By: on December 3, 2020
Over the last five years, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to live up to the basic purpose for the establishment of government, which is the welfare and security of the lives and properties of the people. In 2015, Nigerians voted out the government of President Goodluck Jonathan in what was a move that sought to redirect the country’s trajectory at the time. Many Nigerians were optimistic about the incoming Buhari administration, but at the moment, the condition of the cou...
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By: on November 28, 2020
YOU would not, at first sight, think of commonalities between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Donald Trump. Would you? Both are seemingly worlds apart. One is a brash billionaire, the other, according to The Economist, is a “sandal-wearing ascetic”. Yet,truth is, both have a lot in common! The London Times recently described President Trump as “the most capricious of presidents”, and a columnist for the newspaper, Gerald Baker, called him “the most narcissistic and pugnacious preside...
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By: on October 31, 2020
Poverty. Corruption. Unemployment. Police brutality. Armed robbery. Hunger. Crippling economy. Kidnapping. Boko Haram. Fulani herdsmen terrorists. Crumbling schools. Dilapidated infrastructure. Sub-standard education. Epileptic electricity. Lack of portable water. No hospitals. No drugs. No healthcare coverage. No social safety net. Nothing works. Nigerians wonder why these calamities are not enough to shake Buhari out of his comfortable, familiar stupor. There is an absolute brake on change ...
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By: on October 17, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari during his national broadcast on Independence Day, rightly stated that there was the need to begin a national healing process. The president also identified correctly that Nigeria has so many faultlines, which have been magnified over the years to issues that have held the nation down. Also, the president identified that beyond the faultlines, which he classified as artificial, the country is battling with other multifarious challenges that ranged from insecurity, dist...
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By: on October 12, 2020
SIR: Nigeria has been notorious for one thing–bad leadership. Since its beginning as a sovereign state, Nigeria has been in the grip of bad leadership, a scourge that continues to stymie its march to development. The country is one a big entity bare of peace, because huge swaths of Nigerians are not comfortable seeing and keeping up with the political strategies on which the country thrives. That is the more reason every failure is portioned to the absence of good leadership manifest in the shee...
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By: on October 11, 2020
“For what is wedlock forced but hell, An age of discord and continual strife? Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss ...
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By: on October 5, 2020
Even by his accustomed controversial standard, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day anniversary speech fell far short of the worst. It is bad enough that it was ever written; it is worse that it was read. If it was ever vetted for facts, logic and grammar, those responsible did a shoddy job. A columnist once noted that an American president’s speech was so bad that a certain kind of ghoulish grandeur crept into it. Nothing memorable, not to say valuable, crept into President Buhari’s Oc...
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By: on September 26, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari, in August, 2020 approved the appointment of executive board members of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (PLWDs). The commission has as chairman a former member of the House of Representatives from Kebbi State, Hussaini Kangiwa, while James David Lalu, from the North-Central, was named as Executive Secretary. That inauguration was a milestone in the struggle by persons living with disability in Nigeria to have a platform that caters for their...
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By: on September 25, 2020
If the Buhari administration had somewhat harboured the expectation that the irritations from Nigeria’s foremost letter writer will at some point peter out, or at least lose traction to be taken any seriously, the pointless overdrive by the administration’s hierarchs which followed can only be a measure of how the famed Ota-farmer’s testimonials means more to it than it is willing to admit. For far beyond the lexical exertions about whether the country has failed, is failing or has fallen, and ...
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By: on September 24, 2020
Once upon a time there was Pastor RUGA. Armed with the gospel according to Fulani RUGA theology, he went about looking for people to convert to the new faith. But RUGA suffered untimely death from the overwhelming rejection by Nigerians. Like Soyinka’s Abiku, RUGA has been coming and going with different names. The new name is Water Resources Bill and Lying Mohammed, Minister for Information and Culture, is the newest Pharisee of RUGA Theology. To him, RUGA is do or die matter. Whether we lik...
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By: on September 21, 2020
This is indeed another week of positive distraction, thanks to the oracle again. I was planning to write on a report that our leaders in Abuja have come up with another distraction – to set up another anti-corruption agency – just to manage ‘proceeds of crime’ when the oracle nudged me again to allow ‘the dead to bury the dead’. So the spirit is leading me again to write about when we should begin to pray and search for our Nehemiahs who can verily, verily rebuild our broken walls. The oracle ...
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By: on September 15, 2020
One character of the Nigerian political leadership that has become entrenched and which has not been in the overall interest of the country since independence in 1960 is the penchant of the leaders to always underrate serious national issues. The reason is that Nigeria has passed through several turbulent challenges and managed to survive but not without serious and permanent bruises. This attitude of leadership has often postponed the evil day as the country remains in limbo. I want to say u...
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