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All time commentaries by Larry Oyims including recent publications on his dedicated newspaper column, Soul Searching.

Aliko Dangote

The Scramble for Nigeria: Between Esau and Naboth

As a student in college, I read much of history. I read much about the scramble for Africa by the European powers. I read about how they partitioned Africa and divided the continent among themselves. They came bearing gifts and scattering “civilization” along the way.  They planted schools and tried their best to show the light in a hitherto dark continent. And what was the reason for the rush, for the scramble and for Africa’s eventual partitioning among the super powers? It is, in one word: money. Full article

Change

“Change Begins With Me”: Deconstructing Mr. President’s Speech

On September 8, the Federal Government launched a national reorientation campaign tagged “Change Begins With Me”. As usual, our moral crusader and change agent, President Muhammadu Buhari, waxed lyrical and pastoral, imploring Nigerians to change their ways and eschew corruption by imbibing the virtues of honesty, integrity and fairness. After going through the speech, if not that I know Mr. President to be an Islamic apologist, I would have asked, as it was asked of Saul in the Bible, “Is Buhari also among the prophets?Full article

Ezza-Ezillo Crisis

On the Ezza-Ezillo Peace Accord

Tom Peters, the celebrated American writer and motivational speaker, said we should celebrate what we want to see more of, what we want to identify with in life. It was perhaps in order to flesh out this that Ebonyians last week, September the 5th to be precise, trooped to the Abakaliki Township Stadium to celebrate the peace accord between Ezza and Ezillo clans. Full article

President Muhammadu Buhari

Does Buhari Need Emergency Powers to Fix the Country?

For about two weeks now, the media, including the online, have been awash with news that the president is seeking additional power outside what our constitution provided to fix the country. Though not many are aware, whistle-blowers say the presidency is putting together a bill that will give the president powers beyond what our constitution envisaged to urgently tackle many issues in various facets of our country. Full article

PDP Convention

PDP Convention, the Judiciary and Why I Dropped Out

Sometimes I wonder why I did not read Law. I wonder why I neglected such a “lucrative” course even when the opportunity beckoned. In 1983, I had the opportunity to read law but spurned it with one touch of my feet. I got admission to read Law at the University of Ife when I was already in my Second Year in Sociology at the University of Calabar. Full article

Junaid Mohammed

Junaid Mohammed’s Revelations: Can We Believe It?

Alhaji Junaid Mohammed, the self-acclaimed Northern irredentist and jingoist, is not my fan. I hate him for his guts. I hate him for his unbridled and intemperate commentary on national issues which often verge on ethnocentrism. I hate him for his predilection to initiate national conversations that tend to polarize our ethnic nationalities instead of welding us together as a nation with equal stakes.

But I am beginning to like him, Full article