Saturday, July 13, 2019

Niran Adedokun

    Amina Zakari and Nigeria’s bigger trouble

Amina Zakari and Nigeria’s bigger trouble

With due respect to all compatriots, Nigeria must currently be the most ridiculous nation on the surface of the planet.Some opposition political parties led by the Peoples Democratic Party cry foul over the recent appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission ad hoc committee on National Collation Centre for the 2019 elections and her [...]

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    2023: Is it Igbo or Yoruba presidency

2023: Is it Igbo or Yoruba presidency

Within the last five months, some key actors in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration have suggested that support for their principal in the forthcoming presidential election is the only guarantee that agitations for the Presidency by the South-East and the South-West, (which is not actively agitating) could manifest. It started when the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss [...]

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    Tinubu and the burden of history

Tinubu and the burden of history

In today’s Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (whatever that means) is one of those who speak, and everyone listens. Arguably the most formidable political player in what is now known as the South-West zone of the country, Tinubu understands his fortune and deploys it almost without care for [...]

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    2018 Electoral Act: What Buhari should do

2018 Electoral Act: What Buhari should do

It is in moments like this, when elections are fast approaching, that you see the really immature democratic character of Nigerians. The desperation, the reckless vituperation, the unbridled partisanship show that Nigerians do not realise that elections, as a former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Ghandi, once said, should not be so much about those who win or lose as about [...]

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    Nigerians and the god of money

Nigerians and the god of money

Recent stories from across Nigeria indicate that the country may be in more trouble than it actually realises. It also rings the alarm that unless the power elite who are currently engrossed in their seasonal scramble for power comes to terms the harm they have foisted on the country and retract with alacrity, the horse may indeed soon bolt away [...]

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    Many troubles of the Nigerian Army

Many troubles of the Nigerian Army

That there has been no public reprimand or manifest sanctions on the top echelons of the Nigerian Army as we speak is a disheartening indication of the failure of ethics and the lack of respect that the country has for those gallant men and women adorning its military uniform. And that is not just because two soldiers who claimed to [...]

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The Ganduje situation

The drama ensuing after the release of videos alleging that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State solicited and received bribes from contractors is an unmitigated shame. It is indicative of the country’s backwardness on two fundamentally important fronts and should worry everyone who desires a democratic and corruption-free country.The first testimony of the country’s failure to make progress in [...]

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    Ezekwesili and new generation presidential hopefuls

Ezekwesili and new generation presidential hopefuls

Even by the sheer reason of venture, the number and quality of aspirations to Nigeria’s Presidency in the 2019 elections should excite and give a sense of satisfaction that democracy is gradually taking roots in the country.Democracy is after all a mark of liberalisation of political power, the ability of every constitutionally-enabled national to aspire to rule their country regardless [...]

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    Shi’ite crisis: Nigeria is playing with fire

Shi’ite crisis: Nigeria is playing with fire

No matter what the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force say in the aftermath of the latest face-off with members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, this country cannot justify the measure of force its agents have continued to unleash on this religious group.But this incident, in which an unclarified number of people lost their lives, is indicative of [...]

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    Obasanjo, Atiku and peace-making clerics

Obasanjo, Atiku and peace-making clerics

Last week’s reactions on the presence of Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel), David Oyedepo and Sheik Abubakar Gumi at the reconciliation meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, Atiku Abubakar, presented another opportunity to interrogate the capacity of the average Nigerian to fully embrace the [...]

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    Does Nigeria really have a future?

Does Nigeria really have a future?

For someone who became deaf and blind at 19 months, the late American political activist and intellectual, Hellen Keller, stood in a good place to lecture the world about optimism.Years after she defied her handicaps to become a political and leading campaigner for women’s suffrage, labour rights, socialism and such other interests, Keller offered the world the following words on [...]

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    No, Nigeria is in trouble about doctors

No, Nigeria is in trouble about doctors

Nigeria’s health minister, Prof Isaac Adewole, recently drew the flak from Nigerians when he seemingly underplayed the intractable challenges that the country’s health sector grapples with.Speaking at the 38th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria last Friday, Adewole, a former President of the association said, amongst other things, “No serious shortage” [...]

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    2019: Is the PDP not just joking?

2019: Is the PDP not just joking?

Thoughts about Nigerian politics would always wear you out. And that is regardless of whether you are thinking about the politicians or the electorate.In the colony of politicians, the import of the calling itself is largely centred on what the political actors would gain, that is power and possibly money. Elsewhere, politics, even though accompanied with the ingredients of influence [...]

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    Memo to the Nigerian political godfather

Memo to the Nigerian political godfather

If Nigerian politicians were to invest a fraction of the time and energy exerted on undoing one another in the genuine quest of developing the country, Nigeria would be far gone from its current state of stunted growth.In the past couple of weeks, the people have become dazed by the dizzying pace at which politicians have crossed carpets from one [...]

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    No, Mr President, illegal immigrants are your trouble

No, Mr President, illegal immigrants are your trouble

Three years into what increasingly looks like his first term in office, President Muhammadu Buhari still appears not to have come to an understanding of the compassion and citizen deference that modern democratic leadership demands. If those were in his contemplation, his comment, last week, to the effect that illegal immigrants from Nigeria were on their own would never have [...]

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    Osinbajo: After Daura’s sack, what next?

Osinbajo: After Daura’s sack, what next?

While the remote and immediate causes for last week’s decisive sacking of MrLawal Daura as the Director-General of the Department of State Services remain a guess, it is unarguably the most inspiring action by the Muhammadu Buhari administration in a long while.And following it up this Tuesday with the literal disbandment of the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad, was a bonus [...]

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