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The politics of Tinubu obsession


By Azu Ishiekwene NATIONAL leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has very strong enemies and a few of them would not wait for him to die before burying him. As soon as there were indications last week that President Muhammadu Buhari had withdrawn support for APC Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the
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Nigeria as a killing field

Who listens to the North?

By Azu Ishiekwene JOURNALIST and former Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, wrote a thought-provoking piece last week entitled, “Who speaks for the North?” The article reinforces the need for an important conversation, especially as we reflect on our past, engage with the present and contemplate the future. Who speaks for the North? In
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Mad as Madagascar

By Azu Ishiekwene IN the fight against COVID-19, the war between biology and economics has just expanded to the nationalist front, spilling over with the ferociousness of a zero-sum game. Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina, believes that the reason why the world is not giving his country’s miracle herbal formula the accolade it deserves is because
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Donald Trump, Joe Exotic

In Africa, Trump’s fate is worse than a laughing stock

By Azu Ishiekwene IN a recent article in The Atlantic also widely used elsewhere, American journalist, Anne Applebaum, described the pathetic meltdown of US President Donald Trump, especially since the outbreak of the global health crisis, COVID-19. According to the journalist, not only has Trump become the butt of jokes in video games, the US President’s serial faux pas
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Kano loses another traditional leader as Ganduje mourns

Kano conundrum: Why it matters

FOLLOWING a string of suspicious deaths in Kano last week some have said the state, arguably Nigeria’s most populous could be Nigeria’s Italy. They are wrong and right. They are wrong because healthcare in Kano and what obtained in any region in pre-COVID-19 Italy is not comparable. Like night and day, they’re not even close.
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