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Thursday, 19 July 2018


Oludegun Adeniyi

By Olusegun Adeniyi

As I was taken through the different classrooms that have become a temporary shelter for hundreds of men, women and children, I could not but reflect on how a general climate of insecurity has practically turned Nigeria into one huge refugee camp. And the more the traumatised people of Tabanni, Allikiru, Gaidan Kare, Kursa, Dankilawa, Ruwan Tsamiya and Gidan Barebari villages in Rabah Local Government of Sokoto State shared their tragic experiences with me on Tuesday, the more convinced I became that President Muhammadu Buhari needs to do more than meaningless preachments on how his “security teams crack their brains to put an end to this horrendous violence.”


Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

By Dare Babarinsa

At least Kayode Fayemi knows how to be a governor. Yes, we have had governors in Ekiti; the dignified Niyi Adebayo, the competent Segun Oni and the intellectual Kayode Fayemi, but none like the populist Peter Ayodele Fayose (He loves to call himself Peter the Rock). Fayose’s ambition was to be a governor like no other. He succeeded. He is not my idea of a governor. Therefore the election of July 14 was seen by most Ekiti citizens as a referendum on Fayose’s style of leadership. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2018


killers Police, Imohimi Edgal, Chike Oti, Anti-Cultism Squad

By Femi Falana

Like majority of concerned citizens I have watched with dismay and frustration the unabated killing of thousands of innocent people including children and the wanton destruction of properties by terrorists, herders, kidnappers, armed robbers and other bandits.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun. PHOTO: CNBC Africa

By Sufuyan Ojeifo

The resolution of three episodes of corruption between 1999 and 2005 in the federal legislature and the executive arm of government under the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo had initially indicated the seeming gravitas of that administration.  But, to be sure, it was not Obasanjo’s persona or the magnitude of his philosophical swagger that gave fillip to the seriousness attached to the anti-corruption actions, which fatally extinguished the luminous epochs of some politicians and public office holders at the time. The soberness, in fact, derived from the interplay of the unfortunate tomfoolery in government and the collective appreciation as well as interrogation by Nigerians of the universal concepts of good and bad or right and wrong that defined public perception of governmental interactions in the ecology of the nation’s prevalent cloak-and-dagger politics. The whiff of that political correctness had conferred on the administration a false garb of propriety in official conducts and public finance management.


Buhari. Photo: Twitter/MBuhari

By Godwin Ogla

We are not all endowed with the peculiar gift of clairvoyance like Nostradamus, the famed fourteenth century astrologer -cum- physician, who arguably foretold great happenings and events that would later shape centuries he could only imagine. But when an audacious attempt is made to do a post-mortem of a presidency that is yet to round off its first tenure, then, one begins to wonder whether such a presidency has crossed the rubicon on policies with disastrous effects from which returning may be impossible or perhaps, difficult. Who would expect something good from an administration whose actions and inactions conjure pictures of hopelessness even in its final days?

Monday, 16 July 2018


Recession FOREX CBN Central Bank Governor of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele CBN Naira
Central Bank Governor of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele

By AlexOtti

“There is no difference where aims are concerned, between a terrorist with a gun and bombs in his hand and a terrorist who has dollars, euros and interest rates” Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The ordinary person on the street may not appreciate the importance of interest rates to day to day existence, or even their implication to the peace and security of a country. The following account of what happened in Turkey not too long ago, may help bring this matter into sharper focus. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 64, a one time footballer, became President of Turkey in 2014, having served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014. He has invested massively in infrastructure, providing roads, airports and high speed train network, in the country. An attempt by the military to topple his government in 2016, failed and he responded with a very big stick, purging the military, clamping down on opposition and throwing so many people in jail. Not long ago, Erdogan reshuffled his cabinet, appointing his son in law as Economic Minister (sounds 
familiar, right?). The market responded with strong disapproval leading to a massive loss in the value of the local currency, Lira and the stock market. Mr. Erdogan in that famous quote above insists that an armed terrorist has the same intention with a foreign funds provider who must collect his principal with interest, irrespective of what happens to the borrower.  He must have been referring to foreign lenders here and the jury is still out on whether he was right or wrong . Nevertheless, our intervention today is not necessarily on debt, but on interest rates on the local currency. 


APC leader, Adams Oshiomole

Reconcilong the choice of this title in Urhobo is guided by the reality that a foreign language, which the English language is to me, cannot always bear the burden of certain experiences. Hence, when such experiences occur, one is bound to exclaim in the indigenous language which some of us consider metaphorically dense enough to adequately depict any occurrence no matter how weird or surprising. Akpo ki boro is an Urhobo proverb which when translated literally means “life is like football”. However, its metaphoric signification inheres in life being unpredictable like the game of football. The Urhobo language is fascinating in its deployment of proverbs and wits in the people’s attempt to come to terms with the vagaries of existence. Primordial as the proverbs are, they evince a strong sensitivity and awareness of contemporary exigencies. 

Sunday, 15 July 2018


Aminu Tambuwal, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Samuel Ortom

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of
the All Progressives Congress in the Ekiti governorship election Kayode Fayemi as the winner of the election.
Fayemi won in 12 local government areas in the state, polling a total of 197, 459 votes out of 316, 019 total votes cast.

Saturday, 14 July 2018


Michael Jackson (right) pictured with his father Joe Jackson
Michael Jackson (right) pictured with his father Joe Jackson

Michael Jackson was chemically castrated as a child by his recently deceased father Joe Jackson, the late pop megastar’s former doctor has claimed.
Conrad Murray – who was the pop icon’s doctor at the time of his death – branded Joe “one of the worst fathers to his children in history” in footage obtained by celebrity website, The Blast.
Murray was convicted of Michael’s involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison after he was found to have administered the propofol sedative to the “King of Pop” before he suffered a cardiac arrest in June 2009. He served two years.


Nigerian Police

That men of the Mobile Police Force on security assignment in Borno State had to recourse to public protest in demand of their allowances is most unfair to them. It should never have happened at all and the Police authorities should be blamed directly while the Federal Government as the parent body also deserves condemnation. The  protesters claim they were owed  six months allowances, besides that some have no accommodation and  must sleep  on the corridor of their office after a  hard day’s  work. These for men who are put in harm’s way every day confronting Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathizers? This is terribly wrong and disgraceful. The claim  by the  police authorities that  the  delay in paying these  allowances  was due, in turn, to  the  delay in passing the 2018 budget is  untenable. It is an excuse that defies common sense.

Friday, 13 July 2018


By Raymond Oise- Oghaede

The Ekiti State governorship election is around the corner and all eyes from far and wide are on the state because of its cruciality to determining the level of the people`s preparedness for the 2019 general elections. Its importance to the permutations of the ruling parties at the federal and state levels respectively cannot be overemphasized. Presently, Ekiti is the only state in the South West that is not under the control of the (APC) and it is the only state that the main opposition party is holding on to and hoping to build on in its quest to have a major breakthrough into the region. Consequently, you will agree with me that it is going to be an interesting contest in all ramifications. The situation is further embroidered with curious expectations as a result of the caliber and personalities of the candidates that are been thrown into the contest. The popularity, political acumen and the wherewithal at the disposal of these candidates and their party platforms have made it look very unpredictable.

Thursday, 12 July 2018


Olusegun Adeniyi

By Olusegun Adeniyi

I had planned to devote my column today to paying tributes to two great Nigerians of the same generation: Alhaji Adamu Ciroma who died last week at 84 and Prof. Wande Abimbola, who recently marked his 85th birthday. But against the background that Nigerians are unwittingly being told that it doesn’t matter if those who preside over our affairs break the law to secure personal advantage—the ultimate corruption—I am sure my readers will also want me to wade in on a vexatious issue that will not go away no matter the underhand dealings going on in Abuja to cover the scandal. We will come to that shortly.



By Folaranmi Adegbite

“My father, my mother, my wife, our four children were shot, killed and burnt.” 
This cry of horror by a survivor of the Fulani herdsmen massacre of innocent people in Plateau State calls to question the sincerity or competence of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to provide security for Nigerians. 
President Buhari during his campaign for 2015 Presidential Election promises to improve on fragile security in the land then among other campaign promises.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018



By Kayode Komolafe

Recently, Reverend Father George Ehusani aptly captured the harm being done in the public sphere in his very deep Sunday Homily, Lux Terra. The catholic priest said inter alia: “Smart phones in the hands of ignorant persons could be dangerous.” This is not an anti-social media manifesto. Neither is it an advocacy against free speech.
It is rather an admonition against the emerging culture of spreading lies, prejudice, distortions and hate using the new technology. Ehusani advised that before you “forward” to others a text or video that is laden with ethnic or religious prejudice you should pause to ponder on the social harm it could engender. Since any one equipped with a good handset could broadcast news in the social media with its unrestrained permissiveness, the danger that Ehusani points to should be obvious to all those having stakes in social harmony.


Justin Bieber finally confirmed the rumours that broke the internet over the weekend.
On Monday night Justin Bieber took to Instagram to write all the words about Baldwin and how in love with her he is. He posted a black-and-white picture of Hailey Baldwin sitting on his lap and kissing his cheek.