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Goodluck, President-elect Buhari

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Women sit in a branded bus station as they support leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.  Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. Elections will take place on March 28, with gubernatorial and state house assembly polls two weeks later.  AFP PHOTO

IT is all going to happen within four days. Four days to the great national revival and renewal. Four days to the rejuvenation and restoration of the Nigerian economy. Four days to the great “changi” we have all been waiting for. Four days to the arrival of the Nigerian messiah, Muhammadu Buhari. I am sure we all can hardly wait.

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The day Goodluck Jonathan became my hero

  /   in Femi Aribisala, News 5:33 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

I WRITE this as someone who does not know President Jonathan personally. I have never met the man. Neither have I ever spoken to him electronically. All I know about him is what I read in the papers, or what I have seen of him on television. Nevertheless, he has been my president for the last five years.

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Does our President- elect intend to keep his word?

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:16 am   /   Comments

buhari-Naira

DURING the presidential election campaign, General Buhari observed in his “Manifesto and Vision for Nigeria” that: “The general trust level of politics, politicians and political leaders is at an all-time low. One may ask why? And we can as well understand why after years of broken promises.”

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Cease and desist: No witch-hunts against the South-South

  /   in Femi Aribisala 12:51 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

NO doubt about it, the North betrayed Goodluck Jonathan in the last election. The greatest ally of the North in Nigerian politics has been the South-South. Therefore, it was not asking too much for Jonathan to expect the North to return the favour under his administration; when he is clearly carrying the mantle of the South-South.

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101 cogent reasons why Jonathan must be re-elected

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President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during his visit to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos, on March 12, 2015.  President Jonathan visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on March 12, and launched a new online mobile platform, X-Gen, designed to increase local investment. The platform is targetted at increasing the number of local investors in the country and to enable about 30 millions domestic investors have access to the market. AFP PHOTO

WHERE two or three Nigerians are gathered, you can be sure we are busy running down our country. Nigerians like to bad-mouth Nigeria. This has played well into the narrative of the APC, which has used the social media to promote a false and prejudicial perspective of Nigeria under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

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Buhari and the Lion of Bourdillon

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

ONE month ago, the APC had whipped its supporters into frenzy in believing it is bound to win an election it really has no chance of winning. In truth, if the election had been conducted then for chairman of the EFCC, Muhammadu Buhari would have been declared winner by a landslide. However, with postponement of the election, a lot of water has passed under the bridge. Even Buhari’s self-styled credential as Mr. Integrity has unraveled.

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Why Buhari will not agree to a debate with Jonathan

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Buhari and Jonathan

IN all my years of studying elections, I have never seen a campaign as bogus as that of Muhammadu Buhari. It is amazing that, for a man who is running for election as president for a marathon fourth time, Buhari is so bereft of ideas as to how he would do anything if he were to become president. Campaigning in 35 states, Buhari has spoken for a total of less than 60 minutes in all. Surely, he wants to be president; but he clearly has no presidential agenda.

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Why Nigerians must reject the second coming of Buhari

  /   in Femi Aribisala 7:17 am   /   Comments

Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd),

WHEN Muhammadu Buhari overthrew a democratically-elected government in a coup d”etat in 1983, Sani Abacha declared in his infamous radio broadcast: “(Our) health services are in shambles as our hospitals are reduced to mere consulting clinics without drugs, water and equipment.”

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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