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The Good And Bad Of Buhari’s June 12 Declaration, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The time has come for the electorate to be ‘greedy in a positive way’, if there is anything like that. The politicians do not really care about us. They don’t really care about us! That is why Buhari, leader of the December 31, 1983 coup d’etat, is suddenly trying to sneak into our hearts through …

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Buhari And The June 12 saga -Abati

There are three aspects – the strategic, the political and the legal – to the Federal Government’s decision to replace May 29 with June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, and to confer on the late Chief MKO Abiola, the highest honour in the land. Strategy: Long before now, the Buhari government had needed to review its strategy …

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Dear Buhari My Generation Was Given Nothing; Yours Had Everything But Destroyed Nigeria

A few days ago, Adebayo Shittu, minister of communication, went on a rant rampage on radio dismissing Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, as a “minion, small boy and inconsequential” for his audacity to run for presidential office. Sowore, a young Nigerian, is perhaps the only presidential hopeful who is all out on the stump. Big-time politicians …

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OMO OLOORE- What Makes The Difference? (PART 1)

Politics is a game of interests.  Three major interests in politics are: interest of the party platform upon which the public office holder gets to office, interest of the people who gives the public office holder the mandate to serve and the politician’s personal interest. A politician stands out if he or she is able …

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Where Is The Nigerian Opposition? – Reuben Abati

Less than a year to the next general elections in Nigeria, the biggest deficit in the political process leading to that moment is the absence of a robust, virile and effective opposition. The role of the opposition in a democracy is to question, criticize, challenge, and audit the governments of the day – local and …

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Africa: A Continent Without Democrats -Reuben Abati

The second wave of democratization in Africa, beginning in the 80s, and the gradual establishment of democracy as the new normal in the continent brought much hope and excitement. As we have seen in the recent intervention by the military in Zimbabwe, coup d’etats have become unpopular and unacceptable in the entire continent in deference …

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Africa And The Reality Of 21st Century

Political events around the world in the 21st century are clear indications of what this era requires for a well structured development, globally. These events made it obvious that what the polity of this age (21st Century) requires globally is the combination of innovation and experience. Innovation in this context is the conglomerate of skills, …

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Impunity Rides Again – Wole Soyinka

It is happening all over again. History is repeating itself and, alas, within such an agonizingly short span of time. How often must we warn against the enervating lure of appeasement in face of aggression and will to dominate! I do not hesitate to draw attention to Volume III of my INTERVENTION Series,and to the …

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Buhari: Between Yesterday and Tomorrow

I wrote the following piece, presented in italics, shortly after the postponement of the 2015 Presidential elections. It is important that the reader approaches it with an open mind, with an understanding of the context of its construction. The piece, titled “Buhari’s One Chance Campaign” never got published. One of my colleagues to whom I …

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What Is The Worth Of A Nigerian Migrant’s Life?-Fisayo Soyombo

In April, a former Nigerian public official lost his daughter under questionable circumstances. The young lady’s death was avoidable, and who knows, maybe her spirit is already haunting a UK hospital and another one in Nigeria. A hospital in Birmingham misdiagnosed her condition; the one in Nigeria performed surgery on her without having a life …

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