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Nigeria After Buhari By Ben Lawrence

Nigeria After Buhari By Ben Lawrence

President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election is a challenge for him to immortalise himself in this home stretch of his active political life. He must draw from the same pool as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello, Aminu Kano, Yakubu Gowon, Samuel Ogbemudia, Michael Okpara, Lateef Jakande, Tony Enahoro, Emeka Ojukwu and a few others who considered


Mid-Term Appraisal Of New Deal

[ctt template=”5″ link=”7FLrG” via=”no” ]Must we wait to earn some petrol dollar before we mend our roads or build new ones?[/ctt]   [ctt template=”7″ link=”iePs1″ via=”no” ]Should our future be tied to the whims of any supra-national organisations?[/ctt] It pains to watch Nigerians groan in the midst of plenty of everything with which God would

Ben Lawrence

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Panacea

Our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, deserves a million full-throated guffaws for scaling the first hurdle in his pledge to battle joblessness. The news is that 200,000 unemployed graduates have been drafted to teach in, schools and work in the agricultural sector. Does it not prove that government is the engine of growth in any economy,

Ben Lawrence

Aisha Is An Asset

President Muhammadu Buhari is a lucky man. It is not easy to amass such radical, loyal, teeming millions of supporters, most willing to pay the supreme price for his cause. And his luck and integrity brought him also a passionately devoted another half, Aisha. He must not burn his luck unwittingly in the hands of


They Give No Hoot of Who Done It

It is an understatement that corruption has reached a crisis point in Nigeria. The people have seen camels pass through the eye of the needle in this country. It is hopeless when people realize that injustice pervades the realm that should be the final arbiter. They say the law is an ass. There is no

Supreme Court Vs People’s Court

Why was Nyesom Wike testifying live on television as if possessed? That was the poser from a close friend, Mr. Pius Babalola, after watching that unedifying episode at which the Rivers State Governor told the story of his victory, holding nothing back. Wike seems to be a man of truth who did not want to

Deluge Knocking at the Door

Who is to blame for Lagos returning to a dirty megalopolis? There are roads in Lagos State that care has forgotten for more than two decades. February announces the arrival of the wet season in southern Nigeria though now dry in Lagos. Someone said jokingly that God had a reason for creating the type of

The Imperatives of Change

I beg to disagree with His Eminence on a certain matter of common interest but to agree with labour and manufacturers on the change so desired for our recovery to be a reality. We are looking forward to having once again conditions of our not-too-distant past when every Nigerian had something that positively engaged them.

The Kids Are Not Growing

The character of any nation is the sum of its leadership quality. Leadership is not necessarily one person. But there must be an arrowhead whose virtues or vices, as the case may be, pull people of like minds to the core of its being. I was not surprised to see the names reeled out by

Buhari, Dream Even of Impossible

“The young shall grow” is the name of one of those transport companies with buses ever present on Nigerian roads. And the old will die. It is simple syllogism that there is nothing permanent on earth, except the air we breathe. As hard as ‘man’ tries to conserve nature, it is tampered with, even in

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