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The Hushpuppi, Woodberry Jibiti Generation, By Festus Adedayo

Until their arrest and extradition last week from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States of America, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Ray Hushpuppi, and his accomplice in cyber heist, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as ‘Woodberry,’ played second fiddle only to Emmanuel Nwude, a former director of…
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Edo State: Of Oshiomhole, Saraki and Other Allegories, By Festus Adedayo

The PDP and APC are the Dog and Tortoise in the above allegory and are partners in crime, whose modes of operation are reflective of the rot that our society has become. Rather than struggle for positions, get them and seek to better the polity, they both go regularly on…
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Pulling down Christopher Columbus’ Buhari Statues, By Festus Adedayo

While the Columbuses in Nigeria – Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, David Mark, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, their hirelings and many of the cast of the gruesome flick of June 12 – watch the narrative of the pulling down of the statues of slave merchants, I hope they are feeling uneasy? The recompense…
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Majek Fashek and the Curse of Drug Addiction, By Festus Adedayo

...hundreds of musicians and emerging stars, especially in Nigeria, are trapped in waltz of drugs. Their excuse is that it is a performance-enhancer. They however fail to come to terms with two facts: One, that you could perform resplendently without drugs and second, drugs could cut your life short at…
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Why Trump May Throw AfDB’s Adesina Inside the Bandama River, By Festus Adedayo

Trump and his gruff would win this war and Adesina, with his hallowed credentials and celebrated knowledge, may be thrown into the Bandama River pretty sooner than we imagined. The Bandama River is reputed to be the longest and in its commercial value, the most sought after river in Côte…
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Amaechi’s Theory of the Monkey and Nigerian Politicians, By Festus Adedayo

Away from the ravages of COVID-19 and the dispiriting news of multiple infections and rising deaths, the interview granted last week by Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to the Punch newspaper made an interesting reading. In the interview, Amaechi revealed a lot about himself, the nature of Nigerian politics,…
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Agboola Gambari and the Burden of History, By Festus Adedayo

He was once quoted as saying, ‘Nigerians don’t need democracy because democracy is not food. It is not their priority now.’ As more pressure mounted on the Abacha regime from all corners of the world, Professor Gambari became more notorious and ruthless in defending and deflecting attacks against the Abacha…
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