Opinion

Bulkachuwa, Justice And Moral Burden

By Alaba Yusuf Life is just too full of strife, cruelty and absurdity, so much so that the mere perception of a tiny patch of a baby’s excreta on a big pot of gbegiri soup can ruin the appetite of an entire array of guests at any important party, mostly the owambe where ewedu and gbegiri are match-made for tasty amala. This shows the nexus between perception ...

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75 Parties’ Jaundiced Verdict On INEC

By Casmir Igbokwe Hard times have pushed a lot of people into becoming desperadoes. Many of the characters in the so-called Nigerian political parties are typical examples. They come together to form these parties for reasons not connected to any serious ideology. What they want is bargaining power or their share of the national cake. It is nauseating. Shortly before the ...

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Anambra Lawmakers And Expensive Funerals In Igbo Land

By Casmir Igbokwe Despite their itinerant nature, Igbo people have a strong attachment to their ancestral homes. On every festive occasion, many of them troop home from the cities to savour convivial communal life. Christmas, Easter and New Yam festival periods provide a veritable platform for solemnization of marriages, funerals, house warming, outing of a new age grade and title-taking. None ...

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Between Zoning And Competence In Anambra State Leadership

By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu The next governorship election in Anambra state will hold in November 2021. That is clearly about 31 months from today. But that is not the issue. The issue, as gleaned from debates among the diverse people of the state is what exactly should be the main focus in seeking to elect a successor to Willie Obiano. For ...

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Big Issues In UK And Nigeria’s Elections

By Casmir Igbokwe The story you are about to read was first published in the Sunday Punch of April 22, 2007. It was during the time of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the President of Nigeria. I was doing my master’s then in Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Twelve years after, nothing has changed. In fact, things have worsened. A few of my ...

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Beyond Reforming The Kill-And-Go Police

By Casmir Igbokwe I had a brief encounter with a security man at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, last Thursday. As I drove to the car park, the man stopped me and said, “Oga, there is no space. But I can park you behind the car of someone I know. The problem is that I don’t have credit on my phone. If ...

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Atiku’s Petition, Buhari’s Defence And INEC’s Righteousness  

By Emmanuel Ekwueme Since the candidate of the PDP in the 2019 Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, submitted his petition in which he contested the results and the conduct of the exercise, there has been all sorts of comments especially from the respondents, INEC and the APC. Judging from their comments, including those contained in their response to Atiku’s petition, one ...

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Atiku, The Nigerian Of Our Dreams

By Louis Okoroma Once again, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its lackluster government has shown that they are too bereft of knowledge of even the history of the country, Nigeria whose government it controls in the type of information it dishes out to the public. When the news went round that the APC while presenting its argument at ...

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Osinbajo’s Crocodile Tears In Kigali

By Casmir Igbokwe This is not about Professor Yemi Osinbajo as a person. It is also not about the presumed integrity of the government he represents as Vice-President. It is about trying to remove the log in someone else’s eye even when we harbour big stones in ours. And it is about what a civil society group, Intersociety, calls “Nigerian government’s ...

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Mystery And Miseries Of Being A Nigerian

By Casmir Igbokwe Last week, a young man from Anambra State committed suicide. Alex Chukwuezie, 22, completed his senior secondary school two years ago but could not get any job. He complained to some people recently that life was becoming miserable for him. According to media reports, he tried his hands at business. But things remained tough. When he could no ...

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