In the heydays of GEJ, I would rip the heart out of his government on Anakwe's AIT programme and still stopped-by at Oronto's office at the Villa and for a tète-à-tète with Oronto. No malice.
Occasionally catching up on the past and the failings of his boss. We need the criticisms, he would say. Same with Maku as Minister of Information.
Labaran Maku would in fact ask his SA to fetch me from the 10th floor of Radio House and bring me to his office, 4 floors below. "Comrade, you were on fire", he would scream while welcoming to his office.
If it were under this government, I would have been arrested while on air on Radio Nigeria. If it were under this government my friends would have kept distance from me
In fact, to Oronto's eternal credit, he invited only myself and Reno Omokri as witnesses to the private wedlock with his wife. Didn't matter to him that I was a critic of his boss. Try it with Buhari and his tribe of men. Na SSS

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27 Feb
These people forming patriots today should spare me their patriotism; they were terrible yesterday in their support for GEJ as Buharists are today
When your man and party are in power, you don't raise above your country. That wasn't the case for these patriots; their man and party were above the country. None criticised them
Even when security forces mulled 27 Nigerians during fuel subsidy protests of 2012; even when Deziani was ruining Nigeria with her mindless roguery.
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I belong to two big groups, big in terms of their elites' compositions, National Consultative Front and Restructure Actualization Movement and I left a third due to its theory and sociology of action - won't name it
Two things I find in the three groups are:
1. The willingness of members of southern extraction to engage with the trouble with Nigeria;
2. The utter silence of members of northern extraction
Northern members who occasionally break free from silence merely oppose contributions on the trouble with Nigeria, without advancing their solutions
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25 Feb
If I understand you well, there are two questions here. First is the attitude of the law as it relates to parents who refuse blood transfusion for a child
I think there is a Supreme court decision on this. Oh, I think it Esabunor v Faweya where the court held that it is the duty of the court to determine the right and welfare of the child, not the parents since
the child cannot make informed decision on his/her life. In this case the Supreme Court upheld the action of the Chevron clinic doctor
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25 Feb
What do you mean by theocracy? And removing theocracy from the criminal justice system?

If I understand theocracy in its form, I struggle to see how our criminal justice system is divinely administered. Except you are saying our criminal laws have sources in divine texts?
I think we have to understand the sources of our laws for us to appreciate the nature of our legal system. The sources of our laws ( apart from the Constitution) are the received English law ( common law, equittable doctrines and statutes of general application
in force in England on 1 January 1900) and Sharia law.
If Sharia/Islamic law is informed by Islamic texts and teachings, our common law has part sources in the practices of the English Ecclesiastical courts. Either way our criminal justice system has "theocratic" flavours -
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24 Feb

Stop whatever you are doing and read the thread of @ChifeDr. It is historical as it is sociological. As I've always contended on the streets, our ethnic relations and relationships are steeped in history. We are divided today because the ruling class wants it so
to maintain its hold on power. Members of our ruling class are like nembers of the corporate board who are only interested in their shares returns - the national cake. The Buhari hegemony doesn't care about the poor Fulanis whose farm lands have been seized by bandits
So also are his acolytes in other regions of the country. In the grander scheme, they meet to share what their Power Shares Index allocates to them. They're not alone. They've clerics who deploy esoteric jargons to remind you of the good life in the hereafter
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23 Feb
"Their ammunitions are out this world. I have seen such type of arms in my life"
- Freed Niger kidnap victim narrating his ordeal.

Two things raised to my mind reading the ordeal this morn:

1. Very likely that none of our security forces took the victims in for debriefing
2. That our security forces are increasingly useless.

For number (1) above, if the debriefing ever happened, the victim would not have been allowed to speak to the media. Placing such information in the public place has two implications:
a. Creates mass hysteria
b. Blows off the cover on the ammunition pile of the terrorists, who would now have to increase their ammo power, knowing that their capacity has been exposed.

Whichever, it doesn't look good for the security forces.
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