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Buhari’s new ‘friends’

Since the outcome of the March 28th 2015 presidential election, the president-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari has become the toast of everyone, including some who shunned him like a pest in the past. Everyone seems to be angling for an opportunity ...

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Arewa’s new political orphans (2)

Last week, we examined how ‘Hurricane Buhari’ made orphans of some key political actors in the North, including Modu Sheriff, Attahiru Bafarawa, Ibrahim Shekarau and Nuhu Ribadu. There were others who saw change coming, but either misread its velocity and ...

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Arewa’s new political orphans (1)

Hurricane Buhari might have come and gone, but it has left the political landscape of Nigeria, particularly the north, unrecognizable. Within the blink of an eye, old political structures and power-brokers had been blown out of power and into political ...

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Arewa’s new political orphans (1)

Hurricane Buhari might have come and gone, but it has left the political landscape of Nigeria, particularly the north, unrecognizable. Within the blink of an eye, old political structures and power-brokers had been blown out of power and into political ...

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How big is Buhari’s broom?

The first time I collected a voter’s card was during one of Nigeria’s several aborted transitions to democratic rule. At every opportunity, I yearned to cast my vote and stood for hours for that privilege – braving rainfall, sunshine and ...

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How did we get here?

If Nigeria was preparing to declare a major war on a foreign nation, the last three days would have been a perfect prelude: All land and sea borders of Nigeria were closed, preventing anyone from leaving or entering the country ...

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Jonathan as Beggar-in-Chief?

Imagine that you’ve had a long, difficult day of meetings, visits and sorting out personal issues, and finally retire to bed at about midnight. However, the moment you fall asleep, you’re woken up and told that not only did you ...

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Goodluck was here

The brutal swipe of the scimitar slashes through flesh and bones, cutting through the cord of life in one cruel instant. The sand is soaked with my blood, gushing from deep within, as my head topples sideways. They do not ...

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Integrity as political capital

On 21st of December, 2014, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP held a fundraising dinner at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. In a few frenetic hours, over N21bn was raised. One hitherto unknown Tunde Ayeni, who was chairman of the occasion, ...

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From 60 years to 16 years?

Speaking at a dinner held for journalists in 2008, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Vincent Ogbulafor said that the PDP was large enough to accommodate every Nigerian, and likened the party to a reliable Boeing ...

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The Nigerian military, Boko Haram and 2015

Contrary to popular belief, the longest surviving and most powerful political party in Nigeria is not the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which prides itself as Africa’s largest political party. It is the Military Party of Nigeria (MPN), and has membership ...

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What happens if Jonathan loses?

“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” noted Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Nigerian politics seems to swivel on the same spot. The following piece was published nearly two years ago, but the issues remain basically the same – ...

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Buhari and PDP’s war of distraction

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is fighting a battle for its life. Its commanders considered all the arsenal of war at their disposal and found none capable of halting the opposition All Progressives Congress’ (APC) momentum, so went for broke ...

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Can Jega be trusted?

When then Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Professor  Attahiru Jega was nominated for Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, in 2010, there was palpable excitement because of Jega’s reputation and the public’s desire to move on from the ...

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Jonathan’s billionaires and other animals

“This party, as you all know, is a business-friendly party. The government of PDP encourages policies and will come up with programmes and policies that will promote enterprise and industry. We believe we must encourage commercial activities. And within this ...

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No oil? Give them gas!

It was a period of suffering and tumult, with the people rebelling against the monarchy.  Upon being told that the citizens had no bread (which was a staple) to eat, Marie Antoinette, the Queen-consort of Louis XVI of France, exclaimed ...

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Lessons from the party primaries

Except for those awaiting legal proceedings or party action, the candidates of state assemblies, House of Representatives, senate, governorship and presidential elections are now known and have kicked into full campaign modes as they try to gain the support of ...

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A soldier, a poet and a sailor

When a poet, a soldier and a sailor found themselves in the captain’s cabin on a ship that is adrift, listing inexorably towards the rocks an ultimate disaster, what manner of conversation did they hold? The soldier it was, who ...

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From transformation to austerity

“Despite the dwindling revenue of the nation due to falling crude oil prices and decrease in output, the nation is not broke, as feared in some quarters.” So declared the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a few weeks ago. She ...

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Religion, politics and elections in Nigeria

Needing to purchase some household equipment, I ended up at the neighborhood shopping centre in Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, known as a marketplace for electronics, furniture and building materials. Moving between rows of shops, I found a canopy obstructing further ...

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Jonathan’s declaration: What’s new?

Last week, President Goodluck Jonathan finally accepted his ‘nomination’ as the sole candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for next year’s presidential elections. But what is new? The piece below, titled “What Jonathan will say in 2014” was published ...

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Chinese gold merchants and our environment

The Peoples Republic of China may still be officially a communist state, but the antics of Chinese nationals and companies, especially in Africa are reminiscent of the European buccaneers that ‘discovered’ the New World and Africa centuries ago. Indeed, conventional ...

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Why is Fashola not running for president?

That Nigeria is effectively a two-party state was confirmed by the recent defections of Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko and former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, from the Labour Party (LP) and the All Progressives Ground Alliance (APGA) to the ...

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Nigeria’s billionaire activists

In sane societies, serving in public offices either by election or appointment is often synonymous with loss of income, diminished economic opportunities and in some cases, extended struggles to meet financial obligations. Not surprisingly, occupants of top positions in those ...

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Blanket endorsement for a hesitant candidate

As the 2015 election season draws near, political bargains, horse trading and intrigues are playing out vigorously, heralding the basic tenets of democratic indices and practices and in some instances negating them in a most distasteful manner. As a result ...

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What next for Marwa, Ribadu?

Politics can be as enthralling as it can be atrocious. It can bring fame and fortune, just as it can lead to dearth and dishonour. It can make one a president as easily as it can make one a prisoner. ...

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