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State of Mind

Reflection on the Nigerian presidential election

Nigeria held a presidential election on March 28, 2015. Most Igbos supported the candidacy of Goodluck Jonathan. However, to those with eyes to see the moment Hausas and Yorubas formed an alliance it was obvious that Mohammadu Buhari was likely to win the Northern and Western states hence win the ...

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What are Igbos options in the Buharian age?

Every event has teaching and learning lessons for those involved with it. Thus, the just concluded national elections in Nigeria have lessons for Igbos. It behooves Igbos to learn those lessons or ignore them and keep doing things as they did before and reap the same results while expecting different ...

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An open letter to president elect, Mohammandu Buhari

My dear Mohammadu Buhari, may I join the millions of Nigerians in congratulating you for winning the 2015 Nigerian election to become the president. We all look forward to your stewardship of the Nigerian ship of state during the next four years, and, hopefully, during the next eight years. However, ...

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What are elections in Nigeria for?

Harold Lasswell (1936) defines politics as “Who Gets What, When, and How”. Those in political power decide who gets what from their particular human polity. In democratic countries, elections decide who gets to be in power and thus decide who gets what from their particular human polity. There will be ...

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Can Nigerian political parties ever become ideological?

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If you pay attention to the current electioneering in Nigeria (March, 2015) and listen to the two main political parties, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressive Congress, APC you would notice that neither party has stated its agenda; neither has told Nigerians what it wants to do ...

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Nigeria’s Military: A Sad Reflection

For Nigeria’s military, times have never been this challenging. Plagued on the one hand by the fiendish activities of some twisted minds that have taken over a vast cut of the country’s northeast region, it is on the other assailed first by the charge of corruption against its leadership by ...

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Is benevolent dictatorship the alternative for Nigeria?

In my opinion, Democracy is the worst form of government; Winston Churchill agrees with my assessment but said that the problem is that the alternatives to it are worse! Every five years, or so elections are held and the people’s votes are tabulated. Assuming that the elections were held in ...

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Rejoinder: Wunmi Akintide rained on my Buhari parade!

Dr. Wunmi Akintide’s article, “Awolowo the most accomplished Yoruba leader; Akintola the first Yoruba politician to envisage Hausas/Fulani/Yoruba collaboration” momentarily rained on my parade for the election of Buhari as the president of Nigeria. I had joined the parade to get Buhari elected president solely because of his antecedent behaviours; ...

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The need to be tactful and diplomatic in talking about Nigeria’s ethnic groups

Nigeria is composed of many ethnic groups, the major ones are Hausas, Fulani’s, Kanuris, Yorubas, Igbos, Edos, Ijaws, Urobos, Idomas, Efiks, and Tivis. Each of these ethnic groups can be a state, a country in its own right. Each has its own culture and world view that is distinct from ...

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Why I support General Mohammadu Buhari

When you are conducting job interviews your goal, if you are rational, is to find the person who can best do the job as specified by your work organization. Presidential elections are hiring interviews, this time the interview is conducted by the entire nation. The entire nation want to find ...

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Igbos have done it, again!

Igbos have done it, again!

With the choice that Buhari made regarding his vice president (Buhari, Hausa-Fulani; Ideagbo, Yoruba; it is 1983 all over, again) the party henceforth could be considered a Hausa-Fulani and Yoruba party. It is now the party of those who prosecuted the Nigerian civil war. Igbos probably would see it as ...

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Every person needs a philosophy

Every person needs a philosophy, a frame of reference to which he refers everything that happens to him and in the world. A good frame of reference is not necessarily true but referring the events of this world to it enables one to make sense of the things that happen ...

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