Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Aniebo Nwamu

    I see change in 2017

I see change in 2017

My readers will remember that this column has been prophetic for the past decade or so. Everything I’ve predicted has almost always happened: from the failure of Obasanjo’s third term bid to Jonathan’s victory in 2011; from the collapse of oil prices to Buhari’s victory in 2015; from the emergence of economic recession in Nigeria to Donald Trump’s triumph in [...]

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    How to be a happy Nigerian

How to be a happy Nigerian

About eight young men sat round a wooden table in one of the dirty neighbourhoods of Nigeria’s federal capital Abuja. On the table was just a bottleful of a local gin surrounded by two or three small tumblers. Not far from there was a local bar. Aged between 15 and 23, by my estimate, the young men were sipping their [...]

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    We’ve seen the best of Buhari

We’ve seen the best of Buhari

Seven months after the 2016 budget was passed by the National Assembly – after much acrimony over padding and after what passed for debates – President Muhammadu Buhari has just presented the budget for 2017. Nobody knows what has been expended from the N6trillion budgeted for 2016. Across Nigeria are tales of anguish as the nation grapples with a deadly [...]

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    More taxes please

More taxes please

Telecommunications companies in Nigeria had, since November 1, received approval from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to jack up the prices of data by more than 300%. Only in the last week of November was the information, which was expected to take effect December 1, made public. Of course, nobody except workers in the telecom firms welcomed the move. However, there [...]

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    Ojukwu was a warrior for justice

Ojukwu was a warrior for justice

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the passing of General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (rtd) in London. Coincidentally, another revolutionary who fought for his people, Fidel Castro of Cuba, also died yesterday. Castro succeeded and ruled Cuba for 49 years until 2008. Ojukwu was stopped in three years, but the seed of his revolution has survived and borne fruit. For want [...]

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    The robbers this season

The robbers this season

The kind of robbery witnessed at Otun-Ekiti, Moba LGA of Ekiti State, on Friday is not uncommon during “-ember months” in Nigeria. The robbers showed no mercy: a bank manager, a cashier and two security men got killed. Then, they escaped with unquantifiable cash before siren-blaring policemen arrived at the scene. Not far from there on the same day, armed robbers [...]

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    Debt, death and destiny

Debt, death and destiny

Democracy is, indeed, “the worst form of government except for all the others”. If the current regime in Nigeria were a military one, some jackboots would have simply agreed to borrow $30billion during a Federal Executive Council, and that’s all. That’s how destructive military regimes accumulated over $30billion within 16 years until 2000. To borrow $30billion to finance projects from now [...]

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    Why evil thrives here

Why evil thrives here

Whenever “terror” is mentioned, especially since after September 11, 2001, the mind often goes to the activities of fundamentalists attacking American interests. But look down. Your brother next door could be a victim of terror in the next minute. Or how do you describe armed robbers, pen robbers, 419 fraudsters, abortionists, ritual murderers, Boko Haram, rapists, kidnappers, political thugs and [...]

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    Corruption: Selective war won’t work

Corruption: Selective war won’t work

Nobody should ask me to clap for President Muhammadu Buhari because DSS operatives raided the homes of seven or eight judges in the dead of night last weekend. Rather than clap, I’ve been afraid – very afraid of the consequences of scorching a snake and not killing it. A statement of the National Judicial Council upbraiding the executive for attempting [...]

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    Memo to Nnamani panel

Memo to Nnamani panel

Likely, President Muhammadu Buhari and his kitchen cabinet were not sincere about electoral reform when they set up the committee headed by former Senate president Kenechukwu Nnamani last week. The recommendations of a similar panel set up eight years ago, which was headed by Justice Muhammed Uwais, have not been put to use. Nor has Buhari gone through the recommendations [...]

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    Here’s an asset to sell for $150bn

Here’s an asset to sell for $150bn

All Nigerians have been challenged to think outside the box in order to get the country out of recession. We columnists have often contributed valuable ideas towards heading off a recession or even a depression, but the rulers of Nigeria have not listened. We foretold a day like this. Perhaps, those who offer ideas for free in the media are fools. [...]

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     In times like these…

 In times like these…

My guess is that the phrase Nigerians google most frequently now is “How to survive a recession” or “Businesses that prosper during a recession”. I have googled it too.  Everyone seeks a recession-proof business. There are millions of references on the net, and you have to cut through the clutter to find any meaningful advice. The one idea I believe to [...]

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    Jobs still looking for workers

Jobs still looking for workers

I first published the article “Jobs Looking for Workers” on May 8, 2011. It was meant to draw attention to food or fruit processing as a major job creator in a country over-blessed by nature. Unfortunately, apart from a few like the Dangote Group and Erisco Foods that have started processing tomatoes in the northern part of the country, little [...]

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    Leadership crisis in a recession

Leadership crisis in a recession

My friends that have been tagged “wailers” – because they didn’t vote for “change” in 2015 – remind me in the social media that their membership register is full. I hereby ask for permission to explain myself first, before I ask to join the “wailers”: I’ve been disappointed like almost everyone else that voted for “change” last year. I had [...]

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    The first martyr for Nigerian unity

The first martyr for Nigerian unity

A moment before he was shot, on July 29, 1966, Nigeria’s first military head of state Major-General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi reportedly told his assailants, “Shoot me and you shoot Nigeria.” The goons did not budge. They emptied magazines of Stein guns into his body and that of Col. Adekunle Fajuyi, military governor of Western Region. Aguiyi-Ironsi‘s last words echoed in [...]

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    Usman: The NPA change challenge

Usman: The NPA change challenge

Judging by his appointments alone, President Buhari has hardly exuded the “change” slogan of his party, for most government agencies are still manned by members of the old brigade to which he himself belongs. When, therefore, he named a 40-year-old woman, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, as the new managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), penultimate week, he deserved [...]

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