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Buhari’s futile visit to Obama

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President Muhammadu Buhari and President of US Barack Obama during a meeting

AMERICA has long been regarded as Nigeria’s strategic ally. In fact, Nigeria has essentially been modelled after the USA. When oil boom derailed our economy in the 1970s and 1980s, we set out to transfer the economy to the private sector. We removed government from the business of doing business. Before then in 1979, we

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Buhari’s undemocratic rule: cui bono?

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President Muhammadu Buhari; Saraki, Senate President and Dogara, Speaker

Buhari has become part of the problem by his deliberate flashing of conflicting signals. Why would he, after pledging non-interference, start stiff-arming and refusing to meet with those that emerged as helmsmen in Senate and House of Representatives? Why is he now telling them they must comply with the wishes of the APC leaders, which are at variance with his own widely publicised non-interference stance? This has helped to stalemate efforts to resolve the conflict.

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Joda panel and airline mergers

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PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI RECEIVING THE REPORT OF THE APC TRANSITION COMMITTEE FROM THE CHAIRMAN, MALAM AHMED JODA AT THE DEFENCE GUEST HOUSE IN ABUJA ON FRIDAY  (12/6/15).

WHEN General Muhammadu Buhari emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Alliance (APC) I had my reservations. It had nothing to do with baseless ethnic, religious or North-South sentiments. My main point of concern was that if this politician emerged as president of Nigeria, we might be forced to go back to certain aspects of our history which we thought we had outgrown since the momentous annulled June 12 1993 presidential election.

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What did Tambuwal tell Gbaja?

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DEcamped—Speaker Tambuwal after decamping to APC, yesterday.

IT does not take a genius to know why the All Progressives Congress (APC) is in crisis. From the look of things, the situation may not change within the foreseeable future. If care is not taken, APC may not rule for more than one term of office, at least not in the current format. It

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Amina Zakari and her ‘Uncle’ Buhari

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Mrs  Amina Bala Zakari

IT is none of our business whom the president of Nigeria appoints as his personal aides. If he likes, let him put his children there, or crowd himself with people from his hometown. We get interested when he picks people to act as Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. At this point, we are concerned with issues of personal track record: qualification, competence and integrity. We want to know if the appointment follows due process. We check if the cabinet reflects the constitutional principle of federal character and national spread.

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Buhari and ‘the change we need’?

  /   in News, People & Politics 12:33 am   /   Comments

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

ALL over the democratic world, the term: “change” is a pet mantra employed by opposition parties. “Continuity” is the ruling party’s counter to this battle cry. After eight years of George Bush (II) and the Republicans in America, Barack Obama of the Democratic Party not only campaigned for “change”, he styled his own: “the change we need”.

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“Exporting” terrorists to Anambra?

  /   in People & Politics 12:22 am   /   Comments

Soldiers taking on rampaging Boko Haram suspects

By Ochereome Nnanna WHEN at first I heard that traders all over Anambra State had shut down the markets and were protesting over alleged plans by the Federal Government to send Boko Haram convicts to jails in the state, I did not take it serious. There are things you hear and you simply dismiss them

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Buhari must break the APC impasse

  /   in People & Politics 12:16 am   /   Comments

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NEIL Armstrong, one of America’s greatest icons of the 20th Century and the first man to walk on the moon, was only two years old when he developed interest to become an aircraft pilot. His dad took him to the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio, and that was it. At six, he became convinced that he would devote his life to flying when he was taken on his first plane ride. He became a combat pilot for the US Navy. Later, Armstrong was chosen as a NASA astronaut. At the age of 35, he led the US Apollo space mission that fulfilled President John Kennedy’s boast to the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the world that he would “put a man on the moon” to outshine the Soviet Union’s feat of landing Sputnik, the first unmanned spaceship, on the moon.

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Justice made in Rivers State?

  /   in People & Politics 12:14 am   /   Comments

Wike and Amaechi

WHEN former President Olusegun Obasanjo went on a campaign to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital in December 2007, he told his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rally: “you all know that anything that concerns Rivers State I take it personally”. Rivers matters a lot to Nigeria, indeed, for obvious reasons.

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Too old to start?

  /   in News, People & Politics 12:01 am   /   Comments

MUHAMMADU BUHARI

A LOT of Nigerians who believed General Muhammadu Buhari was a befitting replacement for former President Goodluck Jonathan are now being given reason to have second thoughts. The irony of it is that Pa Muhammadu Buhari, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is the one deflating their balloons of enthusiasm.

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APC as a ruling coalition

  /   in People & Politics 12:11 am   /   Comments

BUHARI MEETS APC GOVS/GOVS-ELECT—Front row from left: Govs Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa); AbdulFattah Ahmed (Kwara); Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje (Kano); National Chairman APC; Chief John Odigie Oyegun; Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; President-Elect; Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; Gov. Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Speaker and Sokoto Governor Elect, Aminu Tambuwal; Kebbi Governor-Elect Senator Abubakar Bagaudu Atiku and Deputy Governor-Elect, Ngeri. Back row: Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno); Muhammad Bundow Jubrilla (Adamawa); Kaduna State Governor-Elect, Nasir El-Rufai; Governor Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Governor Mohammad Abubakar (Bauchi); Plateau State Governor-Elect, Simon Lalong and former Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi when the President-Elect met APC governors and governors-elect, yesterday in Abuja to kick-start the new government as May 29 hand-over date approaches. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, is the new ruling party in Nigeria, right? Yes and no. Yes, because it is the party that defeated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the 2015 general elections, winning the Presidency and installing governors in 22 of the 36 states of the federation. It is the party with majority of members in both the Senate and House of Representatives. It will consummate the mandate of the electorate and call the shots for the next four years.

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2019 already in play in APC

  /   in People & Politics 6:23 am   /   Comments

A picture shows an electronic billboard displaying a campaign poster of leading opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo  in the Ikoyi district of Lagos, on February 24, 2015. Nigeria's President goodluck Jonathan is seeking re-election in the forthcoming presidential election which originally was scheduled for February 14 but rescheduled for March 28 due to security issues and a multi-national military operation against Boko Haram. AFP PHOTO

While the various political elements that formed the victorious coalition, the All Progressives Congress, APC, gathered against the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, pundits had believed it was only a matter of time before the gang-up would come unstuck. However, the various constituents surprised everyone, sank their differences and worked together to ensure the ouster of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, with Muhammadu Buhari as the arrowhead of the grand coalition of the old North and the ruling political mainstream of South West.

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Justice and equity revolt

  /   in People & Politics 12:43 am   /   Comments

Dogara and Gbajabiamila

It was as exciting and gripping as a typical World Cup soccer match between the Super Eagles and Brazil or Argentina. Thanks to a number of patriotic television networks, such as the Africa Independent Television, AIT, the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA and even (believe it!) Silverbird Television, STV(obviously because its owner, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce was involved) we were able to watch it live from beginning to the end.

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Buhari, beware of the West!

  /   in People & Politics 12:53 am   /   Comments

Buhari

Have you witnessed an event and wondered where you have seen exactly the same sequence of activities before? The French call it déjà vu, which translates to “already seen”. That is the phenomenon we are observing our brand new President Muhammadu Buhari, PMB, taking us through.

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Prof Odekunle’s cheap analysis

  /   in People & Politics 12:25 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

It is often said that some leaders are “good men” but that they are surrounded by “bad” advisers. If you had the privilege of listening to Professor Femi Odekunle on the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn-in last Friday, you would have gained a very educative insight to the veracity of this contention.

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Old wine in new skin?

  /   in People & Politics 12:55 am   /   Comments

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is the second returnee president of Nigeria. The first man to experience this uncommon opportunity was former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He came in with two major mindsets, which helped in no small measure in rendering his second coming as a great waste.

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Interrogating Amaechi’s murder charges

  /   in People & Politics 12:35 am   /   Comments

amaechi

THAT Rivers State will continue to be a theatre of high political drama in the coming months could be an understatement. On Tuesday, 26th March 2015, evidences of this were playing out on two television networks. On the Africa Independent Television (AIT) the crowd of the pro-People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers elite who worked for the victory of Governor-elect, Barrister Nyesom Wike, backed up by former Governor Peter Odili and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Barrister OCJ Okocha, held the fort, with Wike as the principal focus during a public lecture to usher in his administration.

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GEJ 2019? Forget it

  /   in People & Politics 12:28 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT JONATHAN INAUGURATES  ARMED FORCES RADIO STATION IN ABUJA

IN exactly four days, the days of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will be over. You must, like me, have wondered what this young man will be doing with his life at 58.

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The change you’re already getting

  /   in People & Politics 12:09 am   /   Comments

A mother carries banner to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo 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. AFP PHOTO

YOU must have heard about the publication of the official portraits of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) and his Deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (should we say PYO?). Talking about portraits, have you heard what some evil-minded people did to those of President Goodluck Jonathan in Kano and some other parts of the North? Even before the man is out of office, some office rats removed his portraits, and no one seems to have raised their voices against such an ignoble and unpatriotic act that could promote politics of bitterness among Nigerians.

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Obasanjo ‘development’ committee – again?

  /   in People & Politics 12:42 am   /   Comments

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

We may soon start paying a heavy price for electing a man who first ruled us 30 years ago. We may be headed for a gerontocracy; a government populated by old men and women.

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You’re lonely when you lose

  /   in People & Politics 12:22 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

VICTORY, even when it is merely symbolic, is the sweetest feeling you can have. It does not matter if all you’ll get for your trouble is a mere trophy, shield, certificate or applause. One of the greatest victories anyone can win in the world is being voted the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Office of the President of Nigeria is reputed to be the most powerful in the world because it is the repository of unlimited power, influence and money. That office is said to be so powerful that it can turn a man into a woman and vice versa, literally.

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Lawmakers must choose their leaders

  /   in People & Politics 12:42 am   /   Comments

N-Assembly

THE taste of the pudding, they say, is in the eating. The All Progressives Congress (APC) will do well to heed the advice of their fallen People’s Democratic Party (PDP) foes:”talk less and think more”. The time has come for them to produce the “change” they campaigned for.

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Re-probing the “missing $20 billion”

  /   in People & Politics 12:26 am   /   Comments

Diezani Alison-Madueke

It would seem that the “missing $20 billion” saga has come to stay. In Nigeria, once they say a large sum of public fund is missing, misappropriated or stolen, it becomes part of our story as a corrupt country. Till date, the “missing” $2.8 billion from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) when the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari was Minister of Petroleum in 1978 has not been laid to rest, even though the man is now depicted as saint.

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Igbos: winners or losers 2015?

  /   in People & Politics 12:08 am   /   Comments

Igbo-men

THE way Igbos voted in the 2015 general election has been widely misunderstood. The South East and the Igbo electorate gave their almost undivided votes to President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Presidential and National Assembly polls, such that the in-coming All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be able to effectively zone any of the its political offices to the Igbo heartland.

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Saving Buhari from himself

  /   in People & Politics 12:36 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT-ELECT RETIRED MAJ.-GEN. MUHAMMADU BUHARI (L) IN A HANDSHAKE WITH PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN  DURING HIS OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA
ON FRIDAY (24/4/15).WITH THEM IS THE FORMER CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF,RETIRED LT.-GEN. ABDUHRAMAN DAMBAZAU.

Every newly-elected regime is entitled to a period of “honeymoon”: that moment of euphoria, high expectations and good wishes; people trying to curry favours, everybody entertaining the hope that the new kid on the block will wave the proverbial magic wand and all their problems will disappear.

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Can Buhari, Tinubu share power?

  /   in People & Politics 6:24 am   /   Comments

Buhari and Tinubu

With a month to the inauguration of an All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government, the street partying to celebrate the sweeping success of the nation’s most successful opposition party in history is winding down. Now is the time to tackle the challenges of success.

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Our own brewing xenophobia

  /   in People & Politics 12:06 am   /   Comments

Xenophobic Attacks:Nigerians protesting against xenophobic attacks in South Africa at the South African High Commission, in Abuja, yesterday. Photos: Gbemiga Olamikan.

All Nigerians are united in condemnation of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa. Our countrymen and women residing in South Africa have also closed ranks in the face of common threats to their lives and wellbeing. No one is talking about Igbo, Yoruba or what have you. Back home, everybody is enraged at the victimisation of our people in a country which we fought to secure the freedom of the Black population from Apartheid.

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Abia’s pathetic election conundrum

  /   in People & Politics 12:01 am   /   Comments

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I PARTICIPATED in the coverage of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Lagos on March 28th 2015. The election was an unqualified success because everything the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) put in place worked according to plan.

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How Obasanjo destroyed PDP (2)

  /   in People & Politics 7:37 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan and Chief Obasanjo

FORMER President Obasanjo, as we can see, used the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to rule Nigeria for eight years. As soon as he assumed office in 1999, he made up his mind to reduce Nigeria to a one-party state, his pet party system which he canvassed vigorously while Nigeria conducted its transition to civil rule programmes.

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How Obasanjo destroyed PDP (1)

  /   in People & Politics 12:18 am   /   Comments

Obasanjo

OUR people have a saying: “o na abu agbachaa oso a guo mile” – after the race you count the number of miles you covered. Now that the presidential race has been concluded, we can begin to ask ourselves what happened, why they happened and what they portend for our political system, democracy and good governance. A new party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and brand new president, General Muhammadu Buhari, are waiting to assume power at the centre, we can start asking those questions right now.

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Oba Akiolu’s expensive gaffe

  /   in People & Politics 3:26 am   /   Comments

Akiolu

When, at first, I heard that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, had threatened to drown any Igbo person who does not vote for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, I did not believe it.

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A winner and a hero

  /   in People & Politics 3:26 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

THIS is the dawn of a new era. It is a time that every Nigerian should celebrate, whether they supported President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) or President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari and the in-coming ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).Congratulations to all of us. This election has produced a winner, Buhari; and a hero, Jonathan.

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