Friday, September 20, 2019

Azu Ishiekwene

    Wike’s revenge and Atiku’s next move

Wike’s revenge and Atiku’s next move

The harmattan is coming early for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In one week alone, the party lost at the presidential election tribunal, and also left daggers in the backs of two of its contestants in governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa, only a few months away to the polls.As if that was not enough, one of the party’s most [...]

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    Death of civility and the rise of rage

Death of civility and the rise of rage

Angry mobs have dominated recent images from the streets of South Africa and Nigeria – Africa’s two largest economies.Even within national boundaries, we have seen pictures in the last few days of defiant groups who feel hard done by, pressed to the wall or left behind by their government. Yet, there are threats of more – not just more [...]

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    The tail wags south Africa-Nigeria dog

The tail wags south Africa-Nigeria dog

One of the most telling summaries of what has been happening in the last few days between South Africa and Nigeria was the comment by columnist, Owei Lakemfa, that the continent’s two largest economies now take orders from the streets.By Tuesday, five persons had been killed, and many more injured or displaced in South Africa while many small businesses built [...]

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    The story of Busola Dakolo’s unknown ‘Cousin’

The story of Busola Dakolo’s unknown ‘Cousin’

Busola Dakolo has a cousin she has never met and might never even meet. They don’t share blood ties, of course. But like tens of hundreds of victims of sexual abuse, there’s a common thread of grief that binds in a way that only those who feel it know.Since last week, we have been caught in the throes of the [...]

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    In search of the real Oshiomhole

In search of the real Oshiomhole

As I watched the video again on Sunday, it felt like a recording from another age, yet it was taped only five years ago. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was wearing a smart deep-blue suit and red tie over a white shirt. He has shed his trademark brown khaki top and trousers. But looking at this video, not much else appears to [...]

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    Amaechi’s train ride for $2b silence

Amaechi’s train ride for $2b silence

If it had been news about the former sports minister who had defiantly sat on $150,000 mistakenly paid into the ministry’s account by the IAAF, I might have found it easier to believe.Never mind Solomon Dalung’s beret and fatigue, his recalcitrance over the miscued money is at odds with his socialist pretensions. The IAAF saga suggests that he likes money [...]

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    One life, many lessons

One life, many lessons

Even though the attention of the world was focused on the role of the media in elections and democracy on the World Press Freedom Day, the shadow of last year’s murderous attacks on free speech still loomed large.Will this be the new normal?In July, The Economist, quoting a report by Freedom House, described 2018 as the year when the muzzling [...]

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    Crocodile tears for Zamfara and a culture of interference

Crocodile tears for Zamfara and a culture of interference

The immediate reason why the Supreme Court ruling on Zamfara has sparked a civil war in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is that the decision could further complicate the outcome of the leadership vote in the 9th National Assembly in a few days.Before the ruling nullified the election of the three APC senators from Zamfara, the party had 65 senators, for [...]

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    Wike, the GOC and oil bunkering

Wike, the GOC and oil bunkering

Comparison between public conduct elsewhere and what obtains in Nigeria can sometimes be awkward, especially because it can be mistaken to suggest that we can’t be up to any good. That’s not only incorrect, such moral equivalence is unfair to millions of Nigerians who are doing their damn best in their quiet spaces. But two stories last week reported within twenty-four [...]

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    Ganduje: Understanding the pathology of revenge

Ganduje: Understanding the pathology of revenge

The Sarkin Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, always wanted to be to local. Even in his heyday as governor of the Central Bank, he said he was often amused when public office holders fought for appointment as ministers, state governors, ambassadors or for any position at all on the big stage. All he ever wanted after his tour of duty at the [...]

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    Missing secret in Yari’s masterclass

Missing secret in Yari’s masterclass

Zamfara State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Abdulaziz Yari, gave a masterclass to incoming governors last week. The governor, who has obviously become wiser on his way out of office, advised his incoming colleagues to start thinking now of what they can do for their people and how they can find the money to do it. The man [...]

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    Why Dr. Ngige can’t treat that headache

Why Dr. Ngige can’t treat that headache

Labour and Productivity Minister, Chris Ngige, thinks it’s a virtue to speak first, and then, think later. He’s been that way since he came on the public scene nearly two decades ago.Those who know him well have learnt not to take him seriously.But he takes himself very seriously. We saw that again from his comment on Channels TV last week [...]

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    Laughter as political medicine

Laughter as political medicine

Nigerians love travel and adventure. But Ukraine and its forbiddingly cold capital, Kiev, wasn’t a favourite destination for many years. That is until Pastor Sunday Adelaja of the Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations fired the public’s imagination with his evangelical-charismatic brand of the gospel.The news from Kiev last week was not about Adelaja whose outreach [...]

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    Buhari must stop NNPC digging our grave

Buhari must stop NNPC digging our grave

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar made an unpopular statement during the campaign worth a second thought. He said if he was elected president, he would sell off the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), even if it would cost him his life. It didn’t seem anyone was interested in his life, really. Or the point he was trying to make; namely, that [...]

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    Ndume v Lawan: The danger ahead

Ndume v Lawan: The danger ahead

What would it take President Muhammadu Buhari to get the politics of the National Assembly right? Four years ago, he had a problem which, like a stubborn fly, has refused to go away.After his election victory speech in 2015 when he was for all and for none, things went haywire, leading to the emergence of a National Assembly leadership that [...]

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    Nanny vice chancellor confronts helicopter parenting

Nanny vice chancellor confronts helicopter parenting

At first, I thought it was fake news. But I read it to the end and later noticed that it had also been shared on a number of other serious platforms by serious people. And it was signed by the Vice Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University (ACU), Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju.The right reverend gentleman wore his misery on his [...]

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