Sunday, February 18, 2018

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    Sun Tzu vs. Clausewitz: Obasanjo and Babangida compared

Sun Tzu vs. Clausewitz: Obasanjo and Babangida compared

The dust had not properly settled on Obasanjo’s call on Buhari not to seek a second term when Babangida, Nigeria’s only military President, in a statement issued on his behalf  by his long-term spokesman Kassim Afegbua, reinforced that message by suggesting that Buhari, as an ‘analogue’ leader, should step aside for younger ‘digital’ leaders to take charge. However barely 24 [...]

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    Why I cannot #StandwithAishaBuhari

Why I cannot #StandwithAishaBuhari

I will like to preface my commentary on the reported re-tweets by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, of some uncomplimentary tweets about her husband’s government by Senators Ben Bruce and Isah Misau, with a story.  It was a story my roommate at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, told me during our undergraduate days in the 1980s. I am [...]

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    Fulani herdsmen and the logic of false consensus

Fulani herdsmen and the logic of false consensus

Many adults can remember the ‘class idiot’ in their primary and secondary school days. Virtually every class had its own ‘idiot’ – someone who was always the butt of jokes for either being an academic or social misfit or both. Ironically whenever the ‘class idiot’ decided to quit the school, another idiot would quickly be invented to replace him as [...]

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    Buhari: Heading for a meltdown in 2019?

Buhari: Heading for a meltdown in 2019?

We are now fully in the political season. With INEC releasing the timetable for the 2019 elections, hush-hush political discussions and permutations are likely to become more brazen. One of the issues that have dominated the media recently is whether Buhari should seek re-election or not. While some Buharists like Nasir El Rufai, have made it clear that there is [...]

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    Buhari’s New Year speech and Sagay’s outbursts

Buhari’s New Year speech and Sagay’s outbursts

I was reasonably impressed with the overall tenor of President Buhari’s 2018 New Year’s message. Compared with some of his previous speeches, the broadcast was non-combative and represented an attempt to talk to Nigerians – instead of talking down to them as some of his overzealous and sycophantic aides are wont to do. Largely because  the language of the broadcast [...]

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    Now that Atiku has re-joined PDP…

Now that Atiku has re-joined PDP…

On Sunday December 4 2017, Atiku finally announced that he was re-joining the PDP. The Wazirin Adamawa was one of the founders of the PDP, but also helped to bring the party down to its knees, when he led a walkout at the PDP Convention. That walkout was to trigger a chain of events that culminated in the defeat of [...]

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    Lessons from Zimbabwe’s military ‘non-coup’

Lessons from Zimbabwe’s military ‘non-coup’

The exit of Robert Gabriel Mugabe from power in Zimbabwe confirms the ageless aphorism that nothing lasts forever. The confusion started on November 14 2017 when tanks rolled towards Zimbabwe’s capital Harare even as the military continued to deny it was a military takeover of power. Mugabe was detained in his home and pressure mounted on him to resign.After some [...]

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    Buhari’s visit to the south-east

Buhari’s visit to the south-east

President Buhari’s two-day visit to the South-east is a proof -- if one is still needed -- that the race for 2019 has begun in all earnest and that he will -- unless God decides otherwise -- be a candidate in the election. The late Mandela was the only African leader to decline his right for a second term in [...]

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