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“Et tu Jones”? You, too, stabbed Ohakim?

“Et tu Jones”? You, too, stabbed Ohakim? Part of my chosen title today, “Et tu Jones?”, is a corruption of what is known as the last word of dictator Caesar in William Shakespeare’s famous play, Julius Caesar, written in 1599. Caesar had been warned by a soothsayer to beware of Ides of March, but he did not heed the warning. It...... more

Umuleri Airport: Obiano’s audacious leap forward, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu

Umuleri Airport: Obiano’s audacious leap forward, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu Several years back, as primary school kids, one of the current affairs we learnt, ‘crammed’ and read out even when woken at midnight was that the “largest market in West Africa is Onitsha.” Then, we heard mostly of Ochanja Market. I have no doubt that some schools close to Onitsha may have gone...... more

Why Governor Ugwuanyi chose to put Enugu State in the Hands of God, By Ike Ezugwu

Why Governor Ugwuanyi chose to put Enugu State in the Hands of God, By Ike Ezugwu We have raised our hopes and our cities highWe have followed fragile dreams But only One could take the measure of our goals And we’ve stumbled over the trials of life And we’ve wrestled the unseen But only One can calm the storm inside our souls In the hands of God we will fall Rest for the...... more

Why Buhari’s anti-corruption war is failing, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu

Why Buhari’s anti-corruption war is failing, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu Not many had expected the judicial outcome of some of the cases brought before competent courts against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Dame Patience Jonathan, challenging the freeze on their money in some banks. In a similar way, the outcomes of EFCC’s cases...... more

NBA leadership still wobbling, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

NBA leadership still wobbling, By Abdulrazaq Magaji “As priests in the temple of justice, our legal practitioners should live above board and no longer feel comfortable that some of the less-than-virtuous among them occupy critical and sensitive positions dealing with sanctions and preferment within the Bar.” Law teacher, Prof Akin Oyebode, who made the above observation and Nigerians...... more

Okorocha’s bleeding local governments, By Collins Ughalaa

Okorocha’s bleeding local governments, By Collins Ughalaa Sometimes I feel ashamed of the kind of administration we have in Imo State:  Rescue Mission Government. Sometimes I feel embarrassed at the gibberish that are cooked and dished out from Government House, a place that should have been an exalted sacred altar, from where a deity, the Governor, speaks in clear...... more

Looking inward on unemployment, By Isiaka Habeeb

Looking inward on unemployment, By Isiaka Habeeb Nigeria has always been referred to as the giant of Africa. The country is not only a giant because of its large landmass, population and abundant human and material resources, but also for the love and support it renders to other African countries during times of need. The African continent is...... more

Happy retirement to President Buhari, By Ifedayo Obi

Happy retirement to President Buhari, By Ifedayo Obi I want to assuage the fear of many Nigerians about President Muhammadu Buhari’s current leadership panorama. I know before this month of April ends he will take the path of honour by resigning from his position as President. But if he won’t, we should persuade him to do so. Though it...... more

Armageddon In Ogoniland, By Fegalo Nsuke

Armageddon In Ogoniland, By Fegalo Nsuke The expected clean-up of Ogoni land may save the environment, but many may never recover from the terminal diseases pervading the area, and increasingly killing our people. Shell's lies and irresponsibility has left an irreparable damage on the health on thousands in Ogoniland, necessitating an urgent need for a health audit....... more

Umahi’s project supervision prowess, By Philip Nweze

Umahi’s project supervision prowess, By Philip Nweze Ebonyi State Governor, Engr David Nweze Umahi, is seen by many from different perspectives. While some see him as an ever-smiling and easy-going politician, others see him as a tough and principled administrator with very rigid stance on issues pertaining to governance. Needless to say, his principled stand has earned him...... more

Bikola Saraki: A dwarf in the hall of greats, By Tony Ademiluyi

Bikola Saraki: A dwarf in the hall of greats, By Tony Ademiluyi The separation of powers theory is what shot Baron de Montesquieu to fame. His radical ideas which the then decrepit monarchy viewed with utmost suspicion was the remote cause of the popular 1789 French Revolution, which made France the first country in the entire Europe to jettison the monarchy for a...... more

Is Magu a victim of conspiracy of the corrupt?

Is Magu a victim of conspiracy of the corrupt? In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari campaigned on a tripod of promises to diversify and improve the economy, to fight insurgency and improve the security of lives and property throughout the federation, and to fight corruption at all levels. On victory and assumption of office, the President appointed cabinet ministers and others...... more

A tale of two Samuels, By Emmanuel Onwubiko

A tale of two Samuels, By Emmanuel Onwubiko In faraway Geneva, Switzerland, in Western Europe, over ten dozen top chief executive officers of blue-chip companies operating on the Black African continent are about now rounding up their meeting, with the objective of uncovering the magic wand for the rapid industrialisation of Africa. These egg-heads, plus a mixture of politicians...... more

Ali versus Senate: The way forward, By Bernard Balogun

Ali versus Senate: The way forward, By Bernard Balogun In the last two or three weeks, the nation has been treated to an interesting drama between Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd), a lawyer who holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminology. Ali retired as a Colonel from the Nigerian Army. During his military career, long before his appointment by President Muhammadu...... more

Of Magu, Senate confirmation and Buhari’s miscalculation, By Tony Ademiluyi

Of Magu, Senate confirmation and Buhari’s miscalculation, By Tony Ademiluyi Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe was asked a question by some bewildered journalists, on why he was serving the government of Lt-General Joseph Arthur Ankrah, which deposed the government of his supposed political mentor, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah. He replied that they needed his expertise in public relations, and he was serving them...... more

The last road to Golgotha, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

The last road to Golgotha, By Abdulrazaq Magaji Former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, besides being a lucky man, is truly an incredible character. Here’s a man whose political profile received a boost after he caught the attention of his estranged benefactor and former president, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. That was after Jonathan undid, and inherited the seat of...... more

Ambode, please, don’t crush the 4,000 impounded motorbikes, By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu

Ambode, please, don’t crush the 4,000 impounded motorbikes, By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu The National President of Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers, and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Shehu Babangida, said the association has 12 million members across the country. Less than half of the number may be found in Lagos alone, judging by its population. The president claimed that they have...... more

Pension Scam: APC’s show of knavery, By Tony Ademiluyi

Pension Scam: APC’s show of knavery, By Tony Ademiluyi When the then conservative President of Prussia, Otto von Bismarck, presented an evergreen idea to the German Reichstag in 1881; he included a blueprint of financial support-system for aged members of the society, which will be government-backed and partly financed by contributions throughout their active working years. This radical idea formed...... more

Is Okorocha governor for the living or the dead?

Is Okorocha governor for the living or the dead? On several occasions, Governor Rochas Okorocha had attempted to rivet the mentality of the people of Imo with his self-acclaimed stellar performance since he became governor of the state in 2011. But on the occasion of the 2016/2017 Legal Year celebrated by lawyers in the state on 27 February, 2017, Okorocha...... more

Open letter to a segregationist, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

Open letter to a segregationist, By Abdulrazaq Magaji Dear Segregationist, Let me begin by reminding you of what some of us think of your agitation. Some of us think, and honestly too, that rather than dissipate energy campaigning for Nigeria’s break-up, it is time you joined hands to end the Osu caste system in Igboland and emancipate the stigmatised members of...... more

THE FUTURE AWARDS or backward denigration?

THE FUTURE AWARDS or backward denigration? One trick that the Caucasian liberals have used to perpetually under develop Nigeria and the African continent is to create crisis, and then prop up African stooges and puppets years later to offer placebos, under the guise of interventions. Under the ill-fated administration of military president, Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, the...... more

Of Okorocha and his free education programme

Of Okorocha and his free education programme  On Monday, February 27, 2017 I read an interesting piece authored by Dr Alex Otti, former Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, in his Outside The Boxcolumn on the back page of ThisDay, captioned ‘Teacher, don’t teach me nonsense 2’. When I first looked up at the caption my mind travelled quickly to...... more

One ‘Vampire’ down, many roaming State Houses, By Emmanuel Onwubiko

One ‘Vampire’ down, many roaming State Houses, By Emmanuel Onwubiko The following was how the typical Nigerian media sensationally reported the gunning to death of one of Nigeria’s most-celebrated notorious crime warlords, known by his alias of ‘Vampire.’  “The notorious kidnapper, Henry Chibueze, also known as, ‘Vampire’ who escaped from prison custody on January 27,2017, when some gunmen believed to be his gang members...... more

Kogi: Fighting insecurity through effective road network, By Petra Akinti Onyegbule

Kogi: Fighting insecurity through effective road network, By Petra Akinti Onyegbule As we journeyed from Lokoja to Okene en route to Akure, for the swearing-in ceremony of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), my mind dwelt on a number of things that have changed in my journeys along the familiar road; with deep reflections on the innate capacity of purposeful leadership to fully...... more

Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama is a big disappointment, By Temitope Olodo

Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama is a big disappointment, By Temitope Olodo “We have not come here on a holiday, we have come here for a purpose and you are that purpose. It will break our heart, if we will have to suffer any insults from you...” — Honourable Minister Geoffrey Onyeama For the first time in my many years of me gluing...... more

The Fanta, Sprite with Vitamin C Judgment: Many questions begging for answers

The Fanta, Sprite with Vitamin C Judgment: Many questions begging for answers The major headline in various newspapers of Tuesday March 14, 2017 was “Court Orders NAFDAC to compel Nigerian Bottling Company to warn consumers of dangers of Drinking Fanta, Sprite With Vitamin C”. The judgment was given by Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, and the court awarded a cost of N2 million against NAFDAC. According...... more

Insecurity in Ogoniland: Origin and solution, By MOSOP Publicity Secretary Fegalo Nsuke

Insecurity in Ogoniland: Origin and solution, By MOSOP Publicity Secretary Fegalo Nsuke The disharmony between Ogoni people and Nigerian government over oil may be a familiar topic, just as the recent and heightened security situation in the area may no longer be news. But what may not be well known is how the Federal Government significantly contributed to the current insecurity, involving armed...... more

Democracy and the challenge of fake news, By Bolaji Abdullahi

Democracy and the challenge of fake news, By Bolaji Abdullahi The term, ‘fake news’, is essentially an oxymoron. News is an account of what happened. By its very definition, it is the truth, the absolute truth and nothing but the truth. However, in a post-truth world, even fake and news, two fundamentally contradictory terms can occupy the same textual space. Truth...... more

Imo Assembly: Anti-Media Bill product of an idle mind

Imo Assembly: Anti-Media Bill product of an idle mind Last year when the video of Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s disgraceful Chatham House went viral, there was one man who was seen doing bodyguard for him in faraway London. When I inquired why such a person could go so low as to make himself the bodyguard to the governor,...... more

536 contractors jostle for contracts in Ogun

536 contractors jostle for contracts in Ogun A total of 536 contractors have signified interest to execute the intervention projects for 2012 and 2013 Action Plan of the Ogun State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB). Chairman, SUBEB, Alhaji Olatunde Okewole, disclosed this at a forum on the Tender Bids in Abeokuta. He noted that the receipt of tenders from...... more

 

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