Friday, August 2, 2019

Aniebo Nwamu

    Why Oshiomhole should resign

Why Oshiomhole should resign

Any good student of Nigerian politics can see the looming expulsion of the All Progressives Congress from the south-east and south-south geopolitical zones. Although it currently boasts one elected governor and a few lawmakers from the two zones, APC as a force may be smothered in both zones by 2023. And, no matter the judgement of the courts on the [...]

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    Bridges over phantom lakes

Bridges over phantom lakes

Once again, unscrupulous politicians are beating the drums of secession. It’s not new. Whenever the political atmosphere seems charged, one potent way of extracting concessions from the other side is to play the ethnic or religious card. Reputable academics, professionals and politicians have been implicated in this crime of creating phantom lakes and rivers.  While it may be true that the [...]

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    Next Level: The last struggle

Next Level: The last struggle

A new Nigeria will emerge within the next four years.  That’s my prediction. Shall we have a better country or not? All I know is that the situation will not be pleasant, just as it isn’t now. Between 2019 and 2023, the majority of Nigerians will, finally, begin to face reality and return to where they should have been much [...]

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    For the health of distressed Nigerians

For the health of distressed Nigerians

Every health-conscious person must have benefitted from association with health workers – doctors, lab scientists, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, radiologists and dentists.  In several health conferences and programmes, the advice we get from these physicians is uniform: always go for a check-up to determine the state of your health, whether you’re sick or not. Those near age 40 and older, in [...]

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    Nigeria still owes them

Nigeria still owes them

At this time 23 years ago, the greatest Nigerian that has ever lived (and, I believe, will ever live) lay dying at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu. As the end approached, Zik the Great must have seen life in its stark nakedness. I learned the last words he uttered on his deathbed were like this: “Oh God, I’ve [...]

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    Census by imagination

Census by imagination

Nobody knows the actual population of Nigeria today.  Not even the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which intermittently releases figures knows. The foreigners, it seems, conduct censuses from their air-conditioned offices in New York.[...]

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    Towards the Igbo renaissance

Towards the Igbo renaissance

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    The road to industrialisation

The road to industrialisation

In the recent past, I’ve joined the chorus lamenting the state of the nation’s economy and calling for reforms. Now, the task of rescuing the economy has become an emergency! All indicators point to a failed economy (and subsequently a failed nation) within the next two years. But let me sound optimistic for once.  An imminent devaluation of the naira will [...]

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    Basic education for Nigeria’s poor

Basic education for Nigeria’s poor

Suddenly, attention is shifting to Okotie-Eboh Primary School in Delta State. A video that has gone viral on social media shows little Miss Success Adebor protesting that her school sent her home because her parents failed to pay her exam fees. “Oh poor girl! Even the school is dilapidated!” And emergency “philanthropists” are sending in cash to enable her pay [...]

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    From Facebook to Frontline

From Facebook to Frontline

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    The root of all crimes

The root of all crimes

The evil things people do ostensibly to make money have continued to multiply in this country. Everyone should be worried about young people, especially those from the south-east and south-south of Nigeria. Criminals of all kinds will forever stand condemned:  cybercriminals who steal women’s pants or turn ritual murderers at the prompting of an evil spiritualist, boys who rape grandmothers and great-grandmothers [...]

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    Time to seek a healthy democracy

Time to seek a healthy democracy

Nigeria’s brand of democracy looks like a HIV/AIDS patient. Its health deteriorates with each round of elections. The incidence of violence before, during and after polls has risen steadily from 1999. Vote-buying is the new name for bribe-for-vote democracy.  Our democracy is not growing – it’s marching backwards instead. The ritual we perform every four years hasn’t yielded the “government of [...]

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    This inexhaustible national cake

This inexhaustible national cake

Everywhere you turn in Nigeria, there’s a drama of the absurd to watch. The issue of the national minimum wage is one of them. An assembly of former and current leaders of the country (the Council of State) has prescribed N27, 000 while the House of Representatives has “debated” and passed N30, 000 as minimum wage (MW). All have been playing [...]

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    For ‘Silicon Valley’ in the south-east

For ‘Silicon Valley’ in the south-east

A white man I met at Apo Mechanic Village in Abuja, recently, stood stupefied as near-illiterate young men dismembered his car to work on it. In no time, they replaced a few parts and re-fixed the car. “You mean you don’t use a manual?” he asked. “No,” one excited auto electrician who was working with an auto mechanic replied. “The manual dey for my [...]

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    A break from ASUU and orthodox education

A break from ASUU and orthodox education

What would happen if the Nigerian government proscribed ASUU, NASU, NANS and their cousins in polytechnics and colleges of education? What if, in a bid to prevent them from regrouping (as they did in 1988 by taking new names), the government outlawed unionism in all its forms in tertiary institutions? In terms of learning and teaching, little would change in the [...]

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    To unwise travellers from the east

To unwise travellers from the east

There is no fuel scarcity this December, but by last Saturday you had to pay N12,000 to board a rickety bus from Abuja to Onitsha. Those who could fly parted with double the amount they used to pay airlines. High transport fare is the least of the problems, however. The people of the southeast especially have not been deterred: they [...]

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KANO361474413
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