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Author: Uche Igwe

Nigeria’s Fight Against Terror And The Search For

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The recent trip of the Nigeria rsquo;s Chief of Army staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai was an interesting eye opener for me. He was invited to speak on the war against terror in Nigeria by the Atlantic Council and the Virginia Military Institute ndash; two reputable organisations with whom ...

Abuja’s Increasing Challenge Of Insecurity

Sunday, December 6, 2015
With increasing incidences of suicide bombings and large scale destruction, insecurity is sadly becoming a global phenomenon. Most public facilities are now at one level of risk or another - from airports to stadia, from markets to shopping malls, from churches to mosques, from hotels to theatres ...

Freedom Of Information Act And The Fight Against Corruption

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
I was invited to a workshop last week to review the level of progress in the compliance of government agencies to the Freedom of Information Act. It was a crucial opportunity for me to bring myself up to speed with some of the happenings within the civil society arena in Nigeria. As part of my pr ...

Can Wike Survive A Re-Run In Rivers State? (2)

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Much more important in the unfolding saga in Rivers State is the poor performance of Governor Nyesom Wike. It has been reported that about 144 billion naira has so far accrued to the state in the last five months. Sadly there is very little to show for it in terms of infrastructural projects. [/B ...

Ogoni Clean Up, Buhari and the Force of Example

Saturday, August 8, 2015
It is not by force of arms but by force of example that you demonstrate the superiority of any ideology- Mikhail Gorbachev I was very delighted when I read that President Buhari had directed that preparations for the clean-up of the polluted Ogoni land should commence. That decision is ve ...

Can Rivers State Afford To Be In The Opposition?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
In the immediate aftermath of the General MuhamaduBuhari rsquo;s resounding victory over President Jonathan, I expect that the people of the Niger Delta should adjust their political strategy. They should identify channels to begin to re-engage the Federal Government. They are very lucky to have ...

Rivers 2015: Between Dakuku Peterside and Nyesom Wike

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
It is now more than six weeks since political parties in Rivers State chose their gubernatorial candidates. I did not bother to comment because I took it for granted that a majority of Rivers people know the direction to go if they expect more progress in the state. No one who has followed events i ...

Where Did Chibuike Amaechi Go Wrong? (3)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I am grateful for the comments you have sent me so far on the second part of this article. It is just to do my best to say the little I know about these issues to set the record straight. I am prepared to challenge those with a different account of these events to put it out for Nigerians to judg ...

Jonathan, Wike And The Battle For The Soul Of Rivers State

Monday, October 13, 2014
It is no longer news that President Goodluck Jonathan and his People s Democratic Party (PDP) is leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to recapture Rivers State. The President himself said so publicly during his party s South-South rally in Benin a few weeks ago. There are many reasons why t ...

Where Did Chibuike Amaechi Go Wrong? (Part 2)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Many of those who read the earlier part of this article had contacted me. Some of them complained that I did not mention some people whose role they consider visible in escalating what is now referred to as the Jonathan-Amaechi saga. Deliberately I chose not to mention the role of the First Lady. ...

Where did Chibuike Amaechi go wrong?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The River State Governor Chubuike Rotimi Amaechi is probably one of the most misunderstood Nigerian politician in recent times. From nowhere those who perceived him to be a potential threat crafted an image of a stubborn, disrespectful man who listens to no one and that perception hung around his ne ...

Ebola Disease and the cost of Dishonesty

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
I was in Port Harcourt, Rivers State when the news of possible Ebola infection filtered into town. It was unsettling but not very surprising. As soon as the so called index case was confirmed in Lagos, I knew that it was a matter of time before a case will be recorded in Port Harcourt. Somehow I was ...

APC: Alternative Platform or Club of Strange Bedfellows

Monday, September 9, 2013
Before the merger that led to the All Progressive Congress (APC), I was a little skeptical and apprehensive about its success especially considering what the original merging entities, that is the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANP ...
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By: Ahenkro Osei