AT THE LAST MINUET: INEC postpones 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections till February 23 • INEC is a disappointment – The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room

Let good conscience prevail, southerners must think Nigeria
OMOH T. OJIOR
I am now tempted to believe that the man, a boy when Nigerians fought a civil war, is being used by enemies of our country and Africa. ...those behind him, hiding and paying lip service on peace and democracy in Nigeria need to stop.
A stern warning to christians Anti-Christ is already here
Evangelist ISAAC IVBAZE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The time has come, the wind is blowing, the impact is felt around the world, and there is no going back. Satan has come to take over the ruler ship of the world. Rituals to mark the ascension of the Beast into world power has begun.
2019: An interesting political year (President Buhari, the master of disaster, deserves no re-election) (Conclusion)
TEMPLE C. UBOCHI, Bonn, Germany
This Nigeria's presidential election has evoked lots of interest, considerable controversies, and criticisms even before its conduct. Millions of Nigerians and the international community are already skeptical that it will be free and fair.
LINK UPDATED: Nigeria's 84 million registered voters render her population figure inaccurate
ALFRED AISEDIONLEN, London, UK
In 2006, if the collected data were honestly collated, the population figure would have been far less than 140 million. The projected population figure as at today would have been far less than the acclaimed 198 million. Within twelve years, 2006 - 2018, how Nigeria population could have increased by 58 million?
Ripe time to trust Atiku with Nigeria’s top job
ALABA YUSUF, Abuja, Nigeria
And who can fix this messy scene? No other but quintessential humanist and political bridge builder, a detribalised Nigerian, non fanatical man of faith, a wealth creator and educationist, Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President of Nigeria (1999-2007).
Why Nigerians should reject foreign interference in their elections
AONDUNA TONDU, New York, USA
Our ancestors used to say that a man without a sense of dignity is like a man without balls. His bearing, or more appropriately, the lack of it, would invariably lead him into making compromises that others with an ethical backbone would normally refuse to accommodate.
Why Jime and the APC are favoured to win the 2019 elections in Benue State
LLOYDS S. OBEKPA
Symbolized by its indefatigable, people-oriented leadership, as represented by Senator George Akume and Barrister Emmanuel Jime, the APC in Benue State has remained within the progressive fold, with landmark elections effectively won in 2011 and 2015, respectively, under the ACN and its latter-day incarnation.
As Nigerians decide…
Toronto, Canada
There have been attempts to divide Nigerians along ethno-religious lines by some unscrupulous politicians. These elements feel threatened by the possibility of a programme of progressive denudation, pursued relentlessly by the current FG.
February 16: Is God also a Nigerian?
TUNGA LERGO, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Regardless, the professional liars, thieves, and economic vultures have not been deterred; The candidates have spread their lies and false promises.; Same old, same old. Every four years.
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
Agenda on making Nigeria work again in the in-comng Atiku Abubakar administration
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
I want you to know from the onset, Mr. Atiku, that Nigerians are not voting for you as the next president because you are necessarily better, but because of the woeful failure and dismal performance of a vegetative president who has outsourced the presidency.
FROM THE PREACHER"S LENSES
Prayer for the Nation: February 2019 General Election
SAM AWEDA, Lagos, Nigeria
Oil money is the only reason why most people are in politics. They are not there in the interest of the nation but for their greed and lust for high life.
The monstrosity and mercantilism of the western media!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The choice is absolutely for Nigerians to make! But for me and those in my cocoon, we would rather pitch our tent with a man (Buhari) attempting to create an accountable system for a functioning society through benevolent and participatory democracy.
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INEC and the two million university students
JEROME-MARIO UTOMI, Lagos, Nigeria
What presently calls for concern is a recent revelation that a high percentage of the about two million university students across the country who registered to vote in their various institutions may not have the opportunity to exercise their rights during the forthcoming general election despite FG truce with ASUU.
APC’s hasty concessions to the NLC, ASUU & the burden of implementing it
IFEANYICHUKWU MMOH, Jos, Nigeria
The concessions to the NLC and the ASUU by the APC federal government is – in my humble view – considered as hasty. I say this for a number of reasons; chief of which are the coming elections.

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Rule of law and the fight against corruption in Nigeria
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
Rule of law implies that every person is subject to the law, including people who are lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and judges. Rule of Law opposes, autocracy, dictatorship, or oligarchy where the rulers are held above the law.
All Nigerians must take responsibility for bad leadership in the nation (Do not crucify Buhari)
Evangelist ISAAC IVBAZE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
If Buhari can no longer be trusted as good enough to pilot the leadership of the nation, I wonder who is more credible to be entrusted with such tough responsibility.

2019 General polls: Can Nigerians bank on INEC assurances of credible polls?
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
Availability of voters card is the basic step that the commission should take to allay the fears of the public that the upcoming polls may go the way of preceding polls in the country which were characterized by massive rigging and other electoral malpractices.
2019 Election: Nigerians look on to Atiku after the Buhari disaster
CHARLES OFOJI, Cologne, Germany
With the unmasking of Buhari and what is now known about him, future generations will have to figure out how we allowed such a man to even get close to power.

2019: An interesting political year (I was in Nigeria to see things for myself)
TEMPLE C. UBOCHI, Bonn, Germany
I traveled to Nigeria, about three weeks ago, to experience, first hand, what Nigerians are going through, and to gauge their feelings or their situation prior to the upcoming elections. What I saw or experienced was worse than imagined.
Due Process
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
fortnight ago, a hungry man jumped into a banquet hall through the window. A sumptuous party was going on there. The security men within and outside the banquet hall made a rapid response and arrested the hungry wretched man.

ONYINYE'S MIRROR ON LIFE
Nigeria 2019: "New wine in an old bottle"
ONYINYE OYEDELE, Ontario, Canada
The common denominator is that these leaders are the same people, with the same mind set. What are the possibilities that change will happen if we continue to have the same cycle of leaders? ... they are not doing or surrounding themselves with those who think differently.
I'll fix Nigeria in a day and other Politricks
ABI ADEGBOYE
Tis the season for make-believe when reality is suspended in favor of fantasy. Old codgers become spry, villains become saints, and politicians peddle howling whoppers to masses swathed in euphoric amnesia.
That Igbo language will not go extinct
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
All the government cultural agencies in the Igbo speaking states should be involved in the promotion of Igbo language. Why can’t we use the local languages in our state legislative houses like Lagos State House of Assembly now conducts its business once a week in Yoruba?
What is wrong with the black race?
Evangelist ISAAC IVBAZE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The poverty that envelopes the continent of Africa, the death of young Africans in the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea, and the torture and enslavement of young Africans of Nigerian extraction in Libya have left the world astonished with the question of what is wrong with the black race?
A contest between two kindreds
ERIC TENIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
To their credit the two of them have distinguished themselves in the public service, one in the military and the other in the customs service. And they are both Fulanis.
Nigerian politicians and the conflict of interest
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The mind of a typical Nigerian politician is full of conflicts; conflict of interest, conflict of evil intention, narcissistic demeanor ... evils and blood wealth. How do ... affluent individuals in Nigeria explain the sources of their stupendous wealth?
The recent Jalingo's campaign tragedy!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
They came with unblemished LOVE to welcome their hero and political savior-PMB to their habitat. Jalingo was agoged and enthusiastically ready see the unscathed man.
Road to the castle (Poem)
AUGUSTINE C. OHANWE
The campaign promise; of tarring dilapidated roads; with a mixture of asphalt and gold; must now give way; to ballot box stuffing; and other chicanery.
Is Buhari the face of a hurting nation?
Rev Fr. STAN CHU ILO, Chicago, USA
Our people are suffering from grinding poverty which is spreading like a wildfire in the land. Indeed, with more than 70% of Nigerians living in poverty, with our universities shut for more than three months, with an unemployment rate of over 27% ... Nigeria is in decline.
Lamin Sanneh: A foremost African Theologian from Gambia
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
Lamin Sanneh (1942-2019), a foremost African theologian of our time from Gambia in West Africa, was called to great beyond on January 6, 2019, the Feast of Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ to the gentile world.
2019 Elections and media partisanship
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
Current events in Nigeria ... have exposed the bias of some media houses against some political parties both in the country in general and Abia State in particular.
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
Nigerians in Diaspora Against Buhari (NIDABA) 2019 - 14-Day Prayer for Nigeria
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
Beginning this Sunday February 03, 2019, pray the 14-Day Prayer Sessions outlined below; one prayer point for each day and cap it all up on the D-Day; Saturday February 16, 2019 as you are about to cast your vote or as the voting exercise is holding across the nation.
Second Death
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
Two ugly women were firing ballistic oral missiles at each other few days ago. One said to the other, 'You are as ugly as a vulture.' The other retorted, 'Idiot. Look at you, as wicked as death.' ... A fierce fight ensued between the two. They tore each other's clothes and were only left on their dirty pants and worn-out bras.
Our Month of Evangelism
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I like the watchword for Christ Apostolic Church worldwide this year- 'Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' Rom 10:13
Onnoghen’s suspension: Does a lacuna empower aninstitution to invoke the doctrine of necessity or act with impunity?
IFEANYICHUKWU MMOH, Jos, Nigeria
Abuse of the electoral system
ERIC TENIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
...another factor that has rendered the electoral system vulnerable to manipulations and abuse is the funding of the electoral commission.
FROM THE PREACHER"S LENSES
Once Upon a Time in Nigeria (Part 4)
SAM AWEDA, Lagos, Nigeria
I have been describing in the last three sermons, what Nigeria was like during the Colonial era and few years after when visible developments were steadily in progress, when both the government and the governed were committed to the prosperity of the nation....
No Imperfections in Humanity of Jesus: An Open Letter to General Obasanjo
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
...you uttered the following statement... '...For me, as a Christian, the only Messiah I know is Jesus Christ and even then, the man aspect of Him was imperfect while the divine aspect of Him was perfectly messianic.' ... Sir, setting up the divine nature of Jesus Christ against his human nature is not what the Christian Creed teaches us.
Why Buhari will win February 16, 2019 presidential election!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The ambivalent truth about Nigeria today is that, most of these Buhari haters are comfortably pretentious in their contributions to nation's mundane problems.
The final onslaught from Kano
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The sea of heads in Kano that welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari was terrific and very reassuring.
Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen's Nigeria: A circus show that never ends
PATRICK IBEKWE, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
The shame of it all is that almost the entirety of Nigeria and Nigerians are in this business. Probably less than five per cent of Nigerians living in Nigeria have a mind-set that is corruption free!
Nigeria - Democracy and politics without ideology
DAVID OGULA, New York, USA
Politics in Nigeria is rooted in the unrestrained pursuit of power and money. The political class, lacking conviction or an ideological foundation seek political office as the easiest path to wealth.
The conspiracy against The Rule Of Law
JEROME-MARIO UTOMI, Lagos, Nigeria
Why all should be worried about Mr. President’s flagrant relegation of the rule of law is not merely because of Justice Walter Onoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria or any other, but because of what the act portend for our democracy.
Interview: Gov. Ugwuanyi's transformation agenda in Enugu continues for four more years
UCHENNA AKILO
Buhari puts Nigeria on express Road to Islamic Republic
E O EKE, UK
By this appointment [of Tanko Muhammad] President Buhari has completed the take over of all government agencies in Nigeria by Fulanis and Sunni Muslims from the north. How can anybody think that it is acceptable in a multiethnic democracy for one ethnic group to be in charge of the country?
Sai baba to the next level! (Poem)
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
A child of destiny!; everywhere he goes,; the downtrodden people; believe in him!
Nigerians unite against past colonial sabotage: We can neutralize treacherous character (Part 2 & 3)
OMOH T. OJIOR
It is important and good that Nigerians ... know exactly the nature of the injury inflicted on the Nigeria nation and its people. It is only of recent that the British are confessing their criminal acts in Nigeria. Harold Wilson, 80 years old, is saying he does not want to go to his grave with the sin in his heart.
Anthills (Poem)
AUGUSTINE C. OHANWE
A feat accomplished; by creatures determined,; and focused to the core; than human sluggard.
Is it goodbye Nigeria? - The Onnoghen Saga
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
What is left of Nigeria again as a nation state under a democratic rule? That is, after President Buhari suspended the nation's Constitution by his unilateral removal from office, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) ... without any recourse to the Senate and other relevant laws as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution.
For Nigeria to be a viable country: The South must improve in their conduct and behaviours
OMOH T. OJIOR
Shehu Shagari, part hero (2)
ERIC TENIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
During his tenure, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, who was then number 2 by virtue of the constitution and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Edwin Ume Ezeoke, who was number 4 were both from Anambra State....
Social media; youths, and the future of our Republic
JEROME-MARIO UTOMI, Lagos, Nigeria
From the foregoing, it is important to underscore that the menace posed by the activities of our youths was created by the youth, accelerated by parents and government.
"The whole World is watching us"
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
Some call for the withdrawal of the charges against the CJN. Why is the allegation against him made when the general election is at the corner? Hence some see it as politically minded in order to achieve hidden agenda.
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Once Upon a Time in Nigeria (Part 3)
SAM AWEDA, Lagos, Nigeria
I have been describing in the last two sermons, what Nigeria was like during the Colonial era and few years after when visible developments were steadily in progress; vis-à-vis robust education, health ... availability of job for anyone....
Omoyele Sowore's chapter in the political history of Nigeria
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
When the time comes to write a comprehensive history of Nigerian polity, Omoyele Sowore's chapter is adequately assured and preserved in the impending historical book of Nigeria.
The power of mentality and how it affected Nigeria’s quest for political advancement
IFEANYICHUKWU MMOH, Jos, Nigeria
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
Open Letter to President Donald John Trump on urgent political situation in Nigeria and what the United States of America can do now!
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
Why is OBJ desperate?
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
President Obasanjo is by all means entitled to his own opinion, like every Nigerian, on the issue of the coming elections. But in my mind OBJ seems to think everybody must bow to his own opinion. I call that manipulation and desperation.
MLK: A quintessential American exceptionalism
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
King Jr. has a legacy that continues to prick, shake and shape the conscience and consciousness of the world.
Commoditization of Nigerian Lives
ABI ADEGBOYE
The was on her way from Kano to Abuja. Suddenly, her bus was surrounded by armed men who demanded all passengers alight. In broad daylight, they were marched into the bush....
The fizzling political relevance of Mr. Tortoise!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The surreptitious role Baba is playing at this defining moment in our nation's history is unstatemanlike, and very disturbingly concerning!
Shehu Shagari, part hero (1)
ERIC TENIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
Knowing fully the circumstances of how he got to power via the 122/3 arrangement, he wanted to form an all-embracing unity government in spite of the Presidential system of government, so that everybody could come on board.
Justice Walter Onnoghen: A symbol for the equal treatment of all Nigerians under the law
PRIYE S. TORULAGHA, Miami, Florida, USA
Many Nigerians wonder why the Buhari administration is so eager to hurriedly force Justice Onnoghen out of the CJN position ... without following due process when the same administration has hesitated on numerous occasions to enforce the law on corruption against public officials who are associated with the president and the ruling APC party.
The Atiku Abubakar Option
UZOMA O NWAGWU
The question is if those percentages of both parties are translated to numbers, will PDP/Atiku be able to carry the day? Can any of the parties win 24 States out of 36 states? ... [assuming] ugly hands of INEC will be out of it.
Count your Blessings
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
Let me now complete the story of the Beautiful Angel, which I was telling before I interrupted myself. As time went by, the beautiful Lady Blessing had a car accident on her way to a Beauty contest. Her face was totally disfigured.
#nigerinaslet’sdoit. The hubris of Atiku
E O EKE, UK
The problems Nigeria face today was caused by those in APC and PDP. They are the people who destroyed Nigerian education and health system. Today, they send their children abroad to study while ASSU is on strike and make almajiris of others. They travel abroad for medical treatment, while others die.
The power of mentality and how it affected Nigeria’s quest for political advancement
IFEANYICHUKWU MMOH, Jos, Nigeria
IPOB’s threat, secession and why nd’Igbo must insist on participating in this election against all odds
IFEANYICHUKWU MMOH, Jos, Nigeria
Curbing electoral violence in Nigeria
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
One day, one drama in Nigeria!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
What's the fuss about a presidential candidate of Nigeria visiting the United States if he doesn't have skeletons in his closet? For boosting his political credentials?
The renewal of coach Gernot Rohr's contract portends well for the Super Eagles of Nigeria
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
CHANGEUP TONIC
Build wisely this year…
GBENGA OWOTOKI, Florida, USA
We should be tired of repeating the same thing year in year out particularly if this has not changed the course of our life for the better.
Buhari's re-election is much doubtful, the alternative
ALFRED AISEDIONLEN, London, UK
The future of Nigeria in the current geographical configuration depends on the outcome of the 2019 general election.
The judiciary is in distress
ERIC TENIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
It is rather unfortunate that Justice Onnoghen and Mr. Paul Usoro are on trial at this time. The trial makes a mockery of the good work the National Judicial Council has been doing of late in cleansing the Judiciary.
OpEd: February 16, 2019: Why Nigerians will not look back
LAOLU AKANDE, Abuja, Nigeria

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