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Buhari and Jonathan: Character as Destiny, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Amidst the many thoughts and emotions that crowded my mind when it became apparent that Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was well on his way to defeating President Goodluck Jonathan, the word “character” kept asserting itself. Puzzling this little conundrum, I soon discovered why. Character had been the organising concept for my…
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For a Second War Against Indiscipline – After Voting for Change on the 28th, By Ogaga Ifowodo

In all his utterances since 2003 when Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has been running to be an elected head of state, he has not once promised to launch a second War Against Indiscipline. If he has even adverted to the need to still do something drastic about the national moral…
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Fayose’s Recklessness is Fast Approaching that of a Suicide Bomber!, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Actually, it is a bit unfair to single out Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the rigged-into-office Governor of Ekiti State (just listen to the hottest audio record in Nigeria, the Ekiti Election Rigging Tape) as the one, within the ruling party’s crowded barracoon of desperate power-mongers, whose recklessness is fast approaching a…
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Public Warning: AIG Mbu is Armed and Dangerous! By Ogaga Ifowodo      

Assistant Inspector-General of Police Mbu Joseph Mbu is armed and dangerous! It is necessary to serve this warning to the people of Lagos and Ogun States over whose security of lives and property Mbu has been given immediate charge. Mbu did not wait to set down his heavy luggage trucked…
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A “FeBuhari” Wind of Change in March! By Ogaga Ifowodo      

The full title of my last column (27 January 2015) is “How Col. Dasuki Confirmed Nigeria as the Never-ready Country (and Why the Elections Must Not Be Postponed).” It was published without the second part in parenthesis. But I had been expressing a vain hope. The moment the National Security…
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Okowa’s Running Mate and the Self-inflicted Humiliation of the Isokos, By Ogaga Ifowodo      

“Okowa’s running mate: Clark, Manager, Tompolo in a fierce battle,” so screamed the headline (Vanguard, 20 December 2014). I saw at once the chronicle of another humiliation foretold: of the three personalities mentioned, none is Isoko. But one should not deduce the facts of a newspaper story from its headline.…
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“Have you write your name?” or the Death of English in Nigeria, By Ogaga Ifowodo

I exaggerate, of course. All the languages of the world will have died before English dies in Nigeria. And of all the languages threatened by extinction, English is hardly one, many thanks to the extraordinary success of England in colonising nearly two-thirds of the world before the sun did finally…
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One Scandal Begets Another in Ekiti State, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Ekiti State, the self-styled “Land of Honour,” can’t seem to do anything honourable in recent times. “Ile iyi, ile eye” or “Land of honour, land of integrity,” its moto boasts. Having coined the imperishable new phrase “stomach infrastructure” to define its loftiest vision of governance, and gone ahead to elect…
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Jonathan’s Hostage Negotiator Puts Him in a Tight Corner, By Ogaga Ifowodo

President Jonathan’s hostage negotiator, Stephen Davis, has done Nigerians a great favour and put his employer in a tight corner. Davis has broken the official taboo against naming names of persons behind Boko Haram, those who fund the ceaseless bloodbaths, abduction of adolescent girls as sexual slaves, arson and more.…
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