Perspectives on Elections 2003 and transition to the Fourth Republic. By Omoba Oladele Osinuga

(GAMJI)

The president’s recent statement about the election results as being final was quite unhelpful and akin to rubbing salt to wound. Instead of being magnanimous in victory the President erred when he claimed that elections are not cancelled in other countries including western democracies. Details

 

God in Opposition: the Case of Shari' a States. By Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

(GAMJI)

From the times of Pa Awo until the struggle for the actualisation of June 12th, it was easy to discard any argument from the opposition as xenophobic because they never, in fact, voted for anyone outside their tribe. Yoruba candidates before Abiola were for Yoruba voters and they pursued Yoruba objectives. For this reason, they were popular in Yoruba land but lepers outside. The same cannot be said of politicians from the North-west going by the forays Shagari, Shinkafi and Yar'adua variously made in Yoruba land. Details

 

Ndiigbo and 2003 Election: A Rejoinder to Remi Oyeyemi. By Chidi Peter Eze

(GAMJI)

Chief  Ekwueme  perhaps was  the most qualified candidate in the PDP click in 1999,  why then was he denied the presidential nomination of the party?. Because   he is an Igbo man.  Mr. Kanu was nominated from PDP to represent Abuja in the national assembly, but his nomination was not only denied, but, was disqualified with flimsy  excuse of his association with Abacha. But the real truth is because he is an Igbo man. Doesn’t it sound idiotic. Details

 

The Improper And Outrageous Acts National Assembly. By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

The question that every Nigerian should be asking is “are some of our National Assembly Members Possessed by the Demon?) How else would anyone explain the behaviors in the last four years? Most especially, considering the shamelessness that they have displayed in their actions in the last two weeks? Details

 

Agents of Annullists in 1993 As Annullists in 2003: A Review of the Anti-Democratic Behavior of Buhari/Ojukwu/Okadigbo. By Professor Omo Omoruyi, mni

(GAMJI)

I was surprised that Buhari and his organization also called on INEC to adopt the OPTION A4 few days to the April 19 election as if INEC could simply come up with laws on the election.   They ought to have known but wanted to mislead the people of Nigeria, the voters that the laws governing the election are what the National Assembly passed and signed into law by the President. Details

 

Alien Or Foreign Wives Versus Obeying The Laws Of Nigeria. By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

All aliens living in Nigeria, men and women, do so at the pleasure of the government and people of Nigeria and they are welcome to participate in all the activities of persons in Nigeria, whether citizens or resident aliens, but this must be done with complete obedience to all Nigerian laws, they cannot pick and choose or select what local, state or federal laws of Nigeria to obey or comply with and it is the height of betrayal and unpatriotic behavior on the part of any Nigerian who encourage any immigrant in Nigeria to disrespect our rules and laws. Details

 

Is This The Return of A Prodigal Son? By Banjo Odutola, Esq.  

(GAMJI) Has Obasanjo taken advantage of this melee between Afenifere and the brand of politics it champions? Perhaps. But, it is submitted that the answers are more complex. This president like any other politician must have felt the rejection of his own people when he was elected without the support of his own people. It may be noted that he rarely referred to the 1999 rejection. But now, the story is different. Details

 

Can We Handle It? By  Kombò Mason Braide, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

In the best case scenario, General Olusegun Obasanjo has a genuine Christian conversion experience. Suddenly, following a blinding burst of laser light, accompanied by thunderous celestial music from deeper space, General Obasanjo miraculously regains consciousness (and patriotism), and realises that peace is far better than being blown to smithereens by state-engineered anarchy. Details

 

Afenifere: A Catalogue of Catastrophes. By D. S. Dauda, M.D.

The outcome of the 1999 presidential elections was not hard to predict. What surprised many was the ease and eagerness with which the Afenifere deputy head, Chief Bola Ige and Adesanya’s own daughter, Modupe Adelaja, jumped on the band-wagon of the PDP government when the invitation came, as one of Obasanjo’s ministers aptly put it, “to come and chop”. This “chopping” proved to be so good that Ige was telling anyone who cared to listen, to the ire of Solomon Lar and other PDP big-wigs who had other notions, that the Obasanjo government was in fact implementing an Afenifere/AD agenda! Details

 

Obasanjo uncovers reasons for rape of Nigeria’s democracy. By   Bello Umar-Farouk Jega

(GAMJI)

In what looks like a face-saving reaction to the denunciation of Nigeria’s recent elections (or do I say selections?) by local and international observers and opposition parties, Mr. Obasanjo has made pronouncements that were highly ridiculous. In fact, the statements were so awkward as to further underscore the fact that he no longer deserves to be in the Aso Rock Villa. Details

 

Should Nigerians Hold ASUU Harmless Or Culpable? By  Paul I. Adujie

All Nigerians know that resource allocation to education is important, but there are other areas in the Nigeria that are equally deserving urgent attention! And Resources are limited! Just as they also know that this prolonged strike hurts everyone! Let ASUU bury its head for their greed, three salary increases and now salaries for no work for four months! What other sectors of the Nigerian economy has had comparable salary increases in last four years? Details

 

Malam Shekarau's First Task in Office. By Hannatu Mohammed

(GAMJI)

If Mr. Dan Haliulu were aware of the political terrain in Kano, he would probably know why Kwankwaso failed to win a second term. And in one word, I will say “BUHARI”. That is right. The love and respect the Kano people have for Muhammdu Buhari was responsible for the success of the ANPP in the State. Because I was told that, up to now, many people didn’t know who Malam Shekarau is. Details

 

Respecting Democracy and Due Process In Nigeria Omisore Nzeribe Duke Condit et. al. By Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

Too many intelligent Nigerians are too quick to assume and conclude that these things, because they appear bizarre or unethical or unacceptable to them, it must be illegal, and it does not happen elsewhere but Nigeria! But nothing could be further from the truth! And this is where my American comparisons become handy! As old and as mature as everyone believes American democracy and legal system is, bad things still happen in America, very very bad things indeed. Details

 

April 19 'Jupiternic' Victory. By Muhammad Jameel Yusha'u

(GAMJI)

The letter sent by Dr. Chuba Okadigbo to President Olusegun Obasanjo on the April 19th election is one of the most interesting pieces I read about the 4/19 election. For in the letter he recalled how T.Y. Danjuma described the NPN victory in 1983 as a 'moonslide victory' and he went on to describe the April 19 polls as 'sunslide' victory seeing that the sun is bigger than the moon. Meaning if the election in 1983 can be described as merely been rigged, the April 19 polls is a mother- of- all rigging. Details

 

Malam Shekarau’s First Task in Office. By Ibrahim Dan Halilu

(GAMJI)

I believe the Shakarau administration has all it takes to succeed in this enterprise in view of the Governor-elect’s wealth of experience in education, his grassroots appeal and support.  Being a grassroots man, he knows how to mobilise his constituency to accept and support the programme. Details

 

Nigeria Political Future Reverts to Noughts. By Ikay Ogbonna

(GAMJI)

My arguments could be agreed colourful the more going by the fact that people totally embraced the ‘illegal’ Government of the duo of Major General Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon against the ‘doctored’ constitutionally instituted government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. If I were asked why the people embraced Buhari’s government even when it was deemed illegitimate, I will quickly remind you that it was because his government was dearer and nearer to the masses that the corruption coated administration of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. Details

 

Lagosjobs.com Project and Gov. Bola Tinubu: A Rejoinder for Babajide Jayeola . By Tajudeen Ahmed

(GAMJI)

One thing the writer of the above article did not bother to find out during his so called fact finding mission was if the founder of the project and his team have actually approached the governor or any of his commissioners in Lagos state or other state governors or the federal government. The writer should have pointed out that the project is not only meant for the citizens or residents of lagos state. Rather, it is meant for all Nigerian graduates all over the world. Therefore, its a Nigeria project. Details

 

Letter to My Countrymen I. By Ibrahim Dan-Halilu

(GAMJI)

Today more than half of the country is leveled as parasitic by the oil-producing communities.  Of recent, the youth in those communities have cut off more than half the country from oil supply because in their own perception the oil belongs only to them.  Such is the intimidation and humiliation the non-oil producing communities have been subjected to since the environmentalists campaign began in the early 80s. Details

 

A Job for Professor Omo Omoruyi in the Presidency. By Sonny Onyegbula

(GAMJI)

Most of us are aware of the circumstances that led our dear Professor to go to exile in the U.S. We however expected him back home after democracy was restored in Nigeria in 1999 he did not however return home to live. I guess now that our distinguished Prof is tired of living in exile and wants to come back home. Details

 

Musa Adamu Mbahi Has Missed the Point : A Response to Bello Umar’s Rejoinder on Buhari’s Spectacular Crash. By Musa Adamu Mbahi, M.D.

(GAMJI)

I will like to still maintain, and insist, with no apology to any body at all, that the reason Buhari lost the election, among others, is the disrespect he showed for the cultural and/or religious heritage of Northern minorities in particular and other Nigerians in general. Details

 

Lagos State And The World Bank Loan of 21.11.2002. By  Babajide Jayeola

(GAMJI)

I wonder if the press men and women have not been really bought over as it´s being rumoured in some corners. I know that the governor´s information commissioner, Dele Alake will go at any length to defend his friend and boss to clear the air on any issue that will bring Bola Tinubu down. Details

 

Opinion: Election 2003. By Kevin Etta

(GAMJI)

The reaction to the spate of events stretching from April 12 through May 3 can best be described as “shell-shock.” The kind of reaction one observes when a city or town is shelled and reduced to rubble, or when an earthquake or tornado hits a place and the resultant confusion and bemusement. I never thought that Nigeria could be like this after all we have gone through as a Nation. Details

 

Mission Impossible III. By Faisal Muazu

(GAMJI)

First, General Muhammadu Buhari. He stated that unless results in the 13 states mentioned in the observers report were adequately addressed, any government formed on the basis of this election will not be legitimate. This statement, though true but ill-timed, has generated incredibly mind-boggling comments from people high up. Abel Goubadia the I[?]NEC boss, who should know better but has chosen to exhibit the most crude attitude an impartial arbiter could possibly show, has called the ANPP candidate a "frustrated man". What a pity. What a shame! Details

 

Leadership for Ndigbo. By Ikenna E. Anokute

(GAMJI)

Igbo people will have to take a three-way look at themselves, using the past to evaluate the present and using the present to prophesize the future . In  our long participation in a flawed  and precarious Federal System, we have had few friends , if any. All non-Igbos who have come among us or been associated with us have clearly shown that they would betray us , anytime it is to their best interest Details

 

Crying for Nigerian! By Mamman Lawal Yusufari

(GAMJI)

One Dr. Mbahi’s piece, “Buhari’s Spectacular Crash- The Lessons, The Hope” and similar comments from educated Nigerians make her worth crying for! They go beyond the usual expression of opinion. They rather show how far Nigeria is from the vision of nation building and development. Details

 

Bola Tinubu, Lagosjobs Project And My Regret. By Babajide Jayeola

(GAMJI)

I regretted having given my vote to Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Lagos State during the just concluded election due to his lack of attention to a vital issue concerning job creation, information technology and youths in his state. Initially, I thought that the governor was the brain behind the lagosjobs.com project because of his US contacts where the technology is being well utilised. But to my dismay, I am now aware of the fact that he has not even met with the founder of the project. Details

 

Fraud is Universal. By Philip Odoemena

(GAMJI)

When people who have been dead for years somehow still make it onto the list and rise from the dead to cast their ballots, electoral corruption will continue to loom on the horizon. Enforcing the legal framework is essential to maintaining electoral integrity. Without enforcement, the best legal framework or electoral system would be completely irrelevant. Details

 

Nigeria House and African Independent Television (AIT). By Mike Onwukwe

(GAMJI)

The opening yesterday of the gigantic Nigerian House, Washington DC, by the Vice President Atiku Abubakar should provide a soothing music to everyone. And may God bless those whose idea it was to erect such an idyllic and edifying high-rise in a far-away land where our national interest could be represented. Details

 

The Dishonourable Africans VII. By Sam Abbd Israel

(GAMJI)

In short, the Dishonourable Africans like their international counterparts are the psychopaths - the type that “fits into cluster B, the group which includes antisocial, histrionic and narcissistic personalities.” These are the personalities found among all lovers of power (priests, monarchs and politicians), all lovers of money, and all lovers of naked force. Details

 

ASUU and the Problems in Our Universities. By  Mike Ikhariale

(GAMJI)

The sad reality confronting us now is that learning as a social and a developmental process has virtually halted all across the nation’s public universities - a phenomenon that has led to the unjustifiable frustration of the yearnings of thousands of our youths for quality education, the unending distress of parents and guardians, the embarrassment of the academia as being insensitive to the cries and yearning of both the students and their parents, not to talk of the bad image it has given the government as being uncaring and insensitive to the gaping decay in the educational sector. Details

 

Musa Adamu Mbahi Has Missed the Point. By Bello Umar

(GAMJI)

Furthermore, the promise Obasanjo made of revitalizing NEPA to ensure Nigerians 24-hour power supply has been far from being realised. Our education sector, the very backbone of our economy, is in terrible shambles resulting in a four-month old strike by all workers in our universities. The problem of fuel scarcity has seriously worsened with a gallon of petrol being sold at being 500-1000 naira. Details

 

Obasanjo, 2003, and the Struggle for the Political Soul of Nigeria. By Aonduna Tondu

(GAMJI)

And today, when President Obasanjo is about to commence a second term  in very controversial circumstances, his veritable struggle for the soul of Nigeria - so to speak - , as subsumed in his track record in the last four years, should be assessed for what it is and not glossed over in a futile resort to platitudes of pseudo-patriotism. Details

 

Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso Of Kano : More Mature Than Them All! By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

Dr. Mbahi crystallized my feelings and sentiments about another outstanding Nigerian! The outgoing Governor of Kano State Mr. Kwankwaso! This is the gentleman who had campaigned hard and did everything within the rules and Nigerian laws to win the gubernatorial elections in Kano, but upon losing to his ANPP opponent? He quickly congratulated him, without blaming the Harmattan, the rainstorm Details

 

Frankly as Abel Decides. By Ikay Ogbonna

(GAMJI)

Candidly, I wish to refresh everybody’s mind on issues that bothers much on the elections 2003 in Nigeria. Recall the popular NTA (Nigeria Television Authority) studio caption which ran thus: Nigeria Decides, then you will agree with me that by the concept of the caption, the elections 2003 would have bothered much on the entire verdict of the electorates. Details

 

Lessons In Liberation. By Kòmbò Mason Braide, Ph.D

[PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

If indeed the arrogance, belligerence, callous insensitivity, bare-faced paternalism, and overt patronising indifference of the United States of America are so brazen and rampant today, it is principally because the leaders of countries like Nigeria prefer to behave like mentally retarded babies, who prefer to continue to see the United States of America as a superhero fairy Godfather, whose whims, and prescriptions automatically bring about democracy, law, and order into their lives, somehow. Details

 

The Meaning Of Gov. James Ibori’s Victory. By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

(GAMJI)

From the outset, President Olusegun Obasanjo had gone about with the deposition of someone who does not understand why any other Nigerian would dare to pick interest in the presidential seat when he himself has not become tired of it. The man who read this mood accurately was Mr. Tony Anenih who then wasted no time to commence declaring even nearly two years before Nigerians went to the polls that there was no vacancy at Aso Rock. Details

 

Nigerian Elections:  A Case of Mutually Assured Self Deception. By Priye S. Torulagha

(GAMJI)

Nigerians seem to enjoy living on the political edge, if not, why would they always opt for the precipice when there are less dangerous ways to do things.  Why would Nigerians always prefer nihilistic options when there are easier ways to do things?  Why would Nigerians refuse to learn from their past mistakes when such mistakes have cost them so much?  Details

 

A Letter to Engr. Hamman Tukur of Revenue Commission. By Yushau Shuaib

(GAMJI)

Like every Nigerian concerned about the progress and development of the country, I am compelled to write you this letter, which is intended to convey my innermost feeling about the recent events as related to your Commission. Though some faceless writers do make contributions on topical national issues based on propaganda to defend indefensible acts, I am not one of them. I write to you as a free citizen who has the right to personal opinions and express himself freely about issues that affect the populace. Details

 

If I were Governor Attahiru Bafarawa. By Bello Umar-Farouk Jega

(GAMJI)

It is out of the influence of the utopian thinking common to ordinary people that I happened to think of what I will do if I am in the same shoe as Governor Attahiru Bafarawa. Since my thoughts are illusionary, as I can never become Bafarawa, I have the urge to share them with Governor Bafarawa lest they may be of use to him. Being in far away United States, this is the only suitable medium I can use to reach out to Bafarawa. Details

 

Buhari’s Spectacular Crash – The Lessons, The Hope. By Musa Adamu Mbahi, M.D.

(GAMJI)

Well Mr. Buhari, I will tell you this – We (minorities) might be patient and forgiving, and longing of mutual harmony and co-existence in our country in general and our region in particular, but we are not stupid. Thank you. The Buhari apologists should look at his campaign slogan of  “Sai mai Sallah” – meaning: “only a Muslim”. As a reason to why he soundly lost the Northern minority vote and thus contributing to his defeat. Details

 

Beyond 2003: What Role for Atiku? By Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

(GAMJI)

Vice President Abubakar Atiku has always been the heir to the Yar'adua political empire. Throughout his chequered political life and, indeed even before, when he served Yar'adua and Obasanjo from his Tin Can Island base, the 57 year old politician has survived some of the trickiest political battles in Nigeria's history. But he has left many of his bitter foes and detractors politically injured some of them terminally. Details

 

Pot Calling Kettle Black: Appeal and Advice to Buhari, Ojukwu and the Political Class. By  Professor Omo Omoruyi

(GAMJI)

Buhari met part of his bargain as he technically wiped out or “rigged out” Obasanjo from his bases in the far north or in what someone called the “Sharia belt” where the Ayatollah of Nigeria and the Governor of Zamfara holds sway. But Ojukwu failed to meet his part of the bargain.  How he thought he would meet from his past was strange to me. He did not learn from his uncle, Chief MCK Ajuluchukwu who had once made a distinction between the Ojukwu as a Civil War leader and the Ojukwu as a political leader.  Ojukwu failed to appreciate that distinction. Details

 

On Obasanjo’s Discovery of Merit. By Bisi Bertin Okpala

(GAMJI)

To this effect, the president should think of reshuffling his cabinet based on merit. It is extremely important to bring in new and hopefully younger faces in the cabinet. The younger ministers would probably have more energy to tackle whatever task the president assigns to them. The president should also develop a means of evaluating the performance of his appointees at least every six months. Details  

 

Governor Adamu Aliero’s Double Standards. By Bello Umar-Farouk Jega

(GAMJI)

As a Muslim and indigene of the state where Aliero rules, I will like to counsel him on his actions. I particularly want him to remember that it is a grievous transgression in our religion, Islam for one to side with an aggressor like Obasanjo and his ruling party who have used public offices to impose themselves on unvoiced Nigerians. And if one defiantly sides with such aggressors, it is said in the Qur’an same afflictions will befall them both. Details

 

Hmmm… Ayya Nigeria. By Ihas Idriess

(GAMJI)

Results are given in a so absurd manner that you wonder if indeed this government believes not that Nigerians are nothing but fools, imagine some wards where PDP returns a 99.9% victory, imagine PDP and by extension Obasanjo winning in Odi and Zaki Biam, haba!, it’s beyond imagination. Details

 

Behold, This Cannibal In Our Midst! By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

(GAMJI)

Late June last year, I published an essay in a number of Nigerian newspapers entitled: "The 17 Billion Poison House In Ibadan". The piece was my own way of pouring out my spilling disgust and matching indignation at reports in the media earlier late in April that permission had been granted "a leading cigarette company" called British America Tobacco (BAT) to invest a "whopping $150 million (about 17 billion naira)" in the construction of a tobacco factory on a 26-hectares green field site in Ibadan, "the biggest and most modern" of its kind in Africa, which would offer employment to 1,000 Nigerians. Details

 

After the 2003 General Elections: The Way Forward. By Ubanese Nwanganga

(GAMJI)

I am of the view that the time has come for us to revert to the previous arrangement whereby internally generated revenue is shared on the basis of 50% derivation. To some people this represents too much money in the hands of the oil producing states. Even if it is, I think we should not be seen as dictating to God. It is their God given money and they should be allowed to utilize it the way they deem fit. Whether they drink ogogoro with the money is nobody’s business. Details

 

Democarcy Versus Military Leadership in Africa. By Murtala B. Habu III

(GAMJI)

While the two systems are not genetic model formulated by Africa decent, I therefore, came to conclusion that, any system Africa adopted 92 percent of the time when implementing the system there would be over use and the usage will be abuse because Africa leaders did not play roles or know how it was created. Details

 

Reasons Why I voted for PDP. By Orok Edem

(GAMJI)

Sometime ago, I predicted that the 2003 elections would be between two horses from the same stable i.e. the military. I also posited that Obasanjo would win the elections but not the electoral exercise. For the record, I want to dissociate my self from any talk, rumors and allegation of rigging labeled against the PDP. In doing this, I want to 'put in public' my reasons for voting PDP. I assume most of us, read 65% of total voters, who voted for PDP, did so for most, if not all, of the under listed reasons. Details

 

The President's Men. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

(GAMJI)

One man that is in a position to do justice to Nigerians and write his name in gold but failed to do so is Dr. Abel Guobadia.  He would have done the nation a world of good by listening to the international observers/monitors and effect corrections where possible instead of blowing hot air.  On INEC, the EU had this to say, “…INEC’s lack of transparency through key stages of the process opened it up to accusations of political bias,”  Guobadia is superciliously telling those aggrieved by his elections to go to the Electoral Tribunals. Details

 

Dan-Giwa Should Express His mea culpa For Serving Under the Bababgida Administration. By Awaisu Ahmed

(GAMJI)

We must all remember well that Abubakar Dan-Giwa Umar (a rtd. Colonel) had served the Babangida administration meticulously as the MILAD of the then Kaduna State (around 1985-1989). It is worthwhile also to note that he was appointed as the MILAD only at the rank of a ‘Major’, when others were Cols and above. This is a clear indication that the said Dan-Giwa must have been an ardent supporter, loyalist of that regime or even a profound sycophant, for him to secure such an appointment. Details

 

Criminal Silence: The Bane of "Siddon-Look". By Faisal Muazu

(GAMJI)

Very few individuals and nations had the ready-made conditions for nation-building that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Nigeria had on that day. Through every means possible, the gentleman was brought out of prison, polished, funded and made the president of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria. At that time, every Nigerian agreed that the time was right to go through any conceivable pain to build the nation. As such every action or inaction of the gentleman was ok by Nigerians. Which other nation or individual on this earth was this lucky? NONE! Details

 

Songs and Ceremony. By Ikenna E. Anokute

(GAMJI)

In four years , Chief Obasanjo has made little or no progress in reforming our country’s economy and overcoming its crushing poverty.  He has failed almost every sections of the country except , well , his kitchen cabinet.  There has been a small amount of privatization and liberalization , leading most noticeable to an explosion in the number of mobile telephones. Details

 

The Disenfranchised Youth. By Sadiq Aminu

(GAMJI)

As mentioned earlier I believe that the youth of Nigeria today are being short changed in this our own definition of Democracy, when you take for example our very own constitution which sets age limits for elective offices at such levels that alienates most youth from actively, and more importantly, effectively participating in determining the fate of the country in which they are the largest stakeholders, you usher in a version of dictatorship which rail roads fresh and impressionable minds to a predetermined mind set that will only produce clones with the tendencies of  repeating the mistakes of the past. Details

 

Free Market, Subsidies Removal And Privatization: The Examples In Nigeria America Europe. By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

For Nigeria to compete effectively and efficiently in the global market place, the government should create an enabling environment, inject monies and resources, assist encourage and protect some of our essential local industries as America and Europe frequently do, the huge tariffs the American government recently placed on imported steel is a case in point Details

 

How Safe Is Obasanjo’s Nigeria? By Ugochukwu Ejinkeoye

(GAMJI)

Now let’s face it, Nigeria is becoming increasingly unsafe, and there is practically nothing anybody is doing about it. The leaders are not even sure of themselves any more. Those who had survived armed robbers till now appear to be only reserved for communal and sectarian riots that can take any everyone by storm, any day. Waking up each day and discovering that one is still alive is a big victory that deserves elaborate celebration. Details

 

Looking Beyond the 2003 Elections. By Victor E. Dike

(GAMJI)

Elections in Nigeria should unfold without assassinations, intimidation and frauds. But having identified the flaws in the system, the politicians who lost their bid for re-election should stop ‘crying over spilled milk’ and look beyond the 2003 elections, because ‘The future’ as Bertrand Russell noted ‘is more important than the past, or even than the present.’ Details

 

A Response to Tonye David-West, Jnr.'s Two Most Recent Articles on the Internet. By Ethelbert E. Kari, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

Reference has always been made to GSM, as one of the gains of democracy in Nigeria. Are we going to eat GSM? What is GSM to the hungry and the impoverished in our society? What is GSM without electricity? Please give me a break. Details

 

Buhari – The Confusion of An Alchemist. By Banjo Odutola

(GAMJI)

Firstly, he should understand that treachery is a hand well fitted in our political gloves or how else could it be rationalised that while he is calling for civil disobedience, his winsome governor elects are declaring their victories are well deserved. Details

 

What Next for President Obasanjo. By Salisu Yerima

(GAMJI)

Once again Nigeria is at crossroads, His Excellency President Obasanjo seems to be the beneficiary of INEC’s incompetence and fraud. Several options both valid and invalid have been proposed as a way forward thus the following analysis in search of what needs to be done. The major concerns should be the prevention of a civil war, the protection of Nigerian lives and economic prosperity for the average Nigerian. Details

 

Between Obasanjo And Democracy. By Tokunbo Awoshakin

(GAMJI)

Were the elections rigged? I will say it was obviously compromised in some places. It was not only the foreign observers that saw the way ballots boxes were stuffed, Nigerian Observers including journalist also witnessed this. Similarly, the number of fake ballot papers that were printed by some people, including a yet to be arrested “ unknown soldier” at a business center in Idimu, Lagos left no one in doubt that the election was not going to be totally fair. Details

 

This PDP Victory. By Ayo Abdullah

(GAMJI)

The ruling PDP has managed to get itself not only re-elected on the national platform, but also to take ground traditionally hostile to its ascendancy. Already so much has been said about the quality of some elements of this massive victory, especially regarding the veracity of votes cast in areas with very glaring cases of malpractice (Rivers, Delta, Edo, Kaduna, to name a few). Details

 

Agenda for the Fourth Republic: A Close Appraisal. By Mike Onwukwe

(GAMJI)

Ipso facto, the country now rests on the thumb nail of Obasanjo, obviously the rave of the moment and the luckiest man alive or dead in the Nigerian political landscape for how do you fault a man that has had the opportunity to rule his country for a record three times, first as s military leader and then twice as an elected president. From prison to the presidency is steep and gradient rise indeed Details

 

2003: Dilemma of a Young Nigerian. By Auwal AbuMuhammad

(GAMJI)

True to type, when Buhari addressed the nation at an international conference, he minced no words in declaring the electoral process a fraud. ‘This election is the most fraudulent Nigeria has had since independence.’ At the end of the conference organized by the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), it was resolved that ‘Olusegun Obasanjo will cease to be the legitimate president of this country after May 29th, and the only way forward is to form a broad-based interim coalition government’ that will conduct fresh elections. Details 

 

The Dishonourable Africans VI. By Sam Abbd Israel

(GAMJI)

However, since the military thugs and the political gangsters are bereft of commonsense, they are yet to see either the human carnage they have perpetrated or the economic damage they have caused in Africa. Hence, it is very difficult at this stage to expect repentance and restitution from these lots for all the losses they have caused Africa. Details

 

The Perils of Ignorance. By Professor Muyiwa Awe

(GAMJI)

The Holy Bible talks of those who are willingly ignorant. If Professor Soyinka and his Association decide to be willingly ignorant, they cannot force honest men and women to ignore facts staring them in the face. Did Professor Soyinka read what his colleague in the NAS, Ben Oguntuase, said sometime in August 1999, after the killings associated with cultists at Obafemi Awolowo University on July 10, 1999? Details

 

Before Round Three. By Ibrahim Dan Halilu

(GAMJI)

I attempted to draw from the past lessons so that one could appreciate the enviable role that Muhammadu Buhari and his party set out to play in their attempt to sensitize their supporters to vote an ANPP legislature in all the states controlled by ruling PDP.  But as it seems the same security agents that had been accused of intimidating voters in favour of PDP, and stuffing ballot boxes with ballots, is denying the ANPP its constitutional right to hold public gathering, and express its concern freely. Details

 

Yusuf Yaryiok's Mendacious Propaganda. By Bello Umar

(GAMJI)

This is about the third time I have read different articles written by one Christian clergy, Yusuf Yaryiok on this website, but I am sorry to say that the views postulated by him are highly knee-jerk and tunnel-visioned. The doctorate that he boldly sports after his name has never been a strong force to elevate him from the abyss of religious sentiments and pedestrian thinking. Details

 

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