Publisher’s Corner

Dictatorship Moves To Next Level

By Casmir Igbokwe President Muhammadu Buhari has never hidden his dictatorial tendencies. He exhibited it fully as a military ruler in 1984. Being a General then, he could be pardoned and his sins overlooked. But as a civilian President, it is difficult to fathom why his government still behaves as though we are still in the jackboot era. The suspension of ...

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Between Herdsmen’s Terrorism And Fulani Radio

By Casmir Igbokwe I was moved to tears. And the reason was the account of a Nigerian woman in Diaspora who was on a visit to Nigeria with her husband and nine-year-old daughter. According to the story, which has gone viral, some gunmen suspected to be Fulani kidnapped them on their way to Ibadan via Akure-Ilesa Road. The five of them ...

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Ridiculous Permutations For 2023 Presidential Race

By Casmir Igbokwe Nigeria is an interesting country. Certain issues surrounding the 2019 presidential election are yet to be fully resolved. President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to even take oath of office for a second term in office. But some political antelopes are already getting fatigued from 2023 presidential dance. The drumbeats come from different quarters and the interests are variegated. ...

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Playing Disco With Nigerian Electricity Consumers

By Casmir Igbokwe Going to discos was very popular in the ’80s. But dancing to a melodic pop music was not the only thing boys knew how to do then. They also played some wooing pranks on girls, starting with such gimmicks as “excuse me dance”.    This fun then has become a good pun today for electricity distribution companies (DisCos) ...

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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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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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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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