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“Schools cannot be shut down forever. Markets cannot be locked up forever and you cannot lock down a country forever .” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The COVID pandemic has been on the prowl for about a year now, wrecking economies, maiming civilization to the shock and confusion of mankind. Resolute, it is defying science and knowledge; the twin biggest treasures of modernity. The pandemic has continued to take captives on its own terms, even changing its nature...

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The government in Nigeria is yet to recognize the full rights and privileges of its citizens as guaranteed by the country’s constitution. ―Ebuka Onyekwelu It is evident that this Government only pays attention to national issues only when they are raised by foreign agencies Nigerians are already used to being ignored by their own government to the extent that in most instances, the government was nearly begged to talk to Nigerians on crucial issues as...

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Those profiting from electioneering and elections in Anambra state might have their best year yet, in this year’s gubernatorial election. ―Ebuka Onyekwelu As the Anambra governorship election gets closer, political considerations shape nearly every action of government and non-government actors. Politics takes preponderance over governance, as it is exalted to the front, centre, and back rows. Within the government circle, not much happens except schemes on how to get an acceptable candidate into Government House....

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The undisputed fact, however, remains that the Southeast needs an urgent regional internal security outfit. ―Ebuka Onyekwelu There has been continued debate on the newly formed and unveiled Eastern Security Network –ESN- outfit for the old Eastern Region’s security, by the Indigenous People of Biafra- IPOB. The propriety of the establishment has been put into question by many Nigerians. While as many justify the formation of the group yet, the setup as a non-state actor...

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At this stage, it is my considered opinion that no officer of the police force is likely going to be punished for abusing or brutalizing citizens.  ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The ongoing hearing on police brutality at the various states of the federation is nothing profound or in the least, significant, for the simple reason that it is increasing difficult to exonerate Nigeria from various forms of violations suffered by its citizens. Much so to the extent...

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Not to excuse the legislature but the major problem of governance in Nigeria at all levels, come from the executive. ―Ebuka Onyekwelu Very often, Nigerian lawmakers at federal and state levels are under severe criticisms more than their counterpart in the executive arm. There is a complete shift that places legislators on constant spotlight and public assessment. In consequence, Nigerian lawmakers are constantly labeled ‘jobless’, with coinages like ‘legislooters’ invented to paint a clear picture...

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Nigerians are governed by people who do not care so much about their basic needs, as much as they care about the luxury they enjoy with public money. ―Ebuka Onyekwelu As of now, it is clear to every discerning mind that what is going on across several states of Nigeria is no longer the #End SARS campaign, but a dangerous development that can so easily slip into chaotic anarchy. The situation as it is, can...

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And if schools resume next year or even a few years later with the same problem still in place, is this the kind of normal we should go back to? ―Ebuka Onyekwelu In normal times, by next week, Nigerian primary and secondary schools are supposed to be resuming for a new academic session in line with the age-long school calendar. But the year 2020 is nothing ordinary or normal by any strand of imagination given...

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It is safe to say that El-Rufai has long before now gained a reputation as an ethnic irredentist and a governor who is doing so little to resolve the security situation in Southern Kaduna ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The Selection of the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El Rufai as a guest speaker at the Nigerian Bar Association –NBA- Annual General Meeting, has been canceled following outrage and protest by thousands of Nigerians for NBA leadership to...

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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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