Tuesday, 13 September 2011
I read with dismay IBB’s utterances on the pages of newspapers that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s eight years as president were a waste. At 70, I think Baba-ngida should start making amends where he has failed Nigeria, rather than stirring up controversies capable of creating disaffection among Nigerians.
The book of… Continue
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By AKIN ALOFETEKUN Saturday, September 03, 2011
I had wanted to use “Generals Also Cry” as the title of this article before I remembered that I once nursed the ambition to be a soldier. I liked the power and authority they command. It wasn’t like I had so much of a choice anyway. I grew up watching them prancing all over the place, like they owned the entire universe. As a pupil, I wrote essays on military administrators and heads of state. Boys and girls of my era were raised to see… Continue
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Written by Chris Ajaero Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Prominent Nigerians intervene to stop Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida, both of them retired generals and former Nigerian leaders, from calling each other names
For more than four decades, the two generals were intimate friends and had mutual respect for each other. As retired army generals and erstwhile rulers of Nigeria, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida avoided any confrontation… Continue
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Shola Oshunkeye firstname.lastname@example.org (0805 - 618 - 0011)
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Like you and I, they all woke up, Friday morning, with their dreams and aspirations intact. Like those of us still lucky to be on this terrestrial plane, alive, they had dreams. Dreams of being the best in their callings. Dreams of doing their level best to free humanity from serfdom. Dreams of elevating their families, especially their offsprings, to the next level, so that they too can do… Continue
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By Adagbo Onoja Wednesday, August 24, 2011
It was a manifestation of power backed by the required epistemic authority. That is what it should be, contrary to the culture of trying to intimidate those who insist on intellectualising power in Nigeria by calling them bookish. Or describing their orientation as mere theory. But it was not just Lamido’s epistemic authority in a literary sense. It is his political education.
For, political power without political education is… Continue
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Wale Sokunbi ( 08056180228 email@example.com) Wednesday, August 24, 2011
For about eight days now, retired Generals Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida who both ruled this nation for about 19 of its 50-year existence have been throwing scud missiles at one another, from across the country. Babangida, who appears to have resolved to replace his bid to rule the country again with a new agenda to perfume and smooth out the rough edges of his time in power, sent out the… Continue
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By Max Gbanite Tuesday, August 23, 2011
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Mni, GCFR (also known as IBB), is a thoroughbred Nigerian; a career military man and rose to become the first military President of Nigeria (those before him were Heads of States); a tactical politician, though recently retired from active politics.
The indefatigable, amiable ‘gentleman, oga or maigida’ a euphemism used by admirers to describe him turned 70 years this August. The dynamics of… Continue
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With Dan Onwukwe ( 08023022170 firstname.lastname@example.org ) Tuesday, August 23, 2011
There’s something quite riveting about these two men: it’s all about their life stories and “great exploits” done at grave expense to the country. Their stories are both edifying and unsalutory in almost equal measure. And their saloon of admirers are always ready to defend their masters’ positions.
For sure, the stories of these ex-soldiers are no longer matters untold, or unexplored. But,… Continue
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By Eric Osagie (email@example.com) Monday, August 22, 2011
To be sure, Generals are not comedians. Neither are they Nollywood actors. Even if they tried hard, they won’t make a success of comedy and acting because that’s not their calling. They go to war, shoot, maim and kill the enemy? Right? Not absolutely so. In Nigeria, the rules are being re-written: Generals can be comedians. They act free movies. And we, the entertainment-loving people of this funny country, can… Continue
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By Godson Nwa Offoaro Monday, August 22, 2011
During the constitution amendment debate of the OBJ era, I ran a series on Nigeriaworld.com in support of tenure elongation. Yes, I had wanted OBJ to follow in the footsteps of former military rulers of such countries as Ghana, Mexico, Ethiopia, Benin Republic and or even the United States soon after its independence or after its civil war years.
My reason then, which I think is still valid today is that history and experience… Continue
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The war of words between these two retired generals and sad former heads of state is just too much to miss a mention in today’s column; such that I’ve had to cut even further the responses to last week’s column run below.
The slugfest is entertaining and must continue. This is one fight of elephants in which (we) the grass would not suffer. And may the devil have no mercy on anyone who wants to kill our fun by playing rubbish “peacemaker” between the duo.
Obasanjo and… Continue
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By Ralph Egbu 08186958958 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sunday, August 21, 2011
I had intension to do a piece on the issue of state creation within the next two months. But I had to change my mind to do it for today. The inspiration being that our cherished icon General Ibrahim Babangida, former Military President of Nigeria , touched on this very sensitive matter, in a near exhaustive manner in the published interview he gave a national Newspaper last weekend. General Babangida’s position… Continue
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Shola Oshunkeye email@example.com (0805 - 618 - 0011)
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I wasn’t too surprised when I saw the banner headlines on Wednesday (August 17, 2011). In my estimation, the huge publicity tallied perfectly with birthday trends of Nigeria’s men of means and power. To make their big day worth their while, our big men usually would grant special interviews to showcase their landmarks, lash at enemies-real and imaginary, and rake as much muck as possible… Continue
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By Duro Onabule (firstname.lastname@example.org) Friday, August 19, 2011
Former President Ibrahim Babangida attained seventieth year this week. For an average human being, such feat is remarkable, given the vicissitudes of life. Even then, it is still more for IBB who, unknown to, or at least unnoticed by observers, surely passed through and escaped from one kind of hell after another.
During his military career, General Babangida encountered at least seven coups, either as an active… Continue
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By YUSUF SALMAN Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Today, August 17, 2011, former Nigerian military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (redt) clocks 70 years. At 70, many would have signed out because, as the saying goes, ‘the body is? weak.’
But for General Babangida, the reverse seems to be the case. The General has never been this strong, full of vitality. We owe that gratitude to only one, and that is God Almighty. His birthday comes at a time the Muslims are… Continue
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Posted: October 24, 2010 - 01:21 By Ade Coker
--“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is often interred with them”! William Shakespeare (Mark Antony-Julius Caeser, Act3 Scene 2).
---“It is idiotic to link my name to the bomb blast in Abuja”-IBB (on oct.1 bomb blast in Abuja, Nigeria.)
Without mincing words, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida is a force to reckon with
in Nigeria, not because he was a one-time military president of the country or because of his…
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