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The current spate of the pandemic ravaging the global community has kept world leaders and organizations on edge to find a possible cure. Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, schools, religious places of worship, markets and other places of gathering were shut down so as to curb the transmission and spread of the virus. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, records, 191 countries implemented countrywide closure of educational institutions and over...

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Dear lockdown folks, this is the Phoenix. Yes, that enigmatic bird of legends, the one that goes by what it can do not what muted dreams conjure up. Phoenix is my name! ”Lockdown folks, why are you so depressed?” Have you been watching the press briefings –yes, the ones created by DT. The ones that buck at reason; the ones that proclaim darkness even if the sky is bright and sunny? The daily news updates...

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Gowon welcomed people who had expert advice; Ojukwu shunned them Prior to the unsuccessful Enugu peace meeting between Ojukwu and Awolowo, Col. Gowon had been showering honors on Awolowo. For instance, when Awolowo first arrived at the Lagos Airport from Enugu, upon his release from the Calabar Prison in early August 1966, Gowon welcomed him with an honor guard. In the days following the May 1967 meeting in Enugu, after it became clear that Ojukwu...

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“A president who avoids the media; who does not speak directly to the people on a weekly briefing particularly during a national emergency has something to hide. That is fact one. Buhari seems to be hiding something about himself and his ability to govern as a result of his health from Nigerians.” The health of the president of any country is a National Security priority. Elaborate structures are put in place to secure the capacity...

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Recently, Professor Ibrahim Gambari was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to manage the affairs of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria.  Prof. Gambari’s appointment comes with many years of service in government and bedrock in academic responsibilities, including a plethora of accolades.  The President has made a far-sighted decision and must be exalted.  Occupying the Office of the Chief of Staff means that Prof. Gambari is responsible for the management of the Presidential Villa and...

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There are important issues of accountability and probity, all linked to transparency. The absence of transparency can be disastrous to good governance and economic growth in Nigeria. Whether they are loans from China or from anywhere else, opaque loan contracts and under-stated loans (hidden by the lack of transparency) are not good for Nigeria. Could COVID-19 liberate Nigerians from the Chinese Debt Empire? That is the question on the minds of some members of Nigeria’s...

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This will be the absolute last time I will be drawn to the travails of the Nigerian polity. Oh well, that is not exactly true: I am talking as a father to a wayward daughter whose exertions on life are deplorable. He would swear he was done and would come back for the GA-zillionth time to render one more treatise on the virtue of ethics and morality. (I may have to revisit this issue sooner...

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The misconceptions of governance among citizens of  Anambra state is that good leadership is popularly judged by road construction, sinking of borehole, and payment of salary. Apparently, Anambra governors take advantage of these mundane expectations and continue to run around a circle instead of taking the bold leap forward. For instance, between 1999 and 2003 Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju was declared a failed governor for his inability to pay salary which then led to striking action...

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One cannot be arraigned for declaring a war, which every ruler has to do once in a while, but only for running a war badly. — Bertolt Brecht What Ojukwu did to senior Igbo military officers to make them irrelevant in authority he also did to the most senior Igbo politicians. In May, 1966, military governor Lt. Col. Ojukwu arrested and detained the very popular and revered ex-Premier of the Eastern Region, Dr. Michael I....

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One of the greatest misconceptions of Nigerians or Africans about age in leadership is being unable to differentiate age from wisdom Minutes after Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari was announced the Chief-of-Staff of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, the social media went wild with commentaries and analysis. Professor Gambari replaces the former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died on April over COVID-19 complications. While the majority praised him as a level-headed intelligent leader...