Legitimacy or Sovereignty – The Niger Delta

"...to build a nation where peace, and justice shall reign.""...Help us to build a nation Where no man is oppressed,..." - Words from Arise, O Compatriots (Nigeria's Anthem, 1978-date) and Nigeria, We Hail Thee (Nigeria's Anthem, 1960-1978) respectively. As promised, here's my sequel to the post on Legitimacy or Sovereignty. In this case, we discuss … Continue reading Legitimacy or Sovereignty – The Niger Delta

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Nigeria’s 2015 Elections: Funding the Campaigns

The preparations towards the 2015 elections in Nigeria have been fraught with many scandals already. While these are problematic, they are frequent occurrences in our politics which have played out several times between 1999 and 2014. There is however a subtle shift occurring in the preparations for this election rounds. This shift is in the … Continue reading Nigeria’s 2015 Elections: Funding the Campaigns

Nigeria’s 2015 Elections: Before the Numbers Game

Temporary Voter's Card (with Incomplete Biometric Data Capture)"Democracy is a game of numbers, and we have those numbers", is a familiar cry to many Nigerian political observers. Those who use this cry however, show no desire to acquire those numbers, at least not legitimately. Have you heard a statement from any political party concerning the … Continue reading Nigeria’s 2015 Elections: Before the Numbers Game

#APostADay Day 5 – Nigeria: The Dignity of Humanity

...that all may be treated with the dignity of humanity... Contemporary Nigerian society appears to be chaotic. Citizens believe it's a dog-eat-dog world. A common mantra amongst Nigerians is 'this life na OYO (On Your Own)'. So, we go on as best we can, minding our own businesses, fighting against attempts to derail us. Sometimes … Continue reading #APostADay Day 5 – Nigeria: The Dignity of Humanity

#PostADay Day 2 – Nigerian Confraternities: Names, Symbols & Deductions

Hello! Welcome to Day 2 of Saatah Nubari (@Saatah) and my #APostADay Challenge. Day 1: Saatah wrote on Not Much...but there's hope, and I wrote on Homogeneity and Heterogeneity of our Society Day 2: Saatah wrote, like in a diary, on The Events of his Day. A good, honest account. This is my Day 2 … Continue reading #PostADay Day 2 – Nigerian Confraternities: Names, Symbols & Deductions

#APostADay Day 1 – Homogeneity and Heterogeneity of our Society.

Hello! So I've been off for a while, not for lack of things to write but because I have failed to Overcome Inertia . However, this is about to change as for the next week, I and Saatah Nubari (@Saatah) have challenged ourselves to #PostADay. His posts would be on http://www.nubby.wordpress.com. I hope our posts … Continue reading #APostADay Day 1 – Homogeneity and Heterogeneity of our Society.

Herald of the Statesmen

The 2015 general elections are around the corner. As is now common, the media would be filled with accusations, counter-accusations, critiques, and endorsements of potential candidates or political parties by supposed "statesmen". This is what I refer to as the herald of the statesmen. Who is a Statesman? Chamber's 20th Century Dictionary defines a statesman … Continue reading Herald of the Statesmen

Society: The Foundations

Society: A community of people (persons or individual humans) who share the same customs and laws. I find myself pondering on the foundations of our society; starting from the smallest unit, the family, to the country/nation, Nigeria. Do we share the same customs and laws? I don’t think so. The laws and customs are agreed … Continue reading Society: The Foundations

Access

Prov. 4. 23 "Guard Your heart with all diligence for out of it comes issues of life" "Access! Access!! Access!!!" I can hear myself talking to her. She complains but then she always does. In anything we commit to, there's bound to be many others which try to distract or derail us. However, these detractors/distractions … Continue reading Access

Comp(l)e(ti)tion

Life is a Journey Not A Competition These are words from a fave singer of mine, India.Arie in her song "A Beautiful Day". Taking records of activities at work today, it was evident how the good, the bad and the ugly can be seen even in the smallest of groups. Three groups were assigned same … Continue reading Comp(l)e(ti)tion

Ex- Experience

Some days back, a broadcast message was circulated on bbm "If you were to have a thousand bucks for every ex you've had how much will you have now?" Now, this was pretty much a simple innocent message and I did forward to my contacts. Got to get to know some a bit too. My … Continue reading Ex- Experience

Mediocrity 1

Daily I think of the different ways we could be better as a country. Advancement first requires an acknowledgment of lagging. So, why are we behind? In all my thoughts, the word which repeats itself is "MEDIOCRITY". The state of being mediocre-medium quality, neither good nor poor-is largely a state of the mind. We decide … Continue reading Mediocrity 1

3 quick thoughts on Buhari’s ‘loan’

Response to
Point 1. I’d like a reference to where the PDP nomination form costs N10million. No, I’m not trying to cause trouble. I read here http://www.thenewswriterng.com/?p=13328 that the PDP’s Rivers State gubernatorial nomination form is about N10million. Forms have varying prices across states. This I think is good as it considers disparity in state income.

Point 3: The APC was a merger of at least two parties, ACN & CPC. A merger means that assets of individual entities should belong to the new party as agreed upon. This invalidates the new status of the APC. The only excuse one would give is that the former parties were run as sole enterprises by their administrators. If that is the case, then there is dishonesty on the part of the constituent parties and new APC leadership.

Again, these are thoughts open to discourse.

The Kaleidoscope

This from the Vanguard is generating quite a bit of discussion:

Buhari meanwhile, yesterday procured the party’s N27.5 million expression of interest and nomination forms at the national secretariat.

Lamenting that the costs of the forms were high, he said that it took the understanding of his bankers in Kaduna and Abuja to raise the money.

“It’s a pity I couldn’t influence this amount to be put down  as in the case of ladies and the disabled that intend to participate. I always looked left and right in our meetings but I could not read sympathy, so I kept my trap.

“But I felt heavily sorry for myself because I don’t want to go and ask somebody to pay for my nomination forms, because I always try to pay myself, at least for the nomination.

“N27 million is a big sum, thankfully I have personal relationship with the manager of…

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