Sunday March 1st, 2015
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The end of APC’s fabricated momentum

  /   in Femi Aribisala 7:51 am   /   Comments

APC Joint Leadership Meeting:  From left, National Publicity Secretary of APC Alh. Mohammed Lai, National Chairman John Oyegun, National Auditor Chief Morgan, Senatorial Candidate of APC, Hon Dino Melayi  and APC Presidential Campaign Organization and River State Governor Rotimi Amechi discussing during APC Joint Leadership Meeting held in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

I HAVE news for APC stalwarts. You don’t win an election in Nigeria by being the champion of social media. You don’t win by renting crowds to fill up your rallies. You don’t win by putting up your billboards everywhere while tearing down those of your opponents. You don’t win by master-minding in the media a false sense of the inevitability of your victory. When you do all this successfully, you simply end up deceiving yourself.

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The end of Buhari’s presidential candidacy

  /   in Femi Aribisala 6:40 am   /   Comments

Muhammadu Buhari

IF Nigeria is a nation of laws and of the rule of law, the presidential candidacy of Muhammadu Buhari should end this week. The reason is well-known to all. Buhari swore an oath on his INEC application that his credentials are with the military. This turned out to be a lie.

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Jonathan is a superior presidential material to Buhari

  /   in Femi Aribisala 1:31 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-Buhari fine

Between 1983 and 1985, Peter Onu of Nigeria was Acting Secretary-General of the OAU. At the 1985 Summit in Addis Ababa, statesmen like Julius Nyerere, President of Tanzania, lobbied for his election as substantive Secretary-General. However, there was a major stumbling block to Peter Onu’s candidature: his Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, was campaigning against him.

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Muhammadu Buhari lied under oath

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:44 am   /   Comments

Buhari certificate

THESE are interesting times. Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate whose only policy plank is that he will fight against corruption without wavering, is not as straight-forward as he would have Nigerians believe. Buhari lied under oath. He perjured himself claiming his school-leaving certificate is with the military. This has now been revealed to be a tissue of lies.

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Time to disgrace the self-appointed godfather of the South-West

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:39 am   /   Comments

THERE is a harrowing story told by Adekoya Boladale, which needs to be brought to the attention of Nigerians, especially the people of the South-West. In the middle of the night of 4th January, 1984, heavily armed men of the Strike Force of the Nigerian army invaded the Lagos home of Chief Olu Awotesu, the Minister of State for Agriculture. This military operation had one design, to put the minister under arrest.

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How to lose the presidential election four times (4)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:00 am   /   Comments

Buhari

By Femi Aribisala MUHAMMADU BUHARI can conduct a coup and declare himself Nigeria’s head of state.  But under no circumstance should Nigerians elect him as president.  Nigeria is fighting a Boko Haram insurgency whose mantra is that western education is a sin.  These people have kidnapped innocent young girls who dared to go to school. 

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How to Lose the Presidential Election Four Times (3)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:39 am   /   Comments

Nothing better encapsulates the pathetic nature of the current re-branding of Muhammadu Buhari than his sudden appearance in a black western suit; something that has not happened before.

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How to lose the presidential election four times (3)

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

NOTHING better encapsulates the pathetic nature of the current re-branding of Muhammadu Buhari than his sudden appearance in a black western suit; something that has not happened before.  This window-dressing just won’t cut it.  Given his sectarian antecedents, Buhari will be hard-pressed to convince anyone that he is western in any way, shape or form.  Indeed, in this era of rampant Islamic fundamentalism and insurgency, a Buhari presidency would close the doors of many Western interests to Nigeria in our hour of need.    
 

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How To Lose the Presidential Election Four Times (2)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:09 am   /   Comments

Buhari

being a serial loser of presidential elections in Nigeria continues as follows:

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How to lose the presidential election four times (1)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 7:18 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan casting his vote  at Otoabula  Ward 013, Otueke in Ogbia Local Government , Bayelsa state  Saturday.

If anybody would like to be a serial loser of the presidential election in Nigeria, here is a list of what he needs to do; according to the blueprint of Muhammadu Buhari.

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How to lose the presidential election four times

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Mohammed Buhari with his running mate Prof.  Yemi Osinbajo SAN in Abuja. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan

IF one were to decode the guiding principle of Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential ambitions, it would be this: “If at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up until you have failed three more times on the trot.”

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Who Is Afraid of Goodluck Jonathan? (2)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 11:25 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the 54th Independence 
Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian  Center, Abuja On Sunday (29/9/14)

On September 24, 2014, Atiku Abubakar of the APC declared at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja that he was running to be president of Nigeria. The occasion was without incident. This was followed on October 15, 2014 by Muhammadu Buhari of the APC who declared in Eagle’s Square, Abuja that he was also running for president. Again, the occasion was without incident.

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Time to Get Rid of Tinubu’s Cronies in Lagos

  /   in Femi Aribisala 8:00 am   /   Comments

Tinubu-APC

By Femi Aribisala Bola Tinubu is not a democrat, has never been a democrat and will never be a democrat. There is a popular Yoruba song that says: “Eko o gba gbere rara o.” It means: “Lagos does not take any nonsense whatsoever.” It is high time for Lagos to fulfil the intent of this

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Who is Afraid of Goodluck Jonathan? (1)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 7:54 am   /   Comments

Goodluck Jonathan

Some people say Goodluck Jonathan is “clueless.” They would also have us believe he is a weak president. If so, how come his opponents are greatly afraid of him? People are not inclined to fear weaklings. Therefore it is telling that Goodluck Jonathan must be the most feared Head of State in the history of Nigeria.

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Tambuwal and his Law-Breaker Supporters

  /   in Femi Aribisala 1:24 pm   /   Comments

L-R: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Hon Kawu Sumaila during the Speaker's visit to Obasanjo today in Abeokuta.

By Femi Aribisala The APC did not win any seat whatsoever in the House of Representatives in the 2011 elections.  Therefore, it cannot provide the Speaker of the House. Have you ever heard the parable of a man who stole a goat and was arrested and prosecuted?  When brought before the judge, his line of

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Tambuwal and his shameful law-breaker supporters

  /   in Femi Aribisala   /   Comments

tear-gas-lawmakers

By Femi Aribisala Have you ever heard the parable of a man who stole a goat and was arrested and prosecuted?  When brought before the judge, his line of defense was that others had stolen goats in the past but had not been prosecuted.  How does that absolve him of guilt?  The man is a

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The Impending Betrayal of Muhammadu Buhari

  /   in Femi Aribisala 10:32 am   /   Comments

File photo; Tinubu and Buhari - leaders of ACN and CPC

When Muhammadu Buhari ran for president in 2011, he made a solemn pledge to Nigerians: “This campaign is the third and last one for me. I will not offer myself again for election into the office of president.”

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Voting for Nigeria’s Future

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:39 am   /   Comments

Chief-Obasanjo-voting-in-Ab

What is the forthcoming 2015 presidential election about? Let us first identify what it is not about. It is not about improving the economy of Nigeria. If you insist it is, then you will need to tell me what either the PDP or the APC has told Nigerians it will do with regard to the economy. As a matter of fact, the only party whose economic programme we know is the PDP. At least, we can see what it has been able to achieve in the last 16 years. However, the APC is barely one year old. I need someone to tell me the economic policy of the APC. It is non-existent.

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Aminu Tambuwal is a Traitor

  /   in Femi Aribisala 7:57 am   /   Comments

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,  Mutawallen Sakwato

It is customary to refer to members of the House of Representatives as “honorable.” In which case, the appropriate title for the current Speaker might be the Right Honorable Aminu Tambuwal. But the activities of the Speaker over the last four years, capped by his recent defection to the APC, shows that such a title would be grossly misplaced if applied to him.

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What Exactly Is ‘Clueless’ About Goodluck Jonathan? (3)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:01 am   /   Comments

His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan (right) going for the commissioning of over 100 buses purchased by Anambra State Gov. for Schools in Anambra State and over 50 patrol vehicles for security agencies while in the state on official visit yesterday. On his left Gov. Peter Obi aad Prof. Dora Akunyili

It is increasingly apparent that if Jonathan is “clueless,” his “cluelessness” is the magic that Nigeria needs at this very moment in time. By the time you are reading this, by the grace of God, the 218 kidnapped Chibok school-girls may have been released. If not, their release is imminent. A ceasefire with the Boko

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Muhammadu Buhari: Running for President with an Anti-Corruption Bank Loan

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:38 am   /   Comments

Gen. Buhari

In Nigeria, nobody gets elected as president on the platform that he is going to be an anti-corruption crusader when he gets into office.

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What Exactly is ‘Clueless’ About Goodluck Jonathan? (2)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:01 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

I am the Chairman of Financial Nigeria International Limited. As chairmanships go, it is an honorary position. All the work is actually done by the Managing Editor, Jide Akintunde, who is really my employer; and his able assistant, Martins Hile. The company publishes Financial Nigeria magazine; a development and finance journal that provides an in-depth digest of the Nigerian economy and other frontier economies in sub Saharan Africa every month. I write a column in this on “Nigeria and the World.”

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What Exactly is ‘Clueless’ about Goodluck Jonathan? (1)

  /   in Femi Aribisala 1:19 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

The English have an expression: “give a dog a bad name in order to kill it.” It refers to the malicious misrepresentation of someone in order to discredit him. This has been strategy of the opposition to Goodluck Jonathan to date.

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Who believes the lie that there are more people in the North than in the South?

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:41 am   /   Comments

2012 Bauchi State flood victims waiting at bank in Bauchi for money on Tuesday

Everything turns upside down in Nigeria. Logic becomes illogical. Wisdom becomes foolishness. Two plus two becomes seven. Hospitals become mortuaries. Stealing is not corruption. Education is a sin. In Nigeria, so many things fly in the face of simple commonsense.

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A Northern Christian Presidential Candidate for the APC

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:28 am   /   Comments

Tinubu-APC

The fact that Nigeria is a country with some 350 ethnic groups makes it imperative that we must always be politically mindful of ethnic, religious and regional considerations. Failure to do this on the idealistic grounds that the quality of our public officials is more important than their ethnic and religious origin is bound to be problematic.

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Season of Carpet-Crossing from the APC back to the PDP

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:52 am   /   Comments

Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola Formal Governor Of Osun State.

If you have not noticed it already, a new season has dawned in Nigerian politics. That season is one of carpet-crossing back to the PDP. About a year ago, there was a rash of defections from the PDP to the APC. Nearly 40 legislators left the ruling party for the opposition. Five PDP governors also followed suit. But now the movement is a one-way trajectory in the opposite direction. APC members are having buyers’ remorse and are making their way back as prodigal sons to the PDP.

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Help! We Are Losing the War Against Boko Haram

  /   in Femi Aribisala 9:30 am   /   Comments

File photo strategizing: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minima (left); his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (middle) and General Officer Commanding 3rd Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen John Zaruwa, aboard a Nigerian Air Force plane strategising with the aid of maps in the ongoing counter-terrorist operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, during a visit to the area, weekend.

We need to admit the truth; Nigeria no longer has an army worth its salt. The Nigerian army of today is a pathetic shadow of its glorious past. This explains why it is proving grossly inadequate at checkmating a Boko Haram army of some 10,000 men. As a matter of fact, ranged against the insurgency in the North-East, the army is now staring abject defeat in the face.

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INEC’s new membership in #Bring back our Northern domination

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:00 am   /   Comments

INEC ON EKITI: From left— Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; Mr. Clement Nwankwo, Executive Director, Policy and Legal  Advocacy Centre, and Mr. Anyakwee Nsrimovu, Executive Director, Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, during a meeting with civil society on Ekiti State governorship election in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: Gbemiga Olamikan.

In my article on the recent election in Osun State, provocatively titled “How APC Lost the Osun Election;” I was lavish in praising the INEC. I said: “Attahiru Jega is by far Nigeria’s best public-servant. He is yet again, the real winner of the Osun election; and he is doing a fantastic job transforming the electoral-process in Nigeria for the better and even the best. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Jega and his entire INEC team for the excellent job they have been doing.”

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Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh: A Woman of Substance

  /   in Femi Aribisala, Remembering Adadevoh 12:02 am   /   Comments

Late Ameyo Adadevoh

I don’t like early-morning phone-calls, but this one was a distress-call from Femi-Kevin. “Do you know that the doctor at First Consultants that contracted Ebola is Dr. Adadevoh?” he asked. He had to tell me this twice because his call woke me up. I tried not to believe it. In a very selfish and foolish manner, I wished it were not her but someone else. But if it were someone else, that someone else would also be somebody.

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#Bring Back Our Northern Domination

  /   in Femi Aribisala 8:49 am   /   Comments

2012 Bauchi State flood victims waiting at bank in Bauchi for money on Tuesday

The Northern Elders Forum, the apostles of “the North is born to rule,” finally played their joker. They maintained that if the government does not #Bring Back Our Girls by the end of October, 2014, Jonathan should forget about running for re-election.

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How APC lost the Osun election

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:22 am   /   Comments

GOV. RAUF AREGBESOLA WINNER OF OSUN
GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION AT IFOFIN POLLING UNIT 1, WARD 8, IN ILESA ON
SATURDAY

My first impressions are usually mistaken. If I have a good first-impression about someone, it generally turns out to be wrong. But if I have a bad first-impression, it usually turns out to be right. However, if my bad first-impression remains bad; or if my good first-impression remains good; it means my view of the person is bullet-proof.

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Why Christians must stop supporting Israel against the Palestinians

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:15 am   /   Comments

Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch waves incense during a mass service to mark the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI at the St. Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin on February 28, 2013. The mass coincides with the final hour of Benedict XVI papacy as his powers formally expire at 19:00 GMT. AFP PHOTO

OUR very own Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, may not be a Christian, but in 1972 he made a statement that resonates with the heart of Christianity. He says: “The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.”

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