Columns

Buhari’s Disappearing Presidency, By Okey Ndibe

President Muhammadu Buhari is dangerously close to leaving Nigerians disillusioned. Forget about his failure (as at this writing) to announce his cabinet, bad as it is. For me, the deeper disappointment lies in the near-absence of the president’s voice from the national conversation. Let’s begin, however, with the least important…
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Guest Columns

Buhari and the Lessons of June 9th, By SKC Ogbonnia

Party indiscipline, which had been a cancer of past regimes, is now full grown. The events since the inauguration of Nigeria’s Eighth National Assembly are not trending exactly like the making of the change the world had hoped for when Muhammadu Buhari was elected president. The opposition is already weakened…
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Guest Columns

Hillary for America and the Limits of Propaganda, By Olalekan Waheed Adigun

As the race for the next occupant of the White House thickens, not minding the recent “drama” displayed by one of the aspirants, Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to be the main issue for now. Mrs Clinton means different things to different people. Irrespective of one’s deposition(s) towards her, there appears…
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Guest Columns

APC Leaders and the National Assembly Debacle, By Olukayode Thomas

In this season of political correctness, when many of our elites and thousands of political jobbers and hustlers with ‘excellent resume and contacts’ are looking for all manners of appointments, speaking against the interest of the ruling class is an abomination. The reason we abhor or are stingy with the…
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Guest Columns

The Emerging Buhari Doctrine, By Oluwafemi Akinfolarin

To summarise the Buhari doctrine. Be low key, speak only when necessary, act behind the scenes and face problems head on after carefully reaching a decision based on examining all available facts. The past few weeks, post May 29th, have been a whirlwind of activities in Nigeria. A new government…
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Opinion

The APC and the National Assembly Drama, By Olalekan Waheed Adigun

It was with great relief that I received the news of the All Progressives Congress' (APC) acceptance to work with Bukola Saraki and Yakub Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively. This was against the earlier stance of the party when it, in fact, “rejected”…
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Guest Columns

Superior Strategy Over Party Supremacy, By Owei Lakemfa

The Saraki group seemed to have also partly resolved a dilemma of the Buhari administration; how do you bring in the South-East elites who seem completely left out of the country’s political hierarchy? It did that by getting the immediate past Senate Deputy President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP…
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Opinion

National Assembly “Crises”: Searching Seriously, By Olalekan Waheed Adigun

...it appears to me that APC strategists largely went on vacation after President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner on March 31. They largely assumed that with its 60 members in the Senate, all was well. It also appears they assumed the PDP was “dead” beyond resurrection as a result of…
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Opinion

National Assembly Leadership Elections: APC’s Double Speak, By Babatope Babalobi

...the success of Senator Bukola Saraki’s rebellion against his party’s wishes and choice reinforces the well-known view that Nigerian political parties are mere platforms for political aggrandisement and the fulfilment of personal ambitions rather than platforms for advancing ideological interests or the public good. 'Treachery', 'Disloyalty', “Monumental act of indiscipline',…
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