Friday, July 12, 2019

Magnus Onyibe

    VeePee Yemi Osinbajo and the power of charm offensive

VeePee Yemi Osinbajo and the power of charm offensive

It was a former USA president Benjamin Franklin that's credited with the quote: "Some people are weather wise and otherwise".As a result of president Muhamadu Buhari's 49 days medical vacation which ended last Monday, March 13, Vice President,Yemi Osinbajo's hands were planted firmly on the wheel of the ship of state of Nigeria as acting president.As such, and as the [...]

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    Xenophobic South Africa, national assembly and value of Nigerian life

Xenophobic South Africa, national assembly and value of Nigerian life

That's why he unequivocally put his feelings on marble and which l  fittingly presented as the opening quote for this piece. However, many years after Nigerian govt made the bold and very significant sacrifice of railing against the USA and UK Govt that were supporting the supremacists regime's in former Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe and South Africa nation under the apartheid regime, [...]

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    Why those who bet against James Ibori in Nigerian politics failed

Why those who bet against James Ibori in Nigerian politics failed

"In it until you die - convicted Nigerian politician signals a come back"That's the screaming headline that  the number one global news leader, Reuters ascribed to former delta state governor, James lbori who was recently released from a UK penitentiary where he was convicted after pleading guilty (under duress) to money laundering charges.Having had his freedom curtailed for  nearly seven,7 [...]

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    Chris Akor’s fantastic lies against Ibori: Separating facts from fiction

Chris Akor’s fantastic lies against Ibori: Separating facts from fiction

Some of us suffer the malaise of not being able to decouple our personal ego from our jobs or functions and as such, more often than not, our ego gets in the way and we become feisty.The reality is that an editor is a gatekeeper in the public information management sphere.As news is a commodity,a good editor is obligated to [...]

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    Ibori and his loyal goons: Chris Akor’s infantile tirades

Ibori and his loyal goons: Chris Akor’s infantile tirades

The release of chief Onanefe lbori, former Gov of Delta state from a UK prison where, he was unjustly jailed after he (under duress) pleaded guilty to money laundering charges without trial, has generated a lot of buzz in the media.The analysis by some members of the commentariat of the circumstances surrendering lbori's ordeal and the insincerity of the Western [...]

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    Re: Ibori and his loyal goons: Chris Akor’s infantile tirades

Re: Ibori and his loyal goons: Chris Akor’s infantile tirades

The release of chief Onanefe lbori, former Gov of Delta state from a UK prison where, he was unjustly jailed after he,(under duress) pleaded guilty to money laundering charges without trial, has generated a lot of buzz in the media.Genuine analysis by some members of the commentariat of the circumstances surrendering lbori's ordeal and the insincerity of the Western powers [...]

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    Ibori and the obnoxious British legal system: What manner of justice?

Ibori and the obnoxious British legal system: What manner of justice?

A lot has been written and broadcast about what can be termed the James Ibori Odyssey but most of what is in the public domain are more of fiction than facts simply because, often times with all due respect, most Nigerian journalists rely too much on ready made information and news handouts instead of digging deep to unearth the truth.What [...]

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    Applause as Buhari turns 74 and gets ready to cross the 20th month threshold

Applause as Buhari turns 74 and gets ready to cross the 20th month threshold

At a period like this when the cloud over Nigeria seems to be that of doom and gloom, it's easy for the challenging job of keeping the country together and afloat to be unrecognized.In an uncanny manner, President Muhamadu Buhari, who turned 74 last Saturday, 17/12/2016, seems to be the one often saddled with the responsibility of leading Nigeria at [...]

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    How can Nigerian leaders move economy forward while looking backwards?

How can Nigerian leaders move economy forward while looking backwards?

Economic policies can stifle growth when they are excessive,  inappropriate,introduced late or out of sync with reality. So at what point do wrong or inappropriate economic policies muzzle growth?A simple answer to the rhetorical question would be that things go awry when policies that are supposed to address challenges that may constrain the economy from growing, like policy reforms aimed [...]

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    Who will judge the judges and investigate the investigators?

Who will judge the judges and investigate the investigators?

While still grappling with our economy which remains stuck in the doldrums, our hard earned democracy, which seems to be the next target of deterioration, is by all indications heading for the precipice, if the current Executive/Judiciary face-off is not handled with care. The reason is that, by interfering in the internal affairs of another arm of govt, respect for [...]

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    As Buhari breaks the ice in the Niger Delta, economy gets a breather

As Buhari breaks the ice in the Niger Delta, economy gets a breather

Finally,on November 1, 2016, Niger Delta heavy weights, have had the much sought opportunity to jaw-jaw with president Muhammadu Buhari inside the hallowed chambers of Aso Rock villa. Before the latest opportunity, both parties had more less been 'talking' through the barrels of guns. Although the main protagonists-militants like Avengers, MEND etc-were not seated at the round table with the [...]

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    Aisha Buhari: Confronting Aso Rock demons?

Aisha Buhari: Confronting Aso Rock demons?

Just as Nigerians were being regaled  with former presidential spokesman, Rueben Abati's thriller titled "Spiritual Side Of Nigeria's Villa" which is a tale about 'demons' and 'ghosts'  in Aso Rock villa, Nigeria's seat of power, a current Aso Rock occupant, First Lady, Aisha Buhari has presented the world with the UNSPIRITUAL SIDE OF NIGERIA'S SEAT OF POWER by humanizing the [...]

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    Legalise indigenous crude oil refining

Legalise indigenous crude oil refining

Am I the only one miffed by the manner in which the Nigerian Air Force, NAF recently exhibited its 'prowess' as evidenced by its targeted strikes of indigenous oil refineries in the Niger delta?In demonstration of NAF's new found machismo, in the past few days,the news about the force's latest 'conquest' made headlines all over the news media, as if they [...]

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    Economic consequences/gains of war against corruption in Nigeria

Economic consequences/gains of war against corruption in Nigeria

Recently, at a World Economic Forum, WEF event, US Secretary of State,  John Kerry told his audience how Nigerian military generals shared amongst themselves 9 billion dollars that had been set aside for purchase of arms to prosecute the war against terrorism. Not only was the US top diplomat factually incorrect, because it was actually $2.1 billion that was appropriated for [...]

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    APC brought American expert to win election. Why not another expert to fix economy?

APC brought American expert to win election. Why not another expert to fix economy?

In the heat of the election to halt Peoples Democratic Party, PDP's 16 years rule in 2015, the new coalition of opposition political parties to form All Progressives Congress, APC brought in a renown American political strategist, David Axerold to help develop and implement the strategy that facilitated the demise of the former ruling party.For those who may not be [...]

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    Managing economic chaos: Bullish Buhari and Soludo Solution?

Managing economic chaos: Bullish Buhari and Soludo Solution?

Finally, our dear president Muhamadu Buhari has admitted that his policy actions or inactions are hurting Nigerians, at least in the interim, if not long term and he has thus appealed to them for patience during the 'feast of sacrifice' recently observed by Muslims.Evidence of change of strategy from channelling all energy into anti corruption war in the past sixteen, [...]

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