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BISI AKANDE

The Year Nigeria Almost Disappeared

It is time to confess my sins. All my adult life, I have never feared for the continued existence of Nigeria as much as I did in 2017. Anybody who knows me very well knows where I stand: I believe in one, united Nigeria. It is not that I am an incurable optimist or that I am the most patriotic Nigerian alive. It is just that after assessing all the issues that so easily bog us down, I have always come to the conclusion that we do not have irreconcilable differences that should inevitably lead to divorce. I have always…

2019 Presidency: Buhari Hasn’t Indicated Interest, No Automatic Ticket For Him – APC

The South West All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it won’t be granting President Muammadu Buhari automatic ticket in the 2019 election. Mr. Bisi Akande, APC’s former interim National Chairman, said this after the region’s party leadership met at Agodi Government House, Ibadan. Akande said the APC will follow due process in coming up with its 2019 presidential flag bearer. “We have a process through which a candidate will be selected. If he is lucky to have the ticket, then we have no option than to present him…

Python Dance And The Bite Of Biafra

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the army chief, is a famous snake farmer. Naturally, he had no hesitation in unleashing pythons on south-eastern Nigeria to enforce the peace. The pythons have been dancing dangerously. Our polity, sharply divided along ethno-religious lines, is writhing in snake poison. The aim of Python Dance II, as the military operation is code-named, is to tackle “mindless assassinations (even in religious places), attacks on security personnel and theft of weapons, kidnappings, armed banditry and violent…

This Thing Called ‘1999 Constitution’

The most evil document in circulation in the world today, I am told, is the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (amended or not). It is such a bad document that it is only fit for the refuse dump. I am further told that all the problems and troubles with Nigeria can be traced to this vile document which has destroyed the hopes and aspirations of millions of Nigerians. It is such a useless and worthless document that until it is shredded, burnt and its ashes thrown into the sea, Nigeria will never make…

Fayose’s Aide Lists APC Chieftains Who’ve Been ‘Convicted’ For Stealing

Lere Olayinka, media aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose, has slammed the All Progressives Congress (APC) over its condemnation of James Ibori’s inclusion in national convention committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The APC had, in a tweet, mocked the PDP caretaker committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, for including Ibori, who had just served a jail term in the United Kingdom, in the party’s national convention committee. ? "Stealing is NOT corruption"- hERO. So PDP Chairman Makarfi appointed ex-convict J. Ibori…