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CJN Onnoghen’s promising debut

Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen taking the oath of office before the President  at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi ADESHIDA 10/11/2016

THE Gestapo-like raids of the judges by operatives of the State Security Services,SSS, coming at the time a change of baton was about to take place in the Judiciary, as objectionable as it was, must have had its positive side, after all.

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David Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano, Rochas Okorocha and Ifeanyi Ugwanyi

Cowardice of today’s Igbo governors

THE governors of the 36 states of the Federation are designated by the Constitution as the “Chief Executives” and “Chief Security Officers” of their states. It is for this reason that they arrogate to themselves billions of naira worth of “security votes” every year. It is also for this reason that they ride in armoured convoys with daredevil secret policemen, mobile policemen and sometimes even military personnel at their beck and call round the clock. That is why they are also pavilioned with immunity.

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America’s sore losers (2)

THE candidacy of Donald Trump appealed to me for a variety of reasons. I like the Republican Party because they tend to propagate the core foundational values which make America a country that appeals to me in a special way. I respect the Democratic Party because they tend to expend the frontiers of civil rights, which means that the Minorities are more included. But I am more of the former than the latter.

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Demonstrators hold placards that read "No to racism, no to Trump" during a protest outside the US Embassy in London on November 9, 2016 against US President-elect Donald Trump after he was declared the winner of the US presidential election. 
Political novice and former reality TV star Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton to take the US presidency, stunning America and the world in an explosive upset fueled by a wave of grassroots anger. / AFP PHOTO

America’s sore losers (1)

SHAMEFUL. That is the word I have for it. Hours after Donald Trump, the ebullient presidential candidate of the Republican Party defeated Hillary Clinton his Democratic Party counterpart, her supporters flooded the streets and blocked major highways in some American cities saying they do not want Trump as their president.

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Rivers State’s forgotten rerun elections

WHEN former President Goodluck Jonathan “prophesied” that Nigerians would miss him when he left office, he was laughed to scorn in many quarters. Just seventeen months after he peacefully handed over to a new President, General Muhammadu Buhari, and his new ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, you can decide for yourself if our democracy (particularly the elections that have been conducted under the new regime) has improved or backslidden.

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Aisha Buhari’s “sting operation”

IT is my considered opinion that the interviews which Madame Aisha Buhari granted criticising the composition of her husband’s government mainly with strangers was a “sting operation”. Apparently, while her husband was perfecting the armed invasion of the homes of judges by agents of the Directorate of State Services, DSS, over alleged corrupt practices, Aisha was also priming to release her bombshell.

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Oyegun, Tinubu and Buhari

Any tears for Bola Tinubu?

THAT things are no longer at ease with Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu inside the All Progressives Congress, APC, of which he is touted as the “National Leader”, is beyond dispute. His recent call on his former protégé within the APC coalition, Chief John Oyegun, to resign as the National Chairman of the party ended all speculations as to the current state of the relationship between him and President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Ngwuta, Okoroand Ademola

Agenda behind the stings

ARE you one of those clapping for President Muhammadu Buhari for the “sting” operations of the Directorate of State Services, DSS, over the past weekend? Many Nigerians say they are happy that the President “picked the courage” to go against these high and mighty lords of the Bench in a way totally unprecedented in the history of Nigeria. Oh yeah?

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Alhaji Tanko Yakassai,

Pa Yakassai spoke for the parasites

WHAT is “restructuring” in the context of the Nigerian political discourse? In simple terms, it means removing the centralised, “federal” system put by the military political class in our constitution in 1979 and 1999. It means allowing the federating units to have more of the economic, social and political powers currently concentrated in the Centre. These powers made the Centre so powerful as to confer quasi-colonial authority on those who control the centre. Yet, it rendered the Federal Government so inefficient and indolent as to turn Nigeria into a state that does not work; a virtual failed state in spite of its humongous potentials.

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