Friday, November 16, 2018

Magnus Onyibe

    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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    2019: How long can Buhari ride on the ghost of MKO Abiola?

2019: How long can Buhari ride on the ghost of MKO Abiola?

Like him or loathe him, any poll conducted now to determine the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari in the south west in particular and Nigeria as a whole would reveal an uptick from the level it could have been before the announcement of adoption of June 12,1993 Democracy Day.That's the positive fall out of the presidential pronouncement that late chief [...]

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    Interrogating the scourge of marital infidelity and high rate of suicides in Nigeria

Interrogating the scourge of marital infidelity and high rate of suicides in Nigeria

Anything that pushes a human being to take his/her own life by taking a plunge into the ocean with the sole intention of dying or stabbing/shooting/poisoning a fellow human being to death must be very tense and gravely. That’s simply because suicide or murder does not happen by chance.It’s often a product of a well thought out plan after the [...]

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    Democracy Day date change: Did Buhari deliver a master stroke?

Democracy Day date change: Did Buhari deliver a master stroke?

As President Muhamadu Buhari’s electability in the South West of Nigeria was beginning to look weak (at a time that the enormous influence formerly wielded by his main ally Bola Tinubu is being badly eroded) a landmark decision to change democracy day from May 29 introduced by ex president Olusegun Obasanjo, OBJ to June 12, the day that late MKO Abiola [...]

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    Election 2019: ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me’

Election 2019: ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me’

The popular idiom above which l have adopted as the title of this piece would likely ring true next year in Nigeria as the political class and the electorates prepare to go into another general election in February.With the level of despondency now pervading the polity, we don’t need an expert to enlighten us on how disappointed Nigerians are with [...]

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