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“Just Do Good”: A June 12 Story

I used to have a friend we called Alhaji Bashy. He was not a Muslim. No. But he called himself Alhaji Bashy, even if that was not his real name. You want to know his real name? It was Theophilus. And his wife was named Ruth. His children?…

The Meaning Of June 12

For the record, I did not vote on June 12, 1993. Not that I did not want to vote, but the situation conspired with the circumstances to disenfranchise me: I was out of Lagos. If I was in town, though, I would have voted for Chief MKO…

PenCom And The Fate Of Retirees

I am minded to argue that henceforth anyone that would be appointed to lead the National Pension Commission(PenCom) must undergo a compassion test! The test must also be made mandatory for all executive members of the commission. Apart from…

The Curious Nature Of The Buharist

One can only risk a guess that the French critic and journalist, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, had divine revelation or was in deep reflections when he penned the enduring epigram, "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" meaning “the more…

Hurting On The Inside

In my teenage years, there was a song I loved very much: On the Inside, by the Mary Jane Girls, the American R&B group mentored by the mercurial Rick James. To be exact, the reggae version by Sammy Levi was part of my daily diet. I must…

AGF Abubakar Malami And The Wailers

It’s probably unlikely that Nigeria has had an Attorney General and Minister of Justice who has done so much within so short a time and remains as self-effacing as Abubakar Malami. Public officials like Malami are more comfortable operating…