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“Opposition against the political ambition of individuals is guided by political interests, not by ethnic identity” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The concept of ‘Igbo unity’ seems to interest all Nigerians of all ethnic nationalities, particularly as it concerns national politics. Discussions on Igbo unity arise only in relation to national politics, especially when the presidential election is around the corner. But also when there is an argument on the propriety of ‘allowing’ an Igbo man to become...

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“ The process for a serious power bargain must begin, so that if it is not realized in 2023, then, it can be realized in 2027 or 2031.” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The just-concluded presidential election in Chile is a test and a pass, on some long-established principles in the acquisition of state power and government reforms or I should say a true win for the people, particularly in a democracy. It remains like a power most...

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“Social change is political by its very nature and you cannot make social change without politics. ” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The Endsars movement is now making its second strategic and fundamental error, which will ultimately result in the group gaining almost nothing from its struggle. The first error was its demand for too much sudden change at the same time and now, it is making its second costly error, though, for the most part, it is...

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“Prof. Soludo must stand firmly and define the type of government he wants to run from day one in office” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu With four months left for Governor Obiano to hand over to the Governor-Elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, it is expected that political intrigues will set in to define Governor Obiano and Prof. Soludo’s relationship, moving forward. Much of these intrigues will be set in motion by aides to governor Obiano who are now switching...

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“Fortunately or not, democracy dictates that electorates must select from those that have presented themselves to govern.” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu With just a few months left before the 2023 presidential election takes the centre stage, the Southeast is yet to boldly move towards securing the tickets of major political parties in Nigeria. By the Southeast, I am talking about Igbo political leaders who are members of these parties and who have the precise capacity to match...

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“We need to interrogate our systems to have the best of what they can be,” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu I think our democracy is very far from maturity, though I must admit it’s a long process of hard work, testing, and interrogation. There are three stages of every democratic process; pre-election, election, and post-election. The importance and relevance of each of these stages cannot be overemphasized in strengthening our institutions. There is nothing personal, at all. In...

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“Nigerians normally believe that election results do not reflect the choice of voters and that’s why they abstain” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The Anambra governorship election has come and gone but still, it resonates. Already there are tones of lessons that hopefully have been underscored by analysts and critical stakeholders in our democratic project and moving forward, it is expected that these lessons form the bedrock of further reforms and innovations in our electoral system. A seamless...

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“In a way, Nigeria is fascist in disposition considering that the government posturing often suggests that whatever the government does on behalf of the state is best for the people” —Ebuka Onyekwelu   One year after the end SARS campaign which started in Ikeja Lagos as a protest against police brutality in Nigeria, the level of citizens’ awareness remarkably appears to be on a steady increase. There are now efforts by some people to look...

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“Kyari’s case with the FBI is a quality test on our pride, hope, and future.” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu Police Deputy Commissioner Abba Kyari is not your regular Nigerian police officer. Both on the media and in the field, he leaves the impression that he is just the best. He has been instrumental to many high-crime bursting outings. In consequence, he has gained a reputation as one that can solve difficult crime cases across Nigeria. Definitely, not...

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There is nothing completely off the table in politics. ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The decision by INEC based on a certain Jigawa federal court judgment, to recognize the candidacy of Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji and not Prof. Chukwuma Soludo is a sort of climax in the long-standing controversy trailing APGA’s general conduct so far in the 2021 governorship election in Anambra state. For the first time in a very long while, party members and keen observers were caught...

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