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A President Abiola after all?

A President Abiola after all?

Minabere Ibelema When two Sundays ago, I saw the headline “Nigeria not ripe for youth president — Abiola’s son,” it inevitably piqued my interest. I have devoted two recent columns to making the case for the youth in Nigerian politics. And quite a few news stories I’ve seen since then corroborate my perspective. As it […] …

To drink or not to drink?

To drink or not to drink?

Minabere Ibelema Whether you drink or not, this is a pertinent question for you: To drink or not to drink? The answer may seem simple to many, but not to medical scientists. About this time last year, a major study was released that may have caused abstainers some concern. As the headline in a Time […] …

The end of trust?

The end of trust?

Minabere Ibelema Two of the most commonly cited passages of the Bible are Jesus’ exculpatory declaration that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory” and the dare, “He that is without sin …let him cast the first stone.” He was inveighing against self-righteousness and condescension — and for good reason. There was — […] …

The case for disloyalty

The case for disloyalty

Minabere Ibelema The word loyal invariably elicits a positive feeling towards the person so described. Conversely, disloyalty creates the reverse impression. But they shouldn’t all the time. I recall many years ago during a secular memorial service for a recently deceased colleague. I cringed when the department chairman eulogized him for his loyalty. In a […] …

ICYMI: The revolution may have begun

ICYMI: The revolution may have begun

Minabere Ibelema As I pondered the implications of another wave of defections in Nigerian politics, it struck me that it is really all about recycling the same politicians. It is as though there is a cadre of people that have staked claim to Nigerian governance, and every four years they joust among themselves for control. […] …

Buhari’s ‘you nko’ apologia

Buhari’s ‘you nko’ apologia

Minabere Ibelema Excuse me if I am behind the times in still using the phrase “you nko.” These days social media have provided the youth with a plethora of ways to say things — including through emoji icons that are largely indecipherable to me. But back then, “you nko” was a fashionable way to deflect […] …

It can’t be easy being Osinbajo

It can’t be easy being Osinbajo

It’s part of life’s routines to put one in a tight corner. In the public realm, no corner could be tighter than the one that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo finds himself. Even as he remains loyal to the president, he is increasingly taking the heat for seeing no evil and hearing no evil. He stoked […] …

Buhari’s ultimate retreat from campaign promises

Buhari’s ultimate retreat from campaign promises

Minabere Ibelema When President Muhammadu Buhari chided Nigerian youths as indolent while addressing a business forum in London recently, he set off a firestorm of criticism. Buhari was apparently, attempting to explain away his administrations unfulfilled expectations, and somehow found it plausible to dump it all on the feet of Nigeria’s youths. “More than 60 […] …

Pope Francis nudges Christianity to beatitudes

Pope Francis nudges Christianity to beatitudes

Minabere Ibelema During my days as a young boy who regularly attended church and Sunday school, one of the biblical passages most frequently cited by pastors and catechists was the beatitudes. Perhaps, that’s why it has remained my most inspiring. And so, as a philosophic — rather than scriptural — Christian, I have regarded the […] …

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