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Contrasts and contradictions


Noel A. Ihebuzor

Sometimes when I read our print media or listen to remarks and commentaries on electronic media, the following thoughts and expressions flash through my mind:

  • The banality of trivia
  • The absurdity of pettiness
  • The debility of assumed grandeur
  • The inanity of affected class
  • The profundity of shallowness
  • The arrogance of ignorance
  • The emptiness of arrogance
  • The deceitfulness of self-ascribed innocence
  • The shallowness of assumed depth

In many ways, the thoughts and their structural expressions borrow heavily from Barrack Obama ground breaking book – The audacity of Hope, but whereas the inspiring structure is made up of an association of two positives – Audacity and Hope, these expressions are not.

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what has really changed?

A lot has changed since May 29.

The fight against corruption is very actively being pursued on the front pages of newspapers and on news headlines, largely.

A system of establishing guilt and conviction before trial is being trial-tested. Someone is reading “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and  trying to apply some of the bizarre happening there to real life situations.

Nigerians are beginning to discover that all the rotters and knaves in this country belong to only one political party. The other party is peopled by Knights and saints. Never mind if some of principal characters in this club of saints were in this club of looters, knaves, rotters and robbers just not too long ago. Crossing over a line of defection has more cleansing and whitening power than the River Jordan had in biblical times.

The price of crude oil has changed and some die-hard government loyalists can’t still make up their minds whether or not to blame GEJ for this.

The Dollar-Naira exchange rate has worsened and the blame for this must be placed where it belongs.  Blame GEJ, the man from Otueke.

Our theory of change (ToC, also called the logic model) was revised to allow for creative flexibility and damn outright obsequiousness in our efforts to explain some observed positive changes – body language is now being ascribed more explanatory powers.

A lot has changed indeed. Change is happening!




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Recommended reading!

Ayo Sogunro


Nigerians have an understandable—if somewhat childish and sometimes nasty—habit of singling out a trait in one of their rulers and examining critical arguments from the perspective of that trait every time. Take the Jonathan administration, for example: when critics raised an issue, Jonathan apologists would direct the argument to “But he is a nice (or good, meek, humble) person” or worse: “You are saying this because he is from an ethnic minority”. Or in Lagos, when Fashola’s spending was criticised: “But he is working, compared to others.”

This social behaviour is generally amusing, but it becomes dangerous when it starts to repress the space for critical thought.

And now, with the budding sycophancy of the Buhari regime, this attitude continues. Buhari apologists tend to review every criticism of current Nigerian politics and government from the perspective of: “But he is fighting corruption”.

Hey, Buhari is disregarding the rule of law. “But…

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