A Letter To Ikeogu

A Letter To Ikeogu

It’s a week I should not write, but be silent. But something tells me you would have wished otherwise. Goodnight, Ikeogu!

Dagger In Shehu Sani’s Back

Dagger In Shehu Sani’s Back

As the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, failed to get the re-nomination ticket of the All Progressives Congress last week, not a few looked for blood in the hands of Governor Nasir El-Rufai. His pitchfork is never far from him. When El-Rufai fights, he doesn’t use his size or pick an enemy in his […]

Snapshots In A Week Of Turmoil

Snapshots In A Week Of Turmoil

When he made the last Independence Day speech of his first term, President Muhammadu Buhari might have been speaking only to his prep team and the recording crew. Not that Nigerians were not happy to mark another national holiday. On this particular 58th independence anniversary, attention was simply elsewhere: the party primaries across many states […]

The Election Result They Want In Osun

The Election Result They Want In Osun

If the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had its way, its candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, would have been declared governor that day. The party is so upset with the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the election inconclusive, that it has threatened dire consequences should the […]

Paying for Sirika’s Aborted Flight of Fancy

Paying for Sirika’s Aborted Flight of Fancy

It’s not yet clear what finally did it or who. But it was clear, almost from the start, that the country could not bluff its way through this flight. Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had mounted the problem maddeningly and by some curious twist of fate the incoming Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, […]

Clapping For Ngige with One Hand

Clapping For Ngige with One Hand

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, is wondering why we’re not clapping for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari first thing every morning and, perhaps, the last thing at night before going to bed. In case we have forgotten, Ngige reminded us we were sinking in the mire of falling oil prices and […]

Why MTN, again?

Why MTN, again?

It seems MTN is never too far from the speed dial to trouble. Three years ago, the telco, which has the dominant share of the mobile telecoms market in Nigeria, was slammed with a $5.2 billion fine for failing to disconnect 5.1 million subscribers after the registration deadline. After a back-and-forth, a bloodied nose and […]

Lawyers, Buhari And The Ruins Of Law

Lawyers, Buhari And The Ruins Of Law

Hundreds, if not thousands, of lawyers who converged on Abuja on Sunday for this year’s Bar conference may find themselves discussing something other than transition, transformation and sustainable institutions, which the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had previously advertised. In his opening address to the association, President Muhammadu Buhari said something that has left the Bar […]

Ajimobi’s Giant Strides In Folly

Ajimobi’s Giant Strides In Folly

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is increasingly becoming the Rochas Okorocha of the South West. With very little effort, he might surpass the latter, the self-acclaimed exponent of iberiberism (an Igbo slang which roughly translates as “the act or state of foolishness”). In a rare moment of lucidity, Okorocha, the accidental governor of Imo […]

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