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For the love of President Buhari, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

For the love of President Buhari, By Abdulrazaq Magaji For hours on end, the country had a momentary carnival atmosphere. President Muhammadu Buhari was returning from a medical vacation; and Nigerians, resilient as ever, trooped out in their thousands, in a show of solidarity with the Buhari/Osinbajo administration. Never had Nigeria stood still for one individual (ala 1million-man march for...... more

The Biafran Reggae, By Esther Chizaram Ngele

The Biafran Reggae, By Esther Chizaram Ngele Are we moved by the promise of a Canaan land or are we being hypnotised to live the dreams of the other. Are we high on hopes of becoming our own masters too quick, even before our settlement comes? Is this unity-speaking or division camouflaged and dragging us to our early...... more

A million pythons cannot dance away the Biafra Question, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

A million pythons cannot dance away the Biafra Question, By ’Fisayo Soyombo Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding .— Albert Einstein Whoever he is, the military officer who coined the codename ‘Python Dance’ is a genius. Although an original version of the military operation, the Python Dance I, held between November 27 and December 27, 2016, no...... more

Military Invasion of Abia State: Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has failed as a leader, By Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

Military Invasion of Abia State: Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has failed as a leader, By Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha  To say I am not happy with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State is an understatement. I am indeed shocked to notice he is a coward of high breed nature. Few days ago, the Nigeria Army led by General Tukur Burutai announced its intention to carry out what it termed Operation...... more

Ikpeazu and the Python Dance, By Godwin Adindu

Ikpeazu and the Python Dance, By Godwin Adindu Governor Ikpeazu’s fame is not in his dancing steps. His clansmen used to be musicians, The Apostles Rock Group, with Fusion as the master vocalist. When The Apostles ruled Aba and,  even now, no one  ever credited Ikpeazu with dancing wizardry. His early laurels were attained in the world of academics where he excelled and reached...... more

Obiano’s grand pettiness is getting out of hand, By Casmir Igbokwe

Obiano’s grand pettiness is getting out of hand, By Casmir Igbokwe Every month, the government in Awka gives N10,000 each to reporters covering it to close their mouth from saying or publishing negative stories about Anambra. A few days ago, one of the media aides of the governor called my correspondent in Awka to inform him that he has been blacklisted from...... more

2019 elections in September 2017: Nigeria now in political recession, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

2019 elections in September 2017: Nigeria now in political recession, By ’Fisayo Soyombo A blind man who only listens to radio must be thinking this is September 2018, rather than September 2017. It is still two long years before the 2019 presidential election, but the distraction of that election was so palpable last week. Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs, sparked off the latest...... more

The affliction of Dele Sobowale, By Ebun Asagbe

The affliction of Dele Sobowale, By Ebun Asagbe I am not a medical practitioner. But, surely, there must be an appropriate term for the malady that ails Dele Sobowale. How did I arrive at this conclusion? Well, anyone who has read his recent articles on the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU would think the...... more

Python Dance ll is unconstitutional, By Emmanuel Onwubiko

Python Dance ll is unconstitutional, By Emmanuel Onwubiko The Nigeria Army has just announced that the reason for the heightened state of military deployment in the Igbo-speaking South East of Nigeria is to enable its officers and men to stage what they code named ‘Operation Python Dance’ Part Two. In Igbo language, the exercise is called Egwu Eke 11....... more

Ekeukwu Owerri: Of political will and living in the lion’s den, By Collins Ughalaa

Ekeukwu Owerri: Of political will and living in the lion’s den, By Collins Ughalaa For mischief makers such as FCC Jones Onwuasoanya, political will means that the government must go ahead with whatever plans they have, not minding whether the people like those plans or policies or not, and whether those programmes are good for the long-term interest of the people. To them, any government...... more

Wanted: A restructuring of minds, by Femi Adesina

Wanted: A restructuring of minds, by Femi Adesina Hearing some Nigerians speak (whether based at home or in the Diaspora), you discern that they are “in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity”. They spew out things that give them away as “whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s...... more

Why Anambra needs Oseloka Obaze, and why the satanic campaign against him and Peter Obi will fail

Why Anambra needs Oseloka Obaze, and why the satanic campaign against him and Peter Obi will fail Shortly before the recent Anambra State governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the leadership of both parties raised alarm that the Government at Awka released hundreds of millions of Naira to people to disorganise their primaries or influence the emergence of a weak...... more

The Diezanis and Dasukis in Buhari’s Government, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

The Diezanis and Dasukis in Buhari’s Government, By ’Fisayo Soyombo Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke is currently the poster-girl of President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption. Throughout this year, no name has been more associated with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) than the former petroleum minister’s. The allegations against her are numerous, and the figures being mentioned humongous. From Lagos to...... more

Ooni: Yoruba heritage immune to blemish

Ooni: Yoruba heritage immune to blemish  In spite of specious speculations about the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s marriage to Olori Wuraola, his silence underscores the fact that the throne he occupies is one that is immune against the blemish and blistering negativity of social and traditional media, writes BIODUN KUPOLUYI. Some rumours burn white-hot only...... more

Kanu, DSS and Buhari’s Presidency, By Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

Kanu, DSS and Buhari’s Presidency, By Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha It was the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who told the whole world that he was first, a Yoruba man before he became a Nigerian. It, therefore, follows that every Nigerian is first a member of his ethnic nationality before becoming a Nigerian. On a personal note, I believe in One Nigeria. I want this...... more

JAMB: Inside the politics of cut-off marks, By Reuben Abati

JAMB: Inside the politics of cut-off marks, By Reuben Abati I have followed with keen interest the controversy over the announcement of cut-off marks for Nigeria’s admission processes for the 2017/2018 session, with many commentators and the general public insisting that it is unwise, insensitive and retrogressive, to reduce the cut off mark for admissions into our tertiary institutions: 120 for...... more

The rats are not to blame, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

The rats are not to blame, By ’Fisayo Soyombo Throughout last week, it didn’t feel good to be Nigerian. On Tuesday in particular, reading the international media was a painful experience. “Nigerian president to 'work from home' after rat infestation,” read the headline of a BBC report on Nigeria, with the lead going: Nigeria's president will spend three months working...... more

Ellen Sirleaf: Bye to Fish Market (1)

Ellen Sirleaf: Bye to Fish Market (1) As the twelve-year feisty rule of Liberia’s 24th President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf winds down, the West African country, still reeling from a near two decade civil strife, may yet be enmeshed in the woods, writes TONY IYARE   No doubt Liberia’s outgoing President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 78, who got a Nobel...... more

Nigeria’s economy now in reverse gear, By Ola Sunday

Nigeria’s economy now in reverse gear, By Ola Sunday The socio-political situation in Nigeria has called for an overview to offer an insight into the true state of the nation. Regardless of what politicians and public office-holders are peddling in the media about the economy, the fact remains that it is the citizenry who are better positioned to evaluate governance, based on their...... more

Alex Otti: Beyond half-truths and misinformation, By Enyinnaya Appolos

Alex Otti: Beyond half-truths and misinformation, By Enyinnaya Appolos On Monday, February 16, 2015 Dr Alex Otti, as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), at one of his campaign meetings in Aba, told his audience, largely members of the Aba Chamber of Commerce, that he has attracted International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) grant of $100 billion for...... more

BiafraExit: How necessary?

BiafraExit: How necessary? This article is a follow-up to my previous one, first published in June 2016. The various points canvassed at that time remain substantially relevant till date. In fact, the tempo has increased in dimension, the agitation for a Biafra Republic has assumed a frightening proportion. Marginalisation has given rise to this agitation with...... more

Muhammadu Buhari’s unconvincing return from medical leave, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

Muhammadu Buhari’s unconvincing return from medical leave, By ’Fisayo Soyombo Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, brought his 103-day UK medical vacation to a grand end on Saturday. Despite protests and home and abroad against his lengthy absence from work, his return to Nigeria was surprisingly heroic. Once Femi Adesina, his much-maligned spokesman, confirmed the President’s anticipated return, ajoie-de-vivre atmosphere enveloped capital...... more

Edo, Delta govts depriving Egbema kingdom of entitlements: EYPF president

Edo, Delta govts depriving Egbema kingdom of entitlements: EYPF president The people of Egbema kingdom in Delta and Edo states have been deprived of their entitlements under successive administrations in Warri North, Ikpoba-okha and Ovia South West Local Government Areas of Delta and Edo states as a result of disunity among the people of the kingdom. Comrade Miyenpirigha Messiah Ebidouwei, President...... more

The quest and the treasure, By Onyeka Onyeibor

I have a very competitive son. A game of tennis is only good if he wins, and always bad when he loses. Against his elder brother, he loses often. Every loss brings him a long tear.  Every victory brings him a radiant smile. I watch with little interruption his expression of...... more

The scam in Paris Club refund, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu

The scam in Paris Club refund, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu Everything about the Paris Club refund seems very shadowy. So far, the Federal Ministry of Finance has shielded Nigerians from detailed information about the money it had shared to states as refund of excess deductions from their statutory allocations. And the more questions Nigerians ask, the cloudier the details get. No...... more

N43bn Bank of Agriculture’s Bad Loans: The way forward, By Emmanuel Ado

N43bn Bank of Agriculture’s Bad Loans: The way forward, By Emmanuel Ado Some privileged Nigerians are determined to cripple the Bank of Agriculture (BOA). And they are almost achieving the objective, because the BOA, is technically in the intensive care unit (ICU), with all sorts of complications: lack of loanable funds, delayed salary, and very difficult operational environment. And, unless the Federal Government...... more

Hopes And Prayers For Nigeria, By Muhammad Ajah

Hopes And Prayers For Nigeria, By Muhammad Ajah Penultimate weekend, as I lied on my bed at night with my heart aglow and my windows ajar, so that I can hear the sound of the showers from the sky, I pondered over the country I belong to and dearly wish well. Just like one other night, when the sky...... more

ASUU: Academic Strike Union of Universities, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

ASUU: Academic Strike Union of Universities, By ’Fisayo Soyombo Whenever the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) convenes a press conference, journalists can already reel off the top three agendas: One, strike; two, industrial action; three, the downing of tools. Of course, the agendas are never written out this way, but whatever is up for discussion is all semantics. ASUU...... more

Saraki: Limit and burden of arrogance, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

Saraki: Limit and burden of arrogance, By Abdulrazaq Magaji If further proof was needed of how desperate and devious Senate President, Dr Olubukola Saraki, could be, you got another one in an open letter addressed to him by Chief Edwin Clark, a former federal minister of information. In the letter, the prominent Ijaw leader and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic...... more

Suspension from Egmont Group: The way forward, By Nwaeze Onu

Suspension from Egmont Group: The way forward, By Nwaeze Onu    On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Senate of the National Assembly directed its committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes to recommend and draft a bill aimed at ensuring that the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) is separated from and made independent of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Seven...... more

 

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