Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Jideofor Adibe

    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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    Why Buhari’s ‘800m walk’ makes both his health and age legitimate campaign issues

Why Buhari’s ‘800m walk’ makes both his health and age legitimate campaign issues

Do public officials owe the public full disclosures about their health status? Does the age of a political leader really matter when it comes to the leader performing his/her statutory duties?Answers to the above questions have never been straightforward even in countries like the USA and the UK where the public’s right to know can sometimes verge on intrusions into [...]

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    Between APC and PDP: Playing bully and victim game

Between APC and PDP: Playing bully and victim game

This is an interesting time for Nigerian politics. There is now a complete abandonment of any pretensions that 2019 is not the main determinant of the moves and counter-moves of the two dominant political parties – the ruling APC, and the opposition PDP, which is eager to come back to power. Just like a good novel is sustained by suspense, [...]

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    Reflections on DSS’s siege of the national assembly

Reflections on DSS’s siege of the national assembly

The siege at the gate of the National Assembly complex by the operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) on Monday, August 7, 2018, in which they shut out lawmakers for hours, has continued to dominate news headlines.  The outcry that followed the siege was based mainly on concerns that the APC controlled federal government was trying to [...]

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    Gale of defections: What goes around, comes around

Gale of defections: What goes around, comes around

“What goes around comes around”  is the summation of how the law of karma, (also known as the law of cause and effect) works. Those who subscribe to it believe that whatever we do or say, for good or evil (karmic credits or karmic debts), determines what will happen to us in future. While there is no exactitude on how [...]

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    In defence of Kemi Adeosun

In defence of Kemi Adeosun

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has been in the eyes of the storm since the online newspaper Premium Times, broke the news of her alleged forgery of exemption certificate for the National Youth Corps Service Scheme (NYSC).The allegation was that Mrs Kemi Adeosun, who was born and bred in Britain, graduated in 1989 at the age of 22, and therefore [...]

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    Grand alliance, Ekiti election and 2019

Grand alliance, Ekiti election and 2019

The buzz created by the signing on July 9, 2018, of a Memorandum of Understanding between the PDP on the one hand and over 30 political parties on the other hand (some media organizations put the number of parties that signed the MOU at over 40) has not fizzled out, when the Ekiti State governorship election, with its hype and [...]

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    Conversations with Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, PDP presidential aspirant

Conversations with Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, PDP presidential aspirant

It was Thursday, June 14, a day to the commencement of the Sallah holiday. I sent a message to Sola Atere, spokesman of the Kabiru Tanimu Turaki Presidential Campaign Organization, introducing myself, and asking if I could have a one-on-one, roughly one-hour conversation, with his principal, for my column. In less than an hour or so, I got a reply [...]

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    Why the bounce from declaring June 12 ‘Democracy Day’ may not last long

Why the bounce from declaring June 12 ‘Democracy Day’ may not last long

Let’s give it to Buhari and his advisers. Whoever suggested making June 12 the country’s ‘Democracy Day’ (rather than May 29, which it has been until now) gave the Daura General a masterstroke. It was a decision that especially excited the sensibility of the South-west – even more than Jonathan’s decision to give Ojukwu state burial with full military honours [...]

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    Buhari: the road not travelled

Buhari: the road not travelled

This piece was inspired by a video of the Kenyan National Prayer Breakfast, which recently went viral. In that video President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga publicly offered apologies to each other over the contentious and acrimony-laden 2017 presidential election in the country. Uhuru Kenyatta, 56, is the son of Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta, while Raila Odinga, [...]

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    Why some politicians are suspected of being ethnic supremacists more than others?

Why some politicians are suspected of being ethnic supremacists more than others?

I was researching for the above article for my last week’s column when news filtered that Buhari had used innuendo to accept Obasanjo’s repeated challenges over his ambition to seek re-election in 2019. It should be recalled that Buhari, while welcoming members of the Buhari Support organization to the State House on May 21 said a former President (meaning Obsanajo) [...]

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    Obasanjo, Buhari and the impending political dogfight

Obasanjo, Buhari and the impending political dogfight

Buhari may have finally decided to accept the challenge thrown by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Speaking while receiving members of the Buhari Support Organization led by the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retired) at the State House on Tuesday, May 22, Buhari accused Obasanjo (without mentioning his name)  of spending $16bn in the power sector without [...]

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    The task before the opposition

The task before the opposition

A successful and peaceful change of the government of the day is one of the indices that a democratizing society is successfully transiting to a mature democracy. This is why it was a major milestone for the country’s democracy that Jonathan and the ruling PDP lost the 2015 election to usher the second coming of Muhammadu Buhari.  In this sense, [...]

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