By: on January 16, 2021
Ever since he happened presidentially on the national stage five odd years ago President Muhammadu Buhari and his handlers and aides had not ceased bemoaning the past, blaming the national woes on the past (PDP) administrations. While the blame-game goes on the nation slides further into anarchy and chaos, something unprecedented in the democratic evolution of our nation. Receiving recently the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam at the Presidenti...
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By: on January 11, 2021
By pontificating, as he did recently, that Nigeria’s elite are responsible for what their country is and what it can become, President Muhammadu Buhari was only suggesting the obvious. The elite can claim to be part of the country’s success, but they are definitely an inherent part of its problems. And they can do a lot better than they do at present to lift the country from its low ebb into a more befitting status. Speaking at the graduation of the 78 participants of the Senior Executive Cou...
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By: on November 29, 2020
Sir: Back in 2015, I fought friends who supported the return of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan because I strongly believed in President Muhammadu Buhari because of his anti-corruption stance. I, like many Nigerians, attributed this messianic figure to this ‘reformed democrat.’ After the initial four years of complete and monumental failure to deliver his campaign promises, I foolishly supported his second term bid because I felt he was a better alternative to Atiku Abubakar. I unreasonably thou...
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By: on November 28, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari impresses me as a good learner and follower. Those who were shouting change were more interested in their pockets than our common good. I am sure they never sat down with the general to discuss anything. Honestly, many of those who sold candidate Buhari had no plans. They forced so many absurdities into his campaign. I want to see the video where Buhari said he would bring down the exchange rate to one naira per dollar, finish Boko Haram and reduce fuel pump price ...
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By: on October 15, 2020
Nigerians, particularly those who believe that their country could still be salvaged, are now very worried and scared. They are not scared of the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, which has been disbanded. They are worried for the future of their hard-won democracy. They are scared of the impunity of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is an eerie feeling that induces a sense of melancholy. They fret that the country’s democracy is being sacrificed on the altar of Buhari’s executive hub...
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By: on September 22, 2020
All is not well with the state of the nation. Recently, some eminent Nigerians drew the attention of the country and indeed Nigeria’s leader to the parlous state of the nation. And that has elicited responses from the presidency and its sundry reputation managers who should most times compile messages instead of attacking messengers. Characteristically, elder statesman and former President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke to the deepening fault-lines in the country whose diversity is currently being ...
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By: on September 15, 2020
In 1996, General Sani Abacha launched Vision 2010. It was a total failure. In 2005, President Olusegun Obasanjo came up with Vision 20:2020. President Umaru Yar’Adua launched the blueprint in 2009. According to the goals of Vision 20:2020, “Nigeria will be among the 20 largest economies of the world by 2020. By 2020, Nigeria will have a large, strong, diversified, sustainable and competitive economy that effectively harnesses the talents and energies of its people and responsibly exploits it...
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By: on August 29, 2020
On Friday February 28th, our kinfolk in the United States, standing shoulder to shoulder with their white compatriots of conscience who have repudiated, or are labouring to discard the privileged mores of a culture of racist disdain, will re-enact the great march on Washington that was once led by Martin Luther King. They will re-awaken the convictions that gave birth to the world acclaimed oration of the twentieth century, delivered by the militant preacher and advocate of non-violence. Comi...
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By: on August 25, 2020
Dear Mr President, It’s been a while I lent my voice to matters that border on how I’m governed. Nigerians are dying in tens and scores. Terrorism has not abated as we are made to believe. Banditry is gaining ground like wildfire. Kidnapping has graduated to a new normal. Ritual killing is becoming a daily news feed. Unlatched containers are still terminating innocent lives. The knees on our necks are numerous we are gasping for breath. As father to all, we’ve come to ask: What exactly is the...
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By: on August 24, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention in the simmering crisis at the University of Lagos (Unilag) is a welcome involvement in an administrative debacle that has been deteriorating for months. Last Friday, the President directed that Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Unilag’s Governing Council, and Professor Toyin Ogundipe, the incumbent vice-chancellor, both recuse themselves from their positions, as he set up a panel to investigate the crisis. The acting vice-chanc...
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By: on August 14, 2020
SIR: On October 19, 2010, 3.5 million people besieged Paris, France’s capital to remonstrate President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension reforms, which included raising the symbolic and much-fought-for basic age of retirement from 60 years to 62 years. The greve generale (general strike) was intense on the sixth day as Sarkozy was forced to appeal for calm and responsibility after cars were burnt, shop windows smashed and at least two photojournalists were assaulted in Nanterre, west of Paris, and Lyon....
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By: on August 10, 2020
It is unclear how and when President Muhammadu Buhari would redesign the country’s problematic security architecture, but his publicised intention to do so draws attention to his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno told journalists on August 4 that the president was concerned about the performance of the service chiefs: “The president is angry over the declining security situation…What he said today is virtually a reaffirmation o...
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