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Buhari’s re-election: It’s victory by default

LET’s get down to brass tacks: Muhammadu Buhari won this year’s presidential election, and Atiku Abubakar lost it. The election was, of course, marred by significant irregularities and shortcomings, including violence, intimidation, disenfranchisement and vote-buying. But, as the doctrine of substantial performance goes, while these anomalies undermined the legitimacy of the outcome, they didn’t materially change it. So, Buhari won, Atiku lost!

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2019 elections: The thing about tension between Yoruba and Igbo

IN a national election that in the main featured two Fulani politicians as presidential candidates, the Yoruba and Igbo are again at loggerheads, locking horns over a matter that some would say at best makes them meddlesome busybodies and mere bystanders. The tension between the Yoruba and the Igbo which is the fallout of the February 23 elections reflects the age-long political fault lines between the two largest ethnic groups from the southern parts of Nigeria. Dog eat s—t, na goat mout’ dey smell!

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The Next Level: Mass appreciation of progressive politics

ONE hears the often-repeated assertion that politics in our country is rarely if ever based on any real ideology. While this appears true on the surface, the just concluded 2019 Presidential election shows a seismic shift many are yet to reckon with. President Muhammadu Buhari won the 2015 elections with a margin of 2,571,759 votes and in 2019, he did so again with 3,928,869 votes, meaning an additional 1,357,110 more Nigerians decided to support him. Why? A new understanding of income inequality took centre stage, in a country where the increasing number of private jets was once mistaken for “evidence” the Nigerian economy was doing well.

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The election of ideal leaders and our electoral process (2)

LAST week I discussed the problems associated with leadership in Nigeria and the need for election of ideal leaders. I stated how the lack of political ideology and the attractive nature of public office have ensured that most people who get elected into office pay little or no attention to service to the citizens. This week I will proffer suggestions on how to bring an end to the malaise brought about by poor leadership.

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The Abacha in Lagos

AS the remains of Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti laid in state at his Imaria residence that fateful evening   in 2006,Mr Olisa Agbakoba(SAN) beckoned to me and said: “Beko is cold in there. I recall all our struggles   all over Lagos to have democracy. Now look at what those we handed the fruits of our struggle to are doing to us”.

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The travails of democracy

BRITISH war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill described democracy as “the worst system of government – except for the others.” Euro-Americans like to trace the origins of democracy back to the ancient Greeks. Among Athenian aristocrats, it was not a polite word. It derives from the Greek word “demos”, which means rule by mobs. The philosopher Plato despised it, preferring rule by philosopher-kings.

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Will the budget become hostage to hostile politics?

The report went on to disclose that Nigeria, which produced 1.792 million barrels per day in January, went down to 1.685 million in February in compliance with the agreement by members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC to reduce supply and raise crude prices. Unfortunately, OPEC and Nigeria are caught in a no-win situation. Each time they reduce production to push crude prices up, they make it more profitable for American shale oil producers to increase their own supply and grab more of the global market share. Already, the Us has overtaken Nigeria as a supplier of crude to the United Kingdom. Our cutback will certainly open more of that market to the Yankees.

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The masses as victims of government

POWER, they say, belongs to the people. This may actually be true where there is respect for the rule of law, and where equity and justice subsists in the free association of people and communities. These are inalienable characteristics, which positively impact human capacity development and improved social welfare, in enduring democracies. Indeed, in such a progressive ambience, political power becomes a motivation for public service rather than the pursuit of self or partisan interest, despite the obvious collateral of social deprivation and oppression.

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After politicians, the People should govern

GOVERNANCE after independence, was in a sense, chaotic. There was a virtual insurrection in the Middle Belt for which the military carried out annual punitive expeditions. Anarchism took over the West with people being roasted alive, and widespread arson. For this, it became known as the Wild, Wild West. Leaders of the opposition Action Group Party were either in prison or on the run. Corruption was said to be rife and when there were disputes over the December 1964 general elections, President Nnamdi Azikiwe was put under house arrest for declining to call Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa to form government.

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The death of democracy in Nigeria: A coroner’s inquest

Before I deal with the core issues hidden in the womb of today’s title, let me say one or two things about some intellectually constipated anonymous fellows who, because either they can buy a copy of Sunday Vanguard or read this column on-line, feel entitled in their stupidity and lack of critical thinking to the extent of responding to my criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari in a manner that strongly suggests that Nnamdi Kanu was probably correct when he described most Nigerians, including the so-called educated ones amongst them, as “animals.” In taxonomy, the science that deals with classification of plants and animals, including speciation processes, the human species, homo sapiens, belongs to the broad category of animal kingdom.

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