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Empowerment: Ad Hoc People, Ad Hoc Country, By Pius Adesanmi

Once the Mai Shais of Kano are done with this largesse, I hope they do not think that Ganduje owes them any responsibility for social and economic policies that could really help them. He has provided an ad hoc solution. Nigerians just like to trivialise issues unnecessarily. Frankly, it is…
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An Open Letter to Osita Chidoka, By Pius Adesanmi

Dear Osita: I must congratulate you for an exhilarating debate performance yesterday. You shone like a million bright stars. Such was your brio that we should not even be here today discussing the possibility of your winning the forthcoming election. It should be a no-brainer, a foregone conclusion. However, we…
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Reflections on Rotimi Amaechi and Nyesom Wike, By Pius Adesanmi

Two men, twenty wasted years in the life of a state, twenty wasted years in the lives of the citizens! Yet they are there in the streets of Port Harcourt, fighting against the backdrop of the very urban poverty and planlessness that are evidence of their combined failure of leadership.…
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El Rufai, Tambuwal, and the Retraining of Fish, By Pius Adesanmi

Some 60 percent of the teaching corps in our primary schools nationwide are simply not retrainable. You cannot retrain them. Besides, where and how does Tambuwal propose to retrain his own dead wood? With what resources? These are people who allocate more resources to every imaginable frivolity than education. We…
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Tinubu’s 7-Point Agenda: Matters Arising, By Pius Adesanmi

Here is a summary of Tinubu's 7-point agenda: 1) National industrial policy 2) Infrastructure plan 3) Tax credits and subsidies 4) Credit-based economy 5) More electricity generation 6) Government-backed home mortgage system 7) Investment in agriculture I find this amusing in Tinubu's address: “We must realise that no populous nation…
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Of Ports, Oil, and the Northern Political Establishment, By Pius Adesanmi

Agriculture is the future. I have been warning these oil-obsessed Northern leaders to rise up to the potential of the North to feed the whole of Africa and a significant part of the world. Raise the agricultural base of the North to the global 21st-century standards we have here in…
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The Police Is Your Friend, By Pius Adesanmi

...the vacuum created by under-policing or non-policing as part of the criminal social engineering of the Nigerian elite is filled by something more sinister. Government officials withdraw the police from the people and give them the Army in replacement. There are two research questions I have to start asking Nigerians…
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Vacancy, By Pius Adesanmi

If every outrage is tolerable and defensible because you support the president in power (everything you would not have countenanced under Jonathan suddenly has legitimacy for you now), if every violation is rationalisable for you because you have empathy for the political party in have no business in the business…
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