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27
Jul2017

The rebel who paid the price - Dare Babarinsa

The rebel who paid the price - Dare Babarinsa

Had Dr. Olu Onagoruwa died 25 years ago, his obituary would have been on the front page of the Daily Times. He would have made the front pages of many other national newspapers and the cover of several magazines. With profound pathos, I recall a quotation about Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia for 50 years until he was deposed in 1975. I cannot recollect the title of the book or...

27
Jul2017

A nation of many actors - Olusegun Adeniyi

A nation of many actors - Olusegun Adeniyi

Acting, according to Wkipedia, which is what most Nigerians rely on these days, “is an activity in which a story is told by means of its enactment by an actor or actress who adopts a character” while an “actor (often actress for female) is a person who portrays a character in a performance.” Again, according to Wikipedia, Acting can also mean “temporarily doing the duties of another person” and some...

26
Jul2017

Preventing clashes between policemen and tanker drivers –Vanguard Editorial

Preventing clashes between policemen and tanker drivers –Vanguard Editorial

What seems to be a recurring decimal between policemen and drivers of articulated vehicles occurred in Apapa, Lagos, mid last week. A policeman attached to a bank allegedly killed a petrol tanker driver over a parking row that degenerated into violence, and a mob attacked two banks in a reprisal. A report on the incident claimed that refusal to hand over the trigger-happy cop to the mob for jungle justice...

26
Jul2017

That needless curriculum controversy -Punch Editorial

That needless curriculum controversy -Punch Editorial

THE wrenching controversy over the new basic education curriculum is mercifully winding down, but the passions ignited are still reverberating. From the start to its seeming conclusion, it reveals the prevalent lack of rigour by policymakers and leaders and the sectarian fault lines in the polity. Now that some sanity has been breathed into the debate, stakeholders should resolve to confront the demons of disunity and mutual hostility and adopt...

25
Jul2017

Exam success –Nation Editorial

Exam success –Nation Editorial

AFTER years of disappointing performances, Nigeria’s beleaguered secondary education system has something to cheer at last. About 59.22 per cent of candidates who sat for the May/June diet of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) passed with at least five credits including English Language and Mathematics. This represents the highest proportion of standard passes in recent times. While the 2016 May/June diet recorded similar levels of success with...

25
Jul2017

APC does not understand restructuring? -Yinka Odumakin

APC does not understand restructuring? -Yinka Odumakin

I should have been having a belly laugh by now but for the tragic occurrence that the All Progressives Congress APC, just set up a committee headed by an opponent of the concept, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, to define what the all important demand in Nigeria today, restructuring, means? I thought the party should just have bought a copy of Chambers dictionary to check the meaning of the word instead...

25
Jul2017

Tackling judicial rascality –ThisDay Editorial

Tackling judicial rascality –ThisDay Editorial

Judicial authorities must clarify urgently legal issues involving the recall process of elected members The decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to report a serving judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) over the recall process on the senator representing the Kogi West Senatorial District is another reminder of the challenge of justice administration in Nigeria. INEC Commissioner, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu,...

23
Jul2017

The Pursuit of ‘True’ Federalism –Simon Kolawole

The Pursuit of ‘True’ Federalism –Simon Kolawole

What is federalism? To use the simplest definition at my disposal, federalism is a political system in which powers are shared between two “equal” levels of government: namely national and sub-national governments. Nigeria and Brazil have a third tier — local or municipal government. These powers are fundamentally to make laws. The powers held by each tier of government are determined from country to country. That is it why it...

23
Jul2017

Onagoruwa: A legal colossus has gone to sleep - Mohammed Bello Adoke

Onagoruwa: A legal colossus has gone to sleep - Mohammed Bello Adoke

I received the sad news of the demise of Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, SAN, a renowned human rights activist and former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. Dr. Onagoruwa was a quintessential gentlemangroomed in the best traditions of the Bar. He was a consummate lawyer who used his talent in the service of humanity. It was this strong conviction and desire to serve and improve the lot of...

22
Jul2017

Now our youths are crying and kicking - Dele Momodu

Now our youths are crying and kicking - Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh when I got a call early this week from Ambassador Dayo Israel, one of the brightest youths I had mentored in my own modest way some years ago. It was a plaintive cry for help after the debacle of a failed local government chairmanship aspiration bid and the death knell of the campaign for youth emancipation in the Senate. Dayo...

22
Jul2017

PMB and the descendants of Shimei - Femi Adesina

PMB and the descendants of Shimei - Femi Adesina

There is nothing new under the sun, goes a popular saying. In fact, the more things seem to change, the more they appear the same. From time immemorial, some people have spoken evil of leadership, cast aspersions on them, and generally portrayed themselves as scum of the earth. No matter how a country loves its leader, there will naturally be those that the Good Book calls “filthy dreamers” who “despise...

21
Jul2017

Lai Mohammed versus entertainers: Who blinks first? –Rotimi Ige and Adetola Wahab

Lai Mohammed versus entertainers: Who blinks first? –Rotimi Ige and Adetola Wahab

The Federal Government recently declared that it was currently looking into amending the Nigerian broadcasting code, in order to discourage the production and shooting of Nigerian movies and music videos beyond the shores and borders of Nigeria. The Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who announced this during a visit to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) recently, stated that the production of movies and music videos abroad has...

21
Jul2017

Governors and the Paris/London Club refunds -Tribune Editorial

Governors and the Paris/London Club refunds -Tribune Editorial

THE Federal Government, on Monday, released details of the second tranche of the refunds remitted to the 36 states of the federation from the “over-deductions on the Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral Debts on the Accounts of States and Local Governments (1995-2002).” According to the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, approval for the release of N243.8 billion was given by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on May 4. Consequently,...

21
Jul2017

Nigeria to start collecting tax from beggars? -Tony Ogunlowo

Nigeria to start collecting tax from beggars? -Tony Ogunlowo

In an attempt to raise much needed funds, the Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has come up with the most ludicrous suggestions of all time : she plans to tax even beggars on their ‘earnings’. She made this perfectly clear at a news conference in Lagos recently. May I remind the Honourable Minister that ‘begging’ is not actually an occupation but rather a means to survive in times of harsh...

21
Jul2017

Toyin Falola, Nigerian History and the African humanities -Tunji Olaopa

Toyin Falola, Nigerian History and the African humanities -Tunji Olaopa

My celebratory critique of those I have been calling intellectual heroes and heroines has the objective of not just achieving some sort of breakdown of Nigeria’s intellectual history. More importantly, it is meant to outline, in a critical manner, the contributions of these figures to the rethinking and the reinvention of Nigeria’s historicity and national trajectory as a postcolonial development space. From Billy Dudley to Eni Njoku, from Bolanle Awe...

20
Jul2017

Enforcing environmental laws to minimize flooding –Vanguard Editorial

Enforcing environmental laws to minimize flooding –Vanguard Editorial

Torrential rains in Lagos and its environs and in other parts of the country have, once more, exposed the failure of urban and regional planning tenets in our country. In Lagos residents of highbrow Lekki, Ajah, Victoria Island and Ikoyi were the worst-hit this time . Human and vehicular movements were hampered, and some residents were forced to vacate their homes. Much damage was done to the environment and property....

19
Jul2017

OF MILITARY AND POLICE DUTIES -This Editorial

OF MILITARY AND POLICE DUTIES -This Editorial

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, recently raised an alarm about the increasing deployment of military personnel in the country. At the last count, no fewer than 28 of the 36 states are under one form of military ‘occupation’ or another. In expressing his displeasure with the growing trend of soldiers taking over civil and security duties that are constitutionally reserved for the Police, Dogara asked...

16
Jul2017

The Lion King, Jackals, Hyenas, and a jungle called Nigeria- Olufemi Oluwaseye

The Lion King, Jackals, Hyenas, and a jungle called Nigeria- Olufemi Oluwaseye

Earlier this week, Nigeria’s First Lady (she, in her bid to tow her husband's line of famed frugality, has opted rather to be called the less fanciful title of “Wife of the president”), put her fingers on her keypad to type these words: “God has answered the prayers of the weaker animals. The hyenas and the jackals would soon be sent out of the kingdom. We strongly believe in the...

15
Jul2017

Abiola Irele, Onukaba and I – Idang Alibi

Abiola Irele, Onukaba and I – Idang Alibi

When I read the news of the passing on to eternal glory, Sunday before last, of Prof Abiola Irele, one of Africa’s foremost literary critics, my mind went back to Stockholm, Sweden in 1986. That year, the Nobel Committee had found our own ‘W. S.’, Prof Wole Soyinka, worthy of being honoured as the Literature Prize winner, making him the first African Literature laureate. The Guardian had assigned Onukaba Adinoyi...

15
Jul2017

Buhari’s kingdom and the pestilence of Jackals and Hyenas - Ugoji Egbujo

Buhari’s kingdom and the pestilence of Jackals and Hyenas  - Ugoji Egbujo

We now know. The day of the jackal may never come. The Lion King will be back soon. He didn’t die. He is not a vegetable. He won’t come back like some others. He won’t be smuggled back at the night. He won’t come back with simpering smiles and bulging eye balls, fixed on the roof. He will come back to rule and reign. Because it’s been written, that he...

15
Jul2017

My travails in the hands of Nigeria’s law enforcement personnel - Mohammed Bello Adoke

My travails in the hands of Nigeria’s law enforcement  personnel - Mohammed Bello Adoke

I have just been informed that my country home in Okene, Kogi State built some 12 years ago was today 14th July 2017 thoroughly searched by men of the Nigerian Police Force. Armed with a Search Warrant from the High Court of the FCT sitting at Gudu District, Abuja, the 12 Policemen searched the whole building including the overhead and underground water tank, septic tanks, the penthouse and Boys Quarters ...

15
Jul2017

AYF: In defence of Fayose and Fani-Kayode - Jude Ndukwe

AYF: In defence of Fayose and Fani-Kayode - Jude Ndukwe

We read a press statement purportedly made by some self-styled Arewa Youth Forum in Abuja on Friday, July 14, 2017, under the leadership of one Gambo Gujungu wherein they accused the Ekiti State governor, Dr Ayodele Peter Fayose and former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, of being used by southwest leaders to destabilize the country and pitching the rest of the country against President Muhammadu Buhari and the north....

14
Jul2017

Resolving communal clashes –Thisday Editorial

Resolving communal clashes –Thisday Editorial

Frequent violent clashes across the nation are increasingly having destabilising impact on governance, the economy and the society at large. Last week, a dispute over farm land between two communities in Cross River State led to the killing of scores of people, mostly women and children. According to Mr. John Inaku, Director-General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, the bloody dispute between the people of Wanikade and Wanihem...

14
Jul2017

Social media promoting tribalism in Nigeria – Garba Shehu

Social media promoting tribalism in Nigeria – Garba Shehu

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammdu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu has decried the rate at which social media promotes tribalism in Nigeria and calls for caution on the part of the users. Speaking at the Positive Voices Campaign Project showcase event in Abuja on Thursday, Mallam Shehu, who lamented the negative impact of violence caused by tribalism and hate speech in places like Rwanda, noted...

13
Jul2017

Nigeria has let a crisis go to waste - David Pilling

Nigeria has let a crisis go to waste - David Pilling

The term “dead cat bounce” derives from the fact that even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height. If you imagine a dead cat soaked in crude oil and dropped from a 50-storey building, you get a rough picture of how Nigeria’s economy is performing these days. Nigeria is expected to grow 2.5 per cent this year after contracting 1.6 per cent in 2016. But...

13
Jul2017

The policy imperatives of getting Nigeria’s universities back - Tunji Olaopa

The policy imperatives of getting Nigeria’s universities back - Tunji Olaopa

With the newly published book, Getting Our Universities Back on Track, Professor Oluwafemi Mimiko has boldly brought to the forefront again the significant and centrality of the universities and tertiary education to Nigeria’s development future. There are two significant but interrelated reasons why this book is a very significant addition to the scholarship on tertiary education in Nigeria. One, the author has supervised a typical postcolonial university mired in the...

13
Jul2017

Curbing violence against children -ThisDay Editorial

Curbing violence against children -ThisDay Editorial

That the incidence of domestic violence across the country has extended to children is frightening just as the statistics of the prevalence are worrisome. While we urge the relevant authorities to pay attention to this malaise, it is also important for parents to be more alive to their responsibilities. In the latest survey by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), six out of every 10 Nigerian children suffer some forms...

13
Jul2017

Of Lion King, Hyenas and Jackals - Olusegun Adeniyi

Of Lion King, Hyenas and Jackals - Olusegun Adeniyi

There is no better reflection of the state of our nation today than the Facebook exchange between the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari and the Senator of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani. It speaks to several issues: Nigeria is no better than a jungle where transgressing the boundaries of acceptable norms is standard practice for some people; the political actors care more...

13
Jul2017

Tell us the truth about President Buhari- Femi Fani-Kayode

Tell us the truth about President Buhari- Femi Fani-Kayode

I am constrained to tell the Nigerian people that President Buhari is NOT better and he will NEVER return as President.The truth is that his situation is pathetic and critical. Acting President Osinbajo should STOP the lies! Nigerians have a RIGHT to know the truth. I call on the cabal to stop the cover up and show us our President! I challenge them to put him in front of a...

12
Jul2017

Ikorodu lynching: A descent into barbarism -Punch Editorial

Ikorodu lynching: A descent into barbarism -Punch Editorial

Nigeria once again witnessed a shocking and despicable descent into anarchy and condemnable barbarism when three people were lynched in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State recently on the suspicion of being members of the notorious gang of serial ritual killers commonly referred to as Badoo. Sadly, it would turn out that the victims were just innocent Nigerians going about their business, but were set upon by an angry and...

12
Jul2017

Badoo: It’s time for community policing -Vanguard Editorial

Badoo: It’s time for community policing -Vanguard Editorial

THE dreadful activities of the Badoo gang in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos State has, again, brought out the urgent necessity for community policing. The gang had unleashed terror on Ikorodu communities where many families have been brutally wiped out. Vital organs of their victims were allegedly removed for purposes that are yet to be determined. The Police have so far arrested over 200 with 25 others declared wanted. These...

11
Jul2017

Magu and Senate’s rascality- Punch Editorial

Magu and Senate’s rascality- Punch Editorial

THE Senate has ramped up its penchant for rascality and arrogance with two actions. In quick succession, it first passed a resolution asking the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to sack Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. It followed this up by announcing that it was suspending consideration and confirmation of appointments sent to it by the Presidency. For weeks senators have donned boxing gloves...

11
Jul2017

For Abiola Irele (1936-2017) - Biodun Jeyifo

For Abiola Irele (1936-2017) - Biodun Jeyifo

Inclusive of all the members of his immediate family, there were ten of us at his bedside at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. It was Sunday, July 1, 2017 around 5:55 p.m. The doctors having earlier informed us that the end was near, a Roman Catholic “last rite” had been expeditiously arranged. It was conducted by a Nigerian priest. When Father Chris had gone through the first stage of...

11
Jul2017

Stop the Badoo killings –Sun Editorial

Stop the Badoo killings –Sun Editorial

The emergence of a criminal gang engaged in diabolical cult activities mostly on the outskirts of Ikorodu, Lagos State, has grave implications for security in the state. It adds to the increasing anomie in the country, with dire consequences for peaceful living and development. Ikorodu has had it coming for a while now, with each new report coming out of the town portending lawlessness, criminality and impunity, formerly of oil...

10
Jul2017

How to resolve executive-legislature face-off over Magu –Professor Femi Otubanjo

How to resolve executive-legislature face-off over Magu –Professor Femi Otubanjo

Professor of Political Science, Femi Otubanjo, has urged the legislative and executive arms of government to approach the Supreme Court to resolve their differences over the retention of Mr. Ibrahim Magu in office. He spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday, on the backdrop of the latest face-off between the two arms of government over Magu’s continuation as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes...

10
Jul2017

Of secession, quit notice and leadership failure –Alex Otti

Of secession, quit notice and leadership failure –Alex Otti

A lot has been written and said about the agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for self-determination. Their preferred route is through a referendum. Not long ago, a group that called itself, Arewa Youths Coalition, even if there was no youth amongst them, issued a quit notice asking Igbos in the North to relocate before October 1, 2017. This was obviously greeted by wide criticisms except a few...

10
Jul2017

Of Donald Trump, US presidency and mainstream media- Sunday Jonah

Of Donald Trump, US presidency and mainstream media- Sunday Jonah

For the first time in my adult life and for an unabashed Ameriphile like me, I am truly amazed at what is coming out of the mainstream media in the US. I have always been a faithful admirer of mainstreamers like CNN, Time, Newsweek, MSNBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, etc., but I do not like the panicky hue that these media outlets have assumed in trying to...

10
Jul2017

Obasanjo’s best President Nigeria ever had —Aare Afe Babalola

Obasanjo’s best President Nigeria ever had —Aare Afe Babalola

Founder and President of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, Ekiti State, Aare Afe Babalola, has described former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as the best President Nigeria ever had. Babalola said Obasanjo, who had the rare opportunity to lead the nation thrice, as Military Head of State in the late 70s and elected President from 1999 to 2007, was “a very energetic, strong-willed, and stubborn person. “He is difficult to persuade,...

09
Jul2017

Restructuring debate: Osinbajo wrong, Nigeria’s unity not sacrosanct — Agbakoba

Restructuring debate: Osinbajo wrong, Nigeria’s unity not sacrosanct — Agbakoba

A delegate to the 2014 National Conference and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), tells BAYO AKINLOYE what he thinks about calls for restructuring Why do you think many politicians are calling for a restructuring of Nigeria? Nigeria is facing a lot of challenges and the sudden call by politicians for a restructured Nigeria is not well-meaning because they are making such calls for a political...

09
Jul2017

BADOO Impunity And The Cult Wars –Thisday Editorial

BADOO Impunity And The Cult Wars –Thisday Editorial

Policing emphasis has to shift from law enforcement to crime prevention to stem the tide of crime and mob justice They called him Think Twice. He was a young man who made a living from making other people laugh. He was a comedian. But a couple of weeks ago, he would have wished he thought twice before leaving his house. For moments after he stepped out of his residence, he...


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