Election 2015: Nigerian democracy comes of age
ELECTIONS allow democratic nations a chance to celebrate the rebirth of values of popular representation of the interest of the people. Nigerians have, through the recent 2015 General Elections, celebrated this important aspect of democracy. More importantly, the loss of an election by an incumbent Nigerian President in Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to an opposition candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, signifies the coming of age of the Nigerian democracy
The Igbos and their unifying factors (3)
THE Igbos ventured into the sale of electronic appliances many years ago, paying exorbitant rents for cramped up spaces in Broad Street, Lagos, which then was busy and noisy as one loudspeaker sought to outdo the other, the then Lagos State Governor moved them to Alaba Market which today is the largest electronic market in Africa
Re-visiting, Obasanjo’s, faux pas,
ALMOST contemporaneous with and similar to the sizzling antics and peculiarly dramatic persona of the late Barkin Zuwo is General Olusegun Obasanjo’s socially hilarious mien or carriage. The former Governor of old Kano State, Alhaji Zuwo, was the butt of many apocryphal jokes, funny stories, ridiculous memorabilia, etc. Zuwo is reputed to have listed “Fanta”, “Coke”, “7up” and “Sprite” as some of the many minerals that abound in his native Kano State. When the army struck in 1983 and sent politicians packing from their serene conveniences, Zuwo jocularly expressed his consternation regarding the query as to why money [raw cash] was found in his Government House residence.
Scent of victory in Lagos elections
IT is generally admitted in politics, as with any competition, that failure is an orphan. In contradistinction, the smell of victory and the taste of success is known to be sweet. In the Lagos State governorship election in which Jimi Agbaje of the PDP and Akin Ambode of the APC will lock horns in the election of April 11, 2015, the dust of campaign is clearing and it is becoming clear who Lagosians will vote for in that historical and crucial election. Amongst Lagosians generally, it is becoming obvious by the day that change is imminent in Alausa.
The 2014 National Conference: Looking back, looking forward
Being the Third Annual Dr. Abel Guobadia Memorial Lecture delivered by ODIA OFEIMUN on 5th February, 2015 at the auditorium of the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre, Benin City.
Lessons of Lent: The prodigal son
LENT slows life down. Lent makes me drowsy. Lent kills joy. This is period of punishment. Why should I fast and deny myself many pleasurable things when I really desire them? Why all these and for whose sake? It is like an examination period for a student. Then the flowers will blossom again.
Tragedy of errors in fuel market
Clearly, this decision was not thoroughly thought through, as it ignored the significance of Naira exchange rate on the domestic pump price of petrol, as consistently explained in several articles in this column.
Okowa and Gov. Uduaghan’s legacy
THE news making the round in Delta State today is the kind of vision that Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the governorship flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, would bring to governance, if he emerges victorious in the April 11, elections.
The Igbos and their unifying factors (2)
THE Kola nut is a central feature in all Igbo land. I have never understood why this is so except to guess that if people speak the same language there must be a single symbol that united them; and for the Igbos, it is the Kola nut. It appeals to the individual soul, to the…
The Igbos and their unifying factors (1)
NEARLY 50 years ago, it is said, that people in Enugu, Nsukka, Ngwo, and Abakalike had little clothes to cover themselves. In 1947, the District Officer prohibited nude people coming to the Ogbete Market in Enugu. Yet, in 20 short years, the Igbos were the number one traders in textile.
There’s life after election defeat
That of August 11, 1979 was worse. On August 15, 1979 the returning officer in the Presidential election, Chief Fredrick Louis Menkiti announced the results of the Presidential election. In the results, Alhaji Shehu Shagari (90) of the NPN scored 5,668,857 votes while Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) of the UPN scored 4,916,951 votes, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1996) of the NPP scored 2,822,523, Alhaji Aminu Kano (1920-1983) 1,732,113 votes and Alhaji Ibrahim Waziri 1,686,489 votes.
Thank God the election was peaceful
GOING by the reports coming from across the country, last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly election was peaceful. This was contrary to the vicious permutations that blood would flow in many parts of the country. Nigeria can boldly count one successful round while waiting for the last and final round on April 11, for the…