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Ekiti 2018 and fayemi: will he, won’t he?

By Arakunrin Oluwaseyi Ibiloye As the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) formally released timetable for the2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, tongues are beginning to wag in which direction the pendulum will swing in the state. Although no fewer than forty aspirants, including prominent names like former Governor Segun Oni, Senators Babafemi Ojudu and Gbenga Aluko, have emerged on the ... Read More »

Kachickwu’s Lost War And Buhari’s Burden Azu Ishiekwene

If a war foretold does not take the cripple by surprise, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, is in a situation worse than physical handicap. He’s a victim of his own naivety but his appointer could be in a bigger dilemma.   The warning shot was fired one year ago when Kachikwu was removed as Group Managing ... Read More »

The Debt Debate:  Deconstructing the debt story

By Kemi Adeosun National debt is an emotive issue as well as an economic one. The thought of saddling future generations with unserviceable debt, is not conscionable and certainly not part of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led-administration’s agenda. It is therefore, worthy of an intervention on my part to explain the history, the short-term strategy and the medium to long term outlook ... Read More »

Fagbenle: Tribute To The Pundit Emeritus

Conversation with Azu 061017   Fagbenle: Tribute To The Pundit Emeritus Azu Ishiekwene   We love to blame most of our miseries on the older generation – the corruption, the greed, the rot and decay, and the rise in ethnic politics; everything that has held us back. It’s okay to beat that generation over the head with our woes, but ... Read More »

Sagay: Time to tame the anger

Prof. Itse Sagay is no doubt an angry man from many indications. The nationally renowned professor of law and now Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in the Buhari presidency is not a happy camper, most specifically when he must lend Nigerians his opinions on some issues of national importance. Sagay has left them with no doubt that he ... Read More »

Where is Nnamdi Kanu?

According to radical writer, Tariq Ali, a true revolutionary is one who disregards personal safety in the pursuit of one’s beliefs. He cited Che Guavara who left the comforts of Argentina to fight in the jungles of Bolivia and died while in combat. He never failed to also mention Malcolm X as one of his heroes who was to meet ... Read More »

Kanu, Biafra And Its Disciples

When the founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike, told The Interview in August that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, NnamdiKanu, was being used to destroy Biafra, I thought it was their private fight playing out at last.   In the early days of MASSOB when Uwazuruike was ... Read More »

Alhassan And The Game Of Long Knives

Those who thought that Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting would be the political funeral for Minister of Women Affairs Aisha Alhassan may have exaggerated her dilemma after all.   She may well have had her letter of resignation in her bag, but in the end President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t push her over the edge – yet. After many years in ... Read More »

Minister Warns Against Politicizing Nigeria’s Exit From Recession

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has warned against the politicization of the country’s recent emergence from recession. The Minister, who stated this when he received the Broadcast Media Editors on a courtesy visit in Abuja on Friday, said politicizing the nation’s triumph over recession is a disservice to the people of Nigeria. “To naysayers, I will say: ... Read More »

Private Letter To Kenyatta

Mr. President, I can imagine your disappointment last week after the ruling of the Supreme Court declaring your election null and void. Four out of six justices nullified an election in which 10.6 million or 54 percent voted for you as their choice, each Justice assuming the equivalent or more of 2.6 million Kenyan votes. This can only make sense ... Read More »