Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fredrick Nwabufo

    Sowore: When a 47-year-old is too young, inconsequential to be president

Sowore: When a 47-year-old is too young, inconsequential to be president

I have watched the video of the verbal duel between Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, and Adebayo Shittu, minister of communications, five times now.  I spent every second watching that recording in a theatre of pain and depression. Nigeria’s funeral is near with the ilk of Shittu in government. I have followed Sowore’s town-hall meetings across the country with gusto, purely [...]

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    Who are Ekweremadu’s accusers?

Who are Ekweremadu’s accusers?

I have taken some time to study the allegations against Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president. Though I cannot determine the veracity or vacuity of the claims, I am concerned about the antecedents of their founts. Since June 2015 when Ekweremadu emerged as deputy senate president he has been assailed by political soldiers of fortune. The reason for this could be linked [...]

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    The human side of Boko Haram

The human side of Boko Haram

The phrase, “human side”, was given a Nigerian tinge and notoriety by Femi Adesina, spokesman of the president.On December 24, 2017, Adesina announced that a 55-minute documentary entitled the ‘Human Side of Buhari’ would air the next day. This was at a time of chronic petrol drought, and when Nigerians became tenants of fuel stations.Adesina said the documentary aimed to [...]

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    Did you know police put $45K bounty on Kudirat’s killers even when they knew it was an inside job?

Did you know police put $45K bounty on Kudirat’s killers even when they knew it was an inside job?

I have been researching on political killings and state-sanctioned hits in Nigeria. It is tragic where we are coming from. The murder of these people - Pa Alfred Rewane, Bola Ige and Kudirat Abiola was like a scene in the action movie - The Mechanic. Luckily, Alex Ibru and Pa Abraham Adesanya, though both late now, survived hits ordered by the [...]

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    So IGP Idris disobeyed Buhari, abandoned Benue to celebrate birthday?

So IGP Idris disobeyed Buhari, abandoned Benue to celebrate birthday?

The first task of Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), when he assumed office in 2016, was to probe Solomon Arase, his predecessor. Idris had alleged that Arase privatised official vehicles on his departure, rendering him “immobile”.  But this turned out to be a ploy by the IGP to ingratiate himself with President Muhammadu Buhari. The zeitgeist at the time was “fighting [...]

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    How true is the saying that the Igbo have no king?

How true is the saying that the Igbo have no king?

It is a quotidian belief that ‘Igbo nwero eze’ – the Igbo have no king. But this belief may not be entirely accurate.I often squirm in disagreement when people say, “the Igbo are not united; they have no king, everyone is a king in Igboland”. True, the Igbo are republican, but they have always had a leadership ensconced in “abridged [...]

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    Only Black Panther can stop Boko Haram

Only Black Panther can stop Boko Haram

Boko Haram has brandished its fangs in the most daring way this week. Attack after attack, but with a new onslaught trouncing the old one in audacity, gruesomeness and fatality.  Between Thursday and Friday, Boko Haram launched coordinated attacks, like Hitler’s blitzkrieg, on Adamawa, Yobe and Borno. The insurgents hit two villages in Madagali local government area of Adamawa state reportedly abducting some locals [...]

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    Nigerians are capable of unity

Nigerians are capable of unity

I woke up this morning cogitating about what to write for my column. Honestly, nothing came to me instantly. I am sure my readers are getting tired of me kvetching about the government all the time. I am getting tired of myself too.  However, in that cumulus of confusion, I had a light-bulb moment. “Why not write about unity? We should [...]

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    Yobe schoolgirls’ abduction: Has karma come for the APC government?

Yobe schoolgirls’ abduction: Has karma come for the APC government?

Karma is “a spiritual principle of cause and effect where the intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual”.  In Buddhism, it refers to “actions driven by intention, a deed done deliberately through body, speech or mind, which leads to future consequences”.  I am not a religious person, but I believe in the universal law of sowing and [...]

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    Can the APC reign for 60 years?

Can the APC reign for 60 years?

It was Vincent Ogbulafor, former PDP national chairman, who betrayed a fatal flaw and said the party would rule Nigeria for 60 years. Rochas Okoroacha, Imo state governor, also, once succumbed to the flattery of hubris in declaring that the APC would rule the country for 24 years.The crux of this piece is to test the plausibility of Okoroacha’s declaration [...]

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    On IBB’s ‘letter-propelled grenade’: The youth must say no to candidate above 45 years in 2019

On IBB’s ‘letter-propelled grenade’: The youth must say no to candidate above 45 years in 2019

I was invited to a meeting of the Coalition for Nigeria by one of the “fathers” of the movement. Before the meeting, I had a chat with this patriotic Nigerian who told me: “Fred, our time is past; Nigeria should be in the hands of your generation. It is left for you (the youth) to take back the country, this [...]

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    Obasanjo, Ezekwesili’s ‘Third Force’ a political farce

Obasanjo, Ezekwesili’s ‘Third Force’ a political farce

I agree with former President Olusegun Obasanjo that Nigeria needs to be rescued from the “misgovernance guillotine” of the APC and the PDP.Obasanjo expressed his desire for the deracination of these bands of misfortune in his latest missive.He said: “We need a Coalition for Nigeria, CN. Such a movement at this juncture needs not be a political party but one [...]

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    Can Obasanjo’s ‘letter bomb’ cause Buhari electoral fatality?

Can Obasanjo’s ‘letter bomb’ cause Buhari electoral fatality?

I was in a meeting when former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s “letter bomb” rent the “news-sphere”. When I received the news alert, I hastened my business because I was seized by capricious anxiety to read the former president’s missive.  I must say, Obasanjo has taken the art of letter-writing to an enchanted stratosphere. And I admire his preferred means of intervening in [...]

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    Oby Ezekwesili’s ‘relevance mania’

Oby Ezekwesili’s ‘relevance mania’

Oby Ezekwesili has remained a news staple in the country. Among the miscellany of yesterday’s men and women, she exudes the most coruscating charm. And she is like a pop-star with an affective reckoning.I would compare Ezekwesili to Madonna, queen of pop, who for decades has kept her magic for controversy. Government will come and go, but Ezekwesili will not [...]

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    Dear Nigerian youth, everything shouldn’t be about the hustle

Dear Nigerian youth, everything shouldn’t be about the hustle

Dear Nigerian youth,I will be brief.Hello from the “woke side”. I hate to knock your hustle, but you are about to give yourself up for conscription into an enchanted army of influencers and social media bugs again.You did the same thing in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election; you sold a septuagenarian from Katsina state as Mai Gaskiya; as [...]

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    Cattle-ranching is an attack on Fulani culture

Cattle-ranching is an attack on Fulani culture

I am as angry as everyone else regarding the killing of innocents in Benue state by herdsmen.In fact, days ago, I expressed my disappointment in the government owing to its reluctance and silence in the face of the killings in a social media piece.I wrote: “In Nigeria, national security is often supplanted by ethnic security. What is considered as a [...]

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