Tag: Simon Kolawole

Simon Kolawole: The Conspiracy To Destroy Nigeria

Sometime ago — I don’t know the exact date and time — the Nigerian political elite (some call it “elites”, but I’m more comfortable using the good old “elite”) held a two-day convention at an undisclosed location. After intense discussion, negotiation and feasting, they adopted a two-word vision statement: “Destroy[Read More…]

Simon Kolawole: The Waning Investor Confidence About Buhari; Parable Of Dollars And Dullards

Why is the naira on a freefall? The most common answers you will get from Nigerians are: blame it on President Muhammadu Buhari, for insisting on “outdated ideas” in forex management; or Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor, for “wrong-headed” monetary policies; or former President Goodluck Jonathan, for “mismanaging” the[Read More…]

Simon Kolawole: Let Him That Stole Steal No More

In 2012, after I left THISDAY and retired from full-time journalism, I set up an office for my graphic design and printing business. I went in search of furniture with a shopping list full of big dreams and limited budget. A furniture shop was having a sales promo and I[Read More…]

Simon Kolawole: To Serve With Heart And Might

Olusegun Adeniyi had just been appointed special adviser on media and publicity to President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. That was in June 2007. It was an appointment he reluctantly accepted after turning it down for weeks, during which he confided in me all the pressure being mounted on him to have[Read More…]

Simon Kolawole: Is Buhari The One Who Is To Come Or…?

For long, I’ve been playing around with a few pet “theories” on how I think Nigeria is going to graduate from “third world” to “first world”. I often talk about “progressive graduation” — that is, Nigeria is going to develop in phases and stages. We’re not going to go to[Read More…]

Simon Kolawole: The One Thing President Buhari Must Do

Incredible. That was my first reaction to a recent article written by Zik Zulu Okafor on the intrigues going on at the sea ports. In April 2015, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had issued a directive asking LADOL Integrated Free Logistics Zone Enterprise to relocate its $500 million fabrication and[Read More…]

Simon Kolawole: A Time To Kill Or A Time to Heal?

By Simon Kolawole Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar. Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe. Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III. Cardinal John Onaiyekan. Alhaji Aliko Dangote. Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi. Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu. Mrs Priscilla Kuye. What do they have in common? Age? Far from it. Politics? Not quite. Cash? No. These were some of the eminent Nigerians[Read More…]

Simon Kolawole: Cheer Up! It Could Get Worse

I was but a tiny primary school boy in the late 1970s when I saw Lt. Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, then head of state, on national TV asking Nigerians to tighten their belts. He demonstrated it with his big military belt. He was saying oil money would not flow forever, that[Read More…]

Simon Kolawole: If A Governor Awards A Contract Of N5BN For N15BN, How Would Buhari Know?

Pardon my rudeness, but I may be one of the few Nigerians unimpressed with the quality of campaigns ahead of the 2015 presidential election. Nigerians are sharply divided over President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and that seems to be all that matters now. It is all about being[Read More…]

Simon Kolawole: Does Buhari Need Obasanjo’s Blessing?

Surprise! Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is back in the news yet again. Last Monday’s show in Abeokuta was more spectacular than his previous performances. The card-tearing ceremony was part of activities lined up to dramatise and formalise his exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The previous week, he was[Read More…]