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Okonjonomics or The New Art of Money-Doubling, By Ogaga Ifowodo

I couldn’t help it. As soon as the new figures conjured by Dr Okonjo-Iweala out of Nigeria’s “rebased” Gross Domestic Product exercise came out, I shouted abracadabra! Then I chanted, “Come and see Ah-meri-ka wonder! Come and see Ah-meri-ka wonder!” I promptly substituted “Nigerian” for America in that spell-casting ditty…

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Against Dialogue with Boko Haram, By Ogaga Ifowodo

The pattern is clear. The more bloodcurdling the atrocities of Boko Haram the louder the calls for dialogue with the band of murderous psychopaths whose official name is Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad. True, there is no deranged act of murder and arson more blood-curdling than another in the unending orgy…

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Who Killed Iyayi? Who Owns Nigeria’s Roads? By Ogaga Ifowodo

If you were looking for further proof that Nigerians are yet to attain the status of citizen, then look no further than the murder of Professor Festus Iyayi on 12 November 2013 by a driver to the convoy-death-and-injury-happy governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada. And now you should ask: Who…

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Death of Professor Festus Iyayi: When does the human sacrifice to the Nigerian state end? By Ogaga Ifowodo

I am stunned and saddened beyond description by the death in a road accident of Prof. Festus Iyayi yesterday (12 November 2013). As a student in the late eighties at the University of Benin, I was a front-line witness to Iyayi’s many battles to salvage our universities and for the…

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The Olu of Warri as Daddy Overseer Melchizedek, By Ogaga Ifowodo

What does the storm fomented entirely out of a “born again” king’s tea cup tell us about our rulers, “spiritual” or “temporal?” By a proclamation, the Olu of Warri, Ogiamen Atuwatse II, sought to abrogate the ancestral title of Ogiamen on the ground that it implied worship of a false…

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Yes, I Pardoned a Serial Treasury Looter but What Can You Do About It? By Ogaga Ifowodo

Presumably, President Jonathan and the members of the National Council of State who granted a state pardon for the convicted former governor of Bayelsa State, D. S. P. Alamieyeseigha, are aware of Section 14 (2) of the Constitution which states that “The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a State…

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A Case for Punishing Corruption as Armed Robbery, By Ogaga Ifowodo

As the world moves away from capital punishment, Nigeria, always to be found in the rear-guard of progress, has embraced it with renewed vigour. Recently, the House of Representatives, that august gaggle of expensive and visionary lawmakers, woke up from its legislative coma to propose a bill to eradicate through…

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Ekwe and the Raging Army of God’s Protectors, By Ogaga Ifowodo

The omens remain frightful regarding what awaits us this year in the moral conscience arena of our ever more degenerate social landscape. On Monday, 14 January, a holy mob in Ekwe, a village in Isu Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, arrested three men suspected of having consensual sex,…