Thursday April 17th, 2014
Thursday April 17th, 2014
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Chief E.K. Clark: The oldman, governors and the PDP

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Chief Edwin Clark

THE struggle for factional hegemony within the PDP got messier last week, when Chief E.K. Clark, the grand Mandarin of Ijaw nationalism and “honorary godfather” to President Goodluck Jonathan, frontally took on the president’s most formidable ‘in-house’ opponents: The PDP governors and former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

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Neoliberal capitalism isn’t just working

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:04 am   /   Comments

dangote-otedola1

What Oxfam will not say, is that neoliberal capitalism has put loads of money in the pockets of the Aliko Dangotes and Femi Otedolas (with their new yachts toys), but it has pauperized the mass of Nigerians.

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PDP: Turmoil inside the basket of Scorpions

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:31 am   /   Comments

File photo: From Left, President Jonathan, Ag Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, Former President and Bot Chairman, Chief Obasanjo and Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Ogiadomhe at the PDP convention

IT was the much-lamented Chief Sunday Awoniyi, a founding member of the party that once described the PDP as “a basket of scorpions stinging themselves to death”. Judging by all that happened in recent weeks, there can be no better description of the behemoth which holds Nigeria in a stifling bear-hug since 1999!

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Presidential posters, presidential denial

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:19 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-poster-cartoon

THE beginning of a New Year has become very instructive in understanding the Jonathan presidency. Last year as Nigerians were coming to terms with expenses incurred during the Christmas/New Year festivities, President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a punishing increase of prices of petroleum products on the country.

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Resolutions and a peek into the life process

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:39 am   /   Comments

school-kids

IT is a New Year. We all renew hope and make resolutions. I have never been particularly conformist about many things in life. From childhood, I have asked uncomfortable questions and thrown pebbles at orthodoxies. The conventional wisdom has never satisfied my search for answers about our often mysterious but lovely world, either the natural world that conditions us and which we are very much part of or the social canons of existence. So resolutions at the beginning of a new year often resembled for me, an admission of human weakness. If there is a thing to change, why wait till the beginning of a new year? But just for once, I fell into line and made a resolution which I have never betrayed.

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Goodluck Jonathan and the potency of symbolism

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:08 am   /   Comments

Pastor Adeboye praying for Jonathan

THE most iconic image last week might have been lost to most of our compatriots; what with the tragic chopper accident which claimed the lives of leading politico-security officials of the Nigerian state, in Bayelsa state. As we commiserate with the families of the deceased, the accident underlined further, the sorry pass that we arrived at as a nation.

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Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa: Exit of a decent gentleman

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:20 am   /   Comments

Governor Patrick Yakowa

THERE has been a solemnity about the city of Kaduna since the story broke of the tragic death of Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa at the weekend. In death, Nigerians have been united in appreciation of the human decency of the late governor. I never had the privilege to meet the man, but when I broke the story to Kabir Mato, he paused for a while and then said: “we have lost a gentleman; a decent gentleman”!

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TY Danjuma: 75 garlands for the General

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:36 am   /   Comments

• Rtd Gen. T. Y. Danjuma

THIS week, General Theophilus YakubuDanjuma’s 75th birthday ceremony occasioned an outpouring of generous tributes from many people and a harvest of advertisements for Nigerian newspapers.

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Prison Development Party (PDP)

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PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur .

BELIEVE me; but I have spent the past week looking for a rebuttal of the story. Last Wednesday, November 28th, DAILY SUN carried the report on its page 8; the Nigerian government had begun discussions on the privatisation of Nigerian prisons. Interior Minister, Patrick Abba Moro, disclosed the “privatisation gone berserk” plan “to leave prisons management into the private hands (SIC)”. There is nothing unusual about discussions within governments.

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We shouldn’t be welcoming Tony Blair in Nigeria

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:21 am   /   Comments

From left Bishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury Designate, the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Saa’ad  Abubakar;  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair,  President Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and the Estu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar attend the launching of Tony Blair Foundation Led-work in Nigeria to Encourage Reconcillation Between Christain and Moslems Communities in Abuja on November 22,  2012AFP

LAST week Friday, many Nigerian newspapers carried on their front pages, the picture of Tony B-LIAR, former British Prime Minister, surrounded by the Sultan of Sokoto, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and other religious leaders.

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Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki: 1933-2012

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 1:51 am   /   Comments

*Chief Sola Saraki condolence register.

THE passing of Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, last week, triggered an outpouring of tributes from all over the country.

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President Jonathan ordered, so what?

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:14 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

SOME moments stick out in the public space, not just for the drama of the occasion, but for the fundamental impact they make on our appreciation of the depth of the rot which envelopes us as a country. One of such moments happened the other day, within the haloed precincts of Nigeria’s presidency.

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Negotiating with Boko Haram

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 1:01 am   /   Comments

Gen. Buhari

LONG before it became accepted wisdom, I had been an advocate of negotiation with the Islamist organisation, Boko Haram.

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Travel, thoughts, and observations

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:40 am   /   Comments

Obama and Romney

I AM writing these lines at the Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris. I’m on transit to Abuja, after a troubling transatlantic flight which started from Los Angeles, California, through Atlanta and over the eastern part of the US, which was literally in lockdown as a result of the hurricane. News of that dominated the airwaves in my last two days in America.

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Travelling in America

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:29 am   /   Comments

Greyhound

I AM writing these lines around 7am in Buena Park, California, but it is close to 3pm on Tuesday afternoon in Nigeria. I had to wake up consciously remembering the time difference between here and home.

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Chinua Achebe, Biafra and the travesties of war (2)

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 2:29 am   /   Comments

Chinua Achebe

It has taken 42 years for Nigeria’s (and Africa’s) greatest writer, Chinua Achebe, to produce a book of the tremendous passion as his personal recollection of Biafra. It couldn’t have been less controversial! More fundamental is his re-engagement with our country. His old passion to see it develop is embedded in the final words of the book

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Chinua Achebe, Biafra and the travesties of war

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:44 am   /   Comments

Chinua Achebe

DIDN’T remember to tell you yesterday, but I’ve just finished reading Achebe’s THERE WAS A COUNTRY. I’m amazed at his cavalier attitude to basic facts of history and the strident tone of victimhood along with the inability to see anything wrong with Biafra.

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Of nostalgia and punishing reality

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:35 am   /   Comments

A Nigerian fan cheers prior to Argentina vs Nigeria

I WAS born in September 1960, the last month of colonial rule in our country. I am, therefore, a typical son of an independent Nigeria.

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Democracy and closed Nigerian spaces

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:30 am   /   Comments

Let the Games begin••• Nigerian athletes file out during the opening of the 10th All-Africa Games in Maputo weekend (September 3, 2011) after President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza opened the games at Zimpeto National Stadium. Mozambique are expecting 5,000 men and women from 48 countries to compete in 24 sports.  AFP PHOTO

I think that deep down, those who rule Nigerian would rather they had on their hands the peace of the graveyard, where rulers do as they pleased and citizens are subjects.

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Dame Patience Jonathan and a troubling repetition of recent history

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:07 am   /   Comments

*Patience Jonathan

JUST why don’t our leaders learn the lessons of history? Why are they condemned to lunacy, by doing the same thing over and over and yet expecting to arrive at a different outcome? We have entered the fourth week of the disappearance from the public space, of President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Dame Patience.

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Ojetunji Aboyade and Philip Asiodu: Voices from an epoch of optimism

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:06 am   /   Comments

Chief Philip Asiodu, CON:  The coup makers failed to capture power.

I enjoyed reading two pieces on Sunday; first was a tribute to the much-lamented Professor OjetunjiAboyade, written by his biographer, Dr. TunjiOlaopa, Federal Permanent Secretary.

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Kano: Hope, renewal and scholarships

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:50 am   /   Comments

SCHOLARSHIP

I SPENT last weekend in Kano. My intense love for the largest city in Northern Nigeria is well known by people very close to me.

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Treason, the pot at the rainbow’s end

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 3:44 am   /   Comments

milita

IT took the WALL STREET JOURNAL, WSJ, last week, to lift the lid on the murky world of payments which the Nigerian government makes to Niger Delta warlords.

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Wages of the fuel subsidy regime

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Vehicles queuing for fuel at the central area of Abuja recently

FOR residents of Abuja, the past week has been particularly difficult. Before you could pronounce FCT, we returned to a regime of queues for petroleum products in the city. At a point, the black market price for the 4 litre jerry can reached over four thousand naira.

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A struggle for the soul of Nigeria

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:26 am   /   Comments

Asari-Dokubo

WHEN the Niger Delta toughie, Asari Dokubo, threatened a bloody war against Northern Nigeria, at a press conference in Abuja last week, he hinged that, amongst others, on the threat to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan, by the House of Representatives.

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These Olympic games speak to our national condition

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:58 am   /   Comments

A picture taken on July 25, 2012 in London at night, shows the Tower Bridge adorned with the Olympic Rings, two days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP.

WHEN Blessing Okagbare lined up for the ladies’ 100 meters final, inside the Olympic Stadium in East London, last weekend, she carried the hopes of millions of Nigerians.

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Obasanjo and Babangida: A vicarious responsibility for the nation’s woes?

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:50 am   /   Comments

Former Presidents Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo

The people of this country must not allow whatever sense of frustration, fear and despair we are experiencing now, to supercede our hopes for a collective destiny which lies in our continued existence as a nation.

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A petroleum industry bill for Diezani

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:06 am   /   Comments

*Diezani

IT must be, arguably, the most anticipated Bill,as far as legislation goes in Nigeria. That is the much-vaunted Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB); and talking about the typically Nigerian hype, the PIB was hyped! It is described as panacea for every problem associated with Nigeria’s petroleum industry.

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Prejudice, ignorance, profiling and the Fulbe nomad

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:24 am   /   Comments

Fulbe-nomad

THE last time I wrote about the FulBe nomad was on December 16, 2004. The piece was titled “A RESOLVE FOR THE PASTORALIST”; and I had done it for my old column in DAILY TRUST, to coincide with the meeting of the West African body, Pastoralist Resolve (PARE), which held in Kaduna.

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Edo guber election and democracy consolidation

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:55 am   /   Comments

*Oshiomhole and Airhiavbere

THIS weekend the Edo governorship election holds. It pits Adam Oshiomhole, the sitting governor, against the PDP’s Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, in what should be one of the most important political contests in Nigeria, in recent times.

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Et vous David Mark?

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:47 am   /   Comments

EARLY last week, one of the greatest beneficiaries of all that is good in Nigeria, David Mark, the Senate President, addressed a Senate retreat at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Given the state of things in our country, it was appropriate enough, that the theme of the retreat was “National Assembly and National Security: Securing the Future for Development”.

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An engagement with President Jonathan

  /   in Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 12:26 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-transformation

IT didn’t take a long time for me to accept to participate in the Third Presidential Media Chat, when Reuben Abati, Special Adviser on Media to President Goodluck Jonathan, called on Friday evening.

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