Salisu Suleiman

Lamido, Aliyu and the politics of survival

Written by Salisu Suleiman

Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido is a towering figure. Standing at over six feet, with his long cap and flowing babbariga, he can be intimidating. But beyond his physical size, his overbearing attitude (some say haughtiness) has been known to reduce some people to nervous wrecks.

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What Next for Marwa, Ribadu?

Written by Salisu Suleiman

Politics can be as enthralling as it can be atrocious. It can bring fame and fortune, just as it can lead to dearth and dishonour. It can make one a president as easily as it can make one a prisoner.

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Still on Buhari and the northern elite

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The next presidential elections may still be five months away, but the tempo in political activity – at least going by the frenzy created by the more than 8,000 groups ‘pleading’ with President Goodluck Jonathan to seek re-election – gives the impression that the polls are just around the corner.

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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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