Garba Shehu

Mallam Garba Shehu, veteran journalist and former newspaper editor, now practices as a political communicator and analyst in Abuja. He writes a syndicated column for Premium Times every Wednesday.

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The Greed that Nourishes the Polio Tragedy, By Garba Shehu

Hearing the reports of massive inflow of foreign assistance – millions of US Dollars, plane-loads of medicines, building materials, blankets and warm clothing into Japan and 13 other countries along the costs of those countries bordering the Indian Ocean following the devastating, mega-earthquake, the Tsunami, a poor but calculating and…

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A regime’s loss, a nation’s gain, By Garba Shehu

Up to 70 per cent of membership of the conference was directly and indirectly appointed by the same administration. As the National Conference gradually inches to a close, the major surprise from its outcome may be the victory of the nation, as opposed to that of the Jonathan administration, the…

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“Jews (Read: Northerners) Unwelcome”, By Garba Shehu

Profiling of citizens in accordance with their religion and ethnicity is wrong and condemnable. (more…)

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As The North Grabs Its Fate with Both Hands, By Garba Shehu

A common narrative among lazy commentators and apologists of our often criticized government is one that accuses “Northern leadership” and their (Islamic) apex religious leadership of not doing much more than criticize, comment or condemn the executive leadership, without being proactive” to end the “senseless menace that has plagued Nigeria’s…

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Emir Sanusi’s Curious Deal, And Perils He Must Avoid, By Garba Shehu

It is welcome that the new Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11, as he prefers to be called ( he was known as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi until his coronation), landed on the throne of his forefathers in the vast entity called the Emir's Palace. This followed the dramatic end to…

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Why Kano, North and Nigeria will miss Emir Ado Bayero forever, By Garba Shehu

Ado Bayero was a chief, not a lord over his people. He was always bringing together those who were divided. (more…)

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Why Kano, North and Nigeria will miss Emir Ado Bayero forever, By Garba Shehu

Ado Bayero was a chief, not a lord over his people. He was always bringing together those who were divided. Everyone has his/her story of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero. He made me feel very special from the day he and his large entourage stormed Class One,…

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Do they care when it is the North (East)? By Garba Shehu

“This then takes us back to the question: Do they care that it is the North (East)?” (more…)

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How PDP Can Reinvent Itself, By Garba Shehu

Nigeria marks Democracy Day this week amidst widespread anger at the wasted past few years, growing fears of terrorism and crime under an unshackled administration, altogether calling into question the effectiveness and the future role of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party founded on the cherished values of…

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How Nigeria (Rightfully) Lost Control, By Garba Shehu

George Orwell once wrote that, “in times of deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”. I am not here as a spoilsport, to puncture the enormous goodwill and support that has naturally welcomed the coming of the British, United States and French military assistance to rescue the missing school…

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How Politics Made the Abduction of 273 Girls Possible, By Garba Shehu

It must have dawned on many of our readers by now that more than the speculated issue of the lack of equipment and motivation on the part of the Nigerian security forces, politics, the game of power made possible the painful and indefensible loss of those girls. If anybody is…

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A government’s cluelessness, information blackout and our missing schoolgirls, ByGarba Shehu

The search for these Nigerian schoolgirls will probably be the most difficult search in human history, not the Malaysian Flight MH370. I am sure many of our readers still remember the story of Julie Ward, the 28-year old British wildlife photographer who was killed in Kenya in 1988. Julie went…

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The Nigerian Senate And Its Obsession For Regime Protection, By Garba Shehu

That David Mark’s Senate has given this country something that is very important: it is a Senate imbued with reassuring maturity that has ensured stability for the country’s young democracy. It is a gift that will not escape the interest of contemporary historians. Their fixation with the legacy of democratic…

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Shocking truths about Ebola Virus Disease, By Garba Shehu

“Ebola is a cruel disease. It kills easily but painfully. It also spreads easily.” Nigeria with her population of 160 million-plus is at the door-step of a major disaster-the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) - unless by some miracle it steers away its course or we take deliberate policies and actions…

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PDP, APC And Their Endless Verbal Rockets, Garba Shehu

The PDP and its may communicators must come to terms with the responsibility they carry on their shoulders With the 2015 elections looming large on the horizon, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has done itself some good by organizing a two-day retreat in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, for their publicity…

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Power Sector: Government is Attempting an Escape, By Garba Shehu

It doesn’t sound like we have a government in place. If we had one, someone should start worrying about the sliding power supply. I am of the generation of Nigerians who cut their teeth on candle lights and rechargeable lamps and given the way things are going, from bad to…

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The National Conference as a Dictatorial Safari, By Garba Shehu

President Jonathan is going about the National Conference in a way suggesting that he is not a firm believer in representative democracy. Some call it a Machiavellian simplification. Throughout the 100 years of existence of Nigeria as a country, there has never been a moment without trenchant agitations for the…

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Secure Schools, Don’t Close them Down, By Garba Shehu

The closure of five Federal Government Colleges in the North-Eastern part of the country is exactly what Boko Haram wants. It’s absolutely the wrong way to go and I am really shocked and surprised that government came up with this decision. Is this then not a victory by Boko Haram,…

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How the Nigerian media disgraced Jonathan and his Centenary celebrations, By Garba Shehu

The way the Nigerian media largely ignored the Centenary celebrations underscores how a government and its public can see things differently (more…)

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Abuja’s “Secretive” World Economic Forum, By Garba Shehu

With or without the World Economic Forum here, it is of paramount importance to bring a semblance of order to government finances. (more…)

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Does Nigeria Have a Foreign Policy? By Garba Shehu

In making a distinction between a journalist and a diplomat, an author described the diplomat as an official sent abroad to lie on behalf of his/her nation. This being the case, why would Nigeria diplomats try to cover up or lie outright to the home crowd? As I write, I…

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Sanusi is down, but by no means out, By Garba Shehu

Sanusi’s tenure at the CBN seems a blessing to end the stealing of crude oil and derivable revenues, which has now reached an all-time high (more…)

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Katsina’s Low Blow to VP Sambo, By Garba Shehu

It is not today that governors started jockeying to replace a sitting vice president in Nigeria. When he was in office as Vice President in President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, Atiku Abubakar faced the same challenge. It was not a hidden secret the supporters of two governors, talking about Governors Ahmed…

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Labaran Maku and his frenzied attacks on northern leaders, By Garba Shehu

If I sat in a jury to decide who among the three in the President’s circle is doing the most damage to “enemy” Northern leaders between Edwin Clark, Asari Dokubo and the Minster of Information Labaran Maku, I will not hesitate to choose Maku and will tell you why. Maku…

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‘Change’ in PDP Comes With Expiry Date, By Garba Shehu

It is not at all controversial to say that Nigeria’s ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is imperiled today. By the weekend, party leaders and the Presidency were congratulating one another following the forced resignation of party chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. Will this change in the leadership cause any…