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Senate, stand your ground in defence of the Nigerian Constitution

Senate, stand your ground in defence of the Nigerian Constitution These are perilous times in Nigeria! These are times when the public space is populated by paid agents provocateurs whose stock in trade is to grand-stand and ceaselessly issue meaningless media commentaries in support of the tyrannical status quo represented by some segments of the executive arm of government in Nigeria. Some of these...... more

Critical legal reviews of Maina’s scandal, By Obabueki Iyalekhuosa Davidson

Critical legal reviews of Maina’s scandal, By Obabueki Iyalekhuosa Davidson At a time in the political history of this country this issue seemed to have been nipped. Perchance, by some instruments at the corridors of power, mention of the alleged disappearance of a whopping N17 billion of the N24 billion the Federal Government set aside for payment of pension liabilities to...... more

Imo 2019: Ararume, ‘Allied Forces' dismantle Okorocha

Imo 2019: Ararume, ‘Allied Forces' dismantle Okorocha It is an indisputable fact that Senator Ifeanyi Ararume’s last minute political mutiny enhanced the second straight victory Governor Rochas Okorocha recorded over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State. After defeating Chief Ikedi Ohakim, who re-contested the governorship under the platform of the PDP, the rescue mission governor in...... more

APC: A flash in the pan?

APC: A flash in the pan? Something momentous happened in 2015. That was the year an incumbent president was toppled via a civilian coup. The change of government elicited excited responses. Something out of the ordinary had happened, and bookmakers packaged the event in sundry ways. The All Progressives Congress (APC), an amalgam of political parties whose...... more

A Hard Lesson for Okorocha

A Hard Lesson for Okorocha On 24th March 2012, Chief Rochas Okorocha, then less than a year in office as Imo State Governor, was in Kosovo where he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an independent power plant, an agro processing plant and several other industries that he promised would be established in his state....... more

Abia 2019: Rewarding Ochendo for equity

Abia 2019: Rewarding Ochendo for equity The inauguration of Okezie Victor Ikpeazu Ph.D as the executive governor will ever occupy a prominent corner in the historical rendition of Abia State. After decades of political struggles from the days of old Imo State, Dr. Ikpeazu from Obingwa in Ngwa-Ukwa region of the God’s Own State democratically climbed the...... more

Dino Melaye and democracy in Nigeria

Dino Melaye and democracy in Nigeria In September 2004, the then Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Joshua Dariye was arrested in London by officers of the Metropolitan Police on allegations bordering on money laundering. But before he could be arraigned in court, he jumped bail. The moment Dariye arrived Nigeria, President Olusegun Obasanjo, working in concert with...... more

Godliness in governance

Godliness in governance In January last year, I noted in this column that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State was making haste slowly. I held that he was neither showy nor insular. I stated further that the governor was a clear-headed realist who knew when and where to draw the line. My submission was...... more

Imo 2019: Okorocha and looming disaster

Imo 2019: Okorocha and looming disaster That Owelle Rochas Okorocha first mounted the governorship position of Imo State in 2011 through popular support by the people remains an obvious fact. That he made good use of such political popularism to advance the general good and welfare of the people is, perhaps, subject to disagreement. As the candidate...... more

Codeine and the criminal enterprise

Codeine and the criminal enterprise In my column titled “Catalogue of Made-in-Nigeria tragedies” published on 17th September 2015, I listed a myriad of issues which depict a near absence of safety standards in most areas of public administration in the country, after which I concluded: Whichever way we look at it, the string of untimely, and...... more

Pope Francis and beleaguered Nigeria

Pope Francis and beleaguered Nigeria In faraway Vatican City, in Rome, the Holy Father had last weekend condemned the emerging pattern of mass killing of Christians. News reports from Rome are disturbing. It goes as follows: ‘Nigeria was stricken again with the killing of a group of faithful, among whom were two priests.’ Pope Francis repeated his...... more

Human Rights: Verdict of US State Department

Human Rights: Verdict of US State Department In what has now become an annual ritual, Nigeria has once more scored a not-so-disappointing low in the observance of respect for the fundamental rights of the citizenry, in the latest of the many global reports about the country in the current dispensation. Mark my words: “not-so-disappointing.” This is because the...... more

Ohiri’s politics of togetherness

Ohiri’s politics of togetherness The foray of Ohiri O Lewis – the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ohiri Homes Limited – into partisanship, was greeted with great excitement. His choice of political party, though a surprise to many, also explains a greater vision and a radical departure from general expectation. While some political permutations as...... more

Omo-Agege tells our story

Omo-Agege tells our story What transpired on the floor of the Senate last Wednesday can only shock the uninitiated. On that day, Ovie Omo-Agege, the senator representing Delta Central in the National Assembly, invaded the Senate chambers with thugs. They threw chairs freely, broke legs and then took away the mace, the legislature’s symbol of...... more

Revenge of the ‘lazy youths’

Revenge of the ‘lazy youths’ In a piece on leadership contributed for Forbes magazine in August last year, Victor Lipman wrote: “A leader’s words always matter. Tone matters. Fact matters. Nuance matters. Discipline matters. With extreme power comes extreme responsibility.” It is within that context that we should situate the unfortunate gaffe in London last week...... more

Does Buhari love NYSC?

Does Buhari love NYSC? A phenomenal coincidence has just occurred, which defied the belief in African cosmology: that thunder does not strike twice in one place. In the coincidental phenomena, we can affirm figuratively that thunder struck twice, at a place. The incidents being talked about here are: First, the statement attributed to President Muhammadu...... more

Gani Fawehinmi

Gani Fawehinmi Gani Fawehinmi, Masses Advocate of Nigeria, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, unstoppable and irrepressible, I salute you. May the Almighty Allah continue to uphold you, heal you fast and return you to robust health. And may Allah protect your family and abundantly bless your children and children’s children. Let the Nigerian masses...... more

Freeing El-Zakzacky is a must

Freeing El-Zakzacky is a must Great Britain and the United States of America are strong constitutional democracies today for a number of fundamental reasons. Significantly, these nations are respected constitutional democracies because of the strength of their democratic institutions, and the enforcement of the rule of law and checks and balances among the administrators. The institutions...... more

Of Buhari, Abaribe and herdsmen’s killings

Of Buhari, Abaribe and herdsmen’s killings It is almost becoming a tradition for President Muhammadu Buhari to make controversial statements whenever he jets outside the shores of Nigeria. The President has severally made comments that elicited reactions, and probably questioned his articulation prowess.   It is an indisputable fact that President Buhari has struggled to convince the...... more

Buhari and his priorities

Buhari and his priorities President Muhammadu Buhari has just told the world what bothers him. At a meeting with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, in London a few days ago, he declared that he is more concerned with the security and economy of Nigeria than with the 2019 general election. That sounds reassuring. Any...... more

A national security endangered

A national security endangered Given their backgrounds in the industry, the relationship between Dr Edmund Dakorou as Minister of State for Energy and Mr Funso Kupolokun as the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was always going to be difficult. And so it proved. By 2005, it had become clear that...... more

Armed Fulani Herdsmen: Limits of presidential impunity

Armed Fulani Herdsmen: Limits of presidential impunity I watched with considerable trepidation and anxiety as my President, who is vacationing in London, United Kingdom, held a conversation with the leader of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, around the issues of the pre-meditated mass murder by armed Fulani herdsmen, targeting rural Christian farmers. President Muhammadu Buhari showed no remorse...... more

Where is Nnamdi Kanu?

Where is Nnamdi Kanu? Today I charge all of us in the Media with criminal silence and culpable complicity in the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu’s saga. Since September 14 last year when Nigerian troops were ordered to brutally invade the home of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra [IPOB], now purportedly proscribed, not...... more

Updating Army’s Rules of Engagement

Updating Army’s Rules of Engagement The Chief of Staff, Nigerian Army, Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, on April 12, 2018 launched the updated Army Headquarters directives on standing rules of engagement, use of force, as well as detention and interrogation.   To the over 159 million Nigerian civilians, this event should be of utmost concern, since the guiding...... more

Of Igbo President and Amaechi’s apology theory

Of Igbo President and Amaechi’s apology theory The Igbo nation has, indeed, struggled to re-launch itself back to the national political turf since after the civil war. The agitation for Igbo presidency seemingly assumed a strategic and pronounced parameter to measure whatever success the re-launch project garners. Late Dr Alex Ekwueme, Second Republic vice-president under president Shehu Shagari,...... more

Leah and the Dapchi melodrama

Leah and the Dapchi melodrama Nigeria is a country of drama. It is a land where events take place in quick succession. One overthrows the other almost on a daily basis. And, as a people who are given to excitement, we hardly have the discipline to follow through any issue. We switch over to anything that...... more

The Police and the slaughter slab

The Police and the slaughter slab My heart bleeds for the Nigeria Police, the most endangered species of government employees in the country. I have been writing and lamenting about the pitiable plight of the Nigeria police for close to 42 years, and the more I write about the police the more hopeless their situation appears. I...... more

Buhari, 2019 and the Persuaders

Buhari, 2019 and the Persuaders With Chief Orji Uzor Kalu—whose corruption charges have been given one of those famous All Progressives Congress (APC) deodorant treatments—gallivanting all over the country on a presidential campaign of which he is not a candidate and the Kano State Governor, Umaru Ganduje threatening legal action should the incumbent decide not to...... more

Buratai’s labour of love for the Nigerian Army

Buratai’s labour of love for the Nigerian Army The current Chief of Army Staff, Lieut-Gen Yusuf Tukur Buratai, will for a very long time remain a major factor when the comprehensive history of Nigerian Army is to be written. My personal accounts of Buratai, from a close proximity, is that he outwardly looks like an officer who is 100...... more

Hate Speech redefined

Hate Speech redefined I wouldn’t know where the bogus concept of Hate Speech came from or who brought up the idea to the floor of the National Assembly but I know for certain what purpose it was meant to serve. Having messed up the sensibilities and sensitivities of the Nigerian citizenry by incessant and...... more

 

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