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Nigeria at a political cross-road, By Bernard Balogun

Nigeria at a political cross-road, By Bernard Balogun “The pursuit of wealth is not a bad thing in itself because without the food and comfort, which wealth provides, life will be penurious and drab. But always remember that any wealth accumulated on a selfish basis, at the expense of the state in defiance of social justice, helps to create a...... more

Ordeal of Ogoni under Buhari’s watch, By Fegalo Nsuke

Ordeal of Ogoni under Buhari’s watch, By Fegalo Nsuke At the inception of this administration, I had anticipated some relief for the Ogoni people; not only because the new President had during his campaign pledged to implement the clean-up of Ogoniland, but I had expected that the clean-up will open discussions on crucial issues affecting the people, especially the issue...... more

Dear Buhari, my generation was given nothing; yours had everything but destroyed Nigeria, By Fredrick Nwabufo

Dear Buhari, my generation was given nothing; yours had everything but destroyed Nigeria, By Fredrick Nwabufo   A few days ago, Adebayo Shittu, minister of communication, went on a rant rampage on radio dismissing Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, as a “minion, small boy and inconsequential” for his audacity to run for presidential office. Sowore, a young Nigerian, is perhaps the only presidential hopeful who is...... more

Corruption: Acceptance in culture of shamelessness, By Ehi Ekhator

Corruption: Acceptance in culture of shamelessness, By Ehi Ekhator The national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, recently opened a jar of warms when, all of a sudden, he developed a conscience by apologising to Nigerians in the interest of himself and his members for the 16 years of mismanagements. Secondus, in his expression of remorse, said...... more

Fuel subsidy is not sustainable, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Fuel subsidy is not sustainable, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba     Subsidy is what makes people live above their means. Living above one’s means is seldom a good thing. But there are times when one may, of necessity, live above one’s means. Such times must necessarily be short. The problem with the N1.4tn annual fuel subsidy is the word “annual”....... more

Need to shun rumours and propaganda, By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

Need to shun rumours and propaganda, By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu Throughout history, infernos are usually caused by mere sparks from passing trains or a strike of the match-stick. This may not be an exception to what is described as the most deadly forest fire in the history of the United States that engulfed the dry Woodlands of north-eastern Wisconsin in early...... more

Why scepticism, doubt have become new political tools, By Jerome-Mario Utomi

Why scepticism, doubt have become new political tools, By Jerome-Mario Utomi In Nigeria, as in other countries of the world, it is a moral duty that citizens should reinforce and not undermine government’s effort, but act in concord with daily political developments, particularly under a democratic arrangement. But contrary to this expectation, the vast majority of Nigerians have, in recent weeks, demonstrated stiff...... more

Imo 2019 Guber: Nwosu as campaign tool? asks Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

Imo 2019 Guber: Nwosu as campaign tool? asks Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha It is becoming increasingly clear that majority of those who have so far declared their intention for the Imo State governorship race for 2019 have no programme or manifesto. They have no socio-economic and political blueprint for the state. The aspiration to become governor of Imo State in 2019 should not...... more

Jungle Justice and blood of the innocent, By Chukwudi Sopuruchi

Jungle Justice and blood of the innocent, By Chukwudi Sopuruchi Life is the most precious gift that every living creature (both human and animal) cherishes most. This precious gift is guarded jealously against anything that tries to cut it short. When an animal sights a hunter in the forest, it takes to its heels and runs for safety: a sign that...... more

Notes on Leftist politics in Nigeria, By Edwin Madunagu

Notes on Leftist politics in Nigeria, By Edwin Madunagu Recently, a young man who teaches English at Abia State University phoned to inform me of an impending conference on the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx. But what the call provoked in me was not the remembrance of Marx and his enduring legacy but anger over the fact that...... more

Sowore: When a 47-year-old is too young, inconsequential to be President

Sowore: When a 47-year-old is too young, inconsequential to be President   I have watched the video of the verbal duel between Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, and Adebayo Shittu, minister of communications, five times now.  I spent every second watching that recording in a theatre of pain and depression. Nigeria’s funeral is near with the ilk of Shittu in government. ...... more

Nigeria and state complicity with terrorists, By Ann Mcgregor, Ph.D

  State complicity with terrorists and organized crime are at the heart of instability in the Sahel, Sahara and Lake Chad regions, formenting conflict and fuelling the rise of Boko Haram kidnapping. In the past decades, increasing instability in the Sahel, Sahara and Lake Chad has been a source of growing...... more

Our security agents have gone mad again

Our security agents have gone mad again  “All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language, and every chapter must be so translated. As the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but...... more

Nigerian 2019 presidential election: Zoned to competence, By Kingsley Moghalu

Nigerian 2019 presidential election: Zoned to competence, By Kingsley Moghalu “Let’s be clear: The movement of those that want a better and different Nigeria – to which I belong – intends to win the 2019 presidential election.”   The choice that faces Nigeria in the 2019 presidential election is one between progress and retrogression, between scary poverty and the prospect of...... more

The worldview on Nigeria and what we know, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu

The worldview on Nigeria and what we know, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, left Nigeria with harsh words. While the Nigerians leadership was still ruminating his unkind words, he returned to the United States of America to the waiting arms of CNN. He was interviews by David Mckenzie, an international correspondent of CNN. CNN called Gates Nigeria’s “silent partner” because...... more

The trial of Senator Abaribe, By Niyi Sijuade

The trial of Senator Abaribe, By Niyi Sijuade Anybody stopping short of reading just the caption of this piece would not be wrong to assume that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is on some kind of criminal trial for some offense. The reason such assumption won’t be wrong is simple, and that is: Since October last year when Mazi Nnamdi Kanu...... more

Is he the Same TY Danjuma of the North?

Is he the Same TY Danjuma of the North? Is it true that General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, popularly known as TY from the North has dropped a bombshell that Nigerian military and police are complicit in killings across Nigeria, especially in the North and he therefore asked citizens to defend themselves or they would all die?   Was he not...... more

The Left and Nigeria’s 2019 election, By Edwin Madunagu

The Left and Nigeria’s 2019 election, By Edwin Madunagu In late 1978, or early 1979, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of Nigeria’s frontline political leaders and the leader of the newly-proclaimed Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), came to Calabar in continuation of his presidential campaign tour. The ban on political activities imposed after the military coup of January 15, 1966, had...... more

Nigerian Military, T.Y. Danjuma & self-defense option

Nigerian Military, T.Y. Danjuma & self-defense option I’m sure former Defence Minister, General TY Danjuma, does not need much defence and when he does, has very qualified people to do so. But let me quickly stop some people in their tracks with context as they continue to hurtle hate and spiteful lines at the General for saying what...... more

The human side of Boko Haram, By Fredrick Nwabufo

The human side of Boko Haram, By Fredrick Nwabufo The phrase, “human side”, was given a Nigerian tinge and notoriety by Femi Adesina, spokesman of the president. On December 24, 2017, Adesina announced that a 55-minute documentary entitled the ‘Human Side of Buhari’ would air the next day. This was at a time of chronic petrol drought, and when Nigerians...... more

How Gov. Gaidam missed return of abducted Dapchi schoolgirls

 How Gov. Gaidam missed return of abducted Dapchi schoolgirls Yobe governor, Ibrahim Gaidam and several members of his cabinet are away in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as his state erupted in joy over the release of 101 out of 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on 19 February. Gaidam was in Malaysia to receive a Gold Merit Award conferred on him...... more

Neither Coalition nor Third Force, but restructured mind, By Jerome-Mario Utomi

Neither Coalition nor Third Force, but restructured mind, By Jerome-Mario Utomi Truth, in the words of Thomas Aquinas, is the agreement of what is in the mind with what is on the lips. Considering this remark in relation to the truth as told by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in his memo to President Muhammadu Buhari, and the ripple reactions that...... more

Open Letter to President Buhari, By Bernard Balogun

Open Letter to President Buhari, By Bernard Balogun Your Excellency This is more or less a personal letter. Ordinarily, I ought to have forwarded this letter direct to your table at the presidential villa. But I have my reservation. It may not get to you or get to you, by which time some of the issues may have become...... more

Of saints, culprits and making of true federalism, By Diala Ndudi

Of saints, culprits and making of true federalism, By Diala Ndudi The political entity now known as Nigeria came into existence as a result of the political-administrative blunder committed by the colonial masters, when on January 1, 1914, the Northern and Southern protectorates were amalgamated. Nigeria, the name given to a large expanse of land lying on the Guinea Coast, measuring 923,768...... more

Rays of light into encompassing gloom, By Tochukwu Ezukanma

Rays of light into encompassing gloom, By Tochukwu Ezukanma The Nigerian ruling elite can be repulsively arrogant, disgustingly snobbish, and frighteningly cold-hearted. With the superciliousness only fitting of colonial masters and medieval feudal lords, they ride roughshod over the masses of Nigerians: treating them as though they deserve no respect and their lives count for nothing.  The worst job recruitment...... more

Of Plateau State, Lalong and his critics, By Emmanuel Ado

Of Plateau State, Lalong and his critics, By Emmanuel Ado “If you don’t tell your story, someone else will.” – Author Unknown The major challenge facing Mr Simon Lalong, the embattled Governor of Plateau State, is that he has allowed others to tell his story, since he appears not keen; or those he has entrusted with the responsibility lack the capacity or are unwilling...... more

Female Genital Mutilation: Tradition at its worst, By Diana Ebai

Female Genital Mutilation:  Tradition at its worst, By Diana Ebai An African adage has it that old wine is better when mixed with new one. But this adage does not hold true in all cases as in the case of traditional beliefs versus modern day values. Such is the case with the inhuman tradition of female genital mutilation which has not...... more

2019: Disinformation, Misinformation And Deceit, By Bernard Balogun

2019: Disinformation, Misinformation And Deceit, By Bernard Balogun Each passing day, as we get closer to 2019, the election year in Nigeria, the level of disinformation, misinformation and deceit in the polity gets messier. And this makes me sad, especially from the moral angle.  Yes, deceit in the polity. Before anything else, permit me to send my belated commiseration...... more

Nigeria: our own dear fatherland, By Rauf Aregbesola

Nigeria: our own dear fatherland, By Rauf Aregbesola It gives me great pleasure to be at this important occasion. I must therefore thank my good egbon, Chief Tola Adeniyi, for the kind invitation to the public presentation of his book, ‘In the belly of vultures’, a collection of his newspaper column articles dating back to 1959. Egbon Tola Adeniyi...... more

Things our policemen must know to be set free, By Missionary Lovina Iburene

  Things our policemen must know to be set free, By Missionary Lovina Iburene   Men of the Nigeria Police Force have sent more Nigerians to their untimely graves than any other terrorist group. If anyone asked me how, I’ll say they are worse than Boko Haram. He that kills slowly is more dangerous. They are great enemies of the people. They are the most...... more

 

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