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Military’s Misadventure in Burkina Faso
After decades of military rule, the rationalizations for the
military’s intervention in African politics no longer wash with people who
are old enough to remember what life was really like under military rule.
The good news however is that only very few military coups succeed these
days. General Diendere who led the recent coup in Burkina Faso was later to
confess that “this coup was the biggest mistake….
Why Russia Could Not Ignore Isis.
To most observers of global politics particularly its murky and
shark infested backwaters of the Middle East, the biggest surprise
of the year has been Russia’s sudden and decisive pitch into the
deadly confrontation between ISIS, the acronym for the Islamic
States in Iraq and Syria; the embattled regime of Bashar el-Assad,
with its wider implications for Sunni-Shia relations in Iraq and
Iran, not to mention the already existing tensions between Israel
and its neighbors and America’s much vaunted war against terrorism
whether it is perpetrated by ISIS, or Al-Qaeda in the Arabian
Nigeria - Governance in E Major. By Oseloka H. Obaze
E is for Expectations. In Nigeria, E is huge and
roiling. Nothing defines governance now, more than expectations and at all
levels. The level of expectation is so high, it has become burdensome. The
concern is that if there is a letdown, it would be equally huge. Interestingly,
such post-traumatic expectations have direct correlation to unmet needs, missed
opportunities, bogus campaign promises, and for older Nigerians, residual
knowledge of what good governance and governmental responsibilities were in the
so-called good old days
Public Administration Reform And Transition From MDGs To SDGs In Nigeria.
By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D.
Despite the poor profile of Nigeria in terms of
achievement of the MDGs, there are some actions that have worked well which need
to be scaled up in the transition to SDGs
Love Their Parents More. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
Do poor children
generally love their parents more than the spoilt brats? It depends on the
parents is not the answer. No matter how strict most parents are, rich kids have
this notion of entitlement unavailable to poor kids. They develop some
resentment if they feel their parents are “stingy” with imagined wealth. It’s
like the university graduate that complained bitterly that his father gave him a
Volkswagen after graduation while his friends got Peugeot or Mercedes. Details
Consolidating Peace in Africa: Role of the United Nations Peacebuilding
Commission. By Amb. Ejeviome Eloho Otobo
Those already familiar with the content and value
of this work are full of its praises. The commendations are sweepingly positive,
with a flourish of adjectival qualifications.
Saraki Sample For Obiano Fayose & Co. As Payback.
Governor Ameachi said: “we steal because Nigerians don't stone us".
People of Kwara reacted and Anambra retorted. Saraki was stoned
belatedly calling him Ole! Ole! As one of the Saraki’s family
that have milked Kwara for a long time, he deservedly got his due at
Donald Trump and the American Paradox.
his latest outrage is sure to vibrate far beyond the shores of
America were the various primaries that will produce the leading
candidates for next year’s presidential elections are being
monitored closely. Can we even begin to contemplate the prospects of
what will happen to the Middle East peace process with a Donald
Trump in the White House?
The Magic Behind The Steady Supply Of Petroluem Products (1).
the past fortnight no issue has captivated the attention of
Nigerians more than the important milestone of President Muhammadu
Buhari’s first 100 days in office as the democratically elected
leader of the nation. In the rabid debates that have ensued,
opinions were sharply divided between those who insist on holding
the president to account for the many things he allegedly promised
to deliver with the period, and those who swear that he gave no
particular deadline to deliver on anything.
Daring Buhari For Safe Landing Of Looters & Boko-Mend.
must be made clear that appointment of known and past crooks as
ministers, into kitchen cabinet or any position of responsibilities
is another form of soft landing. It will be difficult for watchdog
agencies to probe such appointees after they have been declared fit
for office by the President. People will see such persons as immune
to prosecution. If that is the reason it took Buhari so long to
appoint ministers, fine, he must not disappoint us at the end of the
Europe’s Refugee Crisis And Lessons For
Giving Germany’s history, and its Nazi
past, it is highly ironical that the primary destination of the waves
upon waves of refugees that have swamped on Europe in the past several
months, and which now appears to have reached a crescendo in recent
days, is the same Germany, which millions of European Jews and other
minorities, struggled in vain to flee from under the Nazi Jackboot less
than seven odd decades ago today.
EU Migrant Crisis - "If you break it, you own it." By Oseloka H.
Despite the obvious interconnectedness,
the nexus between the unfolding migrant flow into Europe and the
collapse of the nations of Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Syria, are not being
discussed openly. Indeed, the discussion of any such linkages by
Western leaders tends to be dodgy. What is also not being discussed in
this context is Samuel Huntington's warning many years back, of the
clash of civilizations.
GSM Communication in Nigeria: The
effects and at whose detriment?
Ogu Reginald Ekene
give the reason for the wide acceptance of the GSM technology to be that
“it is a means of communication and it has nothing to do with the
conventional posting of letter done by the NIPOST”, I will prove you wrong by telling you that email is
also a means of communication which also eliminated the activities
of NIPOST. The question still remains, WHY GSM?
Remembering Brigadier Zakaria Maimalari.
Hassan M. Hussein
On the night
of Jan 14th 1966 many senior army officers were attending a
party in the honor of Brigadier Zakaria Maimalari who had remarried, his
first wife had been shot dead in a bizarre accident involving a hunting
rifle. The party was attended by the coup plotters themselves and most
senior officers based in Lagos. In the January 15th coup
that overthrew the civilian Government, Northern political ( Sir Ahmadu
Bello , Sir Abubakar Balewa, Ahmed Ben Musa.) and military leaders (Maimalari,
Pam, Kur, and Largema) were murdered by Igbo officers. That means all
military officers but one (Gowon), of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and
above of Northern origin, were eliminated.
Is the PDP Beyond Redemption?
While the newly formed APC came up with a taintless
candidate, using the Change mantra as its campaign slogan and in the
process winning even more popularity to its side, the PDP went by the
idea of a coronation. President Goodluck Jonathan, who many Nigerians
had given up on following a below-par average performance in the last 4
years was picked by the party and never held a competitive primary. This
action amidst other political missteps perhaps would turn out to be the
political albatross of the party.
It’s The Fear Of Invasion Not About Illegals “Aliens”.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Gadhafi warned the Europeans that if they overthrew
him, they would regret it since he had worked hard to keep African
refugees away. Arab refugees? It is now worse than he predicted. The
spread of democracy into culture of oligarchy, theocracy and
dictatorship has limits pushed by extremist’s views present in every
country, including democratic. The days of spreading Bible, Koran,
Torah or any religion alien to a culture are like old wine in new
Growing Into Nigerians.
By Leonard Karshima Shilgba
If we seek to build a better union, if
we truly intend to enthrone meritocracy over mediocrity in Nigeria,
the majority of people from the numerous ethnic and religious
groupings that together make up Nigeria must make conscious efforts
to grow into Nigerians. That means the Tivs, Igbos, Nupes, Yorubas,
Ijaws, Hausas, Idomas, Fulanis, Ibiroms, Jukuns, etc., should stop
looking at appointment into public offices through the prism of
ethnicity. It means that “Christians” and “Muslims”, for instance,
should stop interpreting public policy in religious terms. That is
the minimum change we deserve as a people. We must grow into
Nigerians, and ought not to remain in the diminutive state of our
small ethnic and religious enclaves.
Nigeria: Tale of Oil Curse.
By Mahmud Malami-Sadiq
Recently, in the wake of the plummeted
oil price at the international market (with all the accompanied
consequences of that steeped fall in the price per barrel on our
fragile oil economy), there has been resurgence of a sober national
discourse bordering on weather oil is a blessing to Nigeria,
or just another juggernaut. The salient question hanging in the
minds of many Nigerians is: what has so far happened in the nation's
political economy that the abundant oil treasure has not been able
to affect the nation in positive ways?
Buhari’s Appointments: Between Federal Character And Meritocracy.
By Kofoworola Ayodeji
there must be genuine unity in the country, Nigerians must look
beyond the federal character and embrace meritocracy. The use of
federal character principle or law, as enshrined in the Third
Schedule of the 1999 constitution, has done more harm than good. It
has only succeeded in breaking rather than building the
nation. So far we have appointees
who are round pegs in round holes, their religious and ethnic
affiliations shouldn’t really count. Or else, we would continue to
live in our past. God bless Nigeria!
Salvaging Nigeria’s Local Governments.
By Oseloka H.
Nigeria’s moment of reckoning has arrived and it
should be a season for purposeful leadership rather than a
season of silly politics. In a nation suffused with
developmental and other unmet needs, the best national
governance structure required to address those pressing needs --
the local government -- is being systematically truncated.
Whereas there is no such thing as a comprehensive strategy for
purposeful governance, acknowledged global best practices which
are in accord with international standards for democratic
governance exist. We need to urgently replicate those values.
and Bitumen Deposits in Nigeria. By
tedious and physically demanding as stonecrushing is, ironically, women and
children are the most common participants, spending hours crushing granite and
suffering exposure to harsh, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions. But the
profits some of them make is enough incentive for them, even though the exercise
is mainly subsistent for several others.
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.