Opinion

Re: Matters Arising From Buhari’s Victory

Casmir Igbokwe Nigeria’s electoral system has drawn the ire of many citizens. This partly explains the low turnout of voters in last Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in some parts of the country. The anger also reflected in the overwhelming reactions that trailed last week’s intervention on this page, titled, “Matters arising from Buhari’s victory.” The space is ...

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Why The Giant Of Africa Matters

By Margee Ensign The results are in. The giant of Africa, Nigeria, just completed its Federal election for president. The former military dictator and current president, Buhari, was re-elected. Or was he? The 36 international and 120 domestic observers, overseeing voting in 119,973 polling places in 8,809 electoral wards, declared the election free and fair.  But local civil society groups, ...

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Matters Arising From Buhari’s Victory

By Casmir Igbokwe Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka’s new lyrics depict the mood in the camp of President Muhammadu Buhari. In an audio clip circulating on the social media, the spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria, derided Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi. To him, the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), respectively, desecrated the altar of ...

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Dele Momodu And Olisa Agbakoba As Enemies Of Democracy

By Odoh Michael In 2003 when President Muhammadu Buhari first ran for the office of President and lost, he went to court to challenge the result of the election because he felt he was cheated and his mandate stolen. He did same in 2007 and 2011, and never called to congratulate his opponents in these elections. Adams Oshiomhole, Rotimi Amaechi ...

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Man On A Mission: Jimi Agbaje’s Determination To Liberate Lagos

By Victor C. Ukpabi With the largely bungled presidential and national assembly elections, it appears that Nigerians would still file out on March 9, in about 29 of the 36 states, to elect and re-elect governors and state houses of assembly members across the nation. It will be interesting to see what happens in states like Imo, Kano, Kaduna, Cross ...

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This presidential election is a sham

By Casmir Igbokwe The scene was pathetic. It appeared well choreographed. People had turned out in their numbers to vote. Suddenly, some thugs surfaced. They threatened voters to leave or get killed. Some concerned voters made some calls. Pronto, heavily armed policemen landed. They were in up to five vans. The thugs melted away. Concerned voters begged the police to stay. ...

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Illuminating My Support For President Buhari

By Satguru Maharaj Ji My support for President Muhammadu Buhari neither blurs nor blinds my sight to faults and weaknesses associated with his leadership so far. We are living in very serious times. In these ‘perilous’ days, the focus of the global Nigerian presence ought to be on terminating colonial bondage and exploitation as inevitable prelude to the birth of ...

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The Disaster Called Buharinomics

By Odilim Enwegbara Nothing unites citizens like a prosperous commonwealth. A country without prosperity is a country at war with itself. History is a guide: The Greek Empire was progressively united when the commonwealth was prosperous for all. When the Roman Empire became more prosperous for all citizens, it replaced the Greek; imperial Greece was no longer prosperous for all ...

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INEC Mess And Shame Of A Nation

By Casmir Igbokwe I took the prediction of T.B. Joshua and Temitope Aduroja with a pinch of salt. These prophets had predicted that there would be postponement of Nigeria’s presidential election. I also doubted it when news filtered in a few hours to the presidential and National Assembly elections that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was contemplating rescheduling the polls. ...

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Why We All Need To Be Atikulated To Get Nigeria Working Again

By Alaba Yusuf There comes a prime time in the life of a nation when its citizens, democratically, determine the next course of action for the corporate existence of their country’s sovereignty – through a referendum or outright general election. Britain’s rattling BREXIT battle is one of such. And the Presidential Election in Nigeria this weekend aligns both Commonwealth Comity ...

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