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Whatever you sow, you reap

A few days ago, I stumbled on a video clip of the parade of some criminal suspects arrested by the police in which one of the suspects paraded was interviewed by journalists. In the exchange between the journalists and the suspect, he revealed the genesis of his venture into violent crimes. According to him, his travails started when he stole a phone handset and was sentenced to prison. It was inside prison that he was tutored on how to graduate into higher crimes and the attractions in criminal enterprises. Upon serving his time and his subsequent release into society, he took...

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Please save our judges

Yes, our judges need to be saved from their present precarious positions and ultimate perilous end. Judges are, by their callings, expected to be righteous, upright, independent, impartial and of necessity, incorruptible. What this implies is that at all times, they must be above board in all their dealings, particularly in the adjudication of cases. As an enablement, the State is expected to provide conducive atmosphere for their operations. These range from infrastructural support that will make the judges deliver or perform, to the conditions of service generally. This onerous duty of fairness and impartiality must be discharged regardless of...

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Independent candidacy and the Nigerian ‘cut-and-paste political parties’

In the last few years, the challenges of internal democracy and godfatherism have been a recurring factor in our political space. It is so much that our law reports are replete with so many decisions bordering on lack of internal democracy and the extent it has distorted our democratic experiment. This has led to the enactment of new legislation seeking to regulate not only the litigable issues around this problem but also the length of time within which such cases are to be disposed off. The resources wasted in terms of time and finances could be channeled towards other developmental...

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NIGERIANS, PLEASE, ‘ON YOUR MIC’

Recently, in the course of the House of Representatives’ probe of the affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), when the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was being interrogated, he imputed that majority of the contracts awarded in the agency went to the members of the Parliament and was on the verge of disclosing further particulars when the chairman of the panel rudely cut in to stop him intermittently. Sensing the adamant nature of the minister to continue with the disclosures, the chairman of the probe panel muttered severally by way of cautioning him to skip...

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The scramble for Nigeria

The above topic is a historical allusion to the secondary school history classes of the olden days: The Scramble for and Partition of Africa. One remembers the Berlin Conference of 1884 – 85 in which Europe, with a lacerating knife of a pencil on a map of Africa, shared the territories of the continent among themselves and in a blind plunder invaded the territories, this time not to seek slaves but to extract, exploit and purloin the natural resources of the sleeping giant. In a depredatory calculation that history will never forget, Africa was fought over, greedily, by its politico-economic...

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What is wrong with Nigeria?

Almost a year ago, I wrote several columns on the challenges of Nigeria as a nation and the possible solutions (See my column of September 5, 2019, “Nigeria: How did we get here?” https://www.sunnewsonline.com/nigeria-how-did-we-get-here-1/) but, as expected, nothing has changed till date. This time around, I am compelled to revisit the subject due to a video clip I watched in the social media where a former dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy revealed the secret the growth and development of Singapore into First World from Third World. Remember, Nigeria and Singapore started off together as nations virtually...

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Nigerian politician as a symbol of vanity

In the last couple of months, much prior to the invasion of our earthly space by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigerian politicians had resumed their usual political gymnastics against the next series of elections in the year 2023. The struggle is today getting fiercer already with its toll on the ruling party, particularly. This is no news, as the belief in Nigeria is that the power of incumbency at the centre is crucial to success at both the central and all other levels of election. Hence, the pressure is usually on the ruling party by the various aspirants to public offices. As...

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FAAN needs help to save lives

A look at the title of this piece might appear a bit misleading and confusing as to the purport and intent of the message. At first glance, it would appear I am soliciting the assistance or protection from Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in safeguarding our lives. If construed in that manner, the reader might not be distant from the real message, as the ultimate desire is to galvanize support for FAAN to save our lives. On the other hand, it may be interpreted that I am seeking urgent intervention of FAAN to make probably some payments long overdue...

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Sexual offences vs rape in Nigeria (2)

Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame Is lust in action; and till action, lust Is perjured, murd’rous, bloody, full of blame, Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust – Shakespeare, Sonnet 129 Again, unlike other climes where children are taught the criminal implications of sexual offences, this is lacking in our system and equally contributes substantially to the proliferation of the offences. Various lockdown periods due to COVID-19 also contributed to the exponential increase. In fact, a sizeable number of people became deranged and committed sexual offences regularly. Regrettably, no provision was made till date for the class of...

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Sexual offences vs rape in Nigeria (1)

Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame Is lust in action; and till action, lust Is perjured, murd’rous, bloody, full of blame, Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust – Shakespeare, Sonnet 129 Close to half a millennium after the English man of letters, William Shakespeare, gave the murderous description of lust in his evergreen poetic work quoted above, a section of Nigerian youths seems to have found fashionable the deplorable act condemned by the great poet. A twin-issue that has gained so much traction in public discourse in Nigeria in the last few weeks is rape and other...

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