THE BALLOT OR THE BULLET

It’s beginning to look like 1983 all over again. I have this foreboding of déjà vu all over again. The recently announced austerity measures by the Jonathan government in a deep and deeply unsettling way is redolent of the last days of the Shehu Shagari government that ended the Second Republic.   Even so, when…

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Sitting On The Fence

  I wager that this critique about my muse might still have some validity today. I am often accused of not writing for the common man because I write about ‘lofty’ ideas that fly above the heads of ordinary readers. Three decades ago, I was particularly stung by this critique, even as I persisted in…

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Losing Touch With The People

This piece has some resonance with the just concluded Ekiti elections. It is a cautionary tale that underscores the need for a tactile kind of empathy with the people. Recently, I paid an unscheduled visit to a state owned general hospital. Mercifully the visit was not for treatment but to make some inquiries; either way,…

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Casting Stones 2

The Preface In Casting Stones 1, I bemoaned the moral relativism of the Nigeria of my youth. I look back now, some thirty years on, indeed a generation away on how quaint my moral dilemma must seem to the Nigerian youth of today. Considering that most Nigerians,(perhaps as much as 70% if you consider our…

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