Friday, September 21, 2018

Fredrick Nwabufo

    National assembly and its passion for unromantic insertions

National assembly and its passion for unromantic insertions

Insertion! This word entered my offender’s register in 2016. At the time, Abdulmumin Jibrin, former chairman, house committee on appropriations, was a caterwauler; he cried out, alleging that the leadership of the house of representatives was involved in impassioned “insertions”.Jibrin claimed that four principal officers of the house, including Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the lower legislative chamber, were inserting personal [...]

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    Does Buhari hide his shit like North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un whenever he travels abroad?

Does Buhari hide his shit like North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un whenever he travels abroad?

Shit is serious business.Shit, a by-product of human metabolism, is a potent element in diagnosing health anomalies.Your shit indicates whether your muscles are strong or not. It tells if your gastrointestinal system is functioning optimally or not. It shows if you are getting enough fiber and other nutrients. It also tells if your hormones are chic. And if your internal [...]

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    End SARS today, another police criminal gang will replace it

End SARS today, another police criminal gang will replace it

The ‘End SARS Campaign’ is a shot in the air. The campaign is a combustion of citizens’ frustration without galvanised action. It is a right cause with a hollow purpose. Police brutality and criminality predate SARS. I remember, in the days of 'Operation Sweep' in Lagos, there were surplus reports of police criminality – extra-judicial killings, harassment and extortion. Really, the problem [...]

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    Buhari’s Democracy Day speech is yam without oil

Buhari’s Democracy Day speech is yam without oil

Why are President Buhari’s speeches always vapid and tepid? This morning, I listened to his Democracy Day address on a stratosphere of expectations but was brought to the terra firma of disappointment. Totally uninspiring!I strained my ears to hear the president mention a single project his government started and completed in three years. But he mentioned none, except for “carry-over [...]

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    The Redeemed Church’s genital test for intending couples is cult-like imposition

The Redeemed Church’s genital test for intending couples is cult-like imposition

When a church seeks to control every vestige of existence of its members through doctrinaire dictates and pedantic strictures it is no longer a household of faith as conceived by the early Christians in Antioch, but a cult.In the 1970s, churches built around personalities were popular. Jim Jones was a striking figure in the US at this time. He had [...]

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    Let’s shut down the senate!

Let’s shut down the senate!

The Nigerian senate, a pivot in the tripod of democracy, has become comfortably ineffectual and grossly spineless. What we have now is just an institutional skeleton, without blood or muscle. So, why should we still keep it? That the senate is today a magnet of scorn, derision and insults is of its own making. The upper legislative chamber got hoisted by [...]

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    What’s in Aso Rock that makes presidents want to live and die there?

What’s in Aso Rock that makes presidents want to live and die there?

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) spent eight years as head of state at Aso Rock. He pledged at different times in his regime to return power to “the people”. But he never did. Somehow, he always found a way to dribble himself out of the maze of his own mendacity.I remember during his regime, there were rumours that some forces [...]

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    Buhari’s US speech is rice without stew

Buhari’s US speech is rice without stew

I listened to the speech of President Muhammadu Buhari in the quaking consciousness of an Arsenal Football Club fan. Every football aficionado knows that the club has not been performing “exceptionally” lately.Before Buhari, US President Donald Trump spoke. He gave a debilitating smirk when he talked about the “killing of Christians and burning of churches in Nigeria”. He said: “This [...]

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    What Trump needs to know before Buhari tells him I’m a criminal

What Trump needs to know before Buhari tells him I’m a criminal

President Muhammadu Buhari has been likened to that father who goes to the house of his daughter’s suitor to announce that she is a prostitute. I have honourably accepted the tag “lazy Nigerian youth” since the president went to the UK and told the world that “a lot of Nigerian youths are doing nothing”. It is in my accustomed moment of [...]

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    Chimamanda will lead women to ‘hell’

Chimamanda will lead women to ‘hell’

Who made Chimamanda Adichie the supremo of feminism? Who made her the feminist papal? How did she become the feminist potentate?By asking Hilary Clinton, former US presidential candidate, why her Twitter bio starts with “wife’, Chimamanda has not only intruded into the personal business of Clinton, but also scorned a key principle of feminism – “choice”.Besides other leanings, feminism entails [...]

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    Dear Buhari my generation was given nothing; yours had everything but destroyed Nigeria

Dear Buhari my generation was given nothing; yours had everything but destroyed Nigeria

A few days ago, Adebayo Shittu, minister of communication, went on a rant rampage on radio dismissing Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, as a “minion, small boy and inconsequential” for his audacity to run for presidential office. Sowore, a young Nigerian, is perhaps the only presidential hopeful who is all out on the stump. Big-time politicians have retreated into their [...]

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    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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