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KickOut Siddon Look – Our Mumu Don Do, By Tunji Ariyomo

For the title of this article, I decided to partly ride piggyback on that famous question by Sonala Olumhense - Your Mumu Don Do? My class Teacher, Mr. Femi Oluwateru on the first school day after the 1979 election asked us (his impressionable young pupils) – “who won the presidential…

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As 2015 beckons – lessons from the blunders of 1959, 1979 and 1999, By Tunji Ariyomo

ALL things being equal, it is safe to predict that 2015 is the terminal date for the set of rulers that took over the reign of governance in Nigeria since 1999. In my self-serving ‘gra gra’, one of those things I pride myself as capable of doing effectively is to…

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Pension scam judgement: Is Justice Talba to blame? By Tunji Ariyomo

Having been charged under the Penal Code, the EFCC comfortably tied the hands of Justice Talba. The judge could have even decided to sentence the felon to 3 days in prison if he so desired or give him the full two years or an option of a fine. The Yoruba,…

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Power Sector Reform: TCN, Manitoba and Suggestions for the new Power Minister, By Tunji Ariyomo

At face value, the contract between the Federal Government of Nigeria to cede the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to Manitoba Hydro International of Canada appears to be a good one. Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) is a real company. Its owner (the parent company) has proven experience…

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Petroleum Industry Bill: Oil minister’s powers, UK laws and deft propaganda (2), By Tunji Ariyomo

Continued from last week. Having examined other extant regulations in the United Kingdom (UK) in the first part of this article which showed clearly that it is a serious error to conclude that the guiding UK law expressly permit the sort of unfettered powers assigned the Nigerian Petroleum Minister in…

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Petroleum Industry Bill: Oil Minister’s Powers, UK Laws and deft propaganda (1), By Tunji Ariyomo

On January 17, 2013, Thisday Newspaper published an opinion piece credited to one Ejiofor Alike titled “PIB: Powers of Minister Similar to UK, Malaysian, Norwegian Laws” where the author attempted to educate his readers and justify the contentious powers assigned to the Minister of Petroleum resources. Ejiofor said “Contrary to…

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Nigerian leaders as evolutionary inferiors, By ‘Tunji Ariyomo

[caption id="attachment_98574" align="aligncenter" width="359"] Tunji Ariyomo: The primitive acquisition of wealth at the expense of the people and the refusal to learn from history suggest Nigerian leaders are evolutionary inferior to their colleagues elsewhere[/caption] Charles Darwin published his book ‘On the Origin of Species’ on 24th November 1859. His work…

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Evil spirits and Nigeria’s power supply – Minister Zainab Kuchi is right! By Tunji Ariyomo

[caption id="attachment_98574" align="aligncenter" width="359"] From relative obscurity, Zainab Kuchi has been catapulted into national reckoning and today, it is likely that she is one of the most well known ministers[/caption] One of the Ministers of Power (there are two of them) was quoted as telling a South African delegation that…

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Nigeria Power Sector Reform: Of Pyrrhic victory and programmed failure (Part 2), By Tunji Ariyomo

In the first part of this essay, I attempted to bring a closure to the arguments advanced by some of us that were opposed to the reform path adopted in the nation’s quest for sustainable electricity in order to place on record some of the things we said and why…

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Nigeria Power Sector Reform: Of pyrrhic victory and programmed failure (Part 1), By Tunji Ariyomo

Ariyomo x-rays Nigeria power sector reform and declared that with the fault line inherent in the process, the reform is bound to fail  Very shortly, all things being equal, several rich and highly privileged Nigerians, directly or through carefully positioned surrogates, would buy up the successor companies of the unbundled…

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Mimiko, PDP, ACN self-destruct and the shape of things to come, By Tunji Ariyomo

Before July 2012, the ACN was a serious contender for Alagbaka, the Ondo State Government House. Having swelled its rank with aggrieved members of other political parties, notably the PDP and the LP, it became a determined contender that was willing to play fair and ride rough, if necessary. The…

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Chinua Achebe, Africa and the Peril of Monologue (Part 2) By Tunji Ariyomo

In the first part of this essay, I examined how what I called monologue has become a powerful weapon and instrument for conveniently disguising or altering historical narratives and how it has been extensively used in Africa especially by despots and their lieutenants as well as hundreds of African tribes…

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Chinua Achebe, Africa and the peril of monologue (Part 1), By Tunji Ariyomo

I grew up taking for granted the veracity of the account of what has been described as the most heinous crime committed against Africans by Europeans. Slavery. Until my father confronted me with hard questions wanting to know whether I had ever read of European invasions of Isikan, Akure, Iwo…

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Ondo governorship debates: winners, losers and matters arising, By Tunji Ariyomo

Can I, a son of the soil, do an objective opinion piece on the Ondo State 2012 gubernatorial debates organized by the Chief Taiwo Alimi led Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) without being biased? I will try! Several phone calls, SMS and eventually, social media commentaries by Nigerians jolted me…

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Mubi killings, Boko Haram and Jonathan Options, By Tunji Ariyomo

Background Information Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye et al (2012) put the fatality figure of the Independence Day massacre in Mubi Adamawa at 40 with the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi Adamawa accounting for 26 while both the State University and the School of Health Technology accounted for 14 deaths. It was noted that “some…

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Nigerian leaders, insanity, and the art of nation building, By Tunji Ariyomo

The United Kingdom’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria in its September 2012 report stated that many of the deep systemic challenges that have prevented transformation in Nigeria which it earlier observed in its 2008 assessment remain unchanged: a lack of political accountability; zero, slow or poor delivery of basic…

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Beyond Civil Rule: How Nigeria can become a true democracy, By Tunji Ariyomo

It is difficult to watch the recently concluded political party conventions in the United States (US), particularly the Democratic National Convention (DNC) that took place in Charlotte without wishing that was Nigeria. There is no doubt that each party saw the need to front-load its best in order to be…

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Fact Check: Obasanjo versus Lamido Sanusi on N5, 000, By ‘Tunji Ariyomo

The Punch (07/09/2012) reported that former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the planned introduction of N5, 000 bill would kill production and affect small businesses negatively. Few days later, Channels television (11/09/2012) credited the CBN governor, Mr. Lamido Sanusi, with saying that the former president was not only wrong but “a…