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    Unnecessary Kanu-phobia

Unnecessary Kanu-phobia

Nnamdi Kanu always strikes while the iron is hot. His reappearance after more than one year has dominated discussions online and offline, generating anxiety in some quarters and ecstasy in others. Some political candidates are already trembling, for the great crowd puller could make the difference between success and failure at least in the south-east. I guess even Peter Obi, [...]

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    Beyond Fayose: The future of Ekiti

Beyond Fayose: The future of Ekiti

I spent the better part of last Tuesday, October 16, focusing on developments in Ekiti State. It was the day of John Kayode Fayemi’s return to office as Governor of Ekiti State and his inauguration for a second-term, after an interregnum of four years, 2014-2018 during which former Governor Ayo Fayose reigned. It was also on that day that Fayemi’s [...]

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    An officer and a gentleman

An officer and a gentleman

With gratitude to God for a life well spent — and I mean every word of it — I mourn the passing of Air Vice Marshall George Ayo Osho (rtd), one of Nigeria’s first two presidential pilots, the first Nigerian Air Force (NAF) pilot to clock 6,000 flying hours, former acting governor of Lagos state — and definitely one of [...]

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    Ulli Beier’s ‘madman’ at Aro psychiatric hospital

Ulli Beier’s ‘madman’ at Aro psychiatric hospital

Beier frequently wandered into the Aro Psychiatric hospital in Abeokuta in that same early 1950s, seeking to use art as a therapy to heal its mentally-disturbed patients. On one of Beier’s visits, he had walked into the wards where the mentally challenged were sequestered. Rants of disturbed patients rent the air. He walked through the aisle of the well-arranged beds [...]

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    Nnamdi Kanu is like Ojukwu who fled the country after causing many deaths

Nnamdi Kanu is like Ojukwu who fled the country after causing many deaths

I just watched a video of “Nnamdi Kanu in Israel”.  And truly, it was him. In the video, he stands before the Wailing Wall, “wailing”; a voice in the background spits platitudes as the “supreme leader” prays. He then terminates his ritual and turns to the camera to affirm his “invincibility”. Choreographic marvel! But many young Igbo lives were lost because of [...]

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    Obasanjo, Atiku and peace-making clerics

Obasanjo, Atiku and peace-making clerics

Last week’s reactions on the presence of Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel), David Oyedepo and Sheik Abubakar Gumi at the reconciliation meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, Atiku Abubakar, presented another opportunity to interrogate the capacity of the average Nigerian to fully embrace the [...]

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    With love, from India

With love, from India

My first instinct when I got the WhatsApp message was to dismiss it as fake news. But I held back because the sender is a serious guy. It was a memo from a certain school in Rajasthan, India, called Amity University. In the three-paragraph memo, the Registrar, Vishwadeepak Singh, a retired military officer, had given students a deadline of August 13, [...]

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    Atiku, Obasanjo and Buhari

Atiku, Obasanjo and Buhari

No matter how much they deny it, President Muhammadu Buhari’s camp is jittery with the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). They’ve throw everything but the kitchen sink at him since it became clear that he is Buhari’s main opponent come next year. I stopped counting the press releases, interviews and articles [...]

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    The rise and rise of ‘Ada na eme ogo’

The rise and rise of ‘Ada na eme ogo’

Anambra politics is not for the faint-hearted. And it is not for the underachiever; it is for the dauntless and the “performer”.Some politicians in the state have had their political fortunes plummet owing to a prodigious level non-performance.Anambra people have a voracious appetite for progress, and for development. They are least swayed by money, and even if they receive money [...]

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    The stark reality APC must face about Atiku challenge

The stark reality APC must face about Atiku challenge

Intifada is Arab word for uprising. It perhaps best describes the emerging battle formation in Nigeria’s expanding coliseum ahead of the 2019 polls. Indeed, today, only the utterly naive will still need an interpreter to decode the dire signal from the nation’s fraternity of restive generals.Other than in the heyday of coup in the 70s and 80s, never have we seen a gang-up of old soldiers this [...]

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