Wednesday, February 27, 2019

'NIGERIA: Why Looting May Not Stop' - New Book Every Nigerian Should Read

Now Available in Nigeria!

Excerpt from the blurb:
''…Graphically presented in this book is the complicated case of a pathetically malformed giant in continuous, clearly avoidable decline where institutionalised corruption, misgovernance, mediocrity and, worse, collaborative passivity (or even outright solidarity) with thieving public officers by sections of the citizenry, have joined forces to continue grossly diminishing and degrading a generously endowed country…''

This book might make you sad and angry (and it should); but it should motivate you to do what is possible and needful to salvage your country…

Time to halt the rot…


Get You Copies In Lagos At The Following Bookshops 



ShopRite, Surulere 
(Patabah Bookshop) Shop B18
ShopRite Complex
Adeniran Ogunsanya Street,
Surulere, Lagos
Muritala Mohammed Airport, 
Lagos (MMA1 - For Air Peace and Arik Air)
'Old Local' 
Arrival Hall Book Stand
Bankers House
PC 19, Adeola Hopewell Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos
Glendora Bookshop
Ikeja City Mall
 Alausa, Ikeja
Distributors and Bookstores should call ‘Prof’ :07068390310

Monday, February 25, 2019

Remembering Bola Ige

By Abiodun Komolafe
Ethno-religious leanings or socio-political ideology notwithstanding, it is almost improbable for any society to underestimate the contributions of some people to the emancipation of its people and the realization of the dream of its founding fathers. For instance, America will forever remain grateful to the likes of Martin Waldseemuller, Stephen Moylan, George Washington and Martin Luther King Jnr. for their contributions, one way or the other, to the realization of the American dream as a land of equal opportunity for all.
*Bola Ige 
In like manner, China’s economy wouldn’t have become “the fastest sustained expansion by a major economy in history” to the extent of having “lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty” but for the political sagacity and economic ingenuity of leaders like Chairman Mao Zedong and Den Xiaoping.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Buhari, El-Rufai And Other Body Bag Democrats

By Paul Onomuakpokpo
Any doubt about the nation being imperilled by its warped leadership recruitment has been counteracted by sundry developments in this electoral season. We are again confronted with the stark reminder that in over five decades, those we have entrusted with leadership have often unravelled as a bunch of incompetents who strive to plumb the nadir of retrogression. Thus, the tragedy is that in every epoch, the messiah we think has been thrown up to reverse the savage depredations of his predecessor uncannily considers himself as holding the mandate of surpassing the greed and a lack of direction of past national villains.
*President Buhari and Gov El-Rufai 
 To be sure, this bleak state of national affairs becomes inevitable as long as it is not those who have prepared for leadership that we allow to lead. We are neither attracted to them by the incipient genius in leadership they have demonstrated in community service nor their championing of a pro-people cause. Eventually, those we are saddled with as leaders, in the words of Nasir El-Rufai are “accidental public servants.” 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Nigeria: Only Fools Die For Looters!

By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye
A chapter in my new book, NIGERIA: Why Looting May Not Stop (which will be in bookstores in Lagos next week) is entitled, ‘Dying For Looters.’
Tomorrow (Feb 16, 2019) is the presidential and national assembly elections in Nigeria. One very sad, painful truth is that there are some fellows who call themselves “party supporters” who may not live to see the end of the voting exercise tomorrow or hear the results declared. 

Buhari Not Wanted On This Journey

By Paul Onomuakpokpo
Until after the election of Saturday, we are denied the prescience to tabulate its winner and losers and thus the nation’s president in the next four years. Clearly, poll predictions, even when they seem to be highly informed, have oftentimes been trumped by reality. But one thing is certain: We should be preoccupied with a post-Buhari era if we are genuinely interested in the continued existence of the country . In other words, the citizens should muster sufficient patriotic fervour to consign the re-election ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari to the realm of unrestrained fantasy.
*President Buhari 
The country is on the cusp of a new era where Buhari does not fit in. For in less than four years, we have seen enough of the president to be secure in the conviction that he is a blight not only on the nation’s corporate existence but also on individual citizens’ lives. Or why has Buhari’s second coming brought so much hardship to the citizens? Why has he been a source of massive unemployment resulting in several suicides?

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Flowing Tears Of Leah Sharibu

By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye
As President Muhammadu Buhari, the commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, moves from one state to another, campaigning for a second term despite nearly four years in office which has been widely adjudged a horrendous failure, a 15-year old, tender, innocent girl named Leah Sharibu remains a hapless, pathetic, traumatized captive of Boko Haram terrorists, obviously,   under the most dehumanising conditions.
*Leah Sharibu
Given what has, reportedly, been the horrible experiences of young, beautiful girls like her who have been captured by these terrorists, one is really scared to imagine what Leah might have been subjected to for nearly one year now. Most painful is that she hardly gets mentioned again these days by those whose job it is to rescue and bring her home!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Buhari And The Enduring Hate Narrative

By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye
In the buildup to the 2015 elections, the wild, uproarious promotion of General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the man with the panacea for   Nigeria’s myriad of problems wasted no time in saturating the air.
*President Buhari 
This was sloppily packaged with a strange, aggressive refusal to give the slightest consideration for any voice of caution, any alternative opinion no matter how sound and redemptive. You either joined the rowdy herd or you are a “hater” of the “messiah.” 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Nigeria: Youthful President? Whitewashing 2019 For 2023 Mirage

By Paul Onomuakpokpo
With the obvious dominance of the two major political parties and the imminent abortion of a third force, the dream of a youthful president this year is gradually receding.
*Durotoye, Moghalu and Sowore
But those who have surrounded this year with the halo of an epochal period for an inevitable break with the nation’s trajectory of geriatric presidents have obviously given up too early. After all, the next president would only be declared after the election of February 16. So, it is still a possibility that some future political circumstances could throw up a youthful president this year.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Presidential Debate: Between Buhari And Atiku

By Jude Ndukwe
The much talked about Presidential Debate scheduled to hold on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, has come and gone but not without its dramas that have kept Nigerians wondering and talking about so many things including why the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, shunned the debate, and why his closest challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, excused himself from it after realizing that the incumbent was not going to be in attendance.
*Atiku and Buhari 
The debate was supposed to be a Presidential Debate. Such debates world over lose their essence and savour once the incumbent is not present, and it is unthinkable that the incumbent in the US, for example, would miss out on such a debate since the debate is designed to scrutinize the performance of the incumbent/his party and extract commitments from the contenders.

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