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Nigeria’s democracy deficit

Let’s get one thing out of the way.  Nigeria is not a “democracy”.  Let’s stop deceiving ourselves. Ever since the end of military rule in 1999, the notion that Nigeria is a “democracy” has benefitted from endless repetition.  We keep hearing stuff like “our nascent democracy”, “democracy dividends”, “we are the biggest democracy in Africa” and so on. We are …

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Pots and kettles in politricks

A certain pot-bellied former Nigerian ruler has an autobiography (most likely ghost-written for him) to promote and an over-bloated ego to massage. He has been making all sorts of pronouncements on the non-performance of Goodluck Jonathan, the corruption of the regime, how Goodluck is destroying his “good works”, endorsing the APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, and so on. His latest …

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Ibori’s missing millions

Jailbird James Ibori, the former governor of Delta State, who is doing a 13 year stretch in Wandsworth Prison for money laundering and fraud, used four London-based Naija guys to launder several million pounds. The money was paid into their accounts for them to keep on his behalf. Since he was jailed, they have claimed the money as theirs. One …

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Jega begs for his job

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) boss Attahiru Jega has been begging president Goodluck Jonathan to allow him stay on till after the (s)election. Our source reported last week that Jega was toast because ruling party PDP bigwigs believe he is working for the opposition.  A replacement had been lined up with the expectation that Jega would be sent on leave …

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Are you the real deal?

By Ken Chigbo Since the Premier League was formed in 1992 and pay-TV transformed it into a global spectacle, we have witnessed an exponential growth in the numbers in what was considered football’s backwaters – Africa, Asia and North America – representing themselves as fans of English clubs.  Those clubs have strong working class roots and are deeply embedded in …

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They don’t even trust each other

The party hierarchy of the APC and the PDP are questioning the loyalty of a few of their governors. Borno State’s Kashim Shettima is being suspected by his party the APC of working secretly for the PDP.  He has stopped attacking the president in recent times. Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State is at odds with his party the PDP …

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Make love not war

It is Valentine’s Day.  A day for lovers around the world.  It was also the day in which Nigerians were expecting to vote for who will lead the country for the next four years – until it was postponed to 28 March. We were meant to elect people who loved the country so much they were putting themselves up to …

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“Support Groups” – the route to democrazy dividends

Most ordinary Nigerians are marginalised and see little of the benefits of the alleged economic growth of the past few years.  Those in power and in the corridors of power have cornered the spoils of office for themselves, their cronies and families. As ordinary Nigerians are on the outside looking in, some continue to scheme how to get their hands …

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Goodluck waiting for the Chibok girls to return soon

What is wrong with Goodluck Jonathan? He waited three weeks after over 200 girls in Chibok were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014 before making a public statement on the issue. 10 months later there is still no sign of the girls being rescued.  Now Goodluck has claimed that “the story of the girls will be better” in a …

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