Analysis & Opinion: Christmas In A Pandemic

By Sunny Awhefeada, My childhood memory of Christmas was blissful, it is evergreen and I am sure it will remain so. This goes for members of my generation, the preceding generation and the one just behind mine. The harmattan was always the harbinger. Then what we called Christmas holiday after the first term examination would follow. The bush around us will burn and hawks would hover above the fire and dive as if pecking some objects on the smoking ground. The season also saw us working on the farm in…

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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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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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Analysis: A Nation and the Quest for Redemption

  By Sunny Awhefeada A certain character located in intuition defined the Nigerian writer in the first decade of the nation’s independence. All of the major writers of that period, Gabriel Okara, Chinua Achebe, Christopher Okigbo, J. P. Clark and Wole Soyinka, did not share, as depicted in their writings, in the sunny optimism that greeted the attainment of independence. While Nigerians chose to look at the new nation through rose tinted glasses and sang “Nigeria we hail the/Our own dear native land/though tribes and tongues may differ/ in brotherhood…

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Analysis: The Boys in White Agbada

By Sunny Awhefeada My wife and I were guests at a wedding reception recently. Instead of the occasion being a moment to go down memory lane to ours which took place seventeen years ago and enjoy the ceremony with the music, dance, food and drinks that came with it, the event held the entire audience spellbound as a looming social tragedy confronted us all. The initial conviviality that welcomed guests into the beautifully decorated hall, the joy and laughter that rang out at seeing old friends and the superlative performance…

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Analysis: A Nation In Self-Denial

  By Sunny Awhefeada A hallmark of Nigerian leadership has been grand delusion complemented by a perpetual propensity for self-denial. Nigerian rulers often frame their sense of grand delusion by referring to Nigeria as “a great nation”, “the giant of Africa” and ascribing other grandiose sentiments to our wobbling nationhood! Their propensity for self-denial manifests in the “refusal to recognize unpleasant realities”. Hence, an Ibrahim Magu would come out to trumpet the great success being recorded in the fight against corruption. A Lai Mohammed would come out piping that insurgency…

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Analysis: Oshiomhole and the Crisis of Public Morality

  By Sunny Awhefeada The greatest tragedy to befall Nigeria is the lack of public morality that has become the hallmark of those who aspire to leadership. The ongoing political brouhaha in Edo State with Adams Oshiomhole as the prima donna manifests the apparent absence of public morality in Nigeria’s national life. When critically evaluated, the ongoing show of shame embarked upon by Oshiomhole is worse that the allegations of graft and heist for which the henchmen of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes…

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Analysis: My Parents’ Fiftieth Marriage Anniversary!

By Sunny Awhefeada   This July, precisely 22nd, made it fifty long years, half a century, since my parents got married! They got married on the 22nd of July 1970. As I thought about their glorious and memorable matrimony, a lot came to my mind. Fifty years is a long time, a very long time. And to sustain matrimony for so long a time calls for accolades and tributes for the partners. Here then is my tribute for my parents as they mark fifty years in matrimony. My father joined…

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Opinion/Analysis: Keyamo,The Sinators, Magu And Other Matters

  By Sunny Awhefeada     Festus Keyamo must have joined politics as an idealist with a big dream of how to serve the Nigerian people and liberate them from poverty and ignorance. His antecedents construct the testament of a mind that ranged on the side of the people. His choice of Law as a profession puts him in good stead like Ghandi and his mentor Gani Fawehinmi to be an advocate of the people’s cause. That he did and fought many a battle on behalf of the Nigerian plebeians…

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Memory Of A Nation In Distress

By Sunny Awhefeada   Childhood remains for many a moment of healing nostalgia to which one can always escape and get recreation, albeit momentarily. The innocence which dominates childhood precludes one from the buffetings of life and the consequent existential crisis that trails such lashings. Poverty or riches, comfort or homelessness, parented or orphaned; childhood is one vast landscape of play and happiness that shrinks with the passage of time and age. As childhood recedes, one is confronted by what life really is. Life is a struggle. From squabbles with…

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