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Fate of crime suspects in UK and Nigeria

Fate of crime suspects in UK and Nigeria One question that should agitate the minds of politico-historical researchers on Nigeria vis-a-vis our contemporary times is: why the seeming wide gulf and difference between how the British system and the Nigerian law enforcement agents treats their respective crime suspects. Alternatively, an inquisitive mind will wonder why Nigerians glamourise lynch-mob attacks of petty...... more

Nigeria and the Rule of Law, By Okocha Obed

Nigeria and the Rule of Law, By Okocha Obed “Being democratic is not enough; a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law”.  — Margaret Thatcher Whether the rule of law has sufficiently had its dominance...... more

Biafra and Lagos: 50 years after, By Olusegun Adeniyi

Biafra and Lagos: 50 years after, By Olusegun Adeniyi Come Saturday (27th May), it will be exactly 50 years that Lagos State was created (along with others) by the military administration of General Yakubu Gowon to give Nigeria a 12-states structure. Instructively, four days after that historic event, on 30th May 1967 to be specific, the late Colonel Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu...... more

How government steals from the poor

How government steals from the poor Thursday, May 18, 2017 started for me in a very special way. First, I got a distress call from a young single mum of three children who ekes out a living by hawking fresh fruits somewhere in Wuse Two, Abuja. This call came boozing in the phone at about 8am, the moment...... more

Rivers is gold

Rivers is gold In a 1971 inquiry into the development of West African Literature, Adrian Roscoe penned a masterpiece entitled: “Mother Is Gold”. In it, Roscoe raises pertinent questions, such as: How did West African Literature begin? What influences affected its growth and development? How much does it imitate European models? And the like....... more

Nigeria and the story tellers, By Olusegun Adeniyi

Nigeria and the story tellers, By Olusegun Adeniyi Save for posting my column and the occasional Tweets, mostly football-related, I am not much on the social media. But because I am on several listserv and get hundreds of mails and WhatsApp messages every day, I don’t believe I am missing much. I especially enjoy the WhatsApp stories because many...... more

INEC and Voters’ Registration in South-East

INEC and Voters’ Registration in South-East The ongoing exercise of enlisting validly qualified Nigerians as prospective voters in the national data by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), must be implemented with all sense of decency and patriotism. This is because of the primacy of the voter’s card to the electoral process in the country, and because...... more

Of Chibok Girls and Falomo Boys, By Olusegun Adeniyi

Of Chibok Girls and Falomo Boys, By Olusegun Adeniyi In April 2014, Nigerians were confronted with a monumental tragedy when 276 female students were abducted from the premises of Government Secondary School, Chibok by Boko Haram insurgents. While more than 150 of them have, at different times, regained their freedom—many of them with physical and psychological scars that they will...... more

Macron’s emergence in France: Lessons for Nigeria

Macron’s emergence in France: Lessons for Nigeria A political phenomenon which is compared to the French Revolution – headed by the irrepressible General Napoleon Bonaparte – has just happened in France, thus reinforcing the strong doubts I entertain about the expression that lightening doesn’t strike twice in one place. This phenomenal political revolution devoid of violence or rancour...... more

Women at the frontline

Women at the frontline A few weeks ago, the University of Lagos Women Society (ULWS) rolled out the drums to celebrate 50 years of its existence. One of the highlights of the celebration was the public presentation of the book, which documents the uncommon impact the society has made in the life of the University...... more

President Buhari’s health challenge, By Olusegun Adeniyi

President Buhari’s health challenge, By Olusegun Adeniyi I remember that Segun, as SA media to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, passed through a path which I also passed through recently and I learnt a lot from those who worked with him, and who are still working with me in the same office. When President Yar’Adua had that...... more

Africa, emerging new frontier in Reinsurance markets

Africa, emerging new frontier in Reinsurance markets With opportunities in the young population, widening middle-class, development in telecoms and exodus of people in Africa, foreign reinsurers that once chided the continent are swarming for businesses on the continent with confidence in consumers with throw-away incomes and hefty infrastructure schemes being built, Odimegwu Onwumere writes Over the years, the West was...... more

Issues in French, British elections

Issues in French, British elections I ran into an important information fortuitously, about the Universal Declarations of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations Organisation on December 10, 1948.  A friend called to congratulate me for being nominated as Africa’s Distinguished Personality Honour award for 2017, by the Trans-Africa Students’ Initiative.  As we were in serious...... more

Nnamdi Kanu: What’s the Jewish connection?

Nnamdi Kanu: What’s the Jewish connection? Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has just been granted bail by an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako. One of the highlights of the bail conditions outlined by the court was that Kanu should produce three sureties one of whom must...... more

A word for Ibrahim Magu, By Olusegun Adeniyi

A word for Ibrahim Magu, By Olusegun Adeniyi Against the background of what has been happening in recent weeks regarding the war against corruption, I am compelled to break my self-imposed censorship on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the chairmanship of Mr Ibrahim Magu. People close to me, and those in a few groups with whom...... more

Nigeria Police endangered

Nigeria Police endangered The Nigeria Police Force is no doubt endangered specie. And there is also no doubt that policing in Nigeria is the most dangerous job in the world. It is almost like if you enlist with the police you are signing your death sentence. It is not an exaggeration that the Force’s...... more

On extra-legal killings and torture

On extra-legal killings and torture In the last five years, Nigeria has witnessed unprecedented levels of killings of innocent citizens by a range of armed non-state actors.  In the years under review, the armed bandits known as Boko Haram terrorists have killed and maimed over 30,000 innocent Nigerians. The other most deadly non-state actors that accounts for a higher percentage...... more

HURIWA’s Memo tasks NASS on Rule of Law, sundry issues

HURIWA’s Memo tasks NASS on Rule of Law, sundry issues His Excellency, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, PhD, CFR. We are here not just on a courtesy but a solidarity visit to directly inform you about our 10th year anniversary coming up on 20th April, during which we intend to introduce our book: A Decade of Human Rights Struggles. We are by this...... more

Testing the Trump doctrine

Testing the Trump doctrine I entered the United States last week to join my family who decided to spend their Easter holiday in Quantico Triangle, Virginia Marine Corps Base, just nestled outside Washington, D.C. Quantico, a town in Prince William County, is bordered on three sides by the marine base and on the fourth by...... more

The Buhari administration and their cemetery tales, By Segun Adeniyi

The Buhari administration and their cemetery tales, By Segun Adeniyi For a government that thrives in propaganda, it is just as well that the operatives of the Muhammadu Buhari administration did not understand the significance of what happened on Tuesday at the Abuja International Airport. If they did, they would have moved beyond just regaling us with their cemetery tales. Ordinarily,...... more

Is Nigeria ready for electronic voting?

Is Nigeria ready for electronic voting? It is safe to say that preparation for the 2019 general elections have kicked off. This would be the first major test for the leadership of the Prof Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Only few days back, the commission published the time-table for the next general election, so as...... more

The new Sanusi

The new Sanusi The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has assumed a new social outlook. Or so it seems. He is no longer content with irredentism of any sort. He appears to be breaking loose from the narrow confines of religion and region. This new disposition may have induced him to confront the...... more

What can we learn from Malabu? asks Segun Adeniyi

What can we learn from Malabu? asks Segun Adeniyi How will you deal with Malabu? When I posed that question to the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu last week Wednesday afternoon, I was watching out not only for what he would say but also for how he would say it. I had my reasons. As someone who...... more

How to create an authentic brand story

How to create an authentic brand story Story-telling is all the rage! More and more brand owners are comprehending the power of stories to transform their presence and identity. Iconic brands, such as Disney and Coca-Cola, have long realised the power of their brand story to build a connection with their audience. Companies such as Apple possess brand stories that...... more

Living with death in Nigeria, By Olusegun Adeniyi

Living with death in Nigeria, By Olusegun Adeniyi My pastor, Evaristus Azodoh, is a retired army colonel and a medical doctor; in fact, one of Nigeria’s foremost consultant urologists. His experience and exposure, quite naturally, reflect in his exhortations. So, when last Sunday morning, he asked us at the Workers Meeting to pray what he prefaced as a “medical...... more

What is in a certificate?

What is in a certificate? Certificate Forgery or what has become popularly known as “Oluwole certificate” is not a new trend in Nigeria. To tell you how much of a big industry fake certificate syndication has become I will like you to remember that a very popular street in Lagos Island, Oluwole Street, is used to epitomise...... more

Managing disasters in a disastrous era

Managing disasters in a disastrous era There is no gainsaying the scientific and evidence-based facts that Nigerians are passing through troubling and disastrous era: from the economic, social, environmental and humanitarian perspectives.  Because government exists, in the first place, to implement strategies to better the existential situations that confront the citizenry. Like a hydra-headed monster, the Nigerian...... more

Ile-Ife and the Nigerian Tragedy, By SEGUN ADENIYI

Ile-Ife and the Nigerian Tragedy, By SEGUN ADENIYI The less you say, the less risk you run of saying something foolish, even dangerous. In 1825, a new czar, Nicholas I, ascended the throne of Russia. A rebellion immediately broke out, led by liberals demanding that the country modernize – that its industries and civil structures catch up with the...... more

Policy incoherence fuels herdsmen’s attacks

Policy incoherence fuels herdsmen’s attacks There is now a commonality of opinion that the rate of violent attacks of farmers across Nigeria by armed Fulani herdsmen skyrocketed since the emergence of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who, by birth, is a Fulani. Conversely, since he assumed office last May, President Buhari has yet to articulate...... more

Coca Cola and NAFDAC as public enemies

Coca Cola and NAFDAC as public enemies Three years ago, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) took on the Nigerian Bottling Company Plc, makers of Coca Cola, for breach of public hygiene in the preparation of their products which are sold to Nigerians. The Consumer Protection Council went as far as obtaining the authorisation of the  Minister of Justice and...... more

 

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