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Choosing The Next Customs Boss. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali
Is the goal of the Nigeria NCS solely about revenue
collection for the government or the prevention of smuggling among other
cross-border crimes that are inimical to the overall growth of the local
economy? The point is important because with the virtual glut in the
global oil market the government cannot afford to rely completely on the
sale of the product for its export earnings. The price of crude oil in
the global market has already fallen below the approved budget
benchmark. That means the government is already operating a deficit
Bishop Kukah Opposed To Change?
... the sudden appearance of Bishop Mathew
Hassan Kukah of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese on Channels Television last
week in which he made some scathing remarks against the on-going
probe... For such a man of God, I am certain that the allegation of
corruption levelled against him must have hurt the most.... By last Sunday, the anger against
the Bishop had become so intense that it resulted in the circulation
of an on-line petition to be forwarded to the Vatican! Like members
of the PDP top hierarchy who still appear to be reeling from the
pain of defeat, by their comments, Bishop Kukah appears to have also
misjudged the current mood of Nigerians and the level of their
support for President Buhari.
Before We Disallow Begging: A Memo For Northern
Dr. Abdussamad Umar Jibia
The best way to
address the problem of handicapped beggars is to send them back to
their local communities. Those who are not Nigerians should be
returned to their countries. At local level, a census of such people
should be taken and family members should be made to take care of
them... If Mr president would listen, his
priority in distributing the promised monthly N5000 should be the
orphans, widows and the destitute and not just any unemployed. In
Nigeria anybody who is not on monthly salary would claim to be
unemployed and if care is not taken the scheme will fail from the
As We Await Buhari's Cabinet...
In the dark clairvoyant days when the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reigned supreme and was in fact the main
-if not the only- business in town, today's discourse with its emphatic
title, would have been considered unnecessary. All that one required to
become a Minister or Head of any juicy federal government agency were
the right connections and "investments" in the right places.
Development-Discipline Disequilibrium. By
About two decades now,
I have been engrossed in finding the reasons and facts to fault my
conviction that Nigeria does not have the requisite level of discipline
that matches her development potentialities and aspirations. In other
words, Nigeria's level of discipline cannot carry and sustain the level
of development she can attain and of which the entire African continent
and indeed the World look forward to.
Why Corruption Persists In Nigeria. By Mohammed Dahiru Aminu
Nigerians are yet come up with a consensual definition of “Corruption”.
This disharmony in our perceptions of the criminal act is even more
pronounced between the haves and the have-nots, with the view of the
former recently restated by a provocative pronouncement of former
president Goodluck Jonathan who, as president addressing a troubled
nation, declared, “…stealing is not corruption…”
Efficient Management Of The Nigerian Oil And Gas Industry.
By Chief Madaki Omadachi Ameh
Since January 2012 when the issue of subsidy became a National scandal
after the botched attempt by the then President Jonathan administration
to increase the pump price of petrol to N140.00 per litre was met with
stiff opposition by the Nigerian public through organized labour and
civil society groups, the subsequent probe by the National Assembly
revealed that on the average, the country spends about N2 Trillion on
subsidizing petrol alone on an annual basis. This figure accounts
for a little under half of the National Budget, which hovers around N4.5
Trillion Naira annually.
By Oseloka H. Obaze
its present state is analogous to a dysfunctional computer. In both
instances, there is evident systemic failure arising from
non-responsive applications and institutions not operating as intended.
Such instances require a reboot in order to overcome the redundancies.
As Nigeria’s nascent democracy evolves, it is evident that the nation
has arrived at the critical juncture where identifiable governance
pitfalls, challenges as well as institutional and infrastructural
failings compel urgent directional change. Moreover, Nigeria seems to
have deviated from the conventional paradigm of an emerging democracy.
Wal-Mart Is Coming To Lagos? Seriously? By Nwike Ojukwu, SJD.
Now, do not get me wrong. I love and shop
at Wal-Mart due to its “Save money. Live better” commercial slogan for
which it is known. The corporation has three stores located within about
three miles radius in my neighborhood, and that says something about
their operation. And because it is a one-stop shop, one could obtain
whatever he or she needs from any of its stores, from grocery to home
appliances, to pharmacy. My concern with Wal-Mart is that it does not
only offer products at competitively low prices, it also captures the
retail market to the detriment of the smaller businesses. When,
therefore Wal-Mart enters a third world country like Nigeria, where it
could potentially dominate the retail market sector of the economy, I
think I should be concerned.
In Defense Of Nigeria. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba
In anger, some Nigerians may claim
they are not Nigerians, and may even seek others to blame. I will
defend Nigeria because I do not have another country to call mine. I
will speak for the health of Nigeria. I am not pleased with what
some of Nigeria’s public officials use their public offices to do.
But I cannot because of that do things that are injurious to
Nigeria. Through reading of comments by Nigerian readers, I have
come to understand that our words are generally too corrupting
rather than edifying, and we are too easily distracted. We are not
patient enough to listen, understand, and appreciate other people’s
views before we launch our verbal missiles of invectives. Before you
know it, we descend into the gutter of ethnic bigotry and feel we
are doing service to ourselves.
Intolerance For Looters Began At Home. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
are not perfect, but their tolerance for greed, corruption and vagabonds
cannot be compared to the unbelievable excuses other ethnic groups mount
in defense of their members. Unfortunately, we have moved from a time
when Hausa man can be depended on for honesty, Igbo man for hard work
and Yoruba man for fairness and tolerance; to this time where anything
goes. People have thrown honesty and integrity out of the window,
America's Leahy Law And Its Hypocrisy.
Even before President Buhari's visit to
Washington last week, it was apparent that Nigeria was at the mercy of
the law authored by the ranking Senator Patrick Joseph Leahy, which
prohibits the sale of American military hardware to nations whose forces
are alleged to have committed serious human rights abuses in various
theatres of operation across the world. That means that at a critical
moment in our history, the defence of our dear nations are to be
determined by factors beyond our direct control. We must go on bent
knees before prospective weapons suppliers for the critical arms
required to defend ourselves. It is a collective national tragedy. It is
a price we are compelled to pay for the criminal neglect of our military
industrial complex by successive regimes for more than five decades.
Can We Be Great Again?
Mustapha Ismail Alhassan
In my observation, it is simple we have committed all
seven of the social sins postulated by Gandhi, and we are left
behind by nations of the world, just recently Nigeria was placed in
the 110th position out of the 143 countries polled in the Global
Innovation Index report released in Sydney, Australia. Switzerland,
the United Kingdom and Sweden topped this year’s Global Innovation
There are many idle ‘professionals’ in the eco-system
that have raised hyperbole and jargon to the level of an art – it is
better to confuse the audience than to admit ignorance. These idle
people try to provide explanation and a way out for this ‘mutual
death wish’ situation. Like the Ajino Moto Economists of the
last two decades, these ‘professionals’, are essentially bystanders
with no commercial or intellectual engagement with the market. Details
Basketmouth, Fela Durotoye, Funmi Iyanda, Others Deserve National
By Kofoworola Ayodeji
Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was recently honoured by the
United States Congress for his huge contributions to music and
political activism ynaija.com/afrobeat-legend-fela-kuti-us-congress/.
I received the news with mixed feelings— excitement on one end and
anger on the other. I was excited because the music legend was
remembered and recognised even years after his death— that’s superb!
But again, I was heart-broken that Nigeria as a country does not admire
and celebrate her own sons and daughters (both young and old) who have
demonstrated uncommon excellence in their areas of interest.