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Pini Jason: My brother, my mentor

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…

For Amaechi, the knives are, indeed, out

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,…

Amnesty: Dilemma of the Nigerian State

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…

Amnesty as reward for criminality

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,…

The Achebe I met in December

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…

Godswill Akpabio’s freebies

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…

Give me a Hugo Chavez, any time, any day

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…

2015: Politics, agreements and integrity

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…

As the ‘Ishiagu man’ turns 52

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…

The Pakistanisation of Northern Nigeria

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,…

As Obasanjo worships, eats with Jonathan

Ikechukwu Amaechi, 08055069065, ikechukwuamaechi@yahoo.com, Twitter@ikechukwuamach After reading excerpt from former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai’s memoirs, The Accidental Public Servant, I couldn’t help but remember the encounter I had with…

Orubebe’s red herring politics

Ikechukwu Amaechi, 08055069065, ikechukwuamaechi@yahoo.com Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godsday Orubebe, is an interesting character. An “Elder” in the church, who, I was told, loves the pulpit, the minister also loves throwing tantrums.…

NNPC’s scandalous $1.5b loan

NNPC’s scandalous $1.5b loan

Ikechukwu Amaechi,08055069065,  ikechukwuamaechi@yahoo.com Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the behemoth national oil company, is prone to scandals. And that is understandable. Oil is Nigeria’s biggest business. It accounts for over…

Will Nigerians be better off in 2013?

Ikechukwu Amaechi , 08055069065, ikechukwuamaechi@yahoo.com The question that has concentrated my mind since the New Year is whether Year 2013 will be better than the preceding one for Nigerians. Put differently, will…

Chime: Enugu people deserve better

Chime: Enugu people deserve better

Ikechukwu Amaechi Today is Christmas, the day, we are told, Jesus Christ was born in the city of Bethlehem 2012 years ago. Considering the fact that scientists claim that the…

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