Nigeria: What next after exit from recession?

On Tuesday, the National Bureau of Statistics gave a lot of Nigerians the news they desperately wished to hear – Nigeria is out of recession. After five consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth that started in Q1 2016, Nigeria’s economy grew by 0.55% in Q2 2017. Predictably, data once again became the hero and villain in a long-running social media battle of bias between the supporters of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, and his critics. The optics of sneaking out of a 15-month recession apart, a 0.55% yearon- year GDP growth…

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Kenya’s presidential election and nullification

The East African protectorate was established in 1895 by the British Empire with effect from 1920. It was known as Kenya Colony. In 1964, the Independent Republic of Kenya was established. It was governed by the Kenyan African National Union (KANU) which was an alliance led by Jomo Kenyatta. Independent Republic of Kenya was established. It was governed led by Jomo Kenyatta from 1963–1978. The KANU was a de facto one party state, made up Bantu, Nilo-Saharan and Afro- Asiatic multi ethnic groups. Jomo Kenyatta was succeeded by Daniel Arap…

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Aregbesola, Akeredolu: Sheathe the sword

BOLA BOLAWOLE TREASURES

Last week Thursday, thugs reportedly beat up the Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr. Bola Ilori in Akure, Ondo State. Ilori was in the Ondo State capital to represent his state at an All Progressives Congress (APC) regional meeting on restructuring. Why would anyone want to beat the Osun State commissioner, seeing that both Osun and Ondo are APC-ruled states? The answer is in the politics of last year’s gubernatorial election in Ondo State, in which the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, was said to have supported Olusola…

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2019: Dankwambo’s presidential bid

  In western democracies and other politically-advanced climes, mentorship remain the best guarantor of a sound and seasoned leadership at the state and federal levels, meaning that political office holders who performed outstandingly at the local level can also be trusted to do same at higher levels. Therefore, ingenious personalities from their antecedents of workable policies that transformed the societies can easily be spotted to place them at higher pedestal. In America’s political history, then Governor Bill Clinton of the small state of Arkansas gained nationwide prominence on account of…

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RE: Nigeria: a nation without sense of history

It’s my wish to yield the space this week to my readers while I’m also taking the liberty to answer the question posed by Henry Obireze from Owerri. He wanted to know my position on the proscription of IPOB by the South-East Governors and the designation of IPOB as a terrorist organisation by the Defense Headquarters. First, the South-East Governors did not proscribe IPOB as an organization, rather what was proscribed by their statement were the activities of IPOB within the South-East. If the activities of IPOB will imperil the…

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Why Ekiti tops NECO exam results

Once can be a mistake but two or more cannot be happenstance. This is the way I received the positive news of Ekiti coming tops at NECO examinations again in 2017. The state had achieved the same feat in 2016. In popular football lexicon, Ekiti has scored a brace; another win next year and it will be an ace! Many are those who are surprised at this achievement by Ekiti and the reasons are not far to fetch. While it is generally acknowledged that Ekiti people are “book worms”, having…

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Nigeria bids goodbye to flamboyance at UNGA

  Often times Nigerians ask the question: “Where is the Change we were promised by the President Muhammadu Buhari in his 2015 presidential campaign?” The question is legitimate in the sense that the electorate still remains the masters while the President remains the chief servant by virtue of the fact that he occupies the highest office in the land which he holds in trust for the people. Change manifests in several ways and this is why delegates from other countries and Nigerians resident in New York were shocked that Buhari’s…

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2018/2019 polls: PDP’s Freudian slip

  The 2019 general elections are about 17 months away, and yet, politicians are unconsciously foretelling what they and their political parties will do or hope they can do to win the votes. In this regard, the alleged political manoeuvrings that defined the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State were literally resurrected the other day by the spokesperson for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Dayo Adeyeye. Surely, without meaning to re-litigate the absurdity that came to be known as “Ekitigate” in Nigeria’s lengthening political lexicon, Adeyeye confirmed the…

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The journalist as endangered specie

“Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again; The eternal years of God are hers; But Error, wounded, writhes with pain, And dies among his worshippers” –William Bryant Truth is their first target. The next is the truth teller. The perpetrators of pure evil would go to great lengths to deploy all imaginable machinations, in a bid to arm twist, cover up or out rightly drown the truth in the vast ocean of grand deceit. But Truth is eternal, incontrovertible, beyond the devious manipulations of any mortal. If only the power…

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Bishop Kukah as a reason to believe

Divisive designs are all the rage across the country today. Pulling together is neither here nor there in higher places and on the lower fronts. It is as though the nation is at war with itself. Nigerians appear to have totally missed the essence and fallen in love with the accident. Against this dire background, one cannot but heave a heavy sigh of relief when the vista of hope is seen in certain circumstances. The picture staring back at me from the newspaper on my table as I write now…

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