 election: The unfolding drama in Abia (1)

I HAVE watched with utmost surprise and shock the ongoing alleged intrigues by the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Chief Chris Akomas to contest the 2011 governorship election against his boss and incumbent governor, Dr. Theodore Orji. At first I thought it was a rumour which is and has been prevalent among politicians, especially as the next general election is fast approaching, but with unfolding events it seems clear that it is real.

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FAAC and the N450b NNPC debt

I HAVE observed how over the years the general attitude of Nigerians towards corruption or perceived corruption has transformed from repulsion and revulsion to attraction. Or how else can one explain the rise in the number of corruption cases that are reported daily in the media in spite of the much-talked about war against corruption that the various administrations often declare? Bothersome as this trend has become already, it has begun to progress from mere attraction to outright celebration.

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