Tuesday, January 25, 2022
By ABBA MAHMOOD – Tomorrow, November 17, it will be exactly 24 years since General Sani Abacha took over power from Chief Ernest Shonekan, the head of the Interim National Government set up after the annulment of the June 12,...
A year or two ago, I would have sworn that such a thing would not happen in a Muhammadu Buhari presidency: unproductive legislators attacking the public treasury on all fronts and displaying their loot with impunity. My faith in...
By ABBA MAHMOOD -- So Danmasanin Kano Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule is no more. So the quintessential bridge-builder and ultimate peacemaker is gone to the great beyond. So the great orator, the great diplomat, the great teacher and the great...

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By ANIEBO NWAMU You could drive round Nigeria with fresh human heads tucked in your vehicle’s booth and still escape detection at the several checkpoints manned by police, soldiers, road marshals, customs men and even local vigilante. Just keep assorted...
By JOSEPH B WINFUL Singapore’s former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, the father of the country’s economic miracle of the last 50 years, was a frequent visitor to Africa in the 1960s. On one such trip in 1964, he...
On that day, I was tempted to commit my first murder at one of the banks. On the counter, I was next to a young boy – a boy no more than 17 years old – who went to...
By Abba Mahmood – The PDP has never been this frightened. It has never been so mismanaged. It has never been this desperate to remain in power. To make matters worse, it has fielded a presidential candidate, “Dr” Goodluck Jonathan, who...
By ANIEBO NWAMU Comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) stirred the hornet’s nest, last week, by directing customs area controllers at Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, to ensure that containers intended for dry ports...
By ABBA MAHMOOD -- For the first time since independence, the Igbo of the south-east voted themselves out of the centre. Regardless of which party they followed, they always find a way of aligning to the centre – the NCNC/NPC...
By ABBA MAHMOOD – Perhaps no other issue has shown the glaring decline of Nigeria’s foreign policy and reduced international prestige than the African Union (AU) elections concluded this week in Addis Ababa. Nigeria was occupying the AU Political Affairs commissionership...