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Saraki: Limit and burden of arrogance, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

Saraki: Limit and burden of arrogance, By Abdulrazaq Magaji If further proof was needed of how desperate and devious Senate President, Dr Olubukola Saraki, could be, you got another one in an open letter addressed to him by Chief Edwin Clark, a former federal minister of information. In the letter, the prominent Ijaw leader and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic...... more

Suspension from Egmont Group: The way forward, By Nwaeze Onu

Suspension from Egmont Group: The way forward, By Nwaeze Onu    On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Senate of the National Assembly directed its committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes to recommend and draft a bill aimed at ensuring that the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) is separated from and made independent of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Seven...... more

Kenyan youths winning elections, Nigerian mates daydreaming, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

Kenyan youths winning elections, Nigerian mates daydreaming, By ’Fisayo Soyombo This is a story of two popular but dissimilar Cynthias. One recently earned her fame, the other has been around for a while. One is a politician, the other a musician. One symbolises intellect and strength of character, the other is unmistakably a sex symbol. One is Kenyan, the other Nigerian....... more

BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen kill 2 at another Anambra church

BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen kill 2 at another Anambra church Exactly a week after gunmen stormed St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra State, killing 13 innocent worshippers and injuring many others, unknown gunmen this afternoon struck in the Oguta area of Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of the state, killing a policeman reportedly guarding the Assemblies of God Church. Information...... more

Biafra: The next bus to Juba, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

Biafra: The next bus to Juba, By Abdulrazaq Magaji Even as you read this, elders, leaders of thought and moderates in Igboland have continued to distance themselves from the separatist agitations in the South-east. The increasing awareness of the damage wreaked on the nation’s economy by the free-loading of the President Goodluck Jonathan years is partly responsible for this. If...... more

Ozubulu and archaic policing format, By Emmanuel Onwubiko

Ozubulu and archaic policing format, By Emmanuel Onwubiko In recent history, the Nigeria Police has proven itself to be a weak force in terms of professionalism and capacity of the personnel to effectively combat crimes and enforce the law throughout Nigeria. Few years back, the Nigeria Police, due to the archaic policing standards foisted on the country one of...... more

Army probe: Osinbajo's motives sinister, contradictory -- Intersociety *Blasts Obiano over killing of Biafra activists

Army probe: Osinbajo's motives sinister, contradictory -- Intersociety *Blasts Obiano over killing of Biafra activists Sinister motives and contradictions abound in the 4th August 2017 summary constitution by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo of a Seven-Person Judicial Commission of Enquiry into gross rights abuses by the Nigerian Army and the 9th August 2017 open confession of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State over the 29th and 30th...... more

Obono-Obla sabotaging the anti-corruption war?

Obono-Obla sabotaging the anti-corruption war? One of the constitutional amendments that Nigerians have been clamouring for is the separation of the Office of Attorney-General from the position of Minister of Justice. For many citizens, the continuous lumping together of the portfolio of attorney-general with the minister of justice, a politician, will never improve the administration of...... more

Ignoring youths reinforces revulsion against elders, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu

Ignoring youths reinforces revulsion against elders, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu Nigerian youths are angry; they are revolting against their elders. From the South to the North, there seems to be agreement, among youths, that it is time for elders to take the back-seat and allow beardless youths run things. The youths are speaking up for an environment that will recognise, use...... more

The wisdom in Osinbajo’s decision to fight corruption with corruption, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

The wisdom in Osinbajo’s decision to fight corruption with corruption, By ’Fisayo Soyombo When Acting President Yemi Osinbajo announced the appointment of a new chairman and board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), all eyes were supposed to be on two men: Ekpo Ntia and Bolaji Owasanoye. Ntia, substantive ICPC Chairman since 2012, was apparently not the favourite of...... more

Open Letter to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, By Eze Harris Chuma

Open Letter to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, By Eze Harris Chuma The Director Radio Biafra Supreme Leader Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPoB) Umuahia, Abia State Nigeria.  Dear Mazi,  It is a great pleasure to reach your esteemed self through this medium. It became necessary at this critical time of the year when governorship election campaign is set to commence in my darling state, Anambra....... more

Egmont’s Suspension of Nigeria and the imperative of the NFIU Bill, By Walter Duru

Egmont’s Suspension of Nigeria and the imperative of the NFIU Bill, By Walter Duru  Three weeks ago, the hammer of the world’s watchdog on money laundering and terrorist financing - Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units – fell on Nigeria for non-compliance with global best standards. The crux of the matter is the absence of autonomy for the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU). The suspension...... more

Ibori, our youths are missing in corridors of power, By Kparobo Ehvwubare

Ibori, our youths are missing in corridors of power, By Kparobo Ehvwubare “We cannot solve the problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we caused the problems” — Albert Einstein Nigeria, as it is, needs fresh political thoughts, as against the uninspiring climate of leadership currently being experienced in the country since the return to democratic dispensation, 18 years on....... more

In support of Arewa Youths’ Quit Notice, By Tochukwu Ezukanma

In support of Arewa Youths’ Quit Notice, By Tochukwu Ezukanma A one-time British Prime Minister, William Gladstone, called the Constitution of the United States of America (USA) “the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man”. And America was conceived in “such brave hope and largeness of ideas.” The ideals that underpinned the...... more

Lagos APC Primaries: Tinubu, Consensus and Democracy, By Prince Nwaeze Onu

Lagos APC Primaries: Tinubu, Consensus and Democracy, By Prince Nwaeze Onu On May 27 and 29, 2017 the Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi-led Local Government Election Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State chapter, organised primaries for chairmanship and councillorship aspirants for the local government elections to be held on July 22. The primaries, as expected, were not short on drama, protests and...... more

Saraki, enough is enough, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

Saraki, enough is enough, By Abdulrazaq Magaji Like other Africans, the Yoruba people of South-west and North-central Nigeria have a way with words. One of their enduring sayings, often employed to end disharmonious relationships literally translates ‘a man you serve for long without any positive change to your status is not worthy of your service!’ By 2019, the...... more

Nigerian military’s half-truth and propagandist war against Boko Haram, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

Nigerian military’s half-truth and propagandist war against Boko Haram, By ’Fisayo Soyombo Conscience is an open wound: only truth can heal it — Uthman Dan Fodio (1754-1816) This is the 13th month since I stopped believing the official statements of the Nigerian military. In that time frame, I have edited and published reports written from the military’s press releases without believing the contents....... more

History of impeachment in Nigeria, By Bernard Balogun

History of impeachment in Nigeria, By Bernard Balogun The word “impeachment” was uncommon in the Nigerian political lexicon until 1981, when Alhaji Balarabe Musa, the first executive governor of Kaduna State, was impeached. Not because of any fraudulent practice or misapplication of funds, but due largely to political differences between the Executive and the Legislature in the state.  Balarabe...... more

Has Okorocha blasphemed God?

Has Okorocha blasphemed God? “You must not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people” Exodus 22:8. “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” Isaiah 42:8. “However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you...... more

Late Joy Odama: Memo to Cross River Governor

Late Joy Odama: Memo to Cross River Governor Going by reports in the media, there is no doubt Your Excellency is aware of the painful death, in Abuja, of Joy Odama, a 200-Level Mass Communication student of Cross River State University, and an indigene of Cross River State, which is currently under your leadership. She had returned home last December,...... more

Nigeria, London and globalisation, By Emmanuel Onwubiko

Nigeria, London and globalisation, By Emmanuel Onwubiko At the 40th annual conference of the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers (NALT), the versatile Dr Yusuf Bala Usman, iconic historian of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria, once gave the following impressions of his understanding of the concept of globalisation.  “There are so many definitions of...... more

NDDC: New dawn and dynamics of change, By Eseme Eyiboh

NDDC: New dawn and dynamics of change, By Eseme Eyiboh “In every difficulty lies opportunity” — Albert Einstern. Current developments in our democracy have thrown up the emergence of quasi-ethnic sentiments, unbridled cultivation of poor national consciousness, weak institutions, poor perception of government, deteriorating national values, and insecurity. In context, the present government's change mantra is intended, as it were, to...... more

How to resuscitate 2 Nigerian sleeping giants, By Prince Emman Omadivi

How to resuscitate 2 Nigerian sleeping giants, By Prince Emman Omadivi At the inception of this administration, my intention was to urge President Muhammadu Buhari, when he was sworn in on May 29, 2015, to bring back two national assets which were strategic to Nigeria as a nation. But the President beat me to it when he announced the resuscitation of our...... more

PMB and the descendants of Shimei, By Femi Adesina

PMB and the descendants of Shimei, By Femi Adesina  There is nothing new under the sun, goes a popular saying. In fact, the more things seem to change, the more they appear the same. From time immemorial, some people have spoken evil of leadership, cast aspersions on them, and generally portrayed themselves as scum of the earth. No matter how...... more

Senate: Saraki, Marafa, Abaribe and alleged July 4 coup, By Emmanuel Ado

Senate: Saraki, Marafa, Abaribe and alleged July 4 coup, By Emmanuel Ado President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, reminds me of the infamous Al Capone. Al Capone was a notorious criminal whose crime was that he went the extra-mile, or better still, made extra-effort in ensuring that Americans had their booze, which the “saints” had prohibited. To Al Capone, it was a...... more

Between Ondo’s bitumen and Enugu’s coal, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu

Between Ondo’s bitumen and Enugu’s coal, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, it was publicly announced and published, that the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Ministry of Solid Minerals, has awarded exclusive mining rights to the Ondo State government, to begin exploitation and sale of bitumen resources deposited under its soil. According to newspaper reports, Minister of Mines...... more

My brothers are fighting – I need help, Bernard Balogun

My brothers are fighting – I need help, Bernard Balogun I had initially intended to continue with my conversation on the BiafraExit, which I began last year. However, the recent happening in my home state, Kogi, do not offer me that luxury. After all, charity, they say, begins at home. This is certainly not a satiric caption but a reality, and a...... more

Is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?

Is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war? On August 1, 1966, after the collapse of last-ditch attempts by Nigeria’s power brokers to prevent the impending civil war, Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu said only one thing would make the rebels cease fire: “That the Republic of Nigeria be split into its component parts; and all southerners in the North...... more

My travails in the hands of Nigeria’s law enforcement personnel, By Mohammed Bello Adoke

My travails in the hands of Nigeria’s law enforcement personnel, By Mohammed Bello Adoke I have just been informed that my country home in Okene, Kogi State built some 12 years ago was today 14th July 2017 thoroughly searched by men of the Nigerian Police Force.  Armed with a Search Warrant from the High Court of the FCT sitting at Gudu District, Abuja, the 12...... more

Is Nigeria’s unity really not negotiable? asks Ezenwaka Macdonald

Is Nigeria’s unity really not negotiable? asks Ezenwaka Macdonald It was a thing of joy to witness the Centenary celebration of Nigeria in 2014. And now, we’re a 103 old as one nation. However, within this period, there had been several agitations for self-determination by groups from different sections of the country. Notable among such groups are the Niger Delta...... more

 

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