A Painful Comedy

By Muhammed Abdullahi Sometime last week, Nigerian governors were again paid another tranche of the Paris Club refund by the Federal government. Since many of the governors hinted that they already had plans for the money, it was taking for granted that the welfare of workers, many of whom have not been paid for months, would form a central part of such plans. But we were wrong. Many of the governors, upon receiving the much awaited money, decided that the unpaid workers can always wait. Some of them allocated paltry…

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This Structure Isn’t Working For The ‘Weaker Animals’

By Muhammed Abdullahi Thanks to Mrs. Aisha Buhari who, through her fable of the sick lion, the hyena and the jackals, has now followed in the typical Orwellian tradition of using animal characters to pass a message. That coded language deplored by the First Lady would serve me well today as I seek to deliver my intervention in the ongoing debate of restructuring Nigeria. No doubt, Nigeria has for a long time been structured into a ‘classed society’ of the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor, the…

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Osun Rerun: Lessons In Defeat

By Muhammed Abdullahi If truly the dead could see, the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke would most certainly be full of apology, and possibly appreciation, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party he once described as one “full of criminals” but which has now saved him from a shameful legacy of being buried, mourned and forgotten. Courtesy the PDP, Adeleke ‘resurrected’ and is now back in the red chamber. Perhaps, Ademola Adeleke, now elected to replace his elder brother, the late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, would still be in mourning if…

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The Future Of Nigeria Without Corruption

By Muhammed Abdullahi It is almost a decade now since I attended the annual Ibrahim Rafiu public forum organized by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) of the University of Ilorin. Four papers, all centered on corruption and how the youths could help checkmate it, were delivered. But the most insightful was incidentally presented by my elder brother, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi who was then the Special Adviser on Policy and Strategy to the former governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State. My brother’s paper, captioned: Branches high in the Sky, raised a…

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My Lord, The Street Judge

By Muhammed Abdullahi Last Wednesday, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki was discharged and acquitted by the Nigerian Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) after a no case submission by his legal team. The acquittal signaled an end to the over two years false asset declaration case instituted against Saraki by the Nigerian government. While the case lasted, opinions were divided as to the real motivation behind the trial. While some believe the trial was politically motivated, a persecution against Saraki for emerging the President of the Senate against the…

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Why Not the Best? The Inspiring Appointment Of Ismael Ahmed

By Muhammed Abdullahi It is true what they say, that when you live for others, others live for you. And so it was that while the large army of youths across the country were grumbling and complaining and nagging on behalf of Barr. Ismaeel Ahmed, reminding the government of the contributions he made to the APC campaigns and asking that he be given appointment; Ismail himself consistently warned his followers to desist from clamoring for appointment on his behalf. He emphasized that his modest contributions to the APC victory were…

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Osinbajo: When A Leader Radiates Love

By Muhammed Abdullahi Someone who has love in his heart, a love for country and fellow citizens, would undoubtedly be loved and venerated by the people. From the school kids in Cross River State to the traders in Garki market and even ordinary Nigerians on the streets; the people simply cannot stop loving Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo. It is not their fault or that of Professor Osinbajo. Love, they say, begets love. The infectious aura and warmth of Professor Osinbajo which endear people to him and him to the people…

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Doubters Of Democracy

By Muhammed Abdullahi Last Monday was the anniversary of democracy in Nigeria. It has been 18 years now since the return of civil rule to Nigeria. And coming at a period 12 of our 36 States are also celebrating 50 years of creation; the Month of May is no doubt a significant one for the people who were not only given their own space but also the opportunity to manage it the way they deemed fit. Whether or not democracy has delivered the huge expectations that greeted its return in…

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Kwara: Shaping The Next 50 Years

By Muhammed Abdullahi Kwara State, located in the north central part of Nigeria, was one of the 12 States created by the military government of Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) to replace the nation’s four regions. The State, originally known as West Central State and later Kwara (a named derived from the local name for Niger River) formally came into being on the 27th May, 1967. Kwara is 50 this month! To celebrate the half a century existence of the State, the government and people of Kwara scheduled a number of…

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Again, Pareto Speaks In Minna

By Muhammed Abdullahi One bright morning during the 18th century, the great economist, Vilfredo Pareto, was in his farm when he suddenly happened on a discovery that eventually formed the kernel of the Pareto principle. The mathematically-inclined Pareto noticed that a small number of pea pods in his garden produced the greatest amount of the peas. This set Pareto’s brain racing. He began to imagine what the result would be if what he discovered about the pea pods was applied to real life situation. Being an Italian, Pareto began to…

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