Opinion

Let My People Go

By Sissiku Julius Ayuktabe I write to you today from Kondengui Principal Prison, where I am unjustly detained with a sizeable part of my cabinet and with thousands of other Southern Cameroonian prisoners who have run afoul of the repressive regime of Paul Biya, the long-ruling despot of Cameroon. We are in an increasingly dire state – overlooked and forgotten ...

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#ServerGate: Whose Interest Is INEC Serving?

By Ifeanyi Izeze The news today, Monday 29th July, 2019, that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, failed to call witnesses to counter claims of malpractices against the commission by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in the February 23 presidential poll Atiku Abubakar, must have come as a rude shock to all Nigerians seeking to know ...

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Sanwo-Olu: Rethinking Lekki-Epe Traffic Architecture

By Gboyega Akosile From 6:30am up to about 9:30am, and most times, till noon, motorists plying the ever-busy Lekki-Epe Expressway from Ajah axis inward Victoria Island and other parts of Lagos, now have a daily ordeal of traffic snarl to contend with. Arguably, the axis is the busiest not only in Nigeria but in Africa on account of the fact that it houses the ...

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New Ministers And Tragedy Of Take-A-Bow Government

Casmir Igbokwe The legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti would have called it government magic. You can call it government of “take a bow,” if you like. Yes, senators like Ovie Omo-Agege will visit Aso Villa, pay fawning obeisance and bow out with smiles. Many kidnappers and sundry criminals, after terrorising the citizens, bow out with impunity. Instead of facing rigorous screening, some ...

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At 58, Peter Obi Is Still The Main Man Next Door

 By Esin Suji One of the saddest and indeed alarming commentaries about the management of public affairs in Nigeria is the recurring decimal of failed leadership since the formal attainment of political independence in 1960. While the country has had all manner of administrations at the local, sub-national and federal levels over the years, the overwhelming majority of the key ...

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Nigeria’s Worrisome Travel To Golgotha

By Casmir Igbokwe Various ethnic groups in Nigeria have been servicing their instruments of war. The atmosphere is filled with agitations, threats and ultimatums. The stage appears set for a long travel to Golgotha, the biblical place of skulls. Last Tuesday, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) drew their daggers. They ordered Fulani herdsmen in ...

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Nigeria’s Reckless Rulers And Dangerous Debt Mine

By Casmir Igbokwe Greek gods condemned Sisyphus, a cruel king, to perpetually roll a big rock up a steep hill. The rock always rolled down each time it neared the top. Nigerian gods appear to have also punished Nigerians permanently. Bad leadership is our own big rock. The more we try to push it over the mountain, the more it ...

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Buhari’s Suspended Ruga War

By Casmir Igbokwe The Ruga fire, which the Federal Government recently ignited in Nigeria, is still raging. Many Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief when the central government suspended the project last week. But little did they know that even the announced suspension will in itself become very unsettling. Ruga, by the way, is a project whereby the Federal Government secures ...

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Democracy @ 20: Media, Judiciary And Return Of The Shackles

By Ugo Jim-Nwoko “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more a slave than they are”, says Jean Jacques Rousseau, the French political philosopher. This witticism seems to capture the situation of the judiciary, civil society and media practitioners in President Buhari’s Nigeria in the last four ...

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Buhari’s Assets And Fight Against Corruption

Casmir Igbokwe President Muhammadu Buhari is an enigma. On May 29, 2019, he reportedly came to Eagle Square, Abuja, in specially designed 2019 Mercedes Benz S-Class S560. That was for his second term inauguration. Some reports put the worth of the car at N61 million. Some others say it’s N280 million. Whatever, this made news because many Nigerians had seen Buhari ...

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