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The EFCC and Betta Edu, by Ugoji Egbujo

The EFCC and Betta Edu, by Ugoji Egbujo

The president suspended Betta Edu in early January. The EFCC must have seen something fiery in the smoke of the Betta Edu scandal. The initial investigation and suspension seemed swift and decisive. But those who applauded are now bemused. Because, four months after the president handed the minister to the EFCC for sifting, the woman […]
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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.

Tinubu and the Igbo, By Ugoji Egbujo

Tinubu and the Igbo, By Ugoji Egbujo

Tinubu’s priority must be national unity. Only national unity can bring security without which there can be no economic recovery even if we devise ingenious ways to tax goats and chickens.

Nyesom Wike’s Cookathon and the Famished Masses, By Ugoji Egbujo

Nyesom Wike’s Cookathon and the Famished Masses, By Ugoji Egbujo

Perhaps in the minds of those gathered for the sumptuous feast in these trying times, the hungry poor would be excited to see senior government officials running around a shiny kitchen, turning soups and laughing heartily. That is the mental state of our politicians. The public should be fascinated with pictures of a big man doing any chores in his lush kitchen. That must be why the video was released.

Resident Doctors are now Resident Donkeys, By Ugoji Egbujo

Resident Doctors are now Resident Donkeys, By Ugoji Egbujo

A few days ago, a house officer slumped in church and died. The immediate cause of death hasn’t been established but a well-dispersed anonymous letter sent alarm bells ringing. The letter said Dr Michael Umoh was worked to death. Embarrassed by the letter, the hospital jumped into crisis management mode to deny culpability and whitewash […]

The Metamorphosis of Uncle Soyinka, By Ugoji Egbujo

The Metamorphosis of Uncle Soyinka, By Ugoji Egbujo

Now Soyinka isn’t bothered about the commitment the electoral umpire gave the youths. Soyinka appears more interested in the sideshow and what some Sea dogs told him about who came third and fourth in the elections.

The EFCC is living in bondage, By Ugoji Egbujo

The EFCC is living in bondage, By Ugoji Egbujo

President Tinubu owes the nation a duty to explain the legality and morality of the prolonged detention of the EFCC chairman without trial. If an EFCC chairman can be so casually picked up and incarcerated, then what is the fate of political opponents and everyday people?

Ministers of Noise, By Ugoji Egbujo

Ministers of Noise, By Ugoji Egbujo

The noise has started. Rather than embrace sobriety, they have begun with talkativeness. Unfortunately, the public is no longer so impressionable. The economic situation is dire and deft footwork of political chancery cannot bring succour. Politicians who had 8 years at the state level to reduce poverty but chose sensationalism are now proselytising like development […]