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Deconstructing the Fayose theatrics

By Richard Akinola This funny character has tried as much as possible to draw attention to himself by daily throwing barbs and tantrums at Buhari. And the more he is ignored, because they understand he is only constituting a nuisance, the more he belches out ludicrous inanities. First, l believe any State’s Chief Executive who has enormous responsibilities on his ... Read More »

A crushing blow on Boxing Day

By Femi Adesina It’s a day in British tradition dedicated to opening boxes of gifts received at Christmas, and that is why it’s called Boxing Day. But what the Adesina family got this last December 26 was a crushing blow, the type Mike Tyson, in his heyday, handed out to his opponents in the ring. It was a blow to ... Read More »

Glossary of a murky season

By Louis Odion, FNGE There are two key concepts those engaged in the arcane study of language don’t take lightly. Morphology and etymology are those. While the former pertains to structure, the latter traces the history of any word or phrase of interest. However, since the outbreak of Dasukigate last autumn, things appear no longer the same in Nigeria. Many ... Read More »

2016 Budget And The Imperatives Of Public Borrowing

By Ifeanyi Omokwe The 2016 budget like previous budgets can be described as ‘promising’ for the betterment of the Nigerian people. Indeed, it is a step towards making our nation great. Conscious steps ranging from the budget on capital expenditure, welfare services to be offered to the teeming youth, and the slash in cost of servicing the executive arm of ... Read More »

A woman’s heart dripping with infamy

(Response to Bisi Deji-Folutile’s Ogbeni Aregbesola, this is not time to flex muscles in PUNCH By Romoke Raji, PhD On Saturday, June 16, 2016, Olabisi Deji-Folutile, Editor, Saturday PUNCH, decided, in her words “to bare her heart” on the Osun situation. As the woman threw her hat in the squared ring to defend The Punch titles over a genuine complaint ... Read More »

Appeal Court Verdict and Need For Substantial Justice in Abia State

By Chinedu Offor The perspicacity of the Justices of the Court of Appeal who on December 31, 2015, upturned the judgment of the Abia State Election Petition Tribunal, which affirmed the election of Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu is laudable. The erudition and intellectual prowess adduced by the Justices in reaching their conclusions are commendable, logical, sound and inviolable. It is a ... Read More »

January 15: Where we came from

By Reuben Abati January 15 every year is Nigeria’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day: wreaths are laid, statements are made, soldiers, government officials and the Nigerian Legion attend parades, pigeons symbolizing peace are released, a dinner is organized for widows of fallen soldiers and there is so much talk about death and dying for one’s country all in honour of Nigerian ... Read More »

Falae, Bode George, FFK as The Omoluabis

By Pius Adesanmi. “Hello, Chief, Chief, Chief, can you hear me?” “Yes, hello, I can hear you? Who is on the line?” “Chief emi ni o. High Chief Falae in Akure.” “Ah, Chief Chief! E ku ojo meta o. It’s been three days o.” “Ojo kan pelu. It’s been more than three days jare Chief. How’s Lagos? Has your Governor ... Read More »

Nasarawa: Maku should let Al- Makura be

By Louis Okoroma One State that has witnessed rapid and spectacular progress and transformation in recent times, is Nasarawa State, in the North Central region of Nigeria. This State was used to being in the backwaters of politics in the country while its development was nothing to write home about. Nonetheless, it had its fair share of corruption and mismanagement ... Read More »

What We’re Going To Miss This Year

By Azu Ishiekwene I have a feeling that we might be so obsessed with predictions we could lose sight of what we are going to miss this new year. Why fuss over what will be in the New Year when you can cherish fond memories of years gone by? Imagine the anxiety that Revd. Father Ejike Mbaka’s prediction of a ... Read More »