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Author: Ugochukwu Raymond Ogubuariri

The Illusion Of A Poverty-Free Nigeria

Friday, May 2, 2014
On May 1, 2004 while addressing workers at the May Day rally held at the Eagle Square Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan stated that the challenge of the country is not poverty, but redistribution of wealth. According to the President, 'Nigeria is not a poor country. Nigerians are the most trav ...

LAWLESS DEMOCRACY AND THE LOOMING ANARCHY BY UGOCHUKWU RAYMOND

Sunday, July 14, 2013
To any clear-headed observer, the character of unfolding events in Nigeria's political arena has become particularly gruesome and hugely ominous as to elicit a feeling of disillusionment and a deep sense of soberness. In recent times - and in very quick succession - the Nigerian polity has been conv ...

CUT-OFF MARKS FOR UNITY SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA, A CELEBRATION OF EDUCATIONAL BANKRUP

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Few days ago, the online media was awash with reports of differential cut-off marks for students from various states seeking admission into federal colleges (or unity schools as they are known) in Nigeria. In this piece, I seek to expand the focus of the debate by drawing attention to certain underl ...

NORTHERN ELDERS AND THE QUEST FOR POWER BY UGOCHUKWU RAYMOND

Saturday, June 8, 2013
It is a well known fact that when a certain misleading opinion is advertised for so long, it potentially acquires the character of truth and, thus, contaminates the consciousness of its adherents who might be handicapped by their amateurishness to recognize the difference between cheese and butter. ...

LOOKING BEYOND THE DISTRACTION CALLED GOVERNORS FORUM

Friday, May 31, 2013
One of the biggest obstacles to democracy in Nigeria is the fact that it has been hijacked and is being piloted by elements who are deeply allergic to democratic principles. Indeed, when our governors (through the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF) opted to freely elect its new chairman some days back, ...

PARTY MERGER AND THE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Party politics in Nigeria particularly, since the supposed return of democracy in 1999 has exhibited one striking feature: it has reflected the dominance of the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, especially, at the national level. By the same token, the structure and effectiveness of opposition par ...

RIBADU’S COMMITTEE REPORT AND THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION BY UGOCHUKWU RAYMOND

Monday, November 5, 2012
The controversy and high-profile drama that trailed the submission of the report of the Nuhu Ribadu-led committee to President Jonathan did not come as a surprise to most observers with perceptive faculty. While most Nigerians have been wallowing in the effusions of gratitude to Mr. President for se ...

RETHINKING THE IDEA THAT “LAGOS IS WORKING”

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A traditional African adage states that the time a dead man's funeral arrangements are being discussed is also the best time to discuss who is to inherit the dead man's widow. The gubernatorial contest in Ondo state may have come and gone but the ripples will continue to reverberate within pol ...

THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF THE FIRST LADY

Thursday, October 18, 2012
At long last, the veil of suspense and uncertainty which seem to have beclouded the whereabouts of Nigeria's first lady - Dame Patience Jonathan - has been lifted. The big masquerade is back in flesh and blood to the utter delight of most Nigerians, particularly, her teeming well-wishers. One should ...

THE FALLACY OF PILGRIMAGE IN NIGERIA

Monday, October 1, 2012
As Nigerians express growing disquiet and utter disappointment over the alleged uncharitable treatment meted out to the country's contingent to this year's holy pilgrimage in Mecca by the Saudi authorities, and as government officials strive to put up an appearance of actionable response to rehabili ...

OYO STATE ASSEMBLY, THE PRODIGAL SPEAKER AND THE DOCTRINE OF “HUSBAND SUPPORT”

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
One of the biggest tragedies of governance in Nigeria is the fact that the country's leaders often behave like the proverbial goat that is being asked by a farmer to look after his barn of yam; only for the farmer to end up with a very fat goat and an empty barn of yam. While it is no longer news ...

JUNE 12, DEMOCRACY AND THE EMERGING CULTURE OF “ONE MAN ONE BOMB”

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The date, June 12, has come to acquire a special significance in the annals of Nigeria's democratic metamorphosis. To most Nigerians, it marks a watershed in the citizens' struggle against the tyranny of militarism and the suppression of popular sovereignty. To a great extent, it symbolizes the bedr ...

AN URGENT LETTER TO PRESIDENT JONATHAN

Monday, May 21, 2012
Dear President Jonathan, Those who know how to blow to much English will say that a desperate situation calls for a desperate solution. I heard the news that you were in Udi to attend a funeral mass in honour of the late mother of Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State. While speaking at the ...
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