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

Theresa May and Muhammadu Buhari

Between President Buhari and PM Theresa May

When you see how democracy works in other lands, and the speed at which the leaders react to the mood of the moment in their countries, sometimes you would think we are jinxed. And sometimes it is difficult to escape, though some may say it is hasty, the conclusion that Buhari was not prepared for the leadership that was thrust upon him. Full article

Brexit

As Mr. “Fantastically Corrupt” Leaves Downing Street, What does Britain’s Exit from the EU Mean for Us?

Last week, precisely June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the most powerful economic and political bloc: the European Union. The union, which could be seen as an offshoot of European Economic Community, was formed in 1993 after the Maastricht Treaty.  Presently, it has a membership strength of 28 countries drawn from Europe. Full article