Re: Nigeria’s perennial flood: Happening of preventable disaster

November 30, 2022 Prof MK Othman 0

As expected, this article on perennial flood attracted reactions from many readers of this column, my Facebook and Tweeter handles. Many were unhappy, if not furious of why our nation has been given lip service to a preventable but calamitous incident occurring annually. The nation is endowed with experts, technocrats, and wherewithal to prevent or mitigate the effects of this Read More

The injustice of 2023 on the Nigerian child (I)

November 29, 2022 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

One of the most regularly used truism in the third world is the nugget that “Children are leaders of tomorrow.” Unfortunately, it is used with brazen duplicity, as statistics implicate how their political leaders pay lip service to the noble nugget. Nations that are devoted to the care of their children are undeniably the most prosperous. There’s no investment more Read More

Sokoto state and NBS poverty rating

November 29, 2022 Jerry Uwah 0

Two permanent secretaries with Sokoto State government recently struck curiously discordant tunes over the rating of the state in the 2022 National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Multi-dimensional Poverty Index. The NBS report rated Sokoto as the state with the highest number of poor people in Nigeria. The NBS report tallies with the World Bank’s poverty rating of states in Nigeria Read More

Why farmers’ indigenous knowledge is vital

November 29, 2022 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

There are many factors that can contribute to high yield and agricultural cultivation. A crucial one is the role played by farmers’ indigenous knowledge in crop production. The piece of information was given by the 71st Inaugural Lecturer of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State and a former Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ololade Enikuomehin, who Read More

Of 2023 and our cornucopia of excesses

November 28, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

Cornucopia, a word with Latin origin and Greek history, comes from the Latin cornu copiae, which translates literally to “horn of plenty.” Cornucopia is believed to represent the horn of a goat in Greek mythology. Legend has it that it was from this horn that the god, Zeus, was fed as an infant. Later, the horn was filled with flowers Read More

Economic diplomacy: Nigeria and opportunities in Guinea-Bissau

November 25, 2022 Jibrin Baba Ndace 0

Upon attainment of independence in 1960, Nigeria’s Prime Minister (1960-1966), Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, declared “Africa is the centrepiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy.” That policy statement has been the underlying commitment of Nigeria to the continent and the West African subregion.Since independence, therefore, Nigeria’s foreign policy has been characterised by a “Big Brother” role – as a regional power and Read More

Redesign of ₦‎1000, ₦‎500, ₦‎200 banknotes: In whose interest?

November 24, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday, probably acting behind the scheduled date, launched the newly introduced Naira banknotes. The event happened shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. Launching the new banknotes, the President, who expressed delight with the developments, said the redesigned currencies are locally produced by the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) Plc, which Read More

We need change of tactics in the anti-graft war

November 24, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

It would be uncharitable to suggest that successive Nigerian leaders have spoken from both sides of the mouth in tackling corruption in the land. Dem don try. It would be naïve, of course, for anyone to suggest that the longest running war in the land has either been won or there are prospects it will sooner than later. The fact Read More

GEJ: Celebrating the hero of Nigerian democracy @65

November 23, 2022 Sani Danaudi Mohammed 0

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR will remain in the history of the most read documents as one who saved the African giant’s democracy from sinking, thus making him the most celebrated and decorated black man in the eyes of the world. This happened amidst tensions and predictions of the west that Nigeria will breakup after the 2015 general elections.Today, Read More

Nigeria’s perennial flood: Happening of preventable disaster (2)

November 22, 2022 Prof MK Othman 0

This is a corollary to my two articles published in this column on October 16, 2020, and June 23, 2021, which can be accessed via and it is the concluding part of last week’s piece. As mentioned earlier, an Inter-ministerial Committee was set up for the Development of a National/Multi-Sectorial Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan. Despite the committee’s effort to Read More

Dollar rain, naira drought: Naira’s treacherous flight path

November 21, 2022 Jerry Uwah 0

The exchange rate of the naira took a treacherous flight path 12 days ago that sent excruciating pains down the spines of Nigeria’s fraudulent bureau de change (BDC) operators. Economy watchers and government thief catchers chuckled in utter disbelief. The naira, the currency of Africa’s largest economy, started the week on a historic miserable exchange rate of N910 to the Read More

Self-medication, sedentary and active lifestyles

November 21, 2022 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

Two issues came up in the last few days on why it is key to avoid self-medication and sedentary lifestyles, and engage in productive activities, irrespective of someone’s employment status. This is because it has been observed that employed persons hardly engage in tasks that keep their bodies physically strong while the many jobless youths would latch of the unemployment Read More

Does Nigeria have a problem or a situation?

November 20, 2022 Prince Charles Dickson 0

A good people can never have a bad government—AbduRafiu In 1845, Karl Marx jotted down some notes for The German Ideology, a book that he wrote with his close friend Friedrich Engels. Engels found these notes in 1888, five years after Marx’s death, and published them under the title Theses on Feuerbach. The eleventh thesis is the most famous: ‘philosophers have only interpreted the Read More

How not to redesign the naira

November 20, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

Among the reasons given by the Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, for the redesigning of the ₦200, ₦500 and ₦1000 notes is that there is some ₦3.2 trillion in circulation out of which N2.7 trillion is outside the banking system. The assumption is that those stupendous amounts outside could be proceeds of crime – corruption, kidnappings, robbery, Read More

Caught between 2 political ‘foes’

November 19, 2022 Clem Oluwole 0

It is not an easy task positioning your feet in two opposing camps. Ever heard of the saying that a friend of my enemy is also my enemy? That is the situation I have found myself since Prof. Iyorchia Ayu became the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). I was warming up to meet with Prof. Ayu when, Read More

Our veterans, our heroes

November 17, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, this week, in Abuja, approved N134.7 billion for the payment of Security Debarment Allowance (SDA) to the veterans of the armed forces. The president said that his approval of the payment of SDA to the veterans takes effect in 2017. The President, also, announced the donation of N10 million to the Nigerian Legion, on behalf of the Read More

Who is watching World Cup 2022?

November 17, 2022 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

It’s less than two days (November 20) to the start of what is dubbed as the world’s greatest sporting fiesta, the World Cup. Yet, there is practically nothing in the air to catch our fancy about it. There is little excitement, frenzy about this World Cup. It is as though there is something abnormal, different about this 2022 World football Read More

Capital market crucial to economic recovery – Amosun

November 17, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme Abuja 0

The capital market in Nigeria has been described as important to the economy of the nation as it is capable of providing government the much needed revenue for infrastructural development. This was stated by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Market, Senator Ibikunle Amosun during the budget defense by the Securities and Exchange Commission in Abuja. Senator Amosun Read More

The Nigeria of our dreams (?)

November 17, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

In his independence anniversary speech last October 1, President Muhammadu Buhari said he had laid the foundation for building the Nigeria of our dreams. He was not the first Nigerian leader to make such a claim and point the citizens towards a tomorrow country called the Nigeria of our dreams. The Nigeria of our dreams is an old concept that Read More

Nigeria’s perennial flood: Happening of preventable disaster

November 15, 2022 Prof MK Othman 0

In our lackadaisical manner as a developing nation, we ignore almost every imminent disaster until it happens, then our leaders begin to shed crocodile tears and before you pronounce “Jack”, an investigation panel would have been put in place, if the disaster is big enough. In most cases, the hidden aim of the panel is to avoid asking embarrassing questions Read More

Attempt on Apostle Suleiman’s life and matters arising

November 14, 2022 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

One of the demerits of liberalism in any belief system is its propensity to scandalisation of faith. This was how pentecostalism (an offshoot of protestantism) which is reputed for its attenuation of Christian message took off; following series of reformative movements led by the likes of John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, King Henry VIII, John Knox and Martin Luther, barely 16 Read More

Naira gains: EFCC’s victory over treasury looters

November 14, 2022 Jerry Uwah 0

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was the first to raise the red flag over the stampeded dollarisation of Nigeria’s tottering economy. The global lender warned that the stampede in Nigeria’s foreign exchange market would worsen the nation’s devastating hard currency deficit. Last week developments in the foreign exchange market proved that the IMF was tragically prophetic. Treasury looters reduced the Read More