• Sanusi: Herdsman, Iconoclast Or Pretender?

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    Sarkin Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, is in the eye of the storm and it seems the only way he can overcome it is to remain controversial. I was at an event in Lagos in October where he was also present as special guest. In an extempore speech, he said he had decided to stay out…

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  • The Story Of One Dino Of ABU

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    We’re in trouble, but that’s not the worst part. The real tragedy is that we don’t know that we don’t know. It took one week and a Senate summons for the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ibrahim Garba, to say that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from ABU. And even then, his testimony left…

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  • Understanding Buhari

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    Creative dysfunction is sometimes an unofficial government tool. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo occasionally set top government officials up against themselves to test their loyalty or ideas. But there was no doubt who was in charge. US President, Donald Trump, is reputed to have the worst cabinet in modern US history, comparable in its dysfunctionality only…

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  • Understanding Buhari

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    Creative dysfunction is sometimes an unofficial government tool. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo occasionally set top government officials up against themselves to test their loyalty or ideas. But there was no doubt who was in charge. US President, Donald Trump, is reputed to have the worst cabinet in modern US history, comparable in its dysfunctionality only…

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  • No Duty Too High To Save Hameed Ali

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    In the last two years since Hameed Ali was appointed Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, I do not recall ever seeing him in uniform. But since the retired army colonel is not harming himself or any third party by not wearing uniform, I have gradually reconciled myself to seeing him in civilian dress….

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  • Coming After Abike Dabiri With A Sledgehammer

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    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs finally came out of the woodwork. And it did so with a sledgehammer aimed at President Muhammudu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri. Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama who, besides addressing occasional press conferences and taking pictures, has yet to do much else, lounged at Dabiri after she made…

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  • That Rescue Mission By Dogara’s Wife

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    It should have been a wrap, recession or not. I was nearing the end of a ThisDay print copy on Monday when the advert struck me. It was an announcement that the wife of the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gimbiya Yakubu Dogara, would be having a two-day retreat with the wives of…

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  • Modu Sheriff Not PDP’s Worst Demon

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    The Peoples Democratic Party is dying of numerous self-inflicted wounds and may not recover for as long as it thinks that Ali Modu Sheriff is its deadliest poison. From the headlines, you would think that Modu Sheriff is the beginning and the end of the problems of the PDP; that once you feed him to…

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  • What Does Obasanjo Know About Buhari?

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    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo will officially be 80 in March and there are many who think he is hyperactive for his age. He is probably one of the busiest former presidents with a schedule that combines half a dozen foreign travels each month with countless domestic trips filled with meetings, speeches and plenty of mischief…

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  • Insanity Is Closing The Airport For 6 Weeks

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    They say there’s no going back on the decision to close the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja for six weeks, starting March 8. That’s what Minister of State, Ministry of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said and Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi has repeated it as well. They have made it clear that even if chariots from…

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