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Soyinka v Obasanjo: A man of letters and an “economic illiterate”

Most Nigerians know that Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president, don’t see eye to eye. Obasanjo once said of Soyinka: “He is surely a better wine connoisseur and a more successful aparo (guinea-fowl) hunter than a political critic.” Soyinka responded in kind last night during a programme: ‘An evening with Wole Soyinka’, organised by Globacom. “I …

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New ministers: Amaechi out, Fashola in

President Muhammadu Buhari has decided against nominating the controversial former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, as a minister, a source has revealed. The source said that Buhari has decided that Amaechi, despite allegedly bankrolling the Buhari presidential campaign, has too much baggage and represents a huge reputational risk for the new administration. Buhari has also decided to go against …

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We are all anti-corruption now

If there is one thing that looters of public funds in Nigeria do well, it is hypocrisy. There is no shame in their game. The biggest, most fraudulent, those who have stolen the most among the large band of bandits that have visited themselves on the country, are usually the loudest when it comes to claiming to be against corruption. …

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Wole Soyinka and epiphany

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka spoke recently about how Nuhu Ribadu, the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss had an epiphany moment when Ribadu realised that he was being used as a tool by then president Olusegun Obasanjo. Soyinka said in an interview with the EFCC magazine: “I warned your former boss, Ribadu, I told him that your task …

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Nothing good can come out of this meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari met former president Olusegun Obasanjo at Aso Rock, the presidential villa, on Friday night. Both men did not reveal what was discussed. Buhari’s continued dealings with Obasanjo can’t be good news for Nigeria. The president has a tendency to heed the counsel of his former military colleagues. But Obasanjo is a major contributor to most of the …

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Fight corruption and corruption will fight you

President Muhammadu Buhari rode into power claiming he was going to fight corruption and “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria”. Many Nigerians were swayed by this message, despite the fact that several members of Buhari’s own party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and his backers were covered with the stench of corruption. But Buhari’s posturing meant he …

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The Jonathan administration’s corruption must be investigated

The Muhammadu Buhari regime has stated that it will “probe” the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. The investigation, prosecution, recovery of stolen funds and possible jailing of any corrupt officials are actions that all right-thinking Nigerians can agree on as positive developments. Corruption in Nigeria has grown legs as a result of impunity. Many corrupt officials believe they would get away …

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Obasanjo – another word for embarrassment

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo was on a local TV station last night trying to defend himself against accusations that his choice of successor was poor. Obasanjo was replaced by Umaru Yar’Adua, who died in office and was then succeeded by his vice president Goodluck Jonathan. Obasanjo’s response was shocking, to say the least. Watch it here: He said: “Even if …

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