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[OPINION]: Budget as a tool of underdevelopment - Simon Kolawole

24 June 2018
[OPINION]: Budget as a tool of underdevelopment - Simon Kolawole

In 2011, a brilliant, fine gentleman from the south-south was elected into the Nigerian senate. He was full of hopes and dreams. At a dinner with journalist friends, he outlined...

Agenda for the new APC leadership -Thisday Editorial

24 June 2018
Agenda for the new APC leadership -Thisday Editorial

For the Oshiomhole-led new national executive to earn respect, it must promote the common good. Ordinarily, as the party in power at the national level and in majority of the...

[OPINON]: ISGPP conversation on birthing New Age public servants - Tunji Olaopa

24 June 2018
[OPINON]: ISGPP conversation on birthing New Age public servants - Tunji Olaopa

The thrust of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) think-tanking is governance. This is executed with the deployment of the twin instruments of research and executive education, to...

[OPINION]: A law as good as inevitable - Duro Onabule

23 June 2018
[OPINION]: A law as good as inevitable - Duro Onabule

At a critical stage of the 2015 presidential election, the rival People’s Democratic Party (PDP) alarmed the nation that, if elected, candidate Muhammadu Buhari would be pushed around by one...

[OPINION]: A tale of two shoguns -Mike Awoyinfa

23 June 2018
[OPINION]: A tale of two shoguns -Mike Awoyinfa

Its one tale that has perennially fascinated us, this tale of the two Shoguns of Ogun State who share a lot in common: Bashorun MKO Abiola, a national hero even...

The unsustainable petrol subsidy regime -Sun Editorial

23 June 2018
The unsustainable petrol subsidy regime -Sun Editorial

A recent report revealed that Nigeria spent N190.314 billion between January 2017 and January 2018 as under-recovery from the importation of petrol for local consumption despite government’s claim that it...

[OPINION]: The Witch and the Super Eagles - Leon Balogun

22 June 2018
[OPINION]: The Witch and the Super Eagles - Leon Balogun

 My sister’s best friend’s mom had a best friend, and she was the witch. She could read auras, or some crazy nonsense like that. I was 19 years old...

[OPINION]: Celebrating democracy? - Michael Asuzu

22 June 2018
[OPINION]: Celebrating democracy? - Michael Asuzu

On 29th May 2018, Nigeria was said to be celebrating her democracy day; and by implication, that is all of us herein this country! I had the chance this morning...

The Minna jailbreak -Tribune Editorial

22 June 2018
The Minna jailbreak -Tribune Editorial

On June 3, the federal prison located in the Tunga area of Minna metropolis in Niger State, otherwise known as the Medium Security Prison, went the way of many prisons...

At last, the 2018 budget -Daily Trust Editorial

22 June 2018
At last, the 2018 budget -Daily Trust Editorial

After over six months’ delay into its statutory life, the N9 trillion 2018 Federal budget was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari two days ago. Curiously, Senate President Bukola...

Financial autonomy for State Assemblies, Judiciaries - Vanguard Editorial

21 June 2018
Financial autonomy for State Assemblies, Judiciaries - Vanguard Editorial

The widespread clamour for financial autonomy for State Houses of Assembly and Judiciaries bore fruitful results recently when President Muhammadu Buhari signed a Bill into law granting this request. The...

Bayelsa ghost -The Nation Editorial

21 June 2018
Bayelsa ghost -The Nation Editorial

Another show of underhand fraud in the civil service system An accountant with one of the local government councils in Bayelsa State has joined the long list of anonymous ghosts...

Curbing rice smuggling - Tribune Editorial

21 June 2018
Curbing rice smuggling - Tribune Editorial

On Monday, the Federal Government revealed its plan to shut the land border between Nigeria and a neighbouring country to curb smuggling of rice into the country. Minister of Agriculture...

The not too young to run law - Thisday Editorial

19 June 2018
The not too young to run law - Thisday Editorial

There is additional need for financial regulation on political expenditures For obvious reasons, President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ bill was greeted with so much...

The criminalisation of estimated billing - Sun Editorial

19 June 2018
The criminalisation of estimated billing - Sun Editorial

The House of Representatives recently had a public hearing on a Bill to prohibit the issuance of estimated electricity billing to consumers across the country. The objectionable part of the...

Sack Mrs. Odumosu now - Daily Trust

19 June 2018
Sack Mrs. Odumosu now - Daily Trust

Another scandal the size of Mainagate is brewing in the Federal Public Service with the refusal of Head of Service of the Federation Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita to sack the acting...

The US/North Korea summit -Tribune Editorial

19 June 2018
The US/North Korea summit -Tribune Editorial

ON June 12, President Donald Trump of the United States met with Kim Jong-un of the Republic of North Korea. The meeting drew international attention because an explosion in the...

Managing the orphanages - Thisday Editorial

18 June 2018
Managing the orphanages - Thisday Editorial

Strict rules must be enforced to contain the spread of ‘baby factories’ The disclosure last week by the Imo State government that there were no fewer than 250 illegal orphanages,...

Medical tourism: Charity begins at home -Vanguard Editorial

18 June 2018
Medical tourism: Charity begins at home -Vanguard Editorial

Nigerians are among the world’s most prolific medical tourists. Tens of thousands of Nigerians troop abroad every year in search of the best, if not necessarily most affordable, medical treatment...

[OPINION]: Raising children in an increasingly competitive world - Olusegun Adeniyi

18 June 2018
[OPINION]: Raising children in an increasingly competitive world - Olusegun Adeniyi

At the parent-teacher session in a school, a mother was told that her son didn’t always pay attention in class. “For example, he’ll do the wrong page in the workbook”,...

PDP now behaving like APC while in opposition — Oyekanmi

18 June 2018
PDP now behaving like APC while in opposition — Oyekanmi

Mr. Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi is the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. In this interview, he speaks on the...

[OPINION]: President Buhari's 6th June, 2018 declaration of a new democracy day and the rule of law - Ben Nwabueze

18 June 2018
[OPINION]: President Buhari's 6th June, 2018 declaration of a new democracy day and the rule of law - Ben Nwabueze

THE MOMENTOUS DECLARATION OF JUNE 6, 2018 In a special Press Statement signed by himself personally, which is unprecedented, President Buhari made the following momentous announcement: “For the past 18...

[OPINION]: The reality Nigerian opposition must face urgently -Dele Momodu

17 June 2018
[OPINION]: The reality Nigerian opposition must face urgently -Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, we are now back to basics after the euphoria and giddiness of the June 12 reactivation and revalidation by President Muhamadu Buhari. If the Nigerian opposition parties had...

Democracy and the autonomy law - Thisday Editorial

17 June 2018
Democracy and the  autonomy law - Thisday Editorial

The new amendment provides the legislature and judiciary in the states to be pretty effective With President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the Fourth Alteration Bill to the 1999 Constitution which...

[OPINION]: Of June 12 ‘saints’ and ‘sinners’… - Simon Kolawole

17 June 2018
[OPINION]: Of June 12 ‘saints’ and ‘sinners’… - Simon Kolawole

I have been feeling very uneasy at the re-opened debate over the June 12, 1993 presidential election impasse after President Muhammadu Buhari decided to honour the presumed winner, Chief MKO...

Welcome philosophy -The Nation Editorial

17 June 2018
Welcome philosophy -The Nation Editorial

President Muhammadu Buhari’s apology over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election that Bashorun MKO Abiola won, came as a shock: not because it was the wrong thing...

The Trump-Kim Summit - Daily Trust Editorial

17 June 2018
The Trump-Kim Summit - Daily Trust Editorial

Only a year ago, no one dreamt that a summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was even remotely possible. This time last year,...

[OPINION]: Why Buhari won’t arrest Obasanjo -Sonala Olumhense

17 June 2018
[OPINION]: Why Buhari won’t arrest Obasanjo -Sonala Olumhense

Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president, has cried out that President Muhammadu Buhari plans to arrest him. I consider it the mother of all false alarms: Buhari lacks motivation for such...

Jega’s advice on 2019 elections - Sun Editorial

17 June 2018
Jega’s advice on 2019 elections - Sun Editorial

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, recently called on the relevant authorities to address the dangers that may work against the success of the...

[OPINION]: Policy options on political corruption reform - Tunji Olaopa

16 June 2018
[OPINION]: Policy options on political corruption reform - Tunji Olaopa

The creation of a functional and balance human system is largely dependent on in-built mechanisms and processes that serve as necessary architectural framework for self regulations. These instilled checks and...

Ekiti election: Why the odds favour PDP - Laleye Lashore

16 June 2018
Ekiti election: Why the odds favour PDP - Laleye Lashore

The 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State presents an interesting opportunity for analysis. The election will be interesting in more sense than one. It is now becoming clearer why the...

[OPINION]: Buhari’s June 12 proclamation and vilification of Obasanjo -Majeed Dahiru

16 June 2018
[OPINION]: Buhari’s June 12 proclamation and vilification of Obasanjo -Majeed Dahiru

In a democracy, when two elephants [political leaders] fight, the grass [masses] becomes greener as a result of manure [good policies] from their droppings [actions]. Such is the beauty of...

[OPINION]: If Obasanjo is arrested, who will cry? - Fola Ojo

15 June 2018
[OPINION]: If Obasanjo is arrested, who will cry? - Fola Ojo

My hunch may be effete, and my intuition may be asthenic. The submission I make in this treatise is not a whammy whisper from God into my hearing ears. If...

[OPINION]: When the American fox and the Korean tortoise met in Singapore - Owei Lakemfa

15 June 2018
[OPINION]: When the American fox and the Korean tortoise met in Singapore - Owei Lakemfa

When United States, US, President Donald Trump arrived the Sentosa Island of Singapore, he appeared psychologically unprepared for his June 12, historic summit with the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korean,...

Babies for sale -The Nation Editorial

15 June 2018
Babies for sale -The Nation Editorial

Even animals don’t sell their children, because they love them and want to die for them, not to mention human beings. For too many days I stood next to roads...

Happy Sallah -Daily Trust Editorial

15 June 2018
Happy Sallah -Daily Trust Editorial

Today is being celebrated by Muslims in Nigeria as Eid el Fitr, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan fast. Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad, who is also President...

[OPINION]: June 12: Letter MKO could have written to Buhari - Jude Ndukwe

15 June 2018
[OPINION]: June 12: Letter MKO could have written to Buhari - Jude Ndukwe

Following the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that the Democracy Day holiday that usually holds every May 29, in commemoration of the day that effectively marked the end of military...

Dan-Ali’s call on grazing laws -Tribune Editorial

15 June 2018
Dan-Ali’s call on grazing laws -Tribune Editorial

A huge number of Nigerians have been killed by armed herdsmen for more than one year in the country. Thousands of other law-abiding Nigerians have also been maimed and rendered...

[OPINION]: Corruption, June 12 and other matters - Robert Obioha

15 June 2018
[OPINION]: Corruption, June 12 and other matters - Robert Obioha

President Muhammadu Buhari scored a high point with the recent honour bestowed on the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, and other...

[OPINION]: Chaos is coming to the US-Canada border - Kelly Toughill

14 June 2018
[OPINION]: Chaos is coming to the US-Canada border - Kelly Toughill

A recent decision by the United States against victims of domestic violence has doomed the Canadian government’s attempts to stem the flow of would-be refugees flooding into Quebec from New...

OPINION]: Restricting suicide bridges - David Temitope

14 June 2018
OPINION]: Restricting suicide bridges - David Temitope

There was Carter, then Eko, then the third bridge was needed to connect Lagos Island with the Mainland due to increase in population and expansion of businesses into the Island....

[OPINION]: Saraki and Offa bank robbery: Before the innocent is convicted - Taiwo Balogun

14 June 2018
[OPINION]: Saraki and Offa bank robbery: Before the innocent is convicted - Taiwo Balogun

Permit me to say loud and clear that the recent revelations by the Nigerian Police under the leadership of IGP Ibrahim Idris, linking the Senate President of the Federal Republic...

Fly, Eagles fly -The Nation Editorial

14 June 2018
Fly, Eagles fly -The Nation Editorial

The 2018 World Cup gets underway in Russia today with 32 countries set to battle for the ultimate prize in world football. This once-every-four-years event will run from June 14...

[OPINION]: June 12 is the real Democracy Day- Akinola Iwilade

14 June 2018
[OPINION]: June 12 is the real Democracy Day-  Akinola  Iwilade

Tears ordinarily should run down the cheeks of those who lost loved ones or are victims of the numerous human rights abuses during the period of June 12 and its...

[OPINION]: June 12: A complicated story -Segun Adeniyi

14 June 2018
[OPINION]: June 12: A complicated story -Segun Adeniyi

A day after I joined THISDAY from Concord Press in February 1999 as deputy editor of The Sunday newspaper, I was directed to proceed to Kaduna to cover the presidential...

Politics and National security -Thisday Editorial

14 June 2018
Politics and National security -Thisday Editorial

The security agencies should confine themselves to safeguarding the people Across the nation, there are several unprecedented security challenges straining the security and intelligence agencies. From the Boko Haram insurgency...

The insensitivity of Nigeria’s political elite -Tribune Editorial

14 June 2018
The insensitivity of Nigeria’s political elite -Tribune Editorial

IN a garish show of wealth, Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and member representing Surulere 1 federal constituency, Femi Gbajabiamila, recently gave his wife a brand new Mercedes...

[OPINION]: In this 20th year of ‘democracy’ - Edwin Madunagu

14 June 2018
[OPINION]: In this 20th year of ‘democracy’ - Edwin Madunagu

Nigeria’s Fourth Republic, which is currently running, was born on May 29, 1999 – with Olusegun Obasanjo as inaugural executive president. A year later, on May 29, 2000, the president...

[Opinion]: Child Bride: Obstacle to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) attainment in Africa - Ekene Odigwe

14 June 2018
[Opinion]: Child Bride: Obstacle to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) attainment in Africa - Ekene Odigwe

Noura Hussein Hammad was forced to experience the misery of child marriage at the age of fifteen. Despite her refusal, she got married on paper to one of her relatives...

Ending 'war games' sends the right message - NZ Herald Editorial

13 June 2018
Ending 'war games' sends the right message - NZ Herald Editorial

The success of the Singapore summit depends on the answer to one question. What does North Korea want from the United States in return for abandoning a nuclear defence? The...

[OPINION]: Rough edges of June 12 - Mahmud Jega

13 June 2018
[OPINION]: Rough edges of June 12 - Mahmud Jega

As an Assistant Editor at Citizen magazine in 1993, I was assigned to write the cover story on the result of the June 12 presidential election. My story was stalemated...

[OPINION]: “Overheard phone conversation” between IBB and OBJ -Mayor Ikoroha

13 June 2018
[OPINION]: “Overheard phone conversation” between IBB and OBJ -Mayor Ikoroha

“Did you watch the awards ceremony?” “I didn’t. Why should I? I was too busy with more important things.” “What could be more important than watching a programme where all...

[OPINION]: What June 12 reveals about Nigerian democracy - Femi Aribisala

13 June 2018
[OPINION]: What June 12 reveals about Nigerian democracy - Femi Aribisala

The 1993 election was annulled because a free and fair election in Nigeria is fundamentally unacceptable to the powers-that-be in the North. Exactly 25 years ago, a landmark election was...

Prison breaks -The Nation Editorial

13 June 2018
Prison breaks -The Nation Editorial

The Minna jailbreak is one escape too many One of the many contradictions that have come to define Nigeria is the way in which the country’s prisons are better known...

Buhari’s June 12 announcement gets an “F” for grammar - Kperogi

13 June 2018
Buhari’s June 12 announcement gets an “F” for grammar - Kperogi

lGrammarian and Newspaper Columnist, Prof. Farooq Adamu Kperogi has said that President Muhhamadu Buhari June 6th statment announcing the change in Democracy Date and conferring honour on Late Mooshood Abiola...

[OPINION]: Moshood Kashimawo Abiola: A life fulfilled -Dele Momodu

13 June 2018
[OPINION]: Moshood Kashimawo Abiola: A life fulfilled -Dele Momodu

Say what you will, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola has finally achieved apotheosis. Not many humans are so lucky, or that endowed in life or in death. It is common to...

[OPINION]: A great moment for Nigeria - Kayode Komolafe

13 June 2018
[OPINION]: A great moment for Nigeria - Kayode Komolafe

A great man is not a hero in the sense that he can stop, or change, the natural course of things, but in the sense that his activities are the...

[OPINION]: An open letter to 2019 aspirants -Olayemi Olaniyi

13 June 2018
[OPINION]: An open letter to 2019 aspirants -Olayemi Olaniyi

I write to bring to your attention the need and urgency to adopt a new instrument of governance for our country to create a Nigeria that works; A happier Nigeria....

Extra year for graduates? -Thisday Editorial

13 June 2018
Extra year for graduates? -Thisday Editorial

It will be an unnecessary gamble. The universities should be adequately fundedAt a recent retreat organised by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the governing councils of federal universities, the...

Towards digitally-compliant varsities -Tribune Editorial

13 June 2018
Towards digitally-compliant varsities -Tribune Editorial

The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) conducted a study recently on the effectiveness of email contact services of a sample of federal universities across the country and found that...

[OPINION]: June 12, the mandate -Wole Soyinka

12 June 2018
[OPINION]: June 12, the mandate -Wole Soyinka

The annulment of the presidential elections of June 12, 1993 was a negative watershed in Nigerian history. It opened the floodgates of distrust, the consequences of which, sometimes in directions...

[OPINION]: A master stroke -Ray Ekpu

12 June 2018
[OPINION]: A master stroke -Ray Ekpu

President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to bring the June 12 imbroglio to a resounding closure is simply a political master stroke. He has declared June 12, the day 25 years ago...

[OPINION]: End SARS today, another police criminal gang will replace it - Fredrick Nwabufo

12 June 2018
[OPINION]: End SARS today, another police criminal gang will replace it - Fredrick Nwabufo

The ‘End SARS Campaign’ is a shot in the air. The campaign is a combustion of citizens’ frustration without galvanised action. It is a right cause with a hollow purpose....

FG’s ‘one million houses a year’ promise -Sun Editorial

12 June 2018
FG’s ‘one million houses a year’ promise -Sun Editorial

The promise by the Federal Government to build one million new houses for the citizenry yearly may well be seen as a campaign gimmick, but it is a promise that...

June 12 as Democracy Day - Tribune Editorial

12 June 2018
June 12 as Democracy Day - Tribune Editorial

After living in denial for almost two decades by reason of obduracy resulting from a complex medley of ego trip and cowardice, the Federal Government, through President Muhammadu Buhari, finally...

Today’s national honour on Abiola vindicates us in SDP - Kawonise

12 June 2018
Today’s national honour on Abiola vindicates us in SDP - Kawonise

Former commissioner for information and governorship aspirant on the platform of Ogun state chapter of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Sina Kawonise, has praised the doggedness and sacrifices of late...

[OPINION]: Time to forgive Gowon -Emeka Obasi

11 June 2018
[OPINION]: Time to forgive Gowon -Emeka Obasi

General Yakubu Gowon will be 84 in October 2018. For a man who became Africa’s youngest leader at 32 in 1966, I am sure in his quiet moments he seeks...

[OPINION]: June 12 tsunami and those who won’t forgive Buhari -Shehu Garba

11 June 2018
[OPINION]: June 12 tsunami and those who won’t forgive Buhari -Shehu Garba

An old Chinese proverb says: Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil. This short proverb sums the intensity of attacks against President Muhammadu Buhari, not leaving the ratcheting up...

[OPINION]: Waiting for the mortal combat -Eniola Bello

11 June 2018
[OPINION]: Waiting for the mortal combat -Eniola Bello

Now we seem to be getting there. The unending shadow boxing between the Executive and the Legislature since the inception of this administration appears set to become the real deal....

[OPINION]: The Abiola question - Femi Macaulay

11 June 2018
[OPINION]: The Abiola question - Femi Macaulay

It is not enough that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has changed Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12, arguing that “June 12th, 1993, was far more symbolic of...

Tourists’ appeal -The Nation Editorial

11 June 2018
Tourists’ appeal -The Nation Editorial

We don’t have to beg them to come; all we have to do is the needful Nigeria is naturally blessed with a lot of tourist attractions. Naturally, therefore, tourists and...

[OPINION]: New MKO statue: A-m-b-o-d-e, the man who saw tomorrow - Teniola Popoola

11 June 2018
[OPINION]: New MKO statue: A-m-b-o-d-e, the man who saw tomorrow - Teniola Popoola

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode appears to be a man ahead of his time. His revolutionary and forwarding-looking innovation in traffic management, road infrastructure, bus reform, education, security, staff welfare...

An honour and a closure - The Nation Editorial

10 June 2018
An honour and a closure - The Nation Editorial

The giddy events of June 1993 have been described by many a scholar as watershed in the annals of Nigeria. The presidential election held on June 12, and the suspension...

Jega’s corruption bombshell: Stating the obvious -Punch Editorial

10 June 2018
Jega’s corruption bombshell: Stating the obvious -Punch Editorial

In any other decent society, where transparency and accountability count for much, the recent allegation of bribe-taking levelled against National Assembly members should prick up the ears, not only of...

NASS threat to impeach Buhari -Daily Trust Editorial

10 June 2018
NASS threat to impeach Buhari -Daily Trust Editorial

It was a measure of how far relations between the Executive and Legislative arms of government have sunk at the Federal level that on Tuesday last week, June 5, the...

[OPINION]: The ominous “bloodshed” in Ekiti - Sufuyan Ojeifo

10 June 2018
[OPINION]: The ominous “bloodshed” in Ekiti - Sufuyan Ojeifo

It was the inimitable pioneer Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch magazine, the late Dele Giwa, who once wrote that one life taken in cold blood is as gruesome as many taken in...

[OPINION]: The meaning of June 12 -Simon Kolawole

10 June 2018
[OPINION]: The meaning of June 12 -Simon Kolawole

For the record, I did not vote on June 12, 1993. Not that I did not want to vote, but the situation conspired with the circumstances to disenfranchise me: I...

The recognition of Abiola and June 12 -Thisday Editorial

10 June 2018
The recognition of Abiola and June 12 -Thisday Editorial

The conferment of national honour on Abiola in addition to the recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day is decision well made The conferment of the highest national honour of...

VOICE FROM THE GRAVE: Quest For New Social Order: We would be terribly disappointed —Pa Obafemi Awolowo

09 June 2018
VOICE FROM THE GRAVE: Quest For New Social Order: We would be terribly disappointed —Pa Obafemi Awolowo

When on Friday, February 28, 1986, Samuel Cookey, a professor of political science, who had just been given an appointment by then military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, IBB, wrote...

[OPINION]: Thank you very much, President Muhammadu Buhari -Dele Momodu

09 June 2018
[OPINION]: Thank you very much, President Muhammadu Buhari -Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, help me shout hurrah, and say a big thank you to our dear President for finally doing the unthinkable, as I recommended he should be doing only last...

Children’s protection and the Chibok girls -Sun Editorial

09 June 2018
Children’s protection and the Chibok girls -Sun Editorial

In his Children’s Day speech last week, President Muhammadu Buhari used the occasion to task the nation’s security operatives, traditional rulers, civil society organisations and religious bodies to work harder...

[OPINION]: Nigeria’s democracy day dilemmas: To defend or to debase? - ‘Segun Awosanya

09 June 2018
[OPINION]: Nigeria’s democracy day dilemmas: To defend or to debase? - ‘Segun Awosanya

On Wednesday June 6th 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria released a press Statement that supposedly repealed the May 29th Democracy Day celebration commemorating the second republic (a transition from...

Special funding for security agencies - Sun Editorial

08 June 2018
Special funding for security agencies - Sun Editorial

 The recent resolve of the National Assembly to approve special funding for the nation’s security forces is understandable considering the spate of killings and insecurity across the country. However, such...

[OPINION]: Nearer, nearer draws the showdown -Duro Onabule

08 June 2018
[OPINION]: Nearer, nearer draws the showdown -Duro Onabule

If before now, Muhammadu Buhari never believed his presidency was earmarked for a political showdown to determine who was elected three years ago to govern Nigeria, he must henceforth face...

[OPINION]: What happened to Mama Taraba? - Azu Ishiekwene

08 June 2018
[OPINION]: What happened to Mama Taraba? - Azu Ishiekwene

Last September, the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, fondly called "Mama Taraba", had led a team of loyalists on a Sallah visit to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. I...

[OPINION]: Codeine ban: This table you’re shaking… - Ekene Odigwe

08 June 2018
[OPINION]: Codeine ban: This table you’re shaking…  - Ekene Odigwe

On May 1, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Health, announced a ban on any cough syrup containing codeine or intake of codeine in its entirety. The move expectedly...

[OPINION]: On June 12 -Akin Osuntokun

08 June 2018
[OPINION]: On June 12 -Akin Osuntokun

A befitting commemoration of June 12 must be stripped of the political opportunism of the moment. It does not need to be reduced to an instrument of political sparring with...

Between DisCos and electricity consumers -Tribune Editorial

08 June 2018
Between DisCos and electricity consumers -Tribune Editorial

Nigerians who expected that the unbundling of the erstwhile Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) would lead to an end of their travails at the hands of the electricity bureaucracy...

Beyond the Minna jailbreak -Thisday Editorial

08 June 2018
Beyond the Minna jailbreak -Thisday Editorial

The prisons need more attention The number of jailbreaks across the country increased last Sunday night with an attack on Minna Medium Security Prison which led to the death of...

[OPINION]: Why strong currency is anti-economic competition - Odilim Enwegbara

07 June 2018
[OPINION]: Why strong currency is anti-economic competition - Odilim Enwegbara

Whenever listen to some of our economists proposing a stronger naira, I wonder on what economic development theory they are basing their argument. First, any proposal for a strong currency...

[Opinion] Buhari: the road not travelled - Jideofor Adibe

07 June 2018
[Opinion] Buhari: the road not travelled - Jideofor Adibe

This piece was inspired by a video of the Kenyan National Prayer Breakfast, which recently went viral. In that video President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga publicly offered...

[OPINION]: Every inch of the territory must be governed -Kayode Komolafe

06 June 2018
[OPINION]: Every inch of the territory must be governed -Kayode Komolafe

Horrifying news issued again on Sunday from Benue, the troubled state in the middle belt. Armed herdsmen struck, killing 19 persons in In Tse Adough in Kwande Local Government Area...

Perverse parliament?-The Nation Editorial

06 June 2018
Perverse parliament?-The Nation Editorial

NASS should take Jega’s latest comment on its conduct to change for the better Attahiru Jega, immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), provoked a firestorm when...

[OPINION]: Biafra, Buhari and his 'soft' civil war - Femi Fani-kayode

06 June 2018
[OPINION]: Biafra, Buhari and his 'soft' civil war - Femi Fani-kayode

History teaches us that there is only one thing that is more painful to the victims of mass murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide than the act itself and that is...

The Abia/Ondo gang rapes -Tribune Editorial

06 June 2018
The Abia/Ondo gang rapes -Tribune Editorial

Both Abia and Ondo states have been in the news for the wrong reasons recently. In Abia State, at the Methodist Girls Model Secondary School, Ovim, no less than 15...

[OPINION]: Petroleum Trust Fraud -Ray Ekpu

06 June 2018
[OPINION]: Petroleum Trust Fraud -Ray Ekpu

It is not known to this column how close Brigadier Sani Abacha was to Major General Muhammadu Buhari by December 1983. It was Abacha who announced at the end of...

[OPINION]: The Offa robberies, political thuggery and the near-death of Nigerian Democracy - Kennedy Emetulu

05 June 2018
[OPINION]: The Offa robberies, political thuggery and the near-death of Nigerian Democracy - Kennedy Emetulu

There is something rotten in the state of Denmark and it’s either we clean it up now or we all die from this stench. This is not an alarmist testament;...

Better identity -The Nation

05 June 2018
Better identity -The Nation

Many more Nigerians should be drafted into the database For a project that started over 30 years ago, the news that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has record of...

Toyin Olakunri, a remarkable Amazon - Gbenga Daniel

05 June 2018
Toyin Olakunri, a remarkable Amazon - Gbenga Daniel

Late Chief(Mrs) Olutoyin Olakunrin has been described as a remarkable amazon and one of the outstanding Nigerian women in recent history. In his condolence message on the passing of the...

[OPINION]: Saraki: APC politics of self-destruction - Israel Ebije

05 June 2018
[OPINION]: Saraki: APC politics of self-destruction - Israel Ebije

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has always operated on a politicalmachinery lubricated with blackmail, propaganda, which facilitated themass appeal they got at the polls ousting Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.In the...

Finding use for a criminal genius -Tribune Editorial

05 June 2018
Finding use for a criminal genius -Tribune Editorial

A suspected professional hacker, Michael Williams, was recently arrested by the Nigeria Police, Lagos State command, for allegedly defrauding an auto dealer of N28 million. The alleged fraudster reportedly negotiated...

[Opinion]: Between a citizen's rights and a legislator's privileges - Abdullahi Usman

03 June 2018
[Opinion]: Between a citizen's rights and a legislator's privileges - Abdullahi Usman

Wikipedia defines a privilege as "a certain entitlement to immunity granted by the state or another authority to a restricted group, either by birth or on a conditional basis. These...

[OPINION]: NOUN/Law School: NANS ultimatum and matters arising - Chinonso E. Oluagbara

03 June 2018
[OPINION]: NOUN/Law School: NANS ultimatum and matters arising - Chinonso E. Oluagbara

Recently, the nation’s highest students’ umbrella: National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) finally broke her silence over the travails of their counterparts at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)...

Buhari’s May 29 Speech -Daily Trust Editorial

03 June 2018
Buhari’s May 29 Speech -Daily Trust Editorial

As has become customary, President Muhammadu Buhari delivered a nationally televised speech on the morning of May 29 to mark Democracy Day. It marked 19 years since the return of...

After three years of bumpy ride, Buhari still undeterred… - Leon Usigbe

03 June 2018
After three years of bumpy ride, Buhari still undeterred…  - Leon Usigbe

Deputy Editor of the Sun,Leon Usigbe reviews the three years of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and notes that despite criticisms of lack of performance, the president is bullish about...

[OPINION]: Buhari, APC congresses and issue of leadership - Abu Quassim

03 June 2018
[OPINION]: Buhari, APC congresses and issue of leadership  - Abu Quassim

The recent congresses of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have kept me thinking about how low we have gone in this country in many sectors. In an unprecedented manner,...

[OPINION]: Ohaneze’s not so ‘new deal’ -Ralph Egbu

03 June 2018
[OPINION]: Ohaneze’s not so ‘new deal’ -Ralph Egbu

This is the topic I had wanted to deal with last week, but I had to handle another issue, “Democracy and nationhood,” which we all know is important. Few days...

[OPINION]: Damaging verdicts on Senate -Fred Itua

03 June 2018
[OPINION]: Damaging verdicts on Senate -Fred Itua

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, the Nigerian Senate will clock three years. I have therefore, chosen to take a critical look at this vital, yet often neglected institution, for, it...

Restructuring to determine next president in 2019 – ABC Nwosu

03 June 2018
Restructuring to determine next president in 2019 – ABC Nwosu

Former Political Adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and ex-Minister of Health, Prof ABC Nwosu, has expressed worry that the democracy Nigerians fought hard to gain is fast sliding into dictatorial...

Scandals at the IDP camps - Sun Editorial

03 June 2018
Scandals at the IDP camps - Sun Editorial

The grim picture painted by Amnesty International (AI) of what happens in the internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps in the North East, especially in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, is...

[OPINION]: Hurting on the inside -Simon Kolawole

03 June 2018
[OPINION]: Hurting on the inside -Simon Kolawole

In my teenage years, there was a song I loved very much: On the Inside, by the Mary Jane Girls, the American R&B group mentored by the mercurial Rick James....

The conviction of Jolly Nyame -Thisday Editorial

03 June 2018
The conviction of Jolly Nyame -Thisday Editorial

While the conviction of Nyame is reassuring, the EFCC has to do more in the crusade against corruption The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) scored a major victory last...

[OPINION]: Politicians, principles and pursuit of pragmatism - Emmanuel Aziken

02 June 2018
[OPINION]: Politicians, principles and pursuit of pragmatism - Emmanuel Aziken

lNot many in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP were able to get at the skin of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government as Prince did between 2015 and 2016. As spokesperson of...

[OPINION]: How we missed the boat since 2015 - Dele Momodu

02 June 2018
[OPINION]: How we missed the boat since 2015 - Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, as we count down to the next general elections in 2019, we should begin to take stock of what has gone wrong with the current government in the...

[OPINION]: Coup baby! -Mike Awoyinfa

02 June 2018
[OPINION]: Coup baby! -Mike Awoyinfa

It was an age, an era no one wants to remember yet no one wants to forget. Borrowing from J.M. Coetzee, the South African Nobel Prize- winning novelist, let me...

Payment of entitlements to ex-Nigeria Airways workers -Sun Editorial

02 June 2018
Payment of entitlements to ex-Nigeria Airways workers -Sun Editorial

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, recently disclosed that the Federal Government would pay former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways their terminal benefits put at N45 billion. The...

[OPINION]: EFCC on Buhari/Obasanjo thriller -Duro Onabule

01 June 2018
[OPINION]: EFCC on Buhari/Obasanjo thriller -Duro Onabule

The moment the two combatants emerged, it instantly promised to be a thriller. The challenge was thrown by former President Olusegun Obasanjo who scored President Muhammadu Buhari zero in performance...

Ghosts, ghosts everywhere… -The Nation Editorial

01 June 2018
Ghosts, ghosts everywhere… -The Nation Editorial

•…As PTAD suspends 24,000 ‘ghost’ retirees from FG’s pension payroll As it possible that the entire corridors and precincts of the Nigerian civil service premises are streaming with ‘ghosts’? Has...

Gwaska attack and rising insecurity -Sun Editorial

01 June 2018
Gwaska attack and rising insecurity -Sun Editorial

The recent attack on Gwaska community in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State demonstrates the rising general insecurity in the country. According to reports, armed bandits attacked the...

[OPINION]: Of lawmakers and bribe-takers -Segun Adeniyi

31 May 2018
[OPINION]: Of lawmakers and bribe-takers -Segun Adeniyi

From the judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos which orders President Muhammadu Buhari to “urgently instruct security and anti-corruption agencies to forward to him reports of their...


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