Sheyi Oriade

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Had the notion occurred to, and the possibility existed for, Kelvin Ighodalo to have sought the counsel of a Careers’ Adviser prior to embarking upon his chosen career, for which he is now to spend an extended period behind bars; he might have been counselled to pursue a career path in Nigerian politics…

Losing elections is never fun for politicians anywhere in the world and more so in our political system, where self interest often overrides public duty considerations and elections are contested on the basis of zero sum games, where the winners take all the spoils and the electorally vanquished are left empty handed…

Anyone who enjoyed the privilege, or suffered the peril, of having to attend boarding school as part of the process of receiving a secondary education, may recall with good humour, certain episodes which occurred after hours to lighten the mood and provide relief to boarders from the drudgery and homesickness…

Before he came to be more widely known on a national basis, Chief Bola Ige had exercised executive governance over the old Oyo State between 1979 and 1983. At a time when the federated units of the nation were 19 in number and much easier to keep track of…

The president as high representative of the people must begin to adopt a posture of power and authority and project an image of strength and confidence to inspire the people. He must demonstrate the fact that he is not only in command of his brief, but also of his territory…

For the first time in his political career, our newly inaugurated president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, can, from within the opulence of his presidential lodgings, repose and assume pose before a full length mirror, thumb his chest and look his reflection in the eye…

What an interesting irony it is that the enduring memory indented upon the national consciousness, following the curious decision to celebrate the nation’s half-century of existence as an under-performing post-colonial geographical expression, is the memory of deafening reverberations of death producing explosions…

It is simply not enough for the different geo-political zones within the nation to clamour for occupation of high political office, by their representatives, merely on the basis of federal character alone. Each zone must invest in the development of their preferred candidates…

Being the chosen one in a nation like Nigeria can be fraught with difficulty. The presidency, which to so many is the Holy Grail of Nigerian politics, can quite easily become a poisoned chalice. It is a position which is as prestigious as it is problematic…

Dim Ojukwu has always been a risk taker. It is a defining feature of his personality. In matter of fact, it is to risk taking that he owes his international fame and notoriety. Such a propensity, it was, which led him to stand up for his people in their darkest hour…

In his mental universe, it appears Obasanjo sees himself as the nation’s pre-eminent statesman. But for such a mental outlook to have any basis in reality, one of such status should be possessed of humility and be in good standing with his people…

Those who seem bent and intent on denying Fashola re-nomination also seem determined to drive a wedge between him and Alhaji Bola Tinubu in order to rupture their effective and synergetic partnership, which has been critical in the delivery of positive change to Lagos State…