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Frisky Larr
Radio/Television
Journalist/Communication Scientist
Author of the book “Nigeria’s Journalistic Militantism” probing into the poor role of Journalism in Nigeria! ISBN: 9781456777906.
 Regional Court of Bochum
Germany

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  • Matthew Kukah’s Christian Values and
    Misplaced Priorities

    by Frisky Larr
    April 25, 2017
    When I wrote the book “Africa’s Diabolical Entrapment”, in which I examined Black Africa’s plight in its self-imposed religious trap, I stopped short of crossing several thresholds. Contrary to speculations advanced by people who read articles, reviews and intros about this work, the content did not concern itself with the existence or otherwise of any supreme deity. I did not concern myself with the relevance or otherwise of atheism. Indeed, on the contrary, I highlighted the importance of religion in society as the recognized custodian of moral and ethical values. NigerianNews Special

 
  • Buhari’s Civilian Presidency: Was it a Serious Misunderstanding?
    by Frisky Larr
    April 18, 2017
    In biblical English, the expression “How art the mighty fallen” means nothing more than “How have the mighty fallen!” This thought occurs to me when I think of Muhammadu Buhari as a civilian President of a country of Nigeria’s caliber. Since his inception as President in 2015, a lot has happened in his presidency that ranges from the fascinating through the bewildering down to the demoralizing. He has thrilled his admirers on occasions with decisive and targeted actions. He has also given them cause to scratch their heads sore in search of answers to pressing questions. More devastating though is that he has given many of his supporters, genuine reasons to jump ship and disavow the day they swore allegiance to him. NigerianNews Special


  • Buhari’s Leadership Disappointment and Confused Nigerians!
    by Frisky Larr
    March 27, 2017
    Who doesn’t remember the dirty tricks in the presidential elections of 2015? A medical report was released, ostensibly engineered by the incumbent President of the time, from the Teaching Hospital of a reputable Nigerian university. The content was explosive and a potential game-changer. It purportedly revealed the negative medical record of the then opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. A long-standing impact of advancing prostate cancer was poised to take a toll on his fitness for the office he aspired to hold, so the report claimed. Remember the misstep at a rally stage and the hyped reports of a slump on the campaign trail?  NigerianNews Special


  • Bukola Saraki: Aristocratically-spoilt Child trying hard to dare Buhari!
    by Frisky Larr
    April 27, 2016
    “Serves Buhari right” one may be tempted to say and many are saying it loudly too, albeit for different reasons. One of such reasons appealed to me to a limited extent and it reflects the inherent culture of contradictions in ordinary Nigerians. In a brief trip through memory lane, I recall the verbal missiles of hate that flew the ways of former President Olusegun Obasanjo during the second half of his presidency. I recall how much of an object of hate he was in a very large section of the intellectual community, with some persisting till the very moment.  NigerianNews Special

  • Exclusive Interview with Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo
    by Frisky Larr
    March 21, 2016
    Ex-President Obasanjo has no Regrets and no Apologies for facilitating a Jonathan Presidency! NigerianNews Special
  • Of Pharisees and Cardinals in the Buhari Equation!
    by Frisky Larr
    February 01, 2016
    To the objective mind, the Christian religion in Nigeria today seems to embody a story that is yet to be told to a generation that is struggling to identify the goals, functions and aspirations of this religion. In a corporate society like Nigeria’s that has been smashed and battered to its barest fabrics, this is a daunting task. When I set out to write the book “Africa’s Diabolical Entrapment”, I was determined not to give the Christian religion any semblance of wholesale condemnation in the face of the socially and politically useful moral values that the religion incorporates to the benefit of any society that cares.  NigerianNews Special

  • Is Muhammadu Buhari Playing by the Rules?
    by Frisky Larr
    December 14, 2015
    Is anyone surprised today that the political soup of Nigeria is literally boiling over the spaces of the mighty cauldron? The foamy substance of the toxic brew is powered by the intensity of the fire beneath the cauldron. And the heat is not abating! Since Muhammadu Buhari took the reins of power as President of Africa’s most populous country, opposition has gathered momentum with the slow pace of the soup in the cauldron taking time to build its steam and blow the foam beyond the edges. No one took the opposition seriously for one single moment because logical reasoning is not the foundation on which they build their vindictive assault. They act like preachers of hate. They act like preachers of death. Yet, they sound an appeal to righteousness and often seem to make the real righteous ones look dumb and daft.  NigerianNews Special

  • The Enemies of Nigeria are the oppressed Nigerians!
    by Frisky Larr
    October 16, 2015
    The thesis suggested by the title of this essay will not come as a surprise to any political observer within the Nigerian experimental space by any standard. Since our subject will be governance and society, however, our standard for evaluation will also be governance and society. In every society, governance is always about the people. While some systems of governance pretend that power emanates from and rests with the people, other systems make no secret of their disdain for the notion of “People’s Power”. NigerianNews Special

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Erosion of Good Governance!
    by Frisky Larr
    May 20, 2015
    Midway through the tenure of Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidency, I wrote in an article that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, was the biggest loser in the government of the colorless and uninspiring President. Hardly anyone took note of this serious observation. After all, it was a no-name writer and an unimportant Internet-based analyst making the statement. Those who took note dismissed the claim with a wave of the hand alluding to the height of respectability enjoyed by the Minister in international circles NigerianNews Special

  • Buhari’s Contradictions versus the Helpless Frustrations and Jabs of Jonathan’s Apologists!
    by Frisky Larr
    May 06, 2015
    The signs thus far, are looking pretty positive. Pronouncements and the quality of contacts, as well as the nature of interactions observed in the camp of the President-elect, have been leaving more hope than frustration under the microscopic view of a holistic appraisal. The rumored names of prospective stewards in the upcoming government and statements that are indicative of the policy direction that Muhammadu Buhari may toe, have given little or no reason whatsoever for any major discomfort. Alas, there are reasons for minor discomfort. NigerianNews Special

  • President-elect Muhammadu Buhari: The Troubles ahead!
    by Frisky Larr
    April 08, 2015
    Since Tuesday the 31st of March 2015 when it became obvious that the Presidential election in my home country has been decided, I have been relishing the sense of joy and relief that came upon me soon afterwards. I was relieved not because my preferred candidate Muhammadu Buhari won the election. I was relieved because Mr. Goodluck Jonathan was forced to handover a pair shoes that were far too big for his skinny feet. A lot has been said. A lot has happened too.. NigerianNews Special

  • Understanding The Supporters of President Jonathan!
    by Frisky Larr
    March 25, 2015
    When diehard supporters of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan are engaged on issues bordering on the current state of the nation, they often always base their passion on age-long issues of regional marginalization. A problem that was deliberately left for independent Nigeria to inherit in the wake of overt liberation from the fangs of colonial incarceration!. NigerianNews Special

  • When a President and a Nation become the Laughing stock of the Neighborhood!
    by Frisky Larr
    March 11, 2015
    It looked like a scene on a modern theater stage re-enacting a familiar but long-forgotten incident of the primordial days. A man from the world of modern civilization lost in the jungle and straying into a group of primitive, vicious and savage natives of an island never before discovered. He is encircled by the bewildered hunters, scantily dressed in straws knitted to cover the waist and down to the middle of the thigh. They chant war songs pointing their spears at their new captive from all directions in readiness for the next level – tie him to the stake and make him confess his mission. NigerianNews Special

  • President Goodluck Jonathan: Nearing the End of the Road?
    by Frisky Larr
    February 23, 2015
    It does not take rocket science to see through the cheerful and confident mask of President Goodluck Jonathan these days. A mask that obviously conceals deep worries and uncertainties with smiles and cheers on the façade! After all, the President and his handlers did not bargain for the tight corner in which they now find themselves. There is no doubt that they did their homework scrupulously and assiduously. They had good four years at their disposal to prepare themselves for the present doomsday scenario. NigerianNews Special

  • Desperate President Jonathan weighing suicidal options?
    by Frisky Larr
    February 05, 2015
    When news first broke out that the secondary school leaving certificate of the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) was to become a campaign issue in the Nigerian presidential elections, every right-thinking Nigerian dismissed the idea and considered it a huge joke. After all, the retired Major-General was not running for the Presidency for the first time. The supposed joke soon developed into headline news, became talk-of-the-town and subject of a satirical musical denigration before finally ending up in court in surrogate litigation. It was the continuum of a desperate bid to secure the return of the incumbent President for a second term in office. NigerianNews Special

  • The Serious Mistake that Nigeria cannot afford to make NOW!
    by Frisky Larr
    January 29, 2015
    The last time that a flurry of diplomatic activities was unleashed on Nigeria by the international community was sometime in 2009/2010. The Yar'Adua mafia had held Nigeria hostage and was doing everything within its reach to stop the ascension of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan to the Presidency. Then the American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid unscheduled visits. The Quartet's envoy on the Middle East and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair did as well. Their mission was to rescue Nigeria from itself. Today, the Secretary of State of the United States John Kerry is making an unscheduled visit. It remains to be seen if this will mark the start of another flurry of actions to once again help Nigeria pull its own chestnut out of the blazing conflagration. NigerianNews Special

  • The Presidential Joke called Jonathan!
    by Frisky Larr
    January 14, 2015
    Were it not a matter as serious as ruling over a strategically important country called Nigeria, the man Goodluck Ebele Jonathan would have been a highly interesting and enjoyable subject of ridicule in late night comedy shows. A subject of entertainment in banters over mugs of Palm wine at the palm frond bar in a typical African setting! Banters that should triggera spate of uncontrolled laughter in the casual beer parlor in every busy urban district of an African metropolis! Unfortunately however, this is nota joking matter. It is a matter that borders around the serious crime of toying with the collective destiny of millions of people and the existence of an entire nation. It is a matter of playing the game of personal enrichment and enjoyment of pleasures and goodies without a clue whatsoever on the serious responsibility of holding a nation in cohesion and fostering a common identity NigerianNews Special

  • Many Reasons to hate Buhari! But many more to crucify Jonathan!!
    by Frisky Larr
    December 29, 2014
    Let me make it emphatically clear that this is not a clarion call to crucify President Goodluck Jonathan even though he has been likened to the Christian prophet Jesus Christ, who was “crucified” on the cross. It is a call to massacre President Jonathan’s identity, his party and everyone associated with him strictly with the weapon of the ballot. NigerianNews Special

  • Is Boko Haram the true cause of Jonathan’s dismal Performance as President?
    by Frisky Larr
    November 24, 2014
    These days, there is one argument that is persistently heard when a section of Nigerians attempt to explain why the President of Nigeria Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan is largely perceived as having under-performed during his four-year tenure that is running out in a few months. This negative perception is so aggravated in some quarters that some disgruntled sharp-tongued commentators simply rephrased his name in some social media outlets to read "GoodluckEbola JoNothing" while a now deceased Facebook commentator of blessed memory once described him as "Emir El-Retard-eenJonathan". These abuses underscoring the frustration of several hobby commentators often end up amusing the President's opponents while it is generally taken with utmost contempt by his admirers, who cannot understand why people are taking the freedom of expression to the extent of ridiculing the country's own President. NigerianNews Special

  • Jonathan’s Nigeria: What a peculiar Mess!
    by Frisky Larr
    October 08, 2014
    It is no doubt, a "PEMKELEMESS"! And in case you’re left wondering what "Pemkelemess" stands for, it means nothing else than "peculiar mess". It is said to be the creation of the infamous Yoruba politician Adegoke Adelabu of blessed memory. Adelabu is reported to have asked what "pemkelemess" someone was talking about, who pointed out the "peculiar mess" of a dire situation. Even though there are different versions of what truly transpired to produce "pemkelemess", it is certain that the word "peculiar" was not known to someone's stock of vocabulary at the time the word was coined. Of course, we are not comparing the intellect of President Goodluck Jonathan with that of a person who "yorubanized" the word peculiar into "pemkele" but it is also worth remembering that President Jonathan is also reported to have authored the expression "Nigerians will feel one kind if....!" Just so much for the comparison of intellects! NigerianNews Special

  • A President and Journalists in Need of urgent Help!
    by Frisky Larr
    May 21, 2014
    Jide Ajani's article "Goodluck Jonathan: A President in need of help!" was first published in Sunday Vanguard of May 11, 2014. It is a must-read. It is a daring exposé in clear deviation from the contemporary norms defining the state or plight of journalism in today's Nigeria. I find it an interesting masterpiece that is worth the follow-up it received in a Nigerian radio talkshow one week after. I will return to this issue later. NigerianNews Special

  • Boko Haram, Gov. Nyako and the President
    by Frisky Larr
    April 23, 2014
    There was hardly any reasonable political analyst one year ago, who did not see through the President’s game plan when he suddenly declared his intention to convene a National Conference to have Nigerians dialog on the numerous political and constitutional issues confronting the nation. The announcement came when the heat of the President’s second term ambition drew close to a boiling point. It had long been the nation’s worst-kept secret NigerianNews Special

  • The True Face of this National Conference!
    by Frisky Larr
    March 28, 2014
    There was hardly any reasonable political analyst one year ago, who did not see through the President’s game plan when he suddenly declared his intention to convene a National Conference to have Nigerians dialog on the numerous political and constitutional issues confronting the nation. The announcement came when the heat of the President’s second term ambition drew close to a boiling point. It had long been the nation’s worst-kept secret. NigerianNews Special

  • Is Nigeria drifting uncontrolled under President Jonathan?
    by Frisky Larr
    March 21, 2014
    Given the facts and figures available to the beholder, this question should ordinarily pose no match to the intelligent mind probing for an answer. Yet, the natural instinct of the average Nigerian that is configured to serve the cause of private and strategic interests often makes it difficult to find even the simplest and most obvious answer to a very simple question these days. In the midst of incomprehensible polarization and subjective sympathies devoid of rational appraisal, it will be difficult in today’s Nigeria to find common grounds even on the question if “Satan was truly evil or was maliciously painted black by God”. NigerianNews Special


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  • Are Nigerians pained at all by the Shame of Underdevelopment?
    by Frisky Larr
    February 25, 2014
    When Nelson Mandela reportedly expressed his views that he cannot understand that Nigerians are not angry at their leaders, I have no doubt he was aware that he was striking a raw nerve in the general political consciousness of all Black Africans. The thought of something being fundamentally wrong with the political DNA of Black Africans will occur to anyone who not only sees the deviant nature of leadership in Black Africa but also the voluntary submission of the folks to oppression and pauperization. Nigeria stands out in this context simply for the representative nature that her historical past once radiated. NigerianNews Special


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  • 2015: Blame Arrogance of the North if Jonathan is returned!
    by Frisky Larr
    January 31, 2014
    I heaved a huge sigh of relief when the latest of the annual World Economic Forum drew to a close in the Swiss Alpine municipality of Davos a few days ago. I was relieved because our President this time, did not subject us to another round of shame on CNN before the gaze of the whole wild world. After all, last year marked the peak of national embarrassment when pictures of President Goodluck Jonathan doing a roadshow interview on Christiane Amanpour showed him trembling in stage fright and divulging wrong information on the state of the Nigerian power sector. NigerianNews Special


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  • A Quick Review of President Jonathan’s Response:
    by Frisky Larr
    December 23, 2013
    President Jonathan’s response to the 18-page letter written by former President Obasanjo is an emotionally very well composed expose that is largely short on substance. The bunch of swipes at the former President for his personal weaknesses based on past records almost washes away the need for a fact-focused presentation. It almost sings from the same hymnbook as Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello claiming that the former President is attacking the incumbent President from megalomaniac motivations. NigerianNews Special


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  • Change of Tactics in the North checkmates Obasanjo and catches Jonathan in a Trap!
    by Frisky Larr
    December 12, 2013
    Since it became obvious in 2010 that late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was terminally ill in his Saudi Arabian bed, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had been Northern Nigeria’s Public Enemy No. 1. He was not the least, largely seen as the devil incarnate who wittingly installed an incurably ill Musa Yar’Adua to extend southern Presidency in Abuja through the backdoor in breach of a sacrosanct ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’. A barrage of attacks was unleashed at the time, to underscore this fact and move a strategy forward, of curtailing the active and perceived importance of President Obasanjo in shaping the destiny of post-Yar’Aadua’s Nigeria. NigerianNews Special


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  • The Example of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and our Three Economic Musketeers!
    by Frisky Larr
    November 13, 2013
    When it comes to expertise in economic management and gender equality, many nations envy Nigeria. Aside the political and economic powerhouses of the world, there is hardly any aspiring country today that can boast of two world acclaimed gladiators in the field of economic expertise. People that other countries would gladly see in higher global positions if powerful political manipulations allow them! I am talking precisely of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Oby Ezekwesili. These are not just internationally acclaimed experts in their fields, they also belong to the weaker gender that are characteristically sidelined and oppressed in developing countries. Yet they are the banners of Nigeria’s pride on the international stage today. Before addressing this issue in detail, let us talk about Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (SLS). NigerianNews Special


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  • Jonathan Throws Nigerians in a State of Confusion!
    by Frisky Larr
    November 01, 2013
    Nothing best symbolizes the confused state of mind of the average Nigerian today than the general perception of President Jonathan’s unexpected call for a National Conference. When Jonathan flagged off his presidency in acting capacity in 2010, he started on the wrong footing. Disillusioned by the poor performance of the national soccer team at the 2010 World Cup competition held in South Africa, he disbanded the Eagles without much ado suspending international soccer outings for 24 months. But he did not have the FIFA statutes in his radar. The rest unfolded as it was destined to. FIFA made some noise and Nigeria’s President chickened in at the speed of light. NigerianNews Special


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  • Will Jonathan Blow up Nigeria for 2015?
    by Frisky Larr
    October 09, 2013
    It is not unusual in a democratic setting, to start laying the groundwork for electoral success two years ahead of an impending election. Many will agree however that it is highly unusual to spend good three years of a four-year tenure preparing for an election to usher in another four-year term. Since last year 2012, the race for 2015 in Nigeria seems to have overshadowed all forms of governance and every aspect of political reasoning to say the least of maturity. Today, it has gathered momentum in a seeming unstoppable pace to destruction. NigerianNews Special


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  • The Jonathan Disaster: Hard Facts vs. Sentiments
    by Frisky Larr
    September 09, 2013
    In several articles, in which I addressed the weaknesses of the Jonathan Presidency within the past few months, I have always highlighted two crucial messages. First, I emphasized the risk of the roof collapsing on the president’s head; the roof of an edifice that he was grossly mismanaging in a manner that was too glaring for all to see. Then I interpreted the body language and unspoken words of the President to be signaling the desire to “scatter everything” if he does not get his way to a second term in the Presidency. NigerianNews Special


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  • Barrack Obama: The Audacity of Shame?
    by Frisky Larr
    August 29, 2013
    When Barrack Obama wrote the book “The Audacity of Hope” shortly after his inauguration to the Presidency for his first term, he was largely reechoing widely held sentiments all over the world. He was expressing the innermost thoughts of the teeming number of media audiences the world over that had become weary of a Superpower that obviously seems to define its global role as that of a taskmaster and a law enforcement overseer. NigerianNews Special


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  • The many Questions left unanswered by the State of Emergency!
    by Frisky Larr
    May 27, 2013
    As a legal document, the constitution of any country hardly makes for good leisure reading as would a suspense-packed thriller novel. It often serves as a point of reference when contentious issues arise that need looking up - at least for the average layman of jurisprudence. NigerianNews Special


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  • What do Hobby Bloggers say Today who made Obasanjo their Punching Bag?
    by Frisky Larr
    May 06, 2013
    When I started taking on hate-filled critics of former President Olusegun Obasanjo during the days of his 8-year tenure, many hurled abuses at me and called me a sellout! Very few recognized my passion for putting facts in their correct perspective no matter how bitter we are. I knew deep in my heart though that I would have been the greatest “Obasanjo-hater” if there were mass praises for the man with an attempt to sweep the negatives beneath the carpet. Fortunately or unfortunately, the reverse was the case. I suffered abuses and denigration by people who believed in the expression of sentiments as a yardstick for measuring objectivity. NigerianNews Special


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  • The Dangers of President Jonathan’s Desperation
    by Frisky Larr
    April 29, 2013
    The body language of President Jonathan these days betrays everything but ease. It betrays defiance. Not often do we see the lips of this rather innocent and calm looking middle-aged man drawn tightly together and pointed, the wrinkles around the eyes drawn loosely upwards with the forehead pointedly squeezed to produce the unbefitting stern looks of a defiant rebel. These are the pictures that meet the eyes these days. The early days of striding effortlessly through the media aisles enjoying the expectant gaze of the audience from all directions now seem gone. Perhaps, forever too! Events unfolding in recent times also seem to give the President enough reasons to be ill at ease. The focus is on 2015. NigerianNews Special


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  • Is Boko Haram just a Label? What Game is playing out here?
    by Frisky Larr
    March 04, 2013
    Nigerian readers will need no recap to understand what Boko Haram stands for. It is a phenomenon that trails the daily lives of individuals like a psychological shadow stretching over the entire country from Maiduguri. Yet for the sake of non-Nigerians it will suffice to explain that Boko Haram is a northern Nigerian group of jihadist militants whose violent campaign with heavy assault weapons came to public attention on July 26, 2009 with a raging attack on a police station in Bauchi, northern Nigeria. The violence which spread one day later, to other northern cities namely Maiduguri, Potiskum and Wudil with attacks on police stations and destruction of public properties culminated in the arrest of the group’s leader. He was eventually killed in police custody under extremely questionable extra-judicial circumstances resulting in the interim reinstatement of law and order. It all happened in 2009. NigerianNews Special


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  • President Jonathan: Why it is all looking so messy!
    by Frisky Larr
    February 04, 2013
    For us in the communication and media business, the nuts and bolts of success in positions of public exposure are basically the ability to communicate and connect with target audiences. In today’s world of modern communication media, hardly any public office survives the demands of public scrutiny and hunger for information without the ability to communicate programs, intentions and achievements to the target audience. The American President Barack Obama shares this inalienable gift of eloquence with some of his predecessors namely Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. NigerianNews Special


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  • Fallout with Obasanjo: Is our President desperate about 2015?
    by Frisky Larr
    December 04, 2012
    No sooner had the lights dimmed out on the presidential media chat on November 18, 2012 than tweets began to run in on the popular social networking site, dissecting the central issues addressed by the President. In tweet after tweets, people ridiculed and mocked the President for his position on several salient issues. Not quite surprising. Nigeria is after all, a country that has become known for the tradition of crucifying Presidents on the media cross. Former President Obasanjo knows this too well. NigerianNews Special


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  • Drama in Edo State: Latest on Oshiomole’s Certificate saga!
    by Frisky Larr
    October 15, 2012
    Since the end of the Governorship election that was held on July 14, 2012, calm is yet to return to the ancient city of the old Bini Kingdom. It will be recalled that an overtly destructive electoral campaign that bore all the hallmarks of an electoral war of attrition, saw the re-emergence of Governor Oshiomole in Government house in a landslide victory. The center-stage of acrimony was occupied by the feud between the action and voluble showman Governor and the aging but ever-agile cunning figure of the PDP Tony Anennih. NigerianNews Special


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  • Countdown in Edo State: Will Oshiomole cruise to victory?
    by Frisky Larr
    July 13, 2012
    The paradox in Edo state: The very first Governor since the days of retired General Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia of the defunct Bendel State, who has given Edo State a bunch of visible, quantifiable and palpable uplift, is now faced with the grim reality of possibly losing his bid for re-election. Governor Adams Oshiomole came into office on the heels of people’s expectations and had to tread the thorny path of armchair brigandry, stolen mandate, tribunals, godfatherism etc. before being finally manipulated into his rightful position. His facilitators and collaborators then were no other than those who fought running battles in the camp of his opponent, to assert their supremacy. NigerianNews Special


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  • Is Oshiomole getting too desperate in Edo State?
    by Frisky Larr
    June 11, 2012
    Within the past two months, Nigerians have witnessed not less than ten media headlines reporting the alarm raised by Governor Adams Oshiomole over impending electoral manipulations in Edo state. Each time, he is accusing the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to rig the forthcoming gubernatorial election in that state coming up in July 2012. He raised the alarm the loudest, when he narrowly escaped death from a traffic mishap, in which a tractor reportedly ran into a vehicle in his convoy traveling to Benin en route from a political event. NigerianNews Special


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  • Can a Northerner ever be de-tribalized in Nigeria?
    by Frisky Larr
    May 09, 2012
    Let’s face it. In the present dispensation, northern Nigeria has produced three brilliant Nigerians of the younger generation, on which Nigerians may build their hope for a better tomorrow. You may have guessed right if your mindset works like mine. To be precise though, my mind is set on Nuhu Ribadu, Nasir El-Rufai and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Many may disagree instinctively, but my point will be better understood when this submission is read to the end. As opposed to these three individuals, southern Nigeria currently has just Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to boast of. In terms of focus and outstanding performance however, we will mention Babatunde Fashola. Unfortunately though, Fashola is not the radical crusader that is created to fight evil. On the contrary, he is more the invisible crusader serving his people quietly and working for the good of his constituency. NigerianNews Special


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  • Subsidy Removal: Whose Interest was the President protecting?
    by Frisky Larr
    May 03, 2012
    The rude awakening on New Year’s Day is yet to be forgotten. The wounds have hardly healed and the scars are all too visible. Yet more insults are added to injuries thanks to questions that never get answered. Every passing day in the Presidency of Goodluck Jonathan is increasingly characterized by questions piling upon one another. They never get answered. NigerianNews Special


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  • Who is Misleading America on Boko Haram?
    by Frisky Larr
    April 24, 2012
    Recent unconfirmed media reports claim that the United States of America is leaning towards an official policy position on the wave of terror attacks perpetrated on Northern Nigeria by the Boko Haram group. There seems to be a movement against the listing of Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. A group that has unleashed a reign of street terror on Nigeria never before experienced in the history of the country. NigerianNews Special


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  • Who doesn’t wish Obasanjo back as President?
    by Frisky Larr
    February 06, 2012
    Putting all jokes aside, I can assure whoever takes time to read this essay that the number of people who quietly wish to have Olusegun Obasanjo back as President may be growing by the day if a frank and earnest statistic is taken. I will come back to this issue later. NigerianNews Special


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  • Fresh Momentum Against Corruption but who will Bell the Cat?
    by Frisky Larr
    January 23, 2012
    If there is any lesson to be learnt from President Jonathan’s latest Harakiri policy implementation on New Year’s Day, it’s just one. The government attempted to construct a long, windy by-pass road away from the fight against corruption in the oil sector. It sought to travel the easier way to solve a lingering problem hanging on the government’s neck like a consuming albatross. It sought to make the ordinary people bear the brunt of turning the nation’s economy around while the blood-sucking vampires were guaranteed their loot. The folks said no. Emphatically and massively too! They saw the policy as a manifestation of sheer wickedness, which the President should have foreseen and planned to curtail. He did not. NigerianNews Special


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  • Jonathan’s Nigeria: Teetering on the Brink and hanging on the Precipice
    by Frisky Larr
    January 19, 2012
    The situation is still fresh in our minds. Then President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua stated while hosting Oby Ezekwesili that his predecessor wasted close to $10 billion in the power sector with nothing to show for it. His then Special Assistant, Engineer Foluseke Shomolu sent the President a memo to correct the figures. He told the President that less than $6 billion was committed and $3 billion actually paid out by the President’s predecessor. This singular act earned Engineer Shomolu an immediate dismissal from his post. And today we are told by the then Presidential Spokesman Segun Adeniyi, that the reason for the dismissal was that the Engineer made the President sound like a liar. NigerianNews Special


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  • Governments Never Lie to their Citizens except in Nigeria
    by Frisky Larr
    January 09, 2012
    Recent happenings in Nigeria spontaneously reminded me of lessons in Political Science as a Freshman in a Turkish University. A Beginner so to speak! The subject was “The Philosophies and History of Politics”. My Professor repeated in several different words to us as Beginners of University studies that one constant and non-negotiable element of governance is the reliability of government. Of course, as a Muslim country that Turkey is, we could not miss out on the equally attendant emphasis on the element of “Honor”. In other words, Honor and Reliability are two invariable cornerstones of the morals of governance. NigerianNews Special


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  • The Political Missteps of 2011
    by Frisky Larr
    January 02, 2012
    On January 01, 2011, we entered a new year amid the uncertainty of the Doctrine of Necessity. It is a phrase that was coined to seal the fate of the unsolicited but desperate fight put up by the now defeated Yar’Adua mafia. They had fought to hold the country to ransom in a ploy to save the Northern dominance of political power against the medical logic of an ailing President. It didn’t matter that the fight was doomed to premature failure and the expiry date was near. Their fate was sealed by the Doctrine of Necessity invoked by the country’s upper legislative house. It was yet in the early days of the year 2010, but the echoes reverberated long into 2011. NigerianNews Special


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  • Oshiomole Confesses to Yar’Adua’s Anti-Party Activities
    by Frisky Larr
    December 16, 2011
    Now that Oshiomole has opened the corner-side of the lid on the murky politics that compounded his ascension to the Governorship throne in Edo State, I am free to heave a huge sigh of relief. Relief in a grand feeling of semi-justification! I now feel halfway justified in the relief that the facts used in my book “Nigeria’s Journalistic Militantism” while analyzing the politics of treachery in Edo State was not made up out of thin air. NigerianNews Special


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  • The Self-Created Problems of President Jonathan
    by Frisky Larr
    December 13, 2011
    Since his ascension to the number one slot in Nigeria’s political leadership, President Goodluck Jonathan seems to have perfected some expertise in moving from one political restiveness to another. Rather than clarity of purpose, most major actions of the President often leave more questions than answers. NigerianNews Special


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  • Extreme caution recommended as fuel subsidy debate heats up!
    by Frisky Larr
    October 31, 2011
    The heated debate on the recently announced plan to remove government subsidy on the downstream sector of fuel supply for domestic consumption is pulling out all the stops. Opinions have been running passionately high since the announcement of the move with each view on the political divide being strongly defended by proponents of and subscribers to such views. NigerianNews Special


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  • The Endless Saga on Fuel Subsidy: What the President Must Know
    by Frisky Larr
    October 11, 2011
    I feel sad having to criticize the President of my country each time I have something to write about him. I feel sad not because my criticisms are not real or because they are not authentic. I feel sad because I detest being a critic all the way. I hold some die-hard optimism that no government is a complete failure. I therefore hold on to the dictates of old-school journalism of seeking the best possible proximity to fairness. The fairness of naming successes alongside failures! With President Jonathan these days, no matter how I try, it is very difficult to identify the positives and I hate being the propagator of pure negatives. NigerianNews Special


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  • Goodluck Jonathan’s Government: The Truth about the Two Sides!
    by Frisky Larr
    October 4, 2011
    There are two faces to the Government of President Goodluck Jonathan. One is the face that is slowly but steadily growing entrenched in public perception. The other is the face at the background that is hardly noticed for its less popular appeal. They are faces constituting the strength and weaknesses of the government of President Goodluck Jonathan. They are faces also showcasing the very essence of the public perception of actions on the theatrical stage of political realities. The face of Nigerian politics and its perception by a target audience with a moderate level of political sophistication! NigerianNews Special


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  • The Presidential Library that I saw in Nigeria: What A Goddamn Project!
    by Frisky Larr
    October 3, 2011
    I have always heard about the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in media reports. My mind has always gone straight to a library facility for archiving books and academic materials. Like everyone else following information in the news media, the only memory that I readily associate with the project of Obasanjo Library has always been huge spending. A huge sum of money disbursed by individuals donating money for the lavish project! People who reportedly fell over each other trying to outdo themselves in volumes of donation, to gain the favor of then President Olusegun Obasanjo! NigerianNews Special


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  • Leadership Style: President Jonathan must be Joking!!
    by Frisky Larr
    September 29, 2011
    Hearing recent series of comments credited to President Goodluck Jonathan on the heels of Nigeria’s 51st Independence anniversary, consternation has been the least word to describe my spontaneous reaction. For months unending, speculations have been making the round that the President is much too aloof and unassertive for the seriousness required of the office of President. NigerianNews Special

  • Olusegun Obasanjo: A Stubborn Thorn in the Flesh of his Enemies!
    by Frisky Larr
    September 26, 2011
    Wole Soyinka’s comments on Olusegun Obasanjo's recent private "Boko Haram Diplomacy" clearly symbolizes a never-ending state of personal anger felt by enemies of the former President at his failure to disappear from the stage of nationwide and global relevance. It is symbolic of the everlasting instinctive aggression displayed by a cat upon the sighting of a mouse. What makes the case of President Obasanjo and his enemies more intriguing however, is the simple fact that the cat has caught the mouse on several occasions and even inflicted injuries and bruises on the mouse. The mouse has fallen down oftentimes with fractures and bruises but managed to slip away and re-announce its presence on an even broader platform of gold. NigerianNews Special


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  • Why is Babangida so angry?
    by Frisky Larr
    August 23, 2011
    The verbal attack seems to have taken former President Olusegun Obasanjo unaware. Accordingly, his reaction was typical. It reminds me of such reactions in his presidential days, which I have always referred to as a product of poor Public Relations Strategy. As we now know through revelations from aides, the verbal attack from former General (self-styled President) Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida that came on the heels of a media interview was pre-meditated. It was a continuation of the treacherous journey started by Nasir El-Rufai at the halls of the National Assembly. NigerianNews Special


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  • The BPE Probe & Obasanjo: Its Bashing Time again!
    by Frisky Larr
    August 18, 2011
    Let us face it squarely. Nothing short of a breakthrough in the power sector, major achievements in water supply and road construction can rescue the government of President Goodluck Jonathan from being an insignificant page in the history book of Nigeria. So numerous are the chains of mistake that he has made so far at this nascent stage of his judicially contested Presidency. NigerianNews Special


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  • Where the hell is President Jonathan?
    by Frisky Larr
    July 11, 2011
    The chain of bad news trailing the election and swearing-in of President Jonathan since April and May is mounting by the day and taking an alarming dimension. So is the feeling of helplessness too. In the face of chaos occasioned by disappointment by losers and sidelined individuals, President Jonathan is displaying some stoic calm in powerlessness and obvious vulnerability. NigerianNews Special


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  • Time to Wield the Ax: Arrest and Try Buhari Now!
    by Frisky Larr
    April 25, 2011
    It remains a mystery to the discerning mind from where and how Muhammadu Buhari sternly believed that he would have garnered all the necessary votes to make him the civilian President of Nigeria in the April 16th Presidential election. Every sane, objective and intelligent analyst saw through the not-too densely darkened haze of the April 09th election into the National Assembly which way the tendency pointed. NigerianNews Special


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  • Now That the Die is Cast!
    by Frisky Larr
    March 28, 2011
    Now that the rumble is ending and we are counting the costs in material and human losses, sober reflection is begging to crave in when the die is cast in a matter of days. It has been a hectic few weeks of campaigning and soliciting voters’ attention and patronage. .NigerianNews Special
     

  • Crucial Questions on the Power Sector Dilemma
    by Frisky Larr
    January 04, 2011
    Today, the power sector probe by the House of Representative’s committee headed by Legislator Godwin Elumelu sometimes in 2008 is history. It was shortly after the inception of the government of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua that this committee was catapulted to the forefront of sensational revelations on projects in the power sector that were paid for by the government of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo but were subsequently abandoned by contractors after cashing in on payment. .NigerianNews Special
     

  • The Zoning Poison and the Risk of Balkanizing Nigeria
    by Frisky Larr
    August 02, 2010
    Never in the history of Nigeria has a clause in the constitution of a single political party become such a lethal and volatile minefield that is strongly seeking to explode on the corporate existence of the already fragile union. Never in history has Nigeria been so exposed to the project of a desperate stranglehold on the nerves of its roots by a determined geographical mafia fighting for a sustained power status. Never too, has the identity of this desperate mafia and its desperate godfathers has been so hopelessly laid bare than it is today in the wake of the national debate on the zoning poison.NigerianNews Special
     

  • Farida Waziri: Bitterness Against Ribadu?
    by Frisky Larr
    April 19 2010
    A lot has happened since the removal of Nuhu Ribadu from the Chairmanship of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). His demotion in rank and subsequent dismissal from the Police Force not by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua or by Perry Osayande or Michael Okiro but by the one and only James Ibori who openly boasted about the sequential order of the predicament that was to befall Nuhu Ribadu, are now history. A lot has happened indeed. NigerianNews Special
     

  • The Fuss and Fight over Turai: Is she the real Problem?
    by Frisky Larr
    March 04 2010
    Abuja is in the grip of fear. The naked fear of a military coup! So reminiscent it is of the comedy of the Philippines in the late 1980s that I am forced to sing déjà vu! It is a perfect duplication of history. The history of pre-announced military coup d’etat that keeps a nation in suspense and awe! NigerianNews Special
     

  • The Yar’Adua Mafia: One last desperate move!
    by Frisky Larr
    February 26 2010
    In one last albeit giant stride to salvage what is left of hope for presidential powers, the Yar’Adua mafia unleashed Wednesday, an unconstitutional coup de main to underscore the hint of the possible man-in-charge. For the avoidance of doubt, a coup de main is nothing but an attack without warning. A warning shot of sort that seeks to destabilize the camp of the opponent that will initially seek to identify the direction from which the shot was fired.NigerianNews Special
     

  • Is Aondoakaa a decorated illiterate?
    by Frisky Larr
    February 15 2010
    It requires the knowledge of a language to decipher the message encoded in a collection of individual words. Some languages are simple in structure and some are more complex. The Chinese, Greek and Russian languages are in their order, regarded as the most complex in the world. The English language on the other hand, is not the simplest language on earth. It also doesn’t count among the most complex. Linguists with the gift of the multiple knowledge of diverse tongues across geographical divide will surely attest to this simple reality. NigerianNews Special
     

  • Yar’Adua: Do they know it’s Christmas Time?
    by Frisky Larr
    January 19 2010
    Christmas time is Yar’Adua’s time. Yar’Adua is not Jesus though. Yar’Adua is no sanctity. He even has no divine calling. But Christmas time highlights his being if Nigerians know what Christmas means. The hand of the clock repeatedly runs a circumference of twelve hours. NigerianNews Special
     

  • The Terror Watchlist: Will Nigerians ever learn?
    by Frisky Larr
    January 11 2010
    How sad it is to be a Nigerian in this reality of our modern day exacerbated by Yar’Adua’s own version of the Rule of Law. How sad it is to live in one’s own country and be a victim of systematic exploitation powered by high-level corruption and collapsing infrastructure. Feeding from hand to mouth and ever waiting for handouts to trickle down the lips of ever swallowing governmental gluttons.
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  • Yar’Adua’s Condition worsens, Succession battle heats up!
    by Frisky Larr
    December 02 2009
    Information coming out of sources close to Aso Rock is painting a dismal and grim picture of President Yar’Adua’s condition on his Saudi hospital bed. This could not have come at a worse time for loyalists and members of the President’s kitchen cabinet jostling for a quick return of the President to the seat of power at all cost.
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