Opinion

Atiku, Ambition and the Endgame, By Louis Odion

Against this overwhelming backcloth, the rationally minded cannot but wonder what may be giving Atiku and his crowd confidence. Maybe, it is the metaphysics of the marabouts. So, after all his thunderous imprecations and venomous profiling of the Wazirin Adamawa as “hopelessly corrupt”, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) could not resist…
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Opinion

October 1 and the Torment of Memory, By Louis Odion

The annual national ritual resumed last Sunday as we marked another October 1, the 57th actually. Listening to President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) making his fourth outing that day as either civilian or military head of state, perceptive older Nigerians were unlikely to miss the recurring decimals in all. Forget the…
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Opinion

OBJ, Fayose and the Libyan Idol, By Louis Odion

Perhaps the most jaw-dropping of all Fayose's revelations is the claim that OBJ physically knelt down before Libyan strongman, Muammar Ghaddafi (presumably in January 2006) with a view to enlisting his support for the extension of his chairmanship of African Union. A humour bag of arguably inexhaustible depth, Nigeria's former…
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Opinion

Of Goats and Cassava-Eating People In the National Assembly, By Gbolahan Gbadamosi

In organising towards 2019, Nigerians can make the political parties and the world learn a new lesson in democracy through their votes. We could set a new record. We can, in one fell swoop, remove all our current legislators and reject anyone who has previously been in the National Assembly.…
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Opinion

OOTC: Please Who ‘Spoilt’ Nigeria?, By Chude Jideonwo

The question really is simple: if our succession of leaders were so sterling, so high achieving, and so distinguished – then how exactly did our country collapse? There is something curious that you might have noticed. Something as strange as it is weird. And it should worry you. We don’t…
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Opinion

Remembering Nigeria’s First Military Coup, By Jibrin Ibrahim

At that time, the military had a good reputation. Following the publication of Samuel Huntington’s book "The Soldier and the State" in 1957, the political science establishment in the United States and Europe had been pushing the idea of the military as the most modern, disciplined and organised institution in…
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Guest Columns

Obasanjo Vs Awujale: A Delayed Showdown, By Azu Ishiekwene

"Awujale" is one of the most forthright accounts of the personal odysseys of a traditional ruler who through longevity and other circumstances of life has earned immortality. The book is nearly seven years in print but I didn’t get a hold of it until sometime last year. Someone very close,…
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