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When a Nation Becomes Funeral Home

When a Nation Becomes Funeral Home On a sunny day in January 2010, in a small town in Kuru Karama, Plateau State, a Muslim mother watched helplessly as Christian men bludgeoned and hacked to death her two young children. About the same time, in a nearby village in Fan district, a Fulani pastoralist witnessed farmers from the...... more

Hostile neighbours

Hostile neighbours Governor Samuel Ortom is certainly distressed. He is the most embattled public office holder in the country at the moment. Killer herdsmen have raped the peace in Benue, the state he superintendents over. As governor, he swore an oath of office to protect life and property of his people. That makes...... more

Benue versus Miyetti Allah

Benue versus Miyetti Allah By 2017, the mindless killings of Benue people by rampaging herdsmen had reached an apogee. The bloodletting had become an embarrassment to a government that swore to protect life and property. Scandalised by the wanton destruction of life and property in its territory by murderous terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, the government...... more

Of Oxford, Rome and 2019

Of Oxford, Rome and 2019 How do you feel about the next generation of Nigerian leaders? That was the first question from the Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, Prof Ngaire Woods on Monday. It was in the course of a meeting between the authorities of the school and the team from the African...... more

Bello’s Okene, where ‘spirits’ drive cars

Bello’s Okene, where ‘spirits’ drive cars January 1, this fresh Year of our Lord, 2018, afforded some national papers an opportunity to announce their winner of the ‘Person’ of the preceding year. And one of the best newspapers that money can buy in Nigeria, known as The Guardian, “the flagship”, was at its best when it named the...... more

Reign of hate

Reign of hate The new year has begun on a note of hate. Rivers State fired the first salvo. A section of its bitter citizenry chose a most inauspicious date to demonstrate its hate and disdain for the rest of the people. Ordinarily, New Year day is held sacrosanct by those who harbour the...... more

When judges imperil democracy

When judges imperil democracy Ever since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost at the 2015 general election, I have taken special interest in its affairs. That is simply because our democracy will not thrive without a credible opposition. So, two weeks before last month’s national convention to elect the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members,...... more

Still borrowing from tomorrow…

Still borrowing from tomorrow… …I want to preface my intervention with a story I told sometimes in 1999 or thereabout which is still very relevant today. And like I did back then, I seek the indulgence of readers because the story is about a supposedly loving couple having problems which bordered on sex. The husband...... more

Lai Mohammed’s recantation

Lai Mohammed’s recantation After weeks of research, the federal government has finally found an anchor for the $1 billion slush fund that it has withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account. The announcement from a representative of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum has been an issue of controversy. No one has been able to understand why...... more

Governments and plight of Nigerian pensioners

Governments and plight of Nigerian pensioners The original thinkers of political science and philosophy of politics that worked on the fine-tuning and evolution of the progressive concept of democracy, which connotes that system of government that was earlier practised in ancient Greece, clearly holds the time-tested and time-honoured impression that the welfare of the people is at...... more

The Boko Haram slush fund

The Boko Haram slush fund Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, and a newcomer to the club of governors, is not about to inherit the inglorious indulgences of his garrulous predecessor. The new governor has comportment. He is not brash. He also, unlike his predecessor, does not hanker after headlines. He looks to me like...... more

Buhari’s birthday and the 400 prophets

Buhari’s birthday and the 400 prophets When my authority inspires sycophancy, I have no followers, only resentful manipulators of my power for their own selfish gain. — George Kunz When in June 2015, I started gathering materials for my book, ‘Against The Run of Play’, I also decided I would go through the newspaper reports from the...... more

Perish the toll gates idea

Perish the toll gates idea No one can really understand why successive governments in Nigeria chose to impoverish their people and make life and living extremely difficult for all. It is always one wrong-headed policy to another leading to confusion, inconsistency, lack of foresight and general embarrassment to investors and the populace. Toll gates were introduced...... more

Happiness has a new name

Happiness has a new name This column does not, as a matter of policy, comment on government and governance in Imo, my home state. However, it could, when the unusual takes place, relax this policy momentarily in order to be a part of a compelling history. Since the advent of BROKEN TONGUES in 1999, Imo has...... more

Beyond the brutalities of Police SARS

Beyond the brutalities of Police SARS If there is any lesson from the current revelations about how men of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) molest, torture, maim and sometimes kill innocent citizens, it is that seeking questionable validation, especially when not on solid grounds, can go horribly wrong. When the first reports about the brutality of...... more

How to achieve Nigeria’s digitization

How to achieve Nigeria’s digitization The best way to start this piece on this thorny issue is to narrate what a successful digital switch-over of broadcasting did to the local television industry in one of the African nations that has successfully become a global brand in terms of political stability, industrialisation, good governance and tourism. The...... more

Mugabe’s Exit: What impacts on Africa?

Mugabe’s Exit: What impacts on Africa?   The forced resignation from the high office of the President of Zimbabwe: 93-year-old Mr Robert Mugabe, on November 21, 2017 perhaps, made global headlines as the most significant political event out of Africa this year.  Although the story was nearly overshadowed by the gruesome picture of 26 Nigerian migrants that died...... more

PDP’s pregnant convention

PDP’s pregnant convention The unexpected loss of power struck it like a thunderbolt from outer space. Those who meant well for the party did not see it coming. They were blinded by optimism. Little did they know that saboteurs had infiltrated the party. They sold out when they were expected to hold the party...... more

Nigeria and the Memory of Tafida + The Imo Road to Happiness

Nigeria and the Memory of Tafida + The Imo Road to Happiness …Your Excellencies, we the Yar’Adua family bore our period of trial with dignity. And we mourned the death of Tafida not with tears of rage or hatred but with prayers and celebration of Allah’s praise. The tears we shed were of pity for those of us who, when bestowed with power...... more

Game of opponents

Game of opponents It is fast beginning to look like a game of wits. An eyeball-to-eyeball affair. The miscellany of individual voices has crystallised into a national outcry. Many have shouted themselves hoarse. The country is sharply divided along regional lines. Each is holding tenaciously to its own end of the stick. The issue...... more

One of those weeks…

One of those weeks… I knew from Monday morning that I was not going to write this week; not only because I feel mentally exhausted but also because the issues dominating the headlines are not particularly of interest to me. Unfortunately, when I asked Dr Chidi Amuta whether he would help fill this space today...... more

Buhari’s appointments revisited

Buhari’s appointments revisited The Presidency has been explaining the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari. It said it was constrained to do so following a recent media report, which gave the impression that 81 per cent of Buhari’s appointments were made from the North. The media report, wherever it is coming from, is not new....... more

Zimbabwe and the African Tragedy

Zimbabwe and the African Tragedy There is a temptation to hail the outcome of the ‘military coup’ in Zimbabwe that eventually led to the ouster of President Robert Mugabe as a triumph of popular will. That would be a myopic reading of the situation. While the resignation came amid popular discontent fuelled largely by the military...... more

2018 Budget: Living on borrowed time

2018 Budget: Living on borrowed time While experts are still dissecting the 2018 appropriation bill presented to the National Assembly by President Buhari on Tuesday and what it means in concrete terms for the average Nigerians, even laymen like me can see that when you combine the amount earmarked for debt servicing with the allocations for recurrent...... more

Army must end torture now

Army must end torture now Nigeria’s new-found democracy is approximately 20 years old. But, the same issues that afflicted the polity when the political process was hijacked by the military dictators for many years are still very much around. One of those disturbing social ills that afflicted the society in times past when such dictators held...... more

Gowon should think again

Gowon should think again It does appear that General Yakubu Gowon, the man who became Nigeria’s Head of State under very controversial circumstances, is weighed down by a certain hangover. He still thinks that the only way a country can be ruled is by diktat. He is yet to come to terms with the fact...... more

Buhari, 2019 and the talking drum

Buhari, 2019 and the talking drum One of the most astounding works of Art from Africa is the Yoruba talking drum. It is an hourglass-shaped wood with an inner cavity, covered on both ends by goat skin, and beaten by a curved stick called ‘gongo’. The fact that its pitch can be regulated makes it exceptional as...... more

As The ‘Boss’ assumes office

As The ‘Boss’ assumes office Hameed Ali, a retired colonel of the Nigerian Army, was at a time the military administrator of Kaduna State. He can be said to be a very experienced Nigerian. For nearly two years since his bosom friend, Muhammadu Buhari - a retired Major-General and former military head of state - became the...... more

Bribery, corruption and evolution of pro-social institutions (2)

Bribery, corruption and evolution of pro-social institutions (2) The “Bribery Game” was the usual institutional punishment in public goods game, with the punishing leader, but with one additional choice: players could not only keep money for themselves or contribute to the public pool; they could also contribute to the leader. And the leader could not only punish or not...... more

Unresolved atrocities of Operation Python Dance II

Unresolved atrocities of Operation Python Dance II Just before the National Assembly resumed from the last vacation, which coincided with the launch of the highly controversial military operation in South-eastern Nigeria, there were video evidence of massive human rights violations by the Nigerian Army in the geo-political zone. These human rights violations ranged from gruesome physical torture of...... more


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