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Totally Real with Ikechukwu Amaechi

The deadly army, police tango in Taraba

Police. media, Ediale

IT wasn’t a tango in the literal sense of salsa or rhumba. No! If it were, Nigerians would not have been as shocked as they are right now. It was not friendly fire, either. Neither was it a mistake. This is cold-blooded murder. Simple! And the question is: Why? Many before now had come to the conclusion that nothing really shocks Nigerians anymore. We have seen it all – man as his bestial worst. What could be crueller than cutting open the stomach of a pregnant woman to ensure that not even the foetus survives? Or come to think of it, what could be more brutish than strapping bombs around the waist of a 10-year-old girl and detonating same with some remote mechanism from a distance? Despite all these, there was something about the deadly encounter between officers of the Nigerian army and police in Taraba State last week that many are yet to wrap their heads around

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Food, importation, Presidency, ban

Buhari’s Nigeria: One day, many troubles

GROWING up, I read Professor Anezi Okoro’s seminal 112-page book, One Week, One Trouble, in which the author, one of the country’s finest fiction writers of his generation, regaled the reader with the protagonist, Wilson Tagbo’s weekly troubles which were majorly run-ins with his secondary school authorities. I have had a cause in recent times to reflect again and again on the 1972 book. Replace the protagonist with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigeria and what you get is ‘one day, many troubles’. The similarities are too uncanny to be ignored by any perceptible mind.

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centrifugal , population, Nigerians, Nigeria, China, apology

Where is Nigeria headed?

I am not a fan of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Here is a man who, despite his golden opportunity to reinvent Nigeria and put the country on an irreversible march to greatness, dealt its fledgeling democracy a blow. Considering the circumstances that led to his civilian presidency on May 29, 1999, even the most unrepentant agnostic, ever doubtful of the God-factor in the affairs of men, grudgingly acknowledged the invisible forces at work in his favour. He missed the opportunity. Most, if not all, of the crises bedevilling the country today, are consequences of his political bad faith.

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Boko Haram, Lake Chad

Boko Haram resurgence and Buratai’s slippery slope

I MET Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, for the first time on November 7, 2016, at a seminar the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja organised on “Assessing the threats of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.”   Also in attendance were the cream of Nigerian security forces, editors and a team from the Atlantic Council African Centre, Washington, led by its Director General, Peter Pham. Buratai was the special guest of honour. 

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June 12, Ndigbo and Soyinka’s red herring

I DECIDED not to write on this year’s June 12 Democracy Day having written two articles, back to back, on it last year. On June 13, 2018, I lauded President Muhammadu Buhari in this column for taking the bold initiative of “honouring Abiola with Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, Nigeria’s highest award, and declaring June 12 Democracy Day. Some have queried the president’s motive. My answer is simple. Whatever informed the decision, it was the right thing to do. And if in doing what is right, he is reaping some political capital, so be it,” I concluded the article, titled, “June 12: I still remember”.

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