Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fredrick Nwabufo

    Is there any integrity left in INEC after Attahiru Jega?

Is there any integrity left in INEC after Attahiru Jega?

Will an election conducted under‎ the cumulus of suspicion, doubt and allegations against the umpire of the exercise be accepted by most Nigerians? Do Nigerians still believe in the integrity of INEC‎? Is the commission still that fearless, dispassionate and impartial arbiter we have known it to be since 2011?‎ I cannot answer these questions for any Nigerian, but for myself. I [...]

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    Can an election still be free, fair when it is postponed 9 hours before schedule?

Can an election still be free, fair when it is postponed 9 hours before schedule?

On April 2, 2011, INEC shifted the national assembly election by seven days (to April 9), citing “logistics and operational” problems. And it took this decision while voting had already commenced in some parts of the country. Really, what happened was that the electoral umpire had sent election materials meant for the governorship polls scheduled for April 16 to some states [...]

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    Why APC is just ‘turnioniown’

Why APC is just ‘turnioniown’

It is easier to solidarise in "struggle" than in victory. In 2013, the PDP galloped from one crisis to another until it imploded and lost power at the centre in 2015. But the party’s eclipse happened after it had enjoyed 16 years in power. Currently, the APC is embroiled in tremulous wrangling. And this is just after three and a half years [...]

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    Nigerians, no hope in choosing between Herod and Nebuchadnezzar

Nigerians, no hope in choosing between Herod and Nebuchadnezzar

Fellow citizens, the choice we make this Saturday will either accelerate or decelerate our unhinged decline.  We do not have to continue on the path of certain perdition, and we do not have to return to the hills of vultures and scavengers. We can veer off this path of doom and resist returning to a past of locusts and leeches by not [...]

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    El-Rufai, ‘body-bags’ for foreigners, but mass graves for locals?

El-Rufai, ‘body-bags’ for foreigners, but mass graves for locals?

Really, it was reckless of Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna state governor, to have unabashedly promised a festival of blood-letting for foreigners who may want to “interfere” with this month’s election.  Although I understand the statement could have been a “blurt-out”; a slip-up spurred by a moment in the haze of bright lights and intrusive cameras, it is difficult to excuse his indiscretion. But [...]

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    Nnamdi Kanu is right; Atiku’s Adamawa was in Northern Cameroon

Nnamdi Kanu is right; Atiku’s Adamawa was in Northern Cameroon

Before I give a historical perspective on the veracity of Nnamdi Kanu’s claim that Atiku Abubakar is “originally from Cameroon”, I must say this about this disturbed personality. Kanu is a disadvantaged character who does not take himself seriously, but who some lost Igbo sons and daughters, in terrible need of guidance, take seriously. I do not think he regards much of [...]

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    50 days in hell: We must not forget Deji Adeyanju

50 days in hell: We must not forget Deji Adeyanju

One thing is certain; tyranny will always have cheerleaders. When Adolf Hitler was asphyxiating Jews in death chambers, there were people who cheered him on. When General Sani Abacha was drawing blood from all who opposed him, there were people who kissed his bloody dagger, and even worked for him to become “eternal” president.Deji Adeyanju has been in the fiery [...]

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    Ojukwu visited me last night to weep for Ndigbo

Ojukwu visited me last night to weep for Ndigbo

In the time of the pharaohs of Egypt, when African civilisation was at its apogee, dreams were considered an elemental means of communication from the divine. The story of Joseph and an Egyptian king in the Bible assents this.In Igbo cosmology, dreams, “nlo”, are often not weighed with levity. They are studied through priestly oneirology and interpreted. And even in [...]

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    At 76, General Buhari has not lost taste for ‘plotting’

At 76, General Buhari has not lost taste for ‘plotting’

On December 31, 1983, a putsch coordinated by General Buhari and his associates led to the demise of a democratic government. He was 41 years old at the time. And at the age of 76, Buhari has not lost the taste for “plotting”. He is still the same ol’ G. President Buhari has cast off all pretences. He has emerged from [...]

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    If only Oby Ezekwesili had taken Sowore’s ‘weed’

If only Oby Ezekwesili had taken Sowore’s ‘weed’

What was Oby Ezekwesili’s agenda? What was her interest? And what was her endgame?A few weeks to the general election, Ezekwesili woke up marketing the illusion that she was “Esther”; the destined liberator of Nigerians. She claimed she was running for president under the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).Before her political interest, she founded the “Red-Card Movement”, the so-called [...]

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    Really, who needs medical attention between Buhari and Obasanjo?

Really, who needs medical attention between Buhari and Obasanjo?

The synopsis of President Buhari’s response to Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter likening his administration to the brutal Abacha regime is that the former president is “sick or psychologically challenged”. But I think the riposte is like that of a blind man mocking another man who uses recommended glasses.Who really needs medical attention between Buhari and Obasanjo?Over the years, Obasanjo has shown [...]

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    Why money is not flowing like Ikogosi springs this campaign season

Why money is not flowing like Ikogosi springs this campaign season

It is a season of Spartan political campaigns. I am sure you have noticed that “money is not flowing” this season as it did in 2015 when there was a blizzard of dollars. Everyone, who had hoped to make quick money from the campaigns, is gritting his teeth.  But what could be responsible for the “slush money drought”? Well, I have been reliably informed [...]

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    Is Rotimi Amaechi a wailer?

Is Rotimi Amaechi a wailer?

These are desperate times; a time of signs and wonders. It is “injury time” – anything can happen. Only the unwary will be taken in by the magic of this time.  Everything you read, every video you watch, and every audio recording you listen to that is put out by APC or PDP campaign minions is a piece in the art of [...]

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    The consequence of the struggle for fake-news trophy by APC, PDP

The consequence of the struggle for fake-news trophy by APC, PDP

The APC and the PDP are at a fake-news race. It appears both parties are set on a single strategy of winning the February presidential election – through the audacious cross-firing of falsehood and lies.It will be prejudicial to say who is getting ahead of the other in this punitive race of fibbing. But the two parties are outdoing each [...]

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    Dear Santa, I am part of the Nigeria problem

Dear Santa, I am part of the Nigeria problem

In the past, I used to ask myself, “What has Nigeria done for me?” But these days, there is usually guilt when that thought intrudes. There is now the thought of, “What have I done for Nigeria?”I have come to understand that I have been a part of the Nigeria problem. I have been more interested in taking from the [...]

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    Déjà vu: I fear it will be unto Buhari as it was unto Jonathan in 2015

Déjà vu: I fear it will be unto Buhari as it was unto Jonathan in 2015

There is a grand conspiracy. A plot hatched in the pits of despair and agony. There are three conspirators involved in this plot – the Nigerian people, top business executives and the international community.In this thrilling “scheme”, the Nigerian people are providing the hammer and the nail; business executives are providing the brick and mortar, while the international community is [...]

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