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Were I Senate President Saraki, I Would Resign Today, By Ogaga Ifowodo

The formal filing of charges against Senator Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, not to speak of the extreme measure of issuing a bench warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court to take his plea on the first day of hearing before he deigned to…
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A Silver Jubilee Dream of Delta State, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Thus, for all its oil and gas, its highly trained and sophisticated indigenes, Delta State has one of the most uninspiring histories of governance. So much so that it can hardly justify the grossly inadequate but still considerable 13 percent derivation funds it receives as an oil producing state. Nothing,…
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Sagay’s Call to Confession of the Sinfully Corrupt, By Ogaga Ifowodo

...come to confession, all ye who have robbed, raped and rendered Nigeria prostrate and turned her ordinary citizens into paupers, and ye shall find mercy. Come before it is too late! Still, I hope that Sagay and his committee shall be including stiffer jail terms and more prisons in their…
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Broke States, Broken Federation: Will Buhari Restructure Nigeria?, By Ogaga Ifowodo

There is no dodging the question of restructuring Nigeria into a true and honest federation any longer. And there is no better time for it than under a change government headed by a president who for 12 years begged to be allowed to fix Nigeria until the country was persuaded…
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Ọnwubiko! Mourning Emman Ezeazu’s Untimely Death, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Death, we implore you: spare Nigeria’s patriots. Go, instead, after those who loot, rape and destroy the country! Since that accursed day of May 12, 2012, when Olaitan Oyerinde, former student activist, trade unionist and principal private secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, was murdered in his living…
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“We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism”: Reflection on President Buhari’s Inaugural Speech, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Without hope, despair takes over the heart. Yet there is no place more dangerous than the heart of a desperate man or woman, one who believes there is nothing to live for or uphold anymore and so everything to die for, desecrate or destroy. Hopelessness and despair lie at the…
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Lagos Goes ‘Pro Unitate’ to Elect Ambode Governor of Nigeria, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Yet, by electing Ambode nonetheless, the people of Lagos affirmed the all-important status of their city as the one ecumenical space where every Nigerian feels at home, where the flickering flame of an enlightened consciousness survives, somehow, against the powerful winds of tribal sentiments and the bitter divisions they seek…
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So Now What Becomes of the Niger Delta?, Ogaga Ifowodo

This question which agitates the minds of an ever larger number of citizens in the Niger Delta ought to underline every domestic policy consideration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, as he gets ready to assume office, and of the leaders of the victorious All Progressives Congress. The voting pattern in the…
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