Magnus Onyibe

    Nigeria at 59: Are our leaders mad?

Nigeria at 59: Are our leaders mad?

There is a popular aphorism that goes thus: ‘A fool at 40 is a fool forever’With Nigeria remaining in socioeconomic doldrums at age 59, which is only one year shy of 20 years of exceeding the proverbial 40 years threshold for being a fool, does it mean that Africa’s most populous country is now certainly a fool forever?By way of [...]

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    Abba Kyari: APC’s Mr Fix It?

Abba Kyari: APC’s Mr Fix It?

It’s not all the time that people who can fix things up especially in politics show up on the radar. Sometimes people with such skill set and competency are like the meteor or comet that appear once in a life time. They are the likes of Karl Rove, a USA political consultant.After George W. Bush’s election in 2000, of which Rove was [...]

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    Xenophobia in South Africa leaves a question mark on the efficacy of Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Xenophobia in South Africa leaves a question mark on the efficacy of Truth & Reconciliation Commission

We are all aware of former USA First Lady Michelle Obama‘s famous phrase — “When they go low, we go high” — because it has become something of a slogan for exercising restraint in the face of frustration. Owing to the aptness of the  statement which was first  uttered by the former First Lady in 2016, it quickly caught on [...]

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    As Nigerians become endangered specie at home and overseas, what next?

As Nigerians become endangered specie at home and overseas, what next?

At the last count about a week ago, at least 1,460 Nigerians have lost their lives to herdsmen/bandits machetes and bullets in 7 months within the shores of our country. That’s according to media reports credited to the permanent secretary, Special Services in the office of the secretary to the government of the federation, Amina Shamaki.That’s how grim and dangerous [...]

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    Buhari’s ministers: winners and losers

Buhari’s ministers: winners and losers

After President Muhammadu Buhari released his ministerial list a couple of months ago, pundits went to town with speculations on who might be assigned to each of the 43 ministries.On August 21 /8/2019, the shadow chasing was over as Mr President assigned portfolios to the ministers.Apart from the expectations that all the returning ministers would be assigned their original portfolios [...]

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    Insurgency and banditry: How Nigerian military can win the peace

Insurgency and banditry: How Nigerian military can win the peace

For too long concerned Nigerians have been expressing loss of faith in the security architecture of our country. The complainants justify their gripe with the fact that there has not been any time in the history of Nigeria, apart from the period preceding and during the civil war,  that more human lives were lost owing to religious insurgence or violent [...]

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    Corruption as a peculiar mess besetting Nigerian politics

Corruption as a peculiar mess besetting Nigerian politics

A famous unlettered lbadan politician is associated with part of the title of this article when he famously pronounced the term Peculiar Mess as PENKELEMES. But that parody is not the focus of this piece which is aimed at identifying and advising against allowing allegations and counter allegations of corruption against the APC and PDP presidential candidates seize the political atmosphere.As [...]

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    Election 2019 and the meaningless campaign slogans

Election 2019 and the meaningless campaign slogans

Sloganeering and symbolism are very effective and critical tools used by marketing experts to attract and retain the attention of their targeted audience. They  are conceived with a view to ingraining messages into the memories of targeted audience through its catchy or clever appellation. As such, it is not by sheer happenstance that the most globally recognizable products and services  such [...]

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    Connecting the dots in the Buhari body-double scam and Atiku Abubakar corruption hoax

Connecting the dots in the Buhari body-double scam and Atiku Abubakar corruption hoax

Sometimes when our beloved country is referred to as a land of the absurd where anything can happen, it is conspiracy theories such as the subject of this article that validates such outrageous and negative labeling. As preposterous as the allegation appears, some gullible Nigerians might have been actually led to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari passed away in a [...]

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    Metele Massacre: Isn’t it time for military chiefs to voluntarily retire?

Metele Massacre: Isn’t it time for military chiefs to voluntarily retire?

My heart goes out to the families of the slain gallant soldiers in Metele, Borno State, north east, Nigeria. I feel obligated to write this essay because my late father, David Ebiye Onyibe, was a soldier. As such, I have affection for men and women in uniform who have for obvious reasons continued to occupy a special place in my heart . [...]

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    Is possessing US visa a pre-requisite for Nigerian presidency?

Is possessing US visa a pre-requisite for Nigerian presidency?

The title of this essay is elicited by the fact that the predilection of the All Progressive Congress, APC about the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar seems to be whether he has a valid visiting visa to the USA.Ideally, since the continued occupancy of Aso Rock villa seat of power by president Muhammadu Buhari and the APC [...]

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    Election 2019: The Atiku advantage and the unique selling point

Election 2019: The Atiku advantage and the unique selling point

Following the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential flag bearer of the main opposition party, the PDP at the party primaries conducted over the weekend under the chairmanship of Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, a lot has popped in the media alleging that the former Vice President of Nigeria (1999-2007) who is currently running for the office of president [...]

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    Nigerian politics and the scourge of godfatherism: The unintended consequences

Nigerian politics and the scourge of godfatherism: The unintended consequences

The journey to the political demise of the governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode has been titivating and salacious, bitter and sweet. The former because, if it’s a plot or storyline in a Nollywood movie, it would be a blockbuster. And the latter, because it’s a devastating real life event capable of emotionally ruining the victim just as it is quite [...]

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    Jim Ovia: Putting the shine on Africa’s Rise

Jim Ovia: Putting the shine on Africa’s Rise

 When Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom, UK and Angela Merkel, president of Germany recently embarked on state visits to major African countries back-to-back, it was a clear testament to the fact that Africa is rising and shining.This is so because, the frenzied visits by the European leaders and their businessmen/women to Africa [...]

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    Herdsmen killings: How Nigeria can move from chaos to community

Herdsmen killings: How Nigeria can move from chaos to community

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    Did Miyetti Allah cross the line by threatening to forcefully remove Saraki as senate president?

Did Miyetti Allah cross the line by threatening to forcefully remove Saraki as senate president?

Miyetti Allah, the Fulani cattle breeders association has joined the ranks of those antagonizing the senate president, Bukola Saraki and railing against his presidential ambition, which is both curious and unbecoming.Hear what the herdsmen umbrella body coordinator in Benue State, Garus Gololo reportedly stated in the Punch newspaper recently: “Nigerians are in dire need of people that have the interest of [...]

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