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2019: Looking beyond the APC and PDP

I believe in the formation of a radical, spirited and peoples’ centered political movement in Nigeria, a movement that is designed with a specific mandate to redeem and salvage Nigeria. We urgently need a mass movement that will place Nigeria above other considerations.

Youths boo Mike Ozekhome at Gani Fawehinmi lecture

There was drama at the 14th Annual Chief Gani Fawenhimi Lecture in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday as some youths booed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who was one of the discussants.

Okada accidents and a wailing President

Lightning shone into the black night, forewarning about the fast-approaching downpour. Then, thunder bellowed from behind the ominous clouds, forearming mortals to scamper to safety for the gods of the sky were about to embrace their earthly counterparts in a seasonal relationship that multiplies the toil of the farmer.

I have survived several coup as APC chairman – John Odigie-Oyegun

The APC chairman also said that left for the nation’s elites, President Muhammadu Buhari would never become President, adding that President Buhari’s Presidency was made possible by the common people in the country.

Awaiting the names of recipients of national honours

The process for the award of National Honours has begun. Hopefully the recipients will be known before April. It will be the first time President Muhammadu Buhari will bestow such honours on deserving Nigerians. Already candidates have been shortlisted. And I understand that further request has been sent to the President for final approval.

2019: Time to take back our country

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has been in the news lately over the outcome of the competence test he administered on teachers in the state with about 22,000 teachers failing Primary Four test questions.

Like Ken Saro-Wiwa, like Nnamdi Kanu

The ‘persecution’ of the Ogoni leaders was expected but the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the other accused persons-minus Mittee- was a real surprise. Both Ken Saro-wiwa and Gani Fawehinmi knew the trial was a sham. As I explained to the Newsweek magazine, the Auta tribunal was a ‘hangman’s court’.

Where is Nnamdi Kanu?

If the IPOB is forced to arms, this government would have opened a very dangerous front the end of which no one can legitimately foresee. Where is Nnamdi Kanu? The governors of the East and President Buhari must give us answers, and quickly too

Why Nigeria needs Sagay in fight against corruption

When President Muhammadu Buhari, renowned for his integrity and anti-corruption stance, appointed a professor of law and civil rights activist, Itse Sagay, in August 2015, as head of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, close friends described it as one appointment whose time had come.

The challenges ahead of Nigerian youths

The internet is a giver of false hopes and confidence. I want to believe that the power of the internet is exaggerated and overrated in our dearly beloved country.

Fayose is suffering from ‘mouth diarrhoea’ – Kashamu

Buruji Kashamu, a Peoples Democratic Party senator from Ogun-east senatorial district, has described Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, as an “opportunist” who is suffering from “mouth diarrhoea”.

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