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Why Buhari’s executive order should be opposed and rejected

THE President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has once again provided further evidence of why many Nigerians continue to view the administration as at once anti-democratic and incompetent. The latest gaffe of this fumbling administration comes via a so-called ‘executive order 6’ or EO6 that the President’s Senior Special Assistance on Media, Garba Shehu, announced last weekend. A salient element of the executive order is the placement of some fifty Nigerians on a security watch list that demands the seizure of their passport and by that the restriction of their movement to Nigeria until cases of financial crime brought against them by the state have been determined.

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In these crazy times

IT is the season of madness and it suddenly seems strange to be normal. Fiction trails reality as Nigerians move from one scandalous episode to another. One doesn’t even know where to begin or from whom to  seek some explanation of the apparent mindlessness that has overtaken the land. As with all things at these times, Nigerian politicians are at the centre stage of the unfolding tragedy. As 2019 comes dangerously close (there seems to be many reasons why the people of this country have to be apprehensive of the approaching election), Nigerians can very well look forward to more  drama of bizarre composition.

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The cabal rises again

THERE have in recent days been quiet talks that the Acting Director of the Department of State Services, DSS, Matthew Seiyefa, may be pushed out of office in a move to either pave way for the return of the immediate past director of the organisation, Lawal Daura, or some other individual who might be more pliant to the surreptitious activities of some close associates of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Country first

FOR almost one week now Americans have been mourning the passing as well as celebrating the life and legacy of one man they believe epitomises the idea that the goal of every citizen, much more a political leader, is to put service to the country first and above any other consideration. Senator John Mccain who died last weekend of brain cancer at the age of 81 is for many Americans that symbol of a leader as a servant of the people.

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Talking corruption- like an automated messenger

THE raw anger that one felt about the virulence of corruption under the Goodluck Jonathan administration has somewhat abated in the last three years. Then it was a free-for-all race to win the corruption medal among officials, cronies, associates and family members of those connected to the government. And President Jonathan just didn’t know what to say much less do about how to end the epidemic-like level of corruption going on under his watch.

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Can Adams Oshiomole tame Bukola Saraki?

THE ongoing struggle for the control of the National Assembly and by extension Nigeria’s political space by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is not about ending even when the 2019 elections are still many months away. At present, the battle between the two leading parties is playing out mostly among the country’s legislators in the national and state assemblies. Things took a dramatic turn last week when operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, took over entrance to the National Assembly in a move the PDP and especially, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has interpreted as an attempt to unseat him as the leader of the Nigerian senate.

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Times that test Buhari’s integrity

PRESIDENT  Muhammadu Buhari has by now spent about a week of his ten-day medical leave in the United Kingdom. As we move closer to next year’s election and the possibility of the president winning his re-election bid (even as that looks increasingly precarious), Nigerians should look forward to the president spending more time outside the country.

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Desperate measures for desperate times

LAST week’s copy of this column that centred on the probability of members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party where most of them had originally defected from to join the APC- that copy was hardly dispatched for publication when the nation was gripped by news of the defection of the law makers who had for a while now been disgruntled with the leadership of their party. They had by Tuesday last week made good their threatened defection as the National Assembly led by leaders of the estranged faction of the APC summarily proceeded on recess. Since then the cat and mouse game between members of the R-APC and the leaders of the APC has escalated.

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APC’s make or mar week

THESE are desperate times for leaders of the All Progressives Congress party that is struggling to hold together the house of cards that they clobbered together four years ago. Members of a rebel faction of the party led by leaders of the APC-controlled legislature, Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogarra, are threatening to leave the party en masse by the end of this week. The crisis that may now be the undoing of the party has been long in coming.

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