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Guarding goalposts

SAMPLE 1:  “Regarded as one for the future after he guided the goalposts for the victorious Golden Eaglets at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE the 21-year-old Alampasu has since struggled with his fledging career at Portuguese…

Having died fighting gallantly!

SAMPLE 1:  “But responding to the reaction the statement credited to him has generated, Odumosu said it is only when investigation was completed that it could be ascertained whether the dead policeman was a cultist or not, but that, in the…

Alleged seating arrangement

SAMPLE 1:  “While thousands of our members across the state are being encouraged to disregard the directives of the party and engage in similar anti-party activities, a good number of our prominent leaders too are currently seating in the…

Precedence, precedent, sometimes

SAMPLE 1:  “Akinyemi, a chieftain of the pro-democracy group—the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO)—in its heyday, said there is no basis for such opposition to the conferment of the honour as there is already some precedence.”(June 12:…

A tribute to my readers!

THE major sustaining force of the efforts on this page is the availability of passionate readership. Avid and intelligent readers of this column are spread all over Nigeria. And these are active, vibrant, inquisitive and sensitive readers.…

Suppose and concord

SAMPLE 1: “We saw some underage girls who are suppose to be in the school and one guy appeared some somewhere and threatened to beat us…”(NGO Gives Hope to Vulnerable Children, The Nation, 6 January, 2019) Let us note the word suppose…

Done in good faith

SAMPLE 1: “He said the committee was given five days to review the statement issued by the spokesman and ascertain whether it was done in good fate and in accordance with the council’s ethos.”(Buhari’s Endorsement Divides Ijaw Youths, The…

Basis for ranging

SAMPLE 1: “The Community Relations Officer for Obanliku, Mr Daniel Okono said that efforts were being made to contain the influx of the asylum seekers who are crossing the borders into Nigerian towns on daily basis.”(Crisis as Cameroonian…

With a view to delaying…

SAMPLE 1: “The state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning…stressed that Ambode had taken steps to sustain the tradition on budget presentation, saying, however that efforts had been punctured by taken lawmakers who claimed they…

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