Mali, Boko Haram and the U.S.

Many Americans have heard of the city called Timbuktu. Many have probably even used the expression “from here to Timbuktu,” as a cliché to explain that something is very, very far away. Until recently, not many Americans would have answered quickly or even correctly when asked where the city is, or what country it is […]

America’s Secret Files On Ojukwu

America’s Secret Files On Ojukwu

Confidential US dispatches on the Nigerian Civil War yield a wounding portrait of Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who was painted by those who knew him as a man that experienced  rejection as a child, a megalomaniac, demagogue and one who once threatened to shoot his own father In a broadcast to the German people on BayerischerRundfunkMuchen […]

Ansaru, Nigeria’s New Face Of Terror

Ansaru, Nigeria’s New Face Of Terror

Ansaru, Nigeria’s new terrorist group in Nigeria specialises in hostage taking  With its hands full and security resources overstretched battling Islamic militant group, Boko Haram which activities have resulted in over a thousand deaths in the past two years alone, Nigeria is now being confronted with a new form of insurgency from a new terrorism […]

Jonathan Daring Northern Governors

Jonathan Daring Northern Governors

Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu stirs the hornet’s nest as intrigues over the 2015 Peoples Democratic Party ticket thicken As he has demonstrated many times even on serious national issues, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State combines loquaciousness and a penchant for mischief in equal measures. The former federal Permanent Secretary put both on display […]

Who Grasps The Nettle For Jonathan Now?

Who Grasps The Nettle For Jonathan Now?

By Dimeji Daniel I remember that it was exactly 73 days after President Goodluck Jonathan took the reins of power following President Umaru Yar’Adua’s demise that Patience Jonathan launched the Women for Change Initiative with pomp and pageantry in Abuja. According to her, the initiative was a gender-focused movement to mobilise women to take active […]

Axing Obasanjo’s Men

Axing Obasanjo’s Men

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party reaches a frenetic level with the axing of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s loyalists Despite repeated denials by national leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of an internal crisis, recent developments within the party seemed to have confirmed that. The recent sacking of party officers from the South West […]

The Risen First Lady

The Risen First Lady

I join millions of Nigerians in giving thanks to God for the miraculous survival of the country’s First Lady, Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan. It is not every day you read such cheery news about a First Lady that rose from the dead. It is only befitting, therefore, that it should cost Nigerian taxpayers half […]

Death And The Vanity Of Life: Tribute To My Departed Colleagues

February is, perhaps, not the best month to be talking of death being just the second month of the year, but the recent demise of two of my colleagues, Mr. and Mrs. Sunday Rotimi Olugbuyi in a most agonizing and traumatizing circumstances, has left me with no choice but to meditate on death and the […]

How To Make APC Work

How To Make APC Work

Nigeria’s vibrant political climate came to the fore recently when members of the opposition signified their intention to form a mega political party called All Progressives Congress, APC, in order to wrest power from the ruling Peoples  Democratic Party, PDP, 2015. It is believed that this merger will not only give the opposition a national […]

Nigerian clerics: Kicking God, kissing the dog

Nigerian clerics: Kicking God, kissing the dog

WHEN Karl Heinrich Marx, the 19th Century German Philosopher, Economist, Sociologist, Historian, Journalist and Revolutionary Socialist, declared that religion is the opium of the people, he could as well have been speaking of contemporary Nigeria and other undeveloped parts of the world. Religions have provided deceptive avenues for the location and hide-out of every manner […]