Saturday, February 17, 2018

Azu Ishiekwene

    Snake venom and jerry cans

Snake venom and jerry cans

We’re back where we used to be many moons ago. Shortages and long petrol queues have resurfaced and there’s no sign that things would get better any time soon.If, however, promises could fill the supply gap, we would be drowning in petrol. The first clear sign of shortage started in December 2017, nearly three months ago.After the Federal Executive Council [...]

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    IBB’s letter to his countryman

IBB’s letter to his countryman

What was meant to be an assessment of the three-year-old government of President Muhammadu Buhari turned on its head before the ink dried up on the press statement.Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, said he meant to advise Buhari not to run again in 2019, but to make way for younger politicians.That might have been what he told his media [...]

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    From Africa: A status report

From Africa: A status report

The 30th summit of African Union leaders in Addis Ababa on Monday came at a moment when the continent is struggling to find its bearings.And we didn’t need Donald Trump’s slur to remind us of the work that still needs to be done.After years of violent conflicts, Liberia just had a peaceful transfer of power, which ushered in former world [...]

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    I stand with Aisha Buhari

I stand with Aisha Buhari

The decision of First Lady, Aisha Buhari, to retweet criticisms of the Buhari administration caused quite a stir last week. Not a few had hoped she would disclaim the handle or moan that it was hacked. But she didn’t.In a week when her husband was under the most severe attack in recent times for fiddling as widespread killings brought the country to its knees, [...]

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    What a cow says about the president

What a cow says about the president

There was a video of President Muhammadu Buhari that shocked me recently and undermined my confidence in his ability to end the deadly attacks by Fulani herdsmen.It was not the video of him purportedly admiring a cow in his Daura ranch on a tablet. And certainly not the tape of his reported visit to former Governor Lam Adesina 18 years [...]

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    What is happening to Buhari?

What is happening to Buhari?

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, otherwise called Fulani herdsmen, could be the undoing of President Muhammadu Buhari. The President appears surprised at the depth of outrage against him over the recent spate of violence across the country, especially the senseless killings by herdsmen in Benue State.He thinks that we should understand by now that he means well, that we [...]

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    Buhari and the two blind men

Buhari and the two blind men

Something curiouser than the perennial fuel shortage emerged last week. President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year message was the clearest indication yet that the three most senior managers of the oil industry do not agree on the cause of the problem or how to fix it.It may be a genuine epidemic of confusion and inertia – or perhaps something worse: incompetence. [...]

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    Sex and the perils of office

Sex and the perils of office

Sex has always been a staple of US politics. In recent times, however, this subject has gripped that country in an interestingly new way.After American voters ignored allegations of sexual misconduct against candidate Donald Trump by over one dozen women to elect him president, a rash of similar allegations continues to test the sensitivity of America’s prudish soul.Just before Christmas, [...]

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    Lifestyle changes: A personal odyssey

Lifestyle changes: A personal odyssey

I first did it at 50. Before then I had not done a comprehensive medical check up. Older friends above fifty would often tell me to have a complete check up at least once every year after forty.For men, a checkup is incomplete without a prostrate check. Forty per cent of men in Nigeria, particularly those over forty, are [...]

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    Unforgettable moments

Unforgettable moments

There are many reasons why the world will not forget 2017. In just one year of his presidency Donald Trump has changed the world beyond recognition.He has been compared to John Adams, Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and John Tyler – all 19th Century US Presidents whose gift of rage made some wonder if they were all right upstairs.But none of them [...]

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    PDP’s second chance at a new life

PDP’s second chance at a new life

The party would have been over by now. Peoples Democratic Party stalwart, Raymond Dokpesi, had, in fact, organised a mock funeral.When it seemed all but certain that the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP was going to have the last laugh at the Supreme Court, Dokpesi registered the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), as a fallback.That move was viewed [...]

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    Abdullahi’s inside story on Jonathan

Abdullahi’s inside story on Jonathan

Of the three presidents who ruled Nigeria between 1999 and 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan appears, so far, to have been the subject of more controversial books than his two predecessors.Five notable books about or significantly touching on former President Obasanjo’s tenure are his memoir, My Watch; Olusegun Obasanjo: The Presidential Legacy (Vols. I & II) 1999-2007, by Ladipo Akinkugbe [...]

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    Beyond Mugabe: The other vultures In Harare

Beyond Mugabe: The other vultures In Harare

Robert Mugabe overstayed his welcome by miles. But he wouldn’t come this far without the support of his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ruling ZANU-PF party and the military top brass. They were in it together.Ordinary Zimbabweans wanted Mugabe out at least over a decade ago. The clearest expression of that was in 2008 when they voted Morgan Tsvangarai [...]

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    An accident el-Rufai can’t help

An accident el-Rufai can’t help

Governor Nasir El-Rufai may have been an accidental public servant by his own account, but he may well be the sort of accident that the public service needs.In a battle that promises to be nasty, the governor said he would fire 21,780 or two thirds of the teachers in Kaduna State who failed a competency test based on a scheme [...]

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    What Guardian tortoise says about Buhari

What Guardian tortoise says about Buhari

The cartoon was published in The Guardian on a Sunday sometime in 2016. It was a depiction of the tortoise approaching the gate of the Presidential Villa, carrying the sign, “Slow and steady.”On that Sunday, nearly one year after President Muhammadu Buhari was elected and months, I think, after he announced his ministers, the President had a copy of that [...]

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    From Maikanti to Maina: What next?

From Maikanti to Maina: What next?

It’s one of the ironies of the times that those getting the worst deal from retirement savings are the most vulnerable, the people that the scheme is supposed to help.Stories about pensioners dying in long, waiting lines have moved from front pages to obscure spots, yet we’re often confronted with news of incredible stealing by public officials managing pension savings.After [...]

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