Aisha: A First Lady’s Frustration

By Comfort Obi I don’t know if the Presidency and the  leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are nervous about First Lady, Aisha Buhari. And if they are wringing their palms in helplessness. But in their shoes I would, each time she dares out.  Nothing captures the  helplessness in the Presidency over Mrs Buhari’s unpredictability  than this cartoon in The Punch newspaper of Thursday, December 6. President Muhammadu Buhari,  Aisha’s husband, was busy at his desk when the newscaster began to read the news. He looked up, and it was the First Lady’s…

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Mbaka: Blackmailing In God’s Name

By Comfort Obi If you are of the Christian faith, you must be embarrassed by what happened on Sunday, December 2, at the Adoration Catholic Prayer Ministry, Emene, Enugu. On that day, the Christian Faith was dragged in the mud. And this, by a Priest of the Roman Catholic Church. The Adoration Catholic Ministry was founded by  its Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka. Even though he is an ordained Priest of the Roman Catholic Church, Mbaka seems to be on his own. He has tens of thousands of adherents…

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Betty: A Woman of Steel

By Comfort Obi Even though we are from the same state and zone, Imo, Owerri, I first met Ondo state First Lady, Betty Anyanwu- Akeredolu on the pages of newspapers before I met her physically this other day in Akure. Let me also disclose that we attended the same secondary school – Egbu Girls, in Owerri North LGA – but I didn’t quite take note. I was her junior, and you know, at the time, junior students held their senior students very much in awe. But our paths crossed on…

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How Nigeria Killed Ras Kimono’s Wife

By Comfort Obi Until she died on Saturday,  September 22, 2018, perhaps, not many Nigerians, outside the music industry, knew Efemena Okedi. She was the wife of late reggae music star, Ras Kimono. Popular within  her circle as Efe, she also doubled as her husband’s manager. She died suddenly, barely three months after her husband,  also, died suddenly on his way to the USA. Efe was buried about a month ago.  So why am I just talking about her provocative passing now? In fact, I asked myself the same question several…

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The State, Kanu, Abaribe & Co.

By Comfort Obi I don’t know what these three people – Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Priest, Immanuel Shalom, and an Abuja-based Chattered Accountant, Tochukwu Uchendu –  are thinking about now.  But in their shoes, I will be full of regrets. I will be walking the wall in anger, and l will be screaming blue murder. The three gentlemen are in trouble. And that is putting it mildly. They are about to lose a 100 million Naira, each. And if they take things for granted, it could be worse. They have…

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Imo: The Emperor Loses His Empire

By Comfort Obi One of the most celebrated Emperors in Nigeria is fast losing his empire. He is working very hard to cling to it. But the empire is slipping. The once beloved Emperor is on a long lonely road. For him, sunset beckons. And dreams seem to be dying fast. And hard. The Emperor’s admirers are bewildered. They want to be woken up from what they think is a nightmare. But not a few people are laughing at him. And the chorus is: Serves him right. If anybody ever…

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Where Are Governor Ganduje’s Children?o

IBy Comfort Obi By way of introduction,  Dr Abdullahi Ganduje is the governor of Kano state.  Many Nigerians don’t know the names of their governors. And may not even be able to identify them physically.  In 2017, during an interview at the Police Academy Wudili, Kano, to select candidates – Cadet ASPs –  for that session, I had asked a candidate from Zamfara state  the name of his state governor. I drew blank. When I insisted, he mentioned the name of a former governor of the state. Here is why:…

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No Tears For Shehu Sani

By Comfort Obi Nigeria may lose the contributions of one of its celebrated Senators when a new National Assembly wil be, all things being equal,  inaugurated in June 2019. Senator Shehu Sani, Kaduna Central, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Pint-sized, but lion-hearted, Sani is, without a doubt, one of the most courageous and effective Senators in the current  NASS. He does not suffer fools gladly. He has the right words for every situation. He is not one of the deaf and dumb Senators. He is not…

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Again, Governor Umahi Mis-speaks

By Comfort Obi If you have been following the news this past week, then you must be familiar with the comments of Dave Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi state. Umahi has been in the news, and considering that it is not often that he makes news, he must be celebrating. And, why is he in the news?  He is at pains over the selection of Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, as the running mate to the Presidential candidate of the PDP,  Atiku Abubarkar. No matter how much he tries,…

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Fayose: Time To Call His Bluff

By Comfort Obi I don’t know how many of you who read what the out-going governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, said after the PDP Presidential Primary in PH, Rivers state. I read it. So, briefly. In the aftermath of the failure of the urbane Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, to clinch the presidential ticket due to former Vice President Atiku Abubarkar’s landslide victory, Fayose’s anger boiled over. So, like a wild fire, he has been raging. And he is threatening the PDP with fire and brimstone. He says he…

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