Publisher’s Corner

Sour Taste Of Sit-At-Home Protest

By Casmir Igbokwe The killing of Emeka Merenu, a priest of the Anglican Church, has left a nasty taste in the mouths of many Nigerians. Rev. Merenu was said to have invited soldiers to protect the mission school where he was the principal in Imo State. Some renegades masquerading as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) saw it ...

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Dressing Buhari In Borrowed Garb

By Casmir Igbokwe The ‘Isi Agu’ outfit looked good on President Muhammadu Buhari. The Imo State government might have dressed him in this Igbo traditional wear to show some appreciation for his coming to the state last week to inaugurate some projects. The state might have also done it to give the impression that Buhari loves the Igbo and is part ...

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Checking Out Of Nigeria

By Casmir Igbokwe In 1984, when Major General Muhammadu Buhari was military head of state, there was a television commercial featuring a character called Andrew. Frustrated by the hardship and lack of basic amenities like power, roads and water, Andrew wanted to leave Nigeria for greener pastures abroad. “I’m checking out,” he would say. But he was urged to stay back, ...

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Buhari’s Fear Of Failure

By Casmir Igbokwe In his recent meeting with service chiefs in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly vowed not to exit government as a failure. This is as surprising as it is laughable. Is the President not aware that many Nigerians are already counting days and waiting for his exit from power to stamp his failures in the cheque book of ...

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Buhari’s Wedding, Private-Jet Politicians And Zuma’s Treatment

President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, wedded the Emir of Bichi’s daughter, Zahra Nasir Bayero, at an elaborate ceremony last Friday. It was a day of glitz, glamour and a showcase of private jets by Nigerian politicians and other affluent citizens. Some media reports say over 100 private jets flew into the Aminu Kano Airport in Kano. Some other reports put ...

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South-East And Season Of Extra-Judicial Killings

By Casmir Igbokwe The South-East has remained a conquered territory since the Nigerian civil war ended over 50 years ago. Oftentimes, security operatives harass, intimidate, extort, torture and even kill innocent youths under different guises. Some of the incidents are reported. Some are not. The people appear caged. But there is always an end to every season. For now, we ...

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CAN And MURIC’s Dangerous Political Game

By Casmir Igbokwe The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) are associations fighting for the interest of their members. No doubt, these two bodies, like any other recognized group, have right to do so. But the way they are going about it in recent times could further polarize the already divided Nigerian society. It is dangerous, ...

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Nigerian Senate On Bended Knees

Casmir Igbokwe In a recent picture that went viral on the social media, the senator representing Delta South in the Senate, James Manager, was seen kneeling down fully before ex-governor James Ibori of Delta State. The senator had paid a courtesy visit to Ibori with drinks. But what he was asking for in this humble way was not very certain. ...

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Jigawa Jigsaw And INEC’s Abracadabra In Anambra

Casmir Igbokwe Nigeria has become a nation of one week, multiple troubles. I had suspected that something sinister was in the offing when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) spoke from two sides of the mouth concerning the recent primary election of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State. INEC came to observe the primary election of the Victor ...

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Kanu, Igboho And Umar’s Gospel Truth

Casmir Igbokwe For some days now, occupants of Nigeria’s seat of power have been in a celebratory mood. You don’t blame them, seeing that security agents, after some years of hard work, succeeded in capturing or abducting the number one enemy of the Villa, Nnamdi Kanu. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, was literally thumping his chest ...

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