Opinion

As I See It with Jude Atupulazi

State Police and Sundry Matters

By Jude Atupulazi While baring his mind on the trending issue of a possible amendment of the country’s constitution to allow governors have their own police, a former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan, said, ‘Even as a sitting governor, I opposed it because I knew that most of us do not have the maturity to control state police. The ...

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Have We Lost This World Forever?

By Jude Atupulazi In the midst of the crises bedeviling us left, right and centre, it is easy to forget that there once was a time when we lived in absolute bliss as one people; a time when brother knew brother, sister knew sister and friendships were treasured. It was a time when everyone was happy to enjoy one another’s ...

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Ojukwu, Kanu and the Two Biafras

By Jude Atupulazi TACT, this four letter word, has often been the difference between success and failure and between disaster and victory. It just depends on how it is used. The main news this period all over the country and beyond, as far as Nigerians are concerned, has been the arrest and extradition of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the ...

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Anambra: the Fear Factor is Back

By Jude Atupulazi Has anyone noticed? Ever since the citizens took their destiny in their hands in terms of securing themselves, the major cities of Anambra which had lately been notorious for high level criminality, have suddenly gone quiet. The cultists are no more killing one another in Awka as before and the spate of robberies in the commercial hubs ...

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Security in Anambra and Other Matters

By Jude Atupulazi It was Chinua Achebe, when talking about the situation in Umuofia that said something about the cord holding the community together becoming loose and the centre could no more hold, with things subsequently falling apart. These lines from Things Fall Apart, a book written by Achebe, find expression in today’s Anambra State. The state which until recently ...

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Random Notes

By Jude Atupulazi Olisa Metuh’s Strange Gospel Last Sunday in Nnewi, all aspirants on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, gathered in the country home of PDP chieftain, Olisa Metuh, formerly the national publicity secretary of the party for the Southeast Zone. The purpose of the meeting turned out to be how to curb money politics, particularly in ...

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The Power of Football

By Jude Atupulazi When the final whistle blew to signal the end of the European Champions League final match between Chelsea and Manchester City last weekend, a whistle that pronounced Chelsea as the winners of this year’s edition, wild celebrations erupted at the viewing centre where I had gone to watch the epic match. The viewing centre was in my ...

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See Where Buhari Brought Us

By Jude Atupulazi¬† That we are living in a country ruled by hate, fear and mutual distrust is not what one can argue. This present situation is what the man who’s supposed to be our president, Muhammadu Buhari, brought upon us. Buhari has proved himself to be the unmoved mover. Nothing fazes him; nothing shakes him from his lethargy and, ...

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Has the Spell Been Finally Broken

By Jude Atupulazi One of the major items in the news for days now has been the coming together of the Southern governors at a meeting in Asaba, Delta State. At that meeting, they finally took a common stand on the nation’s state of affairs. Some of the things they agreed on include: _______________________________________________ Affirmation that the peoples of Southern ...

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White Paper on Nigeria

By Jude Atupulazi I’ve seen and read many write-ups on the dire state of affairs in this bloodied country called Nigeria but none has come near to the one I will share with you here which was written by one Emma Akpaego. After reading it on the social media, I termed it a White Paper on Nigeria’s situation. It is ...

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