Sunday, April 7, 2019

Umar Sa'ad Hassan

    Dear Mr President, two new descriptions of your anti-corruption war and a toxicity that cannot be over

Dear Mr President, two new descriptions of your anti-corruption war and a toxicity that cannot be over

Dear Mr President, to protect the supremacy of the rule of law, you had us fighting for a former National Security Adviser, who is alleged to have shared money meant to arm our troops among his cronies while insurgents killed and maimed innocent Nigerians. By the time an Ibo separatist with a penchant for using strong language against other tribes [...]

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    5 things to expect after the 2019 elections

5 things to expect after the 2019 elections

The 2019 elections will leave a lot in its wake. These are 5 things likely to happen after all has been said and done. SARAKI WILL SUCCEED WIKE AS PDP LEADER In what has surprised many, Governor Wike made practically no strong effort at stamping his authority after the return of Atiku, Saraki and the other big boys to the PDP. Wike's [...]

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    A good look at how Buhari will lose Saturday’s election

A good look at how Buhari will lose Saturday’s election

INEC has put the final number of registered voters for the 2019 general election at 84 million with the North West leading the pack as usual with 20.2 million, followed by the South West with 16.3 million registered voters.The thumb-print columns on the ballot-papers have been compressed further by INEC to accommodate the very many parties duly registered and what [...]

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    It’s Buhari so Onnoghen is a victim. What is happening to us?

It’s Buhari so Onnoghen is a victim. What is happening to us?

It is important we get this straight. Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria is not a member of the PDP neither is he an APC member in the bad books of the Presidency. If anything, choosing to charge the CJN for false declaration of assets with the 2019 general elections only a matter of weeks away would only be [...]

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    On the man and the system: Keyamo speaking loud in favour of Atiku

On the man and the system: Keyamo speaking loud in favour of Atiku

To be very honest, I thought President Goodluck Jonathan was going to rig the 2015 Presidential elections and that thought crept in from the day, Femi Fani-Kayode was made the spokesman of his Presidential campaign. FFK was a talking time bomb. Patience Jonathan's comments on how 'people dey born shidren troway for the other side' targeted at the north, stuck [...]

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    PDP isn’t why Buhari has failed

PDP isn’t why Buhari has failed

Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on media, Garba Shehu, in a response to a statement by Phrank Shuaibu, the SA public communications to PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said the late submission of handover notes by the Goodluck Jonathan administration was responsible for the late appointment of ministers.I remember citing the timing of the submission and the voluminous nature [...]

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    EFCC is a ‘non-party’ with no ‘locus standi’ and no, NBA-NEC isn’t joking

EFCC is a ‘non-party’ with no ‘locus standi’ and no, NBA-NEC isn’t joking

Five years after my NYSC, I still hold my boss in high esteem. Olumuyiwa Olowokure was not only understanding, patient and tolerant, he was courteous and very refined. He was a black oyibo. Oga O.O. it was who when he called me to his office with my law school gra-gra to ask how I thought a certificate relating to a [...]

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    Buhari, please talk to us here

Buhari, please talk to us here

President Buhari's most sensational comments since assuming office have come from outside Nigeria -- South Africa, the UK, Qatar and more recently, Poland. Unsurprisingly, most of the questions he has also been asked have been outside these shores. It appears he is too scared of the many questions that will be asked of him if he hosts a media chat [...]

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    Comms and a handy air support: Two basic things Buhari’s $1bn could have provided to prevent Metele

Comms and a handy air support: Two basic things Buhari’s $1bn could have provided to prevent Metele

President Buhari's decision to withdraw the sum of $1bn from the excess crude account to fight insecurity raised a lot of eyebrows. He was initially reported as saying the sum was specifically intended for the war against Boko Haram before Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo adjusted the rhetoric to 'fighting insecurity across the country'. Either way, government's priority had always been the [...]

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    Buhari’s credentials: The ‘staff’ must stop

Buhari’s credentials: The ‘staff’ must stop

Much back in the days when the military was still in power, it was a common sight for a soldier in a commercial bus popularly referred to as 'danfo' whether in uniform or mufti, to reply a conductor's request for bus fares with the word 'staff'. Like magic, the conductor moves on to other passengers and lets the man be.It [...]

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    Aisha Buhari’s ADC and Lawa Daura: For the bush meat to not make the hunter prey

Aisha Buhari’s ADC and Lawa Daura: For the bush meat to not make the hunter prey

It didn't make sense that Lawal Daura was acting without the knowledge of the Presidency when his operatives shut down the National Assembly on the 7th of August 2018. Particularly because the DSS with the help of some police officers had barricaded the residence of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and that of his deputy just days earlier.Nobody in [...]

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    Buhari’s executive order 6 is unconstitutional

Buhari’s executive order 6 is unconstitutional

The legality of President Buhari's Executive Order 6 (EO6) has been affirmed by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Abuja Federal high court and right now the most cries against EO6 seem to be centred around Buhari's cronies not listed among the 50 persons banned from travelling outside the country but a careful look at the constitution viz-a-viz EO6 would show [...]

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    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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