Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fredrick Nwabufo

    EFCC probe: What is Wike afraid of?

EFCC probe: What is Wike afraid of?

“The law is an ass.”This aphorism rings aloud the manipulation of the law by the rich and powerful. At a point in Nigeria, some politically exposed persons procured orders of “perpetual immunity” from prosecution. At another point, the trial of some former state governors sputtered in court, outliving administrations.  The fact is, the law has always been an “ass”, routinely [...]

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    IGP Idris is a threat to our democracy

IGP Idris is a threat to our democracy

Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), should have been given the boot the next day after he assumed office. That he has stayed this long in that office means he is stroking the right fingers. He is a telling example of why public offices should not be outsourced on the basis of loyalty.Idris’ tenure has been one of vile controversy. [...]

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    So our democracy is only under threat when DSS, police harass senators?

So our democracy is only under threat when DSS, police harass senators?

I have become flaccid to the unending drag drama at the national assembly. And I have lost erection for the routine executive-legislature dominatrix. The reason is that I am in a “fair weather” relationship with both parties.In July, I raised my feeble voice against the police blockade of Senate President Bukola Saraki’s convoy. I did that principally because of his [...]

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    The rise of the dictatorship of angry black women called feminists

The rise of the dictatorship of angry black women called feminists

We are witnessing the rise of the dictatorship of angry black women in Nigeria; feminists without a cause, but with crimson bile.Funnily, as humans, we are uncannily wired to give orders and tell other people how to behave and live without reciprocity.First and second wave feminism of the early twentieth century and the 60s/70s addressed specific problems women faced in [...]

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    Saraki, APC messy divorce is a case of a bitter side chick

Saraki, APC messy divorce is a case of a bitter side chick

Senate President Bukola Saraki was never a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). His membership was in name, but not in character. Though he played a pivotal role in bringing the APC to power, his contributions were never fancied.After the APC breasted victory in the 2015 election, the two organic political parties in the union – the ACN and [...]

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    So after giving Saraki lap dance, Buhari sends police after him?

So after giving Saraki lap dance, Buhari sends police after him?

Politics in Nigeria is dangerous. Though it has evolved over the years‎, it is still imbued with a suffusion of Stalinism.At one point, assassination characterised our politics. The brutal murder of Funsho Williams comes to‎ mind. No doubt, a damning feature of our politics during the administration of President Obasanjo was political assassination, wedded with intimidation and harassment of [...]

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    Are we still in recession? Because this hunger dey vex

Are we still in recession? Because this hunger dey vex

When economic syrups do not improve the health of a diseased economy, the medicine can be best described as fake, substandard, and voodoo-ish.Nigeria ‘exited’ recession in September 2017. At the time, the government made exorbitant promises and bragged that it “rescued” the economy from the buccaneer manifestations of the Jonathan administration. I remember, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, made this a [...]

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    The Hausa-Fulani and sentimental politics

The Hausa-Fulani and sentimental politics

To the Hausa-Fulani, politics is religion and religion is politics; the two are hyphenated in the emulsion of power.Since the Uthman Dan Fodio jihad of 1804, when Hausa kings were deposed and Fulani emirates established, the north has always played sentimental politics. The sentiments of religion are rooted deeply in Hausa-Fulani political culture, evident today.The reason for this is historical. [...]

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    The Yoruba and bandwagon politics

The Yoruba and bandwagon politics

Since the 1960s, the Yoruba, a people of high education and cultural sophistication, have played the politics of 'sheep and shepherd'. They have always required a chaperone to take them to the watering hole, not minding if the water is impure.From the 1960s to the 1970s, Obafemi Awolowo was the Yoruba political chaperone. He chaperoned ‎the ethnic group through out [...]

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    Can OBJ, Atiku’s CUPP serve Nigeria a hot cup of coffee?

Can OBJ, Atiku’s CUPP serve Nigeria a hot cup of coffee?

In Nigeria, alliance politics is a historical staple. In the 1960s, the NCNC and NPC forged an alliance to stabilise the newly independent country.  But the marriage segued from harmony to divorce. The skirmishes among the political parties – NCNC, NPC and AG – heightened the political temperature of the country to a frightening degree, and eventually the military struck in [...]

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    Buhari’s jihad on ‘herds-media’

Buhari’s jihad on ‘herds-media’

Have you ever wondered what happened to Naij.com – the popular online news platform? Buhari happened to it.During the whirling of the IPOB turbulence, Naij.com published rare exclusive reports on Nnamdi Kanu. The reports were mostly free of affectations – not embellished, which is permissible in the practice of journalism. But the government found them offensive.The reports unsettled the President [...]

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    The political phrase ‘farmers-herders clashes’ must be proscribed

The political phrase ‘farmers-herders clashes’ must be proscribed

The first approach to solving a security problem is stripping it of all political pretences and nuances. The killings in Plateau, Benue, Zamfara and other places should be properly phrased.‎The casual resort to tagging or reducing mass killings or massacres to "farmers-herders clashes‎" is sadism. It mocks the dead and drives a dagger deeper into the wounds of the [...]

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    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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