El-Clasico: It ’s Ronaldo, Messi affair again

It’s another El-Clasico and in recent memories, the intriguing battle is about the two best players in the world Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi leading the campaign for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. Clasico is more than just football to these clubs, players and their supporters, it’s always about ego, it’s about politics and the strive for supremacy as exemplified by the rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi. The two individuals are the faces of the two clubs and they have both scored more Clasico goals than any of their teammates…

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Caught with his ex

Imagine this, a man tells you how much his ex-girlfriend disappointed him jilting him for an older man who already had two wives? He says it with such convincing selfpity and agony that you have to comfort him by promising never to let him down. He burns all her photographs and cards that she’d sent to him when the going was good. He vows never to talk to her again even if this life depends on it. Then one day you return earlier than usual from work and decide to…

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Nigeria engages maritime Africa

It has a matter not only of contemplation but national pride for me since the decision to host Africa’s prime maritime conference in Nigeria this year. So the efforts to get Abuja ready with all the logistics and detail has been a labour of love. So today we are ready. That is why it is my pleasure and that of the entire maritime community in Nigeria to welcome all stakeholders to Abuja. We consider it a privilege to host this important conference that embraces Africa’s maritime elite, the men and…

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Can Nigeria handle technology in electoral process? (1)

In a three-part series, I will examine the place of Smart Card Readers (SCR) or modified Smart Card Readers or other technological device that may be introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the electoral process. It is a matter of common knowledge that the electoral management body introduced the Smart Card Readers in the 2015 general elections to aid verification and authentication of voters in the accreditation process. As we move closer to the 2019 general elections, it may be worthwhile to examine the challenges faced by…

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APC, please wake up

Let me use this unique opportunity to wish Nigerians happy Easter as they collectively celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Let me also state that this period should offer us an opportunity for sober reflection of our deeds here on earth and the sacrifices we make to add value to our collective wellbeing. Celebrations of the heroic accomplishments of Jesus Christ should not be about wearing new clothes and eating plenty of rice; it should be about imbibing the moral lessons of such accomplishment and breakthrough….

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Chibok girls, the mirror in our faces

As we remember the girls captured in Chibok three years ago, we must remember that they constitute only a fraction of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. I would urge Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), while you keep this issue of Chibok on the table, to broaden your message to cover all girls and boys abducted by Boko Haram, and also draw attention to the condition of girls and women in our society in general. To give you an idea of the extent of this problem, as at today,…

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EFCC, humongous money ‘discoveries’ and the continuous entertaining circus shows (Part 1)

INTRODUCTION The farcical story that NIA, Nigeria’s external secret Police, has claimed ownership of the large haul of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m is heretic flapdoodle, bunkum, baloney, hogwash, poppycock and balderdash. Let this government and its minions credit Nigerians with some modicum of sense and capacity to reason, even with their valiant attempts to cow, browbeat and intimidate all opposition elements and critical voices in their so called anti-corruption war. At least, not even the terror halo cast on our individual and collective psyche has dulled our analytical minds. The…

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