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2019: Nigerian democracy and the media, By Jerome-Mario Utomi

2019: Nigerian democracy and the media, By Jerome-Mario Utomi Every society, in the words of George Soros, needs some shared values to hold it together. When such values disappear, the society becomes a mere simple equation without meaning.   In the same breath, the Nigerian political space at independence - despite being an amalgam of multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual groups...... more

Governor Ikpeazu’s MSME Narrative, By Godwin Adindu

Governor Ikpeazu’s MSME Narrative, By Godwin Adindu Though he died unsung,   Pa   Ichiogu  Ikpeazu, the great Umuobiakwa  goldsmith, still lives on. Exceptional genes do not die. He produced a teacher, Nwaon­o (nono) and the teacher produced another teacher, Okezie.     If we could rewind the hand of the clock and call the dead back to life,  Pa Ichiogu, today, ...... more

FCT: Failure to appoint indigene as Minister violates constitutional right of citizens, By O G Chukkol

FCT: Failure to appoint indigene as Minister violates constitutional right of citizens, By O G Chukkol As a necessary prelude, section 147(i)&(iii) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic (as amended) is to the effect that there shall be offices of ministers and the ministers shall be appointed based on federal character principle entrenched in section 14(iii) of the Constitution. That means each state must have a representative as...... more

Why Eket Senatorial District celebrates Governor Emmanuel, By Essien Ndueso

Why Eket Senatorial District celebrates Governor Emmanuel, By Essien Ndueso Governor Udom Emmanuel has diligently in the last three years of leadership, followed the words of Thomas Fuller, an English Churchman, that “Charity begins at home but does not end there”, and this is evident in his uncanny disposition to evenly distribution of projects across the three senatorial districts, federal constituency,...... more

NiMet predicts thunderstorms, rains for Friday

NiMet predicts thunderstorms, rains for Friday The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted the presence of a deep weather system that would aid rainfall across the country for Friday. NiMet made this known in its Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Thursday. It predicted morning thunderstorm over Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa,...... more

The world must attack immigration problems at the roots, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

The world must attack immigration problems at the roots, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba In Europe, America, and all over the world refugees and immigrants are “causing troubles” and bringing out the worst in people. Most countries are closing their borders to people fleeing wars, starvation, cruel governments and gangs, etc. The new slogans include Americans for Americans, border walls, France for French people, go...... more

IGP Idris is a threat to our democracy, By Fredrick Nwabufo

IGP Idris is a threat to our democracy, By Fredrick Nwabufo Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), should have been given the boot the next day after he assumed office. That he has stayed this long in that office means he is stroking the right fingers. He is a telling example of why public offices should not be outsourced on the basis...... more

Niger Delta Question and 2030 Sustainable Agenda, By Jerome-Mario Utomi

Niger Delta Question and 2030 Sustainable Agenda, By Jerome-Mario Utomi For the 2030 sustainable agenda to succeed, said the United Nations, partnership and collaboration must be given a disciplined attention. The world body added that the scale and ambition of the agenda calls for smart partnerships, collaborations, ecosystem thinking, co-creation and alignment of various intervention efforts by the public and private...... more

Lawal Daura: Encounter with an Intelligence Chief, By Yushau A. Shuaib

Lawal Daura: Encounter with an Intelligence Chief, By Yushau A. Shuaib It was 24 hours after the official release of my book, “An Encounter with the Spymaster” in July 2017 that I received an invitation from a top retired Airforce officer for a meeting with the then Director General of Department of State Service (DSS), Lawal Daura. Before the invitation, a Presidential...... more

Bravo to those who dumped the APC, By Muhammad Ajah

Bravo to those who dumped the APC, By Muhammad Ajah I want to begin this piece by amply congratulating all the three executive governors, members of the national and state assemblies, as well as other politicians who dumped the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) to seek “greener pastures” in other political parties especially the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Governor...... more

Alex Otti and the tragedy of making governance a slave of grammar, By Ben Udechukwu

Alex Otti and the tragedy of making governance a slave of grammar, By Ben Udechukwu If I had ever doubted the wisdom of God, if I had ever doubted His willingness to save His people from sin and death, it was perhaps I hadn’t taken time to appreciate Him for saving Abians from the disaster Alex Otti would have been had Abians made the mistake of...... more

Ending female genital mutilation, a task for all, By Ekene Odigwe

Ending female genital mutilation, a task for all, By Ekene Odigwe Although she is originally from Maiduguri, Bornu State, Isatu grew up in Lagos. The parents are of middle-class but, the grandmother who regularly visits believes that because Ahmed (the son) married an uncircumcised woman (Marian), their generation is cursed. And, as a result, that Isatu will neither marry nor be fruitful....... more

This Is Nigeria! A nation of contradictions, By Banjo Oluwatobiloba

This Is Nigeria! A nation of contradictions, By Banjo Oluwatobiloba Sometimes I wonder if it is blood that runs through the veins of some Nigerians (especially the politrickians that we refer to as leaders) or acid. I don't even think we have up to 20 per cent of politicians in this country that portray the quality of a good leader, because whenever I...... more

Issues seeking attention as the nation celebrates, By Jerome-Mario Utomi

Issues seeking attention as the nation celebrates, By Jerome-Mario Utomi  It is a time-honored saying that “the interest subjects take in their leader does not lie in the leader’s physical and intellectual abilities; but, rather in what he can add to their lots in life.” Standing as a telling proof to the above assertion is the heartening celebration that recently resonated...... more

Revisiting ‘the people’s revolution’, By Edwin Madunagu

Revisiting ‘the people’s revolution’, By Edwin Madunagu By “the people,” Leftists include, principally, “those people who do not exploit other people, but are themselves exploited; those who stand at the lowest point of the social ladder, those who are essentially excluded from the governance of their country; those who, strictly speaking, have little or nothing to defend in...... more

Illegal invasion of National Assembly: Security operatives must not take Nigerians for granted, By Ebun-olu Adegboruwa

Illegal invasion of National Assembly: Security operatives must not take Nigerians for granted, By Ebun-olu Adegboruwa Nigerians woke up today to see the ugly side of governance, when hooded officers of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) invaded the hallowed premises of the National Assembly. There was no prior notice of any security issue in that area, to justify the said invasion. Elected representatives of the...... more

So our democracy is only under threat when DSS, police harass senators? By Fredrick Nwabufo

So our democracy is only under threat when DSS, police harass senators? By Fredrick Nwabufo I have become flaccid to the unending drag drama at the national assembly. And I have lost erection for the routine executive-legislature dominatrix. The reason is that I am in a “fair weather” relationship with both parties. In July, I raised my feeble voice against the police blockade of Senate President...... more

The Peoples Democratic Congress and The All Progressives Party, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The Peoples Democratic Congress and The All Progressives Party, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo There has never been a time in Nigeria’s political history when the party affiliations of leading politicians were this difficult to place. At the moment, we are unsure if Godswill Akpabio belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or the All Progressives Congress (APC). Over the weekend, PDP’s two-time former Akwa...... more

Will this be Buhari’s last overseas trip as President? Asks Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Will this be Buhari’s last overseas trip as President? Asks Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba President Buhari is off to London for what is described as a working vacation; and power has been transferred to his Vice President. Two things stand out on this announcement: power has been transferred. And the president is on a working vacation. Do we have two presidents? A working and vacationing...... more

China’s RBI – Before we are left behind again, By Olawale Rasheed

China’s RBI – Before we are left behind again, By Olawale Rasheed The Chinese conceived the grand Road and Belt Initiative (RBI) as a strategic agenda to change developmental politics of the world. Almost five years after, the BIR is yielding results that even worst of critics are now acknowledging. RBI is truly disruptive of existing order; it was a daring subtle attacks on...... more

Ogoni shall not stop until we sing new song, By Fegalo Nsuke

Ogoni shall not stop until we sing new song, By Fegalo Nsuke In close to 28 years, the people of Ogoni have consistently asked Nigeria of one thing - basic rights and freedom. In response, the Nigerian authorities, with the funding of Shell Petroleum Company, have sponsored military operations that led to the death of over 4,000 Ogoni. The most agonising episode was...... more

Notes on the ‘July events’, By Edwin Madunagu

Notes on the ‘July events’, By Edwin Madunagu For Nigerian Leftists currently studying or re-studying Nigerian politics, the month of July, 2018 has offered fresh and interesting materials. But for me and some close comrades, what has so far happened this month further clarifies—not by any means solved—several existing problems that may here be grouped into four: constructing a...... more

Re: 2019 & Buhari’s last hurdle, By Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey

Re: 2019 & Buhari’s last hurdle, By Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey My attention has been drawn to the resurfacing on several online media channels, an article I wrote in my personal capacity which was first published nearly two months ago but which is currently being distributed as if it were a fresh publication. I wrote the article before the Jos massacres, before...... more

Darius Ishaku: Simplifying air transportation at Jalingo Airport, By Emmanuel Bello

Darius Ishaku: Simplifying air transportation at Jalingo Airport, By Emmanuel Bello Those who have an  interest in taking stock would not miss the revolutionary innovations by the Governor of Taraba state, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku. Apart from the fact that those are patently novel, they also have contributed in changing the fortunes of the state, moving it a notch higher than he...... more

No to Okorocha-Nwosu Agenda, By Kenneth Uwadi

No to Okorocha-Nwosu Agenda, By Kenneth Uwadi When one goes through troubles or hardship, one can ask: Why do these things happen to me? One can also say life is terrible. But life really is not that terrible. If I have learnt one thing, it is that everything happens for a purpose, ether to lift one higher or...... more

Re: Abia State: Enough is enough, By Jude Ndukwe

Re: Abia State: Enough is enough, By Jude Ndukwe It was with my sincerest sympathies and pity for Alex Otti that I read his infantile tirade against the governor, the government and the good people of Abia State, which he disguised as a speech of intent for his 2019 governorship ambition in Abia State. Reading through the speech, one can...... more

Buhari’s anti-corruption fight and rule of law, By Kolawole Olaniyan

Buhari’s anti-corruption fight and rule of law, By Kolawole Olaniyan              President Muhammadu Buhari was elected in 2015. After emphasising his track-record of tackling corruption and his pledge to stop public officials from looting the country’s treasury, he rightly declared: “If we don’t kill corruption, this corruption will kill us.” Mr Buhari has backed his commitment by putting in place some important...... more

Okowa as a later-day saint, By Jerome-Mario Utomi.

Okowa as a later-day saint, By Jerome-Mario Utomi. Recently, at a function in Lagos, I listened avidly to various speakers speak with great passion to underline the seriousness of their position and the depth of their conviction: that leadership challenge in Africa is fuelled by our leaders’ non-possession of authentic leadership culture; a challenge, they argued, which stripped Africa as...... more

Re – Niger State: Waiting for Gov Bello’s recant

Re – Niger State: Waiting for Gov Bello’s recant The article by Dr Tony Iredia, titled, ‘Niger State: Waiting for Gov Bello to recant’, which appeared in his Vanguard column, ‘Nigeria Today’, of July 1, 2018 was a very interesting read. The article drew its inspiration and strength from a statement credited to Gov Abubakar Sani Bello, when he fielded...... more

Something from nothing, By Gabriel Agbo

Something from nothing, By Gabriel Agbo Something out of nothing? Yes! How? It is natural that something is formed from another thing or that a process has a trace or, at least, a beginning. But when something begins to happen without a traceable link or explanation, then it has transcended the natural to the supernatural. And the...... more

 

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