Opinion

The Grand Coronavirus Cover-Up In Kwara, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 is keen to announce to every listening hear that there is no case of the virus in the It appears this committee and some powerful forces at UITH are more concerned about painting Kwara as COVID-negative than enabling an environment for isolation and…
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Are We Really A Shithole Country?, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

But we must never ignore the message. Never. And the hidden message in Trump's vitriol is that Africans will continue finding themselves at the wrong end of outbursts like this until we're serious about catching up with the rest of the world by building countries where personal and professional fulfillment…
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Coronavirus and Its Corollary Problems, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Coronavirus was always going to come to Nigeria. If a viral disease originates from China, the world’s most populous country, then Nigeria, the seventh most populous is surely a potential destination given the intricate interconnectedness of nations. It was always a matter of when rather than whether. On Friday, the…
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Before We Grant Amnesty To Boko Haram, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

At some point, we will need amnesty for the truly repentant — not the arrested — insurgents. But first, the government and people like Gaidam must understand it cannot be hinged on the Niger Delta amnesty model. The government must be able to differentiate captured from repentant insurgents. I’ve been…
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Degi Whatchamacallit, David Lyon and the Fall of APC In Bayelsa, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The cruel manner of Lyon’s loss will force political parties, or at the very least the leading candidates, to pay more attention first to their internal verification mechanisms and next to their internal politics. The lead-up to the 2019 general election was littered with allegations and counter-allegations of certificate forgery.…
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The Trekkers Of Today Could Snatch Our Cars Tomorrow, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

I’m very worried about the trekkers. No people deserve this agony on account of rash governance. This is a classic case of a government transferring its own burden of governance to the people. As long as we agree that democracy is a government for the people, this can’t be right.…
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Minimum Wage, Maximum Trouble, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Clearly, the federal and state governments are too financially unhealthy to meet Labour’s demands. The solution, therefore, is to fund the new national minimum wage by cutting waste: reduce wasteful spending such as the jumbo pay for lawmakers, fallow-lying presidential jets, excessive appointees and foreign Anything short of that, this…
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Ikeja Electric’s Estimated Thieving And Corrupt Staff, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

...in Mende, whenever Ikeja Electric engineers are broke, they embark on the indiscriminate disconnection of lines of consumers who have paid a decent their over-estimated bills. Underpayment is always the excuse for disconnection, but once the victim gets in touch, the engineers’ demand shifts from payment of the outstanding bill…
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I Wanted To ‘Insult’ The President, But I Didn’t Want To Go To Jail, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

...as you would imagine, I would talk about Sowore whether or not I’ll end up in jail? Why? An injury to one is an injury to all. Let’s not mince words: Filing charges against Sowore for “insulting” the president is laughable, a complete abuse of federal powers and a lowering…
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