Opinion

As I See It with Jude Atupulazi

Fuel Pump Price Increase and Other Stories

By Jude Atupulazi Not long ago the Federal Government announced an increase in the pump price of petrol, basically reverting to the pre-COVID-19 price regime. But one thing stood out. It was the speed with which petrol dealers changed their meters to reflect the new price regime. Mind you, these were the same people, who, when the price was reduced, ...

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Understanding the Ukpo/Abba Feud

By Jude Atupulazi Some 20 years ago, Anambra State witnessed what to date has perhaps been the worst inter-communal war in her history. It was between the Aguleri and Umuleri Communities in Anambra North Zone. The governor of the state then was Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju. That war accounted for the loss of many lives and destruction of property across the ...

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Menace of Herdsmen in Southeast: are Our Govs doing Enough

By Jude Atupuluzai It is now becoming a daily routine. I’m talking about the menace of Fulani cattle herders in Igbo Land. They either plunder our farms or kill the farmers. They are also raping our women. All these at the slightest provocation; that is if they are ever provoked. Just recently a Fulani herdsman in Ebonyi raped a 54-year ...

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Who Are Really the Igbo in Nigeria and in Diaspora?

With Jude Atupulazi                          Continued from last week This was where things began to take a negative turn for the Midwestern Igbo identity. In 1964, a brilliant and ambitious 30-year old from Asaba joined the public service. Phillip Asiodu, an Oxford graduate who spoke Yoruba as a first languge, rose ...

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Who Are Really the Igbo in Nigeria and in Diaspora?

With Jude Atupulazi For long, the Igbo speaking people of Southeast Nigeria have been denied their due recognition as the truest Nigerians. Besides that, political interests have been used to whittle down their numbers and, consequently, their power. But the Igbo people have nevertheless continued to thrive despite their very hostile environment. The other day I came across a piece ...

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Our Borderless Borders and the Policemen’s Bazaar

By Jude Atupulazi Last Monday, May 18, a lorry from Jos, Plateau State, was intercepted in front of Government House, Awka. Inside it were about thirty-three able-bodied young men from Plateau State. The lorry was ostensibly conveying goats, motorcycles and other stuff and the occupants claimed they were heading to Onitsha for business. Mind you, the vehicle had just cleared ...

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Border Closure, Curfew: the Hypocrisy, the Farce

By Jude Atupulazi First of all, let me say how mightily pleased I am to be back to doing what gives me the greatest joy. It was killing to be out of action, doing nothing but eat when I saw food, and trying to sleep when sleep hardly came. Indeed, the period of the lockdown is one I never want to ...

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When Corona Comes Here

    By Jude Atupulazi The world is at war but not with any physical opponent. The world is at war with a virus; a deadly one. It is called coronavirus. This virus has already accounted for thousands of deaths across Europe and Asia, with the figure hitting 15, 000 globally as at last Monday. Two-thirds of that number is in ...

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As Obiano Clocks Six, the One Sore Thumb

By Jude Atupulazi Last Tuesday, March 17, Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, marked his six years in office. The highlight of this was the commissioning of some roads in parts of the state; a good development, no doubt, as it was a sharp departure from the way he once marked it with aplomb by way of lavish celebrations some ...

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