Tinubu: A political colossus at 65

Questions have always been asked, over the centuries, about the secret ingredients that make up the pot pourri of political leadership, especially with regards to those who dictate the affairs of men and materials. While William Shakespeare, the literary icon opined that: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”, the led majority often looks out for certain outstanding character traits in people who epitomize their collective dreams. They identify more easily with those who have the capacity and capability to articulate enduring solutions…

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Placing premium on human life

“When beggars die, there are no comets seen; heaven themselves blaze forth the death of princes” – Williams Shakespeare, in Julius Caesar. These days, a Nigerian life is worth very little; it has suffered a steep depreciation in value far worse than that experienced by the Naira under the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Hell is let loose when a citizen is lost to disasters in countries where premium is placed on life but here in Nigeria, multitudes perish and no eyebrows are raised. It is both ironic and comical that the…

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el-Rufai’s letter as barometer for Buhari’s tolerance

It took the recent revelations of a letter written about six months ago by the governor of Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to President Muhammadu Buhari for Nigerians to realise that indeed the President tolerates opposing views. Ordinarily some cynics would have gone to town with the news that the President does not accede to dissenting voices. In fact, if we recall criticisms coming from some very close quarters of Mr. President and his inclination to listen, read and sometimes respond in the most responsible and objective manner, then it…

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I stand with Apostle Suleman

Apostle Johnson Suleman of the Omega Fire Ministry is no stranger to controversy. He’s not a saint and didn’t ask to be canonized one, but the Apostle Suleman that I know is a man who love Christ. He toils hard in the Lord’s vineyard, labouring day after day to win souls for Christ. He does not just love Christ but ready to die for the Gospel. When he, Apostle Suleman spoke fearlessly on the rights of Christians to bear arms if need be to defend themselves from physical attacks by…

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Buhari’s health: Gloating is of no value

  I learnt an enduring lesson on the day General Sani Abacha died. It was June 8, 1998, and death had laid its icy hands on the maximum ruler, and the scepter had fallen from the grip of the king. I was the deputy editor of National Concord, the newspaper owned by Basorun M.K. O Abiola, the man Abacha not only inveigled out of his mandate as democratically elected President, but whom he had also locked up in military gulag for five years. Mr Dele Alake, who was to become…

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Ife mayhem, police and the 20 scapegoats

If there is any aspect that the Nigeria Police can at all times be rated high, their ability to round up scapegoats and unjustly label them as criminals will readily come to mind. I often wonder if scapegoatism is one of the courses taught at the police college. Or could it be that the majority of the police have learnt by rote Leviticus 16: 8: “And Aaron shall place lots upon the two he goats ‘one lot for the Lord’ and the other lot, for Azazel’ for absolute removal.’ ”…

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What’s all the fuss over Customs uniform?

For the past few months one thing has virtually dominated the airways, headlines, various discussions and gobbled up space on social media – the refusal of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (rtd) to wear the uniform reflecting his position. And of course like any discuss there are various arguments being put forward for and against the position of the retired colonel of the Nigerian Army towards wearing his uniform. For instance, writing on the issue in his weekly column for Sunday Telegraph last Sunday, legal…

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Marital issues in John 3:16 (part 2)

3. HE GAVE: “For God so loved the world that HE GAVE his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Marriage is about giving and sharing. God has defined giving for you by letting go of what is dear to his heart. Giving is driven by love. For God so loved, he gave. If you tell me you love your spouse but you cannot give to him or her, you are a liar. You can give even without loving but you can…

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A call to act

DECLUTTER TO RECYCLE I personally don’t believe it’s only trash or wastes that can be recycled. Decluttering (my way) is one of the best ways I’ve discovered to recycle because it makes everyone happy. You gain a whole lot more than a clean house. Decluttering-my-way helps you get rid of things that have been taking up space in your house by blessing others with them. MY EXPERIENCE – After reading an article last year about getting rid of the old for the new to come in, I decided to declutter-myway….

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NDDC and Sagay’s allegation of corruption

On March 2, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, took a swipe at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), accusing it of being reckless with funds meant for development in the Niger Delta. The Professor of Law, while speaking at the opening of a two-day national dialogue on corruption organised by PACAC in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President alleged that the NDDC “bought over 70 cars that included eight super Lexus that cost N70 million each and 10 Toyota Landcruiser…

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