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Why Bello Is Coming Back, And Bayelsa May Fall, By Azu Ishiekwene

Bello would win, not in spite of, but because of his flaws – flaws which have dogged his predecessors in the past two decades but have not left the voters any wiser. Bello is done on social media, finished off by his perceived arrogance, his imperial style, and his acrimonious…
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Magu, Still Nigeria’s Most Dangerous Man, By Azu Ishiekwene

For every additional day that Magu stays in office without re-presentation for confirmation, the government would be giving the impression that apart from the leadership of the Eighth Senate, insiders other than Lawal Daura had an interest in blocking Magu’s confirmation. It was framed as a question roughly one year…
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An Ambassador’s Exaggeration and Its Fallouts, By Azu Ishiekwene

Mahamat should not have thrown away the baby with the bath water in a manner that suggested that he was acting out Macron’s script. Perhaps Arikana should have been asked to resign, if the thought her position was no longer tenable. The letter was dated October 7; but it would…
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Of Drones, the Governor and Saudi Prayer Warriors, By Azu Ishiekwene

If five years of warring against Boko Haram and Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) have brought Buhari’s commanders and the political elite to the point where they have suddenly realised that entering prayer contracts using public funds is no longer an absurdity, much less an offence, the clerics excoriated…
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Buhari and Other Authors of Nigeria’s Famous Book, By Azu Ishiekwene

Ten years from now, when we look back at Buhari’s promise to lay the foundation to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, would it be another chapter in the Book of Empty Speeches? Will his October 1 promise to provide “affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply in the not-too-distant future”…
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El-Rufai’s Son, Tunde Bakare and Sowore, By Azu Ishiekwene

The child’s safety and security, as well as those of his teachers and classmates, should have been the overriding consideration for El-Rufai in deciding whether or not to publicise his enrolment. If the story had been scooped, it would have been a different thing, though no less concerning. Kaduna State…
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Wike’s Revenge and Atiku’s Next Move, By Azu Ishiekwene

My guess is that there’ll be an attempt to patch things up, not necessarily because the party loves Wike or because those who consider themselves the party’s true custodians can endure his arrogance today any more than they could last year. The point is, everything must be done to delay…
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