Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fredrick Nwabufo

    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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    On IBB’s ‘letter-propelled grenade’: The youth must say no to candidate above 45 years in 2019

On IBB’s ‘letter-propelled grenade’: The youth must say no to candidate above 45 years in 2019

I was invited to a meeting of the Coalition for Nigeria by one of the “fathers” of the movement. Before the meeting, I had a chat with this patriotic Nigerian who told me: “Fred, our time is past; Nigeria should be in the hands of your generation. It is left for you (the youth) to take back the country, this [...]

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    Obasanjo, Ezekwesili’s ‘Third Force’ a political farce

Obasanjo, Ezekwesili’s ‘Third Force’ a political farce

I agree with former President Olusegun Obasanjo that Nigeria needs to be rescued from the “misgovernance guillotine” of the APC and the PDP.Obasanjo expressed his desire for the deracination of these bands of misfortune in his latest missive.He said: “We need a Coalition for Nigeria, CN. Such a movement at this juncture needs not be a political party but one [...]

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    Can Obasanjo’s ‘letter bomb’ cause Buhari electoral fatality?

Can Obasanjo’s ‘letter bomb’ cause Buhari electoral fatality?

I was in a meeting when former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s “letter bomb” rent the “news-sphere”. When I received the news alert, I hastened my business because I was seized by capricious anxiety to read the former president’s missive.  I must say, Obasanjo has taken the art of letter-writing to an enchanted stratosphere. And I admire his preferred means of intervening in [...]

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    Oby Ezekwesili’s ‘relevance mania’

Oby Ezekwesili’s ‘relevance mania’

Oby Ezekwesili has remained a news staple in the country. Among the miscellany of yesterday’s men and women, she exudes the most coruscating charm. And she is like a pop-star with an affective reckoning.I would compare Ezekwesili to Madonna, queen of pop, who for decades has kept her magic for controversy. Government will come and go, but Ezekwesili will not [...]

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    Dear Nigerian youth, everything shouldn’t be about the hustle

Dear Nigerian youth, everything shouldn’t be about the hustle

Dear Nigerian youth,I will be brief.Hello from the “woke side”. I hate to knock your hustle, but you are about to give yourself up for conscription into an enchanted army of influencers and social media bugs again.You did the same thing in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election; you sold a septuagenarian from Katsina state as Mai Gaskiya; as [...]

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    Cattle-ranching is an attack on Fulani culture

Cattle-ranching is an attack on Fulani culture

I am as angry as everyone else regarding the killing of innocents in Benue state by herdsmen.In fact, days ago, I expressed my disappointment in the government owing to its reluctance and silence in the face of the killings in a social media piece.I wrote: “In Nigeria, national security is often supplanted by ethnic security. What is considered as a [...]

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    1000 prayer warriors for Aso Rock

1000 prayer warriors for Aso Rock

Normal things do not happen normally in Nigeria. There must always be a “spiritual” side to everything. This is why a dissipated man would wake up from a frightening dream, and then start to “cast and bind” the devil with psychotic inanities.I have read a volume of reactions to the unfortunate motorbike accident of Yusuf Buhari, son of President Muhammadu [...]

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    ‘The human side of Buhari’

‘The human side of Buhari’

The header of this article is the title of a 55-minute documentary on President Muhammadu Buhari.The documentary has been scheduled to air on NTA this evening.The presidency says “the documentary portrays the president in a light that majority of Nigerians have not seen him”.I find this – 'human side of Buhari' – farcical and puerile. Does it mean the [...]

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    PDP’s umbrella without the south-west will suffer punctures

PDP’s umbrella without the south-west will suffer punctures

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be in a tailspin. The outcome of Saturday’s national convention of the party shows it has more learning to do.  In fact, the PDP has not learnt from its defeat. The PDP is prodigiously “mammonised”. Money is the only denominator of the party.  I had thought that the PDP would absorb the south-west into its highest hierarchy (because [...]

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    Does Buhari deserve a second term? 

Does Buhari deserve a second term? 

It is said that one good turn deserves another. Does President Muhammadu Buhari deserve a second term in office? Has he performed well to deserve another term? These questions have palpitated in my head effectuating mixed feelings. The reason is that President Buhari if weighed on the scale of some expected deliverable such as security (fighting insurgency specifically) and combating corruption; [...]

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    By resigning from APC, Atiku has found salvation

By resigning from APC, Atiku has found salvation

Yes, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC). I consider his action a deus ex machina. The caterwauling and refrain that Atiku is a political philanderer are hollow when put in the context of an amensal relationship. The former vice president had stayed long enough in a party he helped to nurture with corporeal resources and [...]

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    15 years ago, I wouldn’t mind being sold into slavery in Libya to escape Nigeria

15 years ago, I wouldn’t mind being sold into slavery in Libya to escape Nigeria

The usual victim shaming and blaming has assailed CNN’s report on African migrants - some of them Nigerians - who are being sold into slavery in Libya.I read a potpourri of opinions on the human tragedy on social media, but I was irked by the non-lateral insult of the victims. I may condemn the action of the risk-taking voyagers, but [...]

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