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National assembly and its passion for unromantic insertions, By Fredrick Nwabufo

National assembly and its passion for unromantic insertions, By Fredrick Nwabufo Insertion! This word entered my offender’s register in 2016. At the time, Abdulmumin Jibrin, former chairman, house committee on appropriations, was a caterwauler; he cried out, alleging that the leadership of the house of representatives was involved in impassioned “insertions”. Jibrin claimed that four principal officers of the house, including Yakubu...... more

The rustication of ’Kunle Adebajo by UI, the ‘University of Intolerance’, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

The rustication of ’Kunle Adebajo by UI, the ‘University of Intolerance’, By ’Fisayo Soyombo One day in March 217, I had the good fortune of being one of six speakers invited to the University of Ibadan for the Ibadan version of the World Speech Day. There were a few impressive speeches, to be honest. But it was one of those days when ‘the last was...... more

Let’s give our future a chance: A case for Alex Ifeanyichukwu as Councillor for Umudurueze-Amandugba, By Austin Echefu

Let’s give our future a chance: A case for Alex Ifeanyichukwu as Councillor for Umudurueze-Amandugba, By Austin Echefu On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 I ran into a total stranger – a vibrant young man of 25 years – who, probably, is the youngest aspirant in the local government election scheduled to hold in July in Imo State. Fair, tall and soft-speaking, young Alex Chigozie Ifeanyichukwu, a youth leader, entrepreneur, PLC programmer and...... more

Benue State: Is same-sex marriage a priority? asks Ekene Odigwe

Benue State: Is same-sex marriage a priority? asks Ekene Odigwe Benue, a North-central Nigerian State, is getting more prominent in the news of recent; but for the wrong reasons. It is a state with a population of 4,253,641 as of 2006 census. With farming as the main occupation, the state can be credited for cash crops such as potatoes, cassava, soya-bean,...... more

Ohakim, Okorocha and the battle of the cowshed, By Collins Ughalaa

Ohakim, Okorocha and the battle of the cowshed, By Collins Ughalaa I was still in the junior secondary in Lagos State when I read George Orwell’s allegorical masterpiece, Animal Farm. Since then I have remained enthralled with the political prophecy of the celebrated novelist. If the Animal Farm was written in Nigeria, Imo State would have been the epicenter of the novel....... more

Medical check-ups: How much information does the UK government have on Buhari? asks Fredrick Nwabufo

Medical check-ups: How much information does the UK government have on Buhari? asks Fredrick Nwabufo Shit is serious business. Shit, a by-product of human metabolism, is a potent element in diagnosing health anomalies. Your shit indicates whether your muscles are strong or not. It tells if your gastrointestinal system is functioning optimally or not. It shows if you are getting enough fiber and other nutrients. It...... more

Holes in Buhari’s Democracy Day Broadcast, By Jerome-Mario Utomi

Holes in Buhari’s Democracy Day Broadcast, By Jerome-Mario Utomi It is a familiar teaching among Christians that the fall of the first man, Adam was, though plotted by the serpent, but brought to fruition with the help of a woman, Eve. In the same span, the redemption of man was also facilitated by a woman (the blessed Mary) who by...... more

To move forward, you must make a change, By Gabriel Agbo

To move forward, you must make a change, By Gabriel Agbo “When we were at Mount Sinai, the LORD our God said to us, You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on... I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore...... more

Amaechi @ 53: Straightening the facts on commissioning of his projects by Gov. Wike

Amaechi @ 53: Straightening the facts on commissioning of his projects by Gov. Wike Preamble My treatise to celebrate the 53rd birthday of the icon and new face of democracy in Nigeria entitled “Amaechi: Nigerians Celebrate The Lion Of Niger Delta Politics, An Enigma, A Quintessential & A Resolute Democrat @ 53 (Part 1)”,  can be accessed through any of these media links:  http://www.theoctopusnews.com/amaechi-nigerians-celebrate-the-lion-of-niger-delta-politics-an-enigma-a-quintessential-a-resolute-democrat-53-part-one/ or https://www.theleadng.com/amaechi-nigerians-celebrate-a-resolute-democrat-53/. In the foregoing, I...... more

The Nigerian Dream and the rights of Nigerian youths, the oppressed and voiceless (3): Increasing Non-State actor killings and perpetration of other heinous crimes in Nigeria

In the first five months of 2018 (January to May 2018), no fewer than 1800 defenseless persons have been killed by the trio of Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram and Zamfara Bandits’ terror organizations. Many, if not most victims of the killings are members of the Christian faith in Northern Nigeria. While...... more

Nigeria in intensive care unit! By Echefuna R. G. Onyebeadi

Nigeria in intensive care unit! By Echefuna R. G. Onyebeadi Nigeria is arguably very sick if not terminally ill, presently in coma and literally abandoned to her fate at the intensive care unit of the National Psychical Hospital (NPH) otherwise known as Aso Rock Villa, Abuja (ARVA).  The survival of Nigeria in her present state beyond 2019 is posited to depend...... more

End SARS today, another police criminal gang will replace it, By Fredrick Nwabufo

End SARS today, another police criminal gang will replace it, By Fredrick Nwabufo The 'End SARS Campaign’ is a shot in the air. The campaign is a combustion of citizens’ frustration without galvanised action. It is a right cause with a hollow purpose. Police brutality and criminality predate SARS. I remember, in the days of 'Operation Sweep' in Lagos, there were surplus reports of...... more

Fisayo Soyombo: The good and bad of Buhari’s June 12 declaration

Fisayo Soyombo: The good and bad of Buhari’s June 12 declaration It took 25 years to happen — long enough for the dream to have evaporated — but Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola has finally taken his place in history as the number-one martyr of Nigerian democracy. Before now, six former leaders could have made it happen: Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha, Abdulsalami...... more

June 12 Tsunami and the ones who won’t forgive Buhari, By Garba Shehu

June 12 Tsunami and the ones who won’t forgive Buhari, By Garba Shehu An old Chinese proverb says: Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil. This short proverb sums the intensity of attacks against President Muhammadu Buhari, not leaving the ratcheting up of violence in some the States after a period of relative calm, in the wake of the political tsunami honouring the...... more

The Nigerian Dream and the rights of Nigerian youths, the oppressed and voiceless (2), By Emeka Umeagbalasi

The Nigerian Dream and the rights of Nigerian youths, the oppressed and voiceless (2), By Emeka Umeagbalasi Origin of Social Contract  In his 1690 famous book called the Second Treatise of Civil Government, John Locke saw and called for a situation where a free, equal and independent people agreed to be governed in return for certain secure enjoyment for their individual rights, which the courts and police powers of a government...... more

The Nigerian Dream and the rights of Nigerian youths, the oppressed and voiceless, By Emeka Umeagbalasi

The Nigerian Dream and the rights of Nigerian youths, the oppressed and voiceless, By Emeka Umeagbalasi Nigeria as an independent democratic country is instituted with presidential system and governed by a set of rules or laws chaired by its 1999 Constitution. It follows that Nigeria, measuring over 923,000 square kilometers of land mass, is constitutionally organized and governed by a body of elected and appointed public office holders; numbering...... more

Codeine Ban: Action without research or consultation, By Ekene Odigwe

Codeine Ban: Action without research or consultation, By Ekene Odigwe It was a bright morning during my university postgraduate days in 2013: a classmate returned after recess with a plastic bottle of a popular soft drink. The bottle was being passed round the class while lecture was going on. In my usual curiosity, I asked why they were sharing a bottle...... more

Chidi Lloyd: Hero or villain?

Chidi Lloyd: Hero or villain? On July 9, 2013, the people of Rivers State, and indeed Nigerians, woke to the news of the terrible mayhem on the floor of the Rivers State House of Assembly. Five lawmakers led by Hon Evans Bipi were attempting the absurd and abominable. The renegade group had launched an attack on...... more

Peter Obi and the moment of truth, By Innocent Okoye

Peter Obi and the moment of truth, By Innocent Okoye A few days ago, The Presidency acknowledge acknowledged that a former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi was illegally impeached for refusing to inflate the State Budget as demanded by the then State House of Assembly.  That report was not elaborate; as the same Presidency should have taken Nigerians behind the...... more

Needless fuss over constitutionality of Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act, By O G Chukkol

Needless fuss over constitutionality of Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act, By O G Chukkol  Prefatorily, it is surprising and quite intriguing that there has been much ado about the constitutionality of the ‘Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act’ (hereinafter used interchangeably with the Act). This is so because this is not the first constitutional amendment in Nigeria. In fact, this is the fourth one. This ruckus readily brings to mind...... more

Okorocha has become a disgrace to Christendom, By Collins Ughalaa

Okorocha has become a disgrace to Christendom, By Collins Ughalaa Since Sunday, June 3, 2018, when Governor Rochas Okorocha exhibited his "iberiberism" in the house of God, the Government House Chapel Owerri, also called Victory Chapel, by once again engaging in despicable act by posturing as a priest of the Most High God by anointing Imo sons and daughters who had...... more

Ebonyi 2019: Factors to determine Umahi’s success, By Daniel C Nwokwu

Ebonyi 2019: Factors to determine Umahi’s success, By Daniel C Nwokwu Politics in Ebonyi State has been dominated by goons and violence of all sorts over time, thereby preventing the state from producing competent leaders such as Anambra who produced the likes of Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige, Mr Peter Obi and Dr Willie Obiano respectively. Our case has been different: from grace...... more

Democracy Day: X-raying the current dispensation, By Jerome-Mario Utomi

Democracy Day: X-raying the current dispensation, By Jerome-Mario Utomi From all indications, it appears Albert the Great had Nigeria in mind when he defined a miracle as “a wondrous fact or event beyond the power of any creature, and produced by the Almighty with the purpose of proving the truth of his existence.”   Nigeria is a fitting example of...... more

Of late pensioner and lawmaker who betrays his promise, By Kenneth Uwadi

Of late pensioner and lawmaker who betrays his promise, By Kenneth Uwadi Nnamdi sank lower in the rickety chair of his study room. He crossed one of his legs over the other and surveyed his dusty black pair of shoes. “Papa!”, Angela called. Nnamdi glanced in her direction, aware that she and a younger girl with very black hair were moving towards his...... more

All things not being equal, By Esther Chizaram Ngele

All things not being equal, By Esther Chizaram Ngele Hope seems blurry but regardless, we are always on guard for the worst.  The power of unity is more formidable than any obstacles we navigate through in track and trash. We must have learnt how to live with the uncertainties, but how long before our strength fails us? In as much...... more

Be grateful to Nigeria, By Prof Nyerhovwo Tonukari

Be grateful to Nigeria, By Prof Nyerhovwo Tonukari I have been accused several times by my wife of refusing to advise people. In fact, I always tell her I do not know much, and that I even need advice. But today, I want to honour her memory by saying a word or two about what I truly feel about...... more

Ohakim, Imo and the ghost of 2011, By Gift Okechimaghalam

Ohakim, Imo and the ghost of 2011, By Gift Okechimaghalam To flow with this essay, the reader is advised to first put on the cap of objectivism, as reading without it will be tantamount to wasting scarce energy, reading the “nonsense” that is not. Recently in Owerri, at the Wetheral Road Roundabout, curiousity drew me to one of the news-stands where...... more

2019: Dawn of Regenerated Kwara, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

2019: Dawn of Regenerated Kwara, By Abdulrazaq Magaji Of all known mortal failings, not even his most implacable enemy has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being petty. Aside his incorruptibility, the president has distinguished himself as a man of integrity, a patriot par excellence who has the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians at heart. In point of fact, it is not...... more

NIA Crisis: Macabre dance of vengeful brothers, By Usman Habu

NIA Crisis: Macabre dance of vengeful brothers, By Usman Habu The question people have continued to ask back home in Biu is: What may have necessitated what was perceived as a betrayal of former acting director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Muhammed Dauda by his very close allies of more than 50 years? It was rather curious and intriguing...... more

CBN on fire, WhatsApp to the rescue, By Yushau A. Shuaib

CBN on fire, WhatsApp to the rescue, By Yushau A. Shuaib On May 1, 2018, while Nigerians were observing a work-free day for workers, a Staff Writer of an emerging media platform, the News Digest, spotted smoke rising from the Headquarters of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Abuja. The young journalist parked his car and started taking pictures and video...... more

 

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