Opinion

As I See It with Jude Atupulazi

The Gathering Storm

By Jude Atupulazi Those who believed President Muhammadu Buhari four years ago, when at his swearing in ceremony, he promised Nigerians that he would both belong to everybody and to nobody, quickly found out how very wrong they were. Despite raising hopes that he would be the true father of the nation that everyone had been searching for, Buhari ended ...

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New UNIZIK VC: Chance to be a Hero

By Jude Atupulazi In June, the new Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Christopher Esimone, will be assuming duty at the helm of affairs of the institution. He will be replacing Prof Joseph Ahaneku who had called the shots for five years. There is no doubt that Ahaneku will be leaving UNIZIK better than he found it, especially in ...

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The Season is Over

By Jude Atupulazi If you are not an apostle, what I’m about to delve into will have such an effect on you as speaking Greek to an Mgbakwu wine tapper will have on him. But still, today’s topic concerns you in a way. It concerns you because it has become the singular most unifying factor in a vastly polarized Nigeria. ...

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Igboka: a People and their Pains

By Jude Atupulazi There are people you do not readily associate with death and dying and this is regardless of the fact that all men must die; being mortals. The late Chief Sir Frank Anthony Igboka, President General of Nimo Town Development Union, NTDU, was one of such rare people. On April 16 this year, the life was brutally snuffed ...

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My Abakaliki Memoirs

By Jude Atupulazi Even before you enter the main Abakaliki Township you already feel that something refreshingly different is about to unfold. The solid, smooth road that ushers you into the township makes you feel that. And when you eventually get into the township proper, the only word to describe what stares you in the face is, ”amazing”! Indeed, my ...

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A Bill against Stupidity

By Jude Atupulazi All societies respect the dead. That is why in our clime, it is said that one does not speak ill of the dead, no matter what transpired between the person and the dead. It is also the reason a dead person’s wish is always respected. Thus, if a dead person wished while he lived, that he should ...

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The Rev Fr Coach Obinna Dike Phenomenon

By Jude Atupulazi He is breezy, workaholic, intelligent. He is also given to quick fits of anger at stupid actions. But even in those fleeting fits of anger, the victim ends up bearing no grudges; at least not for long. Rev Fr Coach Obinna Dike is simply a man you cannot fail to like. You cannot also fail to notice ...

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One Chance Bus, Runs Girls and the Last Chance

By Jude Atupulazi This week, I’m going to talk about two separate phenomena that are currently in the news in our state. While one makes victims of unsuspecting and innocent people, the other claims the scalps of those who go looking for trouble in their quest to make money. I’m talking about the One Chance Bus phenomenon and the dangerous ...

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When a Thankless Job Reaps Rewards

By Jude Atupulazi Make no mistake about it: titles are not for me – be they chieftaincy, knighthood or whatever. I’d rather remain just me; doing things when I like and how I like – no encumbrances. Indeed, I’ve had one or two opportunities to bag a title or two, but on each occasion, it was a no no. But ...

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