Friday, August 2, 2019

Fredrick Nwabufo

    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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    With Buhari’s 4+4, Igbo presidency in 2023 is now non-negotiable

With Buhari’s 4+4, Igbo presidency in 2023 is now non-negotiable

Nation-building is not perfunctory; it is deliberate, planned and decisive.A country as enormous, diverse and delicate as Nigeria cannot evolve organically when a part of it is marooned and confined in the fringes of political exclusion. The argument has always been, “the Igbo are not ready”, and “they are not playing the right politics”. But this argument is classically insipid [...]

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    After Saraki’s fall, is Tinubu next?

After Saraki’s fall, is Tinubu next?

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    Allegations of forgery – and other controversies that shook Saraki

Allegations of forgery – and other controversies that shook Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki is a prominent but polarising figure in Nigeria’s politics. He stepped into the shoes of his late father as the “generalissimo of Kwara politics” in the early 2000s but the result of the 2019 national assembly elections shook him. Since 2003, when he became governor of Kwara, he has dictated the pace and play of politics [...]

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    An election of tears, sorrow and blood

An election of tears, sorrow and blood

He woke up to a bright and sunny morning. It is an important day; a time to do his bounden duty to his country. Nothing betokened that it will be his final rite to this “shrine”. Instead of taking his vote, it took his life. A young voter killed at a polling unit in Anyigba, Dekina local government area, Kogi state. [...]

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    Is there any integrity left in INEC after Attahiru Jega?

Is there any integrity left in INEC after Attahiru Jega?

Will an election conducted under‎ the cumulus of suspicion, doubt and allegations against the umpire of the exercise be accepted by most Nigerians? Do Nigerians still believe in the integrity of INEC‎? Is the commission still that fearless, dispassionate and impartial arbiter we have known it to be since 2011?‎ I cannot answer these questions for any Nigerian, but for myself. I [...]

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    Can an election still be free, fair when it is postponed 9 hours before schedule?

Can an election still be free, fair when it is postponed 9 hours before schedule?

On April 2, 2011, INEC shifted the national assembly election by seven days (to April 9), citing “logistics and operational” problems. And it took this decision while voting had already commenced in some parts of the country. Really, what happened was that the electoral umpire had sent election materials meant for the governorship polls scheduled for April 16 to some states [...]

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    Why APC is just ‘turnioniown’

Why APC is just ‘turnioniown’

It is easier to solidarise in "struggle" than in victory. In 2013, the PDP galloped from one crisis to another until it imploded and lost power at the centre in 2015. But the party’s eclipse happened after it had enjoyed 16 years in power. Currently, the APC is embroiled in tremulous wrangling. And this is just after three and a half years [...]

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    Nigerians, no hope in choosing between Herod and Nebuchadnezzar

Nigerians, no hope in choosing between Herod and Nebuchadnezzar

Fellow citizens, the choice we make this Saturday will either accelerate or decelerate our unhinged decline.  We do not have to continue on the path of certain perdition, and we do not have to return to the hills of vultures and scavengers. We can veer off this path of doom and resist returning to a past of locusts and leeches by not [...]

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    El-Rufai, ‘body-bags’ for foreigners, but mass graves for locals?

El-Rufai, ‘body-bags’ for foreigners, but mass graves for locals?

Really, it was reckless of Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna state governor, to have unabashedly promised a festival of blood-letting for foreigners who may want to “interfere” with this month’s election.  Although I understand the statement could have been a “blurt-out”; a slip-up spurred by a moment in the haze of bright lights and intrusive cameras, it is difficult to excuse his indiscretion. But [...]

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    Nnamdi Kanu is right; Atiku’s Adamawa was in Northern Cameroon

Nnamdi Kanu is right; Atiku’s Adamawa was in Northern Cameroon

Before I give a historical perspective on the veracity of Nnamdi Kanu’s claim that Atiku Abubakar is “originally from Cameroon”, I must say this about this disturbed personality. Kanu is a disadvantaged character who does not take himself seriously, but who some lost Igbo sons and daughters, in terrible need of guidance, take seriously. I do not think he regards much of [...]

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    50 days in hell: We must not forget Deji Adeyanju

50 days in hell: We must not forget Deji Adeyanju

One thing is certain; tyranny will always have cheerleaders. When Adolf Hitler was asphyxiating Jews in death chambers, there were people who cheered him on. When General Sani Abacha was drawing blood from all who opposed him, there were people who kissed his bloody dagger, and even worked for him to become “eternal” president.Deji Adeyanju has been in the fiery [...]

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    Ojukwu visited me last night to weep for Ndigbo

Ojukwu visited me last night to weep for Ndigbo

In the time of the pharaohs of Egypt, when African civilisation was at its apogee, dreams were considered an elemental means of communication from the divine. The story of Joseph and an Egyptian king in the Bible assents this.In Igbo cosmology, dreams, “nlo”, are often not weighed with levity. They are studied through priestly oneirology and interpreted. And even in [...]

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    At 76, General Buhari has not lost taste for ‘plotting’

At 76, General Buhari has not lost taste for ‘plotting’

On December 31, 1983, a putsch coordinated by General Buhari and his associates led to the demise of a democratic government. He was 41 years old at the time. And at the age of 76, Buhari has not lost the taste for “plotting”. He is still the same ol’ G. President Buhari has cast off all pretences. He has emerged from [...]

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    If only Oby Ezekwesili had taken Sowore’s ‘weed’

If only Oby Ezekwesili had taken Sowore’s ‘weed’

What was Oby Ezekwesili’s agenda? What was her interest? And what was her endgame?A few weeks to the general election, Ezekwesili woke up marketing the illusion that she was “Esther”; the destined liberator of Nigerians. She claimed she was running for president under the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).Before her political interest, she founded the “Red-Card Movement”, the so-called [...]

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