Friday, September 21, 2018

Umar Sa'ad Hassan

    Some of the issues Buhari would rather not talk about

Some of the issues Buhari would rather not talk about

Garba Shehu, the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media, just a day ago made the first official reaction on behalf of the presidency to an allegation against its Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, of defrauding a contractor to the tune of N30 million in a transaction for the supply of 15 Hilux vans to the Aso Rock villa.Shehu [...]

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    A look at the main contenders for this year’s World Cup

A look at the main contenders for this year’s World Cup

One peculiar thing about the 2018 World Cup holding in Russia is the absence of a clear cut favourite. The Spaniards were tipped to win the 2010 edition right after their 2008 Euro Championship heroics and Brazil was hugely favoured to win at home in 2014. The small teams aren't quite small and the big teams don't act big. A [...]

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    Letter to Garba Shehu: Why we must change this change

Letter to Garba Shehu: Why we must change this change

Dear Mallam Garba Shehu,They say if your father is a garlic and your mother an onion, you can't smell good. Defending President Buhari's performance is practically impossible and no, it's not because he has assembled unarguably the worst media team ever seen, it is because he has set an unprecedented low for governance in Nigeria. That is a fact we [...]

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    The Headies is as much a sham as it is a scam — 12th edition review

The Headies is as much a sham as it is a scam — 12th edition review

BY UMAR SA'AD HASSANThat the Headies is still undoubtedly Nigeria's biggest music award is a testament to the work Ayo Animashaun and his Smooth Promotions company have put into the brand over the last 12 years. So much so that the Headies have not been shaken much by three successive controversial editions. [...]

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    What is good for Dino is also good for Omo-Agege

What is good for Dino is also good for Omo-Agege

The travails of Sen. Dino Melaye don't surprise anyone. As a matter of fact, it was always a question of when and how. Asides being a staunch critic of President Buhari, he also picked up a fight with a man who has said he will jump into fire if President Buhari asks him to; Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state. Dino [...]

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    #LazyNigerianYouth: An insight into the deplorable mindset of the young Nigerian

#LazyNigerianYouth: An insight into the deplorable mindset of the young Nigerian

WARNING: If you heard Buhari say a 'lot of Nigerian youths' but understood it to mean 'all nigerian youths' till date,you may not like this. The edited version of President Buhari's comments at the Commonwealth leaders meeting has become the accepted one and that is very worrying.It is the new trend on social and even regular media for young working Nigerians [...]

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    I second Secondus: The salient issues left untouched

I second Secondus: The salient issues left untouched

The clamour for an alternative to the APC and PDP has led to movements like the Red Card and 3rd Force to name a few but realistically, no movement can gather momentum enough to make a significant impact next year. Thus, the PDP still remains Nigerians' best hope of ousting the APC government next year. It has an existing structure [...]

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    It is Boko Haram that has technically defeated our government 

It is Boko Haram that has technically defeated our government 

Jessy Jonah was a classmate in my early years of high school. He was not only older than the rest of us, he was much bigger. And ironically,the most playful too. He was always ready to kick around black board dusters with us in classroom 'soccer matches' and play the chalk stoning game too. Everyone got a kick out of [...]

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    Maryam Sanda: Breaking the heart of the court of no laws

Maryam Sanda: Breaking the heart of the court of no laws

Being a lawyer entails seeing things entirely differently from everyone every now and then. We end up even more castigated than the villains themselves in the court of public opinion; the court of no laws.While I fully appreciate the need to fight corruption and punish corrupt individuals as a deterrent, non-legal persons found it difficult to understand why I thought [...]

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    Peace Corps bill: The curse of the cause for the corps

Peace Corps bill: The curse of the cause for the corps

As the pressure on the President to sign the Peace Corps bill into law intensifies following increased malefactions by the Boko Haram sect and Fulani herdsmen, I have never agreed with President Buhari more than I do with his decision to withhold his assent. Senator Shehu Sani just days ago called for Buhari to rescind his decision and deploy them to [...]

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    AB Mahmoud: A case of the blind leading the learned

AB Mahmoud: A case of the blind leading the learned

AB Mahmoud SAN has been the most controversial NBA President in recent memory.When some corrupt judges were clamped down upon by the DSS, he called for their immediate release and even went ahead to threaten that there would be 'consequences' if they weren't.The question back then was why he was willing to drag the name of the bar in the [...]

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    Nobody wanted Babachir to answer any questions; not Buhari, not Magu

Nobody wanted Babachir to answer any questions; not Buhari, not Magu

How can Buhari be really serious about fighting corruption?.The head of the country's foremost anti-graft agency is a man indicted for corruption by the DSS which is run by a towns man of the President brought back from retirement to extirpate his trust issues.When the senate indicted former SGF, Babachir Lawal for corruption and breach of public service regulations in [...]

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    This time next year…

This time next year…

It would be just a matter of weeks before the general elections. That is if Buhari doesn't decide to postpone an inevitable tragedy like his predecessor did. Security was what GEJ cited and issues bordering round that have quadrupled since PMB took over. The Niger Delta militancy and the clamour for a Biafran state may have abated but he also [...]

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    The $1bn song, remix and sad lyrics

The $1bn song, remix and sad lyrics

After Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state announced that the governors of the 36 states had resolved to donate $1bn out of the excess crude account to the Buhari administration for it to fight the boko haram insurgency,either 1 of 2 things was bound to happen.Either Buhari and his loyalists blame Jonathan and the PDP for making the war very [...]

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    Why Atiku will not be president

Why Atiku will not be president

Atiku is a founding father of the PDP, the ACN and the APC. The promiscuity is legendary. If he wasn't rich enough to dole his way to the heart of things every time he has had to move in with one of his 'offsprings', he would quite easily have been the most hated politician in Nigerian politics. It was barely [...]

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    Let’s not deceive ourselves: corruption is winning

Let’s not deceive ourselves: corruption is winning

'Corruption is fighting back'.That phrase has long assumed cliché status.As a lot of us have learnt,it is the easiest way to justify a hypocritical war on corruption. Corruption isn't fighting back when Buhari sits on the SGF probe or refuses to look into how some states are still owing workers 8 months salaries despite bailouts and huge Paris Club refunds, [...]

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