Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Magnus Onyibe

    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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    Still on the political wind blowing in eastern Nigeria

Still on the political wind blowing in eastern Nigeria

On November 18, the governorship election in Anambra state will hold.The stakes are very high as Peter Obi, the immediate past governor of the state will be settling scores with his erstwhile political godson, Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor who parted ways with his benefactor (Obi) soon after he helped him win the governorship election four years ago.Another powerful political juggernaut that [...]

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    Bereavement hallucinations and the collateral beauty in Kikaose’s passage

Bereavement hallucinations and the collateral beauty in Kikaose’s passage

November 12, 2017 marks the 7th month since my 18 years old daughter, Kikaose Ebiye-Onyibe, who was on track to graduate in law next year from the University of Birmingham, UK, passed away under circumstances that defy logic.My former boss, senior brother,  mentor in politics , and former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori; adopted senior brother, Henry Imasekha, and [...]

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    As Buhari turns on his charm offensive on Igbo

As Buhari turns on his charm offensive on Igbo

After the infamous Python Dance lI that led to the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB movement, which put the Igbos on edge, you may be thinking that President Muhamadu Buhari would leave the lgbos in the cold, right?Well, you may be wrong because  govt under the watch of president  Buhari has tapped ex-Biafran soldiers in south eastern [...]

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    Internecine war in APC: Who will speak out for the casualties?

Internecine war in APC: Who will speak out for the casualties?

There is a buzz about the internal strife that has recently been bedeviling Aso Rock villa like a ghost.It is based on the belief that there are numerous pockets of power in the presidency, which like a constellation of stars revolving around the moon seeking to overshadow one another, have in the process created chaos, serious enough to trigger the [...]

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    Africapitalism and amazing Tony Elumelu

Africapitalism and amazing Tony Elumelu

Few Africans have talked about pan Africanism and made it happen.And one of such people is Tony Elumelu, the self appointed champion  of AFRICAPITALISM.The banker turned entrepreneur through his HEIRS holding has in the past three years been leveraging on his philanthropic platform, Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF to turn the whole African landscape of 54 countries into a sort of [...]

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    Buhari’s midterm report: CBN takes the cake

Buhari’s midterm report: CBN takes the cake

Being a farmer himself, it was easy for president Muhammadu Buhari to spot the fact that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Anchor Borrowers Program has been making waves by having massive impact on the farming sector across the country and by extension helping in lifting up Nigeria's economy which due to the sharp drop in crude oil price had [...]

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    Nigeria: ls the military strong only against the weak?

Nigeria: ls the military strong only against the weak?

On December 12, 2015 in Kaduna state, north-western Nigeria, the military allegedly mowed down hundreds of Shiite Muslims who allegedly tried to obstruct their path. Till date, their leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife are still in detention, although authorities like to sugarcoat it as protective custody.While Nigerians are still mortified by that horrific event in Kaduna, under the [...]

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    Mr President, there must be better ways to curb hate speeches

Mr President, there must be better ways to curb hate speeches

One of the best ways to reduce dissent and rebellion which hate speeches epitomize is to govern equitably through respect for the rule of law and observance of equity and justice in a polity. Inability or failure of leaders to adhere to those simple tenets, breeds resentment. Citizens or people generally often harbored ill feelings towards their Govt when they [...]

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