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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

File:

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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Move on, Nigeria

  /   in People & Politics 1:25 am   /   Comments

A Nigerian supporter attends the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 - 0.  AFP PHOTO

AS you read this, I am certain that the winner of the presidential election of Saturday, 28th March 2015, is known, either officially or from all reasonable indicators. I am also sure that the election lived up to its billing as the most closely contested in the history of Nigeria, with the presidential election of June 12th June 1993 coming a close second.

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Concluding remarks (2): GEJ

  /   in People & Politics 12:39 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan enjoyed, perhaps, the greatest goodwill of any elected president in the history of this country by this time four years ago. Everything was going his way until January 1, 2012 when he sought to remove the subsidy on petroleum products. The world was going through the “occupy” protests, and the budding opposition,

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Concluding remarks (1) Buhari

  /   in People & Politics 12:37 am   /   Comments

Buhari ooo

AFTER about four months of frenzied campaigns, we have just five days to the rescheduled presidential election 2015. I consider it necessary to make a few concluding remarks on the two major presidential candidates: President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, the flag bearer of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and General Muhammadu Buhari of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Join the troops; say “never again!” (2)

  /   in People & Politics 12:26 am   /   Comments

A handout picture from the Nigerian military taken on February 26, 2015 shows troops posing with a flag of Boko Haram after dismantling a Boko Haram camp along Djimitillo Damaturu road, Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria, following fierce fighting that resulted in the capture of machine guns and rifles as well as the death of a number of the insurgents. Boko Haram has vowed to disrupt March 28 elections, which originally were planned for February 28 but rescheduled following security threat. AFP

BEFORE I go on with the concluding part, let me appreciate my readers for the rush of support for our Armed Forces in their reactions to the first part of this article. You are all great patriots indeed.

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Join the troops, say: “never again!”(1)

  /   in People & Politics 9:05 am   /   Comments

Jonathan has been seen in combat fatigues congratulating troops after the recapture of Baga

I HEARD it first when President Goodluck Jonathan visited our heroic and patriotic troops in the liberated communities in Nigeria’s northeast. “Never Again” appears to be the rallying battle cry in this second Nigerian civil war.

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Devil in the card reader

  /   in People & Politics 12:10 am   /   Comments

Card-Readers1

AS we steam closer to 28th March, the day for the Presidential and National Assembly elections, the hottest new bone of contention is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Card Reader (CR).

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Battleground South West

  /   in People & Politics 12:41 am   /   Comments

Buhari and Jonathan

A BATTLEGROUND is a place where an election will be keenly contested between two or more major political parties or their candidates. Of Nigeria’s three traditional “tripod zones” where the nation’s demographic ethnic majorities live – Arewa Muslim North, the food basket of Nigeria; Igbo heartland South East, the engine room of the Nigerian society; and Yoruba homeland South West, the landlords of the Nigerian economy – the hunt for votes between President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC), will be fiercest in the South West come 28th March, 2015.

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Troops: To deploy or not?

  /   in People & Politics 12:03 am   /   Comments

A handout picture from the Nigerian military taken on February 26, 2015 shows troops posing with a flag of Boko Haram after dismantling a Boko Haram camp along Djimitillo Damaturu road, Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria, following fierce fighting that resulted in the capture of machine guns and rifles as well as the death of a number of the insurgents. Boko Haram has vowed to disrupt March 28 elections, which originally were planned for February 28 but rescheduled following security threat. AFP

THE issue of deployment of troops for elections in Nigeria has been an enduring dialectic in the annals of our democracy. Many chroniclers of the crises that led to the truncation of our democracy in the First and Second Republics have often blamed military intervention on the use soldiers to manipulate elections.

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Please don’t catch Shekau alive!

  /   in People & Politics 12:22 am   /   Comments

Shekau

One mid-morning early in December last year, I stood in the balcony of my house and watched as aircraft, as usual, lazily came in to land. I live along the very busy international plane route leading to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. But this morning, there was something unusual about the incoming flights. Within the space of 45 minutes, I was able to count thirteen Nigerian Air Force Hercules transporters. I immediately knew Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram was going to take a turn for the better.

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How the rigging odds favour Buhari

  /   in People & Politics 12:26 am   /   Comments

BUHARI-optimism

ELECTION rigging is not just about falsification of the results of elections, snatching of ballot boxes, illegal thumb-printing of ballot papers or announcement of results different from the expressed wishes of the electorate. Any action that violates the Electoral Act will automatically result in election rigging. Any act that renders an electoral contest not FREE, FAIR and CREDIBLE means the election has been rigged.

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Eight years later, OBJ surrenders

  /   in People & Politics 12:21 am   /   Comments

OBASANJO—Ex-President Obasanjo (left) watches as Alhaji Usman Oladunjoye tears the PDP membership card. Right: Obasanjo's card after it was torn, yesterday.

By Ochereome Nnanna A FRIEND of mine who has read Brigadier General Godwin Isama-Alabi’s book: The Tragedy of Victory: On-The-Spot Account of The Nigeria – Biafra War In The Atlantic Theatre, has a mischievous way of calling or sending me text messages any time General Olusegun Obasanjo dances in the public square. Isama-Alabi, the Chief

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So, we were fooled!

  /   in People & Politics 1:44 am   /   Comments

nnpc-cartoon

SOMETIMES you have this feeling that Nigerians can be a very gullible lot. Some of us can be very easily hoodwinked. We have a penchant to leave things that matter and pursue things that have only empty noise value. Perhaps, people like General Olusegun Obasanjo discovered this long ago. That is why, in spite of his atrocities against the people and the country, even at his sensitive family level, some people still attach some importance to his words and activities when he ought to have been consigned to absolute ignominy long ago.

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Down with America’s interference

  /   in People & Politics 12:56 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-Buhari

LET’S start by congratulating the two major political parties – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially the latter, in the matured and nationalistic way they absorbed the shift of election date from February 14th/28th to March 28th/April 11th 2015. It would have complicated matters if the APC had made good the threat by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, to “take to the streets”. It would have served no useful purpose.

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Wanted: a president for new Nigeria (2)

  /   in People & Politics 12:44 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan at the PDP presidential campaign rally in Maiduguri, yesterday.

AFTER what looked like a prevarication, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has finally endorsed the second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan. This much was made known last week when its President, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey, led a delegation to present a document to that effect to the Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, who is the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum.

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Wanted: A president for new Nigeria (1)

  /   in People & Politics 12:19 am   /   Comments

APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Mohammed Buhari with his running mate Prof.  Yemi Osinbajo SAN in Abuja. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan

IT is strange that a section of the Nigerian political class cannot find in their ranks a suitably qualified, intelligent and competent Nigerian to give their presidential ticket to confront President Goodluck Jonathan at the polls in the next nine days. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has a galaxy of stars in all fields of endeavour in their party from all parts of the country. The APC is no longer just a gang-up of Arewa North and Bola Tinubu’s followers from the South West.

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Buhari’s burdens are too much for Nigeria

  /   in People & Politics 9:17 pm   /   Comments

Buhari

WE have landed in the magic month of February. All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters from the South West say February 14th, the day of the presidential election which is also the traditional Valentine’s Day is, FeBuhari. It means they are going to show love to the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu (or is it Mohamed?) Buhari with their votes. But supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), enthusiasts of President Goodluck Jonathan, the flag bearer of the PDP and antagonists of Buhari say February 14th is Fail Buhari, because on that day they will deny him his ambition to make a second coming, having had sour a taste of him 31 years ago.

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Attacks on GEJ must stop

  /   in People & Politics 1:03 am   /   Comments

JONATHAN

ELECTORAL violence has been an ugly face of our political culture. It comes before, during and after most elections. The only election that went without the slightest stirrings of electoral violence was the annulled 1993 presidential election won by the late Chief Moshood Abiola. That of 2011, which was highly acclaimed by local and international observers, would also have been violence-free but for the organised killing of many youth corps members who helped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to carry out the assignment in parts of the north.

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Buhari, park! Show your certificate

  /   in Elections 2015, People & Politics 12:48 am   /   Comments

Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye, displaying documents on
Retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari Certificate, during a news conference on activities of
Nigerian Army In Abuja on Tuesday . With him is the Chief Of Staff, Directorate of
Army Public Relations, Nigerian Army Headquarters, Col. Timothy Antigha.

THE raging certificate scandal of General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a big show of shame. It is making Nigeria a laughing stock out there. It shows that our laws are not supreme. The law is made for some people, while some people are not only above it but also ride it like an ass.

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Jonathan in Maiduguri

  /   in People & Politics 12:12 am   /   Comments

JANUARY 15 every year is set aside as the day when activities to remember and honour members of the nation’s armed forces come to an end. This year was not different. What was different was that it was a day the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, finally came out of his shell. Let me not say he came out of hiding.

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How the elections are already being rigged

  /   in People & Politics 8:09 am   /   Comments

File: Voter casting her vote

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has threatened repeatedly that they will form a “parallel government” if the 2015 elections are rigged. President Goodluck Jonathan, while inaugurating his presidential election council replied to that threat with ominous words: “we shall see”.

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Those hawks circling Buhari

  /   in People & Politics 12:04 am   /   Comments

Buhari

WE are still discussing matters arising from the emergence of the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as we get set for the frenzy of presidential campaigns. The searchlight is more on the APC because it is the new kid on the block. The party is beset with a number of post-natal problems.

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Threats of a parallel government

  /   in People & Politics 12:12 am   /   Comments

L-R Founder, Leadership Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah, Governor Rochas Okorocha, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former head of state, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) displaying their Certificates of Clearance after receiving same from Chairman, Presidential Screening Committee of APC, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu at the APC National Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

WITH the emergence of the presidential candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the stage is set for the February 2015 general elections. However, there are certain issues that give reason for grave concern as we get ready to embrace the polls. Of particular interest to me in today’s write-up is the series of threats by the main opposition APC to form a parallel government if the elections are “rigged”.

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A new signpost for disaster

  /   in People & Politics 12:43 am   /   Comments

Jonathan and Buhari

THE ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the “wanna rule” All Progressives Congress (APC) have chosen their flag-bearers for the presidential election of February 2015. The PDP, through a ratification convention on Wednesday, December 10th, affirmed President Goodluck Jonathan at the Eagle Square, Abuja. The APC took their act to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos where Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari dusted four other contenders to the presidential ticket.

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Praying for Atiku Abubakar

  /   in People & Politics 9:05 am   /   Comments

ATIKU

THE title of this article may suggest the topic I am treating is already stale. This is because the result of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primaries, which started yesterday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos, will already be known, especially these days of the internet when news circulates across the globe just as it is breaking. But you will soon know why I settled for this title.

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