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Zik’s anguish, Nigeria’s failure

November 16 Now Public holiday in Anambra to mark Zik's birthday

By Obi Nwakanma Ogbuefi Nnayelugo, Owelle Osowa Anya n’Onitsha, Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe was the leader of the African nationalist resistance to colonialism from 1937 to 1957. He spearheaded it. He theorized it. He catalyzed it. In spite of the puny attempts by characters whom Azikiwe himself would have dubbed “Lilliputians” to revise the history
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US elections: 7% of republicans, democrats defected since 2018 – Survey

American election: A new Atlantic doctrine

By Obi Nwakanma Americans dodged a bullet. Four more years of Trump would have turned the US into another Banana republic, with the irretrievable destruction of its foundational democratic institutions. The defeat of Donald J. Trump in penultimate week’s poll gave the United States a new lease of life. It offered Americans an opportunity once
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Wike proscribes IPOB, Executive Order

The Obigbo killings

By Obi Nwakanma Last week, US SEAL Team 6 sneaked into Nigeria under the cover of darkness, and rescued an American citizen, Philip Walton, held in the north of Nigeria after he was kidnapped from Niger Republic. It was a precise and clinical operation. The US Commando team viciously decommissioned and terminated six armed men
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Expert laments Nigeria’s consumption economy, poverty

Government wants peace, but of the graveyard

By Obi Nwakanma Sagir Musa, a Lieutenant-Colonel, and spokesman for the Nigerian Army, came on air last Monday to threaten young Nigerians protesting on the streets on behalf of the Army Chief, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. In a public press statement read after the Chief of Army’s Conference with Principal Staff Officers, GOCs and
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Expert laments Nigeria’s consumption economy, poverty

As Nigeria boils…

By Obi Nwakanma Nigeria has a President who is, by the designation of the Constitution, the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. His real name is Muhammadu Buhari. Some Nigerians might however be justified in calling him, ‘President Photo,’ on account that he has turned out to be a wall-flower President. The only time they
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Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike: 1930 - 2020

Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike: 1930 – 2020

By Obi Nwakanma Professor Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike, novelist and University administrator, who became Eze Ndikelionwu, an old Aro town founded in the middle of the 17th century, died on January 9, 2020, and was buried on June 11, 2020. Chukwuemeka Ike also held the “Ofo Aro” and was one of the trinity that made up
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A reckless National Assembly

A reckless National Assembly

By Obi Nwakanma The question this column wishes to ask today is: are Nigerians asleep? Are they under some kind of spell that makes them unwilling or incapable of rising to confront the dangerous excesses of this administration and its rubber-stamp National Assembly? Where are the youth of this nation – the age-old catalysts for
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Why we handed quit notice to Almajirai in Igboland ― INC

ALMAJARAI: A season of migration to the South

By Obi Nwakanma Much hot air has been expended on the various reports about the migration of the so-called “Almajarai” to the South – mostly to the South/South and South/East states. Much concern is about the nature of these movement and their intentions, legality, and implications, particularly in this era of the national lowdown and
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