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Ikechukwu Amaechi,08055069065, ikechukwuamaechi@yahoo.com, Twitter@ikechukwuamach My first reaction was shock. Then disbelief! Pini Jason dead? No, that is impossible. It simply cannot be true. I had just received a text massage from Ikeddy Isiguzo, chairman, editorial board of the Vanguard Newspaper....

Ikechukwu Amaechi, 08055069065, ikechukwuamaechi@yahoo.com, Twitter@ikechukwuamach The biggest paradox of the Nigerian State is the fact that the more things seem to change, the more they remain the same or even  worse. Differently put, the more our leaders promise us change, the higher the likelihood that their actions and inactions will achieve only one goal –...

My article last week, Amnesty as reward for criminality, elicited a deluge of reactions. While many agreed that granting amnesty to a terror group such as Boko Haram is a gamble the government can ill-afford, some disagreed with my submission that there is little or no difference between Niger Delta militants, who are now celebrated as heroes of a phantom struggle and...

By Ikechukwu Amaechi  President Goodluck Jonathan must be in a very big dilemma right now. The source of his worry is the amnesty being contemplated for the terrorist Islamic sect, Bokom Haram, whose only philosophy is that “Western education is sin.” Like a man caught between the axiomatic devil and deep blue sea, he is damned if he goes ahead to grant members of...

By Ikechukwu Amaechi When news filtered into the newsroom on Friday that the “globally acknowledged Iroko in the literary forest,” (apologies to Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations), had fallen, I couldn’t help but reminiscence.  Of course, the fallen Iroko, the Eagle that had just flown away into eternity is no other person...

Lately, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, has been in the news, and I dare say, for the very wrong reasons. If he is not busy throwing money about, he is championing the schism in the Nigerian Governors Forum, and making so much noise about it. Some say he is a flamboyant, showy politician, who appreciates the need to be loud in a seamy political environment...

Ikechukwu Amaechi,08055069065,ikechukwuamaechi@yahoo.com A friend of mine, as a New Year gift, thoughtfully gave me a book, “No Higher Honour,” Condoleezza Rice’s memoir of her years in Washington as National Security Adviser (NSA) and Secretary of State in the eight years George W. Bush held sway as U.S. President. Recalling an encounter with the late Venezuelan...

You don’t need to be a Nostradamus, the mythical figure with extraordinary power of clairvoyance, to predict political events in Nigeria because the more things seem to change, the more they remain the same. In my article on January 8, titled, “Will Nigerians be better off in 2013?” I came to a rather pessimistic conclusion. “Will 2013 be a better year for Nigerians?...

Ikechukwu Amaechi, 08055069065, ikechukwuamaechi@yahoo.com In Igbo language, “Ishi Agu” means the head of a lion. It is a big deal. At 52, Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and former President of the Senate, the country’s third most powerful position, has seen it all. Or almost! And that is no easy achievement for a young man...

IkechukwuAmaechi,08055069065,ikechukwuamaechi@yahoo.com Time was when one could confidently say that certain things were impossible in the country. Not anymore! In today’s Nigeria, nothing is weird. In fact, the weirder the events, they more seemly and fitting they look in our unbecoming circumstance. Or how else can one explain the gruesome murder of nine polio vaccinators...