Friday, January 4, 2019

Magnus Onyibe

    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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    Threat to national unity: Let’s celebrate what binds us

Threat to national unity: Let’s celebrate what binds us

His eminence, Saad Abubaker III, the Sultan of Sokoto's admonition that God does not make mistakes, must have struck strong chords in the hearts of members of both the Islamic and Christian faiths in Nigeria.The assumption above is underscored by the fact that people of the two major religions believe there is one God. That is a fundamental and critical [...]

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    Nigeria’s constitution amendment: Failure of imagination and need for political courage

Nigeria’s constitution amendment: Failure of imagination and need for political courage

John McCain, the indomitable United States of America, USA senator whose vote torpedoed the Republican Party- his political party's attempt to repeal the USA affordable health care bill-dubbed Obamacare is a study in political courage.This is because along with two other senators - Suzan Collins and Lisa Murkowski who incidentally are ladies - he casted the vote that thwarted the [...]

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    Biafra: From monologue to dialogue and getting to yes?

Biafra: From monologue to dialogue and getting to yes?

The separatist politics of MASSOB - Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra led by Ralph Uwazurike - which has birthed Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, now branded BIAFRA EXIT and driven by Nnamdi Kanu, started slowly. But now the row has picked up so much steam that it appears as if the dreadful Bosnia-Herzegovina ethnic cleansing in [...]

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    Last letter to God: A death foreseen?

Last letter to God: A death foreseen?

The journey to the last institution of learning, University of Birmingham, that Kikaose attended before her sudden and avoidable demise, was torturing mentally. But it was inevitable, as my wife and l were required to do so in order to trace the events that lead to Kikaose's unfortunate death.The trip was also with a view to closing her records from [...]

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    Godwin Emefiele: From zero to hero?

Godwin Emefiele: From zero to hero?

At first, clawing Nigerian economy out from recession ditch was thought to be not only a Herculean task,but one that couldn't be achieved so fast.But at the rate at which the Naira/dollar exchange rate is converging, putting Nigerian economy back on even keel may be sooner than later.The analogy above may seem simplistic, but Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the [...]

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    Nigeria’s anti-corruption war: Has the chicken come home to roost?

Nigeria’s anti-corruption war: Has the chicken come home to roost?

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    Democracy Day: Dangote as a metaphor for Nigeria’s development

Democracy Day: Dangote as a metaphor for Nigeria’s development

At 60 years of age (April 10,2017), Aliko Dangote who is slightly older than Nigeria by a mere three years has become the richest man in Africa and the 23rd richest in the world according to Forbes list of billionaires.Comparatively,after nearly 57 years of the founding of Nigeria as a nation, and about eighteen, 18 years of continuously functioning as [...]

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    Good night at noontime: Lamenting the death of a loved one

Good night at noontime: Lamenting the death of a loved one

When I wrote what l thought was a thought provoking article on the steady descent of Nigerian socioeconomic environment into a situation that is comparable to an Intensive Care Unit, ICU of a hospital, l had no inkling that l will sooner than later be a victim of an ICU situation.The piece titled "Nigeria Now Looking Like An Intensive Care [...]

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January 03, 2019USDGBPEUR
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