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Is Buhari naive or just a plain hegemonist?

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Buhari in Igbo attire

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari may have started moving into dangerous territories. He may indeed have begun the process of his own unravelling and ultimately of the destruction of his presidency by his own action.

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Power supply: NERC, DISCOs and the National Assembly

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*PHCN transformer

THERE are not many things on which Nigerians agree as far as the achievements or non-achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan governments are concerned. One of these contentious issues is about who should take credit for the observable improvement in power supply across the country in the last three months.

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Power supply: What’s Buhari doing that Jonathan didn’t do?

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President Buhari

IT was too obvious to be overlooked, but I first noticed the relative improvement in power supply right from the weekend Muhammadu Buhari assumed office as president. I made alternative power supply plans to watch the live streaming of the president’s inauguration even though I ended up seeing just the tail end of it.

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Should Buhari probe the Jonathan administration or not?

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Jonathan Buhari

MY unequivocal answer to the question of whether President Muhammadu Buhari should investigate the Goodluck Jonathan administration for corruption is yes. This is not the first time I would be saying this. It won’t be the last time either.

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A quick look at Buhari’s US trip

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

DAYS before President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on his official visit to America at the invitation of the US President, Barack Obama, many Nigerians appeared anxious. It was clear they could not be sure what would be the outcome of that visit. Their anxiety level had been raised by some commentators who could neither see nor be bothered by what the trip would achieve.

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EFCC, big man syndrome and anti-corruption fight

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Former Governor Sule Lamido being led to prison yesterday in Kano.

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission appears reinvigorated and rejuvenated for its traditional role of fighting economic and financial crimes. It seems to be experiencing a new lease of life in the manner it has been going after some former governors and other powerful untouchables in the expired dispensation of President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Public officials: What manner of austerity?

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Austerity-cartoon

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has not been quick to appoint members of his cabinet and Nigerians have understandably not been too excited about it.

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Managing APC’s house of confusion

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Gbajabiamila, Dogara, Saraki and Lawan

THE much expected meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress,APC, finally held last weekend. The meeting was aimed at resolving the National Assembly leadership crisis that has divided the ruling APC down the middle. Since June 9 when what increasingly appears like a renegade segment of the APC, led by Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, took on the leadership of the party, things haven’t been the same again in the APC.

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APC and the death wish turned prophecy

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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

EARLIER this year, in the wake of the rather comprehensive defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 polls, Nigerian academic and Sahara Reporters columnist, Pius Adesanmi, had rechristened Doyin Okupe, presidential aide on media to Goodluck Jonathan, by turning ‘bastard’ into a proper noun and making it one of his middle names.

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Buhari’s time to start running

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Buhari set for his tasks

By Rotimi Fasan THIS week makes it the fourth since the Muhammadu Buhari administration was inaugurated amid much hope and high expectations. But while the new president has taken a few significant steps locally and internationally in his personal capacity, not much has been heard concerning those he would be working with and depending on

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Will Nigerians take up the oil marketers’ challenge?

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OIL-MARKETERS

By Rotimi Fasan This indeed is the pertinent question to ask: whether Nigerians are ready to take on the challenge thrown at them by the oil marketers that have in the past few weeks held the rest of the country to ransom? Put differently, what the foregoing question demands of Nigerians is whether they are

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So long Goodluck Jonathan!

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President Jonathan

WHEN Goodluck Jonathan steps down in two days time and Muhammadu Buhari takes over as president, he would have helped to give practical demonstration to that much remarked (in our parts) but hardly realised notion of popular democracy, that sovereignty lies with the people. By handing over power to Buhari, Jonathan would only be abiding by the will of the people who said, on March 28 2015, that they wanted a change of leadership.

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Fuel crisis and the unending blame game

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fuel-pump

PETROLEUM now seems more available in more parts of the country after four weeks of contrived scarcity. During these four weeks, Nigerians have almost literally been through hell and back. In the first two weeks of the scarcity, when things looked very dire, resourceful Nigerians still managed to be on the road.

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A legacy of incompetence and corruption

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anti-corruption

TWO weeks from now, President Goodluck Jonathan’s six years in office would be over. But even before his departure, the judgment of history on his administration already seems clear. This is evident even in the long queues of vehicles at fuel stations across the country, testimony to the level of corruption and incompetence that has marked governance in the last six years.

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Xenophobic irruption, diplomatic farce and Goodluck Jonathan

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xenophobic

JUST when the number of days he has left in Abuja could be counted off one’s fingers or reeled off without much thought, President Goodluck Jonathan finally did what any leader who is in control of his turf does: takes the hard decisions. He ordered the suspension of the permanent secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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May 28 or 29: When is the inauguration day?

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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.

OCTOBER 1 was the most significant date on the Nigerian national calendar. It is, in a sense, still the most significant date in our national history. It was the day, in 1960, that Nigeria gained independence from Britain. It has ever since remained Nigeria’s national holiday during which Nigerians celebrate freedom from colonial bondage. Given its special status, important events in the life of Nigerians and Nigeria are often attached to that date.

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Scorecard for Jonathan administration

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President Jonathan

AS the Jonathan administration winds down its activities and gradually goes into the ages, one thing Nigerians cannot balk doing is giving their assessment of the administration. One area that must get Nigerians debating in their assessment of the Goodluck Jonathan government is the power sector, particularly the issue of power generation and distribution. As far as this sector is concerned, the Jonathan administration has performed far less than it promised. We need not go into quoting statistics that only members of the administration believe to know this.

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PDP defectors will kill Nigerian politics

  /   in Talking Point 12:22 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan displaying Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms  at the People's Democratic Party's Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday (30/10/14).

EVEN if nothing else comes out of the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the presidential election of 2015, Nigerians should count themselves lucky once the defeat can lead to the consolidation of our politics by way of giving room for the formation of viable political parties. But this is if our politicians would allow it. From the look of things, however, Nigerian politicians are not prepared to see our so-called nascent democracy grow into something more enduring.

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Buhari, PDP… and Attahiru Jega

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jonathan-buhari-cartoon

IT’S been a week since Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner of the 2015 presidential election. After what seemed like an impossible mission having tried a number of times to be president without success, Buhari now becomes one of two individuals (the other being Olusegun Obasanjo) to occupy the office of an elected president after holding office as a military dictator.

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Nigerian politics and the 2015 election campaigns

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Main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari casts his ballot at a polling station in the "Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara A ward" at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015.   Voting began in Nigeria's general election but delays were reported countrywide because of technical problems in accrediting electors.
 AFP PHOTO

AS I write this about 2pm on the 28th day of March 2015, millions of Nigerians across the country have been out for several hours participating in the process of electing political office holders in an election that has been described by many as perhaps the most keenly contested in the years since Nigeria attained independence.

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Buhari/Jonathan: Saturday’s hard choice

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President  Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

IN just a matter of three days the long anticipated 2015 elections would have been under way. What took several years of arduous planning and billions of tax payers’ money that both the government and the election planners may never be able to account for would have come. Six weeks ago Nigerians felt ready for the elections before top members of the Jonathan administration engineered a shift in the electoral date.

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Lessons Dame Jonathan can learn from Simone Gbagbo

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From Left: Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose; Wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose and the Wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan acknowledging the cheer during the PDP Women Rally in support of the 2nd term of President Goodluck Jonathan in Ado-Ekiti on Monday....Photo. Government House Ekiti.

By Rotimi FASAN THESE are times when every statements made of political figures are read through partisan lenses. This is surely not the first time I will be making this point since the contest for the Nigerian presidency in the elections due next week became a two horse race between Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan.

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Does the PDP really want the 2015 election?

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President Goodluck Jonathan displaying Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms  at the People's Democratic Party's Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday (30/10/14).

IT is important to ask at this time if the ruling Peoples Democratic Party is really interested in contesting the rescheduled 2015 elections. This question has become pertinent in view of what looks like a deliberate attempt by the party to continue to stonewall any attempt to have the election until such time as it feels ready for it. The ‘filibustering’ tactics of the PDP are too obvious to be ignored.

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Petroleum scarcity again?

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Fuel Scarcity at Ogba ijaiye Lagos.PHOTO;AKEEM SALAU

IT’S just been a few weeks since the Nigerian government decided that the pump price of fuel should go down following dwindling oil prices in the international market.

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Joseph Mbu: An officer on rampage?

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Joseph Mbu

By Rotimi Fasan JOSEPH MBU is supposedly a trained police officer and goes around with the rank of an Assistant Inspector General, but he behaves like his high office demands. How this man has managed to make it through the police force all these many years without evidence of ever being made to account for

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Echoes of Chibok

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Chibok-details

AFTER nearly a year from their homes and families, there were intimations a few days ago that the school girls of Chibok might after all be well and alive. This heart warming news which I initially took with cautious optimism first came to me via online media. While I was full of hope that these girls might somehow return home at some point, I was equally cautious of the authenticity of the report.

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This election will be won and lost somehow

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election-cartoon

IN just a matter of days, the much anticipated February 14 election would be history. Or so Nigerians thought. After much planning, scheming, deliberation and physical and verbal violence, even slander and libel of the most venomous variety, Nigerians thought they would have the chance to choose who would be their president for the next four years, and either of the two leading candidates of the ACP and PDP would win or lose the election. But it was a long journey to this point.

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Did I hear Buhari does not want to debate Jonathan?

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Buhari and Jonathan

These are political times and like in a war the first casualty is truth. There have, in the last few days and the many weeks leading to the February 14 presidential election, been a whole lot of untruths being peddled out there as the Gospel, and that too in the name of God. Not even so-called men and women of God who have become more partisan than the politicians they are ranged behind are exempt.

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When are the 2015 presidential debates?

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Buhari and Jonathan

ONE of the cherished traditions of developed democracies is the creation of fora for contestants to public office to sell their programmes to the electorate before live audiences. Contestants present their party’s manifestoes and planned activities on attaining power in form of debates that are often transmitted live to audiences via the broadcast media. These events are organized and moderated by select members of the mass media and others, not party partisans. This is especially the case for contestants to high offices like that of president. Since the 1960s, no presidential election takes place in America without a presidential debate. It is just a convention of American democracy that is now widely accepted and practiced the world over. It may not be a constitutional requirement but no candidate into elective office who wishes to be taken seriously spurns it.

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‘Issue-based’ campaign? When, where?

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File: Jonathan and Buhari

ONE can say that the general feeling among Nigerians, even without the benefit of a survey or an opinion poll, is that the February elections will be violent. Those who say this or think this way are not without their reasons. History tells us so. Our recent political experience confirms it. Even now, the fault lines are already manifesting. There have been violent skirmishes among supporters of the leading political parties in different parts of the country. Campaign posters have been torn. Party offices have been invaded, houses have been burnt and lives have been lost.

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Other side of Rev. Father Mbaka’s prayer

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Rev-Father-Mbaka

REPORTS of Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka’s New Year’s Eve sermon had for a short while been generating excited responses in the media before I looked to know what it was all about. I didn’t think it worth my while to pay attention to yet another religious leader making one of their increasingly forgettable remarks on Nigerian politics and the February elections. I could see that the Rev. Father was supposed to have made what appeared to be this explosive remark at one Adoration Ground.

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A prayer for my land

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Jonathan and Buhari

IN just over a month, Nigerians will be going to the polls to elect a new president. Even though the stakes are quite high it does not look like a presidential election is around the corner. The campaign period seems all too short. More so for President Goodluck Jonathan whose presidency seems to be running on oxygen for the few weeks left, with little room to manoeuvre to say nothing of convincing the alienated voter.

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