When The ‘Unsullied’ Play The Game

By Muhammed Abdullahi The celebrated victory of the Super Eagles over Zambia last Saturday (October 7) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, came in the middle of a multilayered effort aimed at keeping Nigeria as one indivisible entity. Leaders at the top levels of government were still reaching out and engaging in conversations to put out the fire that was ignited by Nnamdi Kanu and his pro-Biafra followers in the south east. In their quest to tame an increasingly volatile situation and help manage the already threatened peace in the country,…

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Biafra: On Another Path Of Thunder

By Muhammed Abdullahi “If I don’t learn to shut my mouth, I’ll soon go to hell…” The above words of Christopher Okigbo, which incidentally were made during the charged political atmosphere that preceded the civil war of 1967-’70, clearly show how words, just words, could lead to death and ruins. Although Okigbo himself was later to die fighting on the side of Biafra in the very war he initially prophesied, it was not his mouth that killed him, rather it was what mouth could cause if not controlled that finally…

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Quit Notice And Other Demons

By Muhammed Abdullahi Like Sisyphus, the mythical king of Epyra who was condemned to the eternal labor of rolling a stone over a hill, Nigeria seems to have the eternal fate of dealing with unending problems that threaten its existence and cohesion. The problem is not that Nigeria is always facing threatening issues, No. Every country on the surface of the earth battles with varying degrees of problems and crises. However, while other countries surmount one obstacles after the other, overcome challenges and move on; Nigeria, like Sisyphus, has the…

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Bello’s Prayer Holiday

By Muhammed Abdullahi The secularity of the Nigerian State and its components is a settled issue. Everyone agrees that the process of managing the affairs of a country should never be mixed with the business of God. While religion should be a private and to some extent personal affair, the management of state affairs should be public and non personalized. Although in Africa, we pray and supplicate to God on everything, even things that ordinarily require only the deplorement of our intellect and common sense. This explains why we see…

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The Booming Protest Business

By Muhammed Abdullahi The driving force and motivation behind every protest is grievances and injustice. Usually, for protest to happen, individual pains and deprivation had to be transformed into group grievances. It is the amalgamation of collective anger that often leads to protest and mass action. People who partake in protests are usually conscientious people who ordinarily want more benefits for the generality rather than individuals. The risk endured by protesters is usually aimed at delivering benefits even for those who do not participate in such protests. Protest actions are…

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The Ongoing Debate In Kwara

By Muhammed Abdullahi The drum of 2019 is already beating so loud in my home State of Kwara. Funny enough, the drummers are not the politicians but the citizens. As if in a hurry to get the incumbent governor out of office, the central issue being discussed in almost every major assembly point in the State presently is the profile of those who are likely to succeed Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed. Although my last visit to the State was not exactly a pleasant one, I still managed to eavesdropped on believable…

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Before The Young Start Running

By Muhammed Abdullahi Exactly five years ago, I was invited to a conference in Abuja organized by the Youth Alliance For Constitution Review. The main objective of the conference was to seek a reduction in the constitutional age requirement for elective offices. After a rigorous two day dialogue and panel discussions, the two key segment of attendees at the conference still held firmly to their belief and conviction about age vis-à-vis political participation. While the elders at the 2012 YACOR conference in Abuja believed that age should actually play some…

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A Painful Comedy

By Muhammed Abdullahi Sometime last week, Nigerian governors were again paid another tranche of the Paris Club refund by the Federal government. Since many of the governors hinted that they already had plans for the money, it was taking for granted that the welfare of workers, many of whom have not been paid for months, would form a central part of such plans. But we were wrong. Many of the governors, upon receiving the much awaited money, decided that the unpaid workers can always wait. Some of them allocated paltry…

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This Structure Isn’t Working For The ‘Weaker Animals’

By Muhammed Abdullahi Thanks to Mrs. Aisha Buhari who, through her fable of the sick lion, the hyena and the jackals, has now followed in the typical Orwellian tradition of using animal characters to pass a message. That coded language deplored by the First Lady would serve me well today as I seek to deliver my intervention in the ongoing debate of restructuring Nigeria. No doubt, Nigeria has for a long time been structured into a ‘classed society’ of the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor, the…

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Osun Rerun: Lessons In Defeat

By Muhammed Abdullahi If truly the dead could see, the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke would most certainly be full of apology, and possibly appreciation, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party he once described as one “full of criminals” but which has now saved him from a shameful legacy of being buried, mourned and forgotten. Courtesy the PDP, Adeleke ‘resurrected’ and is now back in the red chamber. Perhaps, Ademola Adeleke, now elected to replace his elder brother, the late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, would still be in mourning if…

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