Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Magnus Onyibe

    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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    As Buhari goes toe to toe with Obasanjo

As Buhari goes toe to toe with Obasanjo

There is hardly any fairly educated person that's not familiar with the wisecrack ‘He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day’.The fight that former president Olusegun Obasanjo was spoiling for via a nasty letter in January, through which he unbraided President Muhammadu Buhari for performing abysmally low in office and daring to propose himself for re-election next [...]

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    Osinbajo, faith and lessons from Leah Sharibu

Osinbajo, faith and lessons from Leah Sharibu

When l think of Leah Sharibu, one very significant scripture in the holy Bible that springs to my mind is “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven”.That very profound statement is credited to our Lord Jesus Christ in the Christian book of knowledge and record, the holy Bible.Those [...]

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    Who is advising President Buhari or who is he listening to?

Who is advising President Buhari or who is he listening to?

I disagree with those claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari can’t be second-guessed. Put plainly, I don’t share the sentiment that Mr President can’t be predicted.And here is why.To jeopardise President Buhari’s quest for a second term in office in the forth coming 2019 general elections, antagonists of his govt , notably former President Olusegun Obasanjo, OBJ wrote a scathing letter [...]

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    Are herdsmen democratising deadly violence in Nigeria?

Are herdsmen democratising deadly violence in Nigeria?

Suddenly, the entire country known as Nigeria seems to have been engulfed by violence. Herdsmen violence more than other type of violence.Although there has been times when living in Nigeria was considered highly risky in some parts, but it has never been this brutish at the same time all over the country. The 1960s was an inglorious period in the annals [...]

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    How lack of a ventilator killed my daughter

How lack of a ventilator killed my daughter

Just the other day, I drove by Bourdillon road in Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria and saw change. The former Gold Cross hospital located on that road has now transformed into Lagoon hospital. It may be recalled that my 18 years old daughter who was a law undergraduate of University of Birmingham, England, Kikaose Ebiye-Onyibe (on track to graduate this summer) died [...]

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    The tragedy of Nigeria’s arrested development and Bill Gates’ wake-up call

The tragedy of Nigeria’s arrested development and Bill Gates’ wake-up call

By now, most Nigerians would be familiar with Mr Bill Gates' incisive perspective on Nigeria’s development because his speech to the National Economic Council last week has gone viral. So there is no need repeating the fact that he identified health and education as sectors that Nigerian policy makers have to rejig in the Economic Recovery Growth Plan, ERGP, to [...]

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    Human trafficking: How Nollywood, traditional rulers and businesses can come to the rescue

Human trafficking: How Nollywood, traditional rulers and businesses can come to the rescue

If the title of this essay suggests that l may be advocating that all our unemployed youths become Nollywood movie makers or actors in order to discourage them from embarking on the perilous trip to Europe through illegal routes, it is misleading because that’s far from being the case. However , it would help if most of our unemployed youths [...]

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    Letter to Buhari: Is OBJ an opportunist, patriot or mystic?

Letter to Buhari: Is OBJ an opportunist, patriot or mystic?

Nigerians who have been waiting with baited expectation for who blinks first between ex presiding Olusegun Obasanjo, OBJ and incumbent  president, Muhamadu Buhari, PMB appear to have a long waiting time. This is because, although the  gregarious OBJ has fired salvos of public condemnation against PMB's governance style and policies, which some have alleged is aimed at heating up the [...]

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    No happy Christmas without…

No happy Christmas without…

Yuletide, which is widely celebrated  as a period of joy and holidays for mankind is especially remarkable in the Christian world as December 25 is marked as the date of birth of Jesus Christ, the son of the most high God who we Christians believe is the savior of the world.It has been argued in some quarters, like in the book, "Myth [...]

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    On corruption: One thing Buhari must do to regain moral authority

On corruption: One thing Buhari must do to regain moral authority

Lets commence by reminding ourselves that the final straw that broke the camel's back before the last administration was booted out of power in 2015 was the stench of corruption oozing out of Aso Rock villa which had become unbearable.Of all the allegations against the federal govt under president Buhari's watch,  ranging from the lopsided appointments into public offices in [...]

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    Mugabe: How African despotic leaders are facing their day of reckoning

Mugabe: How African despotic leaders are facing their day of reckoning

The road to justice may be very long, especially if the process of delivering  it is long drawn out, but no matter how long it takes, justice is sweet when it is finally done.In a chat on the whatsapp blog of my secondary school, Ekuku Agbor Grammar school old students association, where we are currently contemplating what development project to [...]

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    Anambra elections: When losing means winning for the APC

Anambra elections: When losing means winning for the APC

Tony Nwoye, the governorship candidate of the APC in the November 18 election may not have won the election in Anambra state, as Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor has received the mandate of Anambrarians to remain in power till 2021.But even in losing , the APC is winning by gaining more acceptance from Anambrians as the party against all permutations [...]

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