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Kemi Adeosun: A reputation worth its weight in gold, By Ebun Asagbe

Kemi Adeosun: A reputation worth its weight in gold, By Ebun Asagbe Since the news of Kemi Adeosun’s allegedly forged NYSC Certificate broke, we have been inundated with news reports, press statements, and more recently, opinion articles; each trying to outdo the other, mostly, in defence of Mrs Adeosun. The minister herself has remained silent on the matter, possibly on the counsel of...... more

Imo State Deputy Governor and the impeachment stories, By Kenneth Uwadi

Imo State Deputy Governor and the impeachment stories, By Kenneth Uwadi The will to act is entirely dependent on the decision to act. Ideally, a resolution should flow seamlessly into its corresponding action such that there is little to distinguish between the decision and the action. The bible mentioned a servant girl of Naaman's wife. However, the girl was brave enough to...... more

In Ekiti, stomach infrastructure has changed hands, By 'Fisayo Soyombo

In Ekiti, stomach infrastructure has changed hands, By 'Fisayo Soyombo For many members and loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the next few days are the season of whys. In matters of public interest, the post-mortem culture in Nigeria is notoriously weak. Not so for partisan politics, where the interest is more pecuniary than public. Both in terms of protecting...... more

Ikpeazu’s proverbial signs, By Godwin Adindu

Ikpeazu’s proverbial signs, By Godwin Adindu You cannot take it away from him: Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is a born humourist, a witty country boy that is groomed in the best of agrarian and cosmopolitan values.  During the campaigns in 2015, he left his followers with a message: Unu ja akota sign. This message has since become a...... more

Kaduna State: Statistics and good governance, By Emmanuel Ado

Kaduna State: Statistics and good governance, By Emmanuel Ado  “Lack of statistics is to hide inconvenient facts” - Albert Bertilsson  Every day there are all manners of projections - about housing needs, unemployment numbers, etc, by the different levels of governments, most especially by the federal and state governments - which are captured in budget estimates but are never realised. The...... more

Is the media truly siding with farmers against herdsmen? asks ’Fisayo Soyombo

Is the media truly siding with farmers against herdsmen? asks ’Fisayo Soyombo Is it actually true, as is being alleged from time to time, that the media is deliberately anti-herdsmen in its coverage of casualties on the side of farmers versus herdsmen? Is it true that attacks on (Fulani) herdsmen are being under-reported in the media, while attacks by (Fulani) herdsmen are being generously reported? I will...... more

SARS’ brutality and abuse of human rights, By Ekene Odigwe

SARS’ brutality and abuse of human rights, By Ekene Odigwe It is a common sight to see the Police stop and search individuals on transit in broad day light, and then go on to forcefully extort money from passengers and even collect their phones before inquiring for identification. Woe to you, if there’s none. In some cases when there’s some sort of...... more

Memo to Lai Mohammed on Disobedience to court orders, By Yushau A. Shuaib

Memo to Lai Mohammed on Disobedience to court orders, By Yushau A. Shuaib Dear Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, Federal Republic of Nigeria. I write this in respect to your Ministry’s apparent disobedience to a straightforward court order for my reinstatement and payment of remuneration after the illegal letter of retirement I received in 2013. As you may be aware, Justice David...... more

Nigeria’s helmsman and his herdsmen, By 'Fisayo Soyombo

Nigeria’s helmsman and his herdsmen, By 'Fisayo Soyombo No matter how hard President Muhammadu Buhari tries, or no matter the frequency with which his spokesmen finger the opposition, the final months of his tenure in office will continue to be dominated, in part, by herdsmen attacks (Yes, someone tell the President I wrote “Herdsmen attacks” — not “Herder-Farmer crisis”.). Since...... more

Buhari’s jihad on ‘herds-media’, By Fredrick Nwabufo

Buhari’s jihad on ‘herds-media’, By Fredrick Nwabufo Have you ever wondered what happened to Naij.com – the popular online news platform? Buhari happened to it. During the whirling of the IPOB turbulence, Naij.com published rare exclusive reports on Nnamdi Kanu. The reports were mostly free of affectations – not embellished, which is permissible in the practice of journalism....... more

Media and battle against corruption, By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

Media and battle against corruption, By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu Undoubtedly, corruption has been the bane of Nigeria’s development for decades now. Both the military and the civilian administrations in this country have not spared efforts to put this monster at bay. Efforts to rid the country of corruption formed basis of the military coups in the past. One remarkable effort...... more

Failure of ‘Cleaner Lagos Initiative’, By Banjo Oluwatobiloba

Failure of ‘Cleaner Lagos Initiative’, By Banjo Oluwatobiloba Cleanliness, they say, is next to godliness. The prospect of a clean environment is to achieve wealth, tourism, good health and pragmatic inflow of investors for the purpose of economic development. Unarguably, major world cities like London, Washington, Oslo, Dublin, Paris, etc., are famous because of the beauty of their sparkling...... more

48 garlands to Dr Kelechi Igwe, a humble and loyal Deputy Governor, By Monica Chidinma Eze

48 garlands to Dr Kelechi Igwe, a humble and loyal Deputy Governor, By Monica Chidinma Eze Prelude Congratulations! To the glory of God, my boss and friend, Dr Kelechi Eric Igwe, amiable Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, is 48. I plead with my friends, fans, admirers and associates world-wide to join me to celebrate a man whose life defines humility and loyalty.  As if describing the special attributes...... more

Buhari’s second term plot worse than June 12, By SKC Ogbonnia

 Buhari’s second term plot worse than June 12, By SKC Ogbonnia The title of this statement is definitely strident. But the angst must not be misconstrued as a view that President Muhammadu Buhari is worse than the cabal that annulled June 12 or Mr. Sani Abacha that attempted to legitimise the national curse. None of that!  In fact, I have remained overjoyed...... more

Ending the bloodbath in Plateau State, Middle Belt, By Kwamkur Samuel

Ending the bloodbath in Plateau State, Middle Belt, By Kwamkur Samuel It is sad to receive another news of massive killings and destructions of over 200 lives and millions worth of properties of Plateau state citizens. I understand similar attacks are ongoing in parts of Taraba, Adamawa, Zamfara, Kaduna and Benue states amongst others.  I have been inundated with calls to speak...... more

Thank you, America. Let us do more, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Thank you, America. Let us do more, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba Thank you, America. It was your outspokenness that forced President Trump to retreat from his breaking up of families’ policy. It was your calls to your governors, legislators that forced the retreat. It was you demonstrations at Boston Commons and other places that checkmated this inhuman policy. Thank you, America. You...... more

2018 Budget and the paltry allocation for education, By Uwa Eghomeka

2018 Budget and the paltry allocation for education, By Uwa Eghomeka   My worries about the several months of delay in passing the 2018 Budget of Consolidation were abated as the Senate finally approved it on Wednesday, May 16. But my heart turned to jelly as I read the breakdown of the budget. I became fearful, not only because of the fiscal deficit of...... more

Is Jones Abiri, Bayelsa journalist arrested by DSS in 2016, dead or alive? By 'Fisayo Soyombo

Is Jones Abiri, Bayelsa journalist arrested by DSS in 2016, dead or alive?  By 'Fisayo Soyombo On July 28, 2016, Facebook user Ndoboke Doris posed a question, followed by a prayer, on the wall of journalist Jones Abiri. “Where are you my brother?” Doris wondered. “I pray the Good God shall perform a miracle for you.” Well, the “good God” hasn’t, just yet, but there is evidence he, indeed, heard...... more

Forces in the current power struggle in Nigeria, By Edwin Madunagu

Forces in the current power struggle in Nigeria, By Edwin Madunagu Although participation in “bourgeois politics” — as we used to call electoral politics — has never been absent from the Nigerian Left’s general programme, it has also not been made a “categorical imperative”. I am, however, now persuaded that it has become generally accepted in the ranks of contemporary Nigerian Leftists...... more

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba Americans are being good Americans. One must love America no matter what. Americans study and learn from history. The feelings of most Americans on the Trump Administration’s separation of children from their parents at the southern border, is an illustration of Americans learning from history. 1. Mr. Davidson, a worker at Arizona...... more

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

 

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