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17
Oct2017

Buhari: When silence means contempt - Sam Omatseye

Buhari: When silence means contempt - Sam Omatseye

The president has always seen silence as a mark of dignity in a time of crisis. When he opens his mouth eventually, he spews out venom that neither gives him nor the office he occupies any form of dignity. Tall, gaunt, lean of face with a straight stare and loping strides, his smile comes across more like a lickspittle than a royal. Yet, behind that simpering exterior is a granite...

17
Oct2017

Anyaoku: Honour for an iconic diplomat -Vanguard Editorial

Anyaoku: Honour for an iconic diplomat -Vanguard Editorial

A GOLD fish, they say, has no hiding place. Within the context of the socio-economic and geo-political firmament of Nigeria, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the venerable former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, exemplifies this saying. A shining light too conspicuous to miss in any gathering, he has remained a much sought-after personality whose presence usually adds value and relevance to important occasions. So, when dignitaries from different parts of the...

16
Oct2017

United Labour Congress Of Nigeria Issues Press Release On President Zuma's Statue In Imo State.Call It An Insensitive Aberration

United Labour Congress Of Nigeria Issues Press Release On President Zuma's Statue In Imo State.Call It An Insensitive Aberration

We observed with consternation and disgust the shameful event that was the erection of the statue in Owerri honouring Jacob Zuma the president of South Africa by the Governor of Imo state including naming a street in the state capital after the President. This is highly insensitive and contemptuous of not only the people of Imo state but also possess the danger of spreading its evil bile throughout Nigeria if...

16
Oct2017

Curbing secret recruitment in MDAs -Daily Trust Editorial

Curbing secret recruitment in MDAs -Daily Trust Editorial

As a means to checking secret recruitments into government ministries, departments and agencies the Senate is making moves to criminalise such illegal recruitments. This was made known at the plenary on Wednesday October 11, 2017 when the Senate passed a bill sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi for second reading. It is titled “A Bill For An Act To Make It An Offence For Vacant Positions In The Federal Civil Service...

16
Oct2017

Tracking stolen crude oil -Sun Editorial

Tracking stolen crude oil -Sun Editorial

The disclosure by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, that the ministry has developed an indigenous biotechnology centre that is capable of detecting stolen crude oil products in the Niger Delta region is cheering. The technology is expected to considerably curb oil theft in the area. Dr. Onu, who made the revelation at the inauguration of the Advanced Bio-resources Laboratory and Livestock Feed Milling Complex at Odi,...

16
Oct2017

Before we bring back toll plazas -Vanguard Editorial

Before we bring back toll plazas -Vanguard Editorial

The Federal Government appears determined to open more space for the public to play bigger roles in infrastructure construction and management. Only recently, it announced the concession of some roads to private companies in the Apapa-Lagos axis to construct in exchange for tax waivers. It also intends to concession the major international airports in Lagos and Abuja. Just last week, the Bonny-Bodo Road construction project, undertaken by Nigeria LNG, was...

16
Oct2017

Abattoirs and Public Health -Thisday Editorial

Abattoirs and Public Health -Thisday Editorial

Health authorities could do more to improve the state of abattoirs The findings by different studies keep pointing to one fact: the increasing health hazards in consuming the beef prepared in many parts of the country. This is because most abattoirs in the affected areas are in an unacceptable condition, with the beef most often left in open spaces and thus attracting all kinds of contamination. This phenomenon, as we...

15
Oct2017

Obasanjo, Yar’ Adua , Jonathan , Buhari are accidental leaders , says Na’Abba

Obasanjo, Yar’ Adua , Jonathan , Buhari are accidental leaders , says Na’Abba

Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba, has said that all the leaders that ruled the country during the last 18 years are accidental leaders going by the process of their emergence. Na’abba stated this in Abuja at the 2016/2017 Matriculation and Fellowship Endowment Ceremony of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS). He blamed the country’s leadership recruitment process for the accidental leadership problem. Na’Abba said, “Circumstances...

15
Oct2017

Checking the spread of ‘monkey pox’ -Sun Editorial

Checking the spread of ‘monkey pox’ -Sun Editorial

It is unfortunate that ‘monkey pox’, which broke out in Bayelsa State on September 22, is spreading to other parts of the country. It is necessary to urgently halt the spread of this viral disease which has led to a quarantine of eleven persons, including a medical doctor, in an isolation centre at Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri, Bayelsa State. Samples of the virus have been sent to...

15
Oct2017

Justice For Abuja Women -Thisday Editorial

Justice For Abuja Women -Thisday Editorial

The victory of Njemanje and others at the court is a wake-up call to act within the law We feel vindicated by last Thursday’s judgment of the ECOWAS Court which imposed a fine of N18 million on the federal government for violating the rights of three Nigerian women who were in 2011 labelled prostitutes. Dorothy Njemanze, a popular actress, Justina Etim and Amarachi Jessyford are to be paid the sum...

15
Oct2017

Teach Me to Fish, Please -Simon Kolawole

Teach Me to Fish, Please -Simon Kolawole

Two weeks ago, or a little more than that, I was at the midweek service in my church when the testimony of a member was read on the pulpit. The budding entrepreneur said something like: since he won a $10,000 grant from the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), his story had changed. I wouldn’t normally use my phone during service but I couldn’t hold myself: I whipped it out of my...

15
Oct2017

Now That Baba Akande Has Spoken -Dele Momodu

Now That Baba Akande Has Spoken -Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, let me state categorically that the great fun is about to begin in our dear beloved country. Walahi. Chief Bisi “Baba” Akande controversially stirred the hornets nest today when he proclaimed the death knell of zoning so far as the South West is concerned. In case you don’t know, Baba Akande is a former Deputy Governor of old Oyo State, former Governor of Osun State, former Interim Chairman...

15
Oct2017

Weep not for Kachikwu - Onyeka Ibe

Weep not for Kachikwu - Onyeka Ibe

When some time in 2016 APC leader Mr Bola Tinubu released an article in which he upbraided Mr Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of state for petroleum resources, for his haughty and arrogant reply to a journalist's question on solutions to the then persistent petrol scarcity in Nigeria, many people rose up in defence of Kachikwu. I even penned an article, in which in glorious terms, I described Kachikwu as a man...

15
Oct2017

Can APC make all Nigerians equal?-Tonnie Iredia

Can APC make all Nigerians equal?-Tonnie Iredia

According to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would not in the name of restructuring attempt to make everyone equal. This may sound unfair considering that all citizens are supposed to be equal, but that takes the governor’s statement out of context. The point he made was that it would be wrong to equalize unequal entities. El Rufai was responding to agitations by some...

15
Oct2017

The man who applied for a job four times - David Temitope

The man who applied for a job four times - David Temitope

Productiveness, effectiveness, and efficiency, are some of the trademarks of a good employee; as far as this millennial is concerned. Hence, when a company wants to recruit, scrutiny is intense. One of Africa’s biggest companies put up a vacancy in 2015, for the position of Chief Executive Officer. A position which comes with stupendous powers and prodigious responsibilities. The educational requirement for this position was appallingly just a high school...

14
Oct2017

Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup qualification -Sun Editorial

Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup qualification -Sun Editorial

We congratulate the national football team, the Super Eagles, on its qualification for the 2018 World Cup tournament holding in Russia next year. The team emerged as one of Africa’s five representatives at the global soccer fiesta after a 1-0 victory over the Zambian national team in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Saturday. With that feat, Nigeria became the first African nation to book her ticket to Russia, even with...

13
Oct2017

The Rise and Fall of Nnamdi Kanu -Shaka Momodu

The Rise and Fall of Nnamdi Kanu -Shaka Momodu

I watched some videos of Nnamdi Kanu inspecting a guard of honour formed by his Biafran Security Service and the Biafran National Guard in military uniform recently. It gave me the chills. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he hoisted the Biafran flag, flaunted a Biafran passport and a coat of arms, etc. There is a video of him openly soliciting for money at the World Igbo Congress in Los...

13
Oct2017

2019: May Buhari not contest - Abimbola Adelakun

2019: May Buhari not contest - Abimbola Adelakun

My prayer for Nigeria is that President Muhammadu Buhari will not contest another presidential election in 2019. I hope when the time comes, he will do the noblest thing: Thank Nigerians for giving him a chance to serve, allow the transition process to run smoothly without his interference, and walk away with his head high. That will be the best thing for Nigeria, and one hopes he has enough of...

13
Oct2017

My plea to the presidents of Russia and the United States -Mikhail Gorbachev

My plea to the presidents of Russia and the United States -Mikhail Gorbachev

This December will mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the treaty between the Soviet Union and United States on the elimination of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles. This was the start of the process of radically cutting back nuclear arsenals, which was continued with the 1991 and 2010 strategic arms reduction treaties and the agreements reducing tactical nuclear weapons. The scale of the process launched in 1987 is evidenced...

13
Oct2017

NNPC’s nine trillion Naira - The Nation Editorial

NNPC’s nine trillion Naira - The Nation Editorial

The nation did not expect that, under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, a whiff of scandal could ever come near the austere man who has risen in the esteem of many as the image of rectitude in a world of suffocating filth. The minister of state for petroleum, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, stunned us with his epistolary tirade about what he described as the shady doings of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation...

12
Oct2017

Restructuring and Chapter II of the Constitution- Kayode Komolafe

Restructuring and Chapter II of the Constitution- Kayode Komolafe

It is an important step in the restructuring debate when proponents call on President Muhammadu Buhari to seize the moment and give leadership in the process. At least, there has been a suggestion that the President should set up a commission on restructuring. In a way, that seems to be an expression of lack of confidence in the National Assembly where the business of constitutional amendment is already afoot. This...

12
Oct2017

The 25 billion dollar palaver - Segun Adeniyi

The 25 billion dollar palaver - Segun Adeniyi

I recall a particular episode when we were going to Saudi Arabia for the Third OPEC Summit, in November 2007. Before we left for the airport, someone had given me copy of a publication by a foreign website dedicated to oil and gas reporting. The publication detailed how oil lifting licences were given out by President Yar’Adua in a manner that lacked transparency. In the course of the flight, I...

12
Oct2017

Akwa Ibom and the agony of tomfoolery - Edo Ukpong

Akwa Ibom and the agony of tomfoolery - Edo Ukpong

In the era when the ‘uncommon transformer’ held sway as the governor--or executive governor as was his decreed preference--of Akwa Ibom, there was a buzz around the country about how he had transformed the state to an Eldorado. The overwhelming response in private discussions and to my articles critical of the Squandermania that defined the era was usually that of consternation. I still remember the questions often asked: ‘Edo, what...

12
Oct2017

Tunji Olaopa: A scholar and a public servant - Toyin Falola

Tunji Olaopa: A scholar and a public servant - Toyin Falola

Text of the Introduction of Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Keynote Speaker, “The Yoruba Nation and Politics Since the Nineteenth Century: A Conference in Honor of Professor J. A. Atanda” at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, October 9, 2017 ​You do not need to have been paying a lot of attention to notice a trend of gaudy and ostentatious play of humility among some Nigerian political officials. Here and there, you hear a...

12
Oct2017

PDP and Fayose’s bid for the presidency- Jideofor Adibe

PDP and Fayose’s bid for the presidency- Jideofor Adibe

That the whistle for 2019 has long been blown is not in doubt. While many of the people in the (now rejuvenated?) PDP with rumoured presidential ambitions seem too scared to throw their hats into the ring, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose took the bull by the horns despite knowing that his party has zoned that office to the Northern part of the country. In this piece I will try...

11
Oct2017

The Masari and Mangal political coup against Buhari - Muhammad Galadanchi

The Masari and Mangal political coup against Buhari - Muhammad Galadanchi

The very fragile relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and Aminu Masari, the Governor of his home state, Katsina, is about to be further fractured. The relationship between both men has been held together more by political expediency, than any shared world vision and values. Both men are strange bed fellows, and have remained so apart, despite great efforts to mask those obvious differences, that are like day and night. While...

09
Oct2017

State House Clinic -Daily Trust Editorial

State House Clinic -Daily Trust Editorial

Last week a Daily Trust investigative report showed that patients at the State House Medical Centre, Abuja were groaning over lack of drugs and equipment. The report said the clinic, which is meant to serve Nigeria’s president, vice president and their families as well as Presidency staffers and other privileged individuals, lacked drugs, including common ones like Paracetamol and Vitamin B-complex. It also lacked consumables such as syringes and cotton...

09
Oct2017

Nigeria’s exiting 90 global organisations -Sun Editorial

Nigeria’s exiting 90 global organisations -Sun Editorial

Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, last week announced the intention of the Federal Government to begin a process to pull Nigeria out of 90 international organisations. She addressed State House Correspondents in Abuja at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at which the country’s huge debt to those organisations was discussed. To effect the exit, a committee has been set up and given...

09
Oct2017

Nigeria and the world cup -Thisday Editorial

Nigeria and the world cup -Thisday Editorial

The relevant authorities should start preparations for the football fiesta Thanks to the goal by Alex Iwobi, Nigeria last Saturday became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 football World Cup tournament to be hosted by Russia. But beyond the thrills and euphoria, what the victory of the national football team has revealed is that if we put the right people in the right places, there is nothing ...

09
Oct2017

The Forgotten Conversations - Simon Kolawole

The Forgotten Conversations - Simon Kolawole

A keen follower of the perennial debate on the state of the Nigerian union would have noticed some patterns by now: your diagnosis of the problem inevitably determines your prescription. If you think the problem with Nigeria is the 1914 amalgamation, your prescriptions will most likely be built around “de-amalgamation” or creating a loose union — what they call “open relationship” in the Western world. If you think the problem...

09
Oct2017

Anambra: If it's not broken, don't mend it - Alex Otti

Anambra: If it's not broken, don't mend it - Alex Otti

Credit for the title of today’s piece goes to the erudite and brilliant scholar and former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, who reechoed the old maxim. Before I get into the business of this intervention, I must admit a few issues in the spirit of full disclosure. The first is that I am not only a card carrying member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance,...

09
Oct2017

Taking Ibadan chieftaincy matter to politics - Mariam Kolawole

Taking Ibadan chieftaincy matter to politics - Mariam Kolawole

That Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State late August at the ancient Mapo Hall presided at the crowning ceremony, presentation of certificates and staff of office of Obaship to eight High Chiefs and 13 Baales in Ibadanland, is no longer news, however since that day, it has been one comment or the other on the matter from genuine to the ludicrous such that every Tom, Dick and Harry has turned...

09
Oct2017

Ibe Kachukwu and parable of the woodpecker - Festus Adedayo

Ibe Kachukwu and parable of the woodpecker - Festus Adedayo

The leaked letter of last week, written by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, to President Muhammadu Buhari which he entitled Re – Matters of Insubordination and unapproved award of $25 billion contracts, may ultimately be the woodpecker boring a hole in the Buhari government’s canoe. The canoe is right now cruising on the high sea. A woodpecker, with its longish beak, is a species of birds...

08
Oct2017

Ibe Kachikwu: The interrogation of a pawn on a chess board — Chidi Obineche

Ibe Kachikwu: The interrogation of a pawn on a chess board — Chidi Obineche

In the 33 Strategies Of War, a 2006 book written by American author Robert Greene that is distinctly described as a “ guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the military principles in war, a glimpse into the spiraling web of intrigues in Nigeria’s Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the octopus Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC is domiciled and evaluated. As in the unfolding scenario, General...

08
Oct2017

Liberian Election: VP Boakai in surprise popular surge -Lindsay Barrett

Liberian Election: VP Boakai in surprise popular surge -Lindsay Barrett

As the twelve-year long two-term tenure of Africa’s first popularly elected woman President, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, draws to a close with elections scheduled for later this week the peaceful transition through the ballot from one leader to another in Africa’s oldest republic for the first time since 1943 is the historic objective that most observers are hoping for. However, while Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf has been vocal in support of...

08
Oct2017

The Las Vegas massacre -Sun Editorial

The Las Vegas massacre -Sun Editorial

We join the rest of the world in expressing our shock and revulsion on the wanton massacre perpetrated by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who last Sunday opened fire on a concert hall packed with 22,000 innocent men and women on the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada, USA. The blood-thirsty gambler killed 58 people, injuring 527, many of whom are still battling for their lives in various hospitals. He then turned the murder...

06
Oct2017

Memo to El Rufai: A Prologue -Akin Osuntokun

Memo to El Rufai: A Prologue -Akin Osuntokun

Let me begin with the acknowledgement that the ruling political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has finally picked up the gauntlet of a commitment it made in its manifesto to the restoration of true federalism in Nigeria. In tandem, I equally seize this opportunity to commend my brother, the governor of Kaduna state, for his tour de force encapsulation of virtually all the ramifications to the restructuring of Nigeria...

06
Oct2017

Fixing power sector once and for all -Punch Editorial

Fixing power sector once and for all -Punch Editorial

In a fresh bid to breathe life into a listless power sector, the Federal Government recently announced its readiness to divest its 40 per cent stake in the country’s floundering electricity distribution companies. This may well be the right step to take, for those who believe in a private sector-driven economy; but, for the sceptics, it is a desperate measure to avoid a complete review of the entire ownership structure...

06
Oct2017

Don’t politicise IDPs’ resettlement -Vanguard Editorial

Don’t politicise IDPs’ resettlement -Vanguard Editorial

With the nation getting ready to embrace campaigns and elections in the next few months, some people seem determined to politicise efforts being made to resettle Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the Boko Haram-ravaged North East, especially Borno State. Recently, some IDPs in camps around Bama, the second largest town in Borno State, took to the streets demanding to be allowed to return to their communities. Due to the unruly...

06
Oct2017

Re: IPOB is an insurgency, not a terrorist organization - Jideofor Adibe

Re: IPOB is an insurgency, not a terrorist organization - Jideofor Adibe

My last week’s article, ‘IPOB is an insurgency, not a terrorist organization’, elicited a remarkable number of comments – kudos and criticisms as one would expect when one throws one’s hat onto the public space.Space will not permit me to reproduce some of the articles, many of which brought some interesting perspectives to the conversation. I will summarise and respond to three key issues raised about the article: First issue:...

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