Friday, November 16, 2018

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    If you picked Buhari over Jonathan in 2015, you did no wrong

If you picked Buhari over Jonathan in 2015, you did no wrong

There are numerous disgruntled Muhammadu Buhari supporters straddling the social media space. Worried by a series of controversies in a government they placed high hopes in, many of Buhari’s supporters are penitent.“Throwback to when I used my bike to campaign for Buhari preaching change. God forgive me,” one named ‘Hur’ recently wrote on social networking site Twitter, accompanied by teary [...]

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    The men who shouldn’t be in Buhari’s government

The men who shouldn’t be in Buhari’s government

This piece is laden with unsolicited advice. It ordinarily should not have been written, but for recent evidence that the quality of advice available to President Muhammadu Buhari is questionable. Friends of people in power often speak in hushed tones about how the President never listens, about how difficult it is to approach him much less sell an argument to [...]

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    The return of Abdulrasheed Maina

The return of Abdulrasheed Maina

Abdulrasheed Maina cannot hide forever. Neither he nor the people who helped him circumvent justice in 2013 gave this a thought when he escaped to Dubai.But as he must have found out already, retreating from justice is big damage to self rather than the law; and no matter the wealth of cash, power, connection and legal arsenal at anyone’s disposal, [...]

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    Zahra and Aisha Buhari as fashionable Aso Rock clinic critics

Zahra and Aisha Buhari as fashionable Aso Rock clinic critics

There are the Buharis who are not Buharists. Credit to Nasir el-Rufai, the most recent and most persistent proponent of the term ‘Buharism’, ‘Buharists’ can be used loosely without guilt — in this case to mean the political heavyweights or followers in whose eyes Buhari can do no wrong and must, therefore, never be criticised.As there is still no [...]

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    Why Buhari will not rid Nigeria of corruption

Why Buhari will not rid Nigeria of corruption

There is renewed optimism in Nigeria over the success chances of President Muhammadu Buhari's war against corruption. Perennially derided by the opposition as a one-way partisan campaign, Buhari's war against graft is finally piquing the interest of neutrals. This is because the president's own men are the latest victims of the campaign.Director general of Nigeria's National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, [...]

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    Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘inconclusive’ medical vacation

Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘inconclusive’ medical vacation

It was Ayodele Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti State, who first said everything under the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was becoming inconclusive.That outburst - and Fayose has quite a litany of complaints against Buhari - came after Nigeria's electoral umpire declared the Bayelsa State governorship election "inconclusive" on the third day of the exercise.It was a happy ending for Fayose: [...]

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    UNDERCOVER: In Borno, children are dying at IDP camps, foodstuffs are ‘disappearing’ at SEMA store

UNDERCOVER: In Borno, children are dying at IDP camps, foodstuffs are ‘disappearing’ at SEMA store

In October 2016, the senate began probing the alleged diversion of funds and relief materials meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state. After disguising as a relief-aid donor — for eight straight days in November — in order to penetrate an IDP camp and the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), ‘Fisayo Soyombo, editor of TheCable, presents a [...]

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    HURRAY! Army finally gives prosthesis to a ‘forgotten soldier’

HURRAY! Army finally gives prosthesis to a ‘forgotten soldier’

It is October 27 and I arrive the 44 Military Hospital, Kaduna, where I had travelled to — from Lagos the previous day — to spend my birthday. An indescribable feeling of excitement overtakes me as I am welcomed by Johnson Nwibani, STANDING ON HIS TWO LEGS.Simple, isn’t it, that a man stands on his feet to welcome his friend? Not [...]

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    REPORTER’S DIARY: Journeying into Boko Haram’s former enclave

REPORTER’S DIARY: Journeying into Boko Haram’s former enclave

“How far is Mafa from here?” I ask the soldier seated next to me, a hoarsely-voiced, tough-talking, sturdy man who spoke with a thick yet sonorous Igbo accent.“Mafa is not far,” he replies. “We will be there in an hour.”Of course I knew. Only that I didn’t say it.I am not the most frequent talker whenever I find myself in [...]

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    TRIBUTE: Kyari, the old-age pensioner housing 49 IDPs in his small compound in Maiduguri

TRIBUTE: Kyari, the old-age pensioner housing 49 IDPs in his small compound in Maiduguri

One Abba Kyari you already know, but this one you surely don't!It is dusk on May 14, 2016. And it is the eve of my departure from Borno state, after more than a week of unearthing some untold stories about Nigeria's war against insurgency and the abominable treatment of the soldiers prosecuting it.My guide and I run into a man who [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Lt.-Col Abu Ali was preparing for Sambisa operation before Boko Haram killed him

EXCLUSIVE: Lt.-Col Abu Ali was preparing for Sambisa operation before Boko Haram killed him

Had fate chosen a separate sequence of events, Muhammad Abu Ali, the lieutenant-colonel killed by Boko Haram on Friday, would still be alive.Abu, commanding officer of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, died at about 10.00pm on Friday when suspected insurgents attacked the 119 Battalion Nigerian army location at Mallam Fatori, northern Borno state.But a senior army official who spoke with TheCable [...]

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    FLASHBACK: TheCable report that won PwC award

FLASHBACK: TheCable report that won PwC award

For nine straight working days in December, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, editor of TheCable, disguised his appearance – first as a hungry, hapless job seeker; later as a trainee clearing agent; and finally as an intending importer of cars, computers and Italian suits and shoes – to penetrate into the importing and clearing ring at the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). Presented in [...]

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    FLASHBACK: Exactly 50 years ago, Adekunle Fajuyi gave up his life for Aguiyi-Ironsi

FLASHBACK: Exactly 50 years ago, Adekunle Fajuyi gave up his life for Aguiyi-Ironsi

When next someone brands Nigerians a mass of ethnic zealots who are daily scheming how their ethnic group outpaces the other, you may not necessarily dispute their claims. But make sure to place it on record that there are a few shinning lights; and don't forget to add that some of these limited but fine examples of ethnic unbias are [...]

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    EXTRA: Like good, old wine, Obasanjo’s wits keep getting better

EXTRA: Like good, old wine, Obasanjo’s wits keep getting better

If I had the good fortune to interview a former Nigerian leader, I would pick Olusegun Obasanjo without dithering for a second!That won't be because I am a native of Ogun state like he is, neither will it be because he is the easiest to physically access (my parents live just 2km off his OOPL mansion in Abeokuta).While someone else may even choose to [...]

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    VIDEO: The price of insurgency… Maiduguri airport in a shambles

VIDEO: The price of insurgency… Maiduguri airport in a shambles

One of the most memorable quotes of President Muhammadu Buhari, in the buildup to the 2015 presidential election, is his assertion that the war against insurgency will not have been over until the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls. Far from it.The recovery of the Chibok girls from Boko Haram will surely be a milestone in the military's successes against the [...]

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    FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS V: Reporter’s Diary: Escaping a bomb blast in Borno, losing my manhood in Kaduna

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS V: Reporter’s Diary: Escaping a bomb blast in Borno, losing my manhood in Kaduna

Since 2009, Nigerian soldiers have been going into battle with Boko Haram — with far inferior arms and ammunition — knowing this is the only proof of their love for fatherland. But once they sustain injuries on the battlefield, they soon discover that this love is unreciprocated. ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ is a five-part series exploring the agony of soldiers shattered by [...]

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