Refineries: NLC’s unenforceable demand

July 6, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) last week stopped short of declaring war with the federal government over the recent increase in the price of petrol. The NLC rejected the spurious increase and demanded a return to the old price. The statement was curiously silent on what the union would do if the demand was not met. It did not even set the Read More

Change must begin with the leader

July 5, 2020 Hassan Gimba 0

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an that He does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in their hearts. It is a verse widely quoted out of context by people wanting to give their idols in power excuses. There was never a time in any history that people just woke up and all of them Read More

The rampancy of failed bulletproof talismans

July 3, 2020 Clem Oluwole 0

Afraid of losing his son to the marauding Fulani herdsmen, a palm wine brewer nearly sent his 12-year-old son to his early grave. The brewer named Daniel Qudus penultimate Tuesday narrated how the fear of herders in the South West zone made him seek help from a juju man who made the failed charm for him. Qudus, who lives at Read More

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COVID-19: Protecting poor, vulnerable Nigerians

July 3, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The effects of COVID-19 on the health of citizens and their countries’ economies are devastating and the situation is likely to remain so for a long time. Of course, this grim world situation has necessitated countries to devise ways and means of guaranteeing the survival of their citizens and economies during and after the pandemic. In Nigeria, the government has Read More

The starving pensioners

July 2, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

In the last one week or so, pensioners in Imo State took to the streets in Owerri to protest the non-payment of their pension arrears for four months. It was not the first time pensioners would do so in the country. There had been similar protests in many state capitals in the recent past. I would imagine that we do Read More

Belt & Road Initiative and post-Covid-19 recovery in Africa

July 1, 2020 Charles Onunaiju 0

Even the before the dust of disruptions and devastation inflicted on lives and livelihood by the vile coronavirus settle, robust conversations, and actionable road maps are well underway to facilitate global recoveries and particularly lift up struggling economies in Africa to the path of sustainable and inclusive growth. The sinister Covid-19 pandemic restores to urgent recognition of humankind common humanity Read More

The rape phenomenon

June 26, 2020 Clem Oluwole 0

For more than five years now, I have waged a sustained war against rape and rapists in this column. Oftentimes, I stretched the fight beyond our shores. From my pen, I have waged the war in India, Kenya and anywhere that the heinous crime is perpetrated. India is one of the most notorious destinations for rape, rivalled by the United Read More

Buhari and the ECOWAS regional currency

June 25, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Expectedly, President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states that their ambition for achieving the Eco regional currency could be in “serious jeopardy,” unless they comply with agreed processes of reaching the collective goal.A single currency for the ECOWAS region is the ultimate objective of member-states. It is, however, the most difficult part of the integration Read More

Limping towards 2023

June 25, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

I strolled down the boulevard of the ruling party, APC, recently. I wish to report, with a feeling of sadness, that the boulevard constructed in 2014 with shovels and diggers from national politics in deficit of a political ideology, has been turned into a footpath. It is overgrown with thorn bushes and weeds watered from the pool of political intolerance, Read More

Nigeria: How do I begin?

June 21, 2020 Hassan Gimba 0

[email protected], 09029880064 One of the greatest challenges in writing is at the beginning. You may have a pretty good idea of what you want to write but stuck on how to start. Beginning has always been a problem, not only to writers but to inventors, revolutionaries and pioneers in all human endeavours as well. Get the beginning well, the rest, Read More

Otukpo FUHS: Gaining more mileage for the health sector

June 20, 2020 Usman Adams 0

The appointment of a substantive Vice Chancellor for the newly established Federal University of Health Sciences (FUHS), Otukpo, and the constitution of the governing board by President Muhammadu Buhari are a harbinger to the imminent take-off of the institution this year. They are also a deliberate attempt at gaining more mileage as Nigeria races to become a major health care Read More

General Magashi’s timely intervention

June 18, 2020 Jibrin Baba Ndace 0

A nation’s military remains a very important factor in the projection of its national power. Experts have listed core assets of the traditional measure of hard power (military) to include: ‘tanks, soldiers, naval vessels, aircraft’ among others. The United States Department of Defence defines power projection as the, “ability of a nation to apply all or some of its elements  Read More

The giant North weeps

June 18, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

Email: [email protected] SMS: 08055001912 We may all pretend all we want but no one can deny this, even if the temptation to be untrue to oneself for a mess of pottage cannot be resisted: Northern Nigeria is in distress, gripped by the cold hands of insurgency, bandits, kidnappers and assorted criminals. The region, once the most peaceful in the land, has Read More

The Nigerian problem of social memory

Sometimes, an intellectual discourse invested in the etymology of its keywords is sine qua non to a fruitful palaver. As such, to discuss political leadership demands some forms of redireadfontem(back to the source). Politics is unseparated from the polis, the city-state. It is about human organizations within the polis. Those dedicated to such service and its science are the politicians. For Aristotle, the politician is Read More

Have Boko Haram, bandits defied Nigeria’s military?

June 18, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Boko Haram elements, bandits, rapists and kidnappers, who all can be described as criminals and enemies of Nigeria, at least for now, appear to be released by their masters to inflict severe pains on the people and the peoples’ cries and agonies are there for all to hear and see.The upsurge in banditry, kidnapping and bloodletting across the country, Read More

Return of airlines: Counting cost of social distancing

June 15, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

  Nigeria’s decrepit civil aviation industry is warming up to return to a turbulent sky. The industry was shut down in March 2020 about two weeks after the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic. Next week, the federal government would open the skies again for the 125 idle airliners in the fleet of Nigeria’s troubled airlines. That should be good news Read More

The North and insecurity: What has changed?

June 14, 2020 Hassan Gimba 0

[email protected], 09029880064 “A recent experience brought into sharp focus the dire times we presently live in. On Wednesday, January 28, 2019, I left my office in the Abuja central area for home at about 7.15 pm. Unfortunately, just before Shoprite on my way to Lugbe, my car lost power abruptly, forcing me to stop. Within five minutes of my stopping, Read More

Wanted: A friend like Eto’o

June 12, 2020 Clem Oluwole 0

In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends – John Churton Collins. The very first time I came across this thought-provoking quotation, I left everything I was doing and ruminated over it for a very long time. Another popular saying that has even become worn-out is “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. But Collins’ Read More

Nigerian Navy onward march @ 64

June 12, 2020 Jibrin Baba Ndace 0

From ancient time to date, navies have played crucial roles in nation building. Little wonder, the domineering tendencies of great empires such as Greece, Rome, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Great Britain were aided by sea power. Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) US naval historian and strategic thinker, author of ‘The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783)”, described as Read More

Five years on, how far so well?

June 11, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

 The Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has clocked five years and, therefore, provides ample opportunity for Nigerians to critically, or otherwise, assess the administration’s successes, shortcomings and suggest areas improvement can be made.Like it is known, however, government is a continuum and where one stops, the next picks from there. Happily, no one seems to appreciate this fact of governance better than Buhari, Read More

As Oshiomhole and Obaseki slug it out…

June 11, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

  Email: [email protected] SMS: 08055001912 It is perfectly natural for the rest of us to ignore what is happening in APC, Edo state chapter. Nothing to it. The heavens are not about to fall. Nothing to make us lose our sleep. Our democracy is not threatened just because two powerful political leaders in the state choose to entertain us at the Read More

Manpower, funds, the only problems of Nigerian military?

June 4, 2020 Addullahi M. Gulloma 0

Before now, many people, some of them knowledgeable others not, have said that the Nigerian military is ill-equipped to handle the myriad of security challenges bedeviling the country. Some, including a former governor of the state worst hit by the attacks, Borno, in the person of Mr Kashim Shettima, now a senator, even go as far as saying that the Read More

From May 29 to June 12: The march of politics

June 4, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

I woke up on the morning of May 30 only to realise that May 29 was the previous day. I had missed it. Don’t put it down to Covid-19-induced amnesia. May 29 slipped off my memory for reasons that had more to do with the baptism and the de-baptism of the day itself than with the fading memory we are Read More

NNPC’s petrol consumption figure scam

June 1, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) stirred the hornet’s nest last week with its official figures on daily consumption of petrol in Nigeria. The corporation said that Nigerians burnt 38.65 liters of petrol daily in January 2020. There were no explanations for the massive drop in NNPC’s petrol consumption figure. In January the economy was still blasting at full throttle, Read More