Clark, the father, Jonathan, the son, By Reuben Abati

I have tried delaying the writing of this piece in the honest expectation that someone probably misquoted Chief Clark, when he reportedly publicly disowned former President Goodluck Jonathan. I had hoped that our dear father, Clark, would issue a counter statement and say the usual things politicians say: “they quoted…
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Issues of the Day

President Jonathan’s Aviation Goat, President Jonathan’s Campaign Yams, By Pius Adesanmi

My grandmother of blessed memory, Mama Isanlu, was not like Unoka! She was not always owing everybody in Isanlu and looking for corner-corner ways to pay only her big debts first. I tell her story here. Listen to it: She was not like Okonkwo either. Yam, the exacting king of…
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Aribisala on Tuesday

How to Lose the Presidential Election Four Times (2), By Femi Aribisala

APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s blueprint for being a serial loser of presidential elections in Nigeria continues as follows: Be an uneducated presidential candidate Get your APC supporters to deride Goodluck Jonathan as “clueless,” but to complain when PDP National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, calls you “a semi-literate jackboot.” Run against…
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Adeolu Ademoyo

Jonathan, Ọ̀ṣun Election, and The DSS Guilt of Wandering, By Adeolu Ademoyo

The conduct of two recent mid term elections (Èkìtì and Ọ̀ṣun Governorship elections) in Nigeria has created a lot of interest. On the surface, the legal coefficient in an election seems to be a sufficient factor, which guarantees the validity of an election. But it is crucial to always keep in mind …
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Guest Columns

Letters of recent Nigerian history, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The book, Before We Forget: Obasanjo’s Letter To President Jonathan And The Aftermath; Francis Abayomi (ed), came to my table in an envelope as a kind of surprise. The accompanying letter signed by Francis Abayomi goes straight to the point thus: “We have the pleasure to present, to you, a book…
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Chibok, Jonathan, Abba Moro and the Hearts of Darkness, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Two tragic events and moral acts have defined our moral world in the last few weeks. The death of Nigerian youths and the moral failure of the Nigerian state to take responsibility. The death of South Korean youths and the promptness of the South Korean state in taking responsibility. In…
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The National Conference as a Dictatorial Safari, By Garba Shehu

President Jonathan is going about the National Conference in a way suggesting that he is not a firm believer in representative democracy. Some call it a Machiavellian simplification. Throughout the 100 years of existence of Nigeria as a country, there has never been a moment without trenchant agitations for the…
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