What kind of president do you wish for your country?

August 12, 2022 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

I would want a pro-democracy activist. A steadfast democrat who stood firm in the spitfire storm of military rule, and canvassed for the return to democracy. One who used his resources to support democratic compatriots in their quest for transparent and good governance. That person that was a rallying point, even abroad, for like minds who emigrated to find exile Read More

(Voices of history) The manipulation of religion in Nigeria

August 11, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

Dr Yusufu Bala Usman. Remember him? Not many of us dare forget the late radical, leftist scholar, an historian who positively influenced young students in the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The students were nicknamed “Bala Brought Up” to correctly situate their radical leftist politics. The manipulation of these fault lines retards our national progress and hobbles our national cohesion and Read More

Babachir/Dogara: Who made you kings over us?

August 11, 2022 Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele 0

According to the second book of the Bible, Exodus 12:14, when Moses wanted to separate two Israelites who were fighting, one of the fighters asked him: “Who made you an official judge over us? …” Moses then was a self-appointed ‘leader.’ God had not yet called him. He “appointed” himself. Just as it happened during the Old Testament days of Read More

Taiwan and why China cannot brook external interference

August 10, 2022 Charles Onunaiju 0

The whirlwind visit of the U.S House speaker, 82 year-old Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan despite protestations from Beijing have raised fresh concerns about how the world’s most important bilateral relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America is managed. In the maniacal visit, the United States undermined the foundations of its diplomatic relations with China, Read More

Reflecting on Yelwa’s giant strides at HYPPADEC

August 10, 2022 Fatal Ibrahim 0

“The growth and development of any society and its people is the highest calling of leadership” – Harvey Firestone, American businessman (1868 – 1938). The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) was established by an Act of the National Assembly (HYPPADEC Establishment Act 2010) to address ecological challenges from the operations of hydroelectric dams. This followed agitations by individuals, Read More

Vote buying as clear and present danger

August 9, 2022 Nick Dazang 0

Shortly after Professor Attahiru Jega assumed office as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in June 2010, his first major outing was a visit to the INEC state headquarters office in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. By the same token, shortly after Professor Mahmood Yakubu was inaugurated as INEC chairman on October 21, 2015, he replicated Professor Jega’s Read More

The evil of kickback in healthcare practice

August 9, 2022 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

Physicians and other healthcare professionals are in a position to refer business to a variety of individuals and entities: specialists, companies, home health agencies, and others. But what criteria are used when deciding where patient referrals should go? Is it always what is in the best interest of the patient? Are there other motivating factors? How ethical are those ‘motivating’ Read More

Pelosy’s visit to Taiwan and the decline of American empire

August 8, 2022 Sheriff Ghali Ibrahim 0

August 2, 2022, was a day that the United States decided to venture into yet another lane of hypocrisy and provocation of a nuclear power, the People’s Republic of China. In its foreign policy, China has made it clear to uphold the One-China Policy which is accepted by the United Nations, regional and sub-regional organisations including the United States. The Read More

How technology can bail Nigeria out of hunger

August 8, 2022 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

It is usually said that doing the same thing over and over again without yielding results is simply an indication that there is need for a change in strategy. Over the years, a number of policies, programmes and projects have been pursued in a bid to put food on the table of Nigerians. What do we have today? Many people Read More

World Bank and Nigeria’s worsening poverty

August 8, 2022 Jerry Uwah 0

Last week the World Bank shocked the world with its release on state-by-state poverty index on Nigeria. The index is a sad reminder of the abject poverty in the midst of Nigeria’s enormous wealth. A summary of the index puts Nigeria’s average poverty rate at 65.2 per cent. That is a precipitous decline from the 40 per cent touted around Read More

Pw did Keyamo arrive at N1.2trn for ASUU?

It is well known that members of the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU), the umbrella body of academic staff in Nigerian oublic universities, have been on strike for six months. Specifically, the strike began on February 14, 2022. Typical of the union of academics, it made sure that all means of avoiding the strike were exhausted before declaring the industrial Read More

As Abuja Millennium Park reopens…

August 7, 2022 Abdul Jelil Adebayo 0

On December 21, 2020, when the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) ordered that the popular Millennium Recreation Park located within Maitama District of Abuja be shut down forall social activities, not many fun seekers ever thought the closure would last this long. But 19 months after, the FCTA in its wisdom on August 1, 2022, decided that the closure was Read More

An agenda for national rebirth

August 7, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

“The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonourably, foolishly, viciously.” ― Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot Till the rivers run dry and the world ceases to exist, problems shall never end. Problems became part of man the moment he took a bite of that apple and was banished to earth to come and find the solution Read More

2023: Everyone will have breakfast

August 7, 2022 Prince Charles Dickson 0

You go bow for the result oh Nothing to discuss oh ‘Cause I dey win by default And without any doubt oh Omo, me, I be adult oh … My feelings been dey swing like jangolova Feelings been dey swing like jangolova E don cast (e don cast) Last last (last last) Na everybody go chop breakfast (na everybody go Read More

That pension reforms may not derail

August 5, 2022 Grace Abayomi 0

In 2004, Nigeria embarked on one of the most successful reforms in its history with the enactment of the Pension Reform Act (PRA 2004). Before then, employers used to have riotous schemes that did not inspire confidence in the employees. In the private sector, there were schemes that were less than beneficial and were often implemented in ways that gave Read More

Still on the 2023 general elections…

August 4, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, this week, commended the collective efforts of nations in tackling global security challenges and called for more collaboration to check terrorism, banditry and insurgency plaguing nations, including Nigeria. The President made the call when he received the letters of credence of the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador James Kingston Christoff and Ambassador of Mexico to Nigeria, Read More

Another look at beauty contests and queens

August 4, 2022 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

   They are springing up like mushrooms hither and thither such that almost every state  has a crowned beauty queen, like Miss Ondo, Miss Anambra, Miss Rivers, Miss Kaduna, etc. In addition, we now have crowned beauty queens for specific events and sectors, such as Miss Calabar Festival, Miss Tourism, Miss Campus, etc; and institutions too like Miss University and Read More

Abdullahi Adamu: Beckoned to save

August 4, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

The redoubtable Adams Oshiomhole, two-time governor of Edo State, was elected national chairman of APC in 2018. In my column welcoming him to the hot seat, I advised him, gratis, to commit himself and the members of the national working committee to internal democracy because “it is critical to the health of our democracy. Internal democracy in the political parties Read More

Tackling insecurity: Successes of the Yahaya Bello model

August 3, 2022 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

Just about a month ago, in a piece titled, ‘Gov. Yahaya Bello: A valorous ambassador of the new age’, I brought to you, the very remarkable strides of Governor Bello in Kogi state. His first term presented an unprecedented, and revolutionary agricultural development programme, where land worth over 1000 hectares was purchased and shared to the teeming youth population of Read More

Religion: The wild card in politics

August 2, 2022 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

No counter argument was more baseless on the road to 2023 general elections than the “religion shouldn’t matter” shenanigans by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Bola Ahmed Tinubu supporters. Pardon me for using separately, two words that should be synonymous. Ordinarily, whoever is supporting APC is a Tinubu supporter. But it is not so in today’s reality of the Read More

Naira’s precipitous depreciation: Emefiele Vs Senate

August 1, 2022 Jerry Uwah 0

The naira is sinking and no one knows precisely how to save the currency of Africa’s largest economy. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has deployed all the weapons in its arsenal in defence of the naira. Ironically, none is working. Even lending rate hikes have become counter-productive. On July 27, 2021, the apex bank fingered Nigeria’s treacherous bureau de Read More