By: on February 20, 2021
In the past few weeks, I have been on a round the country tour. A lot of it by road. I have spoken with people in all of Nigeria’s geopolitical zones. Lots of people. Let’s just say that attitudes have hardened. Nigeria is in for a really rough ride in the coming months and years. There will be not much added to the conversation if I talk about Muhammadu Buhari and his government’s absolute failure to manage Nigeria’s diversity. It goes without saying that Buhari’s blatant nepotism and disreg...
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By: on December 31, 2020
The climax of the Kankara melodrama was the reception organised for the return of the kidnapped Katsina schoolboys when the students were chosen to be spoken to in Hausa, by President Muhammadu Buhari. One would have concluded on previous primary languages as being the expression of persons who suffer dementia. But Buhari's antecedents will not excuse dementia as reason for his choice. Amazingly, a bemused nation and bemoaned world eagerly waiting to listen to the president's words watche...
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By: on December 19, 2020
Nothing is working in Nigeria. There is no doubt any more about it. What many persons had said before, long before now, was recently underlined in, of all places, President Buhari’s home city of Daura and home state of Katsina. The terrorists of terrorists visited without qualms the city of Daura and the state of Katsina to give Nigeria the slap of slaps. I hope Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, our one and only “WS our WS” will not mind my re-framing and re-phrasing his pertinent statement a few day...
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By: on December 15, 2020
When weighing critical choices, every president hears two distinct voices. One voice describes the president as a strong man surrounded, confronted and in fact being insulted by weak people who truly have to be dealt with through strong-arm tactics. This voice sees politics in everything: every action, word or silence that does not praise the president is described as originating from the opposition – which it also describes as the enemy. The voice praises the president’s strength and expresses ...
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