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Buhari’s Semi-Final Speech

“My countrymen and women, every new government inherits problems. Ours was no different. But what Nigerians want are quick solutions, quick solutions not a recitation of the problems inherited.” – President Muhammadu Buhari, October 1, 2015 After Sunday’s Independence Day speech, President Muhammadu Buhari will have only one more Independence Day speech before his current term ends. It will be the third in his presidency, but it might well be his most important yet. It’s a speech that would be measured not by what…

Alhassan And The Game Of Long Knives

Those who thought that Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting would be the political funeral for Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan may have exaggerated her dilemma after all. She may well have had her letter of resignation in her bag, but in the end President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t push her over the edge – yet. After many years in politics, Alhassan should know that wrongs might not be counted always; but they’re not easily forgiven. For example, three days after the video in which she endorsed former…

Kanu Leading Biafra To Destruction, MASSOB Leader, Uwazuruike Warns

Ralph Uwazuruike, founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has claimed Nnamdi Kanu is leading Biafra to destruction. Uwazurike has alleged that Kanu, who is leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is working in disguise with security agencies to crumble Biafra. The MASSOB leader said this in the current edition of the The Interview, which has been described as “a rare insight into the complex and troubling identity politics confronting the country” by…

How I Was Used By OBJ To Ruin Atiku, Makarfi’s Presidential Bids – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has claimed ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo used him to attack his political enemies when the latter was in power. Fayose told ‘The Interview’ that Obasanjo used him to ruin the presidential bids of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi. The governor equally mentioned Orji Uzor Kalu as one of the political enemy ex-President Obasanjo used him to harass. Fayose said not until he travelled with Obasanjo to Libya to…

The Niger Delta Crisis: A Different View

By Azu Ishiekwene -Were we to have a restructured federation today, the communities, states and oil companies would have led the way in evolving a broader peace-building strategy, with the federal government providing residual support.