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Beating of Ekweremadu and the stones awaiting others, By Fredrick Nwabufo

Beating of Ekweremadu and the stones awaiting others, By Fredrick Nwabufo There is pain. There is anger. And there is collective rage in the land. Nigerians are empty of options and are seeking avenues for a purge; for catharsis. The season of retribution may be upon us sooner than we imagine. The physical abuse of former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu at...... more

Is Nigeria ‘Cowia’ Republic? — Revisiting the concept of a country, By Prof. Echefuna’ R. G. ONYEBEADI

Is Nigeria ‘Cowia’ Republic? — Revisiting the concept of a country, By Prof. Echefuna’ R. G. ONYEBEADI Having deeply reflected on the various and varied challenges plaguing the present geographical area called Nigeria from pre-colonial times to date, there is no gainsaying the fact that, finding a long overdue lasting and permanent solution now is a sine qua non! . The fact remains that the country called Nigeria...... more

Has corruption buried Obono-Obla? asks Fredrick Nwabufo

Has corruption buried Obono-Obla? asks Fredrick Nwabufo Before he was given the heave-ho, Okoi Obono-Obla, ex-chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of Public Property (SPIP), bagged notoriety as a “'serial power abuser” and a “carefree violator” of due process. Obono-Obla’s success is, perhaps, more in the aspect of motoring controversy and bringing attention to...... more

Preliminary notes on #RevolutionNow, By Edwin Madunagu

Preliminary notes on #RevolutionNow, By Edwin Madunagu For the Nigerian Left, the strongest lesson of what may now be called Nigeria’s #RevolutionNow – that is, the August 5 mass protests organised by some young fragments of the movement – may be formulated as a warning: If Nigeria survives long enough from the current battering of the country’s ruling...... more

The Army-Police War: Where is the NSA? asks Yushau A. Shuaib

The Army-Police War: Where is the NSA? asks Yushau A. Shuaib “Our country is bedevilled… (by) multifarious security challenges by which each agency must bring its wealth of experience and comparative advantage to compliment the effort of another” — DG DSS The current Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi Magaji made the above remarks in his keynote address,...... more

Must the Ijaw slay their own? Please let Prof Charles Dokubo be, By Ebikemefa Warikeme

Must the Ijaw slay their own? Please let Prof Charles Dokubo be, By Ebikemefa Warikeme Lately, the media had been awash with reports calling for the replacement of the Special Adviser/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof Charles Dokubu. While awaiting the justifications for such calls, it is important to offer this piece of advice to the Ijaws who are bent on pulling their fellow Ijaws...... more

Bill on Electric Cars: Murray-Bruce thinking ahead, By Tony Ademiluyi

Bill on Electric Cars: Murray-Bruce thinking ahead, By Tony Ademiluyi In the 19th century, the luddites in England who were working in cotton mills destroyed the machines because they saw it as a great threat to their jobs. These workers who refused to upgrade their skills went on a massive offensive against the harmless jobs in their morbid fear of being redundant....... more

Nationwide Insecurity: Causes and solutions

Nationwide Insecurity: Causes and solutions As Nigerians, we feel very insecure in our own country. Terrorism, inflation, corruption, injustice – all these words can be clearly seen, heard on our TV screen and read in newspaper headlines. It causes severe heart-break to citizens. Fear and imbalance! Millions of lives are being wasted, properties worth millions have...... more

Imo State: Why Ihedioha should face governance, By Ikenna Onuoha

Imo State: Why Ihedioha should face governance, By Ikenna Onuoha  Imo is a state jointly bounded by three geo-political zones of Okigwe, Orlu and Owerri. Chief Samuel Onunaka Mbakwe governed (old Imo State) in the Second Republic, (1979-1984), Chief Evan Enwerem led the state in the Third Republic (1993) prior to the arrival of the Fourth Republic in 1999. These periods...... more

COZA Rape Saga: Between the law and public opinion, By Asoro Abubakri Olantuji

COZA Rape Saga: Between the law and public opinion, By Asoro Abubakri Olantuji  In the court of public opinion cases are won based on emotion; but in the court of law, cases are won based on evidence. The social media has been agog with the case of a rape saga, allegedly committed by Pastor Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly with his then...... more

Ruga Is recipe for disaster, By Emmanuel Chigozie Osuchukwu

Ruga Is recipe for disaster, By Emmanuel Chigozie Osuchukwu Fellow Nigerians or whoever cares to listen, some Nigerians, particularly the Igbo, are genuinely worried and opposed to the Ruga initiative. Once bitten, twice shy. Whoever has been bitten by a snake dreads a lifeless stick on the road. The Igbo as an ethnic group within Nigeria has lived through unimaginable,...... more

Osun: Now that the strife is over! By abiodun KOMOLAFE

Osun: Now that the strife is over! By abiodun KOMOLAFE The 2018 Osun governorship election has been effectively concluded. The good, the bad and the ugly have met at the table – in an exercise that was, in the first place, supposed to be a carnival – and all eyes are now on 2022 when the state is expected to return to another dose of this four-yearly ritual. Undeniably,...... more

Nigerian politics of oppression and mediocrity, By Meduoye Adeyinka

Nigerian politics of oppression and mediocrity, By Meduoye Adeyinka The turbulence in the mountain signals the shrill blast of a whistle which had sounded in the distance. This time, crane booms were hurriedly swung aside and men clothed in shining armor – like that of a scorpion king - walked off the very pavement of the upper room railroad right-of-way....... more

Floods call for containment, not relocation warning, By Chima Nwafo

Floods call for containment, not relocation warning, By Chima Nwafo Flooding is one environmental disaster that affects all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, in diverse ways and, yet, there is no policy on its mitigation. But when disaster occurs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other relief agencies like the Red Cross...... more

Nigeria is big enough for all Nigerians!

Nigeria is big enough for all Nigerians! Dateline: December 15, 1991. The prospect of ethnic cleansing was palpable and war drums sounded unusually loud in East and Central Europe when we landed at Ferigehy International Airport in Budapest, capital of Hungary, that freezing afternoon. One hour earlier, my heart literally sank when we boarded Malev, Hungary’s national carrier...... more

Criminalising petty offences: Sign of inequality in justice delivery, By Hameed Oyegbade

Criminalising petty offences: Sign of inequality in justice delivery, By Hameed Oyegbade The main essence of justice in any sane society is to ensure a just and equitable state, in which some circumstances require punishment for perpetrators of bad deeds to serve as a deterrent to others to stay away from acts which, if not treated, would erode justice. The society survives because...... more

Diverse casualties of rape and violations, By Uche Onwuchekwa

Diverse casualties of rape and violations, By Uche Onwuchekwa Following the outrage that trailed the weighty allegation of rape levelled against the Senior Pastor and Founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo by Busola Dakolo, I had resolved not to join in the vexatious issue because it was almost an over-kill. I say this because we have...... more

Challenge of tree planting, landscaping in urban areas, By Chima Nwafo

Challenge of tree planting, landscaping in urban areas, By Chima Nwafo If we agree that abject poverty - which has been growing in geometrical progression with each passing administration since independence - accounts for our negative attitude to the environment, why can’t the few wealthy ones appreciate the beauty of a decent environment? Why do the modern rich Africans prefer massive concrete...... more

Government’s failure to offer free, functional UBE: Private schools bridging the gap, By Olajide Olanipekun

Government’s failure to offer free, functional UBE: Private schools bridging the gap, By Olajide Olanipekun The Universal Basic Education Act of 2004 provides for compulsory, free universal basic education for all children of primary and junior secondary school age in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Act derives its power from section 18 (3) (a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which provides thus:...... more

Busola Dakolo: Rape, logic and media trial, By Oliver Ejike Uja

Busola Dakolo: Rape, logic and media trial, By Oliver Ejike Uja It is sad to see the media replete with stories of violent crimes and the seeming helplessness of the people in tackling this malaise.  Armed robbery banditry, rape and kidnapping have become so widespread. There are chilling stories of paedophiles that prey on minors and in some cases even their own children.  ...... more

Sowore’s arrest and DSS as political police, By Fredrick Nwabufo

Sowore’s arrest and DSS as political police, By Fredrick Nwabufo The DSS cannot be accused of being fair-handed and unprejudiced. It has always been the political police of the existing regime. I recall in 2014 when agents of the service invaded the offices of the APC in search of incriminating materials; hounded the staff of the party and made a spectacle...... more

This proscription will bring out the beast in Shi’ites, By ’Fisayo Soyombo

This proscription will bring out the beast in Shi’ites, By ’Fisayo Soyombo When youth corps member Precious Owolabi and Deputy Commissioner of Police Usman Umar were felled by protest-ground bullets, we thought we had seen the anticlimax to last week’s clashes between the Islamic Movement of Nigerian (IMN) and security agents. Speaking in tangible terms, we were probably right. A budding journalist still...... more

Saga of romance in the upper room, By Meduoye Adeyinka

Saga of romance in the upper room, By Meduoye Adeyinka Like a pebble thrown into the river, peace of the nation sinks in an unfettered manner, even as she continues to ply her heinous trade at the core of the village square. She burgles into corridors, wriggles into houses, irrupts onto communities, abducting naïve and struggling souls, and then deleting her...... more

Rescue of abducted Turkish expatriates: A sign of the determination of Government to rid Kwara of hoodlums, By Hon. A. A. Ndakene

Rescue of abducted Turkish expatriates: A sign of the determination of Government to rid Kwara of hoodlums, By Hon. A. A. Ndakene The news of the rescue of Turkish expatriates who were abducted about a week ago was indeed a welcome development and a clear message to hoodlums to steer clear of Kwara State as the Government of His Excellency, Alh. AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, will leave no stones unturned to make Kwara safe for...... more

The unending macabre dance of the Presidency, Shi’ites and the Police, By Yushau A. Shuaib

The unending macabre dance of the Presidency, Shi’ites and the Police, By Yushau A. Shuaib “Please, in the name of God don’t fight or fire…” – DCP Usman Umar The above were the last words of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, who was shot while attempting to rescue one of his officers, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sani Shehu, during a violent protest by members of...... more

The ‘bow and go’ Senate of Ahmad Lawan, By Fredrick Nwabufo

The ‘bow and go’ Senate of Ahmad Lawan, By Fredrick Nwabufo Ahmad Lawan has been dutiful in his obligation of inking “rubber stamp” on the senate. Though he had said the senate, which he leads, would not dissolve into the executive as an appendage; his actions have betrayed this gasconade. Soon after he became senate president, Lawan assumed the “volunteer role of...... more

El-Zakzaky Shi’ites: Anatomy of an insurgency, By Hayatudeen Sidi

El-Zakzaky Shi’ites: Anatomy of an insurgency, By Hayatudeen Sidi Nigerians must take advantage of history to have a good grasp of issues of national security concerns, such as the escalating threats of insurgency by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky led Shiite group. Unfortunately, for political expediency, the members deliberately distorted it into a human rights issue, taking the ‘protective custody’ of its leader...... more

Strengthening Security Service, By Cornelius Agada

Strengthening Security Service, By Cornelius Agada In a re-assuring strategic response to the felt need for a futuristic approach to redressing the human resource and operational challenges affecting the intelligence, national security and law enforcement performance levels, the State Security Service (SSS) recently unveiled the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), a welcome upgrade and refocusing of...... more

Buhari’s ministerial list of doom or boom? By Fredrick Nwabufo

Buhari’s ministerial list of doom or boom? By Fredrick Nwabufo Reinforcing failure is trying to solve a problem with the same washed-out tools, methods and live-ware. A president is as good as his cabinet; this is the reason competence and character, and not political value, must take precedence over every other item in a detailing list.Just like in the 2015 appointments,...... more

At 58, Peter Obi is still the main man next door, By Esin Suji

At 58, Peter Obi is still the main man next door, By Esin Suji One of the saddest and indeed alarming commentaries about the management of public affairs in Nigeria is the recurring decimal of failed leadership since the formal attainment of political independence in 1960. While the country has had all manner of administrations at the local, sub-national and federal levels over the years,...... more

 

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