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The Atiku-Obasanjo offensive

MANY of us had resigned ourselves to the second term of Muhammadu Buhari as President, until the emergence of Abubakar Atiku as candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. A year ago, whenever I peered into the Nigeria’s political landscape, especially into the campaign year, I always failed to view anyone in the PDP, the other major party, or wherever, with the sufficient stature to challenge and deny Buhari a second term.

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Readers’ reactions

“Mr. Adamu, good day. Thanks for your illuminating expose on the primacy of national interest/security over the rule of law. I have a similar view. I tried to educate my learned colleagues and most of the newspaper columnists who had an opposite view. Only The Nation on Sunday published part of (the) view on 9th September in Mr. Eriye’s column. In the Libya matter you mentioned, the British used the rule of law to let her citizens be murdered instead of employing national interest to defend them. The great Lord Denning was vivid in his analysis”.

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Nigerians, look in the mirror: there you will find the enemies of change

WHEN former President Goodluck Jonathan said Nigeria was rich because of the number of private jets owned by Nigerians, the political class was silent because many of our leaders, irrespective of party, are quite comfortable with the status quo whereby wealth is owned only by a tiny percentage of the population based on no business acumen or production of goods and services but government proximity and patronage alone.

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Why Buhari’s executive order should be opposed and rejected

THE President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has once again provided further evidence of why many Nigerians continue to view the administration as at once anti-democratic and incompetent. The latest gaffe of this fumbling administration comes via a so-called ‘executive order 6’ or EO6 that the President’s Senior Special Assistance on Media, Garba Shehu, announced last weekend. A salient element of the executive order is the placement of some fifty Nigerians on a security watch list that demands the seizure of their passport and by that the restriction of their movement to Nigeria until cases of financial crime brought against them by the state have been determined.

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The final return of Atiku Abubakar

THE drab Nigerian political environment has lightened up. The expected ‘unexpected’ happened. Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President of Nigeria was elected at the PDP primaries held in Port Harcourt recently. It looked like this was never going to happen. Not just that this was the fifth and to my mind the final attempt of Atiku to become presidential candidate, but so much obstacle was put on his way by seen and unseen forces. As if those forces were not strong enough, the competition became even stiff in his new ‘old ‘ party. For the first time in the history of PDP, there were twelve solid contestants, each who could easily have become a formidable presidential material. 

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When lie telling may not be criminal (2)

Last week I introduced a discussion of how lie telling can be categorised and how given some circumstances, lie telling may or may not be criminal. This week I intend to relate the background already made to recent events in the world and particularly Nigeria’s political climate. It is however important to firstly state that there are instances where the law expressly criminalises the conduct of lie telling.

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Should my daughter call her dad’s new love ‘mummy’?

Since we split early in the year, my ex and I shared custody of our four-year-old daughter. This has worked out well, but she has started refering to her dad’s new girlfriend as ‘mummy’. I don’t have anything against the woman, but my daughter has only known her for a couple of months. The worst part is that I’ve never seen them correcting her. I want to stop taking her there for a while. I know it’s wrong, but I’m her only mummy.

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Why Human development matters

THE World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings were recently concluded in the paradisiacal island of Bali in Indonesia. It was attended by more than 3,000 delegates, among them finance ministers, central bank governors, high civil servants, international officials and the lot.  IMF Managing Director Christina Lagarde likened it to a successful wedding. Weddings take a lot of preparation; and then the grand occasion arrives. Then the merriment follows and all guests eventually depart, taking with them fond memories of everything that transpired.

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Skye Bank

SKYE BANK: Lucky depositors, disgruntled investors and beguile public

THE business license of erstwhile Skye Bank Plc was summarily revoked last month (September 2018) by Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor. The revocation came about two years after the financial regulator sacked the management in July 2016; the action followed the bank’s inability to meet the mandatory minimum key liquidity and capital adequacy ratios, which failure resulted in “the bank’s permanent presence at the CBN lending window.”

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Knife fights as party democracy

THE knives are out in the political arena and they are being used quite liberally in the name of internal party  democracy and  primaries. They are all sorts; table and bread knives, blades, and quite often, concealed daggers. The preferred knife of the more sophisticated party leaders, is the stiletto, made quite famous by the Italian and American Mafia. Some of the party bigwigs, to explain their blood stained hands simply use the scalpel claiming to be carrying out surgical procedures.

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Which vote-buying is not wrong?

Some years back, one easy way of knowing those involved in a particular unwholesome political behaviour was to look out for those who are loudest in condemning the act. In the case of vote- buying which is the latest election rigging device, it is quite difficult identifying the perpetrators as everyone is busy loudly condemning the act by the day.

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Nigerians, “Atikulated”

The Nigerian media is very guilty of profound levels of ignorance about the significance of Nigeria as a “republic,” and its choice of “democracy” as a system of government.  Going by its use of language, the Nigerian media is guilty of limiting public awareness of the true meaning of these concepts; of the place of citizens, citizenship rights, and citizenship obligations in a “republic.” The kind of language used by the press to describe political power and political institutions often alienates people.

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