Of recession and the last Yuletide

January 18, 2017 Muhammad Ajah

THE Christmas and New Year festivities were unequivocally interesting in the definition of recession within the Nigerian context. These two celebrations are most especially observed in the Southern part of Nigeria, hence the reflections on […]

PINE not just a grass cutter

January 15, 2017

The recent indictment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir, over alleged corruption underestimated the value of work done by the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE) argues Mohammed Alkali. […]

The church and anti-Christ, the FRC

January 15, 2017 Festus Adedayo

NIGERIANS woke up to an episcopal shocker in the New Year – the news of the stepping down of, unarguably the most famous/respected Nigerian pastor, Enoch Adejare Adeboye, as the General Overseer of, also unarguably, […]

INEC voters card and fundamental rights

January 14, 2017 Carl Umegboro

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is undoubtedly preparing for the 2019 elections with high hopes towards improving on its statutory mandate to conduct free and fair elections for the nation. Amid vital tools earmarked […]

The diversity of Niger Delta agitations

January 13, 2017 Timothy Faboade

WITH various militant groups emerging in the Niger Delta region purveying different interests, the achievement of peace and a permanent truce seems relatively elusive and almost a tedious task for the government of the federation. […]

Kayode Akinmade: A golden tribute

January 9, 2017 Femi Salako

FIFTY years is a golden age of entrenched and deep-rooted leadership instincts. Fifty years is an age to do more of giving back to the society, and to advance the cause of imprinting one’s footprints […]

Obaseki, Xmas and the freeloaders

January 8, 2017 John Mayaki

FROM time immemorial, Christmas has been observed as a season of love and goodwill. Believing the needy and the vulnerable in the society also deserve care, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and his Deputy, Comrade […]

President Buhari’s strides in 2016

January 8, 2017

THE administration of President Muhammadu Buhari completed 19 months in office at the end of December. Except for this period being the end of a year and the beginning of another one, it is not […]

The graveyard…

January 6, 2017 Arinze Oduah

THE  graveyard is a busy place, especially in a megacity like Lagos. I know, because I was at one such facility in a low-density part of Lagos on Friday, December 23, 2016 for the burial […]

Politics and Southern Kaduna killings

January 5, 2017 Timothy Faboade,

GRUESOME and barbaric killings have already become a phenomenon in Nigeria. They have become a tool of division various ethnic groups and tribes, including religion in the hands of desperate and callous political and religious […]

Of Senate, Buhari and his men

January 4, 2017 David Omokioja

ANYONE who doubted the sincerity of the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s fight against corruption should have had his doubt cleared by President Buhari’s reaction to two recent events. First was the purported indictment of the Secretary […]

The relevance of fair hearing

January 4, 2017

F AIR hearing is natural justice and fairness which impose obligations on persons who have power to make decisions affecting other people to act fairly, in good faith, without bias and to afford a person […]

Zebra crossing, jay driving and jay walking

January 3, 2017

BASICALLY, Zebra Crossings are part of road furniture. Over the years, there appears to be a redefinition of the white stripes on our tarred roads, a clear departure from what obtained in the past. These […]

On the Ajumose food bank

January 2, 2017 Oluwaseye Ajagbe

IN line with Goal Number 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is to achieve zero hunger, coupled with the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration’s plan to consolidate the Restoration, Transformation and Repositioning agenda, the Ajumose […]

What a way to end 2016 in Senate!

January 1, 2017 Yusuph Olaniyonu

As the Senate prepared to end the year 2016, it’s chambers were busy with a flurry activities. As members were submitting reports from the oversight visits to different agencies, so many bills were getting to […]

Maigida’s unfolding legacies in Kwara

December 31, 2016

This is not the best of times for Nigerian Governors. The salaries and pensions debacle has ensured that many chief executives of states will not win a popularity contest. As he marked his 53rd birthday, […]

Buhari: Will 2017 be kinder?

December 31, 2016

It has been one grudge fight which many knew would not be one-sided. It hasn’t been! From the onset, discerning Nigerians guessed, and rightly too, that corruption, the barrel-chested and hard-hitting defending champion will change […]

The future of African cities

December 30, 2016

MY  reference  to  what  is happening to the architecture of African cities commences with the proposed Atlantic City in Lagos, where  I reside. This multi-billion dollar residential and  business  development, being built  on  10 sq […]

Between Senate and SGF

December 30, 2016

DAY after day, the National Assembly appears to be proving many anti-corruption crusaders right that it is not, and cannot be on the same page with President Muhammadu Buhari in the ongoing war against corruption […]

APC’s scurrilous attack on Adeboye

December 29, 2016 Bola Bolawole

t  HE Redeemed Christian Church of God (TRCCG) embarks on the “Let’s Go A-Fishing” programme twice in a year. Usually a four-day affair, the programme coincides with the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus […]

Between Fayemi and Ondo election

December 29, 2016 Femi Odere

silence can never be quoted—Fayemi I decided to use this phrase by the Honourable Minister as an epigraph not only because it was what triggered my desire to write this piece in the first place, […]

Yes, don’t forget Aleppo, Syria

December 28, 2016 Timothy Faboade

WITH a rude shock, the world received the news of the gruesome murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrea Karlov, on Monday, 19th December. It was an unexpected one considering the cooperation between Russia, […]

Of varsity staff schools and funding

December 27, 2016

FOR the umpteenth time, I pontificate, Nigerian workers are suffering. The impasse between the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Federal Government has been a recurring nightmare which many who passed through […]

Ige and the shed blood seeking vengeance

December 25, 2016

It is not difficult to come to grips with the fatal reality that, 15 years after the death of Nigeria’s affable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ajibola Ige, the Nigerian state has literally left […]

Garlands to Speaker Dogara @ 49

December 25, 2016

FORTY-nine years ago today, a humble child was born in the back waters of what is today northeastern Nigeria. That child, against all odds, is today  one of Nigeria’s shining stars, a beacon of hope, […]

Amosun and Ogun workers

December 24, 2016

Wednesday, 21 December, 2016 was another red letter day in Ogun State. In one iconic gesture, the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration devoted a  whopping sum of N12.5 billion to clear the arrears of gratuities and cooperative […]

Patriotism and Budget 2017

December 23, 2016 Ikeogu Oke

THE speech with which President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2017 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly on December 14, 2016, should be of interest to Nigerians beyond the fiscal details of the […]

Tourism as a tool for IGR

December 23, 2016 Onagbeso Temitope

Tourism is perceived by practitioners in the field and stakeholders alike as possessing viable potentialities in terms of internally generated revenue in order to boost the economic revenue of the three tiers of government—the federal, […]

In search of a new Bauchi

December 21, 2016 Babayo Muhammad

WHEN the Bauchi State electorate trooped out to cast their votes during the last governorship election in the state, it was a vote to bring in CHANGE, a vote to reinvigorate, rejuvenate, reconstruct and bring […]

Mimiko in historical perspective

December 18, 2016

THERE have been different perspectives on the outgoing administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko by different people and commentators. Some who have been eagerly wanting to get their pound of flesh back for various perceived wrongs […]

Corruption: Why ICPC is making the difference

December 18, 2016

THE current prosecution of some judges, for alleged corrupt practices and the ongoing trial of some politicians and public functionaries in the immediate past administration on allegations of diverting some funds meant for arms procurement, […]

Dear MMMers, let us pray

December 17, 2016

Following severe warnings by economic and financial stakeholders, clerics, ‘unenlightened’ family members, jealous friends, colleagues and neighbours, superstitious spouses and that ever-present conscience which the realities of recession, andfor some, simple common sense refused to […]

The Osun bailout story; Facts and Figures

December 17, 2016

It was widely reported shortly after Muhammadu Buhari assumed office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that 27 out of the 36 states of the Federation including Osun State had difficulties in […]

Towards Yoruba unity

December 16, 2016

IN one of my visits to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, Olubuse II, I suggested to him that, as a way to douse the tension of disaffection among leading Yoruba Obas and […]

It’s time to look inwards

December 16, 2016

THE standard of living of the people depends on the distribution of the national income and the level of production. If the distribution of the national income is low, the standard of living of the […]

Ajimobi: The trajectory of an enigma @ 67

December 15, 2016 Gbade Ojo

THERE is one significant thing about Senator Abiola Ajimobi which makes him unique among the previous governors who had ruled Oyo State. Being the first executive governor to have been re-elected for the second term […]

Zenith Bank, remember Delta Poly students

December 13, 2016

I am writing with the hope that the management of Zenith Bank will come to our aid at Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi Uku in Aniocha south local government area of the state by establishing a […]

The case for globalising amala

December 13, 2016 Adeleke Ekolo

CULTURE is simply defined as the way we do things. It represents the identity of an organisation, institution and a nation as well as their peculiar idiosyncrasies – their egos and pride and to some […]

Bello’s new Kogi paradigms

December 13, 2016 Ademu Idakwo

THE emergence of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as the 4th executive governor of Kogi state on January 27th 2016 came as a divine intervention, considering the circumstances that brought him in the political evolution of the […]

ASUU should avoid NLC’s disunity

December 13, 2016

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) should be united in its fight and not behave like the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). NLC embarked on strike to protest against the removal of the fuel subsidy […]

Who wants BOI death?

December 11, 2016 Tajudeen Kareem

THE Nigerian Senate last week opened a public hearing on its intention to harmonize the functions of development finance institutions in the country towards the establishment of an apex finance house, the National Development Bank […]

Ogun and its ten-lane metaphor

December 9, 2016

“We have built this six-lane road but made the bridge a ten-lane. Another whiz kid may come in ten or twenty years’ time and decide to expand this road to ten lanes. He will not […]

Obesity: The many dangers…

December 8, 2016 Oyewole Olufemi

Gone are the days when being fat was seen as a ‘sign of good living’ and the society recognised fat people as influential and wealthy people. Nowadays, being fat does not go with wealth but […]

Why NCC’s failed data price hike is very wrong

December 4, 2016

The now suspended Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) directive to telecommunications companies (Telcos) to have a floor price for their services was premised on the goal of protecting competition in the sector. The directive purported to […]

For Osun: A new era beckons

December 4, 2016

THE founding fathers of Osun State and those that built it from the scratch meant well for it. They worked day and night to sustain its growth. They were selfless, patriotic and organised. They are […]

Castro: A significant but ambiguous legacy

December 4, 2016

THE death, last Friday, of Cuba’s statesman and ruler for over five decades, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, closed the curtain on the life and times of one of the most significant leaders of the 20th […]

Of schooling, education and character moulding

December 2, 2016

Apart from the immediate family setting, the school is the next most important agent of socialisaton. But with eroding family values as a result of ‘errant and absent’ parents, the school is fast becoming an […]

Climate change and Nigerians’ health indices

December 2, 2016

The discuss and call to actions for the Nigerian government to join the globe on ways to mitigate climate change in Nigeria have been left to very few environmentalists, journalists and learned agriculturalists, and its […]

Tinubu and the burden of leadership

December 1, 2016

Nwon nbuu; nwon nbu Falolu ni’Ga o; nwon nbu Falolu ni’Ga, nwon tun b’Erelu Eko; Agba t’o w’aiye; Agba to w’aiye t’omode o bu, aiye asan lo wa o; E je kan ma bu wa, […]

As Sir Olaniwun Ajayi goes home

December 1, 2016

Papa Obafemi Awowolo’s eldest child, Segun and I were registered to start school at Agbeni Methodist School, Ibadan in January of 1943. Later, we both were admitted into the prestigious Igbobi College, Yaba for Secondary […]

Tackling Nigeria’s housing deficit

November 30, 2016

To say that shelter is a non-negotiable need of humans is to restate the obvious. Even lower animals in the jungle do not trivialise the instinct for self-preservation by means of housing development and management. […]

Nigeria’s faux anti-tobacco campaign

November 30, 2016

The hysteria that accompanies tobacco issues in Nigeria is particularly difficult to understand when viewed against the backdrop of developmental challenges that beset the country and its people on an ongoing basis. Take the case […]

Divided by tribe, united by corruption

November 28, 2016

A worrying trend in Nigeria today is that people consider it right for public officials who belong to their tribe and religion to amass wealth through corrupt means. What this confirms is that as Nigerians, […]

Celebrating Atiku, a colossus, at 70

November 27, 2016

I first met Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, Turakin Adamawa and former Vice President of Nigeria, in 1994 at his former residence on Lekki Taba Street, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State. He was then a delegate to […]

ASUU, call off your strike now

November 25, 2016

I want to appeal to the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike as it is doing no one any good. The essence of the strike is […]

Work without pay

November 25, 2016

T HIS piece you are about to read is likely to offend my friends in government and in several establishments across the country. Governors in 33 out of the 36 states in the Nigerian territory […]

Atiku: A hero in more ways than one

November 25, 2016

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night — Longfellow.   Nigeria is a country of great […]

What’s really wrong with Nigeria?

November 24, 2016

NIGERIA is a beautiful nation inching into a state of dystopia. Can Nigeria really be redeemed? These are infinite questions begging for unending answers. The country is currently being plagued with so many generic sins […]

Change as a social philosophy

November 23, 2016

IF one shall cast a superficial look at change as merely a mantra coming from one of the politicians, or one recent flow from neologism, then there is the need to bother less, saving the […]

Of Nigerian graduates and ‘acceptable’ job offers

November 22, 2016

THE debate raged last week about Governor Akinwumi Ambode’s attempt to recruit 1,000 Nigerian university graduates as bus conductors in Lagos State. Ordinarily, Ambode is one of Nigeria’s performing governors, and he has effectively and […]

Like Britain, tourism can bail Nigeria out

November 21, 2016

Early this year, when the naira started dropping in value to a dangerous low, I started dreading traveling abroad, especially to places like Great Britain. Since virtually all the airlines began to review their fares […]

Of Nigerians and the US election

November 18, 2016

The US presidential election has come and gone, though the campaign was one of the most brutal in terms of venom and tantrums by the parties from both sides of the aisle. America is a […]

Head bloodied but not bowed

November 18, 2016

P  ERMIT me to begin this contribution with an apology for my disappearance from the literary and political scene for the last one month, this was due to circumstances beyond my control. On October 21st, […]

Still on Donald Trump’s victory

November 16, 2016

Voting for Donald Trump is like MMM, the money-doubling financial vehicle currently taking over Nigeria and other African states. Many sensible people are doing it, but they won’t tell you. The closet racists were not […]

Still on the war against corruption

November 11, 2016

CORRUPTION has, apparently, become everyday byword in our society so much so that we have, in a way, become desensitised to the cancer that corruption is.  A kind of octopus with tentacles with national and […]

Making a case for Nigerian roads

November 11, 2016

Given Nigeria’s natural endowments even in the form of impressive topography, from the awe-inspiring flat savannah plains in the North, to the few enduring thick tropical rain forest zones of the South variously dotted with […]

Still on the Nigerian situation

November 4, 2016

Nigeria kicked off as a country of high promise with great expectations at independence from Britain in October 1960. That was eons ago. The imperialist British parliamentary system soon whirled the young nation on its […]

The North, Shiites and quest for tolerance

November 4, 2016

TODAY in Northern Nigeria, we live in critically challenging times, with our cultural harmony rapidly disappearing and our political unity fast disintegrating, leaving social and political vacuums that are now hotly contested by two mutually-rejecting, […]

As UI becomes private energy producer

November 3, 2016

TWO exciting historical milestones occurred recently at the nation’s premier university, the University of Ibadan (UI), which deserve and require the attention of all stakeholders in higher education in this county and beyond so as […]

Time for digital citizenship education in Nigeria

November 3, 2016

“Local Attorney’s Identity Stolen, Used To Scam Women Online,” “Hacked home devices caused massive Internet outage,” “A Nude Snapchat Video and Cyber-bullying Lead to Teen’s Suicide,” “Nigerian e-mail sting leads to theft of millions from […]

Accountability and the demons in Aso Rock

November 2, 2016 Ikeogu Oke

R EUBEN Abati’s widely published piece, “The Spiritual Side of Aso Villa,” deserves very critical attention for its implication for accountability. That implication, which I consider harmful, is that it creates grounds for anyone who […]

Tackling corruption together

November 1, 2016 Tunji Aworinde

CORRUPTION has, apparently, become everyday byword in our society so much so that we have, in a way, become desensitised to the cancer that corruption is.  A kind of octopus with tentacles with national and […]

How to deal with haters of history

October 30, 2016

IF you didn’t know the gravity of the offence committed by those who decreed history out of the Nigerian educational curriculum, when you read Femi Kehinde’s Of Rusts and Gold: Snippets of history, you will agree that they […]

Osita: Celebrating a smart chap at 50

October 30, 2016

I was dictating my reports on phone (the mode which we used to send stories then) to Vanguard office in Lagos, sometimes in 1991, when a young smartly dressed chap was ushered into my office […]

Curbing incessant jail breaks

October 28, 2016 Michael Ogunjobi

Overtime, prison breaks have proved a major bane of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS). The lacuna in the NPS was brought to limelight by the incident at the Kuje Medium Prison in Abuja, which led […]

Tackling Africa’s climate challenges

October 27, 2016 Chinedu Moghalu

THE financial cost of the 2012 flooding across Nigeria was officially put at N2.6 trillion by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). With housing and agriculture being the two highest affected sectors, the crisis dealt […]

Crescent varsity: 11 years of remarkable progress

October 25, 2016

Crescent University is now like a tree with blooming flowers and very rich fruits becoming ripe for Nigeria, Africa and in fact the world to enjoy. The University, steadily and progressively, is becoming an educational […]

Building a better North through education

October 24, 2016

Northern elders and the elite class have been quite vocal in the last couple of years,  giving a louder voice to national issues, particularly that which affects their region. However, the sad reality is that […]

Obanikoro in the storm

October 23, 2016 Dapo Falade

Nigerians are, on a daily basis, treated to a dosage of intriguing expose in the ongoing effort to rid the country of corruption and its tendencies, which have, undoubtedly, eaten deep into the fabrics of […]

Lagos shanties of horror

October 23, 2016 Gbolahan Akintunde

All over the world, shanties in cities is a natural concomitant of urbanisation. In world’s most populous cities such as Bombay, Hong Kong, London and Singapore, the problem of shanties is a recurring decimal which […]

Abdulsalami Abubakar: Rising profile of a retired General

October 21, 2016

Abdulsalami Abubakar is not run-of-the-mill. He is exceptional. The distinction is critical when discussing the man widely acknowledged as one of Nigeria’s finest elder statesmen and political revolutionaries. His foray in Nigeria’s civic years emphasises […]

Avoiding disaster in assets sale

October 20, 2016

About this time in 1985, a huge debate was ranging all across Nigeria. It was the great IMF debate: to take or not to take the famous IMF loan. The military government under President Ibrahim […]

Chibok girls: A release that renews hope

October 20, 2016

I      F any Nigerian or member of the international community had doubts about the sincerity and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to the rescue of our precious daughters abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government […]

Of FCT and psychiatric tests for traffic offenders

October 17, 2016

THE Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, recently set the stage for war against traffic offences when he ordered the Nigeria Police, FCT Command to arrest motorists that beat traffic […]

Education isn’t cheap

October 13, 2016

The decline in government funding of higher education, the economic downturn, the long decades of unforgivable neglect, along with rapidly rising costs of the different services and products that universities have to provide, have led […]

Restructuring the civil service

October 13, 2016

T      IME it was when the nation’s civil service could boast of the finest traditions of service. Not anymore. It is a shadow of its old self today. As an institution, it is now largely […]

Debunking the myths of mental health

October 12, 2016

H EALTH is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Mental health is an aspect of health that is often relegated because of the […]

Technology: Saving the art of letter-writing

October 12, 2016

Communication is as essential to mankind as water is to fish. It is through communication that information is passed, cultural heritage is transferred, knowledge is  imparted, and people are entertained, among other functions. Communication can […]

Beyond Peter Obi’s speech at platform

October 9, 2016

WHEN I invited the former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi to speak at the 2016 edition of Platform Nigeria’, I had not met him before. In fact, I only met him in person for […]

Rethinking occupational wellness

October 6, 2016 Ehi Iden

I recently read a story on social media about a bank worker who committed suicide. The story got me disturbed. I was not too concerned about the reason behind his action because of the many […]

Northern Nigeria and the quest for federalism

October 5, 2016

Once upon a time, before the era of coups and counter-coups in pre-oil Nigeria, there were four financially independent regions, namely: Northern region, Western region, Mid-Western region, and Eastern region. They all maximised their unique […]

Nigeria at 56: Between adversity and opportunity

October 5, 2016

L AST Saturday, Nigeria’s independence anniversary coincided with what some have described as the worst recession in its post-colonial history. Economists disagree over the depth and possible length of the slump, but it is hard, […]

VAAP Act: Taming the shrew of violence

October 4, 2016

It is perhaps trite to aver that violence of various shades is precipitously on the rise across the world. Homes, workplaces, schools, religious grounds, and relaxation hubs are fast becoming dreadful places to many people, […]

Mimiko: The federalist perspective

October 3, 2016 Abiodun Awolaja

For obvious reasons, I will not here be listing the achievements of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, the Ondo State governor who today turns 62. That will present a daunting challenge. Happily, the United Nations, WHO,  Federal […]

Tribute: 62 Candles for Mimiko

October 2, 2016 Kayode Akinmade

GOVERNOR Olusegun Otaibayomi Mimiko is 62 years old tomorrow, (Monday, 3 October 2016). Language deconstructionists would no doubt agree with our matching of Mimiko’s names (Olusegun Otaibayomi or “God-given victory to shame ill will”) with […]

Towards ensuring Nigerians’ tax compliance

September 30, 2016

With the dwindling income from sale of crude oil, it has become imperative for government at all levels to scout for alternative sources of income to fund development projects and programmes as well as oil […]

Of power and national security

September 30, 2016

A S every bereaved family learns the morning after the funeral, it is left alone by sympathisers to nurse itself from grief to normalcy. This is the lot the Nigerian family must accept following the […]

FG, provide palliatives to assist Nigerians

September 29, 2016

THE Federal Government should, without delay, come up with measures to cushion the effect of the astronomical rise in the prices of commodities and other goods in the market, which are now beyond the reach […]

Towards saving LAUTECH

September 28, 2016 Sunday Ogunkuade

FOR some time now, the Oyo and Osun State governments have been having disagreements over the joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso and LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, located both in Osogbo and […]

African leaders and lessons from the UN

September 28, 2016 Steve Orji

A T the just concluded United Nations General Assembly, it was characteristic of Western leaders to have given a parting shot, a gleeful praise of Muhammadu Buhari’s personal and leadership virtues, including commendations for other […]

Civil servants as public liabilities?

September 27, 2016

Time it was when the nation’s civil service could boast of the finest traditions of service. Not anymore. It is a shadow of its old self today. As an institution, it is now largely enmeshed, […]

Towards reviving Unity Schools

September 26, 2016 Omoniyi Animashaun

Unity schools were unique. Unity schools is the name coined for Federal Government Colleges and Federal Government Girls’ Colleges founded by the Federal Government of Nigeria for promoting national unity and integration. Students who passed […]

PDP: Road to next convention

September 25, 2016 Olumide Johnson

A lot has been said about the  botched national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which was caused by the power  struggle between the sacked  National Working Committee headed […]

Who is afraid of Ekungba?

September 25, 2016 Tunde Akanni

Suddenly, the media deemed Chief Jamiu Ekungba as deserving the most robust visibility among all the recent All Progressives Congress (APC) contenders for the office of the governor in Ondo State. Ironical and most stunning […]

Change begins with all of us

September 23, 2016

T HE ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaigns kick-started by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is being misunderstood as if the President is shifting the Change he promised to the doorsteps […]

On African Union’s new electronic passport

September 23, 2016

Lately, the long-awaited African Union (AU) passport was presented by the Commission’s Chairperson, Dr. Dlamini Zuma, to the Chairperson of the union, President Idriss Deby of Chad and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda at the […]

Buhari is not the plagiarist

September 22, 2016

D URING the tenure of one of our past presidents, I was given a publication to distil some of its content for use in another publication. The publication, a “Mid-term Report” of the president’s administration, […]

Combating violence against women and girls

September 22, 2016

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a global epidemic, as it crosses every social and economic class, ethnicity, race, religion, sex and level of education; it also transcends international borders. Most affected are women, the girl-child and […]

Economy: Diversification alone is not the solution

September 19, 2016

The essence of democracy is for political office holders and policymakers to muster the capacity to identify and satisfy the needs, yearnings, aspirations, collective dreams and desires of the people. That is, as against satiating […]

Winning the peace in North-East Nigeria

September 17, 2016 John Campbell

We are talking about two distinct issues, though they are directly related: First, strategies for peace building in northern Nigeria, and, second, the delivery of humanitarian relief to respond to a famine, which may be […]

Learning from Madiba’s enclave

September 16, 2016 Gbade Ojo

N  OT many people are cut out for politics of acrimony and mudslinging. Fundamental human rights entails freedom of association in all regions and climes but curtailed in practical realities world-wide. Without independent candidacy, Nigerians […]

Still on the Nigerian situation

September 16, 2016 Qansy Salako

Nigeria kicked off as a country of high promise with great expectations at independence from Britain in October 1960. That was eons ago. The imperialist British parliamentary system soon whirled the young nation on its […]

Learning from Madiba’s enclave

September 15, 2016

F  OR to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances us the freedom of others — Nelson Mandela. On 30th July 2016, […]

Nigeria will definitely rise again

September 15, 2016

IT was a certain anonymous wise man who once said that every living organism will, in their lifetime, experience a life-threatening pain. However, I dare add that what each of these organisms make of their […]

Why Nigeria’s restructuring is imperative

September 14, 2016

O NE thing the Federal Government must know is that the demand for the restructuring of Nigeria does not mean that the country will disintegrate; rather, it will give everybody a sense of belonging so […]

Saving the starving children in the North East

September 14, 2016

FOLLOWING seven years of the Boko Haram war in the North East, development experts have observed that it would take years to rebuild the zone. But the response to the humanitarian consequences of the war […]

Remembering the Ad-Hoc Conference of 1966

September 14, 2016

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was the first Prime Minister of Singapore and he governed his country from 1959-1990. In January 1966, he visited Nigeria as part of the Commonwealth delegation to discuss Rhodesia unilateral […]

Re: Sanusi Adebisi Idikan (1882 – 1938)

September 13, 2016

I read with delight the article written by Hon. (Barr.) Femi Kehinde, published in a national newspaper on July 23, 2015, in respect of the above subject. To be candid, the article was rich and […]

For the new change mantra to work…

September 11, 2016 Folu Olamiti

NOT too long ago, on March 17, 2009 to be precise, Nigerians were roused to a blistering campaign on attitudinal change. Its passcode was: Nigeria, Good People, Great Nation. And it was from the fertile ideas factory of the then Minister […]

Nigerian Army and the right to arrest

September 9, 2016

I  T was Judy Biggert who said: “No one ever said that fighting the war against terrorism and defending our homeland would be easy. So let’s support our troops, law enforcement workers, and our mission […]

Curbing incessant jailbreaks in Nigerian prisons

September 8, 2016

The issue of insecurity in Nigerian prisons is a fundamental crisis that gives both the government and the people cause for concern. According to the 2014 Prison statistic, the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) managed about […]

Economic insurgents on Nigeria’s borders

September 8, 2016

G  OVERNMENT officials and law breakers are involved, and everyone knows it. This is a siege of no less significance compared to what insurgents do in the North-East corner of the country. The matter of […]

PDP’s self-destructive quarrels and growing irrelevance

September 7, 2016

NIGERIA presents itself to the world in fascinating contrasts and as a study in unrealised expectations and beckoning greatness frustrated by adversity and self-inflicted wounds. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, alluded on an optimistic note, to […]

Of power and realistic expectations

September 5, 2016 Ikeogu Oke

Though appropriate, the word “novel” arguably understates the import of President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to saddle Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola with three highly demanding portfolios in his cabinet, namely Power, Works and Housing. I am […]

Before Edo is set on fire…

September 4, 2016

I invite you to take a critical look at political events in Edo State ahead of this weekend’s governorship election.  There is no doubt that the fortune of the APC in Edo has plummeted, and […]

Need for continuity in Edo State

September 4, 2016

The people of Edo State will go to the polls to choose Adam Oshiomhole’s successor this weekend. The campaigns have reached a crescendo, as the two major candidates, Godwin Obaseki and Pastor OsagieIze-Iyamuare selling their […]

54 laws to empower Nigerians

September 3, 2016

The Eighth Senate has repeatedly stated that its legislative agenda is anchored on  three legs. They are economic revival, social development and youth employment. The choice of issues must have resulted from the current situation […]

Using varsities to drive change

September 2, 2016 Oludayo Tade

GOVERNMENT policies in Nigeria are rarely informed by rigorous research. More often than not, it does appear that planning is done amid the near absence of hard facts. This aversion for information-based planning partly explains […]

Of poverty and Nigeria’s unplanned population

September 1, 2016

I N reaction to an article I wrote entitled: “We kill militants but in vain,” a reader, Oris Obelikpeyah, reacted as follows: “…In addition to all you wrote about, there’s the problem of an alarming […]

Darts from familiar quarters

August 28, 2016

Adamu is an indigene of Campordi in Republic of Togo. For him and his siblings, growing up was not a bed of roses. However, through dint of hardwork, perseverance, and divine intervention, Adamu fought his […]

Amosun and the Famished Roads

August 28, 2016

He was said to have once witnessed a fatal accident around the Mobalufon end of the Sagamu-Benin expressway. On that fateful day, an articulated vehicle rammed into a 14-seater commercial bus and left no survivor. […]

Nigeria: A new dawn for e-commerce

August 28, 2016

Shortly after its inauguration, the eighth Senate under the leadership of Dr BukolaSaraki resolved through its legislative agenda to reconfigure Nigeria’s business environment through enactment of qualitative legislative intervention.The present business environment has placed the […]

Divided nation: Is the press to blame?

August 26, 2016 Ayo Olukotun

NIGERIA is increasingly polarised and divided along ethnic lines with the press fanning the embers of division and separation. – Olusegun Obasanjo, August 17, 2016.   Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is not famous for speaking […]

Of blacks and modern slavery

August 26, 2016 Michael Ogunjobi

LAST Wednesday, August 23, 2016 was the day for the remembrance of the slave trade and its abolition. This day was set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in recognition […]

Police welfare and national security

August 25, 2016

AT no time is having an efficient Nigerian Police more critical than under a government which, like that of President Muhammadu Buhari, has chosen security as one of its top priorities. At no time may […]

The mystery behind incessant jailbreaks

August 25, 2016

Overtime, prison breaks have proved a major bane of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS). The lacuna in the NPS was brought to limelight by the incident at the Kuje Medium prison in Abuja, which led […]

Diversification: We have heard all these before

August 24, 2016

The essence of democracy is for political office holders and policymakers to muster the capacity to identify and satisfy the needs, yearnings, aspirations, collective dreams and desires of the people. That is, as against satiating […]

Nigeria’s persistent leadership crisis

August 24, 2016

THE classical Greek philosopher, Plato, in his famous Republic, noted that the heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to you. It doesn’t matter if one is charmed by […]

Ambode and the Lagos example

August 22, 2016 Rotimi Ayanbeku

In the mid 1990s when the town that I was living in finally took the danger of climate change seriously, it passed an ordinance mandating recycling of cans, bottles and plastics. To achieve its goal […]

Okupe, PDP and the futility of compromise

August 21, 2016

When I warned the Nigerians about what the All Progressives Congress (APC) represented and that, if given power, they would be the most reactionary, repressive, vindictive, insensitive, vicious, thin-skinned, paranoid, divisive and, worst of all, […]

The Buhari that Nigerians don’t know

August 21, 2016

For so long, many Nigerians have been attempting to study and decode President Muhammadu Buhari, using different lenses. Some only had a modicum of clue on who he may be, counting on the code of […]

Why the desperation to paint Jonathan black?

August 21, 2016

The coordinated attack on the integrity and credibility of former President Goodluck Jonathan is unfortunate. That the same hastily cooked up lies were reported simultaneously and almost word for word by a section of the […]

Youths: To live is to participate

August 20, 2016

Its 490 B.C. Athens was at war with Persia. Athens dispatched its fastest runner, 25-year old Pheidippides to Sparta, to summon military help. Pheidippides ran the 150 miles from Marathon to Sparta on foot in […]

Of politics and good governance

August 19, 2016

SINCE 1999 when Nigeria returned to democracy, the same political party has always been the one controlling both the legislature and the executive arms at the Federal level. And for want of further evidence of […]

FIRS: The fear of invading tax enforcers

August 17, 2016 Yushau Shuaib

MEDIA reports about invasions of business premises by the taskforce of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) could be worrisome. The enforcement exercise by the tax compliance team in shutting down tax-defaulting companies and ordering […]

Nigerian elites and the challenges of now

August 15, 2016

IN determining the title of this piece, I prevaricated between the words “leaders” and “elites.” After serious evaluation, I came to the conclusion that the word “elites” would be more appropriate. I reached this conclusion […]

Welcome to Mai Chanji

August 14, 2016

“Their hate for President Goodluck Jonathan justifies the suffering in the land. Recession matters not. Hunger matters not. Loss of jobs matter not. Polio matters not. Making a mess of the naira matters not. Fulani […]

Edo poll: The reconciliation that made a difference

August 14, 2016

The political differences that had existed between Edo State governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, and his deputy, Mr. Pius Odubu were such that created fears over its likely effect on the forthcoming governorship elections. People were […]

JAMB: Oloyede on rescue mission

August 13, 2016 By Kunle Akogun

The appointment of the immediate past vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede (OFR), as the new Registrar of the beleaguered Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is heartwarming as it […]

Taking and never giving back

August 13, 2016 Olusola Ajiboye

Two classes have held Nigeria captive since independence. One is a class that takes so much from her but gives very little in return. The other is a classes that loots her heritage to enrich […]

Of state sponsorship of pilgrimages

August 11, 2016

T HE reactions that have trailed the decision by the Muhammadu Buhari government to subsidise this year’s Hajj, despite the fact that the Nigerian economy is in recession, underscores the necessity of separating religion and […]

Protecting Nigeria’s indigenous population

August 11, 2016

August 9, every year is celebrated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Every year since 1994, the United Nations set aside August 9 to mark this special day of the world’s most […]

Corruption: We are all participators

August 10, 2016

T HE above headline comes from The FCPA Blog, one of the international anti-corruption blogs I subscribe to for news and commentaries. I became curious enough to go through the write-up authored by Caveni Wong. […]

Nigerians, get off the sidelines!

August 10, 2016

Like millions of other Nigerians, one is very concerned. One is concerned about the subsisting chaos in our social order. One is concerned about the turbulence in our economic condition. One is worried about the […]

Buratai did no wrong

August 9, 2016 Ugochukwu Osuagwu

In Nigeria, it is a common trend for people to follow the band wagon effect and give opinions even on issues they have no facts about. Many even go beyond expressing ideas to give analysis […]

Bello: An epitome of transparency

August 7, 2016

In many years of my journalism practice, I hold on to the natural opium of justice by fairness. Even the holy books enjoin us to dig into the truth and hold it tenaciously. Therefore, when […]

Oshiomhole as Obaseki’s albatross

August 7, 2016

Each time I watch Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, dancing during a campaign rally in support of the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Godwin Obaseki, it reminds me of the […]

Obaseki, best man for Edo State gov

August 7, 2016

History plays a role and shapes our future. Today, I share with you my interactions with the two leading candidates for the Edo State Gubernatorial Election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Godwin Obaseki. Firstly, it was around […]

Ondo 2016: The case for competence

August 6, 2016

Politics is in the air again, and in one of the most politically and intellectually enlightened states of the federation. As is usual, a variety of songs are already in the market place of ideas, […]

A case for special courts

August 4, 2016 Charles Anyiam

That the judiciary system has failed Nigerians in more ways than one is more than an established and immutable fact. Stories of corruption and corrupt practices among lawyers and judges are rife, while apologists make […]

Of budget padding and fumbling diplomats

August 3, 2016

M ANY thanks to our over-pampered federal legislators, this past week, we got a good serving of comic reliefs from the National Assembly. Suddenly, the words “pad” and “padding” have been shoved into our faces […]

Waging a new war against indiscipline

August 3, 2016

Nigeria is not a democratic country. Although generally described as a democracy, Nigeria is, in reality, an anocracy. An anocracy is a system of government that is half democratic, half autocratic. In true democracies, authority […]

Remembering Princess Eyinade Omidiora

August 2, 2016

THE sonnets of William Shakespeare says: “Farewell thou art too dear for my possessing, And like enough thou know” at thy estimate: The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing; My bonds in thee are […]

In defence of Gov Ayo Fayose

July 30, 2016

Let me state inter alia, that everything written here is my personal opinion and after that, anybody willing to draw conclusions can conveniently do that at his own convenience. More importantly anyway, I have scant […]

FG /Niger Delta militants: Before the talks begin

July 29, 2016

P RESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s confirmation that his administration was talking to Niger Delta militants would have been a positive step towards finding a lasting solution to the spate of violence in the region but for […]

Consolidating Nigeria-AU ties

July 29, 2016

Upon gaining independence in 1960, Nigeria quickly committed itself to improving the lives of the people of the country and harnessing the resources that remain vital to the economy of the country and her neighbours. […]

Nigeria’s rising misery index

July 27, 2016 Paul Alaje

AS Nigerians battle the ongoing economic quagmire, survival is gradually becoming a thing of concern to many homes, businesses and governments. Gradually, a family which usually had tea, bread and eggs has stated experiencing insufficiency, […]

Using universities to drive change

July 27, 2016 Oludayo Tade

Government policies in Nigeria are rarely informed by rigorous research. More often than not, it does appear that planning is done amid the near absence of hard facts. This aversion for information-based planning partly explains […]

Terrorism without bombs

July 26, 2016

What happened in Nice, France, last week, shocked the world because it was basically tangential and bereft of the expected modus operandi of modern day terrorism. From all indications, even the Western world in all […]

Consumers’ woes in austere times

July 26, 2016

THE temptation is strong for a triple alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University and a former President of its Students’ Union to comment on the running saga and drama of the absurd which cannot be […]

Of loving, giving and caring

July 25, 2016

The word love as it is used by so-called lovers is most intricate and intriguing. A word that is full of many definitions, meanings and applications. It is a word that has engaged the thoughts […]

Ojo Maduekwe: A friend remembers

July 23, 2016 Wale Okediran

We’ve all heard the maxim:  To avoid arguments “don’t discuss politics or religion” But take a closer look at that maxim and ask yourself if it is possible to avoid religion and politics in our […]

Addressing the challenges of business development

July 22, 2016

Businesses are important for wealth creation and development of any society because they undertake huge risks to innovate, create and market value, bringing prosperity to themselves and society. The impact of businesses is not just […]

Why Nigeria must not lose the Igbo

July 21, 2016

I  have tried to measure the contribution of Igbos to the development of the Nigerian project and the conclusion I have reached is that Nigeria must do everything possible to get the Igbos to remain […]

Improving US anti-corruption policy in Nigeria

July 20, 2016 Matthew Page

Corruption is endemic in Nigeria. It drains billions of dollars a year from Africa’s largest economy and most populous country. Systemic corruption also undermines Nigeria’s ability to combat Boko Haram, the world’s deadliest terrorist movement, […]

Nigerian lives also matter

July 20, 2016 Inibehe Effiong

I  wholeheartedly endorse the inauguration of a Special Military Task force by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Zamfara State to tackle the menace of cattle rustling which has made life and […]

Why can’t we live in peace?

July 18, 2016

On a global scale, a monster is on the loose. This monster called “conflict” is running uncensored across the length and breadth of our world, permeating every aspect of our lives, leaving devastating legacies in […]

Slain Oyo lawmaker as soldier of democracy

July 17, 2016

ELTON John once sang :’Like a candle in the wind, never knowing who to cling to when the rain sets in…your candle burned out long before your legend ever did.’ So it was with Honourable […]

Of liberation and Brexit

July 15, 2016 Karderinis Isidoros

T HE result of the referendum of June 23, 2016 regarding Britain’s continued membership of the European Union is the first major defeat for the  German-controlled European Union of banks and multinationals. It undoubtedly shook […]

Kanu Agabi at 70

July 15, 2016 Victor Ndoma-Egba

IN my tribute to Senator Uche Chukwumerije, I had posited that “Every age, every generation produces an iconoclast, an eclectic eccentric, a quirky and unusual figure who ironically  represents the measure, the values and indeed […]

Developing an effective tax policy

July 14, 2016

EVER since crude oil was discovered in Nigeria on January 15, 1956, the country has never remained the same again. Nigeria has strategically abandoned other sources of income where the nation could rake in trillions […]

Agriculture: Cinderella of the Nigerian economy

July 14, 2016

Agriculture is the competent “general” that was prematurely retired from the Olympian height of playing a dominant role in the Nigerian economy. With the economy now virtually in tatters, the “knight” in a shining armour […]

Kogi: Not dwelling in the past

July 13, 2016

In the course of my current job, but more so due to my innate interest as a concerned citizen, I have read various opinions, news articles and everything else in-between about governance in Kogi State […]

Brexit lessons for Nigeria

July 10, 2016

I have been reflecting on the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union and what lessons Nigerians can learn from it and, especially what our leaders can and should learn from it. For […]

The Senate and forgery case

July 10, 2016

The on-going trial of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, former clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa and Clerk of the Senate, Ben Efeturi, is now one of the major issues […]

The transience of power

July 9, 2016

I was motivated to write this piece after going through “The Ceramic Cup”, an experience of a former United States Under Secretary of Defence, culled from “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek, incidentally sent to […]

Before Post-UTME is buried

July 8, 2016

THE  Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu recently stirred the hornet’s nest when he announced the cancellation of Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in all the universities, saying the only legally recognized body to conduct university […]

Amosun, the superman

July 8, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

A recent investigation by an Economic Intelligence Magazine revealed that 15 states may go bankrupt as their Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) in 2015 were far below 10 percent of their Federation Account Allocations (FAA) in […]

Before our IDPs starve to death

July 7, 2016 Ahmed Oluwasanjo

Few months ago, the news that our internally displaced brothers and sisters were returning back to their homes, after Nigerian troops had recaptured their towns and villages as part of territories formerly under the control […]

Towards achieving true federalism

July 7, 2016 Paul Alaje

A  federal system or Federalism refers to the mixed or compound mode of government, combining a general government (the central or ‘federal’ government) with regional governments (provincial, state, cantonal, territorial or other sub-unit) in a […]

Of Osun’s educational reforms

July 5, 2016 Olaniyi Ajibola

The indelible postulation of the late American Social Crusader, Malcom-X, might have been the philosophy behind the renewed efforts in Osun State to resuscitate academic excellence from the very beginning. Malcom-X posited education is the […]

Towards enhancing security in Nigeria

July 4, 2016

Nigeria is at a cross-road in terms of insecurity of lives and properties. The citizenry, both low and high, now live in perpetual fear of the unknown.  Much as night movements bear high risks, daylight […]

Solution to Fulani herdsmen’s constant attacks

July 3, 2016

THE Federal Government continues to pursue the unconstitutional agenda of providing grazing reserves across the country despite land issues being solely the preserve of the state governments.  The best Federal Government can and should do […]

How Senate Rules are evolved and reviewed

July 3, 2016

Since the issue of how Senate Standing Orders can be changed has been subject of both ongoing civil and criminal litigations, which are now threatening the freedom of the presiding officers and the independence of […]

Day Senator Adeleke empowered his constituents

July 2, 2016

The social contract between elected public officers and the people who voted them into offices dictates that the former should not only ensure effective representation for the latter but also respond to the people’s other […]

Post-UTME: Extant or Extinct?

July 2, 2016 Tunde Olofintila

The last may not have been heard on the current status of post-UTME: whether it remains extant or extinct as the babel of words on the contentious, foggy and purported cancellation of that important part […]

The problem with dialogue!

July 2, 2016 Abdulrazaq Magaji

The ongoing brigandage in the Niger Delta is to be expected the moment a government shows an inclination towards dialoguing with bandits. The Federal Government of Nigeria, with its back seemingly to the wall and, […]

Lessons from Edo APC primaries

July 1, 2016

The governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has come and gone but the lessons learnt are still with us. For everyone, who gathered at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium that day, […]

Of British colonialism and failed states

July 1, 2016

SOVEREIGN nations today would do well to reflect for a moment or so whether pre-nationhood contact with more influential foreign powers or “guests” was beneficial or damaging in the long run. If such contact was […]

Entrepreneurship and the Nigerian malady

June 30, 2016

The debate on what government’s ideal position on entrepreneurship should be has elicited divergent economic postulations from idealists of different eras. On the one hand, Karl Marx leads the team, comprised of socialists, leninists, among […]

IDPs: Towards addressing a humanitarian crisis

June 30, 2016

NOT until the reported abduction of over 200 young school girls from Chibok in Borno State, North-East Nigeria in April, 2014, the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria never gained prominence in […]

UTME cancellation: Justifying JAMB’s CBT

June 20, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

The Federal Government finally affirmed the supremacy of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)- conducted Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by scrapping the Post-UMTE test usually conducted by tertiary institutions. The decision announced by […]

One year of Buhari’s foreign policy

June 7, 2016 AdminTO

SINCE Nigeria gained its independence in 1960, the country has pursued a foreign policy with an alignment to the West, with the exception in the periods of both late Generals Murtala Mohammed and Sani Abacha, […]