Thursday, January 3, 2019

Umar Sa'ad Hassan

    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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    Kachikwu and other tales: Telling the truth even we lie

Kachikwu and other tales: Telling the truth even we lie

Questions people were supposed to ask:So all Kachikwu alleges are true only because he thinks so? Has Kachikwu actually said $26 billion was stolen? Has anybody,whether from the NNPC board or not,corroborated anything Kachikwu said?President Buhari's pathetic leadership style is fast shutting the doors of objectivity in the mind of the average Nigerian and when the government can no longer do [...]

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    Political drama season: The Atikus in the APC, their rehearsed lines and reality

Political drama season: The Atikus in the APC, their rehearsed lines and reality

No, you are wrong. No one could have possibly predicted that political drama season would premiere with a serving minister endorsing another candidate in his sitting room over her principal, the President. She hasn't claimed to be misquoted or 'videoshopped' and the president's continued retention of her services has kept suspense at ice chill level. Are a select few privy [...]

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    What exactly is wrong with our president?

What exactly is wrong with our president?

The rumour mill has been agog with stories that President Buhari could be returning to the country any time soon. This is coming shortly after photos of him with some visiting governors were greeted with wild excitement by his supporters. On the other hand, there couldn't be a more rueful time for the patriotic Nigerian who places the nation first. [...]

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    Does Buhari want us as one?

Does Buhari want us as one?

That two of the three major tribes are actively clamouring for their own separate nations is in itself a failure for the Buhari administration.What makes it even more pathetic is how the government has made available an enabling environment for such agitations to fester and escalate to a point where we may just be fighting a civil war this October instead [...]

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    Buhari: A 2-year journey to nowhere

Buhari: A 2-year journey to nowhere

It's half way through the Buhari Presidency and its performance can best be captured in these words of Prof. Charles Soludo: "They inherited a bad situation but they have made it several times worse". At the start of President Buhari's reign in office, he made diversification of the economy a priority and agriculture seemed destined for a major boost.But the thing [...]

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    Whose interest comes first — Kano people or Sanusi and his powerful friends?

Whose interest comes first — Kano people or Sanusi and his powerful friends?

I had just one fear regarding Sanusi Lamido Sanusi's suitability for the Kano Emirship when I was supporting his candidature for the exalted seat and that fear has been justified. He simply cannot transit from a suit and tie 'do good' advocate to the royal father of one of Nigeria's most historic states. Certain extraordinarily high standards are expected of such [...]

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    Nigeria is better off with a warring senate and presidency

Nigeria is better off with a warring senate and presidency

The eventual winner in the war between the Presidency and the Senate will be the average Nigerian. One who has had to sit over the years and watch his leaders loot the treasury dry. One who has helplessly watched Political yahoo boys sell him a 'change' for the worse and finally, one who can't do anything other than what he [...]

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    Buhari should not rest — he should resign

Buhari should not rest — he should resign

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