Friday, September 20, 2019

Reuben Abati

    Nigeria, xenophobia and Ramaphosa’s apology

Nigeria, xenophobia and Ramaphosa’s apology

We are told that South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised on Saturday for the xenophobic attacks against foreigners living in South Africa, particularly persons involved in business who are seen by the ordinary South African as enemies. He reportedly did this in Harare, Zimbabwe, at the funeral ceremony of former President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Most appropriately, the South African [...]

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    Mohammed Adoke writes back…

Mohammed Adoke writes back…

The Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Administration in Nigeria (2010 - 2015) has generated quite a number of post-tenure publications which significantly, in varying degrees of articulation, veracity and delivery shed light on key developments during that momentous phase in Nigerian politics. The books under reference offer accounts of  individual experiences or outsider perspectives, but altogether, they stand out as remarkable contributions to [...]

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    Peter Drucker and the things that changed

Peter Drucker and the things that changed

My favorite passage from the many essays by the 20th Century management theorist, prophet of customer-centricism, and dialectician, Peter F. Drucker, on the subject of change and innovation has to be his argument that we now live in a modern era where everything changes at the speed of light. To be able to cope in this season of creative destruction, [...]

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    FBI, Nigerian fraudsters and other stories

FBI, Nigerian fraudsters and other stories

This is not the best of times to be identified as a Nigerian, especially if you are a Nigerian in diaspora. It is indeed the worst of times to be Nigerian because of the kind of daredevilry that our compatriots have demonstrated in recent times, in criminal pursuits of such scale, texture, volume, and depth, not at intervals but at [...]

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    P&ID vs Nigeria: A review

P&ID vs Nigeria: A review

The report that a commercial court in the UK has ruled that Nigeria must pay a UK firm, Process and Industrial Development Limited (P & ID) a sum of $9.6 billion or have its assets in the UK to the tune of that amount forfeited has generated more than a little interest. For a country with a foreign reserve of [...]

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    When soldiers do police work: Disaster

When soldiers do police work: Disaster

If anyone is looking for a perfect illustration and confirmation of the “coming anarchy” in Nigeria, that person needs not look farther than the on-going conflict and crisis of mutual distrust between the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army. Turn away, for a moment, from Boko Haram (Nigeria is still unable to find a solution to the menace of terrorism), [...]

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    Sowore and the Nigerian Revolution 

Sowore and the Nigerian Revolution 

“So, did you join the #RevolutionNow protests yesterday?” “Which Revolution?” “The #RevolutionNow protest led by Omoyele Sowore. The security people grabbed him ahead of the August 5 protests, but the Grand Coalition for Security and Democracy still came out in full force in Lagos and Abuja.” “Yes. Yes. We did. But it rained in Abuja.” “And were you part of it? The Coalition for [...]

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    How the Lawan senate failed its first major test

How the Lawan senate failed its first major test

Senator Ahmed Lawan is the Chairman and President of Nigeria’s 9thNational Assembly.  His emergence as Senate President was prefaced by a lot of politicking and brick-bats within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of which he is a member and between members of that party and the opposition parties particularly the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the country’s former ruling party, now [...]

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    Rape and the Senior Pastor of COZA

Rape and the Senior Pastor of COZA

COZA is the acronym of a church in Abuja, Nigeria, known as the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly. It is one of those Pentecostal churches that dot every street of Nigeria where the Pastors claim to have a direct phone line to God, and are majorly regarded by the congregation as the anointed voice and representatives of God on earth. Pentecostalism [...]

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    Ahmad Lawan, Festus Adedayo and the APC mob

Ahmad Lawan, Festus Adedayo and the APC mob

Senator Ahmad Lawan is the incumbent Senate President of Nigeria, having won the election into that office, 79 -28, beating his rival, Senator Ali Ndume of the same ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Lawan was the anointed candidate of his party, the APC, but he worked hard to negotiate with and secure the support of other members of the Senate [...]

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    INEC and Nigeria’s many political parties

INEC and Nigeria’s many political parties

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of its review of the 2019 General elections in the country is reportedly working on a proposal for the alteration of the 1999 Constitution as amended to enable it reduce the number of political parties in the country. A total of 91 political parties participated in the 2019 general elections, the highest [...]

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    On June 12 we stand

On June 12 we stand

It is ironic that it had to take a member of the military establishment now turned democrat, that is General, now President Muhammadu Buhari for June 12 to be accorded its pride of place in the socio-political calendar of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Before now, the recognition/celebration of June 12 as a watershed in Nigerian history had been observed [...]

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    The speech Buhari didn’t make

The speech Buhari didn’t make

Nigerians were left speechless on May 29 when after taking the oaths of office and allegiance, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo left the Eagle Square, the venue of the Presidential Inauguration ceremony without uttering a word. The President had nothing to say to Nigerians. He simply went back into his car and returned to the Presidential Villa. [...]

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    A ‘private visit’ to Her Majesty the Queen

A ‘private visit’ to Her Majesty the Queen

“You look dull. I hope you are good” “What else can the son of man do, with all the problems on someone’s head in this country?” “What happened? Your team messed up in the Premier League? Is your problem David De Gea?” “No” “May be the Arsenal coach then, because that match Arsenal played against Leicester City, during the weekend, the entire team, from [...]

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    What’s wrong with these end-time governors?

What’s wrong with these end-time governors?

I believe we all have that one family member who thinks that he or she has the right to intrude into your schedule and order you around. When they call you, they won’t give up until you pick their calls. And these people, they can call you liked a hundred times. Send text messages. Whatsapp. Report you to the entire [...]

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    The people’s revolt in Algeria and Sudan

The people’s revolt in Algeria and Sudan

Young people are leading a people’s revolution in Algeria and Sudan, both developments remind us forcefully of the wages of mis-governance, the power of the people to seize control of their own destiny, and the role that the youth can play in a country’s development process.  It is encouraging to see that in both countries, we are witnessing the triumph of [...]

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