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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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    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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