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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

Of US Presidents and Nigerian politicians

Of US Presidents and Nigerian politicians Can political events happening in the United States of America be used to explain events in Nigeria and vice versa? There are some interesting developments between the United States and Nigeria in respect of US presidents and some Nigerian politicians. Among other things to note are the higher education institutions as jointly attended...... more

FG: More ‘food’, less education

FG: More ‘food’, less education As a voracious reader of orthodox and unorthodox books and materials with an impressive record of previous trips to, at least, four out of the five or so continents around the globe, yours truly can state without a shadow of doubt that Nigeria is a very peculiar place, where the unusual...... more

The president’s men are working

The president’s men are working The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and his Labour and Productivity counterpart, Dr Chris Ngige, are on campaign. They are working hard to sell the candidature of their principal, General Muhammadu Buhari, who is bidding for a second term in office. The two ministers are aware that...... more

Of China, Africa and ‘Colonial Master’

Of China, Africa and ‘Colonial Master’ The 2018 edition of the Media Cooperation for Belt and Road ends tomorrow in Beijing after spending the past four days in Boao, Hainan Province of China. This year, there are 221 media practitioners from several countries across all continents. At the opening session on Tuesday, I was one of the...... more

Ekweremadu and rumours of defection

Ekweremadu and rumours of defection I am not a fan of the social media. And I have little or no respect for the motley crowd that populate that space. Yet, I find myself, unavoidably, hooked to this riotous breed that pose as journalists. You cannot but interface with them, if you are in the business of information...... more

Mass murder on a market day

Mass murder on a market day There are many versions of what actually triggered the melee that slipped into the Kasuwan Magani weekly market in Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State last Thursday. But one fact is constant in all the narratives: By the time the mayhem that looked like a scene from a horror movie ended,...... more

2019: Why women’s matter matters

2019: Why women’s matter matters Recently, I strolled into one of the key offices in 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 lack of observation by the mainstream...... more

How money and life’ll shape 2019 polls

How money and life’ll shape 2019 polls The most significant election since independence in 1960 will take place in February next year, approximately four months away. The year 2019 presidential election particularly is significant for a number of reasons and extenuating circumstances.  First, the election is being intensely contested by two northerners:  the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari of the...... more

Atiku, Obasanjo and the road ahead

Atiku, Obasanjo and the road ahead There are several lessons to learn from the political feud between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his erstwhile deputy, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar that lasted almost one and a half decades and on which so many people built their own political careers. One, it is the height of folly for...... more

The Atiku-Obi ticket

The Atiku-Obi ticket Let us be clear from the outset. Nigerians, generally speaking, are applauding the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for its choice of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate for the 2019 general election. But they are applauding Atiku the more for his choice of the former governor of Anambra...... more

Presidency's dry jokes on unity, ethics

Presidency's dry jokes on unity, ethics A typical day in the Abuja seat of political power is usually packed with events and social convivialism, with outputs that obviously don't impact positively on the social well-being and welfare of the greatest percentage of Nigerians, because most items of discussions are issues that hover between the mundane and theatrical....... more

Imo 2019: Araraume, APGA and Anambra political musketeers

Imo 2019: Araraume, APGA and Anambra political musketeers Though unambiguous, the title of this piece needs a clarifying response. The response or answer, expectedly, should emanate from the cabal of Anambra political musketeers constituting the national leadership of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and a few political undertakers from Imo, acting as their canvassers. This assumption is empirically made...... more

Atiku versus the rigging machine

Atiku versus the rigging machine A rigging machine was invented four years ago. The chief inventor was Attahiru Jega, the then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The major feature of the machine was numeric. It has the capacity to juggle with figures. It can reengineer the universe with numbers. Its pioneer assignment was the...... more

'Olopa, Ewo Ni T’epe?' . . . Mystery Pond and a Missing General

'Olopa, Ewo Ni T’epe?' . . . Mystery Pond and a Missing General   While the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Primaries  were holding in Port Harcourt, River State, last Saturday, I was in Minna, Niger State and I visited former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida who warmly received me. In a conversation lasting about an hour before I took my leave, General Babangida (who...... more

Which way Nigerian youngsters?

Which way Nigerian youngsters? This article is a tribute to the resilience of a very young British professional sports personality (Lewis Hamilton) who has successfully carved a niche for himself as a reference point on how to savour the experience of a meteoric rise from childhood dreams of becoming world champion and, indeed, embracing the...... more

What Nigeria needs at 58

What Nigeria needs at 58 In recent years, Nigeria’s celebration of its day of independence has become a hollow ritual. Whatever appeal the day had for the people has since petered out. It has dissipated into thin air. Nigerians are now more attached to the newly created Democracy Day, which takes place on the 29th of...... more

Ambode and the godfather’s rage

Ambode and the godfather’s rage …When in 2014, he was asked about his successor, Fashola said he was not worried yet at the same time expressed concern. “I hope, firstly, that the next person is a lot better than me. I hope that he can do in four years what we did in eight years, and...... more

Corruption, not babies, breed poverty

Corruption, not babies, breed poverty A few years back, a friend drew my attention to a very profound statement that was used for commercial advertisement by one of the leading automakers in Japan: Toyota. The catch phrase goes thus: “Good thinking, good product.” This statement is factually accurate, except that I have just run into a...... more

As politicians redefine hypocrisy

As politicians redefine hypocrisy I’ll begin by making a personal confession so as to make full disclosure about my position on participation in qualitative and transformative politics as a Nigerian. I am a robust and firm believer in the political philosophy of Plato, one of the best known original thinkers from ancient Greece. Plato’s political...... more

Osun guber poll as a blueprint for Imo PDP

Osun guber poll as a blueprint for Imo PDP While the 2018 Osun governorship election subjects Nigeria's fledgling democracy to another critical test, its inherent lessons bound, as preparations for nomination of candidates gather momentum in the ranks of competing political parties. The lessons are indeed useful to states with transiting governors as well as opposition parties that are democratically...... more

Allegory of the political truck

Allegory of the political truck The former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, has been in the news lately. But it is for good reasons. The man has been talking to us about what he calls the political truck. As a presidential aspirant under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bafarawa is interfacing...... more

Nigeria: Land of perennial flooding

Nigeria: Land of perennial flooding On Friday, September 21, 2018 mainstream newspapers decorated their front pages with photograph of the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano paddling a canoe to inspect some communities in the South-east state submerged by huge floods. This dramatic photograph of Prof Osinbajo, as well as other video...... more

Satellites, peace-keeping and peace-making

Satellites, peace-keeping and peace-making Nigeria has spent millions of dollars acquiring satellites under the aegis of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). But, how have these satellites been deployed, bearing in mind the security situation in Nigeria? On Pages 39 to 43 of the book entitled, Nigeria’s Space Journey (NSJ) by Adigun Abiodun, we learn...... more

 

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