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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

Of lawmakers and bribe-takers

Of lawmakers and bribe-takers From the judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos which orders President Muhammadu Buhari to “urgently instruct security and anti-corruption agencies to forward to him reports of their investigations into allegations of padding and stealing of some N481 billion from the 2016 budget by some principal officers of the...... more

NEMA swimming in bad tides

NEMA swimming in bad tides The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is currently swimming in the tides of controversy around the issues of corruption, managerial incompetence, contract and procurement misconducts, among a litany of other matters, have combined to cripple the motivation of the staff. The avalanche of crises afflicting NEMA started when President Muhammadu Buhari...... more

Unending internal wars among security forces

Unending internal wars among security forces Nigeria, no doubt, has experimented with constitutional democracy as our preferred system of government for two decades and still counting. Democracy, without doubt, remains the best form of government because it has inbuilt mechanisms for self-correction. Democracy is built on the plank of checks and balances, meaning that all citizens are...... more

Multi-Party Democracy: Osinbajo, Ikpeazu as role models

Multi-Party Democracy: Osinbajo, Ikpeazu as role models Through a critical appraisal of the conduct and character of the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu of Abia State, starting from the moment they assumed leadership positions under the current administration, a discerning mind will objectively deduce a model stirringly redefining governance in the Nigerian multi-party democracy....... more

The Obasanjo-Buhari tango

The Obasanjo-Buhari tango At last, President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the fray. He has thrown his hat into the ring. For some time now, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been gnawing at Buhari’s feet. He has been provoking the president into a confrontation. But Buhari has maintained a dignified silence. He did not appear...... more

2019 and the Ibadan Conversation

2019 and the Ibadan Conversation At the invitation of Dr Tunji Olaopa, I was at the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) last Thursday for what turned out a most interesting conversation on elections in Nigeria as critical stakeholders interrogate my book, ‘Against The Run of Play: How an incumbent president was defeated in...... more

General Election: Does it matter who enters exam hall first?

General Election: Does it matter who enters exam hall first? Nigerian politicians have never disappointed the reading public with their proliferation of political gimmicks and unbelievable stunts. There are, indeed, some actions that take place within the political horizon of Nigeria that are so difficult to accurately appreciate from the positive point-of-view, while other tendencies that spring up among Nigerian politicians beggars...... more

Senate, stand your ground in defence of the Nigerian Constitution

Senate, stand your ground in defence of the Nigerian Constitution These are perilous times in Nigeria! These are times when the public space is populated by paid agents provocateurs whose stock in trade is to grand-stand and ceaselessly issue meaningless media commentaries in support of the tyrannical status quo represented by some segments of the executive arm of government in Nigeria. Some of these...... more

Critical legal reviews of Maina’s scandal, By Obabueki Iyalekhuosa Davidson

Critical legal reviews of Maina’s scandal, By Obabueki Iyalekhuosa Davidson At a time in the political history of this country this issue seemed to have been nipped. Perchance, by some instruments at the corridors of power, mention of the alleged disappearance of a whopping N17 billion of the N24 billion the Federal Government set aside for payment of pension liabilities to...... more

Imo 2019: Ararume, ‘Allied Forces' dismantle Okorocha

Imo 2019: Ararume, ‘Allied Forces' dismantle Okorocha It is an indisputable fact that Senator Ifeanyi Ararume’s last minute political mutiny enhanced the second straight victory Governor Rochas Okorocha recorded over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State. After defeating Chief Ikedi Ohakim, who re-contested the governorship under the platform of the PDP, the rescue mission governor in...... more

APC: A flash in the pan?

APC: A flash in the pan? Something momentous happened in 2015. That was the year an incumbent president was toppled via a civilian coup. The change of government elicited excited responses. Something out of the ordinary had happened, and bookmakers packaged the event in sundry ways. The All Progressives Congress (APC), an amalgam of political parties whose...... more

A Hard Lesson for Okorocha

A Hard Lesson for Okorocha On 24th March 2012, Chief Rochas Okorocha, then less than a year in office as Imo State Governor, was in Kosovo where he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an independent power plant, an agro processing plant and several other industries that he promised would be established in his state....... more

Abia 2019: Rewarding Ochendo for equity

Abia 2019: Rewarding Ochendo for equity The inauguration of Okezie Victor Ikpeazu Ph.D as the executive governor will ever occupy a prominent corner in the historical rendition of Abia State. After decades of political struggles from the days of old Imo State, Dr. Ikpeazu from Obingwa in Ngwa-Ukwa region of the God’s Own State democratically climbed the...... more

Dino Melaye and democracy in Nigeria

Dino Melaye and democracy in Nigeria In September 2004, the then Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Joshua Dariye was arrested in London by officers of the Metropolitan Police on allegations bordering on money laundering. But before he could be arraigned in court, he jumped bail. The moment Dariye arrived Nigeria, President Olusegun Obasanjo, working in concert with...... more

Godliness in governance

Godliness in governance In January last year, I noted in this column that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State was making haste slowly. I held that he was neither showy nor insular. I stated further that the governor was a clear-headed realist who knew when and where to draw the line. My submission was...... more

Imo 2019: Okorocha and looming disaster

Imo 2019: Okorocha and looming disaster That Owelle Rochas Okorocha first mounted the governorship position of Imo State in 2011 through popular support by the people remains an obvious fact. That he made good use of such political popularism to advance the general good and welfare of the people is, perhaps, subject to disagreement. As the candidate...... more

Codeine and the criminal enterprise

Codeine and the criminal enterprise In my column titled “Catalogue of Made-in-Nigeria tragedies” published on 17th September 2015, I listed a myriad of issues which depict a near absence of safety standards in most areas of public administration in the country, after which I concluded: Whichever way we look at it, the string of untimely, and...... more

Pope Francis and beleaguered Nigeria

Pope Francis and beleaguered Nigeria In faraway Vatican City, in Rome, the Holy Father had last weekend condemned the emerging pattern of mass killing of Christians. News reports from Rome are disturbing. It goes as follows: ‘Nigeria was stricken again with the killing of a group of faithful, among whom were two priests.’ Pope Francis repeated his...... more

Human Rights: Verdict of US State Department

Human Rights: Verdict of US State Department In what has now become an annual ritual, Nigeria has once more scored a not-so-disappointing low in the observance of respect for the fundamental rights of the citizenry, in the latest of the many global reports about the country in the current dispensation. Mark my words: “not-so-disappointing.” This is because the...... more


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