Who really is the Presidency?

It’s not doing what is right that’s hard for a President. It’s knowing what is right.” –Lyndon Johnson     Journalists are fundamentally trained to ask questions with a view to drawing out an answer for the story to be made. Oftentimes, the journalists ask stimulating questions deliberately to draw out the difficult interviewee. Some hard to penetrate interviewee evade questions and often end up throwing questions back at the journalists. Rarely does an interviewee’s question to journalist make news unless it is asked hypothetically. It is perhaps in this…

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Can Nigeria handle technology in electoral process? (2)

In the April 19th edition of Hard Choices I signed off with the following question “with the farreaching amendments made by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) what then is the fate of the Smart Card Reader and the Voters Register in the electoral process?” It is now a matter of common knowledge that the Senate has made far-reaching amendments to the concept and operation of the Card Readers (CRs) in the electoral process. The amendments, I acknowledge, are a product…

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Godwin Emefiele’s burden

With the revelations of financial profligacy and malfeasance that attended the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government under President Goodluck Jonathan and all other PDP governments in the last 16 years, there is no need to search further for the reason behind our present economic woes. President Jonathan era was characterized by greed, avarice, self-aggrandizement, reckless economic brigandage, profiteering, shameless and primitive acquisition of wealth and a deliberate policy to nail the coffin of Nigeria by promoting corruption to assume a corporate state policy. The billions and billions of naira…

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JAMB and the burden of change

From the earliest of times, not to talk of the slogan that brought former US President Barrack Obama and President Muhammadu Buhari to power, change has been a key and recurrent factor in human existence. The Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus, after positing that “nothing endures but change” went further to assert that everything in nature is in a state of constant change. However, despite its centrality as a driving force for all development and life at large, change is difficult and often resisted. As Thomas Friedman puts it in his The…

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Rivers @ 50: Celebration, new vision, sustained growth

It is no longer news that Rivers State will be 50 on May 27, 2017. Everyone knows that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has set in motion the process to celebrate the creation of the state, her achievements so far and establish the foundation for the construction of a new Rivers. The celebration is already in full swing. The logo was unveiled by the governor, a fund raising dinner held for key stakeholders to participate in the sponsorship of the Golden Jubilee, while the Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee has rolled out…

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EFCC, humongous money ‘discoveries’ and the continuous entertaining circus shows (Part 2)

ENCORE Frank Serpico, once opined that the fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on ourselves, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay, is well worth holding on to our dignity. On this note, we conclude today, our discourse on the above subject, whilst, we continue our conversation on Accord Concondiale: The Continuous Search for Nigeria’s Elusive Unity (Part 14) QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS…

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Deconstructing Dogara’s sermon on 2018 census

Recently, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara provoked a national debate on the vex issue of census. Dogara, who in the recent past has been commenting on critical national issues affecting the polity had called for the postponement of the planned 2018 head count in the country. He appealed to Nigerians clamouring for conduct of population census in 2018 to exercise patience till after 2019 elections when there will be no political pressure to manipulate its outcome. According to him, conducting population census in an election…

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