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Where politics disunites, football unites

Where politics disunites, football unites  “In praise of football” would have been the most appropriate heading of this reflection. However, the realisation of the global symbolism of July 16 meeting in Helsinki, Finland, of two great world leaders - Russia and the United States of America - compelled a deeper introspection of the thematic area. There...... more

The bitter truths: A reflection on Firdaus’ controversy

The bitter truths: A reflection on Firdaus’ controversy “I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”              ...... more

‘Let’s kill all their men…’

‘Let’s kill all their men…’ As I was taken through the different classrooms that have become a temporary shelter for hundreds of men, women and children, I could not but reflect on how a general climate of insecurity has practically turned Nigeria into one huge refugee camp. And the more the traumatised people of Tabanni, Allikiru,...... more

Ekiti Debacle: Buhari deconstructed

Ekiti Debacle: Buhari deconstructed For over three decades, this writer has devoted a greater chunk of time to research on the fuller import of the development concept of the Third World. As a result, what convinced me that Nigeria, indeed, belongs to this never-do-well categorisation of less developed nations is not just because of infrastructural...... more

Rise of government-backed outlaws

Rise of government-backed outlaws Tomorrow July 10, 2018, my young sister-in-law, Miss Chidinma Izuagba, will join her fellow law school graduates to be called to the Nigerian Bar, as solicitors and advocates of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. The Nigerian Council for Legal Education, which coordinates the solemn annual ceremony of Call to the Nigerian Bar, and...... more

Okorocha and Madumere’s ouster

Okorocha and Madumere’s ouster As I compose this piece, every plan designed to offload Prince Eze Madumere as Deputy Governor of Imo State has been solidly perfected to achieve that singular purpose. Upon his ouster via impeachment, Madumere would become the second Imo deputy governor easily disposed of by Gov Rochas Okorocha, within the lifetime...... more

Of Ciroma, Abimbola and Adeosun

Of Ciroma, Abimbola and Adeosun I had planned to devote my column today to paying tributes to two great Nigerians of the same generation: Alhaji Adamu Ciroma who died last week at 84 and Prof. Wande Abimbola, who recently marked his 85th birthday. But against the background that Nigerians are unwittingly being told that it doesn’t...... more

Nigeria returning to state of nature

Nigeria returning to state of nature Reading through the front and major news pages of some mainstream newspapers, such as The Guardian and Daily Sun this particular day, brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me that, indeed, existential philosophers were right to conclude with the founding fathers of scholarly philosophy that, in life, the only permanent phenomenon is change.  You may...... more

Africa in Space: Fela Bright and the rest of us

Africa in Space: Fela Bright and the rest of us The world space week is officially defined as an ‘International celebration of science and technology and its contribution to the betterment of the human condition.’ The space age started on October 4, 1957, about 60 years ago. Then Soviet Premier, Nikita Kruchev, was to say that, “the age of Aeroplanes has given...... more

African Migrants: Not EU’s headache but AU’s failure

African Migrants: Not EU’s headache but AU’s failure These are certainly highly perilous times for a modern-day African.  As I watched the international news channels and see little babies strapped to their mothers’ backs in some derelict boats off the shore of the perilous Mediterranean Sea, my heart jumped to my mouth in trepidation and un-moderated consternation. Why Africans? ...... more

Our own Vidkun Quisling

Our own Vidkun Quisling   Dave Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi State, reminds me of the historical figure called Vidkun Quisling. Between 1940 and 1945, Norway, the Scandinavian country, faced a certain misfortune. It was ruled by Quisling, a Norwegian military officer and politician, who collaborated with the Nazis during the German occupation of Norway.He...... more

Where is the Book, Mr President?

Where is the Book, Mr President? When no fewer than 20 persons were killed by herdsmen in Ukpabi Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, President Buhari promised: ‘I will bring perpetrators to book’; when bandits invaded Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing 45 persons, including women and children, President Buhari promised: ‘I...... more

Nigeria and the poverty debate

Nigeria and the poverty debate Nigeria has become a spectacle of negative narratives.  Less than 24 hours after a fuel-laden-tanker caught fire and engulfed several cars, killing scores of commuters in Lagos, a friend from the United States of America contacted me to find out why Nigeria has become a cesspool of all the negative indices....... more

Nigeria's integrity-challenged leadership

Nigeria's integrity-challenged leadership For about three weeks within the month of June, I spent a short vacation in some parts of Central London, United Kingdom. During this brief period, I took time to read through the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers, which are distributed free of charge to all train commuters in the mornings and evenings respectively. I...... more

Periscoping Ikpeazu’s New Enyimba City

Periscoping Ikpeazu’s New Enyimba City After decades of neglect Aba, the famous Enyimba City and – an economic nexus of the Nigerian nation and entrepreneurial hub of the South-East and South-South – is deservedly getting a prioritised attention under Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. The governor, in a rare display of vision, had undertaken the onerous responsibility of rebuilding...... more

It’s your turn, Lalong

It’s your turn, Lalong The governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, thought he was in a safe haven. He thought he was inhabiting an impenetrable fortress. He threw away the wisdom of the ancients, which teaches that what goes around comes around. His compulsive forgetfulness led him into a trance. That was why he overlooked...... more

Nigeria and The Princess of Kangaba

Nigeria and The Princess of Kangaba The moment we entered the premises of the International Office of Migration (IOM) safe house in Bamako and the girls saw Mrs Abimbola Wonosikou, the Minister (Consul) at the Nigerian embassy in Mali, they were very excited. Some rushed to embrace her shouting ‘welcome mommy’. But it also did not escape...... more

Galileo Galilei, Bolanle Ambode and Italy

Galileo Galilei, Bolanle Ambode and Italy There are some interesting developments between Nigeria and Italy. First, Italy’s Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, on February 15, 1564 and, 400 years later, February 15, 1964, there was in Epe, Lagos State, birth  of first lady of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode. Like Galileo, Bolanle Ambode, studied mathematics and physics. Galileo Galilei was brought...... more

MKO Abiola, Gani, Others: The posthumous award, By Bernard Balogun

MKO Abiola, Gani, Others: The posthumous award, By Bernard Balogun According to Martin Luther King Jr,   People fail to get along because they fear each other;   They fear each other because they do not know each other;   They do not know each other because they have not communicated with each other. Absolutely true! I concur with the above quote. Let us...... more

PMB 2019: Amaechi and his audacity

PMB 2019: Amaechi and his audacity Going by all ramifications and sound reasoning, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi will be rightfully adjudged to have assumed an indispensable status in the present political configuration, by sheer hard-work and willful audacity. A two-term Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly; chairman, Nigerian Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies; two-term governor of...... more

The criminals in police uniform

The criminals in police uniform There is a video circulating on WhatsApp that calls to question the integrity of the Nigeria Police Force and highlights the challenge of national security in our country. Given the frequency with which the four-minute video clip is being passed around, it is inconceivable that the attention of the authorities has...... more

Witness to history

Witness to history The sea of heads that crowded at Orba community in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State a few days ago at a thanksgiving Mass for Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s reelection bid has a story behind it. The people have witnessed history and they have come to attest to it. For centuries,...... more

June 12 gimmickry

June 12 gimmickry The pundits are here. They have taken hold of the political space with magical wizardry. They have a job to do, to wit, to force or cajole us into a predetermined political outcome. As 2019 draws nearer, they seem to have zeroed in on the presidency. They must be telling the...... more

June 12: A complicated story

June 12: A complicated story A day after I joined THISDAY from Concord Press in February 1999 as deputy editor of The Sunday newspaper, I was directed to proceed to Kaduna to cover the presidential primaries of the All Peoples Party (APP) then chaired by the late Senator Mahmud Waziri. As I recall, some of the...... more

The legality of Operation Python Dance

The legality of Operation Python Dance When the Department of State Services swooped down on many suspected corrupt judges last year in a Gestapo style raid, many Nigerians were quick to condemn the actions of the DSS as “unconstitutional” and “illegal”. It was not until the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA 2015) was dissected at the...... more

2019: Ndigbo and the VP imbroglio

2019: Ndigbo and the VP imbroglio Late Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON, was the first elected vice-president of Nigeria. He served from 1979 to 1983, under the platform of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN). Ekwueme jointly contested with Alhaji Shehu Shagari who, upon victory, became the first executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria....... more

20 Years after Abacha: Lest we forget

20 Years after Abacha: Lest we forget There is hardly any Nigerian of my generation (as well as members of the generations before us) who would not remember what they were doing on 8th June 1998 (exactly 20 years ago tomorrow) when they heard about the sudden death of the then Head of State, General Sani Abacha. It...... more

As democracy dies in Nigeria

As democracy dies in Nigeria How Democracies Die is a new book by two respected political science scholars teaching in one of the Ivy League universities in the United States of America: Harvard University, Professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblat. A polish commentator by name, Stan Tetenman, did a very brief commentary on this important work of scholarship...... more

APC Convention and Anunobi's unifying agenda

APC Convention and Anunobi's unifying agenda  Rex Anunobi, a lawyer, is indisputably a personality to reckon with when it comes to politics in Imo State. While the Nkwerre-born political strategist is highly admired and called Sokom, other close associates and allies have always celebrated his sagacity and brilliance by eulogising him as ‘Igbudu Nkwerre’. An Nsukka-trained lawyer and...... more

Babangida’s two-party option

Babangida’s two-party option Ordinarily, we should be reflecting on the twists and turns of our democratic experience since 1999. That is the issue of the moment. And, as should be expected, commentators are falling over one another to find space for their commentaries. I have decided not to be a part of this madding...... more


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