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Questions for the FG and DSS

YES, “change” has come. But it was not the kind of change most people who voted for General Muhammadu Buhari this time last year had expected. I am not talking about the economic sense of change. That is a topic for another day. And I am not talking about it in the sense of political change. That is a basket of topics for the days to come. I am talking about the growing insecurity of some sections of Nigerians who are now increasingly being turned into second class citizens in their country in a way never experienced before.

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Bola Tinubu Colloquium -President Buhari being received by Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as President Buhari attends the 8th Bola Tinubu Colloquium at the International Conference Centre Abuja on 29th March 2016

Bola Tinubu’s unfinished business

CHIEF Ahmed Bola Tinubu celebrated his official 64th birthday, symbolically, in the Presidential Palace (Aso Rock) Abuja, hosted by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, 29th March, 2016. This was the very first time a private citizen’s birthday (Tinubu is not an elected or appointed officer of the Federal Government) was held in the nation’s seat of power, and it may not happen again any time soon.

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Settling the Saraki matter

I AM a diehard opponent of bringing past military leaders back to preside over our democratic dispensation. Apart from the fact that they would always bring back the better forgotten memories of the 1966 coups, the Nigerian civil war and their evil aftermaths that leave a bitter taste in my mouth, they are singularly incompetent to correctly and successfully operate our democracy.

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Buhari, keep Nigeria off ISMAT!

THE announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigeria will join ISMAT, a Saudi-led military coalition of Sunni Muslim countries fighting rival Muslim factions in the Middle East is capable of destabilising Nigeria and unsettling its already seriously challenged unity in diversity. It is not only against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but more than that, it is liable to reduce Northern Nigeria and the nation a whole to a theatre of Muslim proxy wars as we see in Yemen, Syria, Libya and other countries.

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N5,000 dole: yes and no

THE decision by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Alliance (APGA) in the 2016 election, Dr. Alex Otti, to remain in politics and put up credible opposition to the government of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State is the best thing that can happen to Ikpeazu and Abia State in the next four years.
Some say Ikpeazu has started well. That was how his predecessors, Orji Uzor Kalu and Theodore Orji started, but because there was no one to breathe down their necks, they turned the state into their private estates and successfully transferred power to their cronies in spite of their failure and their rejection at the polls. Good governance came to Anambra State when Governor Chris Ngige turned against his godfathers and used good governance to protect himself from them.
In the same vein, Ikpeazu, who will obviously want a second term, will be forced to continue to do well, knowing that Otti and his mass of followers are waiting in the wings.
When there is no credible opposition in a democracy, the people are always the losers.

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