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Python Dance and the bite of Biafra

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the army chief, is a famous snake farmer. Naturally, he had no hesitation in unleashing pythons on south-eastern Nigeria to enforce the peace. The pythons have been dancing dangerously.

Buhari has to work with Igbo elites

No matter how irritating IPOB must have been to the current administration, it scored an own goal by deploying soldiers to the south east. Even if the soldiers are taken away from the streets today, the damage has already been done.

Ways to Nigeria’s present criminal revolution

The military involvements in politics for twenty-nine years out of Nigeria’s fifty-seven years of independence has drawn back and miniaturized the sense of democracy and good governance among Nigerian political leaders so much that political discussions are no longer issue-based or interesting.

Why the Presidency should save PenCom from politics

There are also other instances, such as the recent removal of the former Director General — Ms Chinelo Anohu-Amazu — and the entire management of the National Pension Commission, where the rights of the Presidency to execute such orders are being contested.

Python dance, army and suspicions

The controversies trailing the deployment of armed soldiers to the hitherto peaceful South East of Nigeria has brought to the fore several fundamental issues that ought to be sufficiently addressed regarding the foundation of the military institution in Nigeria.

Alhassan and the game of long knives

Those who thought that Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting would be the political funeral for Minister of Women Affairs Aisha Alhassan may have exaggerated her dilemma after all.

Is Atiku really APC’s problem?

The third point is a corollary of the second and it is their tendency for unmitigated self-destruct. Nothing but a mighty fall awaits people who fail to learn from the past.

Much ado about Aisha Alhassan

So much dust, which all amounts to a huge storm in a tea cup, has been raised about the statement made by Aisha Alhassan, the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, that she would support former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, against her current boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2019 presidential race.

Mama Taraba and the APC crisis

Mama Taraba is Senator Aisha Alhassan, the current Minister of Women Affairs in the Muhammadu Buhari cabinet, and arguably the most influential female politician in Taraba state today. She did something shocking and unusual in Nigerian politics during the last Eid-el-Kabir holidays.

Ending insurgency and rebuilding the North East

Indiscriminate attacks by the insurgents also resulted in displaced people from the affected States taking refuge in neighnouring countries such as, Cameroun, Chad and Niger. Large number of the insurgency impacted population from the affected States were also forced to take refuge in many States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Kenyan Supreme Court ruling and democracy in Africa

As expected, the Supreme Court’s annulment of Kenya’s August 8 presidential election over “irregularities and illegalities” has provoked mixed reactions

Why Python Dance two is unconstitutional

The Nigeria Army has just announced that the reason for the heightened state of military deployment in the Igbo speaking South East of Nigeria is to enable her men and officers to stage what they code named as operation Python Dance part two or in Igbo the exercise is called Egwu Eke 11.

Electoral justice in Kenya and Nigeria

Both Nigeria and Kenya have been battling with electoral malpractice and political violence for over a decade. The 2007 general election in Nigeria was truly a “do or die” affair as declared by President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Atiku Abubakar and the gathering moss

As part of his manifesto for the 2007 presidential elections, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar advocated the creation of a Ministry of Niger Delta to fast-track development in the troubled Niger Delta region.

Senator Aisha, El-Rufai and Chibok girls

When my good friend Dr. Benjamin tagged me to the link, having earlier seen Churchill Umoren’s gleeful post on the same matter, I simply ‘waka pass’ because I just knew it was implausible that the minister did indeed said so.

Atiku and the other Aisha

But two different, though related, events last week brought in a fresh vista on the growing Atiku phenomenon. On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Atiku in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa service accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of sidelining him.

APC: Tormented by absentee leadership, inertia

Make believe, lethargy; these are two words that best describe the general political tendency of All Progressives Congress (APC). And nothing exemplifies APC’s sluggish and seemingly ineffectual leadership than its failure to organise a midterm convention.

APC: Enthroning communist type dictatorship

We advised not long ago that in no time, issues around 2019 would dominate the political space and push serious governance challenges to the sidelines. But we did not predict the speed at which it would unravel and that it might take the shape of some wild occurrence, like a hurricane. Yes, hurricane 2019 has landed our shores.

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