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COVID-19, Gov Bello and limits of demagoguery

It is a shame the north is still backward — Kogi Gov

By Ikechukwu Amaechi KOGI State governor, Yahaya Bello, is an interesting character. At 45 (he was born on June 18, 1975), he is presently the youngest state governor in Nigeria. When he assumed office on January 27, 2016, after he was declared governor following the death of the winner of the 2015 Kogi governorship election,
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APC, Kogi APC, Bayelsa

APC: A nest of self-centred politicians

By Ikechukwu Amaechi PROFESSOR Wole Soyinka once described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a “nest of killers”. That was at the height of PDP’s power when former President Olusegun Obasanjo held sway and prominent political personalities were routinely murdered. Many, including the Nobel laureate, construed those killings, rightly or wrongly, as politically motivated. He
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Insecurity: Buhari should heed vibes from Katsina

By Ikechukwu Amaechi ANYTIME I hear President Muhammadu Buhari and his courtiers gloat over the administration’s success in providing Nigerians security, I remember Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale: The Emperor’s New Clothes. “Many years ago, there was an emperor who was so very fond of new clothes,” wrote the 19th century Danish author. It is
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Edo 2020: Oshiomhole’s lawlessness, ego will cost APC direly, Iyoha warns

Oshiomhole-Obaseki feud, Nigeria’s democracy illusion

By Ikechukwu Amaechi TOMORROW, Friday, June 12, Nigerians will celebrate 21 years of “democracy”. On the face value, that is a significant milestone given our chequered political curve. But in reality, we have had two decades of civilian rule that has not asphyxiated under the jackboot of military potentates and not necessarily a democracy. Our
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Col Umar’s letter, Buhari’s agenda

By Ikechukwu Amaechi AFTER reading Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar’s recent letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, I couldn’t help but recall my encounter with Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Nigeria’s foremost constitutional lawyer, five years ago. Umar, former Military Governor of Kaduna State, a respected voice on national issues, cautioned Buhari in the Sunday, May 31, consequential letter
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Pensioners decry neglect by FG

FGPL: How not to resolve a nine-year dispute

By Ikechukwu Amaechi FOR starters, FGPL is the acronym for First Guarantee Pensions Limited, FGPL, one of the 20 licensed pension fund administrators, PFAs, in Nigeria’s pension industry. When the National Pension Commission, PenCom, snootily declared on Monday, May 4, that the decade-long FGPL crisis had been resolved, I remembered one of the famous admonitions
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