Publisher’s Corner

Security Votes, Ortom And Witch-Hunt

Casmir Igbokwe Like a sore thumb, it has continued to pain us. Yet we have failed to find a cure for it. It is the root of many corrupt practices by the executive arm of government. But we have refused to uproot it. We call it security vote. As the 2019 general election approaches, politicians will deploy it to achieve ...

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Defections And Nigeria’s Jackboot Democracy

Casmir Igbokwe Tonton Macoute was a terror in Haiti. It was a special operations unit within the Haitian paramilitary force. Created in 1959 by the late dictator, Francois Papa Doc Duvalier, the Tontons Macoutes committed human rights abuses and suppressed political opposition. They not only attacked political opponents of Papa Doc Duvalier, they also became notorious for corruption, extortion and ...

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Is Adeosun Still Nigeria’s Finance Minister?

Casmir Igbokwe Mrs. Kemi Adeosun is a beauty to behold any day. She also has brain. The combination of beauty and brain apparently made President Muhammadu Buhari to saddle her with the responsibility of managing Africa’s largest economy. As finance minister, Adeosun attracts the admiration and trust of many Nigerians. This is why the controversies surrounding her alleged fake National ...

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Like Fayose, Nigeria’s Democracy Has Serious Neck Pains

Casmir Igbokwe The build-up to the just-concluded Ekiti governorship election was highly dramatic. Act One, Scene One: Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, urges the electorate to vote for Governor Ayodele Fayose. At the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Ado-Ekiti, Ngige, in Pidgin English, blunders, “If you marry two wives, you go know which one wey better. Fayose is ...

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Nigeria’s Embarrassing Gold Medal In Extreme Poverty

Casmir Igbokwe Last Wednesday, Ahmed set himself ablaze. That was at Omole Phase 1 area of Lagos. Hardship was purportedly the main cause. Said to be a barber in his 20s, the young man had sustained third-degree burns before passersby could rescue him. He was rushed to the hospital. But there were reports that he eventually died. The scene was ...

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Plateau Killings And Presidency’s You-Too Fallacy

Casmir Igbokwe Nigeria is currently on edge. Almost on a daily basis, people are being hacked to death. In Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau and many other States, gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have made human life worthless. The recent killings in Plateau State claimed the lives of at least 86 people. Unofficial figures put the number at over 200. Amnesty ...

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ISIS And Other Threats To Nigeria’s Security

Nigeria has serious security challenges. One of them is Boko Haram insurgency. The other is Fulani herdsmen’s terrorism. There is great fear that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is gradually joining the fray. The greater fear is that our government and top military hierarchy appear not coordinated and sincere in the fight against these terror groups. A few ...

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Biafra: Buhari Should Apologise To Ndigbo

Casmir Igbokwe “We recognise that an error has been committed. We will no longer tolerate such perversion of justice. This honour is for the grievous injustice done to the country. It is meant to assist at healing the wounds and building national reconciliation of the 25 years of wounds caused by the annulment. I earnestly urge Nigerians to accept it ...

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Nigeria As A Wayward Child

By Casmir Igbokwe The agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra is gaining currency by the day. And so is the call for the restructuring of the country. I wrote the story you are about to read in October 2008. Almost 10 years after, our situation has not changed. In fact, it has worsened. Who will rescue Nigeria? Please read ...

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Lai Mohammed, Buhari’s Factsheet And Wolf-Crying Opposition

Casmir Igbokwe Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila spiced up Nigeria’s democracy mood last week. He gave a befitting birthday gift of Mercedes G-Wagon to his wife, Yemisi, who turned 50 on May 27. The car is said to be selling for between N75m and N100m in Nigeria. The man, who is the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, named the gift ...

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