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Okorocha’s CPs as proverbial burning grasshopper, By Uche Onwuchekwa

Okorocha’s CPs as proverbial burning grasshopper, By Uche Onwuchekwa For the sake of professionalism and civility, I have stood by and watched the Press Secretary of the Governor of Imo State, Sam Onwuemeodo, in his tradition as a swine, continues to role in filth for obvious reason of nature. However one tries hard to groom a pig, it will eternally...... more

Osun 2018 Guber: the streets are watching!

Osun 2018 Guber: the streets are watching! Once upon an administration in the State of Osun, a people groaned in the rough of aches and moaned in the tumble of pains. Then, hunger begat hunger, poverty took the place of affluence and it was as if the gods were angry! Under the criminal grip of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), governance became a satanic blend of “dumb...... more

Adeosun’s dishonourable resignation, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

Adeosun’s dishonourable resignation, By ’Fisayo Soyombo Normally, in a country where politicians and public office- holders are not good friends with the resignation letter, anyone of them who leaves a job receives a hero’s welcome. Expectedly, since her resignation letter was made public on Friday, former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun has been widely branded the poster girl...... more

Jimi Agbaje: Rescuing Lagos for creative governance, optimum performance, By Ben Ugwu

Jimi Agbaje: Rescuing Lagos for creative governance, optimum performance, By Ben Ugwu To elect a state governor is actually electing someone to take economic decisions on your behalf, for a space of four years. He will determine the pace of development, quality of business environment and sustainability index for the state, for the four-year period. A good state governor will know how to create...... more

Nigeria and her democracy are at cross roads, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Nigeria and her democracy are at cross roads, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba When former General Muhammadu Buhari unseated the incumbent president Goodluck Ebere Jonathan Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief, and the world cheered. The world believed that democracy has finally arrived at the doors of Africa’s most populous nation. And hoped for greater democracy to come. It was described as nascent democracy....... more

Imo State House of Assembly under Acho Ihim: A cesspit? By Ifeanyi Onyekachi

Imo State House of Assembly under Acho Ihim: A cesspit? By Ifeanyi Onyekachi In every country of the world where democratic system of government is practised, the people are usually the centre of focus.  Because the real essence of democracy is the integration of the feelings, sentiments, views and opinions of the majority into the policies and programme of government in the overall interest...... more

Revisiting ‘democracy and dictatorship’, By Edwin Madunagu

Revisiting ‘democracy and dictatorship’, By Edwin Madunagu Let us begin by quickly recalling two bits of Nigeria’s recent history. First, at the close of 1983, a military junta overthrew and supplanted the elected civilian government of Shehu Shagari, the first and only president of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979-1983). Then, early in 1985, in the second year of the...... more

Governor Emmanuel’s unprecedented success calls for second term, By Michael Joseph Okon

Governor Emmanuel’s unprecedented success calls for second term, By Michael Joseph Okon “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” — Rom 8:28. Of recent, almost everything, if not everything, about the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has proven the above scripture true. For the past...... more

Sit-at-home: Nigeria should let IPOB be! By Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, Esq.

Sit-at-home: Nigeria should let IPOB be! By Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, Esq. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared a sit at home protest for September 14, 2018, against suppression by the Federal Government of Nigeria and its allied forces. In swift response, the federal government has mobilised all security agencies, through the Army, Navy, Air-force, Police and the Department of State...... more

Tinubu: What the most powerful man in Babylon must know, By Fredrick Nwabufo

Tinubu: What the most powerful man in Babylon must know, By Fredrick Nwabufo I have been thinking about Jagaban, Bola Ahmed Tinubu lately. I think he deserves an encomium for tipping into the expansive shoes of the sage, Obafemi Awolowo, by forging a united bunch out of disparate broomsticks. But honestly, I do not think he has the intellectual grit, ideological purpose and discipline...... more

Nigeria: A nation in need of free speech, By Jerome-Mario Utomi.

Nigeria: A nation in need of free speech, By Jerome-Mario Utomi. Merit, taken objectively, is “something earned, something owed to a person;” taken subjectively, “it is the right of a person to his earning.”It is of two types: condign and congruous merits. While “condign merit deals with strict justice to a reward, congruous merit is not so much a right as a claim, but rests upon...... more

Why Atiku’s presidential ambition doesn’t tickle me, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

Why Atiku’s presidential ambition doesn’t tickle me, By ’Fisayo Soyombo There are very few presidential aspirants who can articulate their plans for Nigeria like Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. In the lead-up to the 2015 presidential election, Atiku’s media interviews offered plenty food for thought and some interesting propositions, including the country’s potentials to solve its everlasting electricity problem with its coal deposits....... more

Osun Guber: Message to voters, By Abiodun Komolafe

Osun Guber: Message to voters, By Abiodun Komolafe “As a doctorate degree holder and a business magnate, I personally feel insulted that a mediocre with F9 parallel in WASC is aspiring to lead my state.” —  Osun governorship aspirant.   In a matter of weeks, voters in Osun State will go to the polls to elect a successor to Gov...... more

‘In defence of history’, By Edwin Madunagu

‘In defence of history’, By Edwin Madunagu I cannot now remember exactly how I first encountered this phrase: “In defence of history”. But I think it was during my days on the Editorial Board of The Guardian newspaper, between mid-1980s and mid-1990s. The specific source must have been Odia Ofeimun, a friend and colleague that I had met...... more

Implication of Nigeria’s status on Sustainable Development Goals, By Ekene Odigwe

Implication of Nigeria’s status on Sustainable Development Goals, By Ekene Odigwe The British Prime Minister, Theresa May’s poverty remark about Nigeria sparked a conversation of conflicting views across the country, but the fact remains that this is not the first time this has happened. Mr Bill Gates in March this year, at the special and expanded National Economic Council held in Abuja,...... more

Kwara 2019: Only a race horse will do!, By Abdulrazaq Magaji

Kwara 2019: Only a race horse will do!, By Abdulrazaq Magaji Years of insinuations and murmurings have come to a head and the people of Kwara state are understandably angry. This is for good reason. For close to two decades now, the people have sneered and watched helplessly as their hopes were dashed while promises of redemption willingly made by their smooth-faced...... more

Akwa Ibom people have seen through shenanigans, By Etang Umoyo

Akwa Ibom people have seen through shenanigans, By Etang Umoyo “We are nothing on earth if we are not first and foremost slaves of a cause: the cause of the people, the cause of truth, the cause of justice and equity.” - Frantz Fanon. We stand today on the threshold of the most critical period in the political history of our dear...... more

Oshiomhole, APC Chairman as Undertaker, By Emmanuel Ado

Oshiomhole, APC Chairman as Undertaker, By Emmanuel Ado “In war, you can be killed only once. In politics, many times.”  — Winston Churchill (1874-1965)  That Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is facing a rebellion is an understatement; a revolt captures more appropriately the situation he has found himself, and for which he...... more

Stop going after ‘yahoo boys’, IG warns SARS

 Stop going after ‘yahoo boys’, IG warns SARS The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has asked operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) to desist from running after internet fraudsters otherwise known as ‘yahoo boys’. He said they had the mandate of curbing armed robbery and kidnapping, warning that any officer caught arresting cybercrime suspects would be...... more

This disease called ‘I am not aware’ afflicting people in high places, By Fredrick Nwabufo

This disease called ‘I am not aware’ afflicting people in high places, By Fredrick Nwabufo A scrum of police officers invades the residence of a respected Ijaw leader – Edwin Clark. The invaders claim they are acting on the order of Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP). These invidious executers of tyranny spend more than two hours rummaging through the “boxers, socks, hats, bead necklaces, soup...... more

A flicker of light, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

A flicker of light, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo We live in a world where good is perpetually locked in a battle with evil. At any point in time in the history of mankind, it has always seemed as though evil is trumping good. It is as though the world is in a state of permanent darkness. I tell you...... more

Oil Companies: Banters in Lagos, poverty and disease in Niger Delta, By Jerome-Mario Utomi

Oil Companies: Banters in Lagos, poverty and disease in Niger Delta, By Jerome-Mario Utomi The Eko Convention Centre, Lagos, venue of the meeting was lavishly decorated to impress. And it did impress. Participants were corporately kitted: men and women alike. All seated in such a manner that could be mistaken for fresh law graduates being called to the Nigerian Bar, or shareholders at an Annual...... more

2019: How the Mbonu Presidency could transform Nigeria, By Charles Adeyinka

2019: How the Mbonu Presidency could transform Nigeria, By Charles Adeyinka Nigeria has little excuse for underperforming as an independent nation over the past 58 years.  Consider that Nigeria already has all the trappings for an economic top performer, even if it relied on domestic interstate commerce alone. The huge internal market in Nigeria should make for a robust bee-hive of domestic economic...... more

Wake up, Nigerian youth, By Banjo Oluwatobiloba

Wake up, Nigerian youth, By Banjo Oluwatobiloba A post prompted me to use my pen like I always do, and this time, strictly for those youths that are tired of being used: the ones that are ready to let our leaders know we are ready for the new Nigeria; the ones that are ready to prove to our...... more

Imo to turn Okorocha’s socio-political and economic estate if . . . Let’s unite to avert the catastrophe ahead

Imo to turn Okorocha’s socio-political and economic estate if . . . Let’s unite to avert the catastrophe ahead After objective and critical assessment of Governor Anayo Ethelbert Rochas Okorocha’s rescue mission government which berthed in 2011, vis-a-vis his capital receipts, including loans, grants, receipts in form of IGR, Privatisations, concessions, emergency/interventionist releases, without commensurate development index on ground to quantity financial flow, one would be tempted to believe and...... more

The catalyst for a new order, By Jerome-Mario Utomi

The catalyst for a new order, By Jerome-Mario Utomi Participants at a symposium held recently in Lagos unanimously agreed that common sense has a limit in public leadership and should not be the sole requisite for public leadership consideration: a position that supports sound education as an indispensable ingredient for achieving a people-purposed leadership. The symposium which had as its...... more

Alex Otti, this is not your time (Ogechi ka nma), By Moses Ayo Orji

Alex Otti, this is not your time (Ogechi ka nma), By Moses Ayo Orji My Dear Dr. Alex Otti, I have read the ‘non-political’ open letter you addressed to your governor, His Excellency, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, ostensibly designed as your kick-off campaign strategy. I would like to praise your ingenuity in contriving a talking point, having failed to find any other straw to clutch on....... more

Headless corpse found in fish tank at home of missing man

Headless corpse found in fish tank at home of missing man A headless corpse has been found inside a fish tank at the home of a man missing for several weeks, police in San Francisco say. Homeowner Brian Egg, 65, had been reported missing by his family and neighbours late last month. Neighbours later reported suspicious activity at the house and police...... more

National security cannot and should never override rule of law, By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

National security cannot and should never override rule of law, By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa In his speech at the opening ceremony of the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, the President urged lawyers to put national security over and above the rule of law. This, to me, is a great setback for democracy and national development. National Security has no definition, it has...... more

Child Bride: Issues facing Sustainable Development Goals attainment in Africa, By Ekene Odigwe

Child Bride: Issues facing Sustainable Development Goals attainment in Africa, By Ekene Odigwe Noura Hussein Hammad was forced to experience the misery of child marriage at the age of 15. Despite her resistance, she got married on paper to one of her relatives at 15 years. Three years later, the husband - along with her family – insisted to complete the official wedding ceremony. Miss...... more

 

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