Politics of the absurd

May 22, 2022 Nick Dazang 0

Disillusioned by World War II and determined to break from the Romanticism literary movement that held sway in the 19th century, prominent writers like Franz Kafka, Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett pioneered the absurdist genre.The absurdist literary genre, which became popular in the 1950s and 1960s, was characterised by an emphasis on the experiences of characters centered around the notion Read More

Power seekers as the nation’s fixers

May 19, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

I am a connoisseur of the avuncular promises and pledges by politicians. I have consumed such promises from agbada politicians and khaki politicians all these years. Each group of politicians answered the call of the fatherland, obviously. Nothing personal. They came to fix our country, turn it back from the south, repair its battered economy, bridge its fault lines, patch Read More

Algorithms, bots and elections in Africa: How social media influences political choices

May 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

The rise in the use of smartphones and an increased adoption of mobile internet in Africa are fundamentally altering the media ecology for election campaigns. As mobile phones become commonplace, even in Africa’s poorest countries, the uptake of social media has become ubiquitous. Applications like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp and blogs form an integral part of today’s political communication landscape Read More

Steer clear of politics, NYSC DG warns corps members

April 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC), Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has warned corps members to stay away from partisan politics as the 2023 general elections draw near. He advised them to be unbiased electoral umpires anytime they are called upon to serve as electoral officers. General Ibrahim stated this while debriefing the 2022 Batch ‘A’ Stream Read More

Dikko to Southern Kaduna youth: Take over political affairs from the elderly

March 29, 2022 Abubakar Labaran Kafanchan 0

An aspirant to the seat of Kaduna South senatorial district at the National Assembly, Mr Samson Monday Dikko has enjoined the youth of the area to take over the political space from the elderly people. Dikko, who stated this during a consultative meeting with stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zonkwa, headquarters of Zangon Kataf local government area Read More

Our youths and political thuggery

March 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

We live in an age where the integrity of our leaders are measured by the amount of “stolen money” they give to the youth. They buy our conscience with meagre amount of money and turn us to slaves for years. But we fail to understand. Yes, 2023 general elections are fast approaching and many of our politicians will rally the Read More

The moral imperatives of political leadership

March 10, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

Justice Inyang Ekwo of an Abuja federal high court, defrocked David Umahi and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, as governor and deputy governor respectively, of Ebonyi State. He also invalidated the legal right of 17 members of the state house of assembly to remain in the state legislative chambers. I hail him. Their offence? It used to be called carpet crossing. Read More


Tambuwal’s politics of inclusiveness, tolerance 

March 10, 2022 Bashir Gidado Jegawa 0

Some of the desirable traits of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, are humility, rationality, reasonableness and tolerance and I believe, these are the qualities that are propelling him forward to reach the enviable height he has attained thus far.  The trajectory of his politics has proved beyond doubt that Tambuwal does not believe in hurling insults and abuses on the Read More

Gombe: Walida urges greater women participation in politics

March 8, 2022 Auwal Ahmad Gombe 0

The Wildan Care Foundation Gombe state, has called on women all creed to participate in politics and the political processes ahead of the 2023 general elections. Executive Director of the Foundation, Aisha Walida Alkali, made the call in a press statement signed and made available to newsmen by the media advisor, Amb Auwal Ahmad Umar in Gombe, Tuesday, in commemoration Read More

2023: Don’t be misled by politicians, deputy speaker advises Ebonyians

February 25, 2022 Paul Okah 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Deputy Speaker of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly (EBHA), Rt Hon. Ikoro Kingsley Ogbonnia, has advised Ebonyians, especially the youth, not to allow themselves to be used by selfish politicians to cause problems in the state. Addressing journalists Friday in Abakaliki, the member representing Afikpo North-west constituency in the Ebonyi state House Read More

Getting young people into government

February 17, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

For political systems to be representative, all parts of society must be included. When young people are disenfranchised or disengaged from political processes, a significant portion of the population has little or no voice or influence in decisions that affect group members’ lives. A key consequence is the undermining of political systems’ representativeness. Thus, the need to enhance the political Read More

Voices of history

February 10, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

I have argued a zillion times in this column that the absence of an ideology in our political parties continues to cast a blind spell on the country. Our political leaders at national and sub-national levels catch at the straws of cosmetics that pass for radical changes in how we do things and how to move the country forward consistent Read More

Yobe: No political interference in Army recruitment – C’ttee

January 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

There is no political interference in the Nigerian Army recruitment and no politician has any influence on the exercise. This was disclosed by the Special Adviser on Security Affairs to Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni, who is also the chairman Yobe state recruitment committee, Brig-Gen Dahiru Abdulsalam (rtd). He stated this Monday at the 241 Recce Battalion recruit center Read More

Disabled women seek legislative action on political participation

December 29, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The Network of Disabled Women (NDW) has called for more political participation and enhanced legislative process for disabled women and girls, saying this will increase their inclusiveness in all national issues. Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the network, Imoete Edet, made the call in Abuja during a conference to commemorate Global Human Rights Day on Strategies for Political Participation of Read More

…Don’t allow religion, politics, others cause friction among us – PFN boss

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The president, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and president of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, on Friday advised Nigerians not to allow religion, politics or tribal sentiments to cause friction among them. Bishop Oke, who gave the advice in his Christmas and New Year message, said Nigerians should continue to live peacefully among themselves. “It Read More

Again, the triumph of selfish politics

December 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

The discerning knew it would come to these: that the electoral act bill sent to President Buhari for his assent on which he sat for 30 days, would once more come to grief; that the president who marketed himself to the electorate as the only Nigerian with the capacity to clean up the mess in all areas of our national Read More

Nigerian youth’s wrong notion of politics

December 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

“The esprit-de-corps amongst military personnel has been destroyed; professionalism has been lost. Youths go into the military not to pursue a noble career but with the sole intention of taking part in coups and to be appointed as military administrators of states and chairmen of task forces. As a retired officer, my heart bleeds to see the degradation in the proficiency Read More

Anambra: Why Okonkwo ‘ll defeat Uba, Soludo, others – Nwanyanwu

November 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The national chairman of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, has expressed confidence that the candidate of his party, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo has the capacity to defeat his contenders in the November 6, governorship election in Anambra state.  Other candidates in the governorship election include Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Charles Soludo of the Read More

PGF boss to Ayu: Investigate mismanagement of N30bn mobilised for PDP secretariat

November 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has challenged the new leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to investigate the mismanagement of N30 billions mobilised for the construction of its national secretariat. The APC chieftain also commended the opposition party for organising a successful Read More

Expectations as FG stages 1st National Youth Conference

October 30, 2021 Editor 0

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in collaboration with private sector partners have concluded plans to host the first ever National Youth Conference in Nigeria from November 1, 2021 to November 3, 2021 at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja. A press statement by the Director Press and Public Relations Mohammed Manga on Friday said Read More

How I stood strong, killed Obasanjo’s third term agenda – Ken Nnamani

October 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Senate President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Ken Nnamani, has revealed how he aborted the planned to amend constitution to allow for third term in office during former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Nnamani said his model of legislating was shaped by the debate about whether the legislator is an agent or a trustee. Speaking Thursday in Read More

Why I curated HIBAF – Malumfashi

October 15, 2021 Editorial III 0

Sada Malumfashi is the curator of Hausa International Books and Arts Festival (HIBAF) which is coming up in Kaduna between October 21 and 23, 2021. He tells AWAAL GATA why it was curated and what should be expected. How did you conceive HIBAF? The idea for HIBAF was to provide a space for the discourse and conversations around Hausa language Read More

Ex-Niger gov reiterates call for 35% affirmative action

October 13, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Former governor of Niger state Dr Babangida Aliyu has called for more women inclusion in politics. Aliyu who was speaking at the convention and election of PDP Professional and Business Group in Abuja, noted that women are strong pillars in political and national development. He, therefore, called for 35 percent affirmative action across the federation. “I want all men to Read More