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BREAKING: Senator Ayogu Eze Is Dead

BREAKING: Senator Ayogu Eze Is Dead

The former Senator for Enugu North, Ayogu Eze, is dead. He died this morning, Thursday 25th April, in Abuja. The Senator has been down with heart-related ill health since February which confined him most of the time, to his Maitama home in Abuja. Last February, Senator Eze was bubbly when he hosted his relatives, friends and the cream of his political associates for the traditional marriage of his daughter at City Park, Wuse II, Abuja. The event was chaired by his political mentor, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo. He lapsed into serious ill-health few days after and was unable to attend the…
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Remembering Mamman Shata, 33 Years After

Remembering Mamman Shata, 33 Years After

By SHEDDY OZOENE House number 43, Idi Maska Road in Funtua, Katsina State, was just like any other building in the busy neighbourhood adjourning the Funtua Central Motor Park, save for the unending stream of visitors that trooped in and out of it. Some of the callers were friends of its famous occupant while others were members of the Social Democratic Party, (SPD). The building, a one-storey affair, green in colour, was the residence of the legendary Hausa  folk musician, poet and politician, Alhaji Mamman Shata who was at the time, chairman of the SDP in Funtua Local Government Area.…
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When Supreme Court Dodged A Bullet

When Supreme Court Dodged A Bullet

In Kano, Plateau and Zamfara, the Supreme Court and President Bola Tinubu simply dodged a bullet on Friday, January 12. The judgements revalidating the mandates of Abba Kabir Yusuf, Caleb Muftwang and Lawal Dauda, who were earlier sacked by the Court of Appeal, were not altruistic. Enlightened self-interest informed both the apex court and the presidency – Siamese twins – that the cost of judicial malfeasance in those three states will be colossal. They were, therefore, forced to back down from their sinister plot. They don’t deserve the praises heaped on them by impressionistic Nigerians. By IKECHUKWU AMAECHI  Since the…
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Just Before We Crucify Betta Edu

Just Before We Crucify Betta Edu

By SHEDDY OZOENE The news that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, had ordered the transfer of N585.2 million into the private bank account of a civil servant, hit the nation like a thunderbolt. It was enough to rouse Nigerians from the sleepy start to a new year and it quickly rose to a buzz when a cascade of other official indiscretions from the ministry came to the fore. Few days before this, the Minister had suspended a senior staff in the ministry for financial impropriety. Betta Edu A leaked memo showed that the minister…
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DIEZANI, SADIYA AND BETTA: Interrogating Why Beautiful women Seem Worse Treasury Looters

DIEZANI, SADIYA AND BETTA: Interrogating Why Beautiful women Seem Worse Treasury Looters

By STEVE OSUJI THE BEAUTIFUL THIEVES:Should we make a law urgently that our beautiful women should never be allowed near the national till? Has anyone else noticed the seeming emerging trend of our women public officials outdoing the men in making a mess of our national treasury? The womenfolk seem to take no prisoners when they have opportunity to attack and they show exceptional impunity and the iron balls of hardened pyrates. In May 2014, this column (then appearing in The Nation newspaper), had described Diezani Alison-Madueke as “the beautiful thief”). Diezani was minister in charge of Petroleum under President…
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Kwankwaso After The Supreme Court

Kwankwaso After The Supreme Court

BY AZU ISHIEKWENE In the last one and a half decades, Rabiu Kwankwaso has been the most charismatic politician out of Kano after the passing of Abubakar Rimi. Kwankwaso is not just charismatic; he is consequential, with a cult-like following that responds twice, even when he calls once. He is facing yet another defining moment in his political career. The outcome of the ruling of the supreme court in the case between the Kano state Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and his rival, Nasiru Gawuna, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), could well determine…
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Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu On My Mind

Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu On My Mind

By SHEDDY OZOENE Before he became governor of Ondo State in 2016, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had a reputation for taking principled positions on important national issues. He said nd did the right things, and many saw him as the people's advocate. His leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association was a glorious era for Nigerian lawyers. His decision to join politics did not surprise many. Politics came naturally to him and those who know about his performance in office say he is not totally a disappointment. Recent happenings in the state now threaten to negate the reputation he has built over…
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Rotimi Amaechi’s Crocodile Tears

Rotimi Amaechi’s Crocodile Tears

By SHEDDY OZOENE Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is a sharp-shooter and newsmaker any day. As far as our national political issues go, he hardly sits on the fence, so his abstinence from those public commentaries that draw attention to him, has raised a few eyebrows. Penultimate week, however, he came out of his ‘hiding’ to headline TheNiche public lecture in Lagos and he was at his singing best. The news is not what he said at the public lecture, the reason he gave for restraining himself from commenting on political and governance-related matters, is somewhat curious. Since he…
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Gaza: Counting The ‘Dead’ Before They’re Killed

Gaza: Counting The ‘Dead’ Before They’re Killed

SHEDDY OZOENE The State of Israel does not believe in the Biblical injunction of turning the other cheek when slapped. It does not even stop at the principle of reciprocal justice - an eye for an eye - as explained in the Books of Exodus and Leviticus. When you pluck an Israeli eye, be sure they'll retaliate by plucking your two eyes, shutting your mouth and leaving your nose bloodied. Since October 7, 2023, when the Islamic Resistance Movement popularly called HAMAS launched a surprise invasion of Israel, another chilling season of killings and destruction have returned to that familiar…
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Chicagogate: A ‘Severe And Irreparable’ Damage

Chicagogate: A ‘Severe And Irreparable’ Damage

By SHEDDY OZOENE It has happened in the past that some men, great and small, were able to predict looming unsavoury fates. While some of such predictions end up as flukes, others have come in pin-point correct. A few, like Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, went to the extent of predicting their own deaths. It is called premonition. As the case instituted by Atiku Abubakar at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, to compel the Chicago State University to disclose Bola Tinubu's academic records proceeded to a decisive end, the Nigerian President had…
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