Owerri: Nero Fiddles While Rome Burns

By Comfort Obi Students of history would, of course, remember Nero, the frivolous Emperor of the Roman Empire who famously fiddled while Rome burnt. In the South-East where I come from, nothing could be nearer the truth than Nero’s story. Most of our leaders play while the region burns. They engage in frivolities and big-manism while the region is systematically being destroyed. You will excuse me to use the tragedy that is the Ekeukwu market in Owerri as a typical example. For two years, almost, the case of the famous…

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FG Offers Kidnappers Job

Neither Akeredolu, Nor Boroh By Comfort Obi When I first read the story, my initial reaction was: this is an irresponsible joke, especially given the profile of the person it was attributed to. It was no less a person than the Presidential Adviser on Amnesty Programme, retired Brig-Gen Paul Boroh. But it was no joke. For, Boroh was soon joined by another high profile government official in the thoughtless, insensitive statement – Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo state. What makes Akeredolu’s statement worse than Boroh’s is that Akeredolu is…

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More Wives, More Misery

Ray Ekpu

By Ray Ekpu On the last International Women’s  Day, Nigerian Senators bared their minds on the issue of women in Nigeria. The views of two Senators caught my attention: Remi Tinubu and Senate Leader Ali Ndume. Mrs Tinubu, former First Lady of Lagos State, and now second term senator, urged men not only to befriend women but also to marry them. This is a reasonable advice from someone who is married. But the implicit assumption here is that all men and, indeed, all women would want to get married. It…

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Audu Vs The EFCC

By Comfort Obi A scandalous scene played out at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, before the Hon. Justice Ademola Adeniyi. The actors were a former governor of Kogi state, Abubakar Audu, his police orderly, an Inspector, and an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Haruna Ashade. The EFCC has been after Audu formerly of the PDP, but now with the APC, over alleged corruption while in office. Like the cases involving a couple of his colleagues, his is taking eternity to…

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