Ambode: Nigeria’s Most Powerless Governor

By Comfort Obi Even though I’m not a great fan of the very many awards given to state governors by some media houses, I usually have fun when invited to the ceremonies. The yearly rituals have been reduced to an all-comers affair. Even then, there are two awards I think the Media should institute.  One is that of the Worst Performing Governors. Awardees will never come to receive such awards, but they will take note and, work hard to get off the bottom of the table. The second award, I…

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The Lamentations of Okorocha

By Comfort Obi Life is full of ironies.  It can pull unbelievable surprise.  Ask Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha. He has just been suspended from his party, the All Progressives Congress, a party he was very proud of. In suspending him, the state APC chairman, Marcelinus Nlemigbo, said the governor has become bad news for the party. He said the man has become a betrayer; that he has embarked on, and engaged in,  anti-party activities and so, an embarrassment to the party. So, the party kicked him out. It is…

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2023: Attention: Ngige & Osita

By Comfort Obi In the past one year, aside from being the Minister for Labour, Chris Ngige, a medical doctor, has been engaged in another assignment which he considers very important. It is to convince his South-east people that one of their own will be Nigeria’s President in 2023. But Ngige attached a condition. The region must vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office in 2019, or forget the Presidency. On this, Ngige is in the good company of Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria,…

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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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