I ran for the Senate with a determination to qualitatively represent the magnificent people of Kogi-East. I had prepared well ahead for any of the two credible outcomes but there was, to be, a third and a even a fourth: The third is the “middle-of-the-road” outcome wherein you are neither the victor nor the vanquished and the fourth, to have to accept and answer to congratulations for a ‘conflict’ which… Continue Reading

Nigerians became poorer in Buhari’s first term – The Economist

The Economist reviewed the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari and concluded that Nigerians became poorer during his first four years in office. The magazine, in the publication, which was posted on its website on Thursday, said while the Nigerian economy was “stuck like a stranded truck,” average incomes fell during the four-year period covering 2015 to 2019. Opposition parties led by the Peoples Democratic Party agreed with the magazine’s… Continue Reading

Yinka Odumakin Revealed Dirty Secrets of Tinubu

Dear Chief Tinubu, The backpage of your The Nation of Tuesday 12 March where one of your Rottweilers under the FORGED name “Segun Ibirogba” wrote “Odumakin’s anxiety over vanishing feeding-bottles” has un-paused the button on this serial. I have always wondered why these intellectual almajiris around you always attack me under fake names.It is either they are afraid of me or they don’t believe in you to risk their names… Continue Reading

Odumakin’s anxiety over vanishing feeding-bottles (1) SEGUN IBIROGBA by SEGUN IBIROGBA

One would have thought that a recent strong-worded rebuke by a moral authority and erudite professor of law, Itse Sagay, would serve as a cautionary tale to Mr. Yinka Odumakin, to turn a new leaf. In the article under reference, Professor Sagay dismissed the self-styled spokesman of Afenifere as the very opposite of the high principles that the Yoruba socio-cultural organization founded by Obafemi Awolowo is supposed to stand for. He… Continue Reading

Nigeria 2019: Eshu Laalu As Polling Agent, By Reuben Abati

Here is yet another account of what I saw in the politics of Ogun State and Nigeria. One of my early teachable moments was the realisation that you are required to dress like the people whose votes you are looking for, and operate at that level, be like them, connect with them. When the 2019 political struggle began, I used to attend meetings wearing suits. Party members looked at me… Continue Reading


I am concerned as a democrat who believes that with faithful and diligent practice of democracy, we can get over most of our political problems and move steadfastly and surefootedly on the course of stability, unity of purpose, socio-economic growth and progress for all. Democracy becomes a sham if elections are carried out by people who should be impartial and neutral umpires, but who show no integrity, acting with blatant… Continue Reading

Pendulum: Buhari, Tinubu and the Abdication of Responsibility

By Dele Momodu Fellow Nigerians, despite the open and brazen braggadocious posturings of the ruling party, things seem to be fast falling apart within the All Progressives Congress (APC). The arrogance of power probably must have misled some of the powerful gladiators in the party that they are invincible and infallible. But unwarranted arrogance and pride go forth before a calamitous fall. There seems no doubt that the APC also… Continue Reading

Why Buhari refuse to sign electoral bill…..By Farooq Kperogi

My column on the back page of the Nigerian Tribune on Saturday. My column will no longer appear in the Daily Trust. I’ll write about that when I get a moment. Snippet: “In my October 6, 2018 column titled “Three Reasons You Should be Worried about 2019 Elections,” I pointed out that “You don’t need special prognostic powers to know that the 2019 elections will be fraught with frightening fraud.”… Continue Reading

Pendulum: Between an Old Buharist and the New Buharideens

By Dele Momodu Fellow Nigerians, today’s epistle was inspired last minute by an encounter I had last night with a Buharideen. I had been contemplating what to write about this week when I ran into a staff of Indomie Noodles, the most popular noodle-processing company possibly in Africa, at a restaurant in Ikeja, Lagos. The gentleman had walked up to me for a quick chat, which was perfectly in order,… Continue Reading


Fellow Nigerians, nothing is more uppermost in the minds of Nigerians and friends of Nigeria than that of Nigeria’s general elections next year and, in particular, the Presidential race. I have had the honour of talking to a few of the Presidential aspirants in recent times, one or one or by telephone. So far, I have interacted with former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Cross River State Governor, Mr… Continue Reading

Ondo Polls: As Deviant INEC Joins the Fray… By Shaka Momodu

Once again, Nigeria’s democratic march is being undermined by unscrupulous elements whose actions are threatening to bring down the peace and rip law and order to shreds. You find these elements within the political class, the electoral body and the judiciary all conspiring to undermine the democratic process. Fellow Nigerians, for those who don’t know and for those who pretend not to know, democracy is under siege. The unfolding twists… Continue Reading

Revisionism, history and defence of Jonathan

First, let me make one thing very clear here. I did not support GEJ during the last election, not because he was not better than his Daura-born opponent, Muhammadu Buhari, but because despite his very good record as a democrat and a gentleman president plus his excellent economic achievements, I still considered him too weak and not competent enough to deserve my vote especially after the insensitive manner he treated… Continue Reading

The spiritual side of Aso Villa…..By Reuben Abati

People tend to be alarmed when the Nigerian Presidency takes certain decisions. They don’t think the decision makes sense. Sometimes, they wonder if something has not gone wrong with the thinking process at that highest level of the country. I have heard people insist that there is some form of witchcraft at work in the country’s seat of government. I am ordinarily not a superstitious person, but working in the… Continue Reading


PENDULUM Fellow Nigerians, let me start by thanking all the blogs, WhatsApp groups, Facebook and Twitter wizards who make the incredible efforts and sacrifice to mass-circulate my Pendulum column every week. I’m sincerely grateful for your abiding faith in the written word. Let me assure you that you push me to write this piece regularly no matter how tough. I must also salute all those who reach out to me… Continue Reading

Has the Man Died in Kongi?……Shaka Momodu

The constant stream of bad news on the state of the economy, nay the state of the nation leaves one feeling down in the dumps. And there is no one else to blame other than ourselves. I am not proud to say: some of us saw it coming. We shouted ourselves hoarse warning the electorate to shine their eyes and that a trap had been set for them but unfortunately,… Continue Reading

Buhari and the Troubled Economy…..Segun Adeniyi

Please put me in your prayers… I will soon be going for eye surgery… The situation is getting out of hand… For more than two months now… Anytime I look inside my wallet… I hardly see anything again. —A distressed Nigerian It was a business lunch by a group of investors who had eagerly been waiting for information about the business climate in Nigeria. But their guest, top official of… Continue Reading

Buhari’s Endorsers and State of the Nation…..Shaka Momodu

The fog of the 2015 general election is finally clearing up; the falsehoods sold to the people as change are unravelling at dizzying speeds. Even some vociferous supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari are deserting him in droves. Those who have not openly expressed some apprehension about the path the “messiah” has chosen to lead the country are grumbling and sniveling. However, a few diehards are still clinging to a tiny… Continue Reading

PDP’s ‘16 years of Rot’

THIS REPUBLIC By Shaka Momodu Since the All Progressives Congress (APC) made it to the seat of power in 2015, it has been doing what it knows how to do best: bristling and spewing propaganda. The unfortunate thing here is that while it got away with it as an opposition party, it is proving a different kettle of fish as the party in power. Its self-assured hubris and the potency… Continue Reading

Tinubu’s ‘State of the Nation’ Treatise…….Shaka Momodu

There is a saying in the land of my fathers that the party is good and enjoyable while it lasts, but the hangover can be a real headache. The honeymoon for the party of change has since run out, we are now in the season of hangover and it is proving to be a debilitating headache. The former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the political godfather of President Muhammadu… Continue Reading

Another Desperate Memo to President Buhari…..By Dele Momodu

Your Excellency, Assalam Alaikum. It has been over six months since you graciously invited me to your office in Abuja. I must note once again that I was truly honoured and humbled by our one-on-one meeting. We spoke and interacted like two old buddies. What was more, I was all alone with you without a third party in the room. We spoke candidly and cracked jokes freely. I remember presenting… Continue Reading

Memo to My Family Doctor By Pius Adesanmi.

You are here. Quietly on this Wall. Worrying about my cholesterol, blood pressure and other stuff. Happy that I am still standing whenever I come to your clinic for my full check up. I’ve had near misses. And you’ve warned me about total life change – especially diet. It helps that you are from my country and you run a very successful medical practice here in Ottawa. It helps that… Continue Reading

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