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Perspectives on Buhari
One perspective is that he is being excessively cautious,
partly because this often comes with age and partly because he is
conscious of his dictatorial military antecedents. According to this
view, because of the lingering suspicion on whether Buhari has truly
cultivated a democratic temperament and has learnt to be a team player,
he needed to take his time to prove his critics wrong.
Propagated States Ethnic Champions & Ministers Empty Treasury.
By Farouk Martins
know that the more ministers, commissioners, local chairmen and
councilmen there are to justify our agitation for more states and 250
ethnicities, the more money leaks from treasury for political and ethnic
champions. When there are more government employees than those of
private employers, youth’s employers are displaced. There will be more
money for politicians’ aggrandizement and corruption but less for
infrastructure and universities budding businesses.
Refocusing The Nigeria Sovereign Wealth Fund Agenda.
Shafii Ndanusa, FCCA
Granted that the three
Nigeria sovereign wealth funds have been established, however, their
growth and impact is constrained by the key factor of limited capital
inflows. The continued existence and operation of the excess crude
account in addition to the legal quagmire between State Governments and
the Federal Government have reduced the funds to the status of sleeping
giants. Such valuable national institutions ought to rank high on the
priority list of public governance.
Buhari And The 7 Trillion Naira
If anyone expected President Buhari's
new administration to hit the ground running, the Joda interview
certainly provided sufficient justification why it could not, and
cannot do so, given the fact that the outgoing government only
provided details of its hand-over notes only a few days before May
29th 2015. Whether it was part of a grand strategy or not, President
Buhari, along with the millions of Nigerians baying for the blood of
those who mismanaged the economy under the maladministration of
Goodluck Jonathan, are now saddled with the astonishing reality that
in the past six years or so, 7 trillion Naira was expended on their
behalf in an epoch when they lacked the basic necessities of life.
NASS Elections And The All
Somewhere in the creeks of Otueke, a
certain Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Mainasara Jonathan is probably
sitting under the cold morning breeze nursing a drink as most locals
from the Niger Delta are wont to do as part of a well established
culture and tradition, in an area where drinks are never ever in
short. And in between sips, the percentages are high that Jonathan
would be indulging in the occasional throaty laughter brought about
by a sense of intense relief and satisfaction.
Boko Haram: The Carrot And Stick Strategy For A Lasting Solution.
By Abubakar Alkali
‘Can military force decimate Boko
haram once and for all? I ask this question because on at least 3
occasions in the last 5 years, there were similar operations by the
Nigerian military to route Boko haram and crush the group and after each
military operation, Boko haram bounces back in even stronger and deadly
passion. After each military operation, the number of people killed by
Boko haram increased.
NASS: Why Saraki’s Rebellion Succeeded.
Senator Bukola Saraki, and Yakubu
Dogara, somehow succeeded in getting themselves elected as Senate
President and Speaker of the House respectively with the ‘help’ of
their conniving opposition party the PDP. Not only that, the PDP
also inexplicably managed to get one of its own – Senator Ike
Ekweremadu – elected as the Deputy Senate President in a manner that
both astonished and angered millions of supporters of the APC who
would never have blinked their eyelids were the PDP to be proscribed
APC: The More Things Change...
Dr. Wole Ameyan
Sometimes one might just think that it
is better to give up; that a case is a basket case and not worth
wasting one’s time about. The Nigeria case is like that sometimes; a
country that we all love very much. The recent happenings in the 8th
senate bring to mind an old maxim: The more things change the more
they remain the same. The leadership of the APC have a herculean
task to make a lie of this aphorism.
Portable Petroleum Refineries Manufactured In Niger Delta.
Farouk Martins Aresa
are all the universities in the Niger Delta specializing in if they
cannot improve the so called illegal portable refineries changing
crude oil into petrol? We have Federal University of Petroleum
Resources in Effurun in Warri, Delta State. Yet they cannot tap the
brains of Niger Delta youths improvising from scratch, the
manufacture of portable refineries.
Nigeria: Whom do we blame?
Carry out this survey if you must perceive
things for yourself. Out of the number of leaders we have presently, ask
yourself, how many of them are ready to face dilemmas that require
critical thinking, strategizing and planning? Or better still, how many
are prepared to resolve the challenges this country is currently facing
and the upsurges depleting our nations security? You'll realize that
there are hardly any.
Ndi-Igbo Have More To Gain As Nigerians. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
is only recent that ijaw has become a big minority. The fact is they are
still not the main ethnic group in the South-south, the Edo are.
Sometimes, present difficulties and pressing problems make us forget the
past. Many have temporarily forgotten that amicable coexistence between
Urhobo, Ijaw and Itshekiri was broken before Ijaw gained power. Families
that have lived together for ages began killing one another: My People
Are Killing My People!
& Saraki Palaver Deep-Rooted In Polity. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
would incorrigible crooks like Saraki and Tinubu command more political
clout but in Nigeria? Buhari has work to do and nobody should envy him
especially with these two types of people in control of the new
political landscape. Like it or not, they have followers and each is
highly respected in circles by their followers. Indeed, some young
generation are looking up to them on how to accomplish success. They
dismiss sins the two have committed as old story.
Reform the Reformable: The Second Economic Adventure of Dr. Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala in Nigeria. By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye
Given the manner
the Nigerian economy unraveled at the twilight of the Jonathan
administration it became obvious that the greatest loser of the
presidential election was Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the
ex-Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy
(CME) who built her reputation on reforming the “unreformable”
Nigerian economy. This was evident at the Senate hearing on the fuel
crisis on May 25 when the minister, almost in tears, alleged
that “there is a deliberate attempt to sabotage the economy and
bring it to a halt…
Buhari: Now That We
Found Change…. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali
The more I contemplate the current situation, the more I am
tempted to also ask: now that the APC has found the change it
sought, what does it intend to do with it? It is not only in the
delayed announcement of appointments that the APC appears to have
got Nigerians worried. If care is not taken, they risk doing serious
damage to themselves in the manner the principal officers and
leadership of the National Assembly are going to emerge.
President Buhari: Dead end or the rebirth of a
By Chido Onumah
Undoubtedly, Nigeria desperately needs a leader to inspire the people,
but we must also have a nation for that inspiration to be meaningful.
In the end, this will not be about Buhari but about
Nigeria. Buhari can definitely make a difference. If he doesn’t succeed,
it won’t be for lack of trying.Details
Automated Teller Machine and Inflation in Nigeria.
By Eleanya K. Nduka
How does the ATM
create inflation in Nigeria? As we know, the machine can only contain a
limited amount of notes. As such, Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) load mostly
N1,000 notes into the machine which is the highest denomination
of the Naira. This makes it possible for the machine to contain higher
amount of money than when lower denominations are loaded. Consequently,
this practice has further increased the woes of Nigerians precipitated
by inflation. This is in addition to the worrisome fact that coins are
Agenda For The Mohammadu Buhari Administration.
Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D.
arguably one of the greatest problems confronting Nigeria today, the
others being corruption, insecurity and poverty. In response to this
problem, the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised to create
three million jobs in a year through public works programmes and
shifting the economy towards value-added production.
Buhari’s First 100 Days: Lessons from Obama’s First
Term Challenges. By
Emmanuel Uzo Obi
We have drawn attention to how President Barrack
Obama quickly grappled with his challenges from day 1. Professor Osinbajo the incoming Vice President has put the figure of those
Nigerians at poverty line at 110 million. It is a huge and daunting
challenge that incoming President Buhari will face beginning May
29. But he must not go back to the old way of doing things. He must
record major victories as well as small victories to build momentum
from day 1.
Buhari Does Not Probe.
Anthony A. Kila
that voted for Buhari and indeed many of those that campaigned
against him did so because they see as him as an epitome of
anticorruption. The general consensus is that the man Buhari,
unlike most politicians, is rather averse to corruption and
therefore will fight corruption with all his might.
Aminu Kano, Thirty-Two Years After. By
It was on Sunday 17 April 1983 that
death penetrated the abode of Aminu Kano and took him to the great
beyond. Earlier on that fateful day, Malam had instructed his young
daughter Maryam to sweep the premises of the house for, according to
him guests would troop in. After a few hours the guests turned out
to be mourners. Rest in perfect peace Malam Aminu Kano.
The Game-Changer Is Upon Us.
The outgoing President Jonathan may have
made the statement partly in jest; but he was spot-on when he said
Buhari will need even more prayers than himself at the inaugural church
service over the weekend. The incoming president may not have all the
solutions to the mountain of socio-economic problems the nation is
confronted with presently; but what he has, in abundance, is the
capacity to decisively with corruption in all its manifestations. And I
pity any public officer who intends to test his resolve in these
President Muhammadu Buhari: Sacrifice, Patience,
Change, and Peoples’ Expectations (I).
Bukhari M. Bello Jega
For a man who shed innocent tears of agonies and
sympathy for Nigerians, over the choice and the mistakes they are
about to make in choosing disaster and hell fire for themselves and
children over the promised change, repositioning and redirection for
a better tomorrow he was promising them. He was not only ridiculed,
humiliated and call all sort of names, but, he was tagged as a man
desperate for power. Unfortunately, for the gullible, fatalistic and
narrow-minded Nigerians, the future the General envisage and the
dangers he saw ahead was beyond their understanding, appreciation
and foresight; until few years later when the pretender and clueless
man began to unleashed his reign of terror, incompetence and light
feather approach to governance.
A Quick Analysis of the CBN Governor’s Proposal to Sell a Portion
of Government’s Equity in Joint Venture Oil Companies in Nigeria.
By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye
Speaking to the Financial Times of
London after the recent Presidential Elections in Nigeria, the
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) advised the incoming
administration of Mr. Buhari to give serious thoughts to scaling
down the Government’s majority shares in the Joint Ventures (JVs)
with major multinational oil companies operating in the country (The
Street Journal, April 23, 2015). According to the reports, the
highlights of the CBN governor’s proposal are as follows ...
Firstly, why did
the Governor not offer the same advice to outgoing President
Jonathan who appointed him? After all, oil revenue started crashing
almost a year ago when the price of Nigerian crude oil declined from
about $114 a barrel in June 2014 to $48.57 a barrel in January
Why Buhari Must Remember Samoza.
Active resistance occurs when the few
freaks undermined by positive change react violently to protect their
turf like the late General Murtala Muhammad unfortunately discovered in
1976. Buhari must not make the same mistake. He must never mistake his
overwhelming popularity for general acceptance. For the sort of changes
contemplated by his party to be meaningful, they must be comprehensive.
Beware Of Our Pharisees & Sadducees.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Here we go
again! Buhari, beware of Nigeria’s pandering Pharisees and Sadducees.
Political jobbers that brought us to our knees and disappointed the
black race are at it again lining up behind Buhari with all sorts of
advises that fell every government. Same folks exaggerated your
insubstantial flaws as a major distraction. But forage for the good
of.... nobody but themselves.
GEJ: Between ''Persecution'' And
Giving the well-document profligacy of the
first couple in the miss-use or miss-application of words and grammar,
could it be an honest error on the part of our dear president? Are we to
believe the view of so many of my friends who think President Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan (PHD) truly does not know the distinction of between the
two words? ...When a Minister is alleged to have imported bullet proof
limousines, at more than three times their normal cost, and without
appropriation or recourse to due process, will it amount to persecution
if the incoming administration decides to do that which the President
has failed to do - which is to thoroughly investigate the allegation to
bring all those guilty of any malfeasance to justice?
Curious Case of Ben Murray-Bruce.
Anthony A. Kila
Now that he has become
a Senator-elect, guess where? Yes, on the platform of the PDP, it is a
very curious case to see that he is planning to go to the senate on
everything to alien to the PDP. Over the weekend I read him on twitter
and on some online publications say “we must sell presidential fleet, we
must cut the salaries of public servants”. I hate to state the obvious
but really someone must tell our new Senator-elect that these
abnormalities came about under the rule of a party he was friendly with
and under a government he had access to. We need to remind Ben
Murray-Bruce that maybe we could have saved a bundle if he had spoken to
his friends in power. He needs to be told that what he is asking for is
change whilst he worked for continuity against change in the last
elections. Is Ben Murray-Bruce a traitor or a convert?
Re-Engineering Nigeria’s Education Sector (Part 2).
By Leonard Karshima
President Buhari must begin to address
higher education in Nigeria by looking into the accreditation of
higher education programs and the process of recruiting
vice-chancellors and leaders of other tertiary institutions. He
knows that poor leadership of any enterprise would yield poor
outcomes. The vice-chancellor should be the real CEO of his
university in all practical ways, and search for vice-chancellors of
federal universities should attain international prestige and outlook.
Re-Engineering Nigeria’s Education Sector (Part 1).
Nigeria’s education sector is hobbled by
corruption, and no amount of funding can significantly reverse the rot
until this huge drain is satisfactorily blocked. This means the main
problem with our education is not insufficient funding. Only the
mentally disturbed would sow among thorns, and those that sow without
first preparing the land could be termed lazy. The most dedicated worker
cannot fill a basket with water.
Will Buhari Liquidate Tompolo’s Navy?
Why on earth should the Navy be
interested in re-arming the vessels procured by a private concern
when it is more convenient to have the same warships formally
procured for its operations? How did Tompolo come about the massive
resources it took to acquire the battleships? What was the exact
role of NIMASA in the entire mess? Was the entire transaction done
in accordance with the laws of the land?
These, certainly, are questions which
should be of serious concern to the in-coming government of the
retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. The new administration
cannot afford to treat the matter with levity. Tompolo of course,
has already publicly congratulated Buhari for his victory, but this
matter is beyond him and the General.
The Able As Inferior To The Incompetent.
Babayola M. Toungo
It makes no sense
for a government that is on its way out and effectively in its lame
duck period to recklessly “buy” two SUVs for the scandalous sum of
N180million – irrespective of whether the vehicles are missile or
bulletproof. To top it all, another 50 Hilux pick-ups were bought
for N400million. Are you serious? This nonsense taking place under
the watch of a supposed ‘man of God’? Details
Mandela’s People Who Kill Black
Africans. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba
This new wave of xenophobic attacks on
black Africans resident in South Africa by their fellow black hosts is
one that will not leave Africa the same. There must be severe
consequences. The stench of black South Africans has gone upwards, and
now shall that nation begin to fall behind so terribly before Africa and
the world. I am so convinced, and I speak boldly this way.
Memo To President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari. By Jibo Nura
November 2012 I visited a village in Stockholm to see the impact of
projects undertaken by IMF and World Bank on the lives of rural people.
I did not see any that genuinely transformed their lives to the zenith.
In December 2014, I was on a journey to South America. I visited
indigenous people and communities in Loreto, along the Amazon River –
engaged in community based rural tourism in Sulluscocha and Chagmapampo
and down to Porcon Farm. I did not see any IMF and World Bank genuinely
inspired projects either.
Pidgin English: A Bridge for Our Cleavage.
Muhammad Muhsin Ibrahim
I love my language, Hausa a lot. I
similarly admire the linguistic heterogeneity of Nigeria. But our
overdependence on and overvaluing of English is way too much. We often
idiotically align positivity with the comprehension of the language such
as intellect, education, prospects in job or marriage, and so on. For
instance, no doubt the utterances of the outgoing President’s wife,
Patience, are largely silly, or worse, but the downright condescending
remarks trailing them are too much. Ditto, the way some fellows poke fun
at the English of the out-going First Lady. The latter is all the more
uncalled for, I have to admit.
The Scandals Buhari Cannot Ignore.
Just like Mandela, Buhari endured the
indignity of incarceration soon after his overthrow in a palace coup in
1985. Buhari also survived the most vicious negative media campaign ever
waged against any Nigerian - dead or alive- to clinch the right to take
up temporary residence in the Aso Rock Villa on May 29, 2015. Indeed,
when the history of the 2015 Presidential election is documented for
posterity, it will be marked by the crude and desperate strategies
adopted by the PDP to undermine his legitimate aspiration for the
Alternate Power Generation For Homes And Industries.
Farouk Martins Aresa
afford to fail again on generation of electricity to homes and
industries in Nigeria. But we certainly need a new approach without
dislocating the enormous investments made by previous governments.
Xenophobia In South Africa, A Symptom Of African "Misculture".
By Akinbinu Olusola
Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini said it
openly that African Foreigners should leave South Africa, for their
citizens to get job, as he claimed to be defending South Africans as his
progenitors did. Another self-acclaimed leader of the wild killing, who
identified himself as Sergeant Mabutubutu Masekosuma Kongugu, sent out a
wild Video broadcast, justifying his actions and promising to do more.
In his own words from the Video "...you don't know how we survive! You
don't know what it is for a fellow black person to be here unemployed".
Fashola: Making a Case for
the Next FCT Minister.
By Aliyu Bala Aliyu
From 1976 –date, the list of FCT
ministers are as follows: Mobolaji Ajose-Adeogun (1976-1979), John
Jatau Kadiya (1979-1982), Iro Abubakar Dan Musa (1982-1983), Haliru
Dantoro (1983-1984), Mamman Jiya Vatsa (1984-1985), Hamza Abdullahi
(1986-1989), Gado Nasko (1989 -1993), Jeremiah Timbut Useni
(1993-1998), Mamman Kontagora (1998-1999), Ibrahim Bunu (1999-2001),
Mohammed Abba Gana (2001-2003), Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (2003-2007),
Aliyu Modibbo Umar (2007-2008), Muhammad Adamu Aliero (2008-2010),
Bala Mohammed (2010-Date). Of all of them, no one has impacted the
Federal Capital like Nasiru El-Rufai and it is quite tragic that the
shoes he left behind since he bowed out in 2008 have been difficult
if not impossible to fill.
Who Swindled Our President? By
Call it temporary insanity or whatever you
like; but acting in defiance of our electoral laws, and in full view of
the entire world, a congregation of grown men and women from the PDP,
joined by their cronies in the corporate world who should know better,
had gathered in Abuja for what they dubbed a fund-raising dinner for
their preferred candidate Goodluck Jonathan. At the end of the
extravagant exercise, it was announced that a whopping sum of 21 billion
Naira was raised for the President’s campaign! And as if that was not
shocking enough, it was also declared a lion share of the sum came from
ghost donors or some so-called friends of the President’s henchmen like
the now Professor Jerry Gana.
Nigeria: Search for Union Beyond
Muhammad Muhsin Ibrahim
were over. The winners (and losers, too) are known, and Nigerians await
their inaugurations on May 29th. However, the repercussion of
the elections is far from over. Igbos, whose undaunted, though
doubt of Hausa-Fulani leadership forbade them to vote for
Gen. Buhari, are still being brazenly abused, especially on cyberspace.
And they respond in crudest kind by calling their attackers with
Buhari: Why Igbos Need To Rethink Strategy. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali
With what I can see going on presently in
Igboland, what cannot be denied is the politics of stomach
infrastructure at the highest level. It is intended only to nourish the
expansive bowels of the rich and affluent. When the likes of Arthur Eze
and Emeka Offor romanced Sanni Abacha, it was never to bring the Igbos
into the mainstream of Nigerian politics or for the benefit of the
entire South-East. They did so to expand their business empires.
Nursing Nigeria Back To Health. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba
The people, the masses of Nigeria, have a
choice to make. If I am trapped in a deep well, and someone comes and
lets down a rope to pull me out, but rather than gladly seize upon the
kind gesture, I ask, “Can you tell me your religion and ethnic group?” I
should be called a fool.Details
How To Protect Future Public Elections In Nigeria. By
Lest we forget, it was the failure of the Nigerian police to maintain
law and order and protect lives and properties that led to the
establishment of national organizations like the Federal Road Safety
Commission (FRSC) in 1988, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
in1967 through to the enactment of its Act in 2003 that saw to its
present enlarged and enhanced status, the Independent Corrupt Practices
and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in 2000, the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2004 etc. At the state level,
similar organizations have been established also.
Why Buhari Won. By
In the next several months and years, when volumes are
written on the actual reasons why President Jonathan became the first
Nigerian leader to fail in his re-election bid, one important factor
will rank highest for its singular potency, in my opinion. A lion share
of the blame must be attributed to the shabby and disrespectful manner
President dealt with a majority of the governors from the northwest and
north-central parts of Nigeria after his successful re-election in 2011.
Has Our Democracy Come of Age? The Lagos State
Example. By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi
At a time when the CHANGE mantra is fast overwhelming
the entire country, it is time we began to see our democracy as one
that can stand the test of time. No country has ever moved forward
with its people heavily divided along tribal or religious lines.
It's Buhari! Nigeria Has Decided. Buhari Promised and Now We Wait. By
Bernard Doro Pardon my
skepticism, but permit it for this moment, some of your campaign
promises, Mr president-elect, appear unrealistically hyped. It does cast
negative perceptions as to how you intend to achieve such promises, not
least in four years. It would be in your interest and that of your
party, Mr president - elect, to keep your promises because broken
promises hurt reputations and not lightly.
Celebrating A Crime Hero. By
The outcome of the presidential election of 28th
March, 2015 has put to rest the tenure of Good luck Jonathan’s
administration. The five or six years of Jonathan’s government has been
characterized by bloodshed, corruption and total disdain to the ethics
of good governance. Never in the history of Nigeria as a nation has so
much revenue been generated, yet little has been done to improve the
welfare of the governed.
The Man of the Decade.
of the impending doom and a total breakdown of law and order, many
Nigerians made contingency plans and preparations. They stockpiled on
food and other necessities. Some left perceived trouble areas for
supposed safe havens. On the day preceding the election, some businesses
shuttered their doors, and those that opened operated half day, so as to
allow their employees enough time to scamper home before the outbreak of
the brewing violence. Refreshingly, to the credit of Nigerians, no
violence attended the election.
Meaning Of Change. By
Mohammed M Mohammed
Despite what we went through that
motivated us to yearn for change it seems we do not really have a good
understanding of this refreshing word change. As such it has become
imperative upon us to explore and clearly understand the true meaning of
change particularly as it apply in a democratic set up and how it works
in other democracies across the globe to impact positively on the life
of the common man.
Electing A New Speaker For The House Of Reps. By Godwin Onyeacholem
However, as the race gathers momentum with intense
lobbying and fine-tuning of strategies, it is important to highlight one
singular factor that should determine the choice of Speaker of the
Need Patience; Good Luck to Buhari.
I read and heard
that no fewer than 100 souls were lost and dozens others injured in
celebrations over General Buhari’s victory in the 28th
March Nigeria’s presidential election. How sad and unfortunate!
While telling my wife that people were euphoric to that extent, she
rather inadvertently told me that when we returned to Nigeria in the
middle of the year, there would be no more electricity outage, no
more terror attacks by Boko Haram, and no more any other
unpleasantness. That unrealistic wish left me transfixed, for I have
heard and read many others expressing the same or similar
expectations, as, to them, the ‘Messiah’ has attained power.