Marrying minors: The case of Habiba Isyaku

October 26, 2016

THE parents of a 14-year old, Habiba Isyaku, are currently agonizing over their yet unsuccessful efforts to rescue their daughter from the custody of her abductors.  Ironically, the captors are well known and they are […]

NYSC’s constrained mobilisation

October 24, 2016

THE Directorate Headquarters of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has informed the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) of Nigeria’s tertiary institutions to cut down the quota of prospective corps members to be mobilised for […]

The travails of Nigeria’s Shiites

October 21, 2016

IF the Kaduna State government imagines that its proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as the Shiite movement will abrogate the testy relationship between it and the sect, it had better […]

Purging the judiciary

October 20, 2016

LAST week, many eminent Nigerians from all walks of life rose in defence of the judiciary following the invasion of the homes of some senior judges and their arrest by members of the State Security […]

The Lagos special status bill

October 19, 2016

ON Wednesday, October 5, 2016, the Senate, for the second time in three years, rejected proposals to grant Lagos a special status or secure a special federal grant for the state. During deliberations on a […]

Freedom for 21 Chibok girls

October 18, 2016

IN a move which gladdened the nation, the Federal Government, over the past weekend, secured the release of 21 of the estimated 276 girls taken hostage by the Islamic insurgent group when it overran their […]

The arrest of judges

October 17, 2016

Apall of darkness fell upon the third arm of government recently when the Department of State Service (DSS) in a Gestapo-like fashion, invaded the homes of some senior judicial officers and arrested them. This unprecedented […]

The resurgence of kidnapping

October 14, 2016

  UNARGUABLY a critical sign of the times, the Nigerian nation is confronted with the menace of kidnapping. Almost on a daily basis, news of armed bandits forcefully picking Nigerians up on the streets, in […]

Governors and sale of national assets

October 13, 2016

THE support of the National Economic Council (NEC) made up mostly of the governors of the 36 states in the country for the proposal to sell major assets of Nigeria in order to raise revenue […]

Ekiti: Rewarding teachers

October 12, 2016

ON October 5 this year, the Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, gave out cars and monetary rewards to teachers in public schools in the state. He presented two customized KIA cars to two teachers […]

Peter Obi: Cutting the cost of governance

October 11, 2016

A former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, recently gave a memorable speech that went viral in the polity. Obi, who spoke on October 1,2016 at The Platform, a Covenant Christian Centre programme in […]

Minister Adeosun’s coal technology

October 10, 2016

It would be an understatement  to say that  Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has had a rough time at the helm of Nigeria’s Finance Ministry. Her tenure as minister has coincided with a calamitous plunge in the […]

Changing the national orientation

October 7, 2016

The recently inaugurated Change Begins with Me campaign by the Federal Government underscores the fact that every system undergoes changes from time to time in order to make meaningful progress. But in carrying out such […]

Amnesty International: Nigeria’s scorecard

October 6, 2016

THE two damning reports which emanated recently from Amnesty International (AI) concerning human rights abuses in Nigeria have without doubt been disconcerting. The fact that any liberal democracy is not enforcing basic human rights should […]

World Teachers’ Day

October 5, 2016

Today, the world celebrates teachers.  Since 1994, the world has commemorated teacher organisations worldwide to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by them. […]

The passing of Shimon Peres

October 4, 2016

Shimon Peres, a founding father and arguably the most prominent statesman in the nation of Israel’s recent history, is dead.  He died on September 28, 2016 at the age of 93 after 15 days in […]

Selling national assets?

October 3, 2016

THE current government of President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of its strategy of confronting and getting Nigeria out of the present economic recession, has touted the sale of some national assets in order to have […]

KSA at 70

September 30, 2016

IT is fitting that the Nigerian entertainment industry and connoisseurs of Juju music in Nigeria and around the world have risen in unison to honour and celebrate King Sunny Ade (born Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye), who […]


September 29, 2016

THE Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade, recently made a public outcry over the fate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso. In a detailed open letter addressed to the governors of […]

Foreign reserves: Going, going…

September 28, 2016

WITH a mere $25 billion in the coffers, Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves have slipped to an 11-year low. Considering that the foreign reserves stood at $30 billion at the onset of the current administration, it […]

The case of Major General Patrick Falola

September 27, 2016

RECENTLY, Patrick Falola, Commander of the Armed Forces Hospital in Kano and former Director of the 68 Military Reference Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, was demoted from the rank of Major General to Brigadier General by a […]

The threat of earthquakes

September 26, 2016

THE rocky town of Kwoi in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State,  on 20 September 2016, experienced earth tremors which rendered many homeless, while businesses and commercial activities were grounded to a halt. A […]

Buhari’s ‘zero’ inheritance

September 23, 2016

P RESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari recently took a swipe at the erstwhile ruling party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and national administrations from the outset of the current democratic experiment. Nigeria has, since 1999, […]

Developing herbal medicine

September 22, 2016

AGAINST the backdrop of the recession in the country, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, has for some time been drawing attention to the fact that Nigeria has what […]

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Nigeria’s great outing

September 21, 2016

IN a marked contrast to Nigeria’s dismal outing at last month’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games where it recorded only one medal despite fielding 77 athletes, the nation, this month, recorded its best ever performance at […]

The power outages at MMIA

September 20, 2016

ReCENTLY, the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), the busiest airport in Nigeria and the country’s major gateway, experienced two power outages within a week. While the outages lasted, flashlights were used to board planes— yes, […]

The LEADS scheme and NUC’s default

September 19, 2016

WHEN the Federal Government announced the creation of the Linkages with Experts and Academics in the Diaspora Scheme (LEADS) in 2007, it was widely hailed as an initiative that would go a long way in […]

The ‘expensive’ Almajiri schools

September 16, 2016

AT an event in Yola, Adamawa State, the chairman of the Adamawa State Universal Education Board, Mohammed Toungo, recently declared that the Almajiri schools established by the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan were too […]

Okpewho’s transition

September 15, 2016

ON  Sunday, September 4, Isidore Okpewho, one of the most iconic masters of the written word and pillars of African literature, performed his last act. He bowed out few weeks before he could turn 75, […]

The security scare in Edo

September 14, 2016

A S the world awaited another examination of Nigeria’s slow and generally adjudged uninspiring walk towards strengthening democratic  institutions in the governorship election slated for Edo State on September 10, 2016, the Independent National Electoral […]

OAU’s timely response to religious extremism

September 13, 2016

LAST week, gripping details of some deviant students hiding under the cloak of religion and planning to disrupt the prevailing peace on the campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, were brought to […]

The high costs of drugs

September 12, 2016

T HE current economic recession in Nigeria is taking a frightening toll on the polity. Almost on a daily basis, Nigerians are waking up to the reality of the continuously biting pangs of the economy. […]

Ayade’s 1,100 political appointees

September 9, 2016

PROFESSOR Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River State, has increased the number of political appointees from 800 to 1,100, and still counting. The appointees include 28 commissioners and numerous special assistants and a host of […]

The Ekiti grazing law

September 8, 2016

LAST Monday, the Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, signed the “Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016” bill recently passed by the state House of Assembly into law. Speaking during the […]

Economy: Emergency powers for the president?

September 7, 2016

M UCH as the state of the Nigerian economy has bothered Nigerians, the touted request for emergency powers for the president to deal with the situation as he deems fit without restraint of any kind […]

Again, religious killings

September 6, 2016

IN August 2016, nine people were killed in Talata Mafara, Zamfara State, in a violence that broke out over an alleged insult to Prophet Muhammad by a Christian student of Abud-Gusau Polytechnic, Talata Mafara. During […]

Now that Nigeria is in recession…

September 5, 2016

THE announcement last week by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that the economy had slid into recession consequent upon negative growth in two consecutive quarters did not come as a surprise to many Nigerians. […]

FG and economic policies

September 2, 2016

THE Nigerian president, like any other president, has two major tasks; provision of security for all citizens and managing the economy for the benefit of the citizenry. On the first count, the current administration of […]

Saraki’s gesture on Yekini

September 1, 2016

SENATE President Bukola Saraki’s gesture towards the family of the late Nigerian striker, Rashidi Yekini, is both commendable and worthy of emulation by other Nigerians of means. Adjudged by most experts as the most clinical […]

States and the renewed drive for IGR

August 31, 2016

IT is obvious that the state governments are feeling the brunt of the current economic slowdown in the country as many of them are not able to pay salaries and are barely existing as ongoing […]

The employment crisis at the NIS

August 30, 2016

THE Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) is in the eye of the storm again still on account of recruitment of personnel into the Service.  This time, some 2000 recruits who had been trained for three months […]

States and road parking policy

August 29, 2016

iN their desperation to buoy their internally generated revenue, some states in the country have devised disingenuous and punitive means of fleecing  their citizens for some nebulous breaches of the law. For instance, the past […]

The Lagos law on land grabbers

August 26, 2016

THE Lagos State government, last week, blazed the trail in combating the menace of land grabbing. Notorious in Lagos but equally pestilential in so many states of the federation, land grabbers, locally called Omo Onile […]

As Lagos becomes an oil-producing state

August 25, 2016

There is a lot to celebrate about last week’s announcement by the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, that the state is now officially an oil-producing one. The announcement makes Lagos the first oil-producing entity outside […]

Conflicting court judgments

August 24, 2016

tHE spate of conflicting court judgments in the country has become a source of embarrassment and confusion among legal practitioners and the general public. It is unsettling that judicial precedents are playing less and less […]

FG’s ban of conference materials

August 23, 2016

RECENTLY,  the Federal Government banned the procurement and distribution of conference bags, T-shirts and other souvenirs at conferences and seminars funded by federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The ban was in continuation of the […]

Guns, guns everywhere!

August 22, 2016

RECENTLY, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) impounded a mind boggling cache of arms and light weapons. In a very significant sense, the country is virtually at war with itself. If the United States, a population […]

WAI again?

August 19, 2016

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari seems poised to awaken the ghost of the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) outfit which heralded his days in the saddle as a military Head of State over 32 years ago. The move […]

Imo’s three working days per week

August 18, 2016

The  Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, recently introduced a three-day per week schedule to enable the government to cut salaries. The civil servants are expected to work for three days in a week, from Monday […]

The hajj dollar subsidy

August 17, 2016

THE recent circular released by the Central Bank of Nigeria directing that foreign exchange (forex) be made available to pilgrims at the rate of N197 per dollar has received widespread condemnation. Not a few Nigerians […]

Recurring jailbreaks

August 16, 2016

NIGERIA’s jails are literally losing their shutters on an alarming scale these days. Stories of jailbreaks are so rife in the airspace that they have become a huge source of concern. The most recent story […]

The renewed calls for restructuring

August 15, 2016

In what can be likened to Professor Wole Soyinka’s Abiku, a poetic rendering of a stubborn and insistent phenomenon that refuses to be quashed by time and circumstance, the age-long calls for the restructuring of […]

Of DSS, lawmakers and the law

August 12, 2016

THE State Security Service (SSS), otherwise known as the Department of State Services (DSS), is Nigeria’s primary domestic intelligence agency. Set up  by the then President Ibrahim Babangida in June 1986 through Decree Number 19 […]

FG and unreturned diplomatic passports

August 11, 2016

ABOUT  a year ago, the Federal Government directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to retrieve all valid diplomatic and official passports from all persons not entitled to hold such documents.  Part of the reasons adduced […]

The misery in the land

August 10, 2016

THE prevalence of poverty and hunger in Nigeria requires no rigorous  verification. It is very obvious for every dispassionate observer to see. The lamentation is everywhere, from state  and local government workers being owed arrears […]

Nigeria’s malnourished children

August 9, 2016

THE United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently came out with grim statistics about the state of Nigerian children whose future has been compromised on account of poor nutrition. According to it, Kaduna State is worst […]

Managing the ‘increase’ in FAAC allocation

August 8, 2016

recently, the chairman of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) and Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr Tunde Fowler, was really excited when he recalled how the Federal Government raised the over N500 billion […]

Unpaid salaries: Applying the labour law

August 3, 2016

RECENTLY, the House of Representatives made a move to criminalise the non-payment of salaries by state governments. In this regard, state governments which fail to pay their workers would be subjected to criminal litigation. This […]

Police: The sweep in the top hierarchy

August 2, 2016

C ONTROVERSY has trailed the Police Service Commission’s retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors General of Police who were senior to or mates of the new acting Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, before his appointment. […]

Vocational training for governors?

August 1, 2016

PeRHAPS no other tier of government has been hit harder by the current economic recession in the country than the states. Because of drastically reduced revenue, many of them are unable to meet basic financial […]

Le Guen: NFF’s faux pas

July 29, 2016

THe embarrassment caused the nation by the Nigeria Football Federation’s sloppy handling of the appointment of a manager for the senior national team is one that was least expected from a group that is so […]

Turkey’s failed coup and its fallouts

July 28, 2016

T HE European Union (EU) has expressed concern about the introduction of emergency measures and the continuing detention of thousands of perceived military collaborators in the wake of the recent failed attempt by a segment […]

The repeated attacks on Lagos/Ogun communities

July 27, 2016

The security situation in the country seems to be deteriorating by the day, as the activities of gun-wielding hoodlums assume a grave dimension. Sadly, an otherwise relatively peaceful South-West that was thought to be insulated […]

FG, farmers and the proposed payment for security

July 26, 2016

The Federal Government’s latest proposed solution to the problem of Fulani herdsmen’s perennial attacks on farming communities across the country is ample evidence that, unfortunately, the government has yet to find the right combination of […]

Immunity for NASS leadership?

July 25, 2016

R ECENTLY, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Leo Ogor, canvassed the inclusion of the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, the  Speaker and his deputy in the immunity clause, through a Bill […]

That bloodshed in Plateau

July 22, 2016

While the country is yet to unravel the mystery behind the gruesome murder of Eunice Olawale, a female pastor in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), some gruesome killings were reported in Plateau State on Monday. […]

The lingering OAU crisis

July 21, 2016

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has been in the news in recent times for the wrong reasons. The Federal Government, on Monday July 18, directed the Senate of the university to appoint an […]

Lessons from the British transition

July 20, 2016

The world was recently treated to the British smooth transition from one government to another through the resignation of former Prime Minister David Cameron and the  assumption of office of Theresa May as the new […]

IDPs: Robbing people in misery

July 19, 2016

THe quest by some public officials for filthy lucre knows no bounds. All avenues to cheat, defraud and appropriate the patrimony of their fellow compatriots are usually exploited with uncanny passion and sadly, a normal […]

The murdered Abuja evangelist

July 18, 2016

In yet another sad event that underscored the little premium placed on human life in Nigeria, Eunice  Mojisola Olawale, a 42-year-old Ekiti State indigene and Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastor was, on Saturday, […]

FG’s clearance of Buratai

July 15, 2016

The recent revelation that Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Tukur Buratai and his two wives are joint owners of properties worth $ 1.5 million in Dubai, United Arab  Emirates (UAE), may not have […]

SGF’s outburst on National Confab

July 14, 2016

T HE Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir David Lawal, recently described the 2014 National Conference organised by the immediate past administration as a mere reward for jobless youths. He spoke […]

The Lagos law on street trading

July 13, 2016

the Lagos State government is in the news for resuscitating one of its municipal laws hitherto implemented halfheartedly, namely the prohibition of street vending law which has been in force since 2003. While the social […]

Foiling Boko Haram’s plan in the South-West

July 12, 2016

IT  is doubtful that many people attached great importance to the startling revelation recently made by the military authorities that fleeing Boko Haram terrorists had infiltrated parts of the South-West. Perhaps what caught the attention […]

The three-day holiday

July 11, 2016

The recent, universally observed Ramadan fast finally culminated in Nigeria going on a public holiday spree. For the first time, the usual two-day break was unduly extended to three days on account of some sloppiness […]

Nigeria and the lessons from Brexit

July 8, 2016

BEYOND the uproar that greeted the recent vote by British citizens to leave the European Union in a referendum (Brexit) is the more fundamental issue of the referendum itself representing a reflection of the British […]

Noise pollution: The Lagos example

July 7, 2016

RECENTLY, in an apparent move to enforce  compliance with the extant law on noise pollution in Lagos State, the Ministry of Environment and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) went after some perpetrators of dangerous […]

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr!

July 6, 2016

Today, across the globe, Muslim faithful celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, in diverse circumstances and situations but with deep gratitude to Almighty Allah for a glorious season. They are fully conscious that it is a day of thanksgiving […]

Of corruption and campaign funds

July 5, 2016 David

LIKe several party primaries before them, the just concluded primaries for the gubernatorial ticket of the major parties in Edo State was reportedly riddled with heavy use of money to influence delegates who voted at […]

The N90 billion bailout for states

July 4, 2016

T HE Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has announced that the Federal Government is initiating a N90 billion bailout fund for the states that are still in dire financial straits.  The money is to be […]

Redeeming the fight against graft

July 1, 2016 David

THE failure of past governments to frontally combat corruption has almost elevated the menace to statecraft. Corruption is so endemic in the country that it is difficult to single out a sector or segment that […]

The growing rift between the Presidency and NASS

June 30, 2016

The leadership of the National Assembly (NASS) recently gave notice of very deep disagreement with the Executive arm of government in Nigeria against the background of the decision of the office of the Attorney-General of […]

The festering hijab crisis in Osun

June 23, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

fEw days ago, the hijab controversy in Osun State exacerbated when some female Muslim students and some Christian students of Baptist High School, Adeeke, Iwo, allegedly wore hijab and church garments respectively to class accompanied […]

Shaibu Amodu (1958-2016)

June 22, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

s HORTLY after former Super Eagles’ skipper Stephen Okechukwu Keshi’s sudden death in Benin City on June 7, 2016, Shaibu Amodu, under whose competent wings Keshi had cut his managerial teeth, was among the first […]