Fredrick Nwabufo

    Nigeria’s national assembly of job scandals 

Nigeria’s national assembly of job scandals 

I came in full cognisance with the normality of influence peddling for jobs when I was covering the national assembly. It is a run-off-the-mill practice, which has become permissive, for lawmakers to scribble a long list of names of cronies and hangers-on and send it to any government agency soliciting jobs. I have seen lots of these lists myself. It is [...]

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    Buhari backs Gaidom: Has Tinubu finally been tamed?

Buhari backs Gaidom: Has Tinubu finally been tamed?

Screeching on television in February 2018, Remi Tinubu, wife of Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban of Borgu, let out a bellow. She said her husband was ‘’trashed’’ (her word) after the 2015 election. Her wailing: “I was hurt what they did to my husband after the campaign ...he didn’t say a thing. We were running three campaigns in my house [...]

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    EFCC’s Magu and allegations of ‘mago mago’

EFCC’s Magu and allegations of ‘mago mago’

Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), escaped the axe by the gators last week. He was nearly fired. The EFCC chief’s nearly five-year incumbency has been a wild play of intrigues, distraction and confusion. I recall in 2016 when the senate declined to confirm his appointment, citing a DSS report which was damnatory in complexion. [...]

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    APC crisis is good for Nigeria 

APC crisis is good for Nigeria 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is on the cusp of an implosion. The crisis in the party has reached a frightening crescendo. It has been a gradual but steady plummet for the party since its 2015 unanticipated triumph. I believe, the APC is in the thrall of a curse – the success curse. In March, I wrote ‘Are we having the [...]

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    Obaseki/Oshiomhole naked brawl: When will our primitive politics evolve? 

Obaseki/Oshiomhole naked brawl: When will our primitive politics evolve? 

One of the many contraptions that have defied contrivance and evolution in Nigeria is our politics. We still practise the basest, vilest and crudest kind of politics. In fact, there is a more transparent and disciplined political system in the animal kingdom than there is in our country. Some studies have shown that baboons have an ordered democratic system – not [...]

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    We must renounce our tribal identities; I’m Nigerian NOT Igbo

We must renounce our tribal identities; I’m Nigerian NOT Igbo

The recent current of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the US has surged tremendously in Nigeria – a country in the thrall of its own unique kind of ‘’racism’’ – tribalism. Nigerians held protests at the embassy of the US in Abuja, condemning the murder of George Floyd, an African-American, by a Caucasian Minneapolis police officer a few days ago. Really, [...]

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    Nigeria’s ‘forgotten’ reggae greats

Nigeria’s ‘forgotten’ reggae greats

“We don’t need no Babylon law for it is man-made; all we need is Jah’s ten commandments. The Babylon law could be treated any way, but Jah’s commandments you don’t have to escape…” I listened to this song “preach” from a radio. It commanded me to hop in an athletic fashion. Yes, I dusted off my rickety steps and moved to [...]

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    Donald Trump, the African strongman in America 

Donald Trump, the African strongman in America 

One of the five cardinal objectives of the United States foreign policy is ‘’promoting and supporting’’ democracy. The US has fought wars and spent billions of dollars ‘’promoting and supporting’’ its own genre of democracy in other countries – especially in the developing world. The country touted itself to be the emancipator of the world – against communism -- during [...]

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    Buhari’s Fuji house of commotion 

Buhari’s Fuji house of commotion 

The Buhari administration did not prime itself for leadership but for power. The regime has titillated more attention from controversies stoked by internecine scrimmages than from any milestone project. It has been five years of intrigues, scandals, and the simply unbelievable. Really, the life of the regime has been more dramatic than a Telemundo soap opera. In October, 2016, just 17 [...]

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    The media needs a bailout now! 

The media needs a bailout now! 

The primacy of the media in any society is indubitable. The media is the iron curtain between tyranny and democracy. It is the bastion of the ethos, truth and spirit of a people. And it serves no interest but the public’s. Cliched as the fourth estate of the realm, the essentiality of media is commonplace but prodigiously unemphasised. In fact, it [...]

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    Dear Femi Adesina, learn from yesterday’s spokesmen

Dear Femi Adesina, learn from yesterday’s spokesmen

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, features in the pantheon of accomplished Nigerian journalists no doubt. In his days of ‘’truth-telling’’ and before the hex of unclean spirits in Aso Rock, Adesina was the man from miyshore – the straight place. He was loved. He cut the persona of a light bearer. But why has the ‘’kulikuli exponent’’ so unravelled? By the way, [...]

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    Nyesom Wike: Our governor has gone mad again

Nyesom Wike: Our governor has gone mad again

If the gods want to punish a people, they either invoke plagues on the land or deploy agents of slaughter as leaders. The gods are not happy with Rivers state, obviously, hence the affliction by Nyesom Wike. The state had a chance of averting this ruination in 2019, but it did not take it. The recent brutish actions of Wike in [...]

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    Any place for the almajiri? Rejected by parents, scorned by society and abused by politicians 

Any place for the almajiri? Rejected by parents, scorned by society and abused by politicians 

A society which eats, debases and abuses its young is a coven run by witches. The almajiri children are innocents socialised into a culture and system they did not create. They are just unlucky to be born in an unfortunate axis of the world. They did not make their circumstances or their world; they were thrust into it. They live [...]

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    When will Ishaq Akintola, Muslim Rights Concern director, be arrested for always spreading poison? 

When will Ishaq Akintola, Muslim Rights Concern director, be arrested for always spreading poison? 

Hate speech and fake news appear to be the exclusive preserve of religious and political leaders. This class can spread poison in statements, commentaries and homilies without any check. They can stoke religious animosity and drive the wedge of hate deeper without being held accountable for their actions. Alas! When Nigerians enduring government’s malfeasance tweet or post their frustrations in parlances [...]

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    Buhari, now is time to slash salaries, allowances of political officers by 70% 

Buhari, now is time to slash salaries, allowances of political officers by 70% 

Nigeria is an impoverished country. In fact, the country has never been rich – in the economic sense of the word. The assumptions of wealth have always been hyphenated to the abundance of crude oil and other natural resources. But these alone do not make the country rich. As a matter of fact, the exploitation and expropriation of these resources [...]

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    Who will tell Abba Kyari’s story? 

Who will tell Abba Kyari’s story? 

He played in the background so well. Abba Kyari was the mystery of the presidential villa. Unobtrusive and self-effacing, yet his influence was palpable beyond the cloistered Aso villa. He understood his job as the president’s right-hand man and never did he outshine the master. He capered as the unseen but dutiful connoisseur of the throne; greatly misunderstood, uncelebrated, but [...]

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