25
Jun2017

Whether we like it or not, restructuring is inevitable – Rear Admiral Mike Onah (retd)

Whether we like it or not, restructuring is inevitable – Rear Admiral Mike Onah (retd)

It has been 18 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria. How do you assess the growth of democracy against the back drop that this has never happened before? It is a good omen for our democracy. Although there have been trials and challenges within the period, we thank God that democracy has endured – what this shows is that we are maturing as a nation. Life is about give and...

25
Jun2017

Restructuring Nigeria without tears –Simon Kolawole

Restructuring Nigeria without tears –Simon Kolawole

Something is wrong with anybody who says there is nothing wrong with Nigeria. We all seem to agree that something is not working. We all seem to concur that this is not the best Nigeria can be. We all seem to believe that something major needs to be done for us to make progress. What we lack is a consensus on what the actual problem is, and what the solution...

24
Jun2017

‘Daddy, I’ll be a pilot!’ and he was only 4 years old -Femi Adesina

‘Daddy, I’ll be a pilot!’ and he was only 4 years old -Femi Adesina

Be careful what you dream about, it may well come to pass. Oluwatobi is my firstborn, “my might, and the beginning of my strength.” One day, when he was just four years old, we were all in the living room; myself, his mom, and his sister, when he exclaimed:”Daddy, I’ll be a pilot!” I looked at him, looked at his mother, and said casually: “What does he know about piloting?”...

24
Jun2017

Of Evans, policing and social rot -Tribune Editorial

Of Evans, policing and social rot -Tribune Editorial

IF the recent arrest of 36-year-old Chukwududimeme Onuamadike, also known as Evans, a despicable high-profile kidnapper, drew any mixed feelings of relief and euphoria from both the elite and the masses, it was probably because the people must have been inured to the more disconcerting revelations about the contradictions and complicity of the Nigerian state and society that allowed him a free rein for the long period that he held...

23
Jun2017

The evil of media trial - NIG 

The evil of media trial - NIG 

There is need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to guide against whipping up public sentiments against judicial officers whenever it found itself on the wrong side of judicial verdicts, as attempts to demonize the judges and intimidate the judiciary bode ill for the administration of justice in the country. It is, indeed, a matter of regret that we have, as a group, come to the conclusion that the various...

23
Jun2017

Kechi Okwuchi: Transcending trauma - The Nation Editorial

Kechi Okwuchi: Transcending  trauma - The Nation Editorial

In a world dominated by multiple manifestations of human weakness, it is truly inspiring to see an individual rise above tragic circumstances that would have crushed many others. That individual is Kechi Okwuchi, one of just two survivors in the 2005 Sosoliso Airlines plane crash which claimed 107 lives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Ms. Okwuchi is a contestant on America’s Got Talent, a popular reality show, where she thrilled...

20
Jun2017

Paris Club loan refund-The Nation Editorial

Paris Club loan refund-The Nation Editorial

THE decision of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) to employ the next tranche of payment from the London-Paris Club loan refunds to offset the backlog of salaries and pensions stretching back a year in many cases has not come a moment too soon. The first tranche was expected to be utilised for that very purpose. But constancy, especially in discharging their obligations to public employees and the public at large...

20
Jun2017

Morocco’s Ecowas gambit –Sun Editorial

Morocco’s Ecowas gambit –Sun Editorial

WE commend the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN) for its timely warning on Morocco’s bid to install itself as a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Noting that Morocco, by reason of its geographical location in North Africa, does not qualify for membership, ARCAN called on the Nigerian government to resist attempts by other ECOWAS member states to support the admission of Morocco...

20
Jun2017

Coup d'etat is possible anywhere - Tola Adeniyi

Coup d'etat is possible anywhere - Tola Adeniyi

Who says coup d’état is not possible in Nigeria or anywhere for that matter? Let no one delude themselves and treat their citizens anyhow on the false oars that coup is not possible or that no individual or group of individuals can touch them. The purpose of this essay is not to incite a coup or encourage violent overthrow of the status quo. Rather it is to correct a misconception...

20
Jun2017

The welfare of Police Families -ThisDay Editorial

The welfare of Police Families -ThisDay Editorial

The police must be well provided for With the manner in which contributions have flowed into the GoFundMe account opened for the family of the late Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, following the intervention of a national newspaper, it was obvious that Nigerians could appreciate professional policemen who give everything in the line of duty. But the whole incident also exposed the poor welfare package as well as lack of care for...

19
Jun2017

The power sector challenge –ThisDay Editorial

The power sector challenge –ThisDay Editorial

Electricity shortages should be addressed in a holistic manner After four years of privatisation, majority of Nigerians have come to the inescapable conclusion that the exercise was not the silver bullet to our electric power challenges. The process, which countries such as India, Singapore and a host of other emerging economies had successfully used to reset their electric power challenge is proving too difficult to be applied effectively on our...

18
Jun2017

A strange word from Pastor Moshood Ifayemiwo and my response to him - Femi Fani-Kayode

A strange word from Pastor Moshood Ifayemiwo and my response to him  - Femi Fani-Kayode

"I have never met Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode in my life, but have read some of his write-ups in the papers. There are some of his views I do not share, but at times reason with some of his cogitation. I saw his immediate political future recently, but I am sad to report that his star may dim so soon, if he doesn't pray and change course. Here is what the...

18
Jun2017

New Nigeria needs new Nigerians - Simon Kolawole

New Nigeria needs new Nigerians - Simon Kolawole

In a “side bar” article I wrote years ago, I noted that the then central bank governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, was still signing the naira as “Charles Soludo” and joked that I would not spend the Nigerian currency again until he did the needful. I got an e-mail from a young reader who said although he always enjoyed reading my articles, he just could not understand my “constant criticism” of...

17
Jun2017

The Igbo nation: Are we truly marginalised? - Nicky Okoye

The Igbo nation: Are we truly marginalised? - Nicky Okoye

So, a young man was given access to a microphone, on a radio station and then he started spreading a hate message which has resonated with a number of his fellow ethnic group. It makes you wonder, did the Igbo people have hate in their heart all along? Or was this young man responsible for digging deep into the consciousness of the Igbo people and unearthing deep rooted hate for...

16
Jun2017

Nigeria at the Buhari crossroads - Opeyemi Agbaje

Nigeria at the Buhari crossroads - Opeyemi Agbaje

It is mid-way through the expected four year tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari and rather than celebration, there is uncertainty and tension in the air. Buhari himself is unwell, hospitalized in England with nearly zero information available to Nigerian citizens and voters about his current state of health, ailment and whether he is improving or not! Since the President left Nigeria on May 7, 2017, not one single word has...

16
Jun2017

Kidnapping: End of ‘Evans the Terrible’-Punch Editorial

Kidnapping: End of ‘Evans the Terrible’-Punch Editorial

AFTER a long-drawn-out escapade, the long arm of the law has finally caught up with a kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike. A special police Intelligence Response Team working with officers from the Lagos State Command captured “Evans the Terrible” last weekend in his palatial Magodo, Lagos home. The arrest evoked collective relief and triggered spontaneous jubilation among officers and observers who witnessed the operation. Evans, a career criminal,evaded justice for years....

16
Jun2017

Biafra, quit notice and all that nonsense - Azu Ishiekwene

Biafra, quit notice and all that nonsense - Azu Ishiekwene

For nearly two weeks now the entire news space has been filled with what a LEADERSHIP editorial correctly described as “the valorisation of secessionist hubris.” The purveyors, sponsors and foot soldiers must immediately stop this nonsense. In apparent reaction to the irresponsible and unrestrained comments of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnmadi Kanu, some clowns, under the umbrella of the so-called coalition of Arewa youths,...

15
Jun2017

JUNE 12: Jettisoning the tribal sentiments - Samuel Alfred

JUNE 12: Jettisoning the tribal sentiments - Samuel Alfred

June 12 cannot be forgotten in a hurry. The events that played out still baffle a lot of bystanders and have left the political savvy amazed. Whether the day is accorded the attention it deserves or not, it cannot be forgotten in haste. 24 years ago, a Presidential election was annulled for some of the most bizarre reasons that are yet to make much sense to even apolitical folks. The...

15
Jun2017

What about Father's day - Ajoke Abiodun

What about Father's day - Ajoke Abiodun

According to Wikipedia, Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in the society. It is celebrated in over 50 countries across the globe including the USA, the UK, Canada, Ukraine, Mexico, France, Japan, China, Argentina, South Africa, India and many other countries on the third Sunday of June. Father's Day was actually inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement...

15
Jun2017

Senate and the anti-graft law -This Day Editorial

Senate and the anti-graft law -This Day Editorial

The executive bill passed by the Senate will help in tracking down corrupt elements The Senate recently passed a bill to enhance the nation’s anti-corruption war by ensuring that suspects do not evade justice locally and enjoy the proceeds of their crimes abroad. This followed the adoption of the report of its Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, and Foreign Affairs. An executive bill,...

15
Jun2017

A footnote to Saraki's victory - Pius Adesanmi

A footnote to Saraki's victory - Pius Adesanmi

Hearty and warm congratulations to Senate President Bukola Saraki, who has, once again, earned a commendable victory over the people of Nigeria. He has been defeating the Nigerian people since the days of his robbery at Societe-Generale Bank, through eight years of massive robbery as Governor of Kwara State, onward to aloota continua in the Senate. Every attempt to make him pay for his crimes has failed. Because of our...

13
Jun2017

Amber Rose, feminism and naked self-promotion - Charli Casey

Amber Rose, feminism and naked self-promotion - Charli Casey

As a feminist, it was quite a surprise to see Amber Rose showing the world her lady garden as I scrolled through Twitter on Sunday morning. A few hours later, to add to my sense of uncertainty, I found myself agreeing with Piers Morgan. Rose had goaded the ‘haters’ by saying their criticism of her picture was nothing more than misogyny. Never one to shirk a Twitter war, Morgan responded:...

12
Jun2017

​The EFCC raiding of The Sun newspaper is irresponsible - Femi Fani-Kayode​

​The EFCC raiding of The Sun newspaper is irresponsible - Femi Fani-Kayode​

The raiding of the Sun Newspaper by agents of the EFCC was barbaric and irresponsible. It was nothing but a crude and shameless power-show by a weak, dying, paranoid and nervous government.I am not in the least bit surprised​ by this development because that is the way this government has been behaving for the last two years.If it is not the homes and offices of opposition figures that they are...

12
Jun2017

Labor markets in the age of automation - Laura Tyson

Labor markets in the age of automation - Laura Tyson

Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are powering a new wave of automation, with machines matching or outperforming humans in a fast-growing range of tasks, including some that require complex cognitive capabilities and advanced degrees. This process has outpaced the expectations of experts; not surprisingly, its possible adverse effects on both the quantity and quality of employment have raised serious concerns. To listen to President Donald Trump’s administration, one might...

12
Jun2017

The quit notice to Igbo in the North-Tribune Editorial

The quit notice to Igbo in the North-Tribune Editorial

ON Tuesday, June 6, Nigeria’s fragile ethnic relations witnessed yet another deadly blow. Fifteen groups of youths from the northern part of the country under the aegis of the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups (CNYG) issued an ultimatum to the Igbo ethnic stock living in that part of the country to, within three months, quit their land, an ultimatum which they said would expire on October 1. At first, the...

12
Jun2017

Restructuring: Malami is wide off the mark –Punch Editorial

Restructuring: Malami is wide off the mark –Punch Editorial

MOST of the fashionable arguments on Nigeria’s federalism are vague, self-serving, top-down and retrogressive, especially when top government officials are embroiled in the debate. Predictably, the recent intervention by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, follows that vacuous script. In a thesis hard to overlook because it seeks to obfuscate an issue germane to the future of all of us, Malami described the call for...

12
Jun2017

The challenge before Nigeria –This Day Editorial

The challenge before Nigeria –This Day Editorial

The government should take the lead in instituting social policies that would discourage recourse to violence. The mid-term of the Muhammadu Buhari administration was marked two weeks ago without pomp and ceremonies. It could not have been otherwise. Not only was the president abroad on medical leave, a report on Fragile States Index (FSI) for 2017, released at about the period, also categorised Nigeria as the 13th most fragile state...

11
Jun2017

Time to check secessionists and extremists - Daily Trust Editorial

Time to check secessionists and extremists - Daily Trust Editorial

The so-called ultimatum issued by some Northern youth groups to Igbos residing in Northern Nigeria to quit and return home by October 1 has generated more reactions and counter-reactions than any single recent event in Nigeria. The episode also brought out the contradictions and hypocrisy of ethnic and regional hate groups. It proves that if persons who engage in secessionist gambits and spread inter-ethnic and inter-regional hatred are not called...

10
Jun2017

NIGERIA: What's God got to do with it? - Femi Fani-Kayode

NIGERIA: What's God got to do with it? - Femi Fani-Kayode

"Our country is about people that God put together"- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, 8th June 2017. I am sorry Mr. Acting President but I humbly and respectfully disagree. We must not use God's name in vain. Worse still you have based your assertion on a false premise. I am afraid that you got it completely wrong. The truth is that our country is about people that the British, not God,...

10
Jun2017

AWO: 30 years after the Colossus passed on - Folu Olamiti

AWO: 30 years after the Colossus passed on - Folu Olamiti

Saturday, May 9, 1987. The day broke, like any other day. There was no premonition of anything earth-shaking. No foreboding. All seemed at peace. As Editor of Sunday Tribune, I had kept vigil, the previous night, in the office putting finishing touches to a bumper package for that week’s edition. In the wee hours, nature came calling and I went home to catch some sleep. Just for a few hours....

10
Jun2017

The NDDC’s N423bn scam -Tribune Editorial

The NDDC’s N423bn scam -Tribune Editorial

THE country was scandalised to learn recently from the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, that the bulk of the N423 billion released to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to execute 427 projects in the region between 2009 and 2015 had been allegedly misappropriated. Going into specifics, the minister, who was giving highlights of the report of a technical audit committee set up to investigate all contracts awarded...

09
Jun2017

OF CYNTHIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA PERILS –This Day Editorial

OF CYNTHIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA PERILS –This Day Editorial

The social media holds great promise and grave perils After a trial that lasted almost five years, the Facebook friends who murdered the Nasarawa State University postgraduate student, Miss Cynthia Osokogu, have finally been served justice. In sentencing them to death, Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere held that the circumstantial evidence brought by the state in proof of the six counts of conspiracy, murder...

08
Jun2017

Refineries concession: Let global operators step in - Punch Editorial

Refineries concession: Let global operators step in - Punch Editorial

REASON has finally prevailed with the Federal Government’s decision to concession the country’s four ailing refineries. August is the deadline; and from that date, repair works on them will start counting, which will last between 12 and 18 months. This will pave the way for their return to optimal operation. This is still good news despite the flip-flops of the last two years. Revealing this in Vienna, Austria, while attending...

08
Jun2017

This time around the Igbo are not alone - Femi Fani-Kayode

This time around the Igbo are not alone - Femi Fani-Kayode

The Northern youths must be warned and told in very clear terms. This is not 1966. Any pogrom or slaughter of Igbos in the north will lead to a swift, immediate and devastating retaliation throughout the south. Those that gave the Igbo quit notice in the North are playing with fire and that fire will consume them. They are opening the gates of hell and they will enter that gate....

08
Jun2017

Stop this nonsense, now! - Vanguard Editorial

Stop this nonsense, now! - Vanguard Editorial

Periods of social anomie open opportunities for delinquents to thrive in society. And so Nigerians discovered on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 when separate groups of self-styled Northern youths at a joint press conference in Kaduna, issued an infamous declaration that ordered Igbo living in the North to leave the region before October 1, 2017. The youth groups who had been unknown until their villainous outing, in a rather remarkable way...

08
Jun2017

President Trump should stop tweeting. Now.-Paul Musgrave

President Trump should stop tweeting. Now.-Paul Musgrave

Presidents have long been able to reach vast audiences by radio, television and, more recently, the Internet. But Donald Trump is the first one to insist on the ability to reach a global audience directly, unfiltered by aides, using his Twitter account. He boasts that social media allows him to bypass a news industry he claims to despise. It also allows him to bypass his own aides and a civil...

08
Jun2017

The bloody primary in Lagos

The bloody primary in Lagos

ORDINARILY, a primary election ought to showcase the culture of discipline and organisational ability of a political party. This is because a political party represents an aggregate of persons with a shared disposition, aspiration and affiliation and the members appreciate the fact that primaries constitute a critical phase in the democratic process and ultimately the overall national development. But more often than not, party primaries in the country are characterised...

08
Jun2017

To avert youth anger – The Nation Editorial Board

To avert youth anger – The Nation Editorial Board

•We need a radical redistribution of resources It is perhaps the policy-makers’ worst nightmare: What to do about the hundreds of thousands of young men and women graduating year after year from our universities, polytechnics and other institutions of further learning into a sluggish job market in a time of recession. As with other aspects of our national life, the actual numbers are hard to pin down, but if the...

03
Jun2017

Osinbajo: Preacher, professor and politician - Akin Osuntokun

Osinbajo: Preacher, professor and politician - Akin Osuntokun

The dominant theme (apologies for those professorial sounding words) of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s stewardship is ‘compromise and healing’. I put those words-compromise and healing in inverted comas because the characterisation is not original to me. It was recently employed to capture the essence of the Barack Obama presidency. Like Osinbajo, the latter is not only a professor but a law professor and of course both of them are politicians...

02
Jun2017

Who killed Isiaka Adeleke? - Abiodun Komolafe

Who killed Isiaka Adeleke? - Abiodun Komolafe

“This thing of being a hero, about the main thing, is to know when to die. Prolonged death has ruined more men than it ever made.” - William Penn Rogers, 1879-1935. Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, Osun State's first executive governor and two-term Nigerian senator, has joined his ancestors. May God rest his soul! But for the purpose of being economical with the truth, Adeleke was indeed a leader in the true...