Publisher’s Corner

Osun Governorship Election And Nigeria’s Jaundiced Democracy

Casmir Igbokwe The just-concluded Osun State governorship election was freely unfair. Like some blind men who touched the elephant in different places and came up with different accounts of how it looks like, the verdict on the election has been variegated. It depends, to a large extent, on one’s political leaning and interest. But in all this, truth will always ...

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Tinubu, Ambode And Politricks Of Godfathers

Casmir Igbokwe It is no longer news that they are playing cat and mouse. The cat appears to be former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu. The mouse is his godson and current Governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode. As the game becomes more interesting, Lagosians get more confused. And they have been asking, what is going on? Tinubu, also ...

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Nigeria’s Presidential Warfare And Politics Of Endorsements

Casmir Igbokwe As Nigeria’s presidential gladiators prepare for a final showdown at the polls in 2019, I wish to draw our minds back to the run-up to the 2015 general election. It was like warfare. Sundry seers were making predictions. Politics of endorsements also ensued. The same scenario is playing out again in the current dispensation. Nothing has changed. The ...

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Wrong Time To Die

Casmir Igbokwe First Bank sent me a miraculous credit alert penultimate Wednesday. It was N200,000. The value of the money may not be much. But in today’s Nigeria, every kobo counts. Incidentally, I do not know the sender, Gimbiya Benjamin. And so, I felt it would be premature to start singing Abraham’s blessings are mine. Some friends advised that I ...

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2019 Presidential Contenders And Pretenders

Casmir Igbokwe The tempo of political activities has heightened. More political parties have joined the fray. More intrigues have come to play. More importantly, sundry presidential aspirants have emerged. It is all in preparation for the 2019 general election. READ ALSO: PDP and its presidential aspirants President Muhammadu Buhari is one of the aspirants. He belongs to the ruling party, the ...

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Saraki, Tinubu And Buhari’s 800-Metre Relay

Casmir Igbokwe Like a good athlete, President Muhammadu Buhari, last week, embarked on a historic walk spanning 800 metres. In athletics, covering such a distance is no mean feat. Thus his aides and supporters celebrated the milestone with pomp. They wanted us to know that the President was hale and hearty despite his age and rumoured illness. Politically, the race ...

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UNN And Rot In Nigerian Universities

Casmir Igbokwe The University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN) set out to restore the dignity of man. To an extent, it succeeded in doing that. But the rot I saw in that great institution recently has seriously eroded whatever dignity it tried to restore. As Nigerian prayer warriors will say, let’s use the school as a point of contact to reach ...

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The Security Outfits Called SARS And DSS

Casmir Igbokwe Clement Obiorah is an unfortunate young man. He hails from Isuofia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State but lives with his mother in Ogun State. His father, an Air Force officer, died a few years ago. Penultimate Friday, Clement was in Lagos to obtain a certificate of state of origin from the Anambra liaison office in ...

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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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