Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fredrick Nwabufo

    Can we all just get along?

Can we all just get along?

The eyes see what they want to see.  And the mind believes what the eyes see. In the Washington Post’s essay entitled, ‘Psychology explains why people are so easily duped’, Eryn Newman, a postdoctoral scholar in cognitive psychology at the University of California, deduced that ‘’photos and names can have surprisingly powerful effects on our memories, beliefs and evaluations of [...]

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    The killing of Afenifere leader’s daughter and the omnipresence of bandits on Nigerian roads

The killing of Afenifere leader’s daughter and the omnipresence of bandits on Nigerian roads

On Wednesday, June 12,  Adenipekun Ademiju, a staff member of Atakumosa west local government area of Osun state embarked on a journey – of no return.  It was a quotidian day like any other, and there was nothing betokening tragedy. He boarded a bus from Osun town heading for Ibadan.  On the expressway around Ikire community, a group of bandits emerged from the [...]

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    Buhari, you may mean well, but time is running out

Buhari, you may mean well, but time is running out

One flaw that detracts from President Buhari’s strengths is tardiness; especially, his dilatory response to matters of importance.  This is where an appreciable weakness of the president lies. And most times, the response or actions that follow the intermissions cannot justify the gnawing wait. For example, why wait until July to reappoint the same aides when that could have been done [...]

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    Self-determination for southeast: Is Ohanaeze youth now the rebranded IPOB?

Self-determination for southeast: Is Ohanaeze youth now the rebranded IPOB?

Self-determination is a universal principle no doubt, but its application is defined within the context of the law, norms and precepts of the state. It has become orthodox to frame this concept narrowly; the fact is, self-determination beyond the remit of the prevailing laws of a country is subversion. The UN declaration on this subject, which reads: “By virtue of the [...]

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    Ruga settlement: Is the rising Fulaniphobia a protest against Buhari? 

Ruga settlement: Is the rising Fulaniphobia a protest against Buhari? 

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    No need for panic, working with Miyetti Allah in southeast is a security strategy

No need for panic, working with Miyetti Allah in southeast is a security strategy

Security is everybody’s business. No individual, group, institution or organisation is nugatory in matters of security.  All efforts are needed and all hands must be forged into one fist in the pursuit of peace. In fact, it imperils security if any stakeholder to the peace is “quarantined” and stereotyped. On Wednesday, I read a report on a security briefing by Audu Adamu [...]

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    Buhari’s cabinet: To be or not to be?

Buhari’s cabinet: To be or not to be?

“It will take the next two months before ministers can come on board. Bringing them in now may disrupt the clean-up going on. So, Nigerians just have to be patient.” This was Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, speaking to Reuters on July 1, 2015 on the hold-up in appointing ministers. He said the president was taking his time to assemble a team [...]

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    Political exclusion of southeast is affirming the propaganda of Biafra extremists

Political exclusion of southeast is affirming the propaganda of Biafra extremists

“Onye Nigeria, I told you one day, there will be job adverts for positions in the federal civil service, and there will be a clause: ‘No candidate from the southeast allowed’; the exclusion of Ndi Igbo from the leadership of the three arms of government is just the beginning.” That was the message of an Igbo nationalist to me. Nnamdi is a [...]

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    Buhari’s hammer on AIT

Buhari’s hammer on AIT

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    Buhari, how does your support for Palestine benefit Nigeria?

Buhari, how does your support for Palestine benefit Nigeria?

There is no morality in global politics. It is eat or be eaten. The nucleus of international relations, beyond the niceties of diplomacy, is interest. Substantially, foreign relations is a trade of interests. Nothing is given for nothing. Every country seeks its own even in the extension of charity to another country. But Nigeria’s approach to foreign relations has always been [...]

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    Dear Buhari, don’t end up making Jonathan, Obasanjo, IBB look like heroes by your failure

Dear Buhari, don’t end up making Jonathan, Obasanjo, IBB look like heroes by your failure

In Nigeria, governments come and go, but each one outpaces the other in impunity, non-performance, corruption and incompetence. Before the administration of President Buhari that of Goodluck Jonathan was knocked as the archetypal highhanded, clueless, corrupt and wasteful government. But before Jonathan’s reign, Obasanjo’s administration was pilloried as a corrupt and iron-fisted “regime”, and before that, the military administrations were [...]

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    We must all be Fulani

We must all be Fulani

Conspiracy theories are the palm oil of Nigeria’s politics. They give taste to falsehood, tension, fear and unrest.  And often, they are ignorantly eaten, regurgitated and spewed by the unwary. On December 11, 2013, former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote a caustic missive entitled, ‘Before it is too late’, searing former President Jonathan and his administration. He alleged that Jonathan was “clannish” [...]

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    The Yoruba deserve 2023 presidency, the Igbo are not a serious people

The Yoruba deserve 2023 presidency, the Igbo are not a serious people

There is nothing as fatal as a blow from a “consanguineal fist”.  A cut from a “sibling” hurts deeper than that from a stranger. I have been inflicted severe cuts – caustic verbal attacks - by some Igbo persons for advocating a president of Igbo extraction in 2023. While some of them are irritated by the attention that I have been [...]

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    If Leah Sharibu was Zahra Buhari, would she still be in captivity?

If Leah Sharibu was Zahra Buhari, would she still be in captivity?

A man, with bloodied “babariga” and with head cocked down, perched emotionlessly in the driver’s seat of a Land Cruiser jeep at Kurmin Kare village along Kaduna-Abuja express way in the searing afternoon of April 29. He was the driver of Mohammed Abubakar, chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC). He was nameless, and he suffered the most terrible [...]

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    Imagine Sanusi’s fate if Ganduje controlled the police

Imagine Sanusi’s fate if Ganduje controlled the police

One of the resilient arguments against the establishment of state police is the retailing of the abusive power of the badge to governors. And really, this contention is germane if situated in the actualities of today. Why should “police power” be given to governors who see themselves as “constituted authority”? Who indiscriminately savage the treasury in the name of “security [...]

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    Dear IGP Adamu, begging bandits is not a security strategy

Dear IGP Adamu, begging bandits is not a security strategy

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