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Rich nation, poor country – Guardian editorial [Nigeria]

December 5, 2012

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Nigeria’s Economy Director,Ngozi Iweala, where are you taking the land of your birth with all these borrowings? – Tola Adenle

December 4, 2012


Since November 2010 when I still submitted weekly essays to readers of The Nation on Sunday which was after Dr. Iweala left her first ministerial stint under retired General Obasanjo but before she became Nigeria’s Economy Czarina, she has been the subject of more write-ups by me than any other public “servant” with the exception […]

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About 80% of businesses in Nigeria paid bribes – The World Bank

August 13, 2012


About 80% of businesses in Nigeria paid bribes – The World Bank [The Nation, August 13, 2012]   Well, well, well, as if Nigerians did not know, the World Bank – the Super Commission Agency that warns countries about borrowing but makes its tons of money from loans dumped on hapless spendthrifts and corrupt countries […]

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Broadcast of President E.G. Jonathan on subsidy removal, a.k.a. Deregulation of the Downstream Petroleum Sector

January 8, 2012


I must have written about Nigeria’s Economy Czarina as title subject over a dozen times and scores of times as mentions since she first appeared on a tv show in faraway South Africa after her first tour of duty as you-know-what-&-whose-rep – announcing, without battling an eyelid, that Nigeria needs more loans.  This was soon […]

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An essay from the Obasanjo years shows “situation on ground” casts a cloud on “transformational” change occurring in Nigeria

November 28, 2011

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FIRST:   Muyiwa Adetiba’s story in The Guardian,, reproduced here last week has received not only much readership but  has brought some readers asking through my –  about the double “face to face” used in the title.  Adetiba’s column, “Face to Face with Muyiwa Adetiba” in the Punch long before he edited the paper was, perhaps, […]

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Dr. Okonjo Iweala, your recipe for economic recovery offers nothing new

August 26, 2011


by Tola Adenle Dear Dr. Iweala, From the various news reports of your “maiden address to journalists”, it is apparent you have nothing new to offer the country to reach economic success.  May be I should re-word that thought, Good Doctor:  you are still the same Dr. Iweala from The World Bank whose  mind-set is […]

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A nostalgic longing for our “mentors”

July 14, 2011


by Tola Adenle [As it was in 2003, so it is in 2011. We await Dr. Okonjo Iweala’s Economic Miracle,  a lady whose presence as minister is so important but so troubling to “those who do not wish Nigeria well” that she received death threats if she took the appointment! Ridiculous at best. Wasn’t she […]

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Nigeria’s new ministerial list portends a future that is Nigeria’s immediate past – Tola Adenle

June 22, 2011


by Tola Adenle Dr. Okonjo-Iweala: With President Jonathan’s choice of Dr. Iweala, Nigeria has signified its choice of staying on the debt route. If Iweala knew that Nigeria needs “external loans”, why did she encourage and actively participate in the settlement of the old debts, a situation that drew applause Nigeria’s way? Nigeria seems doomed. […]

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A new series is born: “Crime syndicate masquerading as a nation”? A view from some USA compatriots – Tola Adenle

June 20, 2011


[“Ibadan poster-mania was posted just about an hour ago – as promised.  Do not miss it.] I’m still to start reading NEXT’s lead story from Sunday’s [yesterday] edition because I like to  savor the inserts first before going to the main paper weekly.  It often leaves me reading the paper till mid-week but comments on […]

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Would Jonathan deserve ‘transformational leader’ in 2015? [Ladipo Adamolekun, D.Phil, Oxon, President Jonathan’s Inauguration Lecturer]

June 8, 2011

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“A Transformation Agenda for Accelerating National Development”:A Lecture Review By Tola Adenle President Jonathan seems determined  – from utterances so far – to be a “transformational leader”, to use his own words.  While to most critics his body language and actions do not portend any change from the status quo, it is the “leader who […]

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