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Now that Obi is running with Atiku

NOW that Mr. Peter Obi, former governor  of Anambra State is the running mate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 general elections, it is necessary to address the group of South East governors who complained about his emergence. Only three of the five states in the South East have PDP governors, namely Ebonyi – Chief Dave Umahi, Abia – Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and Enugu – Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

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Tinubu’s feudalisation of Lagos State politics

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, has been thrown under the bus. He will not serve a second term in office not because the people of Lagos state rejected him in an election but because his godfather, Bola Tinubu, pulled the plug on his re-election bid. When somebody dies, Christians often say, quoting Job 1: 21, that “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away”. Well, in Lagos state politics, Tinubu gives and Tinubu takes away! He is the god of Lagos state politics, the lord of the Lagos Manor!

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Now that Atiku has emerged

IT is now a fact of the public market place that Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president to Olusegun Obasanjo, is now the presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party, PDP.. As such, he is expected to carry the banner of his political party [PDP] into the 2019 general election. There is even  a greater and herculean assignment, besides just being the flag bearer of his Party, ahead for him, he is now the greatest individual challenger to Muhammadu Buhari in contesting for the presidency,  in 2019. It is like saying that Atiku Abubakar, by picking the PDP ticket, has become the only one person to decide the continuity or otherwise of Buhari as president of Nigeria henceforth.

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Buhari’s Executive Order 6: Another Political Witch Hunt?

Since President Muhammad Buhari signed the Executive Order 6 which primarily seeks to bar some politically exposed persons undergoing trial for one corruption case or the other, from travelling outside the country which in the seeming wisdom of the presidency ensures such people do not have access to their properties outside the country suspected to be proceeds of corruption and use same to frustrate their cases in court, Nigerians have been sharply divided over the matter.

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Investment in human capital development

THE power and significance of informal education cannot be discounted without the risk of losing the essence of human capital development. Before the growth of cities and towns, hamlets and villages were the human habitats in which inhabitants occupied themselves with the acquisition of needs of livelihood. These needs would reflect the nature of their cultural careers such as farming, trading, fishing, iron smithing, and general arts and crafts.

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The orphan called Nigeria

Being an orphan is more commonly associated with a child who has lost one or both parents. A deeper meaning of the word however says that a person or a thing without a protective affiliation is equally an orphan. In this context therefore, Nigeria can be regarded as an orphan in my estimation.

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Nigeria’s FDI potential and its undoing

IN February 2018, Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo described MTN as a classic example of the many success stories of Foreign Direct Investments, FDIs, in Nigeria. Prof. Osinbajo noted this much during the launch of a policy laboratory aimed at accelerating the intervention of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP. The ERGP initiative is catalyst for the required $35 billion to bridge Nigeria’s massive infrastructure gap over a six to seven year period. The deficit in Nigeria’s infrastructure is the main reason it was listed as the country with the largest number of poor people in the world. As the  pressure from a lack of resources in power, roads, education, healthcare and industrial capacity continue to erode the quality of life for an exploding population, our government officials – career civil servants and political appointees alike – play hard and fast with one of the most globally effective tried and tested mechanisms for bridging these gaps; public private partnerships, PPP, backed by foreign investment.

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President Obasanjo & Alhaji Atiku Abubakar : A reconciliation not an endorsement by Kukah

I have deliberately made this explanatory note long because I think it is necessary that people make up their minds based on the facts, given my central role in the event. I note that Sheikh Gumi has already told his own side of the story. I feel obliged to state my own side so that Nigerians can have a clearer picture of my own involvement. Sadly, I personally did not read President Obasanjo’s statement until two days later on the Internet since I was not physically in the hall.

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