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How debates shape voters’ perception

How debates shape voters’ perception Few days back, the Nigerian election debate group - drawn from a broad spectrum of key leaders of the media industry in both the private and public sectors - organised a high profile presidential debate. Five out of the over three dozen contestants of the presidential poll were invited, but only...... more

Army Vs Daily Trust: Why the Nigerian Army and media must synergise

Army Vs Daily Trust: Why  the Nigerian Army and media must synergise The right to information is a component of the broader right to freedom of expression and of press enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1984 (UDHR). Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights1966 (ICCPR), Article 9 of African Charter on Human and People's Rights,...... more

How does this government want to be remembered?

How does this government want to be remembered? There is something remarkable about the government whose tenure is about to end. The government started on a note of vendetta and illegality. Strikingly, the same government is ending on the same distasteful note. The ongoing ordeal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, may be a fitting...... more

Jungle Justice for Chief Justice?

Jungle Justice for Chief Justice? With the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) latching on to the trial of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen to make all manner of accusations and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) responding in kind, what is going on today is akin to what followed the suspension in 2011...... more

How will the South East vote?

How will the South East vote? This question would have been redundant if the South East were a settled region. But the question is germane and compelling owing to the fluidity of the politics of the region. The South East is something of a babel. It is a land, an enclave, where everyone is lord unto himself....... more

Should Buhari get Four Plus Four?

Should Buhari get Four Plus Four? Incumbent presidential elections are usually framed as a referendum on stewardship. But where the opposition is either weak or running a less than coordinated campaign, power holders have been known to turn the narrative into one of choice. The electorate is then presented with this kind of proposition: ‘You may not...... more

Atiku, Buhari and the prophecies

Atiku, Buhari and the prophecies As it is common with this season, we have in the past two days been treated to a deluge of prophecies from religious clerics about what will happen this year in our country with specific reference to the 16th February presidential election. While many of these clerics have boldly told us...... more

Why women matters must matter

Why women matters must matter Few hours back, I strolled into one of the key offices under the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with a singular matter for constructive dialogue with a friend who is a senior aide of President Muhammadu Buhari. My concern was on the observed lack of observation...... more

How can South-East work again?

How can South-East work again? We will begin by recalling the exact prophetic proclamations made by Prof Chinua Achebe, of blessed memory, who in the early 1980’s recorded what can be called the exact poetic representation of the Igbo nation his book entitled The Trouble With Nigeria. His claims are of the highest empirical proofs.  His words: “A...... more

Troubling threats to 2019 polls

Troubling threats to 2019 polls We are just less than a few weeks to the 2019 general elections, in which millions of Nigerians are expected to participate in electing sets of office-seekers to occupy for four years some strategic national and state-wide offices. Nigeria is not only in a Christmas mood, but also in a campaign...... more

Badeh and a nation under the gun

Badeh and a nation under the gun The circumstances under which Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh died on Tuesday underscore the gravity of the security challenge facing us in Nigeria today. Whatever may have been the motive of his assailants, that a whole former Chief of Defence Staff could be taken out just like that is very telling...... more

Human Rights Milestones of Nigeria Army

  Human Rights Milestones of Nigeria Army On December 10, 2018, I breezed into the expansive headquarters of the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Yakubu Gowon Way in the heart of the sprawling Maitama District in the Federal Capital Territory. That place is like a home by the virtue of my fond association as a member of...... more

Counter-terrorism as collective war

Counter-terrorism as collective war Nigeria has assumed the notorious position of the third most impacted terrorism afflicted sovereign nation globally, just after Afghanistan and Pakistan. In its report “Changing patterns in terrorism and the threat to business”, Control Risks, the specialist global risk consultancy, finds that the number of incidents rose from 317 in 2013...... more

Toxicity of soccer racism

Toxicity of soccer racism Sport is defined as an activity involving physical exertion and skills in which an individual or a team competes against another or others for entertainment. This is the dictionary definition of sports.  Brandon Moore said the essence of sports is that they are played for the enjoyment of competition, the test and betterment of...... more

Ugwuanyi: Politics apart

Ugwuanyi: Politics apart I spent last weekend in Enugu. My actual destination was the University of Nigeria at Nsukka where Nkem, my son and first child, had just graduated from in flying colours. I was at his graduation ceremony last Friday in the company of friends and family members who had come to celebrate...... more

A tale from three cities

A tale from three cities “Oro buruku toun terin” That Yoruba adage which, according to my sister, Molara Wood, means that the best way to temper a very serious matter is with laughter, was at play on Tuesday when the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, received in his palace a delegation led by the European Union...... more

Prostitution: Capitalism on campus

Prostitution: Capitalism on campus With just a few weeks to Nigeria’s most critical election, the major contenders who began their campaigns for the coveted number one political job in Nigeria – the office of the President – have so far not adequately addressed the critical issue of right to education. Going through the various ramifications and segments...... more

Dead, buried and forgotten

Dead, buried and forgotten Although we still don’t know the actual number of gallant men and officers of the Nigerian army that we lost or the operating environment that allowed the Boko Haram insurgents to exact such tragic fatalities, the main lesson from last week attack on 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, Borno State...... more

Police as enemy of the law

Police as enemy of the law Let me confess that even among the several cases of gross irresponsibility on the part of a whole lot of police operatives and officers in Nigeria, there is a sprinkling of very efficient and disciplined officers. I must say that I was fascinated to read that a female professor and serving...... more

Atiku: After the conclave

Atiku: After the conclave His steps and moves have, so far, been measured and calculated. He has been taking deliberate and conscious steps to ensure that he puts his hand where his mouth is. That is Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections. After his overwhelming victory...... more

Atiku, Buhari and 2019 Fantasy Island

Atiku, Buhari and 2019 Fantasy Island Every election season in countries well-governed, citizens expect that the policy documents of the leading candidates will contain not only promises but also what would come from their pockets to fund such plans. That is basically what the phrase, “no taxation without representation” connotes since it also presupposes that there can...... more

Youth Agenda for post-2019

Youth Agenda for post-2019       If you flip through the pages of Sunday ThisDay of November 18, the first colour advert that will greet your sense of admiration because of the creativity and aesthetics, is that of former vice-president of Nigeria and the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The young-and-energetic- looking...... more

Nigeria: Blasphemy and Kano killing

Nigeria: Blasphemy and Kano killing Most earlier scholars of philosophy were passionate about unraveling the essence and import of governmental authorities. A significant percentage of classical scholars, especially in the medieval epoch, were of the considered position that government exists to protect the rights of all citizens to co-exist in peace and respect common norms, legal...... more

Abia 2019: Exploring Otti’s career and vision

Abia 2019: Exploring Otti’s career and vision After decades of an excellent banking career, Dr. Alex Chioma Otti, OFR, took the entire business community and indeed the corporate world by surprise by announcing his resignation as the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank Plc on October 2014. His foray into politics immediately after his honourable resignation...... more

Abrogation of Dasuki’s rights

Abrogation of Dasuki’s rights Matters are coming to a head. The distraught and embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), is set to revolt against his traducers and oppressors. For nearly three years, the man has been held in protective custody by the Department of State Services (DSS). Operatives of the security...... more

Your Most (Dis)obedient Servants

Your Most (Dis)obedient Servants Sitting at meetings with former President Olusegun Obasanjo is almost akin to attending an advanced class in government and politics and if you pay attention, you are going to learn a lot. That has been my experience in the past three years on the Advisory Board of the African Initiative for...... more

Of Police and cost of living in South-east

Of Police and cost of living in South-east For one week, yours truly traversed the entire South-eastern states of Nigeria during a visit to my countryside.  The South-east of geo-political zone is home to the Igbo, Nigeria’s strategic member of the national tripod, just as Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani. During my visit to my home, yours truly came face-to-face with...... more

Wanted: Bailout for Nigerian Army

Wanted: Bailout for Nigerian Army In the early 1980s when yours truly was just about leaving primary school, preparatory for enrollment into high school, something happened that has shaped my opinion of the Nigerian military. The event: A neatly dressed officer of the Nigerian Army was ushered into the assembly ground of the Aduwan-one Local Government...... more

Minimum Wage, Maximum Palaver

Minimum Wage, Maximum Palaver After no fewer than 16 meetings and protracted negotiations with the organised private sector, the authorities in the 36 states and the federal government, the Ama Pepple-led national minimum wage tripartite committee finally submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday. And with the presidential endorsement of the recommendation, the...... more

Trump as ‘poster boy’ of Nigerian Army

Trump as ‘poster boy’ of Nigerian Army In both Nigeria and the United States of America, the out-going week marks a historical watershed in the area of enforcement and respect of the fundamental human rights vis-à-vis the rules of engagement in internal military operations. In Nigeria, the Nigerian Army has come under serious scrutiny over its handling of...... more


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