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Femi Adesina: Buhari and Arthur Who?

Femi Adesina: Buhari and Arthur Who?

By Obi Nwakanma Femi Adesina, the President’s Chichidodo – you all remember the bird in Ayi Kwei Armah’s grim novel, The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born? – well, he came again last week with a whopper: a big fat shit; an essay he titled, ‘Buhari and the South-East: Arthur Eze nails it.’ I really
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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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Arizona congressman tests positive for Coronavirus

Beyond the shoddy response to coronavirus

By Obi Nwakanma The health of the President of any country is a national security priority. Elaborate structures are put in place to secure the capacity of the President to function. No country leaves the primary care of its national political leadership to the expertise of another country, however friendly. Doing that leaves the possibility
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After coronavirus, the hunger virus

As keen observers have long predicted, Nigeria has finally arrived at that inevitable juncture where oil sales will no longer guarantee the flush in the purse of the governments in Nigeria. Nigeria is now running a deficit economy. Deep poverty is staring this nation in the face. The violence which this will unleash will be
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Big trouble, as more Nigerians sink deeper into poverty

The Orbit: The poverty dole

By Obi Nwakanma Many things that frequently happen in Nigeria, particularly under this administration, if they were to happen in other lands, often lead to the fall of governments. People rise up fearlessly and confront their elected leadership. But Nigerians have become too fatal and docile. Years of serial incompetence has alienated and traumatized the
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Buhari, poverty

The poverty dole

By Obi Nwakanma Many things that frequently happen in Nigeria, particularly under this administration, if they were to happen in other lands, often lead to the fall of governments. People rise up fearlessly and confront their elected leadership. But Nigerians have become too fatal and docile. Years of serial incompetence has alienated and traumatized the
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COVID-19: Makinde announces tax relief packages to private, corporate businesses

Resist that tax

By Obi Nwakanma Muhammed Buhari, President of this sad republic has promised not to inflict any more hardship on Nigerians. He said this in the backdrop of growing criticism of his administration’s proposals to hike the Value Added Tax (VAT) from its current 5% to 7.2% next year. This is necessary, the administration has said,
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