Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fredrick Nwabufo

    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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    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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