Analysis: PROFESSOR ANDY EGWUNYENGA: ONE YEAR AS DELSU VC

  By Sunny Awhefeada Professor Andy Ogochukwu Egwunyenga was appointed as the seventh substantive Vice Chancellor of the Delta State University, (DELSU), Abraka, with effect from 1st December 2019. It was a befitting gift to end the year, not just for Professor Egwunyenga, but for the DELSU community. As it has become in virtually every Nigerian university, the contest for the Vice Chancellorship was fierce and characterized by schemes. However, once his emergence was confirmed and announced, a therapeutic ambience enveloped the University. The new Vice Chancellor took over on…

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Analysis & Opinion: The Sultan’s Lament

By Sunny Awhefeada,   When, last Thursday, the Sultan of Sokoto spoke publicly on the crisis of insecurity in the North, he must have done so out of a deep concern and fear for the region that is about to be consumed by its own. The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ ad Abubakar, does not usually comment on national issues in public. Like other preeminent traditional rulers, he enjoys an exclusive and privileged channel of communication which carries his message to the inner recesses of power. Not for the…

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Opinion: JERRY RAWLINGS AND THE METAPHOR OF LEADERSHIP IN NIGERIA

BY YOUNG ERHIURHORO Just yesterday, the death of Jerry Rawlings, a former president of the Fourth Republic of Ghana was announced by the Ghanaian government with sobriety. According to the biography of this great leader as I read about it on Wikipedia, was initially an officer with the Ghana Air Force, a pilot officer. Why in the military, he saw many national needs of the country that needs immediate attention by the sitting government which the government had hitherto paid deaf ears. This prompted Jerry Rawlings to venture into leadership…

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My ADC Was A Little Bit Exhausted, He is Responding To Treatment – Gov. Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that his Aide-De-Camp, who slumped during his second term inauguration at Benin City, Edo State was exhausted and he is currently recovering. The governor made this know while featuring in a monitored Channels Tv program, ‘#Politics Today’ anchored by Seun Okinbaloye immediately after he was sworn in for his second term. According to Governor Obaseki,”He is fine, he is responding to treatment, I think he was a little bit exhausted”. Governor Godwin Obaseki in the program highlighted that in his second tenure, he is going…

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Analysis & Opinion: Praying And Preying

  By Sunny Awhefeada Nigeria remains a nation of more than many oddities. Just when you think that you have heard the most disheartening of things, you get confronted by another miasma and yet another and another! What usually follows is a feeling akin to helplessness, the kind that would make you sigh, throw up your hands and surrender to the inanities. But surrendering should not and must not be an option. We must learn to brace up and confront the demons that befuddle our country and putting us on the…

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Analysis & Opinion: Nigeria’s Future IGP and Governors who Stole Indomie

By Sunny Awhefeada The #ENDSARS protests which culminated in the October youths uprising has inscribed itself in Nigeria’s annals. Its sheer magnitude, spread, resilience and destructive propensity not only constituted socio-economic and political upset, but threw up many symbolic incidents which perceptive followers of the Nigerian story will find instructive in their analysis or evaluation. The humanities, a discipline that is besotted with significations and interpretation, is bound to throw up texts and contexts to which aficionados will give variegated, intriguing and often astonishing interpretations which are usually outside the…

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Analysis/Opinion: After The Hurly-Burly

  By Sunny Awhefeada Nigerian rulers sowed the wind and they reaped the whirlwind in the October youth uprising. Although, the October incident made no pretence to being like the October 1917 Revolution in Russia, the Nigerian case will certainly alter the curve of our national evolution. Certain assumptions, perceptions and noxious acts are bound to give way for good. Nobody would pout and describe Nigerian youths as lazy henceforth. I doubt if the ruling class and their goons would test the will of the youth as they were wont…

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Analysis & Opinion: The October Youth Uprising

  By Sunny Awhefeada The month of October remains the most significant in Nigeria’s history. It was at the dawn of its first day in 1960 that we were set free from colonial bondage and pronounced an independent nation. The import of that day remains inscribed in the consciousness of every Nigerian. Growing up, many songs were composed for us to sing about that day as primary school pupils. Our social studies lessons and later government and history gave much premium to the fact that October 1 was the “day…

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Analysis & Opinion: A Nation’s Rage against Rogues in Uniform

By Sunny Awhefeada One lesson to be learnt from the ongoing nationwide rage against the Nigeria Police is that no system, no matter how strong or powerful, can win against the people. Another lesson is that rot can blossom only for as long as the people allowed it to thrive. One more lesson is that the people can arrest drift and decay when they choose to do so. If a prophet had told the ragamuffins that constituted the infamous and now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that their own mene…

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Engr D. U. Erhue (1957-2020)

By Sunny Awhefeada Engineer Diamond Ukpegharovwe Erhue who passed on to the great beyond on the 29th of June 2020 was not just a good man, but one of the best of men. In a society that has run amock and where values no longer count, Engr. Erhue stood for what was ideal and how life should be lived. Cerebral with a critical and analytical mind, patient and ever gentle with a listening ear, compassionate, generous and always willing to help, diligent and dedicated, Engr. Erhue, as he was called…

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