Publisher’s Corner

Tinubu’s Cat And Ambode’s Mouse Game In Lagos

By Casmir Igbokwe Bola Tinubu and Akinwunmi Ambode are playing hide-and-seek with Lagosians. In spite of pretensions to the contrary, there appears to be no love lost between the camps of the two men. And the situation is affecting governance in Lagos. Last week, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly threatened to impeach Governor Ambode. They accused him of ...

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Nigeria’s Liberation Hour Has Come

By Casmir Igbokwe President Muhammadu Buhari is gradually becoming a brutal husband who bullies his wife and concocts stories against her to divert attention. Last Friday, he flogged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, with illegal suspension. This has prompted many Nigerians to ask, what is happening? The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) had commenced the trial of the CJN ...

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Memory Lane Of A President’s Memory Losses

By Casmir Igbokwe He gave us enough signals that he would be an unaware President. But we did not realise it on time. Prior to his inauguration as Nigeria’s President in 2015, Muhammadu Buhari had claimed he was not aware of the temporary ban imposed on Africa Independent Television (AIT) to cover his official functions. He said nobody consulted or informed ...

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Xenophobia Is Worse In Nigeria

By Casmir Igbokwe We are very good at pointing fingers. But while we point one, the other four point back at us. We are also very good at not learning from history. We expect change especially at the political front, yet we don’t do things that will bring about that change. For instance, the Oba of Lagos recently dabbled in ...

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Before Mbaka’s 2019 Prophetic Stones

By Casmir Igbokwe Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo used this phrase “prophetic stones” in January 2009. In an advertorial titled “The power of the prophetic stone,” Ashimolowo urged Nigerians to join him in his church and be the first to be launched into favour, breakthrough and excellence that year. Those who would join him in his church, he promised, would be the ...

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Blame Game And Bleak Christmas

Casmir Igbokwe Recently, Oluoma gave birth to twins – a boy and a girl. A bundle of joy you might say. Yes. But this young woman cannot feed her babies. Her breast milk is not the problem. Money is. She desperately needs financial assistance. On a regular basis, I receive calls from known and unknown people who need such help. ...

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Cry, The Beloved South-East

By Casmir Igbokwe Alan Paton wrote his famous “Cry, the Beloved Country” in 1948. In the novel, he chronicled the social inequalities and dichotomies that gave rise to apartheid in South Africa then. But it was as if he had the South-East people of Nigeria in mind. Today, like in Paton’s country of 1948, the cup of discrimination against Nigeria’s ...

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National Assembly’s New Ridiculous Universities

By Casmir Igbokwe That the National Assembly is considering establishing 80 new higher institutions in Nigeria shows how abnormal our thought process can be sometimes. That the lawmakers are even debating the bill at a time the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike makes it more absurd and a grand exercise in shadow chasing. The 80 bills ...

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Metele Massacre: Like Jonathan Like Buhari

By Casmir Igbokwe In 2014, during the run-up to the 2015 general election, the then General Officer Commanding the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, narrowly escaped death. The man was addressing his troops in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, when some disgruntled soldiers fired gunshots at him. But his aides shielded him and drove him ...

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Still On Igbo Survival In Nigeria

Casmir Igbokwe My piece last week entitled, “Igbo survival in 2019 and politics of 2023”, evoked a lot of mixed reactions, especially from the Igbo. Some called and engaged me for hours on phone. Some others sent messages through different platforms. It goes to show the seriousness the Igbo attach to the issue of their survival in Nigeria on one hand, and ...

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