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    2019: A profile of the X-factors

2019: A profile of the X-factors

The general election in 51 days will be different from previous ones in nearly two decades in many ways. Money is one way. At this time in a “normal” election cycle, politicians would be in a rat race to outspend one another. After four years of largely empty promises, they suddenly discover that they need to return to voters who wait [...]

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    2023: Is it Igbo or Yoruba presidency

2023: Is it Igbo or Yoruba presidency

Within the last five months, some key actors in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration have suggested that support for their principal in the forthcoming presidential election is the only guarantee that agitations for the Presidency by the South-East and the South-West, (which is not actively agitating) could manifest. It started when the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss [...]

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    Churchill Okonkwo’s unfounded claims can’t stop Nigerians from voting for Atiku

Churchill Okonkwo’s unfounded claims can’t stop Nigerians from voting for Atiku

Whenever I pick my pen to write, the first question that comes to mind is: What is the good intellectual message I am going to send to the reader? And this simple question has always formed the very basis of every piece I have authored since 1979. Yes, there are cases you can’t help but allow your emotions to conflict [...]

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    Seriake Dickson and the quest for restructuring

Seriake Dickson and the quest for restructuring

Henry Seriake Dickson, the countryman governor of Bayelsa state, is an engaging personality, highly cultivated, courageous and exuding a charming comportment. A proud Ijaw man whose progeny stretches far into the throbbing southwest town of Ijebu-Ode (where his great-grandmother comes from and was a princess), Dickson is unmistakably passionate about Nigeria. Suffice to say none of the current set of [...]

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    Buhari: Heckling is part of the democratic process

Buhari: Heckling is part of the democratic process

The news that President Muhammadu Buhari was interrupted and booed intermittently by some lawmakers while presenting the appropriation bill to the national assembly recently has been trending on the social media. Also trending is a list of the lawmakers said to have booed the President during the rowdy session. As should be expected, the PDP issued a statement claiming it [...]

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    Dear EFCC, sanity has a price

Dear EFCC, sanity has a price

About two weeks ago, I got a call from a friend, who is currently studying for a master's degree in the United States. She was in a dilemma; the dilemma of virtually every Nigerian student abroad, who are attempting to use local examples from Nigeria to explain global concepts and think up solutions. The dilemma of telling the story of [...]

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    Jimi Agbaje’s misdirected anger

Jimi Agbaje’s misdirected anger

Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, has always based his ill-fated ambition to be governor of Lagos on empty rhetoric and stoking ember of ethnic discord. Predictably, Agbaje’s communication strategy in every election is to reduce Lagosians to slaves who are living in bondage. He has always fronted himself as the man on a [...]

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    Banditry in Nigeria – a brief history of a long war

Banditry in Nigeria – a brief history of a long war

“Bandits” have emerged as the new bogeyman for insecurity in Nigeria, joining a long (and still growing list) that includes Boko Haram, cultists, herdsmen, kidnappers and militants. In different parts of the North-West, from Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna to Tsafe in Zamfara, Bandits are offered as the trope for an intolerable carnage, and the inexplicable haplessness of a federal government that [...]

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    Boss and Osinbajo: Selling same falsehood to two different ethnic groups

Boss and Osinbajo: Selling same falsehood to two different ethnic groups

Politicians are now traversing the length and extensiveness of Nigeria, selling lies to our people and those who are illiterate, when it comes to our own version of shallow politics—are buying those lies. From the highest to the lowest levels, within the context of politics, lies are flying everywhere—lies enwrapped in the swaddling cloth of vain promises. When politicians are [...]

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    To unwise travellers from the east

To unwise travellers from the east

There is no fuel scarcity this December, but by last Saturday you had to pay N12,000 to board a rickety bus from Abuja to Onitsha. Those who could fly parted with double the amount they used to pay airlines. High transport fare is the least of the problems, however. The people of the southeast especially have not been deterred: they [...]

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