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Nigeria 2023: Projecting Overall Scenarios from the Presidential Primaries

The 2023 presidential election in Nigeria promises to be a closely fought contest. A once-dominant political party, PDP, now languished in opposition, senses an opportunity in an anguished nation to re-take power from a tarnished ruling party, APC. But...

Nigeria 2023: Predisposing Reasons Why Igbos Lost Major-Party Presidential Primaries

Party primaries for the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria are underway and results are either in or they are expected shortly. The Igbos of South East Nigeria, who are insisting it is their turn to produce the next president,...

Solving the Searing Security Crisis in the South East

We need to move beyond the anguished complaints, beyond the blame game and flame throwing, and find ways to solve the swirling anarchy and internally-generated rampage (IGR) consuming the South East of Nigeria. By Chudi Okoye We have had all manner...

Still, We Rise!

By Chudi Okoye (Tribute to Maya Angelou: “Still I Rise”) You may slight us with your mockeries Or spite us with your hateful forgeries You may grind us into the very muck And even bind us to the rueful murk In which you and your...

TAP Holds Town Hall Meeting with Hon. Onwuasor

By Awka Times An Awka socio-political group, the True Awka People (TAP), held a town hall meeting on January 4, 2022, with Hon. Engr. Sam Chinedu Onwuasor, the House of Representatives member representing Awka North and South constituency, as Guest...

‘The Struggle’ (An Ode to the Igbo Revolutionary Activists)

The Struggle By Chudi Okoye Nov 26, 2021 The struggle may look like lunacy To those seduced into vain ecstasy By the Nigeria of their vast fantasy. To them, the activists are arsonists Who, in bouts of revolutionary fervor, Treat the commoners as cannon fodder Tipping their lives...

Igbo Elders’ Parley with President Buhari: Contrasting Perspectives

A recent meeting of Igbo Elders with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja during which they pleaded for an ‘unconditional’ release of Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has sparked differing reactions across the...

Igbo Grandees’ Wrong-headed Plea for Political Mediation of Kanu Case

Igbo political emissaries met with President Buhari in Abuja to plead for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). It is an unfortunate intervention that could undermine IPOB’s long-term revolutionary project...

Igbo Critics and the Presumed Menace of Nnamdi Kanu

The IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, elicits resentment and dread across the Nigerian polity, even among his own people. Many Igbos acknowledge the validity of Kanu’s critique of Nigeria, but there is significant apprehension about his adversarial approach which many...

Buhari: Igbo Restiveness, Twitter, Memories of War and Draconian Decrees

President Muhammadu Buhari’s threat this week to deal severely with youths from a section of Nigeria demanding justice for their geopolitical zone is reminiscent of his efforts as a command combatant in the Nigerian Civil War and his repressive...
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Without a Correction, Economic Instability and Rising Insecurity May Derail the Coming Election

Nigeria is beset by a torrent of security and economic issues threatening the upcoming election. Decisive action is needed...
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Atiku Abubakar versus the South East: Political Usurpation and Electoral Consequences in 2023

This essay continues a series in which I have been examining how the leading political parties in the 2023 presidential election appear to have...

Trial and Tenacity: After a 10-Year Slack, Bart Nnaji’s Electricity Project Gets a New Spark

After a decade-long stagnation forced upon it by bureaucratic and political intrigues in the privatization of the Nigerian power sector, former minister, Bart Nnaji’s...

Pickets, Sticky Wicket and the Racket of Muslim-Muslim Ticket

A brazen decision by the ruling party, APC, to present a same-faith ticket for the 2023 presidential election seems to grate a befuddled nation,...

2023: Populist Aspiration vs. the Force Fields of Nigerian Politics

Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is riding the wave of populist and progressive support which makes him a highly credible contender in the coming election....