Friday, August 2, 2019

Magnus Onyibe

    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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    National assembly blockade has been long in coming and here is why

National assembly blockade has been long in coming and here is why

About two weeks ago, I wrote an article titled “Siege On NASS, Nigerian Security Agencies Machinations And The Notion of Useful Idiots” which was published on several mainstream and online media platforms. The despicable art of laying siege on the residences of the senate president and his deputy by the Nigeria police force, NPF and the Economic and Financial Crimes [...]

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    Nigerian development tragedy, the affliction of image deficit and the way out

Nigerian development tragedy, the affliction of image deficit and the way out

As headlines heralding horrific events like persistent gruesome murders of civilians by herdsmen militia; unending suicide bombing by religious insurgents like Boko Haram; and mind boggling sums of public funds looted by corrupt public officials in Nigeria compete for global attention on a daily basis, our dear country seems doomed to remain mired in negative publicity.That’s because no day goes [...]

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    Siege on national assembly, security agencies and the notion of useful idiots

Siege on national assembly, security agencies and the notion of useful idiots

With all due respect to members of the security and safety community in Nigeria, the title of this article is without prejudice to them as l have no interest in ridiculing or making light of the critical role that they play and must continue to play in securing lives and properties in our society.As a matter of fact, my dad [...]

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    How Macron humanised France during his visit to Nigeria

How Macron humanised France during his visit to Nigeria

Uncharacteristic of a visiting President, the most cherished location that president Emmanuel Macron, the affable French President wanted to be was not Aso Rock villa seat of power in Abuja, but the “Shrine” in Lagos made popular by Afro beat maestro/civil rights icon, late Fela Kuti.President macron’s fascination with the ‘shrine’may not only be owed to his memories of visiting [...]

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    Emefiele waxes lyrical on Buhari’s economic management prowess

Emefiele waxes lyrical on Buhari’s economic management prowess

A certain chief executive officer of a first generation commercial bank, once made a remark that Agriculture has always been a key component of Nigeria’s GDP.In a 2017 interview, he said: “What hasn’t happened is to transition agriculture from subsistence farming to commercial farming. We import, I think, a shipload of rice almost every week. And for every shipload of [...]

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    Budget 2018: Stranger than fiction as presidency accuses legislature of usurpation

Budget 2018: Stranger than fiction as presidency accuses legislature of usurpation

Incredibly, after Nigerians have waited with baited breathe for an unprecedented 7 months that seemed like eternity, President Muhammadu Buhari has in the course of signing the 2018 appropriation bill into law on Wednesday 20th of June stated that the document that he signed is radically different from what he submitted to the National Assembly, NASS.According to Mr President, in [...]

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