Opinion

The Killing Fields Of Nimbo

The Killing Fields Of Nimbo

By SHEDDY OZOENE  Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State has become a metaphor for the dastardly actions of suspected Fulani herdsmen who have terrorised it for decades. At night and in broad daylight, innocent men, women and children of the community are gruesomely murdered by the marauders who desire their homeland for grazing their cattle.  The beautiful grassland have been turned to killing fields and the people who try to resist the take-over of their ancestral homelands have become the guinea-pigs in a chilling experiment in forceful land grab.  Penultimate Sunday, the marauders who have encircled…
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Atiku’s Leadership In PDP’s Season Of Anomie

Atiku’s Leadership In PDP’s Season Of Anomie

By TUNDE OLUSUNLE Sceptical reporters had indeed cast the headlines of the stories they were going to file, ahead of the 98th National Executive Committee, (NEC) meeting of the Peoples' Democratic Party, (PDP), Thursday April 18, 2023. They were awaiting the news of the implosion of the party after what was going to be a testy, nervy convergence of the party leadership at that level. The NEC ranks next to its National Convention. The recent PDP, NEC engagement was the first since the rancorous 2023 general elections. Very bitter acrimony hallmarked the elections with partial breakaways by stakeholders at various…
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Yahaya Bello: When Courage Fails ‘The Lion’

Yahaya Bello: When Courage Fails ‘The Lion’

By SHEDDY OZOENE In his days as governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello assumed the nickname ‘the White Lion’. Many people thought it was befitting, in an ironical sense, for an elected governor who saw his fellow men - his constituents - as prey. He hunted and haunted them to no end during the eight years of his tenure. His favorite pastime was boxing. He never tired of showcasing himself in the gym with different makes of boxing gloves, and with those huge biceps of his, one could imagine he packed some deadly punch. Behind the faćade, however, Bello is…
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As Tinubu’s Government Weaponizes Poverty

As Tinubu’s Government Weaponizes Poverty

Almost all the fiscal and monetary policies of the Bola Tinubu administration in the last ten months were carefully calibrated to make the poor get poorer and the rich get richer... The government to all intents and purposes is borrowing a leaf out of Joseph Stalin’s anecdotal book of cruelty. Legend has it that the defunct Soviet Union’s dictator once plucked a live chicken to show how easy it was to control a subjugated people. By IKECHUKWU AMAECHI  I wanted to comment this week on the feigned surprise by the former Accountant General of the Federation (AG-F), Ahmed Idris, that…
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Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Former Minister of Science and Technology, Is Dead

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Former Minister of Science and Technology, Is Dead

The first civilian governor of Abia State and former Minister of Science and Technology under President Muhammadu Buhari, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, is dead. He was aged 71. He has been in an Abuja hospital for the past month for the treatment of an undisclosed ailment. Details of his death are still sketchy but sources close to his family confirmed that he suffered a stroke last month and died today, Thursday, in Abuja. Ogbonnaya Onu was a lecturer at University of Port Harcourt before he made a foray into National Politics during the scuttled transition to civilian rule of former president…
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Nigeria, A Country In Love With Public Holidays

Nigeria, A Country In Love With Public Holidays

While we continue to luxuriate in foolhardy work lethargy, idling away in the name of needless public holidays, serious nations are ramping up production in anticipation of increases in product demand from us – the revellers. By IKECHUKWU AMAECHI As you read this, Nigerians are still at home ‘savouring’ the Federal Government’s ‘magnanimity’ in awarding them extra public holiday for the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations that mark the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset Ramadan fasting by the Muslim ummah. As it is always the tradition, the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Sunday, April 7, declared Tuesday and Wednesday public holidays for…
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Transparency in Senegal, Uganda Mocks Nigeria

Transparency in Senegal, Uganda Mocks Nigeria

By Ikeddy ISIGUZO MAJORITY of our leaders act like aliens in their scramble for Nigeria. They inspire each other with their uncommon craving for everything, including things they already have and will not need. They are not greedy. Their conduct is vastly worse than greed for it harbours an unquenchable desire for more at the expense of everything. Nothing is sacred. Nothing is sacrosanct. They appropriate the law. They would cuddle lawlessness if it is the path to their famed unimportance. Then they brag about it.Their motto appears to be to grab as much as they can before the party…
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Nyesom Wike As A Cross-Border Distraction

Nyesom Wike As A Cross-Border Distraction

By TUNDE OLUSUNLE Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Minister for the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), is an extremely lucky man. The fact that he has remained a permanent fixture at various levels on the nation's political canvas has been very well established. From the nondescript corners of a local government chairman and chief of staff to his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi in Government House, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Wike has consistently hugged the klieglights of provincial and national politics. As President in 2011, Goodluck Jonathan appointed Wike his Minister of State for Education. He subsequently functioned as "Supervising Minister" of the ministry when…
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Akpabio’s Foot In His Mouth

Akpabio’s Foot In His Mouth

Akpabio should stop ridiculing his high office and embarrassing Nigerians, which is exactly what he does each time he puts his foot in his mouth. It is high time someone told him for his own good that his lack of emotional intelligence rankles. By IKECHUKWU AMAECHI  After my February 22, 2024 column on Godswill Akpabio’s holier-than-thou sermon on Godwin Emefiele, the embattled former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who is being projected by equally sullied officials of the President Bola Tinubu administration as the poster boy of corruption in Nigeria, I had no intention of coming back…
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Fela, ‘Basketmouth’ And Godswill Akpabio

Fela, ‘Basketmouth’ And Godswill Akpabio

By TUNDE OLUSUNLE Fela Anikulapo-Kuti the innovative Afrobeat musician, irrepressible composer, untiring activist, consummate artist, multi-instrumentalist and public intellectual it was who popularised the expression "basket mouth." His career as a performer straddled four decades, most especially between 1958 and 1997 when he transited. Within the period he turned out dozens of hits and albums which earned him accolades at home and abroad. His demonstrated leftist radicalism engendered repeated confrontations with the state, especially during the heady days of military rule in Nigeria. He battled the khakied administrations of Olusegun Obasanjo, (his kinsman from Abeokuta by the way); Muhammadu Buhari…
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