Browsing: Garba Shehu

A rough translation of an Igbo proverb says that if you see the members of the community using a wooden shovel to bury your neighbor, you should know that that is what they will use to bury you when it is your turn

Let me cite one example. Anyone with a finger on the pulse of the nation will not have been surprised by a recent series of adverting distancing of Abdullahi Inde, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Without meaning to pontificate, or engaging in moral one-up-manship, the lesson of that period is simply this: Bad habits dropped during the cleansing period should be done away for good; good deeds imbibed should conversely be taken forward beyond the Ramadan

In a democracy, there must be ample freedom to choose, reject, discuss and debate. This is what the PDP continues to miss. In line with this principle, the PDP and its powerful ethnic Ijaw high-command have every right to present the incumbent in 2015 and Nigerians of other persuasions have a right to reject him

The controversy on Al-Bashir arose against the background of two warrants issued for his arrest by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2009 and 2010. Al-Bashir is being accused of committing war crimes over the conflict in the old Sudan’s Darfur Province

If the climate of opinion against the President in the mainstream media is bad, it is worse in the new media where Dr. Jonathan has effectively been chased out of the social media. He hardly tweets, if at all he does that these days

I was not too young to remember the debate in the 80s engendered by the U.K.’s decision to impose a Visa requirement on some Commonwealth citizens going into Britain. The list of those countries, as you know, was made up largely of African members of the Commonwealth and those from poor backgrounds in other parts of the world

This country will not be ridding itself of the wild polio virus unless the law makes our change-resistant population to comply with the administration of vaccines, even involuntarily

As many are bound to believe, we live in a country where most of the population is under-privileged, and so therefore, one cannot isolate women and talk about their problems. But to say this is to make a grave omission of the prejudices and crimes against women that are so pervasive and deep-rooted. Crimes against women have crossed all limits and must therefore become a matter for serious concern to the authorities in Nigeria

How did otherwise titanic men such as Professor Ango Abdullahi, former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, find themselves in the gutter engaging in a fight with an Alhaji Dokubo? I thought Ango’s group, and him particular, a leader of the late Shehu Yar’Adua group, scholar and gentleman were above this kind of fray

Only the arrogance of power proceeding from the dominance of a single party can give a vast country populated by 170 million as we have, a leader who will say I am tired and disinterested and at another time, a dying man whose preoccupation in office was his health, not the people he leads. Only a single party system can give a country a president not fit for the job and a dictator who unleashes the state’s instruments of coercion upon just anyone who disagrees with him. Single party rule has given several countries, Nigeria inclusive

Kuku, who spoke at an interactive session with very Senior State Department officials, led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Bureau of African Affairs), Ambassador Donald Teibeltaum, said that it is “only Jonathan Presidency that can guarantee continued peace and energy security in the Niger Delta.”

From experience over these few years we have dealt with terrorism, as well as lessons from other lands, it is better to kill the motivation for terrorism than kill the terrorist. Extra-judicial killings only lead to more terrorist breeding

The pedagogy of what Lai Mohammed is doing is that it teaches Nigerian politicians to practice politics by the power of the word. When you see what they are doing in the British Parliament you will notice that there is a tradition there of debate powered by eloquence and the choice of words