Salisu Suleiman


Unregulated Preachers, Unschooled Followers

Written by Salisu Suleiman

For what it may be worth, Nigerians are very spiritual people. Nigerians of all religious inclinations wear our religions on our foreheads, pray at public functions, make a show of religiosity at all occasions and seem to be in a competition to outspend one another to demonstrate religiosity.

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Social infrastructure vs. Stomach infrastructure

Written by Salisu Suleiman

Shortly after former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s reelection in 2003 and the hurricane he unleashed to unseat all but one Alliance for Democracy (AD) governors, he dispatched Mukhtari Shagari, whom he’d asked to continue his duties as Water Resources Minister (though a Federal Executive Council was yet to be named) to Ekiti State to meet with the newly elected governor, Ayo Fayose.

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2015: Why I will vote Jonathan

Written by Salisu Suleiman

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) last weekend concluded its national convention. That development – along with the fact that the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been in campaign mode all year long, despite INEC’s feeble protestations – means that the Nigerian economy and political system is in the grip of a fierce election fever, never mind that the elections proper are still nearly a year away.

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A Season of Royal Deaths

Written by Salisu Suleiman

On May 27, 2014, the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar died in a London hospital after a brief illness. When his remains were returned home for burial, neighbouring emirs including those of Askira, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama, Uba, Alhaji Ali ibn Ismaila Mamza and Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, decided to attend the funeral of their deceased colleague.

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South East: Where are the leaders?

Written by Salisu Suleiman

Given the propensity of rotational arrangements to throw up clueless and ill-prepared candidates and put them in positions they never dreamt of, let alone planned for, not many well-meaning Nigerians would be willing to throw the dice of political rotation and leave their fates to whoever the arrangement flings out.

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What was Jonathan Hiding?

Written by Salisu Suleiman

When I landed at the Abuja airport on Wednesday, 7th of May on a flight from Kano, it was easy to sense that something was wrong.  The ‘motor-park’ hustle and bustle that has become a part the airport protocol was missing; the usual hustlers were mostly absent and the sense of frenetic chaos in which Nigerians seem to thrive was replaced by a sense of order that was decidedly suspicious, even unnerving.

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Boko Haram: Beginning of the End?

Written by Salisu Suleiman

Two years ago, I posited on the three phases of terror, in reference to Boko Haram’s metamorphoses in three distinct stages. The group started out and quickly grew because many people, seeking succor from poverty and social injustice, opted to move out of the periphery of society to live in isolation.

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Marwa’s Miscalculation

Written by Salisu Suleiman

Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa (ret.) needs little introduction, considering his visibility on the Nigerian political scene for more than 20 years. It started with his appointment as governor of old Borno state in 1990 by General Ibrahim Babangida.

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