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The Zealots’ Misrepresentation of Buhari, By Gimbal Kakanda

What I'm yet to understand now is the refusal of these selectively religious critics to subscribe and heed the invitation to their ideal state, already designed and presented to by the Boko Haram. Obviously they have mistaken Buhari's relative asceticism for fundamentalism, and thus they expect the man would be…
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A Quick Appeal to the Governor-Elect of Niger State, By Gimba Kakanda

Dear Malam Abubakar Sani Bello, I don't know how you want to be addressed now, either as "Your Excellency" or, in the fashion of the confused visionary you've been elected to replace, as "Chief Servant." Whichever it is, pardon this first mistake. I'll take note of any correction that may…
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Who Will Save us from Mrs. Malaprop? By Gimba Kakanda

As if the campaign trails that have had the handlers of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan furiously against the emergence of retired General Muhammadu Buhari as the leading opposition candidate were not exciting enough as comedy shows, we're being introduced to more hilarious campaign as the wives of the two…
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To Friends in the Dining Hall of APC, By Gimba Kakanda

Let me start with a reference to the political brotherhood that binds us, and for which we struggle, day in, day out, these past days, to defeat a marked monster. We've no disagreement, whatsoever, in our understanding of the Jonathan-led government as a tragically failed one. This realisation is what…
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Abubakar Gimba: Tribute to a Pacifist Ideologue, By Gimba Kakanda

A week ago, at a gathering of literary minds, we discussed him, his books, and even his health, which had, I informed my friends gathered, stalled his literary productivity in recent years. It was a friend from below the Niger who made him the subject of our conversation in his…
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An Appeal to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, By Gimba Kakanda

Dear Sir, I don’t know where, and how really, to begin this without coming out as yet another cultural dissident. For once, perhaps because of my recognition of your heightened illusion of patriotism, the temptation to ask an elder to shut up, is no longer resistible. I want, dear Sir,…
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