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The Tale of Three Pilots and a Plane; A Satirical Analogy of Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential Election



A plane I boarded made an emergency landing at an abandoned airstrip after the pilot indicated that he was actually unfit to fly the plane, a commercial plane.

He then asked if there was any pilot or anyone with reasonable flight experience on board, three men raised their hands. The pilot then made us (the passengers) choose from the three men but first it was required that they speak and show proof of their license to fly a plane of that capacity.

The first man stood up. He presented his license and certifications as a commercial pilot of a smaller plane.
He told us how he flew a commercial plane for 8 years and how he was able to navigate the heavy turbulence he frequently encountered mid-air. He showed us a workable plan on how he intended to fly us to our desired destination. He took a bow and sat, we applauded.

It was now time for the second man to speak. He managed to stand with the assistance of his friends who also boarded. We immediately protested and made it clear to him that he apparently was unwell and so couldn’t be allowed to fly the plane, his friends fought back.

Whilst his friends were arguing with us on why he should be allowed to fly, the man kept muttering “it’s my turn”, we decided to give him a benefit of doubt and finally allowed him to speak. We asked him, “your turn to do what?”.

He responded, “it’s my turn to fly this plane”. All the passengers were seemingly speechless, totally gobsmacked.

He then went on to brag about how he helped the current pilot become the pilot of this plane despite not being qualified for the position. He reiterated that it was indeed now his turn to fly the plane.

We asked him to show his licences before we could proceed. It turned out to be that the man had flown another plane in the past which he verily mismanaged and was currently in a terrible condition, we also discovered that the man had been stealing the plane’s maintenance fund.

We demanded explanations to these discoveries but his friends on the plane fought back. They told us that all these discoveries didn’t matter and that the only agenda now was to ensure that he flies the plane, to which we firmly rejected, a war of words ensued.

It was in this heated argument that the third man who had already been forgotten stood up and yelled that he should be allowed to speak. We then asked him to present his qualifications. He presented his license but had in fact never flown a plane as he was only a co-pilot.

We also discovered that as a co-pilot for 8 years, he was known for syphoning the plane’s maintenance funds and had built an empire out of it, just like the second man. We outrightly rejected him and made it clear that we didn’t want what happened to his former plane happen to ours.

It was now time to make a choice. The first man reiterated his commitment to fly the plane diligently to our destination. The second man re-emphasized that it was his turn to fly the plane and nothing would stop him despite his illness and negative precedents that trailed him, he went ahead to instigate some passengers to chose him over the other two on the basis that they shared a common ethnicity.

Some of the passengers who shared the same ethnicity fell for the sentiment, but majority of them stood their ground and insisted that he was not fit to fly the plane. At this point, most of us had already pitched our tent with the person we saw as the most qualified.

The second man’s friends decided to make up stories to ruin the first man’s reputation, but we didn’t take their word for it, we did our research, verified and found that all the allegations were false and that indeed, the first man is truly who he says he is; a man of integrity. The third man who we had forgotten, again, yelled out.

“I am still here”, he shouted, this got our attention and even though we didn’t really want him to speak anymore because we had practically made up our minds, he went ahead to quote a copied strategy which he even found difficult to interpreted.

He didn’t particularly have any strategy so he decided to induce the passengers by bribing them with wads of dollar bills, some really hungry ones collected the money and decided to support him, they were only a few however, an insignificant figure.

The second man continued his entitled demand of reiterating that it was his turn. At this point, his friends who were also crooks alike decided not to tell the passengers why their man was in the best position to fly the plane, they focused on trying to ridicule the first man.

The first man however didn’t let any of their moves affect him as he focused on educating the passengers on why he was the best, he even went from seat to seat to engage everyone, he didn’t discriminate.

In a short while, it became apparent to all of the passengers who the best amongst the three was, even though some were still in denial because of their loyalty to the other pilots.

A former pilot of the plane would eventually phone in to inform the passengers that the first man was in fact the man with the capacity to navigate the plane amidst the expected turbulence and that we should get him into the cockpit immediately.

Who do you think is the best fit to fly the plane?

Who would eventually fly the plane?

I guess we’d wait till February 2023 to find out.


African Union Takes Action: Republic of Niger Suspended Amidst Political Unrest



In a decisive move that reverberated across the continent, the African Union (AU) announced the suspension of the Republic of Niger from its membership ranks.

This momentous decision was unveiled during the African Union’s Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, August 22.

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The suspension stems from the recent political turmoil that engulfed the nation, with the African Union pointing to the coup orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani on Wednesday, July 26. As part of a series of sanctions imposed on the francophone West African country, the Republic of Niger faced the repercussions of its internal upheaval.

The African Union’s stance was uncompromising, as it made it clear that Western nations seeking to meddle in African affairs should refrain from interfering. This firm message was directed from the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the AU’s call for autonomy echoed loudly.

The events leading up to Niger’s suspension unfolded against a backdrop of political uncertainty and unrest. The coup in Niger, orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani, prompted the Afican Union to take action. Their decision to suspend Niger was not taken lightly and was ratified during the Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 22.

The aftermath of the military takeover in left President Mohamed Bazoum in captivity, held under the close watch of the juntas in Niger. Despite international pressure, the release of the president and his family remains elusive. This tense situation compelled the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene, imposing sanctions on Niger and establishing a deadline for the initiation of military intervention by the sub-regional body’s standby forces.

The suspension of the Republic of Niger from the African Union serves as a stark reminder of the continent’s commitment to upholding stability and safeguarding democratic governance. The swift response underscores the African Union’s dedication to maintaining order and security within its member states, sending a resounding message to the global community about the importance of respecting Africa’s sovereignty.

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Peter Obi: “I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria”



In a recent tweet that has caught the attention of many, @MissPearls shares an inspiring declaration made by former Anambra state governor and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi. According to @MissPearls, Peter Obi proclaimed, “I campaigned for Presidency because I can say it any day, I Will SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA. All these confusion everywhere can BE SOLVED, and I am PREPARED for it”

Peter Obi: I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria.

Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency in the recent elections stirred considerable excitement and garnered support from diverse quarters, particularly the youth demographic. The former governor is known for his progressive ideas and pragmatic approach to governance, which resonated with many Nigerians who sought change and effective solutions to the country’s myriad challenges.

Despite his extensive support and well-articulated vision, Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions faced formidable opponents in the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released results that placed him behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who emerged as the winner, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second. However, these results were met with skepticism due to apparent electoral irregularities that marred the integrity of the process.

In response to the controversial election outcome, both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar filed legal challenges against the INEC’s declaration. This move underscores their commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that the voice of the electorate is accurately reflected. As the election Tribunal Judges prepare to deliver their verdict, Nigeria watches with bated breath, eager to witness justice being served.

Meanwhile, the administration of Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken significant policy actions since assuming office. The removal of fuel subsidies and the decision to float the Naira have triggered mixed reactions across the nation. While these measures may be intended to foster economic stability and growth, the immediate consequences have been felt by everyday Nigerians. The cost of living has surged, and the socio-economic effects on the rich and the poor have become more pronounced.

As the Nigerian population navigates these shifts, the aftermath of the election and the ensuing governance strategies offer a critical juncture for evaluating the nation’s trajectory. The voices of discontent, expressed by citizens facing the brunt of these policies, highlight the necessity for leaders to prioritize the well-being of the populace while pursuing economic advancements. It is essential for the government to strike a balance between fiscal prudence and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable segments of society.

The policy changes implemented by Bola Tinubu have shed light on the delicate balance between progress and the welfare of the people. As the nation waits for the tribunal’s judgment and the dust settles on the recent election, Nigeria stands at a crossroads, with the potential to reshape its future trajectory and address the systemic challenges that have held it back for far too long.

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Youths in Kano Defy Police Ban to Protest Alleged Tribunal Bribery



Hundreds of determined youths in Kano took to the streets, defying a police ban, to protest what they perceive as attempts to manipulate the state election petition tribunal. This incident unfolded against the backdrop of a ban on protests by the Commissioner of Police, Usuani Gumel, following revelations of alleged plots to obstruct justice through financial inducement in legal proceedings.

Youths in kano

The rally, which unfolded outside the state government house, saw impassioned youths brandishing placards with messages that underscored their commitment to justice and the integrity of the electoral process. Their actions were sparked by concerns over an alleged plan to bribe the state election petition tribunal, casting a shadow over the fairness of the process.

The ban on protests was issued in response to recent revelations made by Justice Flora Azinge, who unveiled purported schemes by lawyers to disrupt the course of justice through financial incentives. The Commissioner of Police cited “confirmatory intelligence products” as the basis for this decision, leaving a contentious atmosphere surrounding the freedom of assembly and the right to peaceful protest.

This ban, however, failed to deter the resolute youths who carried a variety of placards conveying their strong stance against corruption, manipulation, and injustice. The slogans they chanted resonated with their determination to safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process and uphold transparency in governance.

Among the messages displayed, one placard caught the eye with its direct callout: “Gandollar, stop spoiling the name of Tinubu.” This highlights the allegation that financial impropriety is tainting the reputation of key political figures.

In a video circulated online, the enthusiastic protesters chanted slogans that echoed their deep-seated concerns. Chants of “No to corruption,” “No to injustice,” and “No to manipulation” reverberated through the crowd, embodying the youth’s unwavering commitment to fair and accountable governance.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf praised the peaceful conduct of the protesters and assured them that their concerns would be relayed to President Bola Tinubu. This gesture recognizes the role of the youth in shaping political discourse and underscores the importance of their voices in the pursuit of a just society.

In conclusion, the youths in Kano have seized the moment to voice their concerns and demands for an unbiased electoral process. Their defiance of the police ban serves as a reminder that public sentiment cannot be easily suppressed. As this incident unfolds, it raises important questions about the delicate balance between freedom of assembly, legitimate protest, and maintaining public order. It also underscores the critical role of the youth in shaping the political landscape and demanding accountability from their leaders.

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