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“The reality of acquiring political power is that those who seek it must go for it,” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The support for Igbo Presidency recently received what can be described as a partial political boost when Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai in an interview, said that he had no ambition to vie for president after Buhari and that he taught power should not return to the north but instead go to South. While this may...

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“We cannot, as Igbos, truly break away from this monster with her fangs wedged deeply into the functioning muscles in our body,” ―Don Okolo I understand the clamor, and I do understand the reasoning behind the push to carve out our own niche in a corner of the south and call it ours. Every single aspect of the maltreatment, and the vicious cruelty iced on the bedlam heaped on us, it seems that we have...

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On July 29, Boko Haram operatives attacked a convoy with Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, near the town of Baga. According to media reports, the governor was unharmed, but there were casualties in his entourage. In the aftermath of the attack, the governor has been scathing in his criticism of the Nigerian army: “You people said there is no Boko Haram here, then who attacked us?” And, “You have been here for over one year now, there are 1,181...

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“Those of us living in the trenches of this Heartbreak Alley are faced with one undeniable fact: More than ninety percent of Nigerians are corrupt.” ―Don Okolo Maybe there is a redeeming feature about arresting two men and summarily executing them for bribery. I thought a long prison sentence would have been enough. But the Chinese are a different breed; the court went through the rigors to find out that these two men accused of...

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The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) released a video of its execution-style murder of five aid workers in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno. The victims were employees of Action Against Hunger, a Nigerian affiliate of France’s Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and REACH International. Two others appear to have been Nigerian government employees, one a “security worker” and the other a displaced persons camp coordinator. Compared to the Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram, ISWA...

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“Which among the G7 countries, Russia or multilateral institutions can mediate between the two belligerent parties? None.” —Olalekan A. Babatunde Recent happenings amid the coronavirus pandemic have seen a pattern of tit-for-tat diplomatic relations between the United States and China. The latest last week were the retaliatory moves by the two ordering the closure of consulates in each other’s countries. Though the first move used to be taken by the US and immediately retaliated by...

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” Obiano must not play on the sidelines in determining who succeeds him. It will later prove to be a most expensive political mistake.” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu In a few months, the governor of Anambra state Willie Obiano will be fully occupied with the politics of who takes over from him. Effectively, governor Obiano has less than two years to complete his two terms of eight years as governor, and in March 2022 will hand over...

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Anyone who today persists in a cause or action despite difficult or hopeless circumstances, is called a Bitter-Ender. —Femi Adesina In the build-up to the 2015 general elections, the country was divided right down the middle. On one side were the Jonathanians, who supported the then incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan, and wanted him to continue in office for another term of four years. On the flip side were the Buharists (I was one, and remain...

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A proper leader delegates functions and expects specific tasks to be accomplished by his appointees. —Dr. I. D. Onwudiwe, COVID-19 is a disease caused by the coronavirus, which has metamorphosed into a global pandemic and claimed many lives worldwide. Nigeria, our beloved country, is not immune to the danger of this respiratory tract infection. We have lost many prominent citizens—from the former Chief of Staff to the President and to other politicians—university personnel, and, of...

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You may ask…these two were martyrs? —Hector-Roosevelt Ukegbu Supreme Commander Major General J.T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi, Nigeria’s first military ruler, knew well in time a coup was being plotted against him. The plot was revealed to him by at least two senior officers: Lt. Col. Philip Effiong, previously at the Ordnance Depot in Yaba before the January 1966 coup, then posted to Headquarters Staff, who had been alerted by a Yoruba officer based in Lokoja. The other...

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