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Femi Aribisala

The revolution is already here

MANY years ago, as a member of the Nigerian delegation to the Non-aligned Conference, I engaged a Nigerian vice-president in discussion on Nigerian politics.  I cannot recall now the exact subject-matter, but I remember saying at some juncture: “Nigerians won’t stand for that, Sir.”  The vice-president became visibly irritated: “What are they going to do?” he asked pointedly.  “What can they do about it?”

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Nigeria cannot do without the North

IN 2005, Goldman Sachs Investment Bank forecast that Nigeria will be the 20th largest economy in the world by 2025 and the 12th largest by 2050; ahead of Italy, Canada and South Korea.  Having identified Brazil, Russia, India and China as four emergent powerhouses of the world economy referred to as the BRICS; it included Nigeria among “the Next Eleven” countries, which are Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, and Vietnam.

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Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

FOUR gravely ill Nigerians went to see their doctor.  One was Hausa, another Yoruba, the third Igbo and the fourth from Niger-Delta.  They all had very high temperatures and could hardly walk and talk.  They had the same complaints: chest-pain, high blood-pressure, migraine, vomiting, stomach-ache and heart-palpitations.  They had all lost considerable weight and were skin and bones.

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Ekiti election

Why PDP’s loss in Ekiti is bad news for the APC and Nigeria

WITH the declaration that  Kayode Fayemi has won the gubernatorial election in Ekiti, APC spin-doctors went into overdrive.   Lai Mohammed, well-loved by all and sundry for his vacuous bombasts, came out shouting on the rooftops that the Ekiti election is a referendum on the Buhari administration.   However, the honourable minister needs a gentle reminder that Buhari was not on the ballot in Ekiti.

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Nigerian-style democracy

THE system of    government favoured by Nigerians has always been the democratic system.  Even military governments in Nigeria seize power ostensibly in the interest of upholding or promoting democratic structures.  We even had a period, under Ibrahim Babangida, when a military government at the federal level orchestrated democratic structures and elections at the state and local government levels.

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The leadership Nigeria desperately needs

IN the last election cycle, I was a strident supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan.  I wrote extensively in support of his re-election.  Elections are never about choosing the best people for positions of authority.  They are about choosing the best of the available candidates.  This means we are often required to choose the best out of a bad lot.

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Do Nigerians really want Nigeria to succeed?

IN 1960, John Kennedy exhorted his fellow Americans on his inauguration as president of the United States to: “ask not what your country can do for you: ask what you can do for your country.”  Can you imagine a Nigerian leader asking the same question of Nigerians?  He would be laughed out of court.  The answer is likely to be a curt: “What has Nigeria done for me lately?”

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Kingsley Moghalu for president

IN just a few months, Nigerians go once again to the polls to choose our next president.  This is the opportunity we have to determine our destiny.  It is a civic duty that comes only once every four years.  Therefore, it must be entered into like a marriage; soberly and with full presence of mind.

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Blunders upon blunders upon blunders

WHEN the incredible issue of a missing/counterfeited 2016 budget arose some weeks ago, I was expecting to hear from the APC that Goodluck Jonathan was to blame. Surprisingly, that did not happen. Instead, blame was traded between the Presidency and the National Assembly, seemingly forgetting that both organs of government are now controlled by the same APC.

The stock-in-trade of this government is to blame Goodluck Jonathan for everything. If there is petrol shortage: Jonathan is to blame. If there are power cuts, Jonathan is to blame. If there are Boko Haram killings, Jonathan is to blame.

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