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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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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El-Clasico: It ’s Ronaldo, Messi affair again

It’s another El-Clasico and in recent memories, the intriguing battle is about the two best players in the world Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi leading the campaign for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. Clasico is more than just football to these clubs, players and their supporters, it’s always about ego, it’s about politics and the strive for supremacy as exemplified by the rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi. The two individuals are the faces of the two clubs and they have both scored more Clasico goals than any of their teammates…

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Caught with his ex

Imagine this, a man tells you how much his ex-girlfriend disappointed him jilting him for an older man who already had two wives? He says it with such convincing selfpity and agony that you have to comfort him by promising never to let him down. He burns all her photographs and cards that she’d sent to him when the going was good. He vows never to talk to her again even if this life depends on it. Then one day you return earlier than usual from work and decide to…

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