Friday, June 22, 2018

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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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    Lessons from Buhari’s meeting with Trump

Lessons from Buhari’s meeting with Trump

Let’s give it to him. Buhari’s meeting with Donald Trump was a huge success. Apart from the fact that President Buhari was calm and well-comported in what looked like a meeting of equals, he also spoke well, in a less ‘Hausanized’ (or is it Fulfulde?) accent than is usually the case with him. Those who prepared him for the meeting [...]

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    This issue must worry Buhari

This issue must worry Buhari

The US government’s 2017 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Nigeria must be a source of concern to President Buhari and the country in general. The 48-page executive summary of the report, which was released recently by the country’s State Department (the federal executive department that advises the President and represents the US in international affairs and foreign policy [...]

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    Can God speak in discordant voices?

Can God speak in discordant voices?

The political season is a festival of sort for many - not just for political gladiators but also for most members of the society - from political pundits to those renting themselves to political crowd contractors and thugs/ enforcers. It is also a boom season for those who claim they have mystical powers to see the future and ‘men of [...]

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    Buhari’s decision to seek re-election

Buhari’s decision to seek re-election

I was surprised that some people seemed surprised that Buhari decided to seek re-election. I have always maintained that it will be unthinkable for any President of the country to forgo the opportunity of seeking re-election – even if that President is in coma. Aside from the natural allure of power, in our type of society, the office of President [...]

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    PDP and APC: When kettle mocks pot for being black

PDP and APC: When kettle mocks pot for being black

It is really exciting reading the various reactions to the recent apologies to Nigerians by the PDP’s national Chairman, Uche Secondus. According to reports, the PDP’s national chairman at a recent national discourse on contemporary politics and governance in Abuja apologized for the party’s mistakes, which he claimed led to its defeat in the 2015 election. Chief Secondus did not [...]

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    ‘Contributing to Africa’s knowledge base since 2003’

‘Contributing to Africa’s knowledge base since 2003’

Today my column takes a deserved break from writing about politics. Given the nature of politics – contest over power, resources and privileges – especially in an almost anarchic environment like ours -   the topics one writes about could quite often be depressing.Today I am going to crave the indulgence of my readers to write about myself.  Not really about [...]

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    The hate speech bill is a national embarrassment

The hate speech bill is a national embarrassment

The Bill on Hate speech before the National Assembly is an embarrassment. We seem to revel in taking decisions in moments of emotional flourishes and consequently often fail to soberly reflect on possible unintended consequences of our actions.Last year we saw how the country made itself a laughing stock when IPOB, as despicable and unacceptable as its activities were, was [...]

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    Kukah and the debate on African democracy

Kukah and the debate on African democracy

Depending on where you stand on the active controversies of the day, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, 65, is either a passionate public intellectual animated and driven by his love for his fatherland and how to make her take her rightful position in the comity of nations or he is a political gadfly and peripatetic scholar who probably would have been [...]

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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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