Opinion

Now That Buhari Is ‘Eminently Qualified’

By Casmir Igbokwe Last week, I wrote a piece titled “Injustice is another form of xenophobia.” Published in NewsProbe, an online publication, the article compared the barbaric xenophobic attacks in South Africa to another version of it in Nigeria. It also commended the Nigerian government’s noble intervention but advised that, while we attempt to remove the speck in South Africa’s eye, ...

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Racism And Xenophobia: Echoes From South Africa In A Troubled Continent

By Erasmus Ikhide Those who are still hoping that African continent might someday reinvent itself for the better are at best hallucinating, at worst living in the world that’s out of it. Africa has remained a basket case and no amount of outward buck-passing on “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” can change the self-afflicted tragedy the continent has visited upon itself, ...

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Injustice Is Another Form Of Xenophobia

Casmir Igbokwe The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) calls Nigeria a zoo. From what has happened in South Africa in the past few days, it seems the former apartheid enclave is worse than a zoo. Animals in a zoo are under control. But South African animals are wild and uncontrollable. They have killed and still kill and burn innocent foreigners, ...

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Anambra And 2021 Governorship Va-va-voom

By Casmir Igbokwe Don’t mind the big word ‘va-va-voom.’ It simply means something that is exciting or vigorous. The word is derived from the sound of a car engine being revved. I consider it an appropriate metaphor that describes the great excitement over Anambra State’s governorship contest. The battle is in 2021. But the political machine of the state is ...

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Anambra: PDP’s Position Of Zoning And Its Discontents

Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu Recently, the southeast zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met in Enugu in what may be a routine conclave of party members and officials who are desirous of returning the party to its regional glory. One of the highlights, and indeed, the most pronounced outcome of the meeting was the decision of the party, not to zone ...

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Multiple Tax Collectors, Defaulters And Auditors

By Casmir Igbokwe The people of Jericho held Zacchaeus, the corrupt chief tax collector, in low esteem. The biblical story had it that when Jesus was passing through Jericho, the very short Zacchaeus had to climb a tree to catch a glimpse of him. People grumbled and looked at him with scorn. If they had their way, they would have pulled ...

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Isuofia: New Yam, Spirit Beings And Other Stories

By Casmir Igbokwe When you hear of Argungu fishing festival, what comes to mind is Kebbi State. When Osun-Osogbo is mentioned, a festival rooted in deep Yoruba culture brings nostalgic feelings. When New Yam festival is an item on the agenda, the gathering must be that of the South-Eastern people. And when mmanwu (masquerade) performance comes up for discussion, what you ...

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Sekibo, Heritage Bank And The Food Boom

By Chuks Iloegbunam Nigeria has it on the authority of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank Governor, that the country spends in excess of $500 million annually on the importation of palm oil alone. That is more than a whopping N180 billion every 12 months for a commodity the country was previously the largest exporter of. For a broad swathe ...

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What A Country!

By Casmir Igbokwe Mr. Sunday Emenike left his base in Isuofia, Anambra State, for Taraba on a business trip. That was on July 17, 2019. Somewhere on Ukari-Zakibiam Road, armed robbers reportedly attacked the bus he was travelling in. The bandits allegedly brought him and one other passenger down from the bus and took them away. Till date, there is no ...

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Efi Igbo, SMEs And The Heritage Example

By Casmir Igbokwe The existential problems in Nigeria can drive one mad. Killings, kidnappings, extreme poverty, fear and anxiety all combine to flog Nigerians every day. Writing about these issues can also make one sick, especially when one discovers that the more one writes, the worse things turn out to be. This week, I decided to uplift my spirit by looking ...

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