Opinion

Ten years ago, this article appeared under a different title, “The Debt I Owe.” Olatunji Dare was 70 at the time. Ten years later, on Dare’s 80th birthday on July 17, I’m republishing the article with minor changes. Without this man, I might have turned out to be a literary plumber or perhaps a motor park journalist, but nothing near the second-eleven of a craft that I owe so much. I have also attached a fairly comprehensive file record of Dare in case my updated article is deficient – as I’m sure it is: I met him in 1985. I…
Nigeria continues to slide. All economic indicators are red; some are blipping, indicating danger. Those who know are in deep worry. The populace is in a trance, zombified by a never-seen-before strange situation. But the Presidency, the fulcrum of government continues in its empty braggadocio – they doodle and paper over cracks as the ship of state takes more water and totter. The hard, indeed, harsh truth which nobody wants to speak about or hear, is that the president suffers what this column wants to describe in mild terms as cognitive blockade. His mind can’t seem to process much, not…
Wednesday, 10 July 2024 04:26

Banjo’s departing boon - Femi Osofisan

All men are mortal, we know, but it should not be so. Some people are just too precious, too valuable, to be counted among the absent or departed when we need them. They should not be missing when mentioned; they should not be called and not be there. I say this not necessarily because we have any specific request to make of them—a request which of course they would not hesitate to fulfil—but rather, because their presence alone is always like an umbrella over us, an unspoken guarantee of unstinting protection to us who know them. They are a constant…
In the last week of April, Pastor and Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, swore that he would “resign as EFCC chairman if embattled former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, is not prosecuted.” Unaccompanied as it was by any calendar or deadline, this undertaking cannot be regarded as having been made with any intention that it should be taken seriously. Bello lost his constitutional immunity from the legal process when his tenure as governor of Kogi State ended three months earlier on 27 January. In the third week of April, Yahaya Bello’s successor as governor…
Witchcraft is the exercise or invocation of alleged supernatural powers, typically involving sorcery, magic, incantations, manipulation and deception to control people or events. With the collaboration of people and egregore of inferior astral, witchcraft influences the world of the living. Witchcraft practitioners manipulate people, create dubious fantasies, mystify realities, and propagate Eldorado to their victims. The lower astral entities feed on human energy, and in return, their human collaborators get wealth, power and fame, which are destructive to society and humanity. Tinubunomics, in concrete reality, is witchcraft-economism. Its advocates have been desperately trying to present it as President Bola Tinubu’s…
One phenomenon that cannot be denied in Nigeria today is hunger. Nigerian people are hungry. Very unusually, no one – politicians, elected government functionaries or their appendages – has been able to allege that this general cry of hunger is politically motivated. So many occurrences have been painted with the camwood of that word, “politically motivated”. It is worse for some of us who write. We must have taken overnight instructions from political baron opponents to paint government black. Or, our views are hangovers from ancient hatred and bile. But, hunger seems to be in a class of its own.…
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force ~ Matthew 11:12. Introduction: For far too long, many saints have stood idle and watched the steady decline of the believers' influence and their exercise of authority in the world. Pigs are appearing in our parlours! It’s time to fight back, spiritually, to take back what rightfully belongs to us. God designed the believers with the divine precision to qualify to be “more than conquerors”, no matter the challenges we may face (Romans 8:37).Therefore, falling, failing or…
A distraught Christian laments: “Pastor, I have been so worried, I have not been able to pray.” This is like falling off a cliff, hanging by a shrub and refusing to cry out for help. If there ever was a time to pray, it is in time of trouble. God’s promise is the strength of our hearts: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” (Psalms 50:15). My brother had left the country unannounced. For years we did not know where he was. But one day my Aunty, who is a…
Envy and jealousy, according to psychologists, are complex emotions that have fascinated writers, poets, and thinkers for centuries. While they are often portrayed negatively, they also offer insights into human nature and relationships. Experts say envy arises when we desire something that someone else possesses. It is a feeling of discontent or resentment triggered by another person’s success, possessions, or advantages. Unlike jealousy, which involves a fear of losing what we already have, envy focuses on what we lack. Envy can be both motivating (spurring us to improve) and destructive (leading to bitterness and hostility). Jealousy on the other hand…
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak came to the job as an afterthought, yet his days in Number 10 were numbered before he received the ceremonial blessings of King Charles III. For a long time after Brexit, the Tories and sections of the British public, still in post-Brexit ecstasy, were madly in love with Boris Johnson. He was incompetent and a congenital liar but a good poster boy of that era. After David Cameron fell on his sword, the Brits wanted someone to extend the comedy of post-Brexit, and Johnson was a good fit. Then came Covid-19, a global crisis that…
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