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Wasting Nigeria’s Scarce Electricity, By Gimba Kakanda

Last week, I was on a two-day trip that has changed my ignorant position on the nation's perennial energy crises. It was an opportunity to inspect Jebba and Kainji Hydropower Plants, given a privilege to inspect the facilities and also provided with an avenue to interact with the management. The two plants, located in Niger State, have been under the management of its concessionaire, Mainstream Energy Solut ...

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Exploring Tambuwal’s Sokoto State, By Gimba Kakanda

It’s not unsound to conclude the heart of Nigeria was in Sokoto last week, as the state hosted our traditional and political leaders to a durbar in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III. It was a celebration of grand and colourful culture, and a loud restatement of the place of our traditional institutions in both the society and our politics. To attest to this ...

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The Room President Buhari Really Needs Now, By Gimba Kakanda

At first, like every sane Nigerian, I took President Muhammadu Buhari’s response to his wife’s criticism of his government as a joke. And even agreed with Malam Garba Shehu’s description of it as as such on Twitter, that “(President Buhari) was obviously throwing a banter.” But the President’s unnecessary restatement of that misogynistic caricaturing of his wife in a subsequent interview, clarifying that in ...

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Forgetting Abdulmumin Jibrin? By Gimba Kakanda

I was part of a group that met the lone fighter on October 3. It was a mission arranged by a social media community to establish the fact of his conflict with colleagues at the House of Representatives, which has resulted in his suspension for 180 days. The meeting was a re-introduction to revelations the lawmaker has already made, and an opportunity for us to ask him questions surrounding his new-found act ...

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The Partisans’ Portrayals Of The Critic As A Hater, By Gimba Kakanda

Perhaps it's sub-clinical, but partisanship as exhibited by Nigerians appears to be no more than just uncritical loyalty to a political party. It's a psychiatric dilemma. Perhaps again this is only my lack of an explanation for, or an understanding of, the kneejerk reference to critics of the government as "haters" by those who were themselves "critics" before entering into political office. The Critic-As-A ...

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Change Does Not Begin with an Empty Slogan, Mr. President, By Gimba Kakanda

Last Thursday, the Federal Government, obviously terrified by the burden of expectations on it, launched what is without doubt an exercise in propaganda. It is a social orientation campaign named “Change Begins With Me”. Introducing the campaign, the President said, “Our citizens must realize that the change they want to see begins with them.” And then, “Before you ask ‘where is the change they promised us’ ...

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