Columns

Why Bello Is Coming Back, And Bayelsa May Fall, By Azu Ishiekwene

Bello would win, not in spite of, but because of his flaws – flaws which have dogged his predecessors in the past two decades but have not left the voters any wiser. Bello is done on social media, finished off by his perceived arrogance, his imperial style, and his acrimonious…
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Opinion

Between the Despots in Power and the Despots In Waiting, By Chris Ngwodo

Nigerian politicians are unwilling to curb the excessive powers of the executive because they want to wield such powers themselves. In a sense, Nigerian politics is a contest between despots in power and despots in waiting. What Frantz Fanon once said of the native is also true of Nigerian elites:…
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Columns

Is the Great Battle Between the Senate President and the Police Boss?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The view of Senate President Bukola Saraki is that the alleged plot is part of the strategy of IGP Idris Ibrahim to settle scores over the declaration by the Senate that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country. Over the past…
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Opinion

Senate Versus IGP: A Dissection of the Law, By Inibehe Effiong

...we must never condone the destruction of our institutions. Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye will not be in the Senate forever. We should resist the temptation to play to the gallery by trivialising the offensive, unlawful and arrogant conduct of the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, simply because we…
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Columns

Why Buhari and the Senate Should Sheathe their Swords, By Rafiq Raji

...to even suggest an impeachment of Mr. Buhari at this time would be foolish. Our democracy is hardly stable as it is. With myriad killings and altercations all about, a move to remove a president who is extremely popular in the most volatile part of the country is hardly wise.…
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Columns

2017: Unforgettable Moments of Bizarre Leadership, By Azu Ishiekwene

Perhaps the real disappointment for me is that in a year when the video of Bukar Abba Ibrahim having a threesome proved the prowess of the 67-year-old senator and former governor beyond a doubt, Okorocha appointed a commissioner with far less requisite experience for his new Happiness ministry. Isn’t there…
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