Nigeria’s Endangered Children

By Oji Odu With an estimated 13.2 million children out of school in Nigeria, 69 percent of who are from the Northern region, a figure that is the highest in the world today according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is there hope for Nigeria’s future? And with the inability of the Nigerian child to access quality education and health services, is the country not under threat of destruction and disintegration? As Nigeria celebrates Children’s Day today, UNICEF has raised alarm that in spite of many advances in the…

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Mixed Reactions Trail Buhari’s Second Chance

  By Oji Odu Why has the announcement of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the February 23, 2019 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) brought about a situation that can best be described as graveyard silence instead of the loud rejoicing that accompanies such announcement? Why are many Nigerians rather wearing long and gloomy faces? Lamenting to the Magazine, Peter Oladipo, an unemployed father of three said his current ordeal began with the announcement of President Buhari as winner of…

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Buhari: Gloom in Calabar

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu In Calabar, the capital of Cross River state,  gloom reigns. Depression and helpless are the order of the day. These started 24 hours before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared President Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the very hotly contested February 23 Presidential election. Buhari had scored over 15 million votes to defeat Atiku Abubarkar of the PDP, who scored over 11million votes. Buhari won in 19 states, while Atiku won in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Before the piecemeal announcement of the results…

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Presidential Election: Why Cross Riverians Locked down Calabar for Atiku; Onnoghen re-echoes

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The controversial suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Hon.Justice Walter Onnoghen by  President Muhammadu Buhari re-echoed Friday, February 8, 2019, in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, as tens of thousands of cheering Cross Riverians locked down the city, lined the streets and swarmed like bees in the U.J Esuene stadium to welcome PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his campaign train. Many of the enthusiastic crowd vowed to vote for all PDP candidates in the coming elections, as punishment for the APC and Buhari…

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Obasanjo, Again, Rejects Buhari

By Oji Odu Why do Some Nigerians rage and imagine and say so many things, sometimes vain, against former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whenever he says his mind on national issues or criticizes the government in power? Does he, like every other Nigerian not have the right to speech and constructive criticisms? Why is the government in power always jittery whenever Obasanjo speaks? Does that mean that the former President is not really a spent selfish force as some claim? Are his words prophetic, such that quake the wits out of…

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Atiku/Obi Ticket: Igbo Leaders’ Endorsement Rattles APC; Party Weighs Counter Measures

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Enugu stood still. It wasn’t always so but this hot Wednesday was different. The sleepy former capital of the defunct Eastern Region was playing host to a galaxy of Igbo leaders, as well as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Igbo leaders gathered to chart a course for the race while Atiku came to formally inform the race of his candidacy in next year’s presidential election and his decision to pick a son of the soil, former governor Peter Obi as his Deputy. He came not as a…

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2019 Polls: Femi Adeshina Talks Tough

By Akinwale Kasali Shortly after the meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential poll, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Thursday gave an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 presidential election notwithstanding any gang up against him. The former Editor of Sun Newspaper, is optimistic that any gang up against his principal will surely hit the rock, as president Buhari will retain the seat of power come 2019.…

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Nigeria Greedy Political Class

By Stephen Ubanna Nigeria politicians appear not to have learnt anything  from  the United States  t and  the United Kingdom political class who had developed a lasting political culture which had had led to the formation of parties with subsisting ideologies. Take for instance the United States, where  the republican and Democrats parties had evolved over the years . The situation is the same in Britain, where the Liberal, Labour and Conservatives parties exist. Politicians in these countries, based on their ideology , had pitched their tent with the right…

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