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‘God must be a Bayelsan!’

Bayelsa, John Sentamu, environmental genocide

By Donu Kogbara I WAS minding my business in my Abuja residence yesterday – and feeling depressed about the state of the nation – when my phone rang. It was an All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain friend. “The Supreme Court has just returned Bayelsa to PDP (Peoples Democratic Party)!” he told me. “It’s a lie!” I
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Should Maryam Sanda die?

By Donu Kogbara Maryam Sanda is the  most notorious and controversial woman in Nigeria at the moment. Until November 2017, she was just one of many well-connected young women who uneventfully populate the Federal Capital Territory. The daughter of Maimuna Alliyu, a onetime Aso Savings CEO, she had married Bilyaminu Haliru-Bello, an equally well-connected young
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Sweet and sour by Donu Kogbara

Last week, the SupremeCourt ruled against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, and handed his seat to Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Heated debates ensued about the legal validity of this judgment; and the controversy was partly fuelled by the fact that there wasn’t a single APC member in the
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Can this ever happen here?

IN July, President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia died in office, triggering off an election that attracted 25 candidates. Kais Saied, an austere 61-year-old law professor, stood out from this crowd because he had no political experience, had never been in government, had an absolutely pristine reputation and was not receiving substantial funding from any domestic or overseas source.

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Sylva, OPEC, Nigeria

A new ‘king’!

TIMIPRE Sylva, chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, is on a huge giddying roll at the moment because his candidate and protegee, David Lyon, has just became the Governor-Elect of Bayelsa State.

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Flawed family values

IBRAHIM Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, recently bemoaned the fact (during a Lagos press conference) that mothers of cyber fraudsters, known as “Yahoo Boys”, have organised themselves into an association and go out of their way to justify their sons’ criminal activities…on the grounds that such activities generate funds that support families that may not even have a responsible or surviving father figure.

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