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Coca Cola and NAFDAC as public enemies

Coca Cola and NAFDAC as public enemies Three years ago, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) took on the Nigerian Bottling Company Plc, makers of Coca Cola, for breach of public hygiene in the preparation of their products which are sold to Nigerians. The Consumer Protection Council went as far as obtaining the authorisation of the  Minister of Justice and...... more

El-Rufai in the wilderness

El-Rufai in the wilderness Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has just cried out. He came close to a lamentation. Or so it appears. But those who know him are not taken in by the antic. They know that a smart Alec is at work. The Kaduna governor is never known to be quiet. He...... more

The silent battles of life, By Segun Adeniyi

The silent battles of life, By Segun Adeniyi The most important of life’s battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul. —David O. Mckay Even though I had watched the two minute Youtube clip, “Silent Battles” several times on WhatsApp, what the young man was saying offered a whole new meaning last Sunday...... more

Adoke/EFCC: Crude oil conversations

Adoke/EFCC: Crude oil conversations An African American lawyer, Mr Gerry Spence - who wrote an instructive book entitled Police State: How America’s Cops Get Away With Murder - made a very interesting point that will guide us as we navigate through the various ramifications of arguments and counter-arguments on the controversy around the issue of Malabu Oil and Shell...... more

Nigeria’s dependence on oil is not 75 percent, it is 8 percent – hence we have a future (Part 2)

Nigeria’s dependence on oil is not 75 percent, it is 8 percent – hence we have a future (Part 2) The leaders of our new generation banks; First Bank, Zenith Bank, Guarantee Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa, Access Bank and Eco Bank are men of the future.  These banks alone could turn Nigeria into the financial hub of Africa. However they too would need the support of the government to...... more

One-point agenda for new CJN

One-point agenda for new CJN On March 7, 2017 the Nigerian judiciary received a new head - in the person of Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen – who was sworn-in by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, ironically a professor of law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).  Justice Onoghen was also conferred with the highest national honour, of...... more

Teacher, don’t teach me nonsense, By Alex Otti

Teacher, don’t teach me nonsense, By Alex Otti “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.” — Aristotle (384-322BC). “Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with college education.” — Mark Twain (1835-1910) We open the second phase of our discourse of education with two great...... more

Between Tor Tiv and Awujale, By Segun Adeniyi

Between Tor Tiv and Awujale, By Segun Adeniyi Where the interest of the powerful is concerned in Nigeria, justice is usually swift and without mercy. That was what Stephen Nyitse, the young man who sat on the throne of the Tor Tiv shortly before the recent coronation in Gboko, Benue State, witnessed recently. Three days after his public misadventure,...... more

Hameed Ali versus the Senate

Hameed Ali versus the Senate Hameed Ali, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), must be on an ego trip. He is fighting an ego war with members of the Nigerian Senate. He sees them as a bunch of irritants who must be treated with utmost disdain. The retired army officer does not think...... more

Can Ugwuanyi eradicate Osu caste system?

Can Ugwuanyi eradicate Osu caste system? Mr Orji Nwokeoma (not real name) is a young genetic engineer based in the United Kingdom city of Manchester. He was educated in some of the Ivy League universities for his degree, post-graduate and doctorate degrees in Genetic Engineering with flying colours, even as he was fortunate to land a high-paying job...... more

Nigeria’s dependence on oil is not 75 percent, it is 8 percent – hence we have a future (Part One)

Nigeria’s dependence on oil is not 75 percent, it is 8 percent – hence we have a future (Part One) Since my secondary school days in the eighties, I kept on hearing statements like the Nigerian economy is 75% dependent on oil. This famous cliché about the Nigerian economy has grown over the years, so much so that when everything changed about the Nigerian economy, nobody seemed to take notice. People...... more

Kim Jong-Nam’s assassination: Implication for Nigeria

Kim Jong-Nam’s assassination: Implication for Nigeria On the day the world celebrated Lovers’ Day, the world witnessed the first-ever ‘Nerve-agent-induced assassination’, in broad day light, of the elder half-brother of the North Korean maximum ruler: Kim Jong-Nam. Target of the well-executed plot, he died on February 14, shortly after the attack in the departure hall of Kuala...... more

Battered, Bruised and Broken

Battered, Bruised and Broken In the past three weeks, no fewer than a thousand Nigerians have been deported from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Belgium, South Africa and Libya. Meanwhile, we are still awaiting the deluge that will come from the United States given the resolve of President Donald Trump to unleash a policy of...... more

A brutish country

A brutish country First, it was Ben Onyechere, a friend and associate whom I had known for 21 years. Ben died in Owerri in the hands of assassins on the 29th day of January. His death was not just sudden, it was unexpected and brutal. The bestiality which the dare-devil assassins visited on him...... more

Weak Police Commission and Rudderless Police Force

Weak Police Commission and Rudderless Police Force A fundamental cog in the wheel of democratic progress in Nigeria is the availability of a plethora of agencies and multiplication of Federal Government-funded commissions and institutions that exist only in the paper in which their enabling laws are written. Most Federal Government-funded agencies are simply operating like money-guzzling machines, which...... more

How to transform a nation through truth and honesty (Part 2)

How to transform a nation through truth and honesty (Part 2) On the other hand, let me show you a picture of another country. In Switzerland and generally all over Europe, there is nothing to celebrate when a man brings to the police a purse or a bag of money that does not belong to him, which he found in a restaurant,...... more

Prisoner of conscience

Prisoner of conscience Before Kanu, there was the Biafra agitation. There were groups like Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, Biafra Independent Movement, Biafra Zionist Movement, and the like. But the activities of these groups nearly petered out with the rise of Kanu’s IPOB. What did Kanu do differently? He had...... more

Ogongorigo Gongomasha: Masters Forever

Ogongorigo Gongomasha: Masters Forever This is a simple narrative direct from the mouth of the born master: I shall drive you into the sea. All of you without an exception.  I, I mean we where I is interchangeable with we and we can also mean I. This time around there should be no surrender, no...... more

Obasanjo at 80; Osinbajo and the peril of praise, By Segun Adeniyi

Obasanjo at 80; Osinbajo and the peril of praise, By Segun Adeniyi OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AT 80 Despite our own personal failings and inadequacies, we expect our leaders to do everything right – from finding solutions to complex problems affecting our lives to having the charisma and prescience to rally millions of people around a perfect vision to saying the right things at the...... more

Why is Health not Page 1 News in Nigerian Media?

Why is Health not Page 1 News in Nigerian Media? For two decades and still counting that yours truly has been engaged in media practice and allied advocacy activities, one issue that mystifies me is why traditional media gate-keepers, such as editors, have failed to scale up reportage of health issues as mainstream thematic topics. From the benefit of hindsight, the...... more

How to transform a nation through truth and honesty (Part One)

How to transform a nation through truth and honesty (Part One)   Most of the time when we talk about national transformation, what we often hear about is, politics, economics, numbers, etc. But today I want us to talk about national transformation from the perspective of such everyday principle as truth and honesty. Most people can’t seem to see the relationship between...... more

Of Fulani killer squads, Nigeria Police and Chocolate City Boss

Of Fulani killer squads, Nigeria Police and Chocolate City Boss Nigeria has returned to a familiar turf - as a society in very deep distress - thereby necessitating good Christians and Muslims to embark on wide ranging prayers and atonement sessions to solicit divine intervention. Only yesterday, the Catholic Church around the country continued with the recitations of the unique prayer...... more

Theatre of the absurd

Theatre of the absurd When Samuel Beckett, an absurd dramatist, wrote his seminal play, WAITING FOR GODOT, he certainly did not have Nigeria in mind. His locale was the entire universe. But Beckett did not write for the sake of it. He was influenced by the social condition of his era. He lived in an...... more

An Innocent Man!, By Segun Adeniyi

An Innocent Man!, By Segun Adeniyi A humourous man who always introduced himself as “I am Innocent”, the late veteran journalist, Mr. Innocent Oparadike, was also very humble; despite his incredible reach and network. And he had great affection for me. That was why the news of his death hit me very hard as I recall several...... more

Trump and the parable of the cave

Trump and the parable of the cave The road to the United States of America’s presidency for the billionaire-businessman, Mr Donald Trump, has been topsy-turvy, and can best be described as a Pyrrhic victory. The processes leading to the election of Donald Trump and the defeat of Mrs Hilary Clinton, erstwhile Secretary of State, to the immediate past...... more

MMM and other Ponzi schemes: Let him who has ear hear before it is too late

MMM and other Ponzi schemes: Let him who has ear hear before it is too late As evil as Ponzi schemes and pyramids are, it would be wrong to put all the blames on them for our national decay and corruption. They only reveal who we are. What MMM have revealed about the Nigerian population is that we are a nation void of the true understanding of...... more

Diary of confusion

Diary of confusion Nigerians, no doubt, are confused at the moment. The people have too many issues to grapple with at the same time. One is as urgent as the other. The scenarios are so confusing that the people do not seem to know which one to approach first. This being the case, it...... more

Fulani attacks and parochial Northern Governors

Fulani attacks and parochial Northern Governors Confucius, the philosopher who lived between 551-479 BCE, was credited as emphatically telling those who are elected by their people to govern their administrative and political affairs: “If your desire is for good, the people will be good.” Perhaps, Confucius and Plato were indeed so passionate about the need for good governance...... more

What are friends for?, By Segun Adeniyi

What are friends for?, By Segun Adeniyi If the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan claims the billions of Naira found in her bank accounts were gifts from friends and former Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu also says the $9.77 million found in his house were gifts from friends, it’s...... more

MMM: Why every participant has already lost

MMM: Why every participant has already lost “Mind your business! Mind your business… I borrowed money, mind your business! To do MMM… mind your business…” Maybe you are thinking what is this prose in the previous paragraph. Well it is a lyric from a rather funky song that is being distributed by MMM participants. My amazement had no...... more

 

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