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Perish the toll gates idea

Perish the toll gates idea No one can really understand why successive governments in Nigeria chose to impoverish their people and make life and living extremely difficult for all. It is always one wrong-headed policy to another leading to confusion, inconsistency, lack of foresight and general embarrassment to investors and the populace. Toll gates were introduced...... more

Happiness has a new name

Happiness has a new name This column does not, as a matter of policy, comment on government and governance in Imo, my home state. However, it could, when the unusual takes place, relax this policy momentarily in order to be a part of a compelling history. Since the advent of BROKEN TONGUES in 1999, Imo has...... more

Beyond the brutalities of Police SARS

Beyond the brutalities of Police SARS If there is any lesson from the current revelations about how men of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) molest, torture, maim and sometimes kill innocent citizens, it is that seeking questionable validation, especially when not on solid grounds, can go horribly wrong. When the first reports about the brutality of...... more

How to achieve Nigeria’s digitization

How to achieve Nigeria’s digitization The best way to start this piece on this thorny issue is to narrate what a successful digital switch-over of broadcasting did to the local television industry in one of the African nations that has successfully become a global brand in terms of political stability, industrialisation, good governance and tourism. The...... more

Mugabe’s Exit: What impacts on Africa?

Mugabe’s Exit: What impacts on Africa?   The forced resignation from the high office of the President of Zimbabwe: 93-year-old Mr Robert Mugabe, on November 21, 2017 perhaps, made global headlines as the most significant political event out of Africa this year.  Although the story was nearly overshadowed by the gruesome picture of 26 Nigerian migrants that died...... more

PDP’s pregnant convention

PDP’s pregnant convention The unexpected loss of power struck it like a thunderbolt from outer space. Those who meant well for the party did not see it coming. They were blinded by optimism. Little did they know that saboteurs had infiltrated the party. They sold out when they were expected to hold the party...... more

Nigeria and the Memory of Tafida + The Imo Road to Happiness

Nigeria and the Memory of Tafida + The Imo Road to Happiness …Your Excellencies, we the Yar’Adua family bore our period of trial with dignity. And we mourned the death of Tafida not with tears of rage or hatred but with prayers and celebration of Allah’s praise. The tears we shed were of pity for those of us who, when bestowed with power...... more

Game of opponents

Game of opponents It is fast beginning to look like a game of wits. An eyeball-to-eyeball affair. The miscellany of individual voices has crystallised into a national outcry. Many have shouted themselves hoarse. The country is sharply divided along regional lines. Each is holding tenaciously to its own end of the stick. The issue...... more

One of those weeks…

One of those weeks… I knew from Monday morning that I was not going to write this week; not only because I feel mentally exhausted but also because the issues dominating the headlines are not particularly of interest to me. Unfortunately, when I asked Dr Chidi Amuta whether he would help fill this space today...... more

Buhari’s appointments revisited

Buhari’s appointments revisited The Presidency has been explaining the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari. It said it was constrained to do so following a recent media report, which gave the impression that 81 per cent of Buhari’s appointments were made from the North. The media report, wherever it is coming from, is not new....... more

Zimbabwe and the African Tragedy

Zimbabwe and the African Tragedy There is a temptation to hail the outcome of the ‘military coup’ in Zimbabwe that eventually led to the ouster of President Robert Mugabe as a triumph of popular will. That would be a myopic reading of the situation. While the resignation came amid popular discontent fuelled largely by the military...... more

2018 Budget: Living on borrowed time

2018 Budget: Living on borrowed time While experts are still dissecting the 2018 appropriation bill presented to the National Assembly by President Buhari on Tuesday and what it means in concrete terms for the average Nigerians, even laymen like me can see that when you combine the amount earmarked for debt servicing with the allocations for recurrent...... more

Army must end torture now

Army must end torture now Nigeria’s new-found democracy is approximately 20 years old. But, the same issues that afflicted the polity when the political process was hijacked by the military dictators for many years are still very much around. One of those disturbing social ills that afflicted the society in times past when such dictators held...... more

Gowon should think again

Gowon should think again It does appear that General Yakubu Gowon, the man who became Nigeria’s Head of State under very controversial circumstances, is weighed down by a certain hangover. He still thinks that the only way a country can be ruled is by diktat. He is yet to come to terms with the fact...... more

Buhari, 2019 and the talking drum

Buhari, 2019 and the talking drum One of the most astounding works of Art from Africa is the Yoruba talking drum. It is an hourglass-shaped wood with an inner cavity, covered on both ends by goat skin, and beaten by a curved stick called ‘gongo’. The fact that its pitch can be regulated makes it exceptional as...... more

As The ‘Boss’ assumes office

As The ‘Boss’ assumes office Hameed Ali, a retired colonel of the Nigerian Army, was at a time the military administrator of Kaduna State. He can be said to be a very experienced Nigerian. For nearly two years since his bosom friend, Muhammadu Buhari - a retired Major-General and former military head of state - became the...... more

Bribery, corruption and evolution of pro-social institutions (2)

Bribery, corruption and evolution of pro-social institutions (2) The “Bribery Game” was the usual institutional punishment in public goods game, with the punishing leader, but with one additional choice: players could not only keep money for themselves or contribute to the public pool; they could also contribute to the leader. And the leader could not only punish or not...... more

Unresolved atrocities of Operation Python Dance II

Unresolved atrocities of Operation Python Dance II Just before the National Assembly resumed from the last vacation, which coincided with the launch of the highly controversial military operation in South-eastern Nigeria, there were video evidence of massive human rights violations by the Nigerian Army in the geo-political zone. These human rights violations ranged from gruesome physical torture of...... more

What are southern governors saying?

What are southern governors saying? The governors of the 17 States of Southern Nigeria have just reminded us of what once was.  In October 2000, they met in Lagos to deliberate on the state of the nation. Seventeen years after, the new crop of governors have chosen to meet again in Lagos to deliberate on issues...... more

Maina: Who is fooling whom?

Maina: Who is fooling whom? In discussing the controversy around the reinstatement and promotion of the twice-dismissed former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina yesterday at our editorial board meeting, a member said something instructive. According to the person, while the former administration ‘democratised’ corruption, the current one has...... more

Reversing Nigerian youths’ misfortune

Reversing Nigerian youths’ misfortune There are signs in the horizon near us to show that the Nigerian youth, as a collective, is in the throes of hydra-headed misfortune. Take, for example, the case of the last five years since the dreaded armed Islamic terror group known as Boko Haram embarked on destructive campaign of terror...... more

Islam and religious imperialism

Islam and religious imperialism I was named Muhammadu Saheed on the 8th day of my birth. I was boarded in a Quran school at age 4 and graduated at age 10 with a talk-of-the-town Wolimat ceremony in Ago-Iwoye. I have also had the privilege of performing the Hadj in Mecca and Medina a number of...... more

Digitisation of Broadcasting: Any progress?

Digitisation of Broadcasting: Any progress? As a media communication stakeholder, this writer is often attracted to the much-talked about issue of digital switch over (DSO), which the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has commenced in phases. In Abuja, the federal government recently switched on digital television broadcasting, signposting the gradual discontinuation of analogue broadcasting. Though the Abuja...... more

Where is Nnamdi Kanu?

Where is Nnamdi Kanu? It all started like a game of revolving doors. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) held one end of the stick. The other was held by the Nigerian Army. Each tried to outmanoeuvre the other. The issue at stake was the invasion of the residence of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu,...... more

Oh Lord, release my visa!

Oh Lord, release my visa! Following the overwhelming reactions I got to my lecture titled, “If we stay here we die” (reproduced below) at the 2015 edition of Platform, I decided to document not only the complete story of my brother who wasted almost about four years in the futile bid to migrate to Europe but...... more

Can NYSC mitigate political agitations?

Can NYSC mitigate political agitations? These times are indeed fragile, because of a combination of factors which have coalesced to pose formidable threats to the continuous existence of Nigeria as a united political entity.  There are varying degrees of socio-political agitations from sections of the Nigerian nation state that have bottled up angst and perceived deep-seated...... more

The 25 billion dollar palaver

The 25 billion dollar palaver …I recall a particular episode when we were going to Saudi Arabia for the Third OPEC Summit, in November 2007. Before we left for the airport, someone had given me copy of a publication by a foreign website dedicated to oil and gas reporting. The publication detailed how oil lifting licences...... more

The Kachikwu-Baru tango

The Kachikwu-Baru tango After months of agonising silence, the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, finally blurted out. He said he could no longer hold back the humiliations being inflicted on him and his office by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru. Consequently,...... more

When police becomes the thief

When police becomes the thief The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has a very notorious image, which must be cleaned up through fundamental attitudinal transformations of the men and officers of the institution. Apart from their acclaimed notoriety as being corrupt and excessive bribe-taking, some percentage of those enrolled in the Nigeria Police have also entered the...... more

PMB: Theory and practice of Igbo marginalisation

PMB: Theory and practice of Igbo marginalisation With mouths aghast, millions of Nigerians and friends of Nigeria from around the globe watched as President Muhammadu Buhari granted his first most important international media interview and made a frightening disclosure. This was barely weeks after he was inaugurated on May 29, 2015, when he honored an invitation extended to...... more

 

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