Perspectives

  • Gov. AbdulRazaq and triumph over social media urchins, by Bashir Adigun

    One former Military Head of State once doffed his hat for a senior of his who was also former President of Nigeria over his uncommon ingenuity at managing criticism from the press. Reflecting on the role of the press in democracy over 300 years ago, a one-time President of America, Thomas Jefferson (1787) concludes: “The basis of our governments being…

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  • Osun Govt, Osun Defender and their gang of jesters, by Ismail Omipidan

    About two years ago, precisely July 5, 2022, an Economic Historian, Lawyer and a Public Affairs Analyst, Dr Tunji Ogunyemi, while featuring on a current affairs discussion on radio, Frank Talk, on the popular Rave 91.7 FM, Osogbo , argued among other things that Osun needed a level-headed and serious-minded person as Governor and not a jester. He proceeded to…

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  • Korea-Africa Summit: Has a new chapter opened in South Korea-Africa relations? By Tunde Rahman

    With the conclusion last Wednesday June 5, 2024 of the first-ever South Korea-Africa summit attended by no fewer than 30 African Heads of State and South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol, the big question on the lips of many analysts is whether a new chapter has been opened in the relations between the Republic of Korea and Africa, which began…

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  • Siyanbola Oladigbolu as the new alaafin a justice, by Muritala Oladigbolu

    “If you rejoice over injustice, be rest assured you shall be denied justice when needed.” Law of karma. The revered throne of the Alaafin of Oyo has been vacant for over two years now, and over 85 princes have shown interest to occupy the exalted stool of one of the most powerful  Yoruba monarchs. So, it was common to hear…

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  • Failure of APC, by Salihu Moh. Lukman

     Chief John Odidie-Oyegun, APC National Chairman (2014 – 2018), in the Foreword to the Manifesto of the party, with the title Our Vision for a New Nigeria, observed that ‘When this democratic dispensation commenced in 1999, the federal government that emerged did not tell Nigerians what its vision was for the country; because the party that formed the government had…

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  • Is NLC/TUC negotiating for a national minimum wage or a federal minimum wage? by Michael Chibuzo

    Since the commencement of negotiations for a new national minimum wage by the Tripartite committee made up of the government representatives (FG, states and LGAs), organised private sector and labour movement, I have been watching closely the body language and rhetoric emanating from the organised labour, especially the Nigerian Labour Congress, who also double as the Trustees of the Labour…

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  • If regional government could indeed manifest, by Kola Amzat

    Since Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ascended the office of president, he’s been daring taking quite a number of damning and breathtaking decisions. As he confronted and battled to submission, the ‘hitherto very disruptive and destructive’ Atlantic Ocean when he reigned as Lagos state governor, he audaciously deployed the same strategy to drew curtains on the most oppressive era of petroleum products…

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  • Re: “Tinubu’s first year: The ugly face of Yoruba,” by Doyin Odebowale

    Let me make it abundantly clear that I do not speak for President Bola Tinubu. There are too many aides, both virtual and actual, who are more than willing to defend the policies of the current administration. I cannot but conclude, however, that the denigration of the ethnic stock, classified, globally, as Yoruba, one of the most sophisticated species of…

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  • Tinubu’s challenging but focused start, by Debo Alabi

    Borrowing the words of Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, “One year after being in the saddle, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be the first person to admit that the ride has been bumpy. He is also the first to say he is unfazed by the turbulence as he remains focused on the marathon of…

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  • FG labour tango!, by Gbemiga Ogunleye

    The year was 1996. I had just been appointed Editor of The Punch. The Chairman,   Chief Ajibola Ogunshola told me my mandate, among others, was to make the paper the most widely read newspaper in the country. Perhaps to ensure that I achieved the target, he added: “Editor, you have the power to review all editorial appointments.” In a capsule,…

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