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As Mortality Creeps Up On Mugabe, By Dan Agbese

Email:ochima495@gmail.com Ordinarily, it would be funny. But there is nothing ordinary or funny about President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe. His wife, Grace, told a rally last week: “One day when God decides that Mugabe dies we will have his corpse appear as a candidate on the ballot paper.” A dictator’s wife is usually the best source of his inner thoughts. I am inclined to believe the first lady spoke ...

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Because We Can’t, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima495@gmail.com We might as well admit it. We cannot really fight corruption because a) we can’t b) we can’t and c) we can’t. We might as well accept General Collin Powel’s diagnosis that corruption is wired into our DNA. Our daily newspapers bear witness to this unsettling fact and to the grim tale of a country obsessed with wrestling corruption to the ground but finds itself grimly flailing gri ...

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The Ambivalence Of Ndigbo, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima495@gmail.com I have always been sympathetic to the Igbo each time they agitate for their turn to rule the country. After all, the British constructed the Nigerian federation on a tripod represented by the three big tribes – Hausa/Fulani, Igbo and Yoruba. They were meant to be the lords of our national manor: to rule, not to be ruled; to be served, not to serve. As the big three understand it, ...

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The Phantom Fulani Herdsmen, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima495@gmail.com Our constitution imposes on the governments of the federation the fundamental duty of making the country secure and its people safe. Section 14 subsection (b) of the constitution states as follows: “The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose (emphasis added) of government.” The legitimacy of government is hinged on its capacity to fully discharge this crit ...

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Wrong-headed, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima44@yahoo.co.uk  SMS: 08055001917 Oh my God! This government has fallen into the temptation of being a do-gooder.I suppose it wants to seeitself as the new authentic champion of the welfare of the talakawa. Mallam Aminu Kano would likely chuckle in his grave. The government starts paying N5,000 per month to our teaming poor population with effect from this January. This Father Christmas monthly ...

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Weak Party, Dead Party = Wahala, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima495@gmail.com, SMS: 08055001912 President Obasanjo made a magisterial pronouncement on the health of the two political parties last week. He said: “APC is weak; PDP is dead.” It perked up my interest because the health of the two parties matters more to us and the country than most people probably think. The parties are the governments in the land. Without them, there would be no governments, w ...

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Triumph of politics? By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima44@yahoo.co.uk SMS: 08055001912 It is truly painful that the report and the recommendations of the national political conference convened by President Goodluck Jonathan, 2013-2014 are gathering dust in the senate chambers. No one seems to remember them, let alone bother about them any more. They sleep in the trash can; a wasted effort in a nation, ironically forever in search of solutions to it ...

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And The Penny Dropped, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima495@gmail.com SMS: 08055001912   President Buhari and the national chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun, made honest admissions about the state of our national economy the previous week that were profoundly disturbing. Buhari said that because of the drastic fall in the price of crude oil in the international market, “suddenly, we are a poor country.” He also confessed “it has been difficult ...

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The Cartels And Us, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima495@gmail.com, SMS: 08055001912 Whereas elsewhere in the world, the public space is dominated by debates on good governance, the quality of life, human and resource management for the greatest good of the greatest number, the public space is dominated by the riveting exploits of highly-placed thieves and their loot. The Nigerian story is often better than fiction. It is difficult to find fictio ...

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The Mo Ibrahim Foundation And The African Leadership Deficit, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima495@gmail.com SMS: 08055001912 In 2006, the Sudanese telecoms billionaire, Mohammed Ibrahim, instituted the Mo Ibrahim Foundation with the cardinal objective of, among others, focusing on “the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa.” It awards a mouth-watering prize for good leadership to a former African head of state or government, who has been out of office for some three ...

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South Sudan and the African Curse, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima495@gmail.com , SMS: 08055001912 Is this what they call the African curse? It has the acrid smell of it. What is going on in the Republic of South Sudan seems typical of the African curse. South Sudan is less than five years old as an independent nation. It is young enough to pursue its dreams with renewed hope and vigour. If its oil and other resources are exploited it should be rich enough to ...

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Now, the challenges of change, By Dan Agbese

Email: ochima495@gmail.com SMS: 08055001912 APC ran its 2014 campaign on change. Change is a seductive word. It speaks to the heart and raises the hope for much better days ahead. In the euphoria of the time, we failed to realise that the party did not tell us what it meant by change. Was it a new philosophy of governance under pinned by an unambiguous articulated plan of action to rescue our country from t ...

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