Opinion

As I See It with Jude Atupulazi

A President and his Desperate Moves

By Jude Atupulazi If there is anyone to be wary of, it is a man or woman who is desperate. In fact I grew up hearing that a desperate person can do anything to survive. Such a person is very much like the proverbial drowning man who can clutch at any straw to stay afloat. Our president, Muhammadu Buhari, paints ...

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After We Kill Nwodo, What Next?

There is this thing called the self-destruct button. For purposes of this piece, it is a metaphorical gadget that when pressed, kills not the enemy, but the person that presses it. Indeed, it is not something anyone going to war against enemies will want to take along or to do. Really, everyone, or nearly all, knows the dangers associated with ...

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I thought it was Only Me…

These days, it is easy to hate Nigeria, to hate her leaders and to hate everything therein. This is no thanks to happenings in the country, a country where things have been done the same way for years without positive results; yet, we persist in continuing that way and failing. I have often mulled over what transpires in Nigeria while ...

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Col Joe Achuzia, Biafra’s Unlikely Hero

I was only a toddler during the Nigeria/Biafra Civil War. But I knew there was a war. In fact, I remember saying goodbye to my father as he left with one of my uncles for the war. Among the things he took with him was a bunch of unripe plantains which he carried in one hand and with the other, ...

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Why Libya?

For months now, the news has mainly been about Nigerians making their way to Libya in North Africa, from where some plan to cross over to Europe, while others choose to remain there to make quick money that never materializes. Even to get to Libya is a tortuous journey laced with danger and death. The journey to Libya is mainly ...

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Christless Christians, the Nigerian Story

Nigerians will never cease to amaze me. Daily, one sees, hears and reads things that can only happen in Nigeria; a land of a multitude of churches and even more supposed Christians. Yet, it is a country where the most bizarre lies are told; where the most heinous crimes are committed; where people will be praying with and for you ...

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What a Week!

CHAN Eagles: they flattered to deceive in Morocco It was an interesting week in which things happened that were either saddening or down right laughable. Laughable, not because they were hilarious, but mainly because they depicted the sad situation we have found ourselves today in our country. When such continues to dominate national discourse, no matter how grave, one is ...

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Don Waney: When Elders Act Cheap

He was easily one of the most notorious criminals in the annals of Nigeria’s criminal history. His name was Don Waney. He lived and operated in Rivers State where he bestrode his ”kingdom” like a colossus. He was feared by even the police and oil companies in Rivers State. If the police and oil companies feared him, the ordinary folks ...

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Obasanjo, Nigeria’s Unlikely Hero

I’ve never really made up my mind on Olusegun Obasanjo, former military head of state, as well as former president of Nigeria. He is somebody that is really difficult to decode. At one moment he sounds heroic, and at another, he sounds like a villain. When he was president, he condoned the rascality of some politicians in Anambra State which ...

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Are We Ready for the New Jihad?

Things are certainly happening with lightning speed in our country these days. Before you mull over the latest incident, another takes place, leaving you very confused. But the things happening are all about one thing: the menace of the Fulani killers, otherwise known as herdsmen. These men have given terrorism another name in Nigeria, but despite being globally acknowledged as ...

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