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How weak public procurement breeds corruption

How weak public procurement breeds corruption One area of Nigeria’s public life that has yet to receive the needed legal framework and policy guidelines, to check financial leakages in the management of public finance and in the funding of public projects, is the procurement sector.  Not long ago, an official of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Allied...... more

The Amber Light is On…1

 The Amber Light is On…1 Elections in our country, according to the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in a remark made on 30th June 2014, have become a perverse form of modern coronation. “Instead of choosing public servants, elections in Nigeria have been basically to select a new aristocracy, an elected royalty,”...... more

Ekweremadu’s faux pas

Ekweremadu’s faux pas The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has just stirred a mild controversy. Those who saw him on the floor of the Senate will attest to the fact that he was incensed. He was worried by the high-handedness in the land. He pointed to the excesses of the governors of...... more

When legislators debate drugs and sex

When legislators debate drugs and sex The National Assembly has been busy embarking on high-profile policy interactive sessions in different parts of Nigeria, on the vexed twin societal evils of hard drugs, and trafficking for sexual enslavement. Kano and Benin City have played host to two of such important interfaces.  These topics of sex and drugs remind...... more

Jega as agent provocateur

Jega as agent provocateur Attahiru Jega, the man who conducted the 2015 general election in which an incumbent President was ousted, must be feeling like a super star. He must be thumping his chest for a job well done. He probably feels that he has recorded a milestone, something remarkable in Nigeria’s electoral history. That...... more

Of President Buhari and King David

Of President Buhari and King David Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina is a respected pastor of the Foursquare Gospel Church and that reflects in all his writings. His most popular, albeit controversial, piece to date is the one he wrote last year at a period his principal was in the United Kingdom on medical leave. Titled “President...... more

From Chibok to Dapchi

From Chibok to Dapchi The government of the day is guilty of an illicit jump. It was too hasty in declaring the defeat of Boko Haram even when there was no empirical evidence to that effect. It all began with the charge by President Muhammadu Buhari to service chiefs  shortly after assumption of office that...... more

Ramaphosa: When wealth marries power

Ramaphosa: When wealth marries power There is no gainsaying the fact that in much of human society wealth, when accumulated, may evaporate, if the holder does not anchor himself or herself properly in the good books of the political forces that run such a political entity. The above is true of most nations in the developing...... more

Zuma’s exit: A lesson in party supremacy

Zuma’s exit: A lesson in party supremacy Southern Africa is one sub-continent of the larger Black Africa continent that has sparkled with impressive firsts. Principally, South Africa is a destination point for many foreign tourists who throng the multi-racial nation, because of the climate, environmental aesthetics and the presence of large varieties of animal species that are indigenous...... more

Inside Fulani settlements in Kebbi

Inside Fulani settlements in Kebbi From the Gayawa Fulani settlement in Birnin Kebbi local government where I encountered more than 200 children of school age whose parents are desirous that they be educated but seem helpless; to Ruggar-Era, another Fulani town in Argungu local government – where more than a hundred women gathered to receive me...... more

Morgan Tsvangirai: The African Hero

Morgan Tsvangirai: The African Hero Zimbabwean’s political horizon has a striking resemblance to that of Nigeria, in the sense that there are individuals who by merits ought to have become president of their nations’ respectively at different epochs, but never emerged due to centripetal and centrifugal political forces at play. Kenya has same scenario.  The Kenyan...... more

Economists’ obsessed with job creation, but how about less work? (1)

Economists’ obsessed with job creation, but how about less work? (1) Increased automation has not reduced our workload: Why not, and what, if it did?   In 1930, the British Economist, John Maynard Keynes, predicted that by the end of the century, the average work-week would be about 15 hours.  Automation had already begun to replace many jobs by the early 20th...... more

For NASS, a youthful legacy beckons

For NASS, a youthful legacy beckons In the last two decades, the last three years has gone down in annals of Nigerian politics as an epochal period whereby the young populations in Nigeria got a heavy dose of attention from the topmost echelon of the national parliament. The combination of two young Nigerians as President of the...... more

APC tastes the humble pie

APC tastes the humble pie After a prolonged ride on the high horse, the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have finally eaten the humble pie. It set up a committee on “True Federalism” amid the cacophonous clamour for the restructuring of the country. The move appeared forced. The party, in truth, was not interested in all the...... more

2019 and the vote conjurers

2019 and the vote conjurers For a man who came to power without contesting an election in the real sense of the word, one can forgive Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello if he does not understand how democracy works. The Catholic Bishops who criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, according to the governor, did so because they are...... more

Oxfam Sex Scam versus Nigerian IDPs

Oxfam Sex Scam versus Nigerian IDPs Oxfam is a United Kingdom-registered charity that ranks as one of the foremost international non-governmental bodies that have over the last many years impacted positively on lives of members of the human race, from highly disadvantaged communities. This global brand is currently embroiled in a needless sexual scandal generated by the...... more

A Governor’s panacea to menace of herdsmen

A Governor’s panacea to menace of herdsmen John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster and the WZB (Berlin), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is the author of a best-selling politics book entitled The Life and Death of Democracy. As a student of political philosophy, Keane had won my undying admiration for...... more

Fe-Buhari and Love Gone Sour

Fe-Buhari and Love Gone Sour With less than one week to Valentine’s Day, millions of young men and women all over the world are already plotting and planning what to do with (or more appropriately for) someone on that once-in-a-year day of orchestrated display of affection. The interesting thing about Valentine’s Day though is that as...... more

Dan-Ali’s counter-narrative

Dan-Ali’s counter-narrative The murderous arrogance, which the perpetrators of the New Year Day massacre in Benue State have been displaying, has finally received official endorsement. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, placed the stamp of approval on the massacre on behalf of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister said the...... more

Adeosun, Gwarzo and matters arising

Adeosun, Gwarzo and matters arising Apparently in the desperation to get rid of someone who had become a problem for their boss, the media handlers of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, committed a fatal professional error on Tuesday. They broke the all-important 11th commandment: Thou shall not get caught! In the email forwarded to...... more

The cookie has crumbled

The cookie has crumbled Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written an epitaph on President Muhammadu Buhari. He has summarised Buhari as a President who came and was blinded by nepotism and clannishness and, therefore, incapable of leading a multi-ethnic entity such as Nigeria. His last line was that Buhari should consider a well deserved rest...... more

Aisha, Obasanjo and Buhari’s burden

Aisha, Obasanjo and Buhari’s burden Conventional wisdom teaches that when you get to a situation where your friends and enemies are singing from the same page on issues affecting you, it is time to reflect on what you are doing wrong. Against the background of a groundswell of disaffection to his stewardship and the yet-to-be declared...... more

When a Nation Becomes Funeral Home

When a Nation Becomes Funeral Home On a sunny day in January 2010, in a small town in Kuru Karama, Plateau State, a Muslim mother watched helplessly as Christian men bludgeoned and hacked to death her two young children. About the same time, in a nearby village in Fan district, a Fulani pastoralist witnessed farmers from the...... more

Hostile neighbours

Hostile neighbours Governor Samuel Ortom is certainly distressed. He is the most embattled public office holder in the country at the moment. Killer herdsmen have raped the peace in Benue, the state he superintendents over. As governor, he swore an oath of office to protect life and property of his people. That makes...... more

Benue versus Miyetti Allah

Benue versus Miyetti Allah By 2017, the mindless killings of Benue people by rampaging herdsmen had reached an apogee. The bloodletting had become an embarrassment to a government that swore to protect life and property. Scandalised by the wanton destruction of life and property in its territory by murderous terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, the government...... more

Of Oxford, Rome and 2019

Of Oxford, Rome and 2019 How do you feel about the next generation of Nigerian leaders? That was the first question from the Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, Prof Ngaire Woods on Monday. It was in the course of a meeting between the authorities of the school and the team from the African...... more

Bello’s Okene, where ‘spirits’ drive cars

Bello’s Okene, where ‘spirits’ drive cars January 1, this fresh Year of our Lord, 2018, afforded some national papers an opportunity to announce their winner of the ‘Person’ of the preceding year. And one of the best newspapers that money can buy in Nigeria, known as The Guardian, “the flagship”, was at its best when it named the...... more

Reign of hate

Reign of hate The new year has begun on a note of hate. Rivers State fired the first salvo. A section of its bitter citizenry chose a most inauspicious date to demonstrate its hate and disdain for the rest of the people. Ordinarily, New Year day is held sacrosanct by those who harbour the...... more

When judges imperil democracy

When judges imperil democracy Ever since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost at the 2015 general election, I have taken special interest in its affairs. That is simply because our democracy will not thrive without a credible opposition. So, two weeks before last month’s national convention to elect the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members,...... more

Still borrowing from tomorrow…

Still borrowing from tomorrow… …I want to preface my intervention with a story I told sometimes in 1999 or thereabout which is still very relevant today. And like I did back then, I seek the indulgence of readers because the story is about a supposedly loving couple having problems which bordered on sex. The husband...... more


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