DELTA ELECTION AS 2019 GUINEA PIG

Though the LG election in Delta state has come and gone, leaving the entire Deltans as ‘causalities’, not of a civil war but a deformed democratic process occasioned by the will of man. An outcome that has, in turn, left the proponents of disorder praying in their inner selves for courage and stamina to face Deltans they have wronged. Coincidentally, while Deltans were mourning this political regression which has become a reality to worry about, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja released the electoral timetable for the 2019…

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PMB’S REMARK ON ‘RESTRUCTURING’ AND MATTERS ARISING

From observations, there is no doubt that our leaders are experts, PMB inclusive,in listening without being attentive to the masses; an attribute that has, in turn, made their relationship with the people civil but cold. A situation occasioned by our handler’s inability to learn that ‘success is a lousy teacher which makes a winner feels that he cannot lose’. Accordingly, these cold silences have become ‘a word made flesh and now dwell among us’ in the form of the Fulani herdsmen mindless and continual use of the innocent Nigerian’s blood…

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BAGGAGE OF 2030 SUSTAINABLE AGENDA

There was a veiled agreement among stakeholders at a recent gathering in Lagos, that the governments in Nigeria at all levels are shirking the traditional but universal responsibility of provision of economic and infrastructural succor to the citizenry which the instrumentality of participatory democracy and election of leaders confer on them. The passionate plea for government-private sector collaboration for sustainable development underscores this assertion, thus eliciting this jigsaw: If it has been said that government has no business in business, what business does the private sector have helping government to…

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YULETIDE OF ANGUISH FOR THE PEOPLE IN IKA LAND

Over time, Christmas season in Ika Land has been known to be one of the happiest moments in the lives of Ika People, with merriment, boom in economic activities, and the presence of night life. The case was however different this year as Ika residents experienced hardship, non-dispensing ATM’s fuel scarcity, hike in the cost of transportation and heavy increment in the prices of foodstuff. Taking a look at various sectors that were affected during the Christmas celebration, the most noticeable phenomenon that plagued Ika Land is the widespread fuel…

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AS DELTANS GO TO THE LOCAL COUNCIL POLLS ; A REMINDER

With just days pointing at Saturday 6th, January 2018, a day slated for the all-important Delta state Local Council polls, all eyes are now fixed on the state. This feeling is understandable as the ”ground of battle’ and the battlers have suddenly become unpredictable, full of intrigues and uncertainty. What is adding fuel to this political battle is the belief that this LG polls will shape the support structure come 2019 general election. But the joy of the above is that while the state-actors (the government, the DESIEC and the…

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NOW THAT ATIKU HAS GONE BEYOND THE LAST BUS STOP

That Atiku Abubakar has resigned his membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is no longer news. The interesting aspect of this episode is that as speculated, he has finally reunited with his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). To Atiku and his teaming supporters scattered across the states of the federation, it is more of a homecoming as he explained that the issue that made him leave the PDP in 2013 has been resolved. With the above in mind and considering our nation’s political platform where swapping of…

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VIEWPOINT: PLAYING TO THE GALLERY – Odiase

There are many of us whose main occupation is to play to the gallery. Wherever we are, we draw undue attention to ourselves, to feel relevant and be able to foist our assumed relevance on others. We use antics of all sorts to achieve our objectives. To us the players, it is a profession, not merely main occupation or a pastime. Were our motives altruistic, we probably wouldn’t appear so clownish and ridiculous. We nauseatingly scheme for recognition and for elevation on the social ladder. Our antics include, (but are…

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WHAT THE NATIONAL STADIUM LAGOS TOLD ME.

That was several weeks ago. I was invited to a religious programme at the National Stadium. First, when I queried the appropriateness of using a sporting facility for a religious function, my friend promptly told me that considering the number of worshippers expected, the National Stadium remains most suitable for the exercise. With this explanation given, I have no reason to probe further So, capped with my prayer intentions; I arrived the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, that fateful morning, for this all-important religious exercise. I had no time looking…

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VIEWPOINT: INTERNALLY DISLODGED PUBLICANS (IDPs)

Most privileged citizens, considered or supposed wise and trustworthy by the citizenry, when saddled with the responsibility to set and promote standards for best practices and exemplary conducts, for national development, knowingly or unknowingly create loopholes and hypocritically cut corners. The results, invariably, are exploitative and downgrading of established democratic principles and institutions, preceding gross negation of the intendments of avowed laws and constitutions. This further leads to a breakdown of law and order, retarded or stagnated development, violent agitations in terms of insurgency, rebellion, militancy, etc. and worse still,…

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ROBERT MUGABE TRAVAILS AND THE LESSONS TO DRAW

When one is favoured with longevity, says my grandfather, he must in the same vein contend with one out of these two inherent situations. If the individual is not met with a flood of blessings, chances are that such a fellow may be visited with torrents of afflictions during this extra or ‘injury time’. But unfortunately, I did not for a long time deemed it necessary to unravel what this words of wisdom connotes until recently when Robert Mugabe’s saga burst forth. A few months back, after reading a piece…

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