Dele Agekameh

Former Senior Associate Editor, TELL magazine; National Director, Media and Public Affairs, National Think-Tank, a policy advocacy group. Dele is a prolific socio-political commentator.

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Wild, wild Nigerian soldiers, By Dele Agekameh

Nigerian soldiers are known for their penchant and proclivity for violence. It has become a recurring decimal in our national life; I mean, the satanic practice of armed security agents unleashing terror on the populace and destroying public property at the slightest provocation. And there is no security agency -…

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This Frankenstein Monster, By Dele Agekameh

‘In essence, the Boko Haram crisis, which escalated in July 2009, has continued to grow into the Frankenstein monster it is today because some entrenched interests are busy poking the fire’ It is basically a war of attrition: “you kick us, we kick you”. This is how best to describe…

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The ‘forgotten’ girls of Chibok, By Dele Agekameh

‘It's appropriate for government to explore dialogue, whether put together by Obasanjo or any other person, to get the Chibok schoolgirls out’. On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Wole Soyinka, professor and Nobel Laureate, appeared on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s programme, Hardtalk and added his voice to the growing international discourse on…

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A Military In Tatters And The Senseless Onslaught Against The Media, By Dele Agekameh

It is no longer in contention that the military is in tatters, no thanks to the many years of military dictatorship and the rapacious corruption (more…)

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A Military In Tatters And The Senseless Onslaught Against The Media, By Dele Agekameh

It is no longer in contention that the military is in tatters, no thanks to the many years of military dictatorship and the rapacious corruption. It is most apt today for this column to open with the timeless saying “Those who the gods want to destroy, they first make mad”.…

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Nigeria And The Cyber Frontier In Crime, By Dele Agekameh

The advent of mobile phones in the early 2000 brought a great relief to Nigerians. However, the revolution in communication also brought with it some pains as some unscrupulous Nigerians quickly cashed in to peddle their nefarious trade - fraud. This was followed by the email, a communication system that…

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What Jonathan should Consider In Choosing New Police Chief, By Dele Agekameh

As stakeholders in the enterprise called Nigeria, we all have a duty to provide useful insights that could properly guide the President on his choice of a good successor for IGP Abubakar. The bottom line is that there is the need to find a suitable successor who is capable of…

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Boko Haram and Nigeria’s flawed security policy, By Dele Agekameh

These days, whether you are in London, New York, Berlin or  Johannesburg, the debates and discussions on Nigeria are most certainly centered on the rapacious corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of the nation as well as bad leadership which has turned the country into one rudderless ship…

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How Nigeria is romancing terrorism, By Dele Agekameh

Nigeria is now being stretched beyond its elasticity and when that happens, the possibility of breaking apart becomes real like the dawn of another day ------------------------------------------------ In recent times, Nigeria has been bedeviled by all sorts of vices and problems so much that when the country is trying to solve…

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Boko Haram Insurgency: How Nigeria’s Intelligence Agencies Have Failed, By Dele Agekameh

The dust raised by last week’s early morning bombing of the bustling Nyanya motor park located on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal capital city and seat of government, is yet to settle down. Surprisingly, as if to really demonstrate that they are actually in charge, after the blast in…

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Ken Ogbechie Vs INEC: The lesson for recalcitrant agencies, By Dele Agekameh

I recently stumbled on a story in one of the national dailies. It was captioned “Journalist wins contract breach case against INEC”. The story reads: “For breaching the payment of N7.5 million to Godson & Godman Ventures Limited, a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Apo has ordered…

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Jobs, not ‘Chinese Rice’, By Dele Agekameh

‘It would be a good thing if the delegates at the ongoing National Conference can do away with getting enmeshed in discussing such inanities as ‘Chinese rice’ and what they need to fill their stomachs, their craze for high-decibel but meaningless titles and all that’ The avoidable deaths of Saturday,…

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Immigration Recruitment Tragedy: My Niece Was Involved, By Dele Agekameh 

“I mean we were out to look for job and not to be treated like refugees.”   In the wake of the hullabaloo that greeted the unfortunate death of more than 19 applicants at the charade recently organised by the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, I reached out to Evelyn Abiodun,…

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Minister Gusau Vs Service Chiefs: An avoidable friction, By Dele Agekameh

The embarrassment suffered by Gusau has again brought into focus the call for the formation of a “war cabinet” A few weeks ago, precisely on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, under the headline: “Wanted: A war cabinet,” this column wrote: “ …The only way out of this quagmire in which the…

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Bolaji Abdullahi and the price of loyalty, By Dele Agekameh

‘…Abdullahi’s gargantuan achievements will live after him in the annals of competent administration and good governance in the country’ (more…)

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Wanted: A war cabinet, By Dele Agekameh

‘By now, I believe the security agencies should have the list of suspects who are collaborating with these terrorists in one way or another to wreak havoc on unsuspecting Nigerians, but, perhaps, because of political expediency, nobody wants to touch them.’ It was a catalogue of deaths and destruction last…

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How to rescue Borno from Boko Haram, By Dele Agekameh

The military really needs to demonstrate that it is an effective fighting force that can root out the rag-tag Boko Haram terrorists from our soil (more…)

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Man, animal marriage, By Dele Agekameh

‘With this strange wedding between a man and a male dog now officially consummated, the US must have wittingly opened a new vista in the journey to bestiality and amorous rascality.’ (more…)

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Lagos and the threat of Boko Haram attacks, By Dele Agekameh

The Boko Haram terrorists are said to be planning to infiltrate the state in vehicles painted with military colours. This is worrisome. (more…)

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JAMB’s monstrosity, By Dele Agekameh

‘Now that the 2014 UTME is here again, the blunt refusal of Ojerinde and his men to see reason and allow the candidates to settle for the system of their choice for the examination is causing a lot of ripples in the land’ (more…)

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‘Nigeria’ in Cape Town By Dele Agekameh

‘Whatever the interpretation, the victory of the Super Eagles certainly boils down to team character and the will to fight, even against seemingly insurmountable odds’ (more…)

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Tukur as sacrificial lamb, By Dele Agekameh

‘With the exit of the erstwhile Chairman who is a loyal ally of Mr. President, the battle this time around, will shift to the agitation by certain elements within the PDP that Jonathan should not contest the 2015 election’ In the last few months, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has…

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Terror on Nigerian Roads By Dele Agekameh

‘It has become morally compelling for relevant government agencies to launch robust initiatives to decisively deal with the widespread deaths and destruction articulated vehicles are causing through their carelessness, indiscipline and recklessness on Nigerian roads’ (more…)

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Not in God’s name, By Dele Agekameh

‘From the way they are going, the Akubuiros might as well enter the Guinness Book of Records as one family in which all members of the same family - father, mother and children - have constituted a dynasty of criminals’ (more…)

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The year 2014 and the tempest ahead, By Dele Agekameh

Mr. Agekameh looks at the events that will shape the New Year, and concludes that 2014 is most likely going to be politically tempestuous (more…)