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Good Night to Patrick Adulugba and Dr. Peter Okoh, By Adagbo Onoja

Death has become as common as to make mourning difficult if not pointless. Still, there is no way a quintessentially impoverished Edemoga District in Okpokwu LGA of Benue State would not feel a deep sense of loss in burying two model individuals at a go last weekend: Dr. Peter Okoh and Mister Patrick Adulugba. Okoh was an actually existing model while Adulugba was a potential model. Adulugba bore all the fe ...

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Putting Buhari on the Scale One Year After, By Adagbo Onoja

For a government that defines its essence to be ‘Change’, even as it has not conceptualised that, a voice of that nature at the June 9th, 2016 Centre for Democracy and Development, (CDD)’s Buharimeter Town Hall Meeting would have helped. However, I doubt that anyone was disappointed that  none of the five of the ministers who attended the meeting came with a grand canvass similar to this voice, “The fifth b ...

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Taju: The Man Who Foresaw The Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis, By Adagbo Onoja

It was a quintessential Taju occasion. That is the 7th anniversary of the transition of Dr Tajudeen Abdulraheem held at Denise Hotel, Abuja May 24th, 2016. At the occasion, Taju emerged as a text with as many meanings as the diverse set of actors ‘reading’ him. There is no disagreement about the core of his being – the pan Africanist extraordinaire - but that core itself could be understood slightly differe ...

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Atiku Abubakar & Nasir el-Rufai Again! By Adagbo Onoja

It is a long time ago that Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa raised what one would consider a key dimension but which has not been explored to the required depth. He once asked where the fuel would come from if Nigeria were rapidly industrialising. That sort of question has not been posed in recent times by any other Nigerian, perhaps because, at the moment, the more urgent challenge for majority of Nigerians is a p ...

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Rufai Ibrahim: The Best Senator Nigeria Never Had, By Adagbo Onoja

Originally titled “End of one election, beginning of another-Rufai Ibrahim” and sent for publication in The Nation (where the author was the Managing Editor) on April 18th, 2007, this piece is the author’s narrative of the late Rufai’s intervention in politics of which I was part of the media team. The article should compensate for a more complete tribute to the departed. The piece is published here unedite ...

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Is this anti-Statism or anti-Buhari or Something Else? By Adagbo Onoja

How might we explain or understand the situation whereby the president of Nigeria in the year 2016 tells a global television channel that there is nothing wrong with going against the IMF if it is against Nigeria’s national interest but did not return home to an ovation rapturous enough to be heard there at the IMF Headquarters in Washington, the AU Headquarters in Addis, the Great Hall of the People in Bei ...

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Ali Chiroma’s Tears at Chima Ubani’s 10th Anniversary and the State of the Nation, By Adagbo Onoja

Memorialising is always a turbulent political issue, especially if it is the memorial of someone like Chima Ubani whose sense of Nigeria was unconstrained by the contradictions that undid many a radical activist. Still, no one expected that, at some point, Comrade Ali Chiroma, former NLC President in the mid 1980s would break down and for over a minute, bring the hall to a turbulent standstill. It was confu ...

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Memories of Sandy Berger and ‘The Poorest Oil-Rich Country in the World’ By Adagbo Onoja

There is no month like December. December is alluring and sleep inducing in its totality even as it compels one to work 25 hours a day or risk going into the next year with works that shouldn’t. So, in its impossible combination of enabling and disabling menu, December leaves one intensely happy but challenged. The pleasant penalty for living to December is having to clear the backlog at the expense of so m ...

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PDP: Unpacking the Spider’s Self-Rescue from its Own Web, By Adagbo Onoja

Aside from the virtual boycott of its attempted rebranding by most of the living founders and mandarins, it is even difficult to imagine what rebranding the People’s Democratic Party aka PDP might be all about. The hope is that someone there is conscious of the conceptual baggage rebranding carries. Whatever framework of rebranding they have, that is a move that should interest all of us for the simple reas ...

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The Obama/Steve Jobs Encounter, the Foxconn/China Connection and the New Ministers in Nigeria, By Adagbo Onoja

(People flooded Foxconn Technology with résumés at a 2010 job fair in Henan Province, China)It is certainly a major departure for Wole Soyinka to bring ‘hilarity’ to the struggle for power in Nigeria via his lamentation that culture has been orphaned while commenting on President Buhari’s cabinet. Though a serious matter he raised, the image of culture as an orphan has its artistic entertainment value. It i ...

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Adamu Adamu As a Minister? By Adagbo Onoja

One of the most shocking manifestations of the danger ahead in Nigeria sans a serious moral and political regeneration was the maze of defections into the APC in the immediate aftermath of the Buhari victory. Buhari as a person had morphed into some kind of the single most significant symbol in relation to the question of the alternative. No serious sociologist can ignore that because what people perceive w ...

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The Catastrophic Convergence: Climate Change and Nigeria’s ‘Everywhere War’, By Adagbo Onoja

WORD & WORLD COLUMN Nigeria is certainly confronted by her own ‘Everywhere Wars’ but not in the same sense meant by Professor Derek Gregory who coined it. While he was referring to the unfolding of US Global War on Terror, Nigeria’s ‘Everywhere War’ refers to wars springing up everywhere but traceable, in the last instance, to the environment cum climate change. The Niger Delta insurgency started as an ...

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