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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Tyranny Of The Minority

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Tyranny Of The Minority

The tyrants in the National Assembly have erased an efficient democratic opportunity for determining the public good. They are not constrained by the need to bargain with the people’s interests.

The people lacks any mechanism for holding the tyrannical minority to account or even to listen. They simply have their way, without regard to reach out to the people. The dangerous aspect of this is that the potential for instability and separatists agitations exists and increase when the rest of 180 million people ends up as permanent losers.

To get the business of the majority – the people – done, we must overthrow the tyranny of the minority in the National Assembly.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: President Buhari, Buhariphobics And That World Bank Hoopla

NIGERIA POLITICS: President Buhari, Buhariphobics And That World Bank Hoopla

But because they are petty and obviously pursuing very notorious agendas, the Buhariphobics whose lives now revolve around nit-picking every word or action from President Buhari and his government, scavenging same for faults to ply their jaded wares, are not consoled by the obvious intents of President Buhari in making this patriotic request. They ask why the World Bank President never said that President Buhari requested them to focus on the North but on the North-East. Can you imagine such silliness? Can you imagine such pettiness? Can you imagine such mischief? Can you imagine such avarice?

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra: Now That Nwodo Is Talking

NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra: Now That Nwodo Is Talking

“I saw the Biafran war with my two eyes. My father was Minister for Local Government in the Eastern Regional Government of Dr. Michael Okpara but I fought on the front lines. I was a full lieutenant in the Biafran army. I fought in Ore. I fought in Orlu. I fought in Enugu. I fought in the Bafran School of Infantry. I worked for several months at the Biafran Airport in Uli.

“Abusing the President will not give us Biafra. Abusing other tribes and calling them names will not give us Biafra. Telling Igbos to stop attending churches with Yoruba pastors will not give us Biafra. It will rather widen the gaps between us and these other people who themselves are victims of the injustices in Nigeria. It will annoy them and they will abandon us. We can’t push this alone. We need the support of our neighbours. By busing and threatening others, you put the lives of our people who live there in danger (emphasis mine)”.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Requiem For Nigeria @ 57

NIGERIA POLITICS: Requiem For Nigeria @ 57

At 57, Nigeria is a shining example of a government of feckless inaction, fetid bureaucracy, and unfettered bullshit. Nigeria is dying, yes. It’s a victim of undeserved vindictiveness of a greed, corrupt, stupid, foolish, and callous political class. As Nigeria begins her 58th year, I’ll encourage our battered citizens to turn their furious indignation into action, their collective misery into unstoppable bond of vengeance, and direct their anger, blessed anger, to the engine of political and social change.

Happy Independence? Nah…

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Dino Melaye Continues To Run From His Shadow

NIGERIA POLITICS: Dino Melaye Continues To Run From His Shadow

Every recent event surrounding the Melaye recall process suggests that Melaye is almost a goner. He is practically living on borrowed time. What was chasing Melaye, if not the consequences of his life of vanity? Dino Melaye is running away from his shadows.

Melaye should face his cup squarely and stop playing childish pranks that will not save him at the end of the day.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ndigbo, As 2019 Beckons

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ndigbo, As 2019 Beckons

If Igbo elects to approach the 2019 election with the reigning post-2015 election mindset, with the grudge, bitterness and deep-seethed anger they are carrying over from their historical mistake of 2015, then they should be prepared to warm that role longer than 2023. After 2023, they will realize the truth in the saying that power is never surrendered on a platter of gold. One has to work to get the power he dreams of.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: IPOB: The Ants, the Hyenas and the Purveyors of Falsehood

NIGERIA POLITICS: IPOB: The Ants, the Hyenas and the Purveyors of Falsehood

It is hate to force people to lie down face-deep in muddy waters and force them to drink the water under the watchful eyes of a genocidal army. It is even more hateful to kill armless civilians in their sleep as was the case in the invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s ancestral home recently.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: CAN, Sukuk and Alleged Islamisation Plot

NIGERIA POLITICS: CAN, Sukuk and Alleged Islamisation Plot

“Why should they always cry wolf where there is none. If CAN does not want Sukuk, it is only honorable for them to leave it for those who want it or simply bring their own alternative. It appears to me that the sole objective of CAN is primarily to pull down Islam and its interests, no matter how noble or beneficial, rather than to protect the interest of an average Christian,”

“Are Muslims alone to be benefited by the alternative financing or financial instrument brought about by Sukuk that is bound to enhance and stimulate provision of infrastructures across the country?

“It is on record that CAN was against the coming of Islamic Banking but today Eastern (non-Muslim) states are the greatest beneficiaries of the opportunity, including the Islamic Development Bank, IDB. This is just as non-Muslims are also massively taking advantage of non-interest (zero percent) cooperative societies to further their lot and improve their furtune,” he said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Calls for International Co-operation, Material Support Against Corruption

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Calls for International Co-operation, Material Support Against Corruption

“Through our individual national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and asset recovery.

“These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support. We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime,” Buhari said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Vice President Osinbajo Makes Case For Competent Deputies

NIGERIA POLITICS: Vice President Osinbajo Makes Case For Competent Deputies

Vice President Osinbajo is a priced asset that has proven roundly that contrary to the impression some people hold, Nigeria has an abundance of competent and well-honed leaders that can steer its ship from perdition. His stellar showing in the period he managed the affairs of the country is a credible and resounding testimonial that the offices of Vice President and Deputy Governors are critical and should not be filled with pawns that merely acquiesce to whatever the boss wants.

Prof. Osinbajo has proved that the office of a deputy is as important as the main office and Nigerians must tap the critical lesson from his worthy performance in that office and make good use of the office instead of merely tolerating it, as is mostly the case today.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Case For Arming Pro-Biafra Agitators In Nigeria – Part II

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Case For Arming Pro-Biafra Agitators In Nigeria – Part II

By and large, if this could be done for the hitherto peaceful and hapless Syrian anti-government protesters by the then Barrack Obama administration in the U.S, there is no gainsaying therefore that the no-nonsense, responsible and responsive government being led by President Donald J. Trump could do it better for the peaceful, unarmed and endangered people of Biafra – who are currently under heavy military siege in Nigeria. A stitch in time saves nine.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Time to Tame IPOB Agitation, Lest History Repeats Itself

NIGERIA POLITICS: Time to Tame IPOB Agitation, Lest History Repeats Itself

It is time to end ‘agitations’ for securing narrow political interests which in the end don’t even address the cause of such agitation which are socio-economic and widespread in nature. A Yoruba man heralded the current republic riding on the grievances of the Southwest in the June 12 imbroglio; a Goodluck Jonathan got to presidency under the agitation of Niger Deltans for resource control. Looking back neither the country nor the zones which produced these leaders could point to any meaningful development, despite humongous advantage in foreign earnings.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Biafra, IPOB Terrorist Threat And The Need to Stamp Out Genocide

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Biafra, IPOB Terrorist Threat And The Need to Stamp Out Genocide

There will be no good outcome here. The Federal Government must (in accordance with the law) declare the Biafra seeking IPOB movement a terrorist organization. Newspaper organizations should be warned that there is a thin line between reporting events and serving as propaganda vehicles for the terrorist organization.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Interview: 2019: Nigeria Youths Uninterested In Politics- Young Party Leader

NIGERIA POLITICS: Interview: 2019: Nigeria Youths Uninterested In Politics- Young Party Leader

Youths are not speaking with one voice in Nigeria. And the older ones know the tricks to dismember them whenever they unite as one. Two of the tricks are money and positions. If the youth of the country can unite as one and establish a formidable political platform where they can express their political ideologies then all will be well. And they also must have it in mind to serve and not to be served. Federal government and other stakeholders should also work towards creating conducive environment and providing the tools for them to work with. Parts of the tools are the Nigerian Youth in Politics Endowment Fund (NYPEF) and the national enforcement committee to see towards the actualization of the Not Young to Run Bill.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Disunited Yoruba Will Stumble

NIGERIA POLITICS: Disunited Yoruba Will Stumble

We must stick to the 16-point demand reached at the Yoruba Summit. Buhari administration has chosen a time and a moment that would prove to be a great calamity if it fails to act wisely and promptly. To the agents of disunity, history will hold you accountable for the rupture of a dream of Yoruba people. That will be the inscription etched deep on your tombstones.

The die is cast. The revolution has begun. There’s no turning back!

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku’s Increasing Mischief And The APC

NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku’s Increasing Mischief And The APC

If Atiku does not see anything good in either the APC or its present government, to the extent that he willingly constitutes himself to a predictable opposition within the party, the party must weed him out. And the earlier APC does this needful act, the better for both the APC and Atiku.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Yoruba Advance And The Afenifere Attempt At Sabotage

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Yoruba Advance And The Afenifere Attempt At Sabotage

Afenifere supported Buhari in 2007 at a time when Buhari’s running mate was non-Yoruba and at a time his ethnocentric impulses were at its worst. This same Afenifere also supported GEJ in 2015 when it became clear to the Yoruba nation that the government of GEJ was implementing an insidious anti-Yoruba agenda. Today, Afenifere is doing all to Sabotage the current alliance between the Yoruba and the Buhari government not because of any matter of principle but because of its jealousy about the success of that one time governor Govenor of Lagos state whose party has morphed into the party of governance at the Federal level and whose Yoruba contingent hold positions of power and influence under Buhari.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Still on Buhari’s 32′ TV and the Epistle According to Garba Shehu

NIGERIA POLITICS: Still on Buhari’s 32′ TV and the Epistle According to Garba Shehu

Instead of wasting precious time and efforts dwelling on a TV model of the president, Shehu should have utilized such time and resources to write essays on why ASUU, resident doctors and those planning to go on strike soon should have a rethink and cooperate with government. He has rather exposed Buhari as a man left behind by time because TV sets of these days are now packed with a lot of functions that can even make one use them for other very useful purposes apart from just watching programmes.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Ozubulu Church Massacre And The Moral Question In Igboland

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Ozubulu Church Massacre And The Moral Question In Igboland

Ozubulu tragedy should serve as a wakeup call for the Igbo nation that there is indeed fire on the mountain. It is a reminder that our society is in dire need for redemption, which can only come from returning to the ancient values that reward truth, honesty, disciple, hardwork and integrity and shun the negative and corrosive effects of illicitly-acquired money. The Ozubulu massacre ignites a take-action-or-perish urgency all Igbo must adhere to or prepare for a generalization of such bloody theaters all over Igboland. The tragedy is not more of an Ozubulu problem as it is an Igbo problem.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Hate Speech Law Is a Resurrection Of Decree 4

NIGERIA POLITICS: Hate Speech Law Is a Resurrection Of Decree 4

The hate speech law is to restrict or abridge free speech of Nigerians. It’s a law based on viewpoint, an egregious form of content discrimination which is presumptively unconstitutional. The Constitution does not entrust freedom of speech to government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society. It cannot be stressed enough that speeches that governments or their agents, and enemies of free speech view as offensive are protected not just against outright prohibition, but also against lesser restrictions.

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