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The Hemp In Aketi’s Pocket and the “Kalokalo’s” Graveyard, By Louis Odion

...Governor Rotimi Akeredolu ( Aketi) would appear to have picked the gauntlet from Sowore. But coming in the twilight of his first tenure and on the eve of a re-election bid, many are bound to question his real motives, particularly given his profession as not just a lawyer but a…
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Kano: When the Insolent Meets the Unthinkable, By Louis Odion

What then sadly makes the emerging Kano story more of a fable of villains without any hero is that Sanusi himself inadvertently dug his own political grave. The undertakers apparently arrived last week with a hurriedly contrived law creating four new districts, bringing the emirates to five in what relives…
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Comedian as president, pregnancy in prison By Louis Odion

There are some telltale signs of a perishing society, observed Alexander Solzhenitsyn. These, according to the Russian literary immortal and Nobel laureate, include acute scarcity of great statesmen and decline in arts. Conversely, a profound message must be intended when voters choose to go far outside the traditional power caste…
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Regulating Anambra’s Obituary Economy, By Louis Odion

There is an urgent need for a re-orientation of the society to begin to see the nobility in simplicity. The crusade is not for government alone but also the traditional and religious institutions as well. Meanwhile, rather than prohibit loud parties, what stops the authorities from imposing punitive taxes on…
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Aliko, Arewa and the Multi-billionaire Truth, By Louis Odion

It is not exactly new talk; the news is that it came from the lips of Aliko Dangote, thus breaking the age-old culture of silence. Summoning a moral courage rare among the elite, the Forbes-certified richest black man came down hard on northern governors, while lamenting the clear and present…
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Buhari, Governors and State Debauchery, By Louis Odion

However, while conceding autonomy to the two arms, the Malami panel will serve national interest if it is able to prescribe creative measures of strengthening the acountability mechanism within them to ensure that we do not end up unwittingly replacing the “tyranny” of the executive with irresponsibility in the other…
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Karma and the Parable of ‘Filadefia’, By Louis Odion

...nonetheless, it is impossible to deny the shadow of Karma now engulfing Okorocha. Some eight years ago, he too barely waited for then Governor Ikedi Ohakim to write his hand-over notes before bombarding banks with letters from the “Office of the Governor-Elect” to dishonour cheques presented by the Government House…
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