Iliyasu Gadu

    President Buhari’s Gambari gambit

President Buhari’s Gambari gambit

Of all President Buhari’s recent appointments there is none that scores a greater bulls eye than that of Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as his Chief of Staff (CoS) to replace the late Abba Kyari who passed on from complications arising from testing positive with the raging Covid-19 pandemic. Very often president Buhari is accused of making appointments based on nepotism [...]

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    The spiritual significance of COVID-19

The spiritual significance of COVID-19

Howbeit that our civilization was able to land a man on the moon , but could not detect and control a virus so tiny in dimension that it strains the eye to see even with the aid of a powerful microscope? We have developed computers that can process and deliver information on virtually any subject in nano seconds, yet we [...]

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    Is Abba Kyari Nigeria’s de facto president?

Is Abba Kyari Nigeria’s de facto president?

Before the Covid-19 pandemic came on to assume the global proportion it has now become, the major trending issue was the celebrated spat between the National Security Adviser (NSA) to the president Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd) and the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari. In a memo which was leaked to the media, the NSA had drawn attention [...]

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    A Sanusi-el Rufai-Kwankwaso political alignment in the offing?

A Sanusi-el Rufai-Kwankwaso political alignment in the offing?

Perhaps one of the unintended consequences of the dethronement of Mohammed Sanusi II as Emir of Kano by the Abdullahi Ganduje administration in Kano state is to create the conditions for a potential game changing political alliance of the deposed Emir Sanusi, Governor Nasiru El Rufai of Kaduna state and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. As the north is gearing up [...]

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    President Buhari, Nigeria is at tipping point

President Buhari, Nigeria is at tipping point

In many ways the massacre of scores of persons and abduction of many more by Boko Haram insurgents at a checkpoint in the town of Auno, some 25 kilometres to Maiduguri the capital city of Borno state represents a turning point not just in president Buhari’s war against insecurity, but more significantly on the direction that the administration is taking [...]

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    Kwara and the Sarakis’ audacity

Kwara and the Sarakis’ audacity

Even by the poor standards of probity and public accountability in Nigeria, the reports of mind boggling sleaze that characterized the sixteen year combined period of Bukola Saraki and his political protégé Abdulfatah Ahmed as governors of Kwara state, will take some beating.   At the 2019 elections, Kwara state was the highpoint of the democratic expression of the triumph of people’s [...]

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    TY Danjuma’s revelations should begin from home

TY Danjuma’s revelations should begin from home

In an interview he granted in February 2008, former Defence Minister General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (Rtd) promised to publish a tell all book about his life and times. ‘’It will be explosive’’, he said ‘’and so it is going to be one grenade of a book’’ (sic). Last week eleven years after that promise had gone unfulfilled, at an event [...]

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    Great Britain or broken Britain?

Great Britain or broken Britain?

It pioneered the industrial age with ground breaking scientific and technological innovations and inventions. It spawned great countries like the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. At the height of its power and glory, one quarter of the world including Nigeria was under its colonial rule and domination. But on Thursday as the British people go to the [...]

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    When Buhari leaves in 2023

When Buhari leaves in 2023

‘’APC is a party we hurriedly put together….President Buhari gave character to the party. He brought his integrity to bear on the party and made it what it is in the northern part of the country where the masses saw him as a true leader and we all rode on that to achieve victory. But after the credibility of Buhari, [...]

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    Building our Nigeria: some practical suggestions (2)

Building our Nigeria: some practical suggestions (2)

For the elite of Nigeria, the first necessary step in the journey of self-discovery is embarking on a rigorous search for the spiritual and philosophical essence of the Nigeria we lead. It is through this endeavour that we can hope to decode not just the mission of Nigeria but more importantly, the strategies that will help us navigate Nigeria to [...]

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    Building our Nigeria: some practical suggestions (1)

Building our Nigeria: some practical suggestions (1)

Following my articles on the state of the nation especially on the issues of restructuring and the increasingly strident calls for the break- up of the country from some quarters, it is appropriate to weigh in with suggestions on how we can cope with what is shaping to be a major crisis of confidence among the component parts of the [...]

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    Is Nigeria the next domino to fall?

Is Nigeria the next domino to fall?

The rising tempo of threats and wishes for the break-up of Nigeria by individuals and groups makes me to recall the long conversation I had with a diplomat working with one of the International agencies in Nigeria on his impressions of the country. After a lengthy discussion which centred mainly on the political economy of Nigeria, he concluded that no [...]

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    What the restructuring should not be (2)

What the restructuring should not be (2)

From the coup of January 15, 1966 restructuring in the country took the form of the unification decree under General Aguiyi Ironsi to the abolition of the regions and creation of twelve states under General Yakubu Gowon to further creation of states under Generals Murtala Mohammed, Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha. All these development though in response to the yearnings [...]

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    What restructuring should not be (1)

What restructuring should not be (1)

Restructuring has been a recurring theme in Nigeria’s political development. Its trajectory was first set by the British as they grappled with the challenges of bringing under administrative order the entities of differing sizes and cultures they had conquered which was later christened, Nigeria. First there was the size of the area which was far larger than their British homeland. Then [...]

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    The likely political headwinds to 2023

The likely political headwinds to 2023

But for the singular act of President Goodluck Jonathan conceding defeat at the 2015 presidential elections, Nigeria would have been consumed by a conflagration of unimaginable proportions. Riding on that election all the combustible issues that have plagued Nigeria-mainly ethnicity and religious dichotomies-had sharpened to the point where only a tiny spark was needed to set the whole country on [...]

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    Expectations from President Buhari’s new economic team

Expectations from President Buhari’s new economic team

At a recent discussion on Nigeria’s economic perspectives, there was all round lamentation on the limited impact Economic theory as a tool has made in mapping out national development objectives. One discussant was pointedly dismissive, ‘’we have Economic departments in virtually all our universities. We also have government and private sector economic research institutes, yet our economy continues to struggle’’ [...]

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