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By: on June 30, 2022
Nigeria is caught in a maelstrom. Ravagers roam across the land unchallenged, extracting tolls in tears and blood from citizens. They expropriate land and govern according to their lust for violence. There is hopelessness in the streets as the country sinks deeper and deeper into a bloodfest. Insecurity will be the toughest trial of the next administration. Insurgency, banditry and kidnapping have become a quotidian aspect of the Nigerian life. Killings and kidnappings have persisted with eac...
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By: on June 23, 2022
The Ekiti State governorship election has been won and lost. But the issues it generated, especially with vote-buying, will dominate public discussion as Nigeria walks into the general election in 2023. Vote-buying is coming up very strongly as off-shoot of the dollarization of the leadership recruitment process, as reported from the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC). I have been following reactions to a comment credited to one A...
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By: on June 22, 2022
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s persistent assurances that he will ensure a smooth transition to the next administration come May 29, 2023, are very heart lifting. His open commitment in this regard is one of the most proactive actions he has taken in his seven years as Nigeria’s president. On December 11, 2021, while participating in the virtual summit for democracy which was hosted by President Joe Biden of the United States, Buhari had also pledged: “As we countdown to our next general elect...
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By: on June 19, 2022
Predictably, APC won the Ekiti State gubernatorial election. Abiodun Oyebanji garnered 187, 057 votes. As usual, the election wasn’t free from vote-buying, ballot stuffing and snatching, and other surreptitious rigging tactics - the trademark of elections in Nigeria. It is instructive to emphasize that any election in Yoruba land or Nigeria, in general, would not deter or delay the departure of Yorubas from Nigeria. Yoruba self-determination (Yoruba Nation) is not contingent on the presidenti...
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By: on June 16, 2022
The blind ambition of Bola Ahmed Tinubu to rule Nigeria at all costs is on course to provoke a civil war. But this war will not be fought between the Yoruba and the Igbo, as Tinubu would wish; it is a civil war between the Nigerian masses and the corrupt oligarchy that he represents. Keenly aware that he is neither physically fit nor morally sound to mount a presidential campaign let alone govern Nigeria, Mr. Tinubu is already attempting to win by hook or crook. Barely less than one week a...
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By: on June 16, 2022
By now, you must have seen the viral video of Catholic priest Rev Fr. Kelas Gogwim, who stopped parishioners without their Permanent Voter Cards from entering and observing the mass in his parish. According to the priest, they must show their PVCs or not show up. He intoned, “If you don’t have your PVC, don’t bother coming. Because there is no way you have Christians filling up the church but only a handful of them go to vote during elections. So, it means our population and numbers mean nothing...
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By: on June 14, 2022
Yesterday, Nigeria declared a public holiday, and marked the 29th anniversary of June 12, 1993, the day Nigerians trooped out en masse to elect Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, a South Westerner, a Yoruba man, as President of Nigeria. On that day, Nigerians discounted primordial sentiments and ignored the centrifugal forces at the heart of the Nigerian question. For the first time since the first legislative election was held in Nigeria under the Clifford Constitution in 1922, the usual divisi...
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By: on June 13, 2022
With each election circle, Nigeria writes its own heart-wrenching elegy by electing candidates in their sunset years of life. APC presidential candidate Alhaji Bola Tinubu is 70 (?) years old, and PDP’s Abubakar Atiku flag bearer is 75 (?) years old. On April 26, 2018, Rwanda’s head of state Paul Kagame hosted Mo Ibrahim and his Mo Ibrahim’s Foundation. The election of the APC and PDP octogenarians as presidential candidates in the 2023 election, brings into sharper focus what Mo Ibrahim said...
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By: on June 11, 2022
BRIMMING with several other dreadful social indices, Nigeria has been named once more in the top bracket of countries with an extremely high number of child brides, thereby entrenching its odious reputation for misery. Already numbering over 20 million, a new UNICEF report says there will be an additional seven million child brides in Nigeria in the future. This should be a major concern for Africa’s most populous country, where ingrained multiple factors, particularly culture and religion, help...
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By: on June 11, 2022
LIKE the apocalyptic doomsday, recent predictions by some prominent figures on the imminent spread of terrorism nationwide are coming to pass with devastating rapidity. The terrorist attacks in quick succession on the Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna Highway and the kidnap of 37 persons; and on a church in Owo, Ondo State, where 40 persons died, validate warnings by a Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, and by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, that terrorists had infested every part of the country. The...
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By: on June 6, 2022
Nigeria has become a place of bitter irony and black humor, failed hopes, and dashed plans. The Sunday morning service massacre by the Fulani terrorists at Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, Ondo State, was proof that mass murder, ethnic cleansing, genocide, hatred, and rage, have taken on new meaning for Nigerians and in particular, Yorubas. If we understand our history and experiences of Nigeria as a separate, hostile, unequal country, and the ways the Fulanis have exploited and manipu...
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By: on June 3, 2022
It is no longer news that primary elections of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party conducted to choose its candidates nationwide were heavily monetized and brazenly corrupted. The embarrassment to us as a nation is the open display of corruption by an opposition party that is seeking to take over power. In many parts of the country, reports monitored through the media are indicative of wanton disregard for rules, corruption of delegates and voters and imposition of candidates by godfather...
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