A look into Buhari’s administration at 7

May 26, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

As a president, Muhammadu Buhari has had several achievements to his credit and faces challenges that need to be tackled. Notable among the challenges include the coronavirus pandemic that has thrown the Buhari-led administration, citizens and the economy into confusion and retrograde. Happily, the administration put in place an effective mechanism to check the spread of the pandemic while increasing Read More

2023 elections and the road less travelled

May 26, 2022 Chido Onumah 0

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost At the end of this month, other things being equal, Nigeria’s major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will select their presidential candidates for the February 2023 Read More

Sir Ahmadu Bello’s dreams and our current nightmare

May 26, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

In his autobiography, My Life, published in 1962, the late premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardaunan Sokoto, wrote: “They say that I am proud and impatient. I am certainly proud, for I have much to be proud of, and not the least the trust that God has given me to lift up our people from their primitive Read More

Party primaries dim president’s, governors’ anniversaries

May 26, 2022 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Ordinarily, this weekend would have been one of celebration in the Villa and government houses, celebration of their anniversaries of ascension to the throne as president and governors. Usually, it is a week-long affair replete with various activities and culminating with a banquet dinner splashed with cultural entertainment on the D-Day, May 29. The ambience would have been one of Read More

FCDO: Sustaining interventions on girls’ education in Nigeria

May 25, 2022 Carl Umegboro 0

The profound role of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom on girls’ education in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. As a big brother to Nigeria, the United Kingdom has continued to show exemplary leadership by funding the Girls’ Education Project (GEP) considering that poverty in any society cannot be utterly eradicated without paying critical attention to Read More

Osinbajo’s date with history as Eagle Square beckons

May 24, 2022 Gidado Ibrahim 0

The date is May 29, 2022 when APC stakeholders and party delegates will converge on Eagle Square, Abuja, to choose the party’s flag bearer for the 25 February, 2023 presidential election. Certain permutations and calculations are pointing to the direction of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to pick the APC presidential ticket. Why do the odds favour the vice president, if Read More

Isi-Uzo LGA, the lonely bird on rooftop

May 24, 2022 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

2021 dusked in Enugu with unequivocal demand among the people for justice and equity in power-sharing formula of the state. All camps pitched tent with the governor’s body language — power should shift to Enugu East senatorial district. The delirious furore was rekindled by an undifferentiated ‘Ikeoha phobia’ that cascaded the coal city around July last year, when Senator Ike Read More

Kwankwaso, Ganduje and the legend of political godfatherism

May 23, 2022 Sani Danaudi Mohammed 0

Chris Albin Lackey’s classic, ‘The Origin and Meaning of Nigeria’s Godfatherism Phenomenon’ makes an engrossing read. It is a well-researched document on the evolution of politics of godfatherism in Nigeria. Godfatherism refers to the existence of political godfathers who, by virtue of their wealth and power, exert behind-the-scene influence. Given his great political clout, a godfather in Nigeria will be Read More

Kashim Shettima: The ‘Jagaba’ of JAGABAN’s Campaign

May 23, 2022 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

Jagaba means pacesetter, trailblazer, leader, etc. The Emir of Borgu must have recognised the leadership qualities and exploits of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; and may have been blessed with a glimpse of the future, foreseeing Tinubu’s role in the realisation of the Presidency of PMB, and perhaps Tinubu’s own presidency to come. Tinubu’s presidential ambition is the oldest, amongst the Read More

2023: Let’s look to the North-east

May 22, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

As parties are getting set to produce their candidates, we feel the need to reproduce this write-up, first published on October 18 last year. If I were to be as sentimental as people are, I would say the North East, my zone, must produce the president in 2023. Many people fight for their people, region, zone or state to produce Read More

Just ordinary 80 billion naira

May 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s economic crimes agency arrested the country’s accountant general over charges of diverting public funds and money laundering to the tune of 80 billion naira. ORDINARY 80billion! At about the same time anoda tory burst. Follow me hear as The Guardian take report am; Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), arrested the former Managing Director of the Read More

On fighting menaces of money laundering…

May 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, this week, in Abuja, signed into law, three bills aimed at improving the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing/proliferation financing framework in Nigeria. Money laundering refers to the process of taking illegally obtained money and making it appear to have come from a legitimate source. It involves putting the money through a series of commercial transactions in order Read More

Deborah’s fate: Delineating the facts

May 19, 2022 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”~ Pascal Blaise. Nigeria has become a theatre of possibilities, an enigma to every known convention in human civilization. The happenstance that punctuate her history is as awkward as it is scandalous to sane minds. The differentiation between north and south in Nigeria is not Read More

Aisha Buhari’s mission impossible

May 19, 2022 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Nigeria’s First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Mohammadu Buhari, does not often flaunt herself and her office as did her predecessors. Our two former first ladies acted like powers behind the throne, wielding enormous influence as politicians et al sought to warm themselves into their hearts in order to get favours from their husbands and the government. Apparently, Office of the First Read More

Power seekers as the nation’s fixers

May 19, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

I am a connoisseur of the avuncular promises and pledges by politicians. I have consumed such promises from agbada politicians and khaki politicians all these years. Each group of politicians answered the call of the fatherland, obviously. Nothing personal. They came to fix our country, turn it back from the south, repair its battered economy, bridge its fault lines, patch Read More

Saving our pregnant women and infant babies

May 19, 2022 Adefolarin Olamilekan 0

Health is wealth is a popular idiom.The usage of it speaks volume when, for instance, a family member, a friend or a colleague is sick; moreso, when we ourselves are not in the right frame of healthiness. To this end our understanding and interpretation of this idiom transcends a mere statement of fact about a healthy life. What this means Read More

Sokoto 2023: Why the gang up against Ahmed Aliyu collapsed

May 18, 2022 Olayitan Adebayo 0

Working hand-in-hand with opposition elements outside the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Sokoto state, a band of fifth columnists have been pushing for a destabilisation agenda ahead of the forthcoming primaries. The satanic plot is, however, dead on arrival because Sokoto state has a more sufficiently-enlightened and no non-sense population of voters. The electorate of Sokoto state today can easily Read More

The salary culture, inflation and everyday experience

May 18, 2022 Timi Olubiyi 0

The rising cost of living is impacting globally but differently, and it is clearly evident that expenses and bills continue to rise steeply. The cost of food, household consumables, and other essentials has skyrocketed in recent times from Cairo, to Botswana, Delhi, Shanghai, London, Houston, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Dublin and Manila, name it. This price hike has been on Read More

Confused junction:The lot of Africa’s belief systems, East of the Niger

May 17, 2022 Eze Jude Ogechukwu 0

To Yoruba, kola nut is a cash crop, an economic fruit and exchange earner, to Hausa, it is an edible fruit, a delicious organic snack with sedative/recreational property. But to Igbo, kola nut is an object of reverence, an organic ancestral relic with libation potential; an oblation offered to enhance communion between man and his Chi –an acceptable element of divine appellation. Read More

Islam is a religion of knowledge, learn it

May 16, 2022 Abdussamad Umar Jibia 0

Nigerian Muslims who have been following discussions on the execution of a young woman by unknown youth in Sokoto would note that a number of obscure social media “Islamic scholars” have emerged. Some of them arrogated to themselves the right of ijtihad, a thing some of the greatest Islamic scholars of all times avoided unless absolutely necessary. It is unfortunate Read More

How Deborah Samuel was misunderstood

May 16, 2022 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

The general outcry, condemnation and grief that trail the gruesome killing of Miss Deborah Samuel, a Christian 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, may not abate so easily. Deborah was reported to have been killed for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad (SAW); she was beaten and burnt to death by her school mates. The late Deborah was accused of Read More

Aviation fuel scourge: MOMAN’s lust for mammon

May 16, 2022 Jerry Uwah 0

The blame game between Nigerian airlines and the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), a cartel of fuel marketers, is so enigmatic that no one knows who is telling the truth.The airlines claimed that MOMAN in its lust for mammon has pushed the pump price of aviation fuel to N700 per litre. Consequently, fuel now constitutes 95 per cent Read More

A chat with Buni and random musings

May 15, 2022 Hassan Gimba 0

I should have come with the second and, most likely, concluding part of the article, “Of banditry and shared sovereignty”, but Nigeria nowadays is a country where incidents, foreseen and unforeseen, are tumbling over each other by the minute, competing for attention in the public space. One of the burning issues has been the cost of party nomination forms. I Read More

Sokoto killing of Deborah ad continuum

“The biggest enemy of Islam is the ignorant Muslim, whose ignorance leads him to intolerance, whose actions destroy the true image of Islam, and when people look at him, they think that is what Islam is.” – Sheikh Ahmed Deedat Couple of years, I had written on what I called An Igbo Reverend Sister, An Hausa Ulamah, And Killing In Allah’s Read More