Thursday, August 1, 2019

Fredrick Nwabufo

    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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    Buhari’s $500,000 Father-Christmas gift to Guinea Bissau could provide 50 classrooms in Kano

Buhari’s $500,000 Father-Christmas gift to Guinea Bissau could provide 50 classrooms in Kano

It is said: “It is better to give than to receive.” But I think, some giving(s) do not come from the quarters of charity, sacrifice, wisdom or chivalry, but from a place of deep insecurity and delusion of grandeur. When the purpose of giving is to “maintain an appearance”, then that is a self-esteem problem. Over the years, Nigeria has had [...]

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    With Buhari, Osinbajo, Lawan, Gbaja, Igbo presidency in 2023 is now a moral burden on Nigeria

With Buhari, Osinbajo, Lawan, Gbaja, Igbo presidency in 2023 is now a moral burden on Nigeria

We have always pledged to Nigeria’s unity. But we have not gone beyond this ritual and work at it. How can we assert, “Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable”; yet we constantly chip away at the umbilical cord that holds us together? It is obvious that the southeast has been politically quarantined.  I think this is deliberate. Traditionally, the leadership of the three [...]

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    Is CCT the nightmare of public officers or mercenary of the executive?

Is CCT the nightmare of public officers or mercenary of the executive?

On September 21, 2011, the hearing room of the Code of Conduct Tribunal was overflowing with lawyers, journalists and spectators. A “big masquerade” was expected to be huddled in the dock.  It was Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Tinubu was a leading figure of the opposition at the time. And it was really no news that he was a discomfort for the Jonathan [...]

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    Jibrin from Sudan, Atiku from Cameroon, but there are really no Nigerians

Jibrin from Sudan, Atiku from Cameroon, but there are really no Nigerians

Before 1914, the geographical space called Nigeria existed in bifurcation – the northern and southern protectorates. And before the British savaged and carved out the area for immanent exploitation, there were thriving kingdoms, ethnic groups, cultures, traditions, and civilisations. In the stout bushes of the eastern section of the lower Niger, a republican system of government, more organised than that of [...]

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    With Buhari’s handling of security, were Nigerians too hard on Jonathan?

With Buhari’s handling of security, were Nigerians too hard on Jonathan?

There are byzantine vibrations about the Nigerian. He is like a banshee wailing against the failings of power when his belly is empty; when he is not within the circle of influence and when the holder of power is not his “religious or ethnic brother”. As soon as he is fed; his insecurities and sentiments catered to, he swears an [...]

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    Crime has no ethnic face

Crime has no ethnic face

Jelani Aliyu is an engineer and automobile designer. He is celebrated for the design of Chevrolet Volt, an auto brand of General Motors. And he is from Sokoto state. He is one of the Nigerians painting the US automobile design industry “green-white-green”. Seyi Oyesola is a Nigerian from the southwest. He is celebrated for the co-invention of the CompactOR, better known [...]

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    Nigeria is like Afghanistan, a country haunted by the blood of innocents, it can’t make progress

Nigeria is like Afghanistan, a country haunted by the blood of innocents, it can’t make progress

The life of a cat in Europe is much more valuable and protected than the life of a Nigerian living in Nigeria.  In fact, there is a European convention for the protection of pet animals. Article 3 of this convention states: “Nobody shall cause a pet animal unnecessary pain, suffering or distress. Nobody shall abandon a pet animal.” Really, there is something [...]

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    Birthday wish for Tinubu at 67: Be more like Awolowo

Birthday wish for Tinubu at 67: Be more like Awolowo

“What is the real benefit of Tinubu’s overlordship in the south-west?  In my state, the government has been owing workers. And there is no real development beyond manufactured statistics. Even Lagos that is often cited as the state where things are happening is the worst city to live in the world, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit report. His wife wants [...]

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    With Adeleke’s victory at the tribunal, any hope for Atiku?

With Adeleke’s victory at the tribunal, any hope for Atiku?

Ademola Adeleke’s victory at the Election Petition Tribunal is a locus classicus for democracy.  It jogs the cerebral cortex and revivifies cautious hope in the judiciary. But really, the victory is just one small step to the archipelago of power in Osun state for the "dancing senator".In 2016, about 81 elections, conducted during the 2015 general election, were upturned by [...]

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    Is organising protests now big business?

Is organising protests now big business?

You must understand that some things do not happen naturally here. Protests, in particular, are not organic or “an act of God”, at least not now; there is usually a “mighty hand” in the shadows pulling the strings. Unlike in the past, when men of good conscience like Gani Fawehinmi, Wole Soyinka, Chima Ubani, Richard Akinnola and Femi Falana, led mass [...]

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    Southeast excluded from national assembly leadership a repeat of Azikiwe, Awolowo’s mistakes

Southeast excluded from national assembly leadership a repeat of Azikiwe, Awolowo’s mistakes

Building a cohesive society starts with delivering justice to all and protecting the interest of not just a few, but all in the composite unit. Justice is the adhesive which cements the foundations of attuned societies.  And it is the scaffold on which national balance rests.Mauritius is a poly-ethnic island country in Africa. The nation is a congruence of different [...]

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    2019 election of retirement of godfathers? Saraki, Okorocha, Akpabio out

2019 election of retirement of godfathers? Saraki, Okorocha, Akpabio out

Power is still with the people. No doubt, these three politicians are the biggest losers in the 2019 elections. But one thing about the humbling situation in Kwara, Imo and Akwa Ibom is that such magnitude of loss was unexpected, considering how larger-than-life the political hegemons in the states appeared. Perhaps all politicians are overrated until swift defeat comes. Twitter @FredrickNwabufo[...]

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    Do the Igbo and the Yoruba know they are sons of ‘Oduduwa’?

Do the Igbo and the Yoruba know they are sons of ‘Oduduwa’?

And the Supreme Being commissioned Oduduwa, a "sky-god", to carry out a terrestrial task; he descended from heaven with a cockerel which had six fingers. And the earth was made by him through the ingenious deployment of his avian subject.  But that was after ‘Atewonro’ had sprinkled some dirt on the ocean to found Ile-Ife.  And he had wives, and sons who [...]

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