Sonala Olumhense

As Easy As PDP (To Defeat)

Written by Sonala Olumhense

Is there really an electoral contest in Nigeria next February?

Yes, the electoral commission, fulfilling its constitutional duty, has listed an election on its calendar for that month, but it is really a referendum on 15 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in charge of Nigeria.

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Misfit/Misfit Leadership, Not Muslim/Muslim, Is What Haunts Nigeria

Written by Sonala Olumhense

President Olusegun Obasanjo last week warned Nigerian political parties against “Muslim-Muslim” presidential election slates.

“It will be insensitive to the point of absurdity for any leader, or any political party to be toying with Muslim-muslim or Christian-Christian ticket at this juncture,” the 141-word statement said, detonating such bombs as spectre, fear, proselytization and danger.

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Character and Credibility In African Leadership

Written by Sonala Olumhense

What is Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan’s worth?

In a story on Africa’s richest leaders, the website RichestLifestyle last week put it at $100 million. It implied that such a stunning figure, for a man who has only been in power for a few years, was plundered from the public till.

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Happy Birthday, Nigeria?

Written by Sonala Olumhense

That was a familiar Nigerian greeting last week as the country marked its 54th year.

But the greeting could only have been applied as a joke. We should not be marking the calendar, which is God-given; we should be celebrating the joys we have given to our people, which are few and often dubious.

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Let Us Probe Nigeria’s Defence Spending

Written by Sonala Olumhense

As a Nigerian, I am mystified about the hard times our military is having with the Boko Haram murderers in the northeast.

Two things are particularly disturbing. The first is the superior firepower that the murderers possess, and the capacity they have developed, in less than five years, to use them.

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