The recent terrorist attacks on Garissa University, Kenya on 2 April, 2015 which resulted in the dead of 148 students by a group, al-Shabab, calls for worry on the part of African leaders, under the African Union system. The African leaders must device a new way of looking at the monster of terrorism in the 21st century. With pomp and a collective sense of fulfillment, African nationalists gathered in the historic city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 25 May, 1963 to witness the birth of the African regional bloc, the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Amidst the euphoria, the immediate mandate of the new Organization was clear- decolonization. It was with this mandate that the OAU, now African Union (AU) looked at the issues on the continent. In other to achieve its immediate objective, any means to see this done will do just well as far as the OAU was concerned. One important organ of the OAU at this period was the Liberation Committee whose headquarters was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This explains why several guerrilla movements like the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Mau Mau Movement (Kenya), South West African Peoples Organization (SWAPO) in Namibia, Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) and the likes all trained under the guidance of the Liberation Committee. It is no longer a secret that most, if not...Read More
Author: Olalekan Adigun
It is no longer news that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari(rtd) won the March 28 election, defeating the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. It is also an open secret that Igbos of the South Eastern Nigeria, voted massively for incumbent President Jonathan. My thrust therefore in this piece is to look at the possible causes of the stance of Ndigbo, even in the face of critical reality why Igbos voted against the APC. Also I will try to analyse the options left for Ndigbo to explore in the Buhari presidency. The Igbos have not hidden their...Read More
The result of the Nigerian 2015 presidential election shows how elections are won and lost on the altar of strategies. The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) did the impossible by unseating the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the March 28 Presidential elections effectively ending its 16-year dominance in the Nigeria political space. President Goodluck Jonathan and his party, the PDP, as far as some of us are concerned lost the election due to his own undoing-underestimating the APC’s strategies. The APC simply discovered a new way of defeating its arch rival with the PDP seriously suffering from constipation. The...Read More
Before the just-concluded 2015 presidential election in Nigeria, most President Jonathan’s supporters premised their support on one singular factor-Incumbency. I had the opportunity to ask some of them if they knew that the Titanic was once believed to be unsinkable. I still asked them if they knew that no one ever imagine it could before the inevitable happened. In the deeply moving movie Titanic which I recently watched (I have seen the movie once, but in a long time) shows how fatal some dangerous, arrogant presumptions can be. Like the Titanic, many folks, particularly, President Jonathan’s supporters maintained that he cannot be defeated. Their stance is premised majorly on the fact, not because he has performed excellently, but that he belongs to a party which is “too big to sink.” They perhaps forgot how deep the ocean is. One good thing about presumptions (like this one) is that it blinds just as it binds. There were times in Africa when it was unthinkable to see incumbents loose elections hence this anachronistic assumption. Perhaps these unscientific thoughts came into our consciousness because of some events in African history: Leabua Jonathan, Prime Minister of Lesotho voided the 1970 election he and his Party lost; Dr. Hastings Kamusu Banda declared himself President for Life in Malawi; Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe who in his 80s is still waxing strong in power and others....Read More
In his article NIGERIAN NATION AGAINST BUHARI Professor Wole Soyinka wrote “History matters. Records are not kept simply to assist weakness of memory, but to guide the future.” There appear to be major similarities between the build up to the March 28, 2015 elections and the June 12, 1993 elections. I say this because the signs as we approach the elections are ominous if you ask me. At least going by some landmark event in our history, one has a reason to worry. On the 16th of June, 1993 a group known as the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN)...Read More
Olalekan Waheed ADIGUN is an independent political risk analyst and strategist. He received his BSc(Politics, Philosophy & Economics) from Ife University before getting engaged with a research, contents development and digital solutions’ firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is presently an MSc (Political Science) candidate at the University of Lagos.