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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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All well-meaning people everywhere in the Southern part of Nigeria have watched in horror as what has been described as the purported or planned invasion of the southern part of Nigeria by Fulani cattle herders continues to manifest.   This trend needs some critical re-examination and analysis. Can anyone who really puts on a neutral cap on his head consider a group of confused youth who willingly stack themselves in crowded cargo trailers headed to...

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Our Regional Correspondent writes on the experience of members of the correspondents’ chapel in Adamawa State when a member tested positive for COVID-19. It was a big relief and celebration time for members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Adamawa state when the result of their blood samples taken for coronavirus test returned negative. The joy wasn’t only for the two members who had contact with the first index...

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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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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR  is his new chief of staff, it was gathered in a yet-to-be-officially-confirmed memo made available to WAP News. The appointment took political observers by surprise because there were speculations that the new CoS would come within the current cabinet. Hon.  Gambari,  (born November 24, 1944, in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria) is an academic and diplomat who has diligently served various regimes at several capacities. He...

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Enugu, Nigeria — The most important issue facing the Catholic Church in Nigeria these days is neither climate change nor abortion, according to the auxiliary bishop of the Enugu Diocese in Southeast Nigeria. It’s migration. “I consider migration a more sensitive topic to our church and society,” Bishop Ernest Obodo told EarthBeat. “Nigerian youths are being compelled by the harsh economic realities in Nigeria to leave the shores of their country to migrate to other...

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The dilemma facing Nigeria today might not be rooted, as many believe, solely, in the management of her state of affairs, but also her avowed colonial quiddity. For Nigeria to realize her standing locus in the world, she must, first, extricate herself from the doom sustained and maintained from an ethos of colonial dependency.  There must, therefore, be an effort for an overall progressive and decolonization agenda. If history continues to serve as a guide,...