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Nigerian Civil Servants Can Play Too Much

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Chinyere Fred-Adegbulugbe


When former Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, told the Senate and Nigerians during a ministerial screening that he never signed a cheque while governing the state, the country erupted in pure disbelief. The famous ‘Children of Anger’ on social media responded robustly with insinuations and accompanying memes.

Judges’ Recall And Malami’s Crocodile Tears

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


The government of President Muhammadu Buhari just boxed itself into a corner and the National Judicial Council (NJC) is very pleased to beat the government with a big stick.

One Week, Two Dramas: Who Will Save Okorocha From Himself?

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


Whenever I’m about to forget what it means to be a politician in these parts, I remind myself of the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha. He combines the drama and ebullience of Ayo Fayose with the shenanigans and hubris of Wada Nas. The fellow just keeps your jaw agape, making you laugh and cry at once.

Two Years Of Buhari. How Did We Survive?

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


There have been times when I asked myself how we ended up with President Muhammadu Buhari again.

Two years and half way into his first term, the charm that gave Buhari a historic victory over Goodluck Jonathan’s government appears to have faded, leading to troubling comparisons with that incompetent government.

Who Will Save Us From The African Big Man?

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


There are many African proverbs that convey the importance and place of family bond in society. One of my mother’s favourites was, “Nwene nmadu bu uko ogbo.” The literal English translation is, “Your brother or sister is your covering or your cloth.”

Dangerous Politics Of Buhari’s Health

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


I don’t know if protocol will permit it. But it would not be a bad idea for the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to visit President Muhammadu Buhari at the London hospital where the Nigerian president is being treated.

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Not Against The Run Of Play

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


If, like me, you supported a change of government in 2015 and have been asking yourself why, then you should read the new book by leading columnist and Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Olusegun Adeniyi.

Adeniyi’s book, entitled, “Against the run of play,” is the most eloquent single contemporary repository of why former President Goodluck Jonathan had to go.

Sanusi: Herdsman, Iconoclast Or Pretender?

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


Sarkin Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, is in the eye of the storm and it seems the only way he can overcome it is to remain controversial.

Almajiri And The Future Of The Nigerian Project

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The number of almajiri children on the streets in the towns and cities of Northern Nigeria is humongous. It is said there may be as many as three million in Kano State alone.

Dogara, El-Rufai And Security Vote

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


Speaker Yakubu Dogara meant it as a joke. When he dared Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to remove the log in his own eye by publishing the state’s security vote and how local government funds were disbursed, Dogara was sure it would be over the governor’s dead body.