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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

PDP: Needless apology

PDP: Needless apology I am inclined to think that the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, committed a Freudian slip. He did not set out to apologise to Nigerians, in the strict sense of the word, over the much-touted  mistakes of the party. If anything, he wanted to score a political...... more

Beyond The Banditry in Zamfara

Beyond The Banditry in Zamfara In what can be described as a vote of no confidence in the capacity of the Nigerian authorities to protect his people, the Emir of Anka, Zamfara State, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad, last week threatened to seek the intervention of the United Nations (UN) to end the ceaseless attacks on his domain...... more

TY Danjuma: When reality is a latecomer

TY Danjuma: When reality is a latecomer Theophillus Danjuma, a retired General of the Nigerian Army and former Minister of Defence, could not be more agitated. He wore a troubled visage. His darting eyes spoke volumes. They told stories of their own. They betrayed the inner and private convictions of the man. He was called out to speak....... more

The Danjuma Protocol

The Danjuma Protocol On 19th October 2001, nineteen soldiers were brutally hacked to death by suspected Tiv militia in Benue State. In a swift reprisal action, their colleagues from the 23rd Armoured Brigade invaded the villages of Vasae, Anyiin Iorja, Ugba, Sankera and Zaki-Biam, all located within two local government areas. By the time...... more

Disturbing confessions of weakness

Disturbing confessions of weakness There are things that when said by some persons should not be interpreted from a literal point of view – but should be subjected to intensive philosophical introspection and empirical examination – so as to identify the essential elements and parts that make up the whole. There is an Igbo adage...... more

Nigeria, one big den of cultists

Nigeria, one big den of cultists The above headline is a sharp reminder of an incident recorded in the Holy Bible about an encounter that Jesus Christ had with money changers inside the Synagogue, which ended with the horse-whipping by Jesus of those moneychangers and their clients; and a statement by the infuriated Messiah: “My Father's House...... more

Politics of gun control

Politics of gun control The police high command appears incensed. It appears scandalised by the reign of guns. Everywhere in the country, gun-boom has become commonplace. The police, whose duty it is to maintain law and order in the country, appear overwhelmed by all this. Law and order have virtually taken flight because small arms and light...... more

Between Ambode and Lagos Landlords

Between Ambode and Lagos Landlords Following public outcry over provisions of the 2018 Land Use Charge (LUC) in Lagos State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode last week announced a downward review of the charges. While it is good that the government would respond to public opinion and make concessions, there are also those who argue that the state...... more

What are our citizenship rights as Nigerians?

What are our citizenship rights as Nigerians? On Wednesday March 14, 2018, yours truly had the privilege to deliver a lecture at the largest Catholic Parish within the Abuja Metropolitan Archdiocese, known as Our Lady Queen of Nigeria pro-cathedral. The occasion was the 2018 Laity Week, which is usually marked every Lenten season as a time of prayerful...... more

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

 

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