Today is one year in office of President Muhammadu Buhari, and by implication, the APC government. As a matter of fact, I find it difficult to situate our President. As an undergraduate student back in 1983, Buhari conjured up in me an image of a man who is synonymous with suffering, a man who does not read the signs of the times, a man who wants to do the right thing at the wrong time. Full article
There is this funny story I read some years ago in the social media. It was during the reign of Olusegun Obasanjo. The story teller said that Bill Clinton, the then President of the United States of America, came to Nigeria on a state visit. His host told him, perhaps in a jubilant hallucinatory tone, that Nigeria was on the verge of catching up with America in many areas of development index. Full article
Going to the American Embassy Abuja was fun indeed. I was just tired of all the noise around me and the craze and clutter for things that don’t matter that consume most of our time—things that I consider as fineries and fripperies. And so, I decided to dock at the embassy for a change, May 14. Full article
What should I say? To say goodbye to Governor Elechi, our own Ochudo and bridge builder? No, I will not! Chief Elechi impacted us in many ways that it will be unkind of us to forget him in a hurry. He came into our political space in a blaze of glory, eight years today, and is leaving us with fond memories that will live in our hearts for years to come. Full article
Governor Dave Umahi will make history today as he takes the oath of office to lead his people Ebonyi for the next four years. He will make history not because he was going to be the first governor of the state, but because he rowed against the wind and defied all political permutations to become the first deputy governor in Nigeria to become governor against the wish of his boss. Full article
There is this story my friend told me far back in 2011. It was about the man that represents my constituency at the assembly. As funny as the story sounds, it makes me uneasy and full of regrets and disappointment each time I recall it. Full article
During a luncheon at the White House in 1954, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Britain made a pithy and sententious remark whose echo still reverberates till today. He said: “It is better to jaw jaw than to war war”.
Since the national leadership and other organs of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) took an innovative decision to adopt President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as a consensus candidate to fly the flag of the party in the February 2015 General Elections, there seems to be some disquiet in the party. Even in the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), the competition for the party’s ticket is tearing members apart. All things are not adding up; some are applauding this aspirant, some are kicking against the other, like brigands on the highways or a riotous crowd in the amphitheatre.
But what most people forget to understand is that in a human arrangement nothing is perfect, such developments are therefore not unexpected. It is difficult, if not impossible, to please everybody. Even within a family setup, there are bound to be disagreements between siblings and between the husband and wife. Divergence of views is an ingrained order of the universe. The ability to hold unto one’s opinion is what makes humanity unique, what makes change and progress inevitable and possible. But what is nobler and more creative is when we disagree to agree. This is where the consensus issue comes in. When a party or a group of people come together and agree to support someone for a particular position, nothing is undemocratic about it, it is their inalienable right. The same thing applies if the same people wake up tomorrow to canvass a different view. Full article
I was driving back to my base on the 6th of September after the traditional wedding ceremony of my brother’s daughter when my phone rang. The caller asked me: ‘have you heard the news? I asked: ‘which news?’ The death of Dimgba Igwe, former Deputy Managing Director of Sun Newspapers and a Fellow of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, he replied. For some minutes I was nonplused, t0rn between believing what he said or rejecting it. But no one jokes with death, especially in African custom and tradition. It took me time to come to terms with the reality of Dimgba’s coming and going! Full article
After several attempts to win the American presidency, Abraham Lincoln made an unusual appointment during the selection of his cabinet that startled not only his party but also the nation. His choice of Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War drew the ire of not only his party and ardent supporters but also a sizeable spectrum of Americans. Of course, they were right to express such indignation and disgust at Lincoln’s ‘mistake’. Stanton was one of the strongest and fiercest critics and opponents of Lincoln during the latter’s campaign for the presidency, and so didn’t deserve the position, they reasoned. Full article
When information came to me that we were going to hold our annual conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Katsina, Katsina State, many thoughts raced through my mind. Why Katsina of all places? I asked myself. Why fix this year’s conference in a far place like Katsina at this time? Upon the assurances from the State Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema that Katsina is safe, I took it with a pinch of salt and swallowed my phlegm. Full article