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2019: Reasons Uche Nwosu cannot be Imo Governor

2019: Reasons Uche Nwosu cannot be Imo Governor “Fear you not; stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see them no more forever.” — Exodus 14:13 Somehow, Imo people are beaming with joy, looking into 2019. To many people it is...... more

The Nigerian Politics Of Latter-Day Saints, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

The Nigerian Politics Of Latter-Day Saints, By ’Fisayo Soyombo The title of this piece was inspired by the Jesus Christ Church of Latter-day Saints. Some name condensation has occurred here:  strictly for the purpose of equation with the ‘latter-day saints’ currently unrestrainedly straddling Nigerian politics. Otherwise, the full name of the church in question is: The Church of Jesus Christ of...... more

The youth must pledge; no candidate above 45 years in 2019! By Fredrick Nwabufo

The youth must pledge; no candidate above 45 years in 2019! By Fredrick Nwabufo I was invited to a meeting of the Coalition for Nigeria by one of the “fathers” of the movement. Before the meeting, I had a chat with this patriotic Nigerian who told me: “Fred, our time is past; Nigeria should be in the hands of your generation. It is left for...... more

Egotistical Senate versus Hameed Ali and the rest of us, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

Egotistical Senate versus Hameed Ali and the rest of us, By ’Fisayo Soyombo Big egos are a big part of the human nature. As man is naturally a political animal, egos are a big part of politics. Outside politics, egos are in high supply. In board rooms and the rest of the corporate world, for example, ego clashes are fuelled by intellection and the...... more

Herdsmen as national bully, By Chief Mike Ahamba

Herdsmen as national bully, By Chief Mike Ahamba Bullying is the act of using one’s advantage of strength – real or perceived – to force or coerce a real or perceived weaker person(s) to behave or react in a particular way; to forego some rights. I introduced perception into it, as against the definition in the dictionary of real...... more

Leave Obuah alone!

Leave Obuah alone! Ascribing the quality of a political enigma to the person of Bro Felix Obuah, Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State – not only in his native Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) but in Rivers State as a whole – may seem contrived to some, but it is unquestionably true, when...... more

Imo: OZB’s transformation to a deity, By Collins Ughalaa

Imo: OZB’s transformation to a deity, By Collins Ughalaa In the disjointed and not-God-fearing Rescue Mission government of Imo State, things happen in such a quick succession that one needs the speed of light to catch up with them. From the unprecedented Christmas gift to the leader of the Rescue Mission Social Media Group and now Secretary of Mbaitoli Local Government Area, Hon...... more

Belema Oil/Robo Michael: New threats to human rights in Ogoni, By Fegalo Nsuke

Belema Oil/Robo Michael: New threats to human rights in Ogoni, By Fegalo Nsuke The toxicity level in Ogoni today is such that we can conclude that Ogoniland is currently awaiting its formal burial. The death of everything – land, fishes, seas, vegetation, men, women and children – is expected, as pollution has turned everything, including foods and water into toxic products. The genocide in...... more

Zik’s Mausoleum: A National Shame, By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu

Legendary Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, now abandoned and forgotten 21 years after, is our brother, a great brother indeed, one of the patriarchs of modern Africa, not even Nigeria or Igbo land. Even, wife of the late sage and foremost nationalist, Prof Uche Azikiwe, cried out reminding the world that it is...... more

Herdsmen: What happened to the Great Green Wall? asks Chido Nwakanma

Herdsmen: What happened to the Great Green Wall? asks Chido Nwakanma Journalists and everyone concerned with the matter should shout out to the Minister of Environment. What has happened to the Nigerian implementation of the Great Green Wall? Where is the current Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin? What did the N10 billion Nigeria approved for the implementation of the project...... more

Legislative Oversight, Power Ministry and ‘Fashola-phobia’, By Bolaji Akanni

Things seem to be looking up and brighter this year in the often stormy relationship between the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing – the “Infrastructure Ministry”: as some will call the three-in-one establishment, on which so much hope is pinned for the nation’s economic...... more

How will a breakthrough come? asks Edwin Madunagu

How will a breakthrough come? asks Edwin Madunagu About five years ago, in late January and early February 2013, The Guardian carried my three-part column titled “Struggling for seats in a sinking boat.” When, recently, I examined the first part of that series (the one that appeared on January 31, 2013), I was struck by the freshness of what...... more

2019: INEC Timetable and The Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill, By Moshood Isah

2019: INEC Timetable and The Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill, By Moshood Isah It is no more news that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule of activities for the all-important 2019 General Elections. This basically means there is now a sacrosanct timeline which all electoral activities must fall within. According to INEC, both the presidential and National Assembly elections will...... more

Of Nigeria Labour Congress and its continued relevance, By Emmanuel Ado

Of Nigeria Labour Congress and its continued relevance, By Emmanuel Ado “The only way that we can live is, if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can...... more

Ellen-Sirleaf: Bye to Fish Market (2)

Ellen-Sirleaf: Bye to Fish Market (2) Those who packaged Harvard trained technocrat, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 78 for the presidency in Liberia, Africa’s oldest independent country and nudged her candidacy for the enviable Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, may strenuously be pushing her for the prestigious Mo Ibrahim Prize for Leadership in Africa. But will they be justified? queries...... more

Why I stand with Buhari, By Femi Adesina

Why I stand with Buhari, By Femi Adesina These are very difficult times in our country. Sad, mournful and dolorous times, as the New Year opened with killings in Rivers, Kaduna, Taraba, and Benue states, among others. Of course, there had been gruesome carnage on the Mambilla plateau mid last year, and bloodletting in Numan, Adamawa State, as well...... more

Still on murderous Fulani kidnappers, By Yushau A. Shuaib

Still on murderous Fulani kidnappers, By Yushau A. Shuaib “Terrorists now disguise as Fulani Herdsmen” – President Goodluck Jonathan, June 2014. The above quote was the news headline after a speech by former president, Goodluck Jonathan, at an international conference on Fulani Herdsmen in Kaduna, in June 2014, before they now became major kidnap kingpins. I must admit from the onset...... more

Beyond Wanny: Politics of the crisis in Omoku, By Kingsley George

Beyond Wanny: Politics of the crisis in Omoku, By Kingsley George The grief experienced by the public on the murder of innocent worshippers in Omoku community, on the first day of the year is very symbolic. People were in a celebration mood and more significantly thanking God, and congratulating themselves, their families and friends on making it into a new year, little...... more

New NIA DG and the competence question, By Muhammad Ado Fili

New NIA DG and the competence question, By Muhammad Ado Fili In the recent past, if there is a decision made by the Buhari administration which has generated so much venom from greater section of Nigerians must was the appointment his kinsman and an alleged failure Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency. The President has before been accused...... more

Are we really a shithole country?

Are we really a shithole country? Are we one of the countries Donald Trump had in mind when he wondered why US lawmakers were seeking protection for “all these people from shithole countries” – immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries? To be clear, this question is not original to Nigeria. It has been appropriated – and I am...... more

Dear Nigerian youth, everything shouldn’t be about the hustle

Dear Nigerian youth, everything shouldn’t be about the hustle Dear Nigerian youth, I will be brief. Hello from the “woke side”. I hate to knock your hustle, but you are about to give yourself up for conscription into an enchanted army of influencers and social media bugs again. You did the same thing in the build-up to the 2015 presidential...... more

Leadership without integrity: Presidency lies to Nigerians as Yusuf Buhari is flown to Germany for further treatment, By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

Leadership without integrity: Presidency lies to Nigerians as Yusuf Buhari is flown to Germany for further treatment, By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Since the news of the accident of Yusuf Buhari broke out, Nigerians from all walks of life stood in gap with the First Family, to pray for his recovery. I decided to join the President to save life, even though he has not shown similar sympathy for other families experiencing worse...... more

Is God venting his anger on Buhari through Tunde Bakare?

Is God venting his anger on Buhari through Tunde Bakare? Sooner or later, Tunde Bakare, fiery preacher and founder of The Latter Rain Assembly, will be running for president.This may be 2019 or 2023; it may even be 2027. After all, the man himself stated that in asking him to run for president, God had told him it would be done...... more

Omoku New Year Eve massacre, Abonnema killings disgusting, By Dumo Lulu-Briggs

Omoku New Year Eve massacre, Abonnema killings disgusting, By Dumo Lulu-Briggs The gory and dastardly killings of innocent and helpless Rivers men, women and children in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, by a group of gunmen, in the wee hours of Monday, New Year Eve ushering in 2018, has again exposed how worthless human lives have become in today’s...... more

IMO STATE, where there’s NO LEGISLATURE, By Walter Duru

  IMO STATE, where there’s NO LEGISLATURE, By Walter Duru In modern democratic societies, the legislature performs three conventional functions of representation, lawmaking and oversight responsibilities. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) has provided the legislature in different sections, the powers to perform these functions at both the federal and state levels. The legislature controls through...... more

What Nigeria will look like in 2018, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

What Nigeria will look like in 2018, By ’Fisayo Soyombo On the first day of 2018, as it is with every new year, the temptation is to dream big — to fantasise about sudden turnarounds of poverty to wealth, sadness to happiness, suffering to delirium. It’s a time when self-appointed men of God, latching on to the propensity of the people...... more

1,000 prayer warriors for Aso Rock

1,000 prayer warriors for Aso Rock Normal things do not happen normally in Nigeria. There must always be a “spiritual” side to everything. This is why a dissipated man would wake up from a frightening dream, and then start to “cast and bind” the devil with psychotic inanities. I have read a volume of reactions to the...... more

Igbo position on Jerusalem, By Osita Ebiem

Igbo position on Jerusalem, By Osita Ebiem In reaction to the United States declaration of its intention to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in recognition of the city as the rightful and ancestral capital city of the world Jewry and the state of Israel, United Nations General Assembly convened an emergency seating on December...... more

Nobody is above the law, not even the President, By Fortune Oguwuike

  Nobody is above the law, not even the President, By Fortune Oguwuike   Under a military regime, the head of state rules by promulgation of decrees through the Supreme Military Council/Armed Forces Ruling Council. However, under a civilian government - with the attendant democracy in place - the Constitution is the grundnorm, the supreme document that defines the functions and extent of powers...... more

Petroleum Minister Buhari and ‘Fuel Scarcity Minister’ Kachikwu, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

Petroleum Minister Buhari and ‘Fuel Scarcity Minister’ Kachikwu, By ’Fisayo Soyombo At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us.— Muhammadu Buhari May 29, 2015. Nigerians are already...... more

 

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