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Buhari’s presidency: Vibrant support and agonising regret

ABOUT five years ago, my decision to endorse retired General Muhammadu Buhari given the constraints at the time, was based on the promise that he would make a great civilian President of Nigeria. I scripted a widely circulated glowing affirmation of his candidacy. Based on my estimations, there were appropriate inadequacies associated with the other candidates that made them unfit for the job.

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Fulani hackmen and Nigeria’s clash of civilisations

MY good brother Otoks Princewill was lost as to why many of our fellow Nigerians from the far North have taken sides with cows as against humans whose lives are being wasted in Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt since Fulani hackmen unleashed a reign of terror on their host communities in a frightening dimension especially in the last one year. From Falae’s farm in Akure, through Agatu down to Enugu and many more communities it had been what Fela Anikulapo-Kuti called “sorrow, tears and blood.”

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Jonathan: To arrest or not?

I MET Robert Azibola in the trenches in the dark days of General Sani Abacha.He was one of the young activists then who were singing uncomfortable tunes in the ears of the dark-goggled dictator.I lost contact with him for several years until I ran into him in the lobby of an hotel in Abuja early 2015.That was when he told me he is cousin to then President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

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Nigeria or North?

THE words of President Muhammadu Buhari above remains his best lines to a badly divided country till date. They were reassuring to segments of Nigeria already feeling alienated by the negative triumphalism of some scions of the far North following the outcome of the March 28 elections which I captured in “Arewa songs of conquest.”

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Re: Tinubu’s unfinished business

PAUL Joseph Goebbels (29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) was Adolf Hitler’s Propaganda Minister in Nazi Germany. He also served as Chancellor for one day, following Hitler’s death. He was known for his zealous and energetic oratory and virulent anti-Semitism. One of his famous quotes is that if you repeat a lie often it becomes the truth and if you tell a lie so big enough people would start to believe it.

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Col. Gabriel Ajayi: Tortured to impotence

SIXTEEN years after General Sani Abacha’s death, a Swiss delegation led by the country’s Federal Councillor and Head of its Foreign Affairs Department, Mr. Didier Burkhalter, and the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Eric Mayoruz were with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo last Tuesday to sign a memorandum on the return of another $321m loot by the dark googled general.

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Ese, Yunusa and the emirate: The trouble with Nigeria

IT is said in the Yoruba country that when your relation feeds on insects and you think it is not your business, just wait until his itchy throat begins rumbling in the dead of the night . So it is with our compatriots in Arewaland who have sired millions of untrained and uneducated children despite being in power for four decades out of Nigeria’s 55 years of Nigeria’s independence.

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Who needs economic confab?

NOBEL Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka went on a courtesy visit to Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Abuja.The good old Prof had for years not been known to be a ministerial visitor raising the curiosity that something must be cooking in the ministry of Information and Culture.

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Magufuli: Africa’s real face of change

I WAS in Accra this past week and saw a Toyota van with inscription “APC”. I initially thought an APC official from Nigeria was in town. But upon looking closely, I saw it was “All Peoples Congress” with a broom as its logo.It then dawned on me that the rumoured CHANGE in Nigeria must have inspired some Ghanaians to form their own APC hoping their change would birth.

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Bornu: Whose report would we believe?

THERE is no debate that Nigeria is at war and consequently “truth don die” (apology to Femi Anikulapo-Kuti).

And nothing typifies the obituary of truth in our country today than official reactions to the Boko Haram war going on in the North East primarily with occasional forays into other zones of the north and the Federal Capital Territory(FCT).

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