Bámidélé Upfront

Ekweremadu: Elite Attack As Expression of Looming “Ressentiment”, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

I hope the "ressentiment" of Ekweremadu opens the eyes of politicians to the dangers they face as a result of their malfeasance. Elite shelter has blinded many of Ekweremadu's status to the psychic damage done by economic suffering to For years, resentment of the left-behind, has been building up, stoking…
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Opinion

2019: Governor Ugwuanyi, Enugu State, and the People’s Valid Trust, By Louis Amoke

...it is an indisputable fact that Governor Ugwuanyi is the most cherished and celebrated governor of Enugu State. He has maintained a close relationship with the people, both the lowly and the highly placed, ensuring that they are constantly rewarded with good governance as the true heroes of democracy. In…
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Columns

Of Defections and the 2019 Electoral Maths, By Azu Ishiekwene

At the last count, 50 or more APC tadpoles in the National Assembly, roughly one-eighth of the total active members, had shed their tails of indecision and emerged as PDP frogs. The metamorphosis will reach its most hilarious point when candidates for key positions, especially the presidential and running mate…
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Opinion

How To Solve a Problem Like Magu, By Azu Ishiekwene

Federal lawmakers are in a hurry to make record bills that might save us. That’s grand. They should start with the small things: homework, punctuality and a little honesty with their constituencies and about their remunerations. This National Assembly appears quite anxious to make laws that might improve our lives.…
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Opinion

Magu at the Barricade of Abuja Pirates, By Louis Odion

The same can, however, not be said of a good many others, against whom the penal scale seems to weigh heavily. (To say nothing about other shadowy characters in the house: from failed contractors, to the practicing pedophile and the fugitive from American justice over narcotic substances.) The introduction, lately,…
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Opinion

Saraki’s Farcical Coup of July 4th, By Chido Onumah and Godwin Onyeacholem

By their coup of July 4th, Saraki and his gang of pseudo-democrats are inviting a coup. Except that this time, the coup will be by the mass of our people, a popular revolutionary uprising, and the consequences are better imagined! In reviewing the farcical coup—orchestrated by the president of the…
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Guest Columns

Endgame & Abacha’s Last Disciple, By Louis Odion

Indeed, "Abachaology" and the darkness it embodied had since unraveled in the land of its birth. But the enduring tragedy is that the infatuated like Jammeh still seem detained by that sordid past, refusing to read the ominous handwriting now on the wall. Those skilled in psychoanalysis could not have…
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Opinion

Magu’s EFCC: Between Suspects and Victims, By Yushau A. Shuaib

President Buhari should ensure that the brewing inter-agency conflict among critical institutions should be urgently addressed. For instance, if the EFCC should attempt to retaliate against the report of DSS, the result will not only be dirty but likely to compromise national security. Our security agencies should never allow their…
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Opinion

Igbo Elites, their Masses and Nigerian Unity, By Abdulrafiu Lawal

While it is certain that no ethnic group is greater than the Nigerian state, it is in the Igbos interest to fight for a better share of the national cake rather than alienating themselves. The Igbos, like other ethnic groups, have an crucial stake in a better Nigeria where people…
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