Opinion

As I See It with Jude Atupulazi

Igbo Presidency: No Way for a Lackey

By Jude Atupulazi If the Igbo Nation is ever going to produce a president of Nigeria, it is now. This will be coming after years of painful denial and intrigues against the people of the Southeast Zone; years during which there seemed to be a conspiracy of sorts by sections of the country to keep the Igbo Nation in perpetual ...

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The Umahi Conundrum and Other Matters

By Jude Atupulazi Last Thursday, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr Dave Umahi, formally defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. In leaving, he said in a nutshell that he was unhappy that the PDP had not been fair to the Igbo Nation by not coming out to zone the presidency to the East, ...

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Rivers State, Why Always You

By Jude Atupulazi I was then a sophomore student at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. I and a few of my roommates had just woken up one morning but still feeling a bit lazy to go for shower. We were all engaged in idle chatter in the Igbo Language; the majority of us being of Igbo stock, when ...

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Why Won’t I Want to be an American

By Jude Atupulazi Last week, we got news that sounded too good to be true. It was the successful operation launched by the United States Government to rescue a citizen of the country who had been kidnapped earlier in neighbouring Niger Republic by Fulani herdsmen. The United States Government deployed the US Air Force Special Operations to rescue the kidnaped ...

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Them and Us!

By Jude Atupulazi It is finally upon us. It is the day many had foreseen and warned against but which those in charge of our affairs had continued to ignore. How could they when they had been feeding fat on the resources of the land? How could they when they had been inured from the pains experienced by those on ...

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Between EndSars Protests and Mob Action

By Jude Atupulazi A good soldier runs away from battle and lives to fight another day, goes the age old aphorism. But what’s happening in Nigeria today as it concerns the anti-SARS protesters indicate that this aphorism is lost on the protesters who have started paying the supreme sacrifice in their numbers. When the initial protests against the atrocities of ...

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Disbandment of SARS: Treating Symptom over Disease

By Jude Atupulazi Last Sunday, the country’s Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) at both federal and state levels. Also last Tuesday, he announced the formation of a new unit to replace SARS known as Special Weapons and Tactics ( SWAT) Team. The disbandment followed days of protests by Nigerians across the states ...

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A People in Pains

By Jude Atupulazi You may not know what is happening around you if all you do is leave your house, enter your car and arrive in your cozy office where you only communicate with your juniors by dishing out orders through your personal assistant. I’m talking about those we refer to as big men in our society. As a big ...

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How Did We Get Here?

By Jude Atupulazi In my secondary days I used to relish visiting the northern parts of the country, either by rail or by road. The train journeys I undertook were particularly memorable as I loved the time our train snaked through the middle of nowhere. I would see nothing but bushes, trees and exotic birds taking off from tree branches ...

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The Society we Abuse Today

By Jude Atupulazi The title of this piece is probably what many have often heard. It was popularized by the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, who always says it to portray his disgust with the near total loss of values in today’s society. Indeed, it is a society where nothing shocks us again, simply because we have seen ...

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