Maina: The story behind the story

Maina has become the buzzword in the Nigerian media space. Prior to this period, nobody mentioned Abulrashid Maina even though he has been known to be around in the country by to government functionaries. His is a story of intrigues, power play, and diversion by the powers that be to possibly divert attention from the Kachikwu-Baru saga. Unfortunately, it ended up as the greatest embarrassment this government has had so far in terms of anti corruption war. The Maina story is typical of the conspiracy among top Nigerian political class.…

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The Rage Of Nature

Nature seem to rage at humans as rains unleash flood all over the world with devastating consequences By Uche Mbah Its a monster. It is deadly. It is a Hurricane. Its in a rage. It is Irma. The purr of Irma touched down at the Florida Keys in a rage, battering the Peninsula with 145mph gusts. It flooded downtown Miami, battering the die hard stay-backs-as for example, st. Petersburg, where many refused to leave- after millions were ordered to evacuate.It left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, and according…

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Makarfi’s PDP: Regrouping for 2019 presidency

Since the Supreme court Judgement in favor of the Makarfi led faction of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, activities has heightened on the hustling and repositioning for elective posts in the party. This is in preparations for a National convention that will fine tune the quest for the reclaiming of power from the ruling All progressives congress, APC. Part of the major restructuring is the selection of the National flag-bearer for the party. Already the justlings has begun. The list is endless: Ahmed Makarfi, Sule Lamido,David Mark, Donald Duke, Peter…

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Osinbajo’s visit to Buhari in London

The metaphorical converse between Shehu Sanni and Aisha Buhari may have yielded fruits as the Acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, did a quick dash to the United kingdom where President Muhammadu Buhari has been holed up for more than sixty days on Medical tourism. Although sources indicate that the trip has been planned for over three weeks beforehand, it appears that the currently trending Animal metaphor has fast tracked the movement. Senator Shehu Sanni, from Kaduna state, who has been having a running battle with the dimunitive Kaduna state governor, Nasir…

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A step to crisis

The recent quit notice given by the Arewa Youths to Nigerians of Igbo extraction who are agitating for the Sovereign state of Biafra has continued to elicit more reactions from Nigerians. It will be recalled that the a group that described themselves as Arewa youths have given the Igbos three months to leave the Northern zone or they will have themselves to blame, hinting at the intentions of confiscating properties left by fleeing Igbos- a repeat of the Post civil war situation when communities in the current Rivers state labeled…

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Nnamdi Kanu’s metamorphosis

The recent sit at home order by the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, which was adjudged successful by available standards, has dominated the media space since it was ended on May 30th. It was done ostensibly to remember the fallen heroes of Biafra. The whole of the South East and many parts of South south were completely on lock-down. Port Harcourt was a ghost of itself. So was Aba, Owerri, Enugu, and Onitsha.This was only a day after Nigeria celebrated Democracy day presided over by the Acting President,…

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Buhari buckles under pressure, Suspends SGF

President Mohamed Buhari surprised pundits by coming hard on some of the musketeers in Aso Rock, Babchir Lawal and Ambassador Ayo Oke. Lawal was axed due to the long standing case of Grass cutting at the Internally Displaced Person’s, IDP, camp. It was gathered that the president was being blind shielded as to the true situation of things by those who would want to rule on his behalf and feed him false information. sources indicated that the rubbishing of the anti corruption war- the only program the APC government is…

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Buhari’s Men Plot Magu’s Removal

By Bayo Bernard Barely few days after the Department of State Services, DSS released another damning report on the chairman of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC, the anxiety looms in the anti-graft agency over the fate of the police officer. In the report the DSS narrated how the EFCC boss’ Abuja N40 million apartment was paid for outside the commission funds. The secret police also narrated how Magu was arrested during the tenure of Farida Waziri as EFCC boss. He was alleged to have stolen documents belonging to…

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Obasanjo On Buhari: The Shape of Things To Come?

Analysts smell 2019 as long drawn spat between two old foxes looms By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Former president Olusegun Obasanjo is not one to speak tongue in cheek. Last week when the former President took on President Mohammadu Buhari, he did not disappoint.At the first Akintola Williams Annual Lecture in Lagos last Wednesday,Obasanjo, for the first time since Buhari’s dramatic ascension to office as democratically elected president,threw punches on the APC-led federal government, asking President Buhari to stop the excuses and face governance. Its not immediately clear if the relationship between…

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Where is Sheik El Zakzaky?

Amid renewed bloody clashes between members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN and security forces, pressure mounts on President Muhammadu Buhari to release incarcerated leader of Shiites in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky By Bayo Bernard The Islamic Republic of Iran is closely watching events in Nigeria as security forces in the country intensify clampdown on the Shiite religious sect in the country. The Arab military power has also stepped up underground diplomatic moves with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to stem the continued bloody clashes by members of the sect…

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Uneasy Trump Card

Donald Trump wins the American Presidential election, but is haunted by election promises and disaffected Americans By Uche Mbah Fallout of Donald Trump election: California wants to opt out of the United States of America. And this is official. A”Yes California” campaign is currently gaining momentum backing an independence referendum supporting a constitutional exit of the state from the US. 60% of the state’s voters supported the presidential loser, Hillary Clinton. “As the sixth largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population…

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Niger Delta: Buhari’s Olive Branch

Niger Delta  leaders  present a 16-point agenda for restoration of peace in the region amid raging violence By Oji Odu It was a long awaited landmark meeting aimed at finding lasting solutions to the Niger Delta crisis that had severely strangulated the nation’s revenue. How far will it go to check the increased militancy in the region that provides the revenue base of the nation and agitations by other separatist groups in the country who feel short-changed in the Nigerian union is the question many ask? Tuesday, November 1, 2016,…

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The Algerian Hurdle

Gernot Rohr-led Super Eagles faces a herculean task in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers By Akinwale Kasali Can he successfully scale the Algerian hurdle? Will this be his third win in a row? Does he have the quality of players to defeat the Desert Foxes? These and many more questions are begging for answers, which only coach Gernot Rohr and his players has answers to. Come 12th November, 2016, the Godswill Akpabio International stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, will witness a massive crowd when the Super Eagles of…

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Edo: All Hail Oba Erediauwa

The Ritual Journey from Uselu signals the coronation of crown Prince, His Royal Highness (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa,  as the new Oba of Benin Kingdom By Walid Ogunseri /Benin City Penultimate Saturday, October 8th, Eheneden Eradiauwa, the Crown Prince of Benin kingdom left his palace at Uselu  and was escorted by Chiefs from the Uselu Community to Benin Kingdom ancestorial home of the Oba of Benin. The Source learnt  that immediately he left  the Edaiken Palace, the Ugha was closed and may not be inhabited again until a new Edaiken is…

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Aisha Buhari: The Inside Story of An Unsettling Spat

The public spat between President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha throws  up shocking revelations By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The dust raised by Aisha Buhari’s unexpected outburst about her husband in the foreign media  and the President’s stinging response, is far from settling. Political analysts, credible party  and Aso Rock sources have spoken of disturbing theories that could have given vent to the Buhari-wife spat. There is the Tinubu angle to the exchange of darts between the President and the First Lady. It has been alleged that Mrs Buhari played a…

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War On Judges

President Muhammadu Buhari bares his fangs against judges in his avowed quest to clean the Augean stable of the Nigerian judiciary By Bayo Bernard President Muhammadu Buhari delivered a bitter parting gift to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Mohammed Mahmoud few days to his retirement due for later this year. The judiciary under you is corrupt was the verdict passed on Mahmoud whose tenure as CJN terminates  in November. In the middle of the night of October 9,  the president ordered the nation’s secret police, the Department of State…

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Freedom For Some

More than two years after  276 Chibok schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram, 21 of them are released by the sect. What could have informed this  gesture? By Femi Oluokun On Thursday, October 13, 2016 Nigerians awoke to a cheery news; that 21 of out of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls herded from their beds in April 2014 have been freed.  This declaration was made known by  presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who told newsmen that the released girls are safely in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS. But…

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IDPs: Buhari’s Big Headache

Worsening condition and corruption in Internally Displaced Persons camps in the North easat has  become an embarrassment for  President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration By Bayo Bernard By the time the over N32 million Senate’s donation gets to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Nigeria’s north east, it might be too late as many of them would have died of hunger and malnutrition. Recently, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, during a visit to IDP camps in the state, was  moved by the plight of 61 persons with acute   malnutrition and immediately…

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APC: Broom And its Loosening Bunch

APC explodes as its  muted crisis berths in the public domain By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Internal wranglings brewing in the All Progressives Congress, APC has now boiled over. And its reverbrating effects on the party, according to political analysts, will be dire and blistering. It took APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s scathing attack on the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun last week, for the simmering crisis in the ruling party to blow open.Tinubu took Oyegun to the cleaners over the latter’s role in the controversial Ondo APC guber…

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Alarm Bell

The 2019 elections may not hold if Resident Electoral Commissioners are not appointed on time By Uche Mbah The Independent National Electoral Commission,  INEC handling of the Edo governorship election has become controversial, adding to the uncertainties that are currently bedeviling the commission and its ability to conduct credible elections. Last week, the senate expressed concern over the nonchalance of the All Progressivs Congress APC-led government in replacing INEC commissioners whose tenures have expired. INEC commissioners are absent in 20 of the 36 states of the federation. For that reason,…

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