Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ogochukwu Paul

    The choice between two tested and failed men and a third force

The choice between two tested and failed men and a third force

On Saturday, tomorrow February 16, Nigerians are going to polling centers across the country to cast their votes to either re-elect a sitting president Muhammadu Buhari or elect a new one – a former vice president Atiku Abubakar  fronting for the main opposition party, PDP, or a third force from a pool of different parties. This is not the first [...]

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    A country so cruel to its soldiers

A country so cruel to its soldiers

Permit me to take a guess: if you have a son or a daughter who is interested in holding a job as a Nigerian soldier in this present Nigeria, and as a father or mother who is duly aware of what life is like serving as a soldier in Nigeria, you would with every passion in you try to discourage [...]

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    It is the same old story; Boko Haram is still breathing

It is the same old story; Boko Haram is still breathing

A key campaign promise of the APC in their pursuit of presidential power during 2015 electioneering was that they would wipe out completely from Nigeria the existence of Boko Haram - the terrorist group that has killed thousands of people, destroyed properties and made a large area of the northeast inhabitable. Most of the innocent men and women who lived [...]

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    The many things that can kill you in Nigeria

The many things that can kill you in Nigeria

A line in V for Vendatta, the 2005 movie set around the themes of supremacism, neo-fascism and revolutionist freedom visualising an alternative future in the United Kingdom which I quite like says people should not be afraid of governments, governments should be afraid of their people. But in Nigeria, it is the case of people being afraid of government. But [...]

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    What has really changed in Nigeria?

What has really changed in Nigeria?

I suppose you know this already but let me say it still; this 2018, Nigeria as the 6th largest exporter of crude oil in the world, is still generating revenue from the sales of crude oil. Last year, we earned an estimated N1, 213 trillion in crude oil and gas export sales. In Africa, it was only last year that [...]

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    Abuja is the city where children beg at night

Abuja is the city where children beg at night

For Mohammed Mohammadu who wants to be a Custom officer, his parents do not know whether he is alive or dead. And he seems not understand what that means. Mohammed is a nine-year-old who makes his daily living by standing around the corner shops of around Wuse 2, one of Abuja’s busiest streets, every night, to beg Abuja urban middle [...]

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    Connected Development is changing how people live in African rural communities

Connected Development is changing how people live in African rural communities

To be specific, I only got to know about Connected Development, also known as CODE last quarter of 2017. And it was on Facebook I came across them – and the kind of work they do – and have been doing since 2012. The header of a story they shared was what caught my attention as I strolled on Facebook [...]

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    Our unity is negotiable but one Nigeria is workable

Our unity is negotiable but one Nigeria is workable

I love teamwork. Great successes are achieved with teamwork. And here is why. Individuals in a team bring a combination of strengths that are pulled together to achieve significant set goals. I like to see Nigeria as a team with one definite goal. Let us call that goal ‘Development’. Nigeria is sufficiently steeped in underdevelopment of a kind that robs [...]

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    Nigerian leaders should take a crash course from Rwanda’s Kagame

Nigerian leaders should take a crash course from Rwanda’s Kagame

In March 2000, when Paul Kagame became president after the resignation of Pasteur Bizimunga and subsequently contested and won election in August 2003, the feeling around was cynicism. There were more predictions of his failure than success but with his third term victory as president in this year’s August election, Rwanda under his leadership is regarded as a model for [...]

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    Nigerians and the worth of their votes

Nigerians and the worth of their votes

It was in 2007, I walked into an event where Adams Oshiomhole was being interviewed by a reporter concerning his mandate which Oshiomhole had believed was stolen by PDP that already had Prof Oserheimen Osunbor foisted as Governor of Edo state. Oshiomhole was already at the courts fighting the battle of his life. As one who had always admired the [...]

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    The Nigeria kind of poverty

The Nigeria kind of poverty

I saw the official twitter handle of Nigeria that seeks to give information on us say “Discover Africa’s most populous country and largest economy.” This is good public relations and branding through Social Media Marketing. No country’s public relations manager puts out bad information about them on social media especially that it is the window through which the world is [...]

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    When the old and new are the same

When the old and new are the same

It is human nature to desire and try out new things. It is not unusual for people to become dissatisfied with a system, a person, a government or even a spouse especially when expectations are no longer met. The reason why we have new inventions and innovations springing up every minute is because humans become easily tired with old things. [...]

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    Children are dying

Children are dying

When I read an article by US based online media Huffington Post on Nigeria being among other four countries as South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia where children die on a daily basis due to famine in the Northeast region, I felt mixed emotions of sadness and compassion. Sadness because I knew that Nigeria has no business being among countries facing [...]

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