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IS NIGERIA BECOMING A BANANA REPUBLIC?

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Strange things are happening in Nigeria with such great rapidity and intensity that most normal people are asking questions in utter amazement. I was speaking to a group of young people last weekend in Enugu and many asked me very difficult questions about this Country: Is this Country cursed? What is happening? Is anybody running this Country? Who is safe in Nigeria now? Why are people like you not doing anything to change the dangerous course Nigeria is on? What else will happen in this Country before People like you take action? I could feel the anger and frustration in their looks and voices. They had many things bothering them and I tried to find out the issues uppermost in their minds. I noticed that their anger and frustration seemed to have been accentuated by the recent statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari( PMB) at the Commonwealth  meeting in London last week. He was reported to have categorized the Nigerian Youth as lazy, expecting hand outs from a supposedly ric…

PERPETUATION IN OFFICE: BUHARI ACTS TYPICAL

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In Africa, it is rare to find political office holders who voluntarily resign from office. African politicians cling to office against all odds. Some achieve it through changing the constitution, others through changing of political parties and a few through blatant seizure of power. Recently one Robert Mugabe, who ruled his country - Zimbabwe for 37 years was bent on seeking another term at age of 93 and if he failed, he would hand over to his wife - 'Gucci Grace' until the military intervened in a most sophisticated manner to ease him out. Some try to play God, believing that without them,the Country would fail, guys like Museveni of Uganda , Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, Nkurunziza of Burundi, Biya of Cameroun, Derby of Chad and Bongo of Gabon.Even in very serious and debilitating sickness,some African leaders refuse to bow out,preferring rather to rule through proxies or to die in office.

Nigeria has been unlucky (lucky?)to have seen leaders who fit into this mode. Ibrahim …

LEAH SHARIBU ON MY MIND

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I was feeling low last week and began wandering what was weighing me down.
Yes my mother Madam Mathilda Nwannediya Ohuabunwa who recently finished her race on the Earth will be laid to rest this week's Friday - 6th of April 2018 in my home town- Arochukwu in Abia State. So it was natural to feel that was my problem. But I shook that thinking away because since our mother got called back to The Lord, my siblings and I had maintained an attitude of gratitude. After what our mother went through to raise twelve Children ( 7 boys from her womb and five other children from the womb of her mate) and lived to the ripe age of 90, we felt God had done so well for her and for us. And having come to that conclusion, we have remained upbeat as we prepared for her interment.

Later, it dawned on me that my mood was caused by the pain that I have had in my heart even before we heard of the dramatic release of the girls abducted by Boko haram from the Science  & Technical Secondary school in Dap…