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Do They Know? By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

If something is adjustable, sooner or later it will need adjusting. Max Frisch Along with six friends, I watched television footage of  the crowds that cheered Chief James Ibori as he drove on the streets on his return home last week  after his  prison service in the United Kingdom. There was pronounced silence as we watched young and old struggle to catch a glimpse of the man. Like us, it was obvious that ...

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Restarting the North. Again, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

" If you don't know when you have been spat on, it does not matter too much what else you think you know". Ruth Shays. Northern Governors last week attempted a feat the region had long jettisoned: bringing together its assets under one roof to count its strengths and weaknesses. The Governors and senior officials went beyond the routine and ritual of periodically assembling for a few days in Kaduna, mostly ...

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This Democracy, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. Niels Bohr. In the space of a week, the expression of the people's will to be governed by people they elect showed three different faces. Vastly different nations, political contexts and democratic systems in Nigeria, The Gambia and United States of America presented major variants of a system of governance that sends back many of its stud ...

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A Day In Maiduguri, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you. African proverb. I was part of a delegation of Northern Elders Forum that visited the Borno State capital, Maiduguri last week. The visit lasted all of one day, but it revealed an entire future that is both inspiring and frightening. The last time a delegation of the Forum visited Maiduguri was about three years ago, and it barely managed to leave ...

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How To Make 2017 Count, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

Politics, A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. Ambrose Bierce. All that needed to be said about the disappointments and achievements of year of 2016 have been said. The government  of President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged that it had substantially under-performed, blaming factors which  predated it, as well as  new, unforeseen developments that adversely affected the economy and ...

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Pretentious Nebulous Verbosity? By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

Like a chameleon: one eye on the future, one eye on the past - Malagasy proverb. Professor Jibrin Ibrahim, the Friday back page columnist of the Daily Trust wrote a preview contribution under the title,'2017 Trend Analysis and the Contours of Inertia'. In an internet group we belong to, the respected law professor, Awwal Yadudu took up Jibrin on his projection that the Shia issue could represent the major s ...

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Looking Inwards, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse.Japanese proverb. Reports that President MuhammaduBuhari has directed Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to investigate allegations of corruption against top government officials are likely to generate widely divergent reactions.There will be people who will celebrate signals that the President's resolve to fight corruption is genuinely blind to partisan,p ...

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The Inmates’ Chatter, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

Do not follow a person you see running away. African proverb. After weeks of attempts to ignore each other, they finally began to come to terms with the objective similarity of their conditions and circumstances. They were going nowhere. Not even a few feet away from each other. They could finally speak with each other, a significant progress from the silent struggle for space, fresh air, fights that no one ...

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Friends And Political Relations, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools because they have to say something - Plato. In the last few weeks, voices raised over the administration's management of the economy have become louder and more distinct. Those that sounded like political grudges around the management of the party or the president's apparent decision to ignore calls for substantial overhaul of his key advisers and app ...

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Many Ifs Over Ondo, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, it must hire the fox as a bodyguard - African proverb. The concluded gubernatorial elections in Ondo State have answered a few questions and raised a lot more. Let us first see off some of the answers. Please feel free to disagree. First, Ondo voters elected a good man on the platform of a party that, many warts and all, offers the best prospects for some ret ...

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With A Blade And A Grievance, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

"The only cure for grief is action". G.H. Lewis By the time your are reading this, the story behind the video showing the lynching and burning of a seven-year old Nigerian child for stealing Garri would have assumed many versions, including some which will maintain that it was all a work of fiction. Whatever you believe, it is difficult to ignore the fact that adults filmed and posted a murder. There was no ...

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Trump’s America: Tiger By The Tail, By Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents - African proverb. There are times and occasions for prolonged grieving. For most of the world reeling from the shock of Donald Trump's earth-shaking triumph, this is not one of them. Some people can afford deep introspection, some anger and even expressions of intentions to resist a legitimate process. These will be Americans, some of whose ...

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