Author: Editor-in-chief

The Judgment of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division between the EFCC, the Government of Oyo state and some Kingmakers in Oyo Town made headlines yesterday. The quick readiness by the EFCC to arraign the Kingmakers immediately after the Federal High Court delivered a Judgement in Its favor is also making headlines as I write this piece. As for the Judgment, I have made my opinion known about the state of our Judiciary in a piece I titled ” Nigeria’s Democracy On The Judiciary’s Slaughter Slab ” and I won’t belabor the issue here. These days, our Institutions have…

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One phenomenon that cannot be denied in Nigeria today is hunger. Nigerian people are hungry. Very unusually, no one – politicians, elected government functionaries or their appendages – has been able to allege that this general cry of hunger is politically motivated. So many occurrences have been painted with the camwood of that word, “politically motivated”. It is worse for some of us who write. We must have taken overnight instructions from political baron opponents to paint government black. Or, our views are hangovers from ancient hatred and bile. But, hunger seems to be in a class of its own.…

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If Nigeria burns, the Judiciary will most definitely be the match stick. When former president Mohammadu Buhari ordered the invasion of the residence of some Judges during his first term in office, many people, including yours truly, considered such actions against the Judiciary as barbaric. Unfortunately, events within the Nigerian Judiciary since that time have shown that, perhaps, the Judiciary didn’t deserve our pity. The Judiciary, which ordinarily should be reverred and recognized as the last hope of the common man has unfortunately become a willing tool for politicians. The populace have lost respect for the Judiciary to the extent…

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Youths, under the aegis of Eruwa Youths Movements issued a statement yesterday, registering their displeasure and what they called their frustrations with the attitudes of the Speaker, Oyo state House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin. According to the Youths, Ogundoyin made several promises to them before the election which he has failed to fulfill and most particularly, he has not been accessible to the Youths. If I will be honest here, I will firmly say that those who are complaining about Debo Ogundoyin at this point are those Yorubas refer to as the* A moran bi ni Oyo” or better still,…

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The Government of president Bola Ahmed Tinubu is faced with a plethora of issues. The Economy of Nigeria under his watch is at an all time worse. Prices of food and essentials have gone beyond the reach of the poor. The image of his Government is battered left, right and centre. There is no Government, since Shagari, whose image is as battered as the present Federal Government, led by Tinubu. The president and his men have been trying to appeal to Nigerians to see the present hardships as a necessity which must be endured for the dawn of better days…

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Chairman of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has criticised the hike of interest rate to almost 30 per cent by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Speaking at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, during the opening session of a three-day summit organised by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), on Tuesday, he said with the present interest rate regime, it will be difficult to create jobs. He added that it would also be tough for the manufacturing industry to grow and compete favorably. Dangote, who also called for new policies that will protect domestic industries, said, “Nobody…

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Nigeria of the 1950s and early 1960s had very many interesting personalities. Western Region had its fair share of such. One of them was a man named Suara Sobo Akande (Sobo is pronounced as Sorbor). He was a prominent transporter who held the transportation industry of the time by its jugular. An Ibadan man of the Opo Yeosa clan who lived in an area now known as Ring Road, Suara Sobo was wealthy and had a fleet of lorries in his pool. As a trade logo, Suara Sobo’s lorries always had monkeys chained to their entrance which excited and attracted…

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Governor Makinde decided to give approval for the Installation and presentation of the Staff of offices to some Obas in Oyo state this week. The trio of the Alaawe of Aawe town, The Onifiditi of Fiditi and the Elempe of Tapa got reprieve from the Emperor. Sadly, Governor Makinde still keep the world guessing about the stool of the Olubadan. Neither did he think it is time for him to allow the ancient town of Oyo have the Alaafin. Governor Makinde must be enjoying the spectacle. The privilege to tell everyone that he is in charge. Unfortunately for the Governor,…

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It was in 1992. My selection as a member of the ward Executive of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) in Aborerin ward 4 was just ratified by the ward Executive. My selection was made possible by my first mentor in politics, Mr. Jacob Adelakun, the ward secretary at the time. Those were times when politics was politics. The Party was supreme in all sense of the word. The organisational structures of the two registered political parties, the SDP and the National Republican Convention, (NRC) were well defined. The Military Government of Gen. Aliyu Badamosi Babangida built Party offices in all…

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