Deconstructing The Atiku Ambition

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has never hidden his ambition to be Nigeria’s president. In 1992, during the Babangida transition under what was called Option A4, he even took his first shot at the seat, under the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Chief MKO Abiola eventually emerged the presidential candidate of that party with Ambassador Babagana Kingibe as his running mate. Under the guidance of his political mentor, General Shehu Yar’Adua, Atiku rightly kept his cool and bidded for another time. Politically, Atiku has always been a creation of Generals since he joined late Gen Yar’Adua. And so it happened that when the Nigerian establishment who are indeed the Generals that were victorious during the Nigerian civil war decided in their wisdom to hand over power to one of their own, General Obasanjo, during the 1998/1999 transition to civil rule organized by General Abdulsalami Abubakar, they invited Atiku, who was then...

The Horse Of The Mouth Owner…

There was a recent meeting of “Southern Leaders” to advance their latest agenda: “restructuring”. It was led by Chief Edwin Clark, the one that forfeited some assets to the federal government for corruption when he was Commissioner in the Gowon administration who later became Ijaw “Leader” and godfather of President Jonathan. The other fellow is Chief NniaNwodo whom Shagari brought out to public limelight when he served as Special Assistant and later Minister of Aviation in the Second Republic. Nwodo was also Minister of Information in the last military administration of Gen. Abubakar. Although made by northerners into what he is, and even aspired to be president, it appears he is over rated all along as none of us thought that he could be so sectional and bigoted. They all conveniently forget that the current constitution was drafted by a committee of fifty people headed by a gentleman, Supreme...

The Medicine For Hatred Is Love

The federal government has been making frantic effort to curb the spread of hate speech. Hate speech led to the genocide of 1994 in Rwanda. Hatred has a way of destroying both the one hating and the one hated. But one can only cure hatred with love. Those spreading hatred on both sides of the divide say that the constitution guarantees them freedom of speech. Perhaps they never knew what Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada of Uganda once said: “Freedom of speech is guaranteed but I cannot guarantee your freedom after the speech”. As Eugene Enahoro, one of my favourite columnists, wrote last week in his usually incisive analysis, “these days the main threat to our unity comes from unelected ethnic leaders who capitalize on prevalent mass suffering, real socio-economic injustices and perceived discrimination to convince their kinfolks that breaking away from Nigeria is the best means of improving their...
After one hundred and three days for a follow up medical vacation in the United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Abuja on Saturday August 19, 2017 to a turmultous welcome. He was also earlier away for 49 days from January to March, this year. This column join other Nigerians in welcoming him and wishing him full recovery. Nigerians are prayerful and Buhari’s return must have been prayers answered. Both Christian and Muslim clerics and indeed millions other citizens have been offering constant prayers for his recovery since his illness was made public. Now that President Buhari is back, we hope that things are going to move very fast. Precious time has been wasted and vital opportunity has been squandered in the last two years. Buhari must know that no Nigerian leader, dead or alive, has ever had the type of goodwill that he has enjoyed from Nigerians and even beyond....

The State Of Insecurity

At St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State there was gun attack on worshippers on Sunday August 6, which left 11 people dead and eighteen others wounded. The attack occurred at about 6.30am when worshippers were attending morning Mass. Preliminary report had it that a lone gunman stormed the church in search of an alleged drug baron but that he had fled on getting wind of the plot. The gun man just opened fire indiscriminately into rows of worshippers. Police said that the incident was as a result of a feud between two individuals from the same community living outside Nigeria, one of the individuals having built the church where the shooting occurred. By every definition it was a most condemnable act. The same day the Anambra sacrilegious killing occurred in a place of worship of all places, Boko Haram militants killed 34 innocent...