How Okorocha ‘garnisheed’ Imo for his last supper

Rochas Okorocha

By Steve Osuji That the eight-year reign of Governor Rochas Okorocha left Imo State a wasteland is common knowledge to most Imo people. Our people are not stupid. Indeed, they are witnesses to the vandalism callously meted against their state. They are also aware of the vicious vendetta Okorocha unleashed on our mother land in the two months after he lost the guber election. Since he never planned for an exit, the loss at the polls sent him into what one wants to describe as a paroxysm of  plunderation. It’s…

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Second Term; Oshiomhole As A Governing Cancer

Adams Oshiomhole

By SKC Ogbonnia In a pre-election piece, “APC Risks A Crushing Defeat With Oshiomhole As Chairman”, I managed to put into words that the party’s “problem begins with the man’s personality. Oshiomhole, as a party chairman, comes across as a shambolic-cum-egocentric character understandably desperate for attention after leaving office as Edo State governor. In short, the APC has found itself in a situation akin to the proverbial quagmire, where a crown was mistakenly placed on a clown, and the natives were expecting him to perform like a king. For sure,…

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Buhari’s Expired Clueless Men; What He Should Do Now

Muhammadu Buhari

By SKC Ogbonnia President Muhammadu Buhari would have been recorded as the worst Nigerian leader—ever, if he had lost the 2019 presidential election. Yet, his victory was not due to any popularity with the Nigerian people. And it had nothing to do with any electoral manipulation as commonly claimed within the opposition ranks. Buhari merely emerged as a better alternative in an election generally viewed as a binary contest between a devil and the deep blue sea. But the poor public perception of the president was equally neither lack of…

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Before the Planned Downgrading of an Igbo Man in Enugu State

Akam Ibiam International Airport, Enugu

By Gwiyi Solomon Either way, the Federal Government’s decision to close or downgrade the Akanu-Ibiam International Airport as revealed by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, is an ill wind – ill-conceived, ill-timed and ill-delivered. Again, an Igbo man’s place in the conflagration called “Nigeria” has been brought to the fore for re-examination. Aside the fact that Ndigbo have been at the receiving end of virulent marginalisation, utter negligence and other gross ill treatments since coming on board of the present Federal government; no economic viable country would…

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Don’t Commit That Suicide

By Adewale Kupoluyi The increasing cases of suicide in the nation require paying of closer attention to the problem.  In the last few days, weeks and months, many people, mostly youths and young people have taken their lives prematurely. Not only is the country losing a chunk of its priceless assets, family, friends and well-wishers of suicide victims are thrown into despair and monumental tragedy. At the end, it is the society at large that losses out. A recent report of the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that every 40 seconds,…

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Ihedioha: From the Green Chamber to Douglas House

Emeka Ihedioha, Imo State

By Hon. Victor Afam Ogene When the Imo state electorate chose the Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as their next governor, at the last election, it was a bold statement anchored on an informed judgement. Their action was a clear message that “leadership is a serious business that is sustained by trust and  evaluated by its level of responsibility and responsiveness.” That apparently was the verdict that ensured that the people openly rejected Uche Nwosu, the son in-law of the outgoing governor, Rochas Okorocha, who he had presented as his preferred…

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Can El-Rufai bring down the Wall of Bourdillon?

Nasir El-Rufai

By Gwiyi Solomon To the residents and inhabitants of the Federal capital Territory, FCT, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai’s name remains an anathema; it sends jitters to their spines as his destructive tendency, callously demonstrated during his implementation of the Abuja master plan, as FCT minister, remains a major scar on his victims. To the non-Muslim communities across the nation, particularly the Christian group, and to the defenseless indigenous people of Southern Kaduna, “El-Rufai is a religious bigot, a terror in the day, ethnic extremist at night and bloody chief executive of all…

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Re: Nwodo, An enemy of Ndigbo?

By Gwiyi Solomon Indeed, Ndigbo have no regards and respect for constituted authorities in their own lands. Probably, our long aged practice of liberalism and freedom, in terms of choice of where to pay loyalty, liberty of expression and flexibility in association is heavily taking a toll on the supposed oneness and adulation to the regional powers, Nigeria is known with. Without equivocation, no tribe in Nigeria will decimate its own regional power in the manner an Igbo would do. I can recall the threats by a monarch in Lagos,…

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SB Abubakar: A Harvest of Firsts, Built on a Solid Vision

By Emma Agu One of the paradoxes of the current fixation with partisan political debates and controversies is the tendency to lose sight of some sublime and era-defining achievements, taking place across the length and breadth of Nigeria. Time and again, ‘ordinary’ people, led by men and women, with uncommon vision, are busy doing great things that not only impact on the present but hold the key to unlocking the future greatness of the societies in which they live. These leaders are the dreamers. To them, once placed in a position…

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RE: Peter Obi, Ghost of the Past and Reality of Today

By Valentine Obienyem With great disappointment and distaste, I read the above-titled piece supposedly written by one Abdullahi Haruna. It was indeed like a tour of a lunatic asylum. What are his contentions? It was clearly sponsored by those who are dismayed that the Vice-Presidential candidate of the PDP, Mr. Peter Obi has no common fault that are observed among many Nigerian politicians and in desperation concoct tales, which defy all logic. The unidentifiable Haruna submitted falsely that as Governor of Anambra State, Obi “bundled some northerners” back to their…

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