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2023 poll: Obi and the miles before him

THISDAY headquarters on Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos was not far from Mr. Peter Obi’s corporate office. So, we visited each other regularly before he became Governor of Anambra State. Not only has our friendship endured, but Obi has remained…

Ondo South and decades of darkness

As we all jeered and set to run at the #UluutonMarathon at the eve of the end of year 2022, I took a glance around the beautiful geography of a town that personalizes my childhood pride. The several moments of games from River…

Obasanjo: Letter to Postmaster General

The Postmaster General of the Federation is busy sending letters to other people but no one is writing a letter to him. That is not fair. During our secondary school days, a student had no wish more exciting than receiving a…

Christmas musings and the Japa syndrome

Mr. Rufus & Mrs. Esther Sami are/were our treasured neighbours until the cold hands of death snatched the kind and supportive Mrs. Sami on October 9, 2022. I could not but have attended Mrs. Sami's funeral at Imaka, Ijebu-Ode,…

Benedict XVI: Counting our losses!

On January 26, 1998, I authored an article, entitled ‘Lessons from the Dead’, in one of Nigeria’s foremost newspapers. In the piece, I attempted to eulogize the late Mother Theresa of Calcutta for her avowed commitment to the advancement of…

Nigeria and constant dysfunction

Every once in a while, I go back to read my past columns to get a sense of my appreciation of the past eras that Nigerians now glamorize in retrospect. I found an August 26, 2009, column titled “What Did You Miss About…

Obasanjo, MKO Abiola and 2023 election

The Yoruba Referendum Committee is compelled to address Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s “Appeal to all Nigerians, particularly Young Nigerians” because the premise of his “appeal” is anchored on his own remembrance of historical and contemporary…

Churches, States, and 2023 general elections

Originally, in the secular world, the State comes before the Church, because, by its institutional characteristics, it is the custodian of all other institutions. In other words, the State is the behemoth institution; co-existing, but…

2023: Let us pray for Nigeria!

This is the Year 2023! As the New Year comes, it is customary for people to look towards new things. Unarguably, an improvement over the present has always been the desire of human beings. The same goes with nations, which collectively look…

2023 poll: Manifestoes and basic needs

In the build-up to the commencement of campaigns by political parties in the last quarter of 2022, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) stressed the imperative of issue-based campaigns. As the regulator of the electoral process, INEC…