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Change Will Come But We Must All Be Patient. By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi

Those who claim change is the only constant thing in life didn’t mince words. But change itself does not occur in a day. The Chinese did not come this far in one day; neither did Botswana achieve greatness in one night. Nigeria is a complex nation and it will take years before we achieve uhuru. No matter the divide we fall into, we must give kudos to the government on these two notable achievements despite its imperfections. Details

 

Buhari: Who is sabotaging the sheriff? By Abiodun Komolafe

On the whole, Nigeria remains a worthy light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel project,  in spite of the crisis of value, compounded by crisis of structures, that currently threatens her existence. All the same, as Nigerians are  expecting the president to experiment the miracle of the Marriage at Cana,  another critical area that has of late become Nigeria's defining identity  is the activity of Fulani herdsmen. Details

 

Reforming the Government Budgeting Process in Nigeria. By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye

My goodness! If each of the 360 federal constituencies were to be allocated projects totaling N4.196 billion, then  a total amount of  N1.5 trillion or about 25% of the total budget will be required for “constituency projects” which are highly susceptible to corruption. This will obviously crowd out needed investment in “truck A” (inter-state) roads, railways, electricity, higher education, security, energy and other much-needed national projects that are outside the purview and ability of state and local governments. Details

 

The ‘Sinking’ Calabar-Lagos Railway Scam. By Tatabonko Orok Edem

In my humble opinion, Calabar – Lagos Railway Project is a scam to siphon money in preparation for the 2019 election, nothing more, nothing less. The present government has absolutely no intention of building a rail line between the two cities. A mere look at the total sum that would be involved, confirms my hypothesis. Compare the cost of the present Niger Bridge mentioned above, factor in inflation and the value of that sum today, add 50 times the distance to be covered by a weight bearing bridge over the River Niger swamps, that should tell the unwary that there is a scam developing. Details

 

The 108 Luxury Jeeps for Senators, Kleptocracy and Nigeria’s Version of Democracy. By Dr. Abubakar Alkali

It is imperative to add here that the purchase of the 108 posh and luxury jeeps is not only misplaced, unwarranted and illegal but also a clear manifestation of gross insensitivity by our senators to the current crushing economic hardship faced by majority of Nigerians. While our senators are busy purchasing the best jeeps on offer, about 9 out of every 10 Nigerians are so poor that they cannot afford one decent meal. Details

 

From Nomadism to Sedentarism: An Analysis of Development Constraints and Public Policy Issues in the Socioeconomic Transformation of the Pastoral Fulani of Nigeria: INTRODUCTION. By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

The socioeconomic transformation of the Fulani will not be achieved so long as the policy-makers ignore the environmental limitations and the sociocultural preferences of the pastoral Fulani. So long as the Fulani are distant from decision-making and implementation on matters affecting their welfare, a positive transformation of the Fulani will not occur. So long as the planners divorce the welfare of the Fulani from the welfare of their herds, problems will persist in Nigeria's herding sector. So long as state administrators continue to stereotype traditional pastoral system, problems will remain in the pastoral sector.

 

My theses in this paper, therefore, are that the traditional method is still efficient and ecologically sensible for raising livestock in Nigeria; that state interventions and technology-driven approaches are not necessarily the best solution to pastoral problems in the country. Details

 

Developing Minds, Developing Nations. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

Nigeria has "privatized" her electricity infrastructure: six generation companies (GENCOS) and eleven distribution companies (DISCOS) have been sold ("privatized"), while the only transmission company, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is being managed by a private firm. About three years after (since November 2013), what is the result? We now have more darkness than before, more outrageous bills for prolonged darkness than before, and poor billing standards or, may I say, more "estimated billing" that is not based on any imaginative or scientific basis. Details

 

The Way Out of The Chibok Girls Debacle. By Dr. Abubakar Alkali

The second most potent effort at dialogue with Boko haram was the Obasanjo truce move facilitated by former comrade Shehu Sani in 2011 when the former President dared the odds to visit the lion’s den at the then headquarters of Boko haram in Maiduguri and right in the house of late Boko haram leader Muhammed Yusuf to hear directly from Boko haram about their grievances.

Members of Boko haram were still operating from the heart of Maiduguri which then became their centre of gravity at the time and had not relocated to the bush. They presented Obasanjo with pictures and evidence to support some of their grievances against the authorities. Out of sheer patriotism, former President Obasanjo prepared a report in which he recommended that the government should listen to the grievances of boko haram and dialogue with the group towards a lasting solution. The Goodluck administration received the report but never implemented it as the report went the way of other reports on Boko haram presented to former President Jonathan: To the dustbin!  Details

Tax Evasion As National Nightmare. By Rahaman Onike

It is worrisome to note that some companies in Nigeria prefer entering into secret agreements with tax officials to out rightly dodge the payment of tax or to surcharge the payment to the government. In most cases, the motif behind surcharging the tax payment to government is draw the substantive or proportional share of the payable tax into their private accounts  through negotiations and bargaining. Any time such evil is perpetrated, it is the masses that suffer the deprivation. Details

 

Crisis In Nigeria’s Oil And Gas Sector: A Nation In Search Of Magicians. By Chief Madaki Omadachi Ameh

As the crisis persists, this article examines the reasons for the perennial crisis in this all important sector of Nigeria’s economy and what can be done to bring the situation under control on a permanent basis in order to restore the profitability of the oil and gas sector as a major revenue earner for Nigeria. Details

 

Nine Years of Anguish for the Killers of Sheikh Ja’afar. By Dr. Abdussamad Umar Jibia

It was in that early morning when the Sheikh was leading subh prayer that the assassins numbering about five drove to the mosque. But before they reached the mosque, the killers stopped at Gadon kaya mosque apparently to confirm the Sheikh’s location...They shot at his chest and stomach and killed two people who attempted to stand in their way. The 47 year old Sheikh was immediately rushed to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) where he died before he could receive any medical attention. According to the people who took him to the hospital, Sheikh Ja’afar kept repeating the kalimah until his last breath.Details

 

VP Osinbajo is wrong on VAT. By Anthony A. Kila

No Mr VP, as you teach us, there is a season for everything. The first error is that of timing. In the main streets of Nigeria, this is not a time of abundance.  It is not a time people are spending recklessly and robbing the government of its due in taxes. Rather, people are coping with very little income and very high expenses aggravated by direct infrastructural and financial costs for businesses and families. Details

 

Pharaohs Outrageous Pay Reincarnated In Panama. By Farouk Martins Aresa

After all, what is Saraki celebrating that has not been predicted by the actions of those before him? Obasanjo and his best friends Danjuma and Atiku fell apart over oil blocks, privatization of parastatals and foreign investors. Andy Uba loaded plane with American dollars. We only know about when he got caught, we did not know if they made many trip to Panama. Even Jonathan as President could not be outdone with Dasuki, by sending a planeload of dollars to S. Africa. Details

 

 

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 Has PDP shot itself on the foot?

The recent report that the PDP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has zoned the party’s chairmanship position to the North-East geo-political zone  after earlier zoning its presidential flag bearer to the north in 2019 - has raised the question of whether the party has shot itself on the foot. My simple answer to this is, ‘yes’. Details

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Food for thought from 2012

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Boko Haram has indeed attacked Christians and government targets. But it has also attacked and killed Muslims. Indeed it has probably killed far more Muslims than Christians. Certainly it has led to far more innocent Muslims being killed and maimed as a result of the military’s scorched earth counter-insurgency against the sect in the mostly Muslim neighbourhoods from which its members seem to operate. Even more certainly its activities have slowly but surely been bleeding the Northern economy to death as non-indigenes and foreigners flee from the region in large numbers in fear for their lives Details

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE

 

Snares of Disparity Politics in Nigeria

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Most Nigerians continue to believe that President Buhari is doing his personal utmost, including what’s not expected, in order to orchestrate change. But even as House Speaker Hon. Yakubu Dogara challenged APC to “ensure that it delivers on its promise of change as this will make reelection in 2019, a walkover for the party,” it remains an uncontested fact that President Buhari, his party and his policies are ensnared by disparity politics. Details

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON

 

The Fulanis, herdsmen and other stories

Is it possible that this was the work of well-trained killers, fighters or whatever nomenclature we choose to tag them? Now let us look at another angle--People were killed but really what was the motive. Details

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Who Blinks First In The Budget Fiasco?

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Buhari is used to fighting conventional wars, but the sort of battle he is currently confronted with in the NASS is asymmetric. The battle fronts are blurred and not clearly defined. Unlike Obama, he cannot count on party solidarity for help. He cannot take the loyalty and trust of all the APC Representatives and Senators in the NASS for granted. Their interests are dissimilar from the President’s. Buhari stands on quicksand in a valley of sadistic saboteurs. Details

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