Publisher’s Corner

Profligate Leaders, Agonising Workers And Peter Obi’s Example

By Casmir Igbokwe Engineer Umar claimed he had not received any salary for 19 months. Last week, the Lokoja-based top civil servant sent me a distressing message: “I am married, with four children. My wife is sick of typhoid and malaria fever. We have not eaten since yesterday night because I don’t have a kobo in my hand to take charge ...

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Buhari, Nepotism And Lessons From A Town Called Isuofia

By Casmir Igbokwe There is this story about a Maths teacher and her six-year-old pupil. It is entitled “The 4th Apple.” The teacher, the story goes, asked the child, “If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?” After a few seconds, the boy replied confidently, four. The dismayed teacher was expecting ...

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Ambode And Pains Of Owning Property In The City

By Casmir Igbokwe Patience Jonathan wielded a lot of power and influence. Her husband, Goodluck Jonathan, was the President of Nigeria until 2015 when he handed over to the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari. Now out of power, Mrs Jonathan may have to chant more than ‘there is God o!’ to retrieve her properties from the hands of government agents. The ...

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Goodbye, Dana Airline

By Patrick O. Okigbo III. In the famous words of George W. Bush: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” Between 2010 and 2011, when I worked as an aide to Goodluck ...

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Female Genital Mutilation:  Tradition At Its Worst

By Diana Ebai An African adage has it that old wine is better when mixed with new one. But this adage does not hold true in all cases as in the case of traditional beliefs versus modern day values. Such is the case with the inhuman tradition of female genital mutilation which has not only taken away thousands of lives, ...

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2019 And Buhari-Must-Contest Fever

By Casmir Igbokwe Does President Muhammadu Buhari know that some Nigerians associate his name with hardship? Trending on the social media is a recommendation that the Oxford dictionary should consider adding the word ‘Buhari’ to its lexicon. The suggested meanings are: hard, hardship, difficult, harsh, and tough. An adjectival example of the word goes thus: “How was your exam?” “It ...

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Ah, Achuzie (Hannibal) Is Dead!

By Valentine Obienyem Just like Saul (Later Paul) studied at the foot of Gamaliel, I stayed many times at the foot of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu seeing the world from the perspective of wisdom. At one of the encounters, he told me that if he had three Achuzies, that the narratives of the war would have taken another trajectory. Achuzie ...

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Ahiara Priests And The Echoes of Luther

  [By VALENTINE OBIENYEM ] We all are witnessing the unfolding unsavoury events at Ahiara Diocese. Since they are the principal party to the conflict, people from that Diocese have neglected to view the matter objectively. But even in their subjectivity, people like me could see some sense amidst the dissonance of their utterances and pens. Indeed, a number of ...

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How Anambra Short-Changes Local Councils

[By ALOY UZOEKWE ] This piece is an expose on the servant/master relationship between the state governments and the local governments. It is also to correct the erroneous perceptions that the local governments are irredeemably corrupt, inconsequential in the body politic as far as democracy dividend deliverables are concerned and that they are mostly manned by misfits. It serves as ...

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