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Running the Last Mile Against the Run of Play

Even with all the events prior to the 2015 presidential election, a more studious management of the election’s ‘last mile’ would still have re-elected Jonathan.                       Nigeria’s democracy is really evolving. My egbon, Olusegun Adeniyi’s book, Against the Run of Play, is a prudent inventory […]

Like the Flight of the Chicken?

Just as the chicken cannot sustain its flight for a long period, an economy can also easily return to ground shortly after takeoff. 10.07.2006 The recent cabinet reshuffle by Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo received mild analytical treatment in media commentaries and ‘beer parlour’ discourses across the country. This is in tune with our perceptions of […]

Living Dangerously

These are trying times for Nigeria’s president and the country he leads 21.02.2006 Nigeria’s volatile but oil-rich Niger Delta region has quaked again. For the second time in less than a month, militant youths kidnapped international oil workers and threatened to blow up oil pipelines and installations. Multinational oil giant, Shell, shut down twenty percent […]

Deconstructing the Third Term Mantra

21.02.2006 By describing it as a “bogey”, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu’s recent satiric approach to the third term mantra has added a rather interesting dimension to it and he came down heavily on his former colleagues of the written word by blaming them for generating an unnecessary and unwarranted hypnosis on a vacuous inanimate creature. I […]

Obasanjo, Atiku and Imperial Presidentialism

27.09.2005 It started with that THISDAY interview. Nigeria’s hitherto taciturn Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has ruffled some feathers with his comments that have been construed to represent an affront on his boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo. When the Vice President granted what I consider a harmless interview to THISDAY newspapers, two issues stood out from it. […]

Bigger Than Obasanjo And Ogbeh

05.01.2005 We are accustomed with spoken and written words warning past and present Nigerian leaders of the declining conditions of our nation. However, the unique thing about the letter that the Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh’s wrote to President Olusegun Obasanjo is that it came from not just a member of the ‘family’ […]

Deconstructing the Obasanjo presidency

04.26.2003 Such joy. It was that day in May 1999 when the evolution of the Nigerian nation-state took a remarkable turn with the inauguration of a civilian government. The day that marked the emancipation of the Nigerian people from the jackboots of military occupation that had suffused our polity since the overthrow of the Second […]

On LBJ and OBJ, for whom the bell tolls

02.12.2001   “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as President” — Former US President Lyndon B. Johnson, on March 31, 1968. The words quoted above saw the glorious exit of President Lyndon Baines Johnson from US Presidential Politics. The man popularly called LBJ was […]