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Et tu judiciary?

By Chinyere Iwunna The recent elevation of about 25 lawyers to the magisterial bench of Imo State has triggered off reactions from various quarters in the state. The exercise, which leaves much to be desired, was greeted with criticism on both the procedure and the persons so appointed. Personally, I would rather talk about the former because magisterial bench in ...

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Ifeanyi Ubah and Anambra governorship election

By Nkemjika There is no doubt that it would be a Herculean task wrestling the Ananbra State governorship seat from whomsoever Mr. Peter Obi decides to support in the November 2013 governorship election in the state. This has to do with the awesome “power of incumbency” at the disposal of Mr. Obi as the sitting governor of Anambra State. In ...

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APGA and the Obi/Umeh reconciliation

By Michael Jegede “We have no permanent friends. We have no permanent enemies. We just have permanent interests.” Those were the words Benjamin D’Israeli, born December 21, 1804 – April 19, 1881; a British politician; novelist; essayist and one time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), had said sagaciously of politicians. The common dictum today that in politics there ...

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Re: FG stops project variation beyond 15% of initial cost

By Olufemi A. Oyedele Inevitably, the federal government has stopped all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) from forwarding any project variation and review that is above 15 per cent of its initial cost. This overdue measure is an indication that the federal government recognises that there is corruption in the public construction project procurement process in Nigeria and that control ...

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To Ben Obi (Ojeligbo): We share your pain

By Sunny Igboanugo, Email: odengus1@yahoo.com SMS: 08054103450 Political Whirlwind will embark on a journey from today; a long journey from which it may never return, but which it hopes to someday. It has to, because nothing is static in life. Sometimes, new doors open which one must walk through or fresh duty calls or it is simply that one has to ...

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APGA: Who’s really desecrating Ojukwu?

Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to return to the matter of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), for a long time to come, having dealt with the issue last week. But since our elders say that an animal that runs badly must be shot at badly, I have no other option than to once again do what I believe ...

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APGA, Okorie and history

Last week’s visit of officials of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), led by Interim National Chairman, Chief Maxi Okwu, to its founder, Chief Chekwas Okorie, has underscored the fact that Nigerians are not as passive, ignorant or naive as many think. The deluge of reactions that trailed the event and the overwhelming support suggest that the public are aware ...

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Et tu Okorocha

By Sunny Igboanugo, Email: odengus1@yahoo.com SMS: 08054103450 Lions make leopards tame, William Shakespeare wrote in one of his classics, King Richard (11), but cannot change its spots. He went on: “The purest treasure mortal times afford is a spotless reputation. That away, men are but gilded loam or painted clay.” Somebody once told me story about Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas ...

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Thank You, Ugo beelu n’enu oji

By  Sunny Igboanug No man lives forever. No, not you, Eagle on the Iroko. You would see it as a taboo. It is indeed a taboo. Mortal man must join his ancestors at one point. You have done just that. Indeed, you would have scoffed at the idea of an endless earthly life. You would have tilted your white-filled head ...

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Alamieyeseigha: Blame Ribadu

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450, odengus1@yahoo.com I have always been convinced that Malam Nuhu Ribadu is the worst thing that has happened to Nigerian politics since 1999. Because there is a groundswell of opinion in the country that the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss is the greatest thing to happen to Nigeria since the discovery of ugba and okporoko, ...

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The truth Buhari told in London

By Sunday Igboanugo Of all the factors that have caused the dislocation in Nigeria today and led to its current sorry pass, gullibility of the people remains, in my estimation, the most culpable. Even the most tenuous and obtuse postulations survive and endure in Nigeria once adequately laced with the veneer of appealing public sentiments. Nothing seems to matter thereafter, ...

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Between Governor Amaechi and President Jonathan

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450, odengus1@yahoo.com There was this very influential man that used to hold sway in the Nigerian polity, some years back. This man, from the South East was very powerful, especially in the days of the military, that it was believed that few people could become anything in the country then without his input. His residence in Enugu used ...

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What’s good in Good Governance Tour?

It took the archetypal courage of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to give a clear picture of the ongoing National Good Governance Tour (NGGT) by Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku. Last week, the Edo State Governor, had, recounted how the minister wrote him demanding some essentials for the state to be “honoured” with the visit, a privilege, which has already been ...

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Like Maina, like Eyitene

By Sunny Igboanugo, odengus1@yahoo.com Is it not intriguing how yesterday often rushes back to us today, much in the exact way? Of course, it could be a different scenario, with different dramatis personae. But the plot is usually basically the same. And so, today, we have, playing before our own eyes a dramatic scenario, akin to what the country witnessed more ...

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Floating corpses: Nigeria, where is your soul?

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450, odengus1@yahoo.com Here, last week, I tried to paint a picture of a Nigeria that has lost its soul. Of course, there was nothing new about that, because that tragedy is quite obvious. But I feel, in realising this fact, we may start rethinking the ostensibly needless and futile enterprise of journeying to Sokoto in search of what ...

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The plea bargain Nigerians should seek

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450 Nigerians like noise. They enjoy high drama. They crave for raving stories. They seek out delirious headlines. But in the end, they go home, clasp the comfort of their beds, mute as they hit their pillows, dreaming dreams. It is a routine, which has become part of the abiding norms of the society. This happens everyday ...

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That Chime curious photo

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450 Last week Wednesday, the picture of Enugu State Governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime, appeared on the front pages of most Nigerian newspapers. It was the picture of the governor with some of his colleagues, including Chairman of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), Rotimi Amechi, his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Godswill Akpabio, and that of Benue State, Gabriel ...

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Jonathan: 2015 and anatomy of fear

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450 There is a thin tread between heroism and terrorism. Nowhere has this been shown than in leadership – any kind of leadership. The case of Idi Amin Dada of Uganda in the classic, The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin adumbrates this amply. This was a man who came into power after ousting his predecessor, Milton ...

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EFCC and Soludo: Back to the season

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450 What is the difference between “tie the rope around the goat’s neck” and “tie the goat’s neck around the rope?” This popular saying in my neck of the wood, appears quite apt in the story currently going around my kinsman, Chukwuma Soludo, former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). News broke on Thursday, last week, ...

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N60billion phones: How bizarre can it get?

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450 You would always want to laugh off these stories when you hear them at first, believing that no human mind could conceive them, let alone put them out for consideration. But that is the mistake. In the end, you find out that they are not only conceived, but they soon become realities and then history – ...

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Before Imo boils

By Sunny Igboanugo ”Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become… habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become.” These were the wise counsel of a woman popularly known as The Iron Lady ...

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Why blame Oronto Douglas?

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450 “What will you do if as we are here now you hear I have been made a minister? How many cartons of champagne do you think would deliver to my home even whilst I’m still here?” This was a question one witty character put to his counterpart during a heated argument at a forum where the ...

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Queen Okonjo: Tribute to the courageous okada man

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450 I have lost count of the number of arguments I have had with people about the usefulness of okada. Please, let’s explain what it means and its origin, for those who may not know or may have forgotten. Okada, commercial motorcycle operation, derives its name from Okada Air, the first indigenous private airline in Nigeria. It ...

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TI damning verdict and Nigeria’s lame response

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450 Do you still remember the events of the last Independence Day of our country? Well, with the jet-like speed, their sheer number and dimensions in the country these days, it is not expected that anybody would be able to keep track or remember everything. One has to be superhuman to do so, which surely, no Nigerian ...

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Please! Where is Sullivan Iheanacho Chime (SIC)?

By Sunny Igboanugo, 08054103450 My people say when a particular taboo lasts for a year, it becomes a norm. So, it seems to have become a tradition for Nigerian public officers to abandon their positions and their people, jet out of the country and remain incommunicado thereafter. I am not talking about the numerous foreign trips by these officials, particularly ...

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