Thursday, February 21, 2019

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    Atiku’s amnesty plan for suspected treasury looters is the way to go

Atiku’s amnesty plan for suspected treasury looters is the way to go

The plan by the PDP’s presidential candidate and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to grant amnesty to suspected treasury looters if elected President, is, in my opinion, the way to go. At an interview on the platform, ‘The Candidate’, hosted by broadcast journalist Kadaria Ahmed, Atiku was asked if corrupt people would be granted amnesty if he became President.He replied:“Why [...]

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    Is Nigeria’s democracy in recession?

Is Nigeria’s democracy in recession?

The recent suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Judge of Nigeria has raised fundamental issues  that go beyond the government’s claims of fighting corruption and the opposition’s and social activists’  bedlam about the country’s possible descent into fascism. The entire saga has been befuddled by politics such that both the substantive and the procedural aspects of the matter [...]

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    Why Obasanjo’s voice still matters

Why Obasanjo’s voice still matters

Obasanjo’s recent 16-page letter to Buhari, which sounds more like a state-of-the nation address, has, as expected, dominated the deadlines since it was delivered on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Titled, ‘Points for Concern’, the 4,018-word commentary was a bare-knuckled critique of the Buhari government on sundry grounds, including accusations that his government plans to use state institutions to rig the [...]

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    Managing perceptions of the 2019 elections

Managing perceptions of the 2019 elections

Perception – also known as optics- is a belief or opinion held by people on the basis of  how things seem. Our perception of any event is our reality and our truth, which is why people say that perception is everything. The American essayist, poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau put it even more graphically: “It is not what you [...]

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    Buhari: Heckling is part of the democratic process

Buhari: Heckling is part of the democratic process

The news that President Muhammadu Buhari was interrupted and booed intermittently by some lawmakers while presenting the appropriation bill to the national assembly recently has been trending on the social media. Also trending is a list of the lawmakers said to have booed the President during the rowdy session. As should be expected, the PDP issued a statement claiming it [...]

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    Do election debates really matter?

Do election debates really matter?

Since the Vice Presidential debate on December 14 2018 between the candidates of selected five political parties, there have been continuous spin not only on who won the debate but also on whether Buhari would show up for the presidential debate slated for January 19 2019.The debate, which was organized by the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting [...]

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    2019: Opposition versus state institutions

2019: Opposition versus state institutions

By the time Nigeria conducts its elections in February and March next year, it will be almost 20 years since its current experiment with liberal democracy – the longest period the country has been under a civilian rule since gaining flag independence from the British in 1960.As we inch towards 2019, growing apprehensions sit side-by-side with growing optimism. For the [...]

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    Predicting the 2019 presidential election

Predicting the 2019 presidential election

As the 2019 election draws close, we should expect an array of election entrepreneurs and predictors to become ubiquitous. A few days ago, the influential London-based Economist magazine was reported by several media organizations to have predicted a Buhari win in the February 2019 election. For instance, The Nation of December 4 2018 quoted The Economist’s, ‘World in 2019’ report [...]

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    Alleged Buhari double and the spirit of public inquiry

Alleged Buhari double and the spirit of public inquiry

This week’s reflection is on a trending story that began when Buhari returned from his 104-days of medical treatment in the UK in 2017. Many were surprised that on his return, Buhari, who was a subject of several extremely negative rumours during his medical sojourn in the United Kingdom, came back looking younger and more boisterous.So not unsurprisingly, his return [...]

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    Nigeria, MTN and pseudo-nationalism

Nigeria, MTN and pseudo-nationalism

The recent report that two global banks – HSBC and UBS - have closed shops in the country should be a source of concern to well meaning Nigerians. Though no reasons were given for their decision to leave the country, it could be assumed that the banks no longer see the country as good for business. It should be recalled [...]

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    Buhari’s ‘new affection’ for Jonathan and the 2019 elections

Buhari’s ‘new affection’ for Jonathan and the 2019 elections

As we nudge towards the 2019 presidential election, and with many people predicting that it will be more bitterly fought than the acrimonious 2015 poll, there is something that is giving me some hope that the doomsday scenario may not materialize after all: it is Buhari’s increasingly softening rhetoric on former President Jonathan.For instance when he hosted members of the [...]

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    The return of Nnamdi Kanu

The return of Nnamdi Kanu

The recent resurfacing of Nnamdi Kanu, the uncouth leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Israel, raises more questions than answers: How did he escape from the raid by Nigerian security forces on his father’s compound on September 14, 2017? How did he find his way to Israel? And why is he resurfacing just as Atiku Abubakar selected [...]

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    The choices before Atiku

The choices before Atiku

Whenever political individuals are used to illustrate the virtues of perseverance and doggedness in this country, the names of Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are likely to feature prominently. Buhari was mocked as a perennial contestant – having contested in every presidential election, on different political platforms, since 2003. In fact after losing the 2011 election – both through [...]

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    Between HSBC and Buhari

Between HSBC and Buhari

Since the report that HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services companies, took a dim view of the Buhari government’s economic policies, operatives and supporters of the government have been falling over themselves to give it back to the bank. Though I have been unable to lay my hands on the bank’s original research notes, it is [...]

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    2019 and the road to Damascus

2019 and the road to Damascus

We have now fully entered the political season – with its embedded bazaars, festivities, speeches, permutations and configurations. Most of the activities in the political space are configured to bring dividends in 2019. The presidential election will define the year 2019 and will be a watershed in the life of current political gladiators. We are effectively on the road to [...]

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    Buhari, rule of law, national interest and security

Buhari, rule of law, national interest and security

President Muhammadu Buhari has been getting raps for asserting that his government would continue to place the nation’s security and national interests above the rule of law. He reportedly argued that the individual rights of suspected offenders would not be spared when national and public interests are threatened.  According to him, “Rule of Law must be subject to the supremacy [...]

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