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A letter to the Honourable Nyesom Wike, by Ugoji Egbujo

A letter to the Honourable Nyesom Wike, by Ugoji Egbujo

Your name says you are a man of strength. Some say you are a strongman. Others call you Nebuchadnezzar. You say you are a man of capacity, character and INTIGRITY. Hon minister, he, who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day. The gods are not amused when men play god. For some mistakes, […]
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Akpabio’s uncommon birthday celebration, By Ugoji Egbujo

Akpabio’s uncommon birthday celebration, By Ugoji Egbujo

Akpabio celebrated his birthday in a stadium. That must be a sign of his stature. The economic situation didn’t deter him. He gathered his people in tens of thousands to eat and drink. The people are poor but their leaders are rich on their behalf. A two-term governor, former minister and now senate president. It can’t get […]

The Climate Change Jamboree, By Ugoji Egbujo

The Climate Change Jamboree, By Ugoji Egbujo

The Federal Government went to Dubai with a village. They went ostensibly to be abreast with climate change. It appears that anything done to restore the hopes of many politicians and senior civil servants will be good for the country. After the trip, the government can resume telling the masses the need for sacrifices to salvage the […]

Tinubu, The Hype Men, And Political Diabetes, By Ugoji Egbujo

Tinubu, The Hype Men, And Political Diabetes, By Ugoji Egbujo

Parliamentarians stood on their feet and sang a servile song of allegiance to the president. As they sang, trumpets sounded, and the national flag fluttered outside. The president must have been dizzy with pride. The man had come to tell them how he intended to spend public money next year. The parliament is supposed to scrutinize his […]

One-Party rule is better than this expensive farce, By Ugoji Egbujo

One-Party rule is better than this expensive farce, By Ugoji Egbujo

The PDP has become moribund. The party chairman is anonymous and that namelessness allows him to live like a chameleon. Multiparty democracy thrives on competition and antagonism. That way it provides accountability and democratic options. The PDP has lost its soul and teeth. Once it fell from power, its elders chickened out to become self-appointed […]

INEC and the Port Harcourt Protocol, By Ugoji Egujo

INEC and the Port Harcourt Protocol, By Ugoji Egujo

Before the 2023 elections, INEC appeared ambitious and determined. After inserting biometric accreditation and electronic transfer of polling unit result sheets in the rule book, it blew its trumpet from the rooftops. At the Chatham House, it swaggered and bragged about its determination to sanitize the electoral process. BVAS and electronic transfer were the magic […]

The Chief Justice has no clothes, By Ugoji Egbujo

The Chief Justice has no clothes, By Ugoji Egbujo

In The Emperor’s New Clothes, by Hans Christian Andersen, two rogues go to a vain Emperor to say they can make him a wonderful dress that will be invisible to fools. The emperor, who believes he is as wise as Solomon, agrees. With the new clothes, he will sift the competent and clever from the […]

Juju and Penis panics, By Ugoji Egbujo

Juju and Penis panics, By Ugoji Egbujo

The belief that genitals can be stolen magically for money rituals is a contagious delusion in many cultures. It had existed before Christ came.