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Posts Tagged ‘Muhammadu Buhari’

Buhari’s men are not working

By Prince Charles Dickson And finally the ministerial list was read on the floor of the Upper Chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly, and in a few hours the nation was under the couch, the wailing wailers and the body language experts went into over drive. Timeline was October 2015, and I penned my thoughts…today a […]

Mr. Buhari and the liars within

Bayo Omoboriowo   By Prince Charles Dickson   Ronald Reagan once said, “Government is like a baby, an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other end.” And I add a big head that thinks it knows it all and then treat us all like the […]

Xenophobic Attacks: The Need For Nigeria’s Foreign Policy Readjustment

Reuters photo   By Durodola Tosin Brexit came as a shock not only to Europe but also to the entire World. After my coherent analysis of several factors and actors, I didn’t expect such an unwavering support by the people to reach such a decision.

Two stories: The Thomases and watchmen around Mr. Buhari

Sunday Aghaze/AFP   By Prince Charles Dickson I want to this week talk about the men and women that are supposed to be helping Buhari. Many people say that followers are often a reflection of their leaders, however in Nigeria that is one axiom that isn’t exactly so. We have suffered both the leadership and […]

Nigeria 2017: Another year to prove the pessimists wrong

Ruth McDowall   By Prince Charles Dickson   “One cannot eat crab in secret“   It was one long year, 2016, a year that a lot of us want to forget for so many reasons and others would not forget for obvious reasons. But either way what more can we do than be happy that […]

The Red Beret Minister, the Falcons and that Ewu Gambia

By Prince Charles Dickson Throughout last week, it was the usual one week, one problem, but really none could beat the saga between the Super Falcons (Nigeria’s female soccer team) and the nation’s sporting authorities. Let us review it together.

Nigeria: 150 Peaceful Pro-Biafra Activists Killed In Chilling Crackdown

Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP   By Amnesty International The Nigerian security forces, led by the military, embarked on a chilling campaign of extrajudicial executions and violence resulting in the deaths of at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the country, according to an investigation by human rights NGO Amnesty International.

Elder Orubebe, Trump and other stories

By Prince Charles Dickson   There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full  –  Henry A. Kissinger   A Professor was traveling from Accra to Tamale in Ghana, and somewhere between the Eastern and Ashanti Regions, one of the tyres in the front wheel of his car removed and went into […]

The bewildered and controversial republic of the 21st century

Tom Pietrasik   By Ogunniyi Abayomi Democracy embraces freedom amongst the leaders and people, in the same way between the leaders and its cabinet.

The lies of Lai, Nigerian stories and one pound

NAN photo   By Prince Charles Dickson So I decided to read a Lai related news item, and that was when my admonition for this week took shape…

Solving Nigeria’s problems at 56

Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson Bring a male and female squirrel, a virgin turtle, seven white doves, an animal without a spine, and three kola nuts, one white, two brownish red ones and a necklace worn by a woman that has had twins three times…

This is why Nigerians suffer…

Pius Utomi Ekpei   By Prince Charles Dickson The greatest lesson in life is to know that sometimes even fools are right—Winston Churchill. So, that the country is in recession is not the news, has never been the news, despite all the debates, arguments, mutual consent and accusations…who is at fault and who is not […]

Admitting Guilt: Who ‘do’ us this kind thing?

Clara Sanchiz   By Prince Charles Dickson “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” –Socrates. One of the greatest preachers who ever lived, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, called the ‘prince of preachers’, loved to tell this story: It seems there was a […]

Nigerian army faces new dangers in Boko Haram campaign

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Ulf Laessing Nigeria’s military has liberated large swathes of land from Boko Haram but a ride with an army convoy, all guns firing for fear of ambush, shows how far the northeast is from normality after a brutal Islamist insurgency that has displaced millions.

So the recession finally caught up with these change dudes

Tom Pietrasik   By Prince Charles Dickson Six years into the Obasanjo administration I wrote an admonition titled “Obasanjo’s Nigeria Defined: Recession, Repression and Reforms In Nigeria (The Real Picture)”; by June last year again I was writing another “Of Bailouts, Recession, Repression and Repetitions”.

Abegi, where does Patience live in Nigeria?

Cliff Owen/AP   By Prince Charles Dickson It takes patience to listen… It takes skill to pretend that you are actually listening.

Leaders that cannot cook, cannot pray, and cannot plan

By Prince Charles Dickson   How do you make God laugh? Tell Him of any plans by Nigerian leaders It’s funny really, the things that bother us as people. To the fact that we were once the happiest people; add that to, the fact we are equally in the top tier of the most religious […]

Padding and the illusionary leadership across our nation

By Ogunniyi Abayomi Nigeria, a country of vast human and natural resources propagates under the illusionary belief that the solution to the challenges that bite the country are placed in the hands of our politicians.

In a ‘padded’ nation, no one is responsible

State House Photo   By Prince Charles Dickson This week, my admonition would be on the recurring subject of corruption in Nigeria…without sounding repetitive like the proverbial broken record, I would look at it from a nation’s inability and refusal to take responsibility. For starters, let me share the following story…

Regional armies struggle in last push against Boko Haram

Luc Gnago/Reuters   By Joe Bavier “You’ll all be able to go home soon. Boko Haram is nearly finished,” Niger’s Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum told a crowd of refugees seated quietly on dusty, sun-baked flats.

The North is not helping the North, despite Buhari

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson Let me start this week’s admonition in this manner. If everyone thought as much as I did about justice and fairness, life would be better. I am a critic, but I am also the critics’ critic, the unrepentant believer that the best way to keep the government on […]

On Buhari’s appointment….I cause trouble

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson I was driving the other day and decided to have communion with the radio in the car. After scanning several stations with a lack of interest in the programs on the menu, I was stuck with one in particular that had this youth-centric program.

Politics and Power in 2016

By Ogunniyi Abayomi   Celebrating or degrading the essence of democracy in our 21st century.   Democracy, the government of the people, was introduced to Nigeria on 29th May, 1999, transforming our ruling system from military to the federal system of governnment with constitutional provision to ensure an organisational and structural administration was built and […]

Thoughts on the Nigerian Buratai Savings Scheme

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson In practically all fields of human endeavor in Nigeria, if you cast a lot, the odds are that it would fall on a retired thief, an active thief, or an aspiring thief.

Which Nigeria is Changing…?

Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson So, being the religious country that we are, I sat and asked my wife…Was Fela born again, what inspired his music, (I mean his lyrics)…is he in heaven…can we safely call him a prophet…I mean simply throw questions at the woman, and moreso, she had the companion of […]

Restructuring Nigeria…a problem for critical thinkers

By Prince Charles Dickson Okay, I am from Plateau state, and the real issue aside from many little squabbles in the 2015 General Elections was that we were not going to allow the Berom ethnic nation to continue the domination, eight years later it was the Musheres from Bokkos. We argued and debated that there […]

Nigeria and the Needed Revolution

By Dami Lare It is not for want of design appropriate or thought feasible that many suffer their over-romantic assessment of times and conditions with a ‘call for a revolution’ (total upheaval): a prompt to be found in rhetoric and epistles that litter the cyberspace (especially Facebook).

The nation is mute and deaf…only miracles will do

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson   Two events occurred over the last week that both sobered, and got me reflecting about Nigeria. I must confess I think a lot more about Nigeria than I reflect, because when one reflects about this nation it is scary. And more often than not, it is safer […]

Northern Nigeria And The Extremist Theory

By Akor Emmanuel It was first envisaged in 1914 that the life span of the then to be created entity called Nigeria was 100 years. In October 2014 that period elapsed and at the time, the problems bedeviling Nigeria were overbearingly large with the issue of the islamist terrorist group ‘Boko Haram’ taking center stage.

Nigeria is great, but the greatest is Muhammad Ali

By Prince Charles Dickson “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize” – Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali—the three-time heavyweight-boxing champion, the incredible humanitarian, the inspiration for the activism of athletes all over the nation—passed away on Friday, June 3, and the world is in mourning.