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Drum Beating, Dancers Ready: Why Did Yakubu Stop the Beat?, By Festus Adedayo

It is no news that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections that were to hold yesterday. It is also no news that angers, frustration and condemnation of this decision have jammed the Nigerian electoral space. A number of contesting theories have sprung…
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Atiku and El-Rufai’s Body Bag Nationalism, By Festus Adedayo

What could have prompted Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai to make such very volatile comment attributed to him in a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) interview programme last week? Could it be due to a boldness acquired over the years in the uncharted field of Nigerian politics? Could the governor, famous…
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Soyinka, Atiku and Fruits of the Poisonous Tree, By Festus Adedayo

In the democracy that Nigeria enjoys today, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka’s contribution has been huge and unambiguously massive. If the weight of contribution were coterminous with reward, Soyinka should have been awarded the presidency of Nigeria, in the post-military regime, like Nelson Mandela of South Africa. In physical participations…
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Onnoghen’s Sack As Buhari’s Embrace of Laurent Gbagbo, By Festus Adedayo

Every government always has what I call the Jega moment. Even in advanced democracies, in spite of the sophistication of their governance, politics and powerful institutions, the Jega moment always comes. Broken to its brass-tacks, the Jega moment is that feisty moment that tests an administration’s capacity to jump into…
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Buhari’s Campaign, Debate By Proxy, By Festus Adedayo

President Muhammadu Buhari shocked the world last week and ipso facto pushed his contentious name and credentials into the Guinness Book of Records. Even his admirers who bear cultic allegiance to his leadership credentials were serially shocked. At a time when those who claim to see doom in his second…
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Amina Zakari and Allegory of the Squirrel With A Lone Palm Nut, By Festus Adedayo

The squirrel in the traditional African worldview is the animal which got summarily killed by the searing pellets from the bullets of the hunter due to its inability to discern. Its roasted head, made into a gourmet and displayed on a platter, preparatory to being devoured for dinner, was considered…
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Absence of “Lafiya” In “Lafiya Dole’s” Expulsion of UNICEF, By Festus Adedayo

Apart from the booming of bombs and painful cries in the North-East theatre of the Boko Haram war that the world has been accustomed to since the war of terror berthed on the Nigerian soil, another booming, shocking and destabilising bomb exploded at the war front on Friday. This time,…
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Aishat: Flippant Activist Or Frustrated First Lady?, By Festus Adedayo

There deeper need for an examination of the persona of the character called Aishat, wife of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Since arriving Aso Villa with her husband, the president, Mrs. Buhari has carved a renown for herself for her fiery public rebukes of her husband’s government.…
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