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Buhari’s 10 million imaginary millionaires

Buhari’s 10 million imaginary millionaires Early in the morning of Wednesday September 19, 2018, I switch on the television and proceeded to channel 306 on DSTV/Multi-choice satellite network, to enable my little son, NaetoChukwu Nnadozie, watch a programme for children packaged by the publicly-owned British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). But my son opted to leave the room...... more

APGA, Owerri Zone And 2019 Imo Guber

APGA, Owerri Zone And 2019 Imo Guber The apprehension enveloping Imo State and its political space ahead of party primaries was earlier predicted by bookmakers. The build-up to the contemporary events had signalled a frightening danger and palpable fear as elicited by unguarded actions of some political actors whose unwholesome activities are tailored to either instigate disharmony or...... more

2019 and the political parties

2019 and the political parties Given the penchant for brinksmanship that has almost become a national ideology, I am almost certain that a solution will be found on the issue of funding the 2019 general election, especially since this directly touches the interest of our politicians. Therefore, I entertain no fear that the indefinite adjournment of...... more

Six Chikes, Germany and Theoretical Physics

Six Chikes, Germany and Theoretical Physics On March 1, 1983, 35 years ago - at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University - the Germans, through the Goethe Institut, also known as the German Cultural Centre, gave me the book entitled The New Physics: Route into the Atomic Age, by Armin Herman. The presentation of The New Physics was made at...... more

Political godfathers at war

Political godfathers at war The typical Nigerian campaign circle revolves around the influence or formidable reach of persons who parade around as political king-makers or what is generally termed as political godfathers. Looking at it from another perspective, one can assert that the single issue that has come to define and dominate the typical electioneering...... more

BOLA AJIBOLA: Before he bows out

BOLA AJIBOLA: Before he bows out This is a special tribute to a very special man. A very unusual man. A most under-celebrated icon of immense and immeasurable proportion. A man who towers well above several men and women who have unfortunately high-jacked national and international applause, much undeserved, to themselves. I know many people may query...... more

Buhari’s sucker punch against democracy

Buhari’s sucker punch against democracy President Muhammadu Buhari has rounded up a recent globe-trotting session: First, to the United Kingdom on a two-weeks medical vacation, and then to China where he joined other African political office-holders who went caps-in-hand to a parley organised by the Chinese Government to announce a $60 billion loan-deals for different African economies...... more

A ring of the familiar

A ring of the familiar The Economist of London has returned to a familiar turf. It has predicted the fall of President Muhammadu Buhari from Olympian heights. Relying on a research carried out by its Intelligence Unit, the magazine predicts that Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will lose the 2019 presidential election to...... more

The ways of the godfathers

The ways of the godfathers Against the background that there is no fresh recruitment in the already over-bloated civil service—at both federal and states—where salaries are no longer guaranteed and at a period most of the private companies are downsizing as a result of the harsh operating environment, it is no surprise that many Nigerians are...... more

Is it sunset for Buhari’s regime?

Is it sunset for Buhari’s regime? One of the mainstream presidential hopefuls preparing for next year’s general election, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, made a most profound and deeply philosophical affirmation when he visited the governor of Kwara State. He also made a similar assertion earlier when he visited the corporate head office of his political party on...... more

Debts: Road to second slavery

Debts: Road to second slavery Obi Nwanodozie, a little less than four years, is born into a farming family with tremendous landed assets in a rural community known as Ntigha, Isiala Ngwa North Local government Area, near the commercial heart land of Abia State. Obi’s father, Mr Eze, is a big-time farmer. But because he had...... more

Imo: Rich but in coma •How Okorocha destroyed a promising state

Imo: Rich but in coma •How Okorocha destroyed a promising state His emergence was greeted with joy. The people offered an immeasurable support and showed him love. He was embraced and hailed as a messiah and redeemer upon his declaration to run for the governorship of Imo State under the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). While hiding under the cloak...... more

Migration, Modern Slavery and Buhari

Migration, Modern Slavery and Buhari Olusegun Adeniyi has done a fascinating work in documenting and spotlighting the predicaments of people of Africa caught in the web of unsafe migration and human trafficking. He exposes the travails of those who attempt to access Europe by road through the Sahara Desert before crossing the Mediterranean Sea. This book...... more

Youthful electioneering towards 2019

Youthful electioneering towards 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has a mixed bag of a unique legacy regarding the landmark passage and bringing into being of the legendary Not-too-young-to-run Act 2018. Buhari shares this glory with such political leaders like Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Sen Ike Ekweremadu and the youthful Speaker of the House of...... more

NYSC, national integration and Diaspora unity

NYSC, national integration and Diaspora unity For two weeks in June 2018, yours truly sojourned in the United Kingdom on vacation. An integral aspect of my vacation workload was to conduct empirical work and a cocktail of interviews with some Nigerians. Such Nigerians were basically and randomly chosen, to reflect the diverse ethno-religiousaffiliations that characterise the nation. The...... more

Presidential assault on human rights

Presidential assault on human rights Did we just read that President Muhammadu Buhari told lawyers that “if you put national security side-by-side with the rule of law, national security comes first”? This is an unmitigated assault on constitutional democracy which must not be allowed to be swept under the carpet; because, it is manifestly erroneous and...... more

Of Einstein, April, Morrison, Soyinka, Obasanjo and Adiche

Of Einstein, April, Morrison, Soyinka, Obasanjo and Adiche Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein, described as the greatest scientist of the 20th century, passed away on April 18, 1955: 63 years ago. Certain events and persons in Nigeria remind one of Einstein. A case in point is April 18. First, let’s take Prof Wole Soyinka, who has some interesting things in common with Einstein: like...... more

Kofi Annan: Activist who led UN

Kofi Annan: Activist who led UN The world’s leading body of member-nations, known as the United Nations Organisation (UNO), means different things for different people, depending on the perspective from which you are looking at it.  An observer in the western developed society would certainly see the UN as a forum in which their beloved country plays...... more

Okorocha and the fatality of collapsed Imo roads

Okorocha and the fatality of collapsed Imo roads The emergence of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in 2011 was roundly greeted with joy and ecstasy. The celebration that heralded his victory unarguably rekindled hope, as many perceived the philanthropist-governor as not only a messiah but someone with the Midas touch and capacity to return Imo on the path...... more

Of defections and counter-narratives

Of defections and counter-narratives We have in recent weeks been struggling with the rough edges of history. The events of 2014 have come alive again, four years after. And the conclusion is simple. Those who should have learned from the lessons of history have failed to do so. When the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the...... more

Of Atiku and other deservationists

Of Atiku and other deservationists In the bid for the 2019 presidency, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his supporters have created an English word that does not exist and gone ahead to define it. In strategic places on the streets of Abuja, there are billboards bearing the campaign photograph of Atiku with the bold inscription...... more

That shambolic directive on SARS

That shambolic directive on SARS For many years since the coming of the current democratic epoch in 1999, successive governments have managed to wriggle their ways out of very complex and challenging situations, through a combination of politically correct policy pronouncements and outright deception.  Nigerians are rated to be some of the most gullible people all...... more

Okorocha, Madumere and Imo Deputy Governorship

Okorocha, Madumere and Imo Deputy Governorship I have always admired Gov Rochas Okorocha's acumen and unbridled audacity that drive him to higher heights in the business of politics. The governor has no doubt ventured in many areas many had ever dreaded by merely exhibiting an uncommon will-power that is not only daring but sagaciously bravery. If not...... more

A professional in the saddle

A professional in the saddle I have been on the trail of the campaigns of Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa since he stepped out to vie for the office of the President in the 2019 general election. Bafarawa, governor of Sokoto State from 1999 to 2007, is not a newcomer in the race. He stood election to the...... more

The subversion of NYSC Scheme

The subversion of NYSC Scheme When South Korea crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at the first round in June this year, the sight of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club of England star striker, Heung-Min Son in tears told a pitiful story. But many informed football followers knew why the young man was...... more

EFCC fails test of objectivity

EFCC fails test of objectivity On a very lovely and fascinating day, I was randomly going through some of these random thoughts of some articulate public affairs commentators. And, as one thing led to another, my attention was drawn to one of the uniquely attractive claims made on the social media page of one of the...... more

The 9 kinds of people supporting Buhari for second term, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

The 9 kinds of people supporting Buhari for second term, By ’Fisayo Soyombo Corruption is fighting back! That is the constant refrain from people in government and their supporters to criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari or opposition to his re-election ambition. If, for example, you’re a journalist and you believe the President hasn’t done enough to earn a second term, it is because brown...... more

Macron, Cameroon and The Shrine

Macron, Cameroon and The Shrine I actually planned to write this piece few days before the arrival in Nigeria of the young French President, Monsieur Emmanuel Macron, so as to remind him of the unfinished business that his nation has in Nigeria’s South-eastern neighbour of Cameroon. But other pressing issues took away my focus. However, the startling performance...... more

Nigerians must stop Buhari from killing Nigeria

Nigerians must stop Buhari from killing Nigeria Nobody should by now be in doubt about President Muhammadu Buhari’s gory agenda for Nigeria. I wrote about this subject in a satiric article titled The Agenda ( we cannot pretend to be unconcerned when hundreds of thousands of our fellow country men, women and children have been consigned to Internally...... more

The Judas in Senator Godswill Akpabio

The Judas in Senator Godswill Akpabio Until Tuesday August 7, Obong Godswill Akpabio, a first-timer, was the Minority Leader of the Senate. Neither his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nor his colleagues in the same political family had forced him to relinquish his exalted position. Sen Akpabio was never under political pressure: either from the PDP or...... more


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