The Promise of a New Era: A Presidential Campaign ‘Biography’ of Peter Obi

BOOK REVIEW: Promise of a New Era is written from a point of knowledge and understanding of the person of Mr. Obi – the politician, the man, and the trader -, as Obi prefers to call himself, despite having a degree in Philosophy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka – Reviewed by Angela Agoawike. The use of biographies for election campaigns dates back decades. Sometimes written in a hurry, a campaign biography gives highlights of the candidate’s life, introduces him to the voting public and so doing, gives an insight…

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Nigeria Politics: Tinubu May Not Be Smart After-All

By NewsBits Sincerely speaking, I thought Bola Tinubu was an astute and a smart politician until his recent flop in Abia. No wonder people are leaving his campaign train in droves as a result of continued gaffes and bad calls. We had expected Bola Tinubu to query the empty campaign ground he met in Umuahia the Abia State capital yesterday despite spending a humongous sum totalling over NGN400m which he earmarked for crowd renting yet people including notable APC leaders in Abia and South East at large distanced themselves from…

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Tracking Campaign Promises for Good Governance: My Views

By Angela Agoawike Campaign promises are made at every level of political governance that requires an election by those contesting for the offices. Thus, promises are made at local (LGA) and state levels and at the centre. Such promises begin as transactional relationship– give me your vote and I will do so and so for you. The moment such a person is elected to an office, the transaction is concluded, and I believe the relationship shifts to another phase like the Social Contract as espoused in different forms by JJ…

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Southeast And 2023 Presidency: Of ‘Kindergarten’ President And Analogous Political Permutations

By Chuks Collins, Abuja When Pastor Paul Osaromen dropped an usual prophetic message to the nation about four years ago in 2019 -that the Igbos of Nigeria should prepare to take over the rein of leadership of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari, not many were too surprised. Yes, because any discerning mind simply know that it was about time. About time to give these dogged never-say-die sons of the East opportunity to contribute their committed quota to the growth of this nation, Nigeria. About time to get those who have…

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2023: A Presidential Election To Thrash Calamity

By Chuks Iloegbunam Author of several books and popular newspaper columnist, Chief Chuks Iloegbunam characterizes the 2023 national polls as a presidential election to thrash calamity. Bola Ahmed Tinubu is – of the 18 candidates in the February 25, 2023, presidential election – the least deserving of the exulted office. His candidacy is, to be charitable, an affront to decent political sensibilities on all sides of the world. Yet, he appears to trend in the media more than all other aspiring tenants of Aso Rock. Why? The answer lies at…

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Imo State Is In A Mess; It Can Only Get Worse

What is going on in Imo State is a fratricidal war by determined political forces. Imo has become the Hobbesian state of nature characterised by violence of all against all. And this mess can only get worse because violence begets violence. By Ikechukwu Amaechi “This is to notify the general public that this may be my last acts as a human as my house in Umukegwu Akokwa is under heavy attack currently. As I pen this, all the cars in my house have been set ablaze and there is heavy…

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Rev Fr (Prof) Fidelis Agwulonu: Another Star Emerges From Mbaise

By Ori Martins Let the truth be told. Before 25 years ago, Mbutu in Aboh Mbaise used to be derided as an evil coven and their people regarded as cove. Our elders and leaders told us while we were growing up in the 1970s never to have anything in common or associate with Mbu. Without asking questions, we strictly adhered to that divisive and condemnable piece of advice. Yet, that time or as we later discovered, Mbutu was preparing ingeniously albeit surreptitiously to conquer both Mbaise and Imo State as…

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Remembering Rev. Fr. Raymond Arazu, One Year After

By Henry Chigozie Duru On 26th December 2022 is exactly one year after the death of a Catholic cleric, scholar, teacher, musician, traditional medicine practitioner and advocate of tolerance, Rev. Fr. Dr. Raymond Chukwunyelugwu Arazu, CSSp. Being a man of many parts, Fr. Arazu represented different things to different people. To me, he was a mentor and great motivator, hence the prompting to pen down this tribute. Arazu was born on May 27, 1939, to a Christian couple in Ihiembosi in the present Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra State.…

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Arthur Eze’s Floric To Oblivion

By Onwuasoanya Jones Ordinarily, it is advised that respect is accorded to individuals who have managed to achieve some success in any meaningful endeavour, more so when such success came in the world of business, where it is expected that it takes more than a mere flash of luck, but some dedicated work, creativity, and a great measure of discipline. However, in Nigeria, many multibillionaires didn’t need any of those qualities, especially in the ignominious days of the military, when all you needed was a good word put across on…

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Why Buhari Is Afraid Of Buhari’s Shadows

‘The beginning of a thing is not as interesting as its end. All things being equal, last week’s Christmas message would be the last from…’ By Tunde Asaju The beginning of a thing is not as interesting as its end. All things being equal, last week’s Christmas message would be the last from Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president. This last lap, as it should be, is stocktaking time and the president appeared to have found the meaning of change in the dictionary. The president seems ready to engage with the…

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