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Boko Haram: This Dark Tunnel Comes Light ,By Ali M Ali

We should lose sleep.  Plenty   of it.  The renewed kamikaze aggression of Boko Haram elements   yells for frenzied vigilance. In the last couple of days, they have struck- wantonly with deadly competence. They left, in their wake, their signature mayhem-shattered limbs, dismembered bowels and dislocated lives. We beseech you our creator. Intervene. Save us from these benighted marauders. My   solemn prayer ...

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Cut Buhari Some Slack ,By Ali M Ali

This   may seem hasty, unkind even. Thirty days in the saddle and the president, Muhammadu Buhari   is being ‘assessed?’ All Nigerians who can distinguish between men and mice know that the tradition is to assess the President   in the first 100 days in office. Why then assess Buhari differently? Is it because he is different? Is it because he is more of a statesman and less of a politician? Is it because i ...

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Before We Crucify Our Lawmakers , By Ali M Ali

Restive citizens   are up in arms. They want to ‘shoot’   lawmakers.  Reason? Wardrobe allowance. Our legislators were going to gulp the staggering sum of N8.64 billion to look different from the rest of the citizens. Another account said the sum is actually N9 billion. ‘Digitalized’ countrymen and woman in cyber space are running form pillar to post posting protest notes. All these have been rested I hope ...

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Saraki is Senate President, deal with it, By Ali M Ali

I don’t understand this. Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara are Senate President and Speaker of the House respectively, and their party, the APC is bellyaching. I am befuddled.  Shouldn’t the party be jumping for joy that both lawmakers were voted and by popular vote? The party is kicking because none of them is the ‘anointed’. There are talks of going to court for violating party lines. This ...

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Buhari: 1983 in 2015, By Ali M Ali

Except for the time gap, our nation is more or less stuck in 1983 in 2015. Recall if you may, that in 1983,the politicians had messed up the economy handsomely. Workers were owed salary arrears bountifully.  Our foreign reserved had shrunk to the point where foreign trade was impossible. Corruption was endemic. Public institutions were decaying. Still the ruling party, the defunct NPN, carried on oblivious ...

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Senate: My Head For Lawan, My Heart For Akume By Ali M Ali

This is the civil war in my person. My head tells me the best man for the Senate presidency in the 8th Assembly is Ahmed Lawan, the ‘youthful’ lawmaker from Yobe state. My heart tells me nay, the best man is George Akume, the ‘savvy’ legislator from Benue state. The CV of Lawan   screams  ‘competence’. Check   him out. He is Ph.D. that bears stressing. He has spent 16 years in the legislature oscillating be ...

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So NWC Of PDP Has Guts After All? By Ali M Ali

So the NWC of the PDP has balls after all? It is now tit-for-tat. It is now fire-for-fire. It is ‘talking’. It has found its mojo. It is firing almost on all cylinders. Before the election that is sending    a ‘statesman’ and a ‘good’ man who goes by the name Ebele Jonathan, home, the NWC had been no more than the side kick of the more robust and tough talking Presidential Campaign Council chaired by the fa ...

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Abba Suleman As the Fall Guy ,By Ali M. Ali

Fourth and perhaps the most important reason I, as an admirer of the new police boss, is weeping for him is the politics of the ruling party. The PDP is known for its ‘do-or-die’ politics. It takes no prisoners. Its mentality is ‘winner takes all’. For controlling power at the centre, it has misused the police so frequently during elections that those at the receiving end see the force as an extension of th ...

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Ribadu Has Lost the election, deal with it! By Ali M Ali

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” ― Warren Buffett, I am   greatly mystified. I am truly baffled.  Nuhu Ribadu, has been given a prophesied ele ...

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With an Endorsement like Oba Akiolu’s… By Ali M Ali

“On Saturday, if anyone of you goes against the Ambode I picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I’m a bastard and it is not my father who born me”- Rilwan Akiolu March, 5th, 2015 Oba of Lagos, Rilwan   Akiolu, is in the eye of storm. He navigated to into this typhoon by overt involvement in the politics of who succeeds out-going governor, Babatunde Fashola. In my co ...

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Buhari : A Victory Foretold ,By Ali M. Ali

General Muhammadu Buhari’s electoral victory was long foretold. He has navigated the presidential quest grazing field long enough to strike gold. Thrice he ran for the nation’s plum. Thrice he came short. Thrice he went to court. Thrice he lost. After twelve years in the political wilderness, he has been sufficiently “debriefed” to win the diadem. When the history of Nigeria’s 4th Republic is written, Buhar ...

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At Last, Day Of Reckoning Is Here ,By Ali M Ali

The zero hour is at hand. In two short days, Nigerians   with a voter’s card, the permanent variety, will cast their vote. All voters   in all category have looked forward to this Saturday. All citizens eligible to vote are anxiously waiting to flex their power. Some of the voters   swear that this Saturday will be the day they would exact their pound of flesh on Jonathan. One such is Ghali Na’abba, former ...

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