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Aregbesola’s 6th year: To make the sun shine on our land

By Semiu Okanlawon “I have travelled the world and traversed the length and breath of Nigeria, first as a businessman and then as a politician. Endowed with that exposure, I have studied the state of our state and have seen the roots of our problem. “I have seriously tried to identify the ills that have stood between us and our ... Read More »

Ondo, Atiku and Buba Galadima

Azu Ishiekwene Forget the staging of placards in Sokoto asking former President Goodluck Jonathan to come back to power tomorrow. The jesters have earned their pay and gone their way. They know that not even a Trumpian miracle can put together again the thousand broken pieces of the Jonathan era. That guy was worse than Humpty Dumpty. The gathering storm ... Read More »

That Ambode May Do Well With His Budget

By Mufutau Egberongbe On December 17, 2015, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos state governor, just a few months old in office, visited the state House of Assembly which was also few months old. His mission? To present the financial proposal needed by the executive arm to carry out its activities for 2016. It only took the state House of Assembly ... Read More »

Fayemi: How to educate yourself before sharing articles on Facebook like a doof

The internet and social media are great resources for finding information, but they’re also the perfect vehicles for spreading misinformation. Early Sunday afternoon, an article surfaced online from a fake website cloning that of National Mirror purporting that Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Nigeria’s minister of solid mineral development has taken the national leader of the governing All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola ... Read More »

Femi Fani Kayode’s outburst

By Tony Ademiluyi Femi Fani-Kayode, the scion of Chief Remi Fani-Kayode QC, SAN had been around as a politician since 1989 when the September Club he helped midwife metamorphosed into the Nigerian National Council which later became part of the National Republican Convention. He cut his teeth as the Chief Press Secretary to the then NRC National Chairman, Chief Tom ... Read More »

Thank you Hillary Clinton 

By Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi I should have known when I went into two wine shops, looking for a half bottle of champagne, with no success. I arrived San Francisco on November 7th, to attend a board meeting at the Global Fund for Women. When the dates were confirmed at our June meeting in New York, I was very pleased that the ... Read More »

Who’s In Charge Of NNPC?

By Azu Ishiekwene In Anthony Sampson’s bestseller, The Seven Sisters, sleaze and oil go hand-in-hand. If there was a Nigerian version of that book, not only will sleaze and oil go hand-in-hand, they’ll be inseparable bedmates and incompetence their guardian angel. NNPC will be their nest. This corporation, which has defied every serious effort at reform, has been at the ... Read More »

Oshiomhole in Edo history

By Louis Odion, FNGE Though continents apart, there are a surfeit of parallels between outgoing US President Barak Obama and retiring Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State. Both are not only southpaw and gifted orators, but also united on account of timing and circumstances of their ascension of office. Eight years ago, the world was confounded by the fairy tale ... Read More »

Sold By Our Judges. But How Much?

Azu Ishiekwene Some folks who claimed they were protesting the raid on the homes of a few judges brought parts of Abuja to a standstill this week. A number of the protesters, who said they were lawyers, sealed their mouths and wore their bleeding hearts on their sleeves as they marched across town. This is not a war on corruption, ... Read More »

Mimiko: Caught off Guard?

In 2003, the wily former President Olusegun Obasanjo was tired of being reminded by the hawks in the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he had no political base. He caught the awkward look of the Emperor who wore no clothes since he owed his 1999 electoral victory to the Kaduna mafia. He struck a deal with the South ... Read More »