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Is Retirement Throwing Someone Overboard to Swim or Sink?

By Edwin Nwachukwu Lagos, Oct. 17, 2017 (NAN) The day was Saturday, October 14, 2017. I had just returned from a two and half hour routine physical exercise and trying to stretch from the aftermath of the exercise, I received the devastating news of the demise of a friend and former colleague, Mr Ewedapo Akintunde. […]

Okorocha and Jacob Zuma’s Statue, By Reuben Abati

Photo: Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – What is it about South African President Jacob Zuma and statues? Two statues in one month-  generating controversy from the streets of Pretoria to the streets of Owerri in Nigeria. In the first week of October, a 30-feet monument was unveiled in honour of President Zuma in […]

Kachikwu, Baru and the NNPC Debacle, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The current NNPC debacle is probably the most embarrassing, even if mercifully, eye-opening crisis in the history of that nationally strategic institution since its creation in 1977.  I seek in the following commentary to offer a number of observations that would probably throw some light on the muck and confusion running riot […]

Ambazonia, Biya’s Intolerance and Internet Democracy, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Biafra-like agitation for independence has been unfolding in neighbouring Republic of Cameroon since November 2016.  The people of Northern and Southern Cameroons under the  umbrella of the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front (SCACUF) finally decided to affirm the independence of the English-speaking sections of Cameroon from the Republic.  Like the […]

OPINION: Malami, Magu and the Blues of Anti-Corruption War

Photo: EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu By Godwin Onyeacholem              Much as both labour to put up gestures suggesting cordiality, truth is there is no love lost between them. And interestingly, the one thing that came between them is corruption, which is also supposed to be the only thing that should see them basking in a […]

OPINION: Letter to Nnamdi Kanu, by Reuben Abati

Dear Nnamdi Kanu, We have never met. I only know you by reputation and I have had cause in the last year to write on your activities within the public arena and offer my own views about you, your persona, and your interventions in the Nigerian debate. I sincerely hope you would get to read […]

OPINION: Hurricane Trump Makes Landfall in the United Nations

By Owei Lakemfa Hurricane Maria made a landfall on the Caribbean on Tuesday, tearing homes and towns,  leaving so massive destruction, that humanity is still trying to comprehend it. The Dominican Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit could not make it to the United Nations in New York where fellow world leaders were gathered for the General […]

OPINION: The Python Does Not Dance…, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Operation code-names have been an important part of military operations since the Germans first applied them in World War 1 but it may be said that the recent (or ongoing?) controversial military exercise in the South Eastern part of Nigeria codenamed Operation Python Dance II is the first major incident in Nigerian […]

OPINION: The Travesty of Public Appointments in Nigeria

Akintokunbo A Adejumo, akinadejum@aol.com “Prof. (Ishaq) Oloyede of JAMB has remitted 5billion to government early in August and yesterday announced another 3billion is ready to be remitted this week making it 8billion. The Finance minister made this announcement and some of us may have seen it. In 40 years of JAMB no kobo has ever been […]

OPINION: Python Dance, Army and Suspicions

By Emmanuel Onwubiko (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The controversies trailing the deployment of armed soldiers to the hitherto peaceful South East of Nigeria has brought to the fore several fundamental issues that ought to be sufficiently addressed regarding the foundation of the military institution in Nigeria. The immediate question that this widely rejected deployment has brought […]

OPINION: Fixing the Nigeria Political Upheavals

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi

Photo: Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi By Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The ramifications of Nigeria political upheavals and its instabilities are acutely being felt by Nigerian children and outsiders living in Nigeria, much more than their grandparents that caused the confusion. Nigerian children, who will now be grappling with the […]

Mama Taraba and the APC crisis, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Mama Taraba is Senator Aisha Alhassan, the current Minister of Women Affairs in the Muhammadu Buhari cabinet, and arguably the most influential female politician in Taraba state today. She did something shocking and unusual in Nigerian politics during the last Eid-el-Kabir holidays. While paying homage to former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, […]

A King Needs no Palace, Domain or Subjects, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – His Excellency, Senator Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi, the Governor,  and by the Grace of The Almighty, the “Constituted Authority”  of Oyo State,  changed the  197-year history of the monarchy in Ibadan by minting 21 additional  Kings where only one had existed. The projection of this reformist is that his chieftaincy factory   will produce […]

OPINION: The Affliction of Dele Sobowale

By Ebun Asagbe I am no medical practitioner, but surely there must be an appropriate term for the malady that ails Dele Sobowale. How did I arrive at this conclusion? Well, anyone who has read his recent articles on the ASUU strike would think the same way. I resorted to my old friend, Google, to […]

OPINION: Corrupt People Cannot/Do not Make Good Leaders!

By Akintokunbo A Adejumo, akinadejum@aol.com This statement by the late great Madiba, Nelson Mandela, a true African son and only one of its kinds is what I consider the apt title to this piece. It is an obvious and incontrovertible fact! Why we chose to notice and acknowledge it Nigeria is beyond me, because it is […]

Akwa Ibom Churches as Parastatals, By Reuben Abati

Photo caption: Reuben Abati (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Religion was not quite a major divisive issue in the community in which we lived in the Old Cross River State in my days as a student there. On Sundays, students felt free to attend church service either within the campus or outside. I do not recall any […]

OPINION | The Animal Farm: Monkey Dey Work, Baboon Dey Chop!

By Akintokunbo A Adejumo (akinadejum@aol.com) “Nigerian leaders on Friday (28 February 2014) called on Nigerians to work harder towards ensuring the country’s unity”, with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo averring that Nigeria will not break up. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said for Nigeria to have survived the first 100 years despite the various challenges of nation […]

OPINION: Improving the Integrity of African Elections

Photo caption: Kenya’s Opposition leaders, Raila Odinga By Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The integrity of general elections in Africa has become international concern because of its alleged unacceptable low integrity. For example a presidential general election was held in Kenya on 8 August 2017, where initially the incumbent, President […]

If Tomorrow Comes to Nigeria, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – It was the largest gathering of highly educated persons I have ever attended, or heard about on the continent.  The quality of the academics and the cost that would have been incurred educating them is unquantifiable.  The Vice Chancellors (VCs)of all  148 universities in the country (That is already a minimum of […]

OPINION: Raising the Dark Horse Candidates in Nigeria Political Life

By Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria By a “dark horse candidate” we mean producing “an election winning candidate” but keeping his or her identity almost unknown to the other candidates. This is similar to a term coined in the 19th century to refer to a candidate nominated after multiple ballots at a […]

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