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Nigeria: Battling Corruption to a Standstill. By Godwin Onyeacholem

The message is now out there that under this administration, it would no longer be ‘business as usual.’ But the fight should also not be conducted in a manner that leaves the impression that Buhari as the general of this war has no army behind him. It cannot be denied that at the federal level the battle is raging, but it has to percolate to the state and local government levels for it to register the desired impact. Governors, especially those of the ruling party, must take a cue from Buhari in the quest for zero tolerance for corruption. Details

 

Igbo and Hausa Will Make Peace, If Yoruba Contest Next Presidency. By Farouk Martins Aresa

There are growing factions in the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria for either a breakup of the country or some regional restructuring. The only time we have relative peace within the country is when the North and the Eastern part of Nigeria are in coalition to form government. Right now, the envious position of the “beautiful bride” (courtesy of Zik) is vacant. The way it is supposed to work is if the East is either in a coalition with the West or preferably, the North. Details

 

Witnessing The Birth Of Felony. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President of Nigeria has a new song.  It is called “Restructuring”.  Even if it is remix of the original, the former vice president is singing it with gusto wherever and whenever he got the opportunity of being given a microphone.  I called Atiku’s new found song as a ‘remix’ of an old wine because the song has been around since after the annulment of the June 12th 1993 presidential elections in which the late MKO Abiola was coasting to victory.  Some people believed Babangida annulled the elections to favour the north – and this was farthest from the truth. Details

 

Is this the change Nigerians voted for? By Godwin Onyeacholem

In a government vigorously waving the banner of change, you would expect Buhari not to close his eyes, for instance, to the fact that his ministers have yet to follow the path he and the vice-president had taken by publicly declaring their assets. After all, strictly interpreted, change means that you want to do things differently from past administrations.

You would expect him to instantly address the first major embarrassment to his government when one of his foremost cabinet members stuck out his feet at a public function for one of his aides to polish his shoes in full glare of the public. It would not happen in countries where the leadership places premium on the dignity of the human person. Details

 

On Nigerians, Religion And Everything In-Between Rejoinder to: Why I am Convinced God Does Not Speak To Pastor Adeboye. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

Some Nigerians claiming to be "secular humanists" today, once confessed faith in Jesus Christ; but what made them to recant? One of them asserts a reason that a once close acquaintance of his, with whom he sang in a Deeper Life Campus Fellowship, was struck with cancer. And despite their prayers, she died. He therefore does not believe prayer works, except that it makes someone to feel "good" about themselves. Details

 

Leadership Selection in Contemporary Nigerian Politics: Challenges and Prospects. By Abdullahi Usman

Discussing the myriad issues around poor leadership selection in Nigeria’s contemporary politics has become something akin to the proverbial broken record - or, perhaps scratched compact disc (CD) may be the better term to apply in this instance, since we are talking about contemporary issues here, as opposed to the traditional ways of doing things. Details

 

How Cattle Rustlers Killed My Uncle. By Dr. Abdussamad Umar Jibia

For the residents of Matso-matso in Jibia Local Government area of Katsina state, the morning of Sunday the 7th of August 2016 was anything but bright. As early as three o clock they began to hear the sound of gunshots. Although these sounds are not new to the villagers, they strike fear whenever they are heard; either one or more people will die or some animals will be rustled, but usually the latter. The former is normally the case when a farmer resisted or when, like in the present case, the bandits are on a special mission. Details

 

Jibrin In The Realm Of Values. By Babayola M. Toungo

These are hard times for most Nigerians.  A little over a year ago, Nigerians trooped out in their millions to vote for change and change they got.  The All Progressives Congress (APC) campaigned on the “change” mantra and from the results of last year’s elections, the generality of Nigerians seemed to have bought into it.  The problem is that we have failed to key-into it.  Most of us were only thinking of personnel changes and not attitudinal and this is where our problems arises Details

 

Buharinomics and the Hedonistic Calculus. By Achum Tobechukwu Valentine

Although, the 2016 World Happiness Report places Denmark as the happiest country in the world, Bhutan – a country in southern Asia – however, became the first country to officially adopt Gross National Happiness (GNH), instead of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as her main development indicator... Out of the 157 countries being ranked, Nigeria occupies 131 position. This means that Nigerians are happier than only 12 countries out of the remaining 156 countries. Indeed! Not a type of score sheet to be happy about. Details

 

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Accountant robbed of N.3m at gunpoint in Jabi

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Niger Delta Crisis: Soyinka Tells Buhari to Engage Militants

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Protests at APC national secretariat over Bauchi workers’ salaries

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Nigeria, Indivisible As Catholic Marriage – Jega

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Adamu To Pinnick: Take Responsibility For Our Football Problems

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Abegi, where does Patience live in Nigeria?

[GAMJI WRITER]

 

When it's only Tuesday and you've already run out on patience for the week. The Nigerian leadership should know that they cannot continually ask the citizenry to tighten their belts while their tommy grow out of proportion. They need to beware the the patience which government through governments continue to ask for may eventually lead to a revolt when citizenry is down with a sober reflective thought process. Details

PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe

 

Chinakwe: When the law became an ass

[GAMJI WRITER]

 

What was therefore the point that Chinakwe wanted to make by allegedly painting the name ‘Buhari’ on both sides of the dog? To attract attention? Or to provoke, especially given that such took place in the Hausa section of the community?  Did he bother to find out how his action would be interpreted by others, especially in our type of ethnically and emotionally charged environment? Honestly, I do not think that Chinakwe displayed the sort of sensitivity to the feelings of others which is essential for inter-ethnic/regional amity. And there is really no point treating him as a sort of hero for he really misbehaved. Details

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE

 

Restructuring Nigeria; Not When, But How

[GAMJI WRITER]

 

Nigeria is at risk unless it finds the courage to restructure. A nation in dire straits, Nigeria has a choice, to restructure by plan or by default.  A planned restructuring will be collaborative, systematic, and redesign Nigeria, yet keep it whole.  A default restructuring, will happen, certainly not by choice, but definitely like an uncontrolled experiment with attendant risks and indefinite outcome. The challenge confronting Nigeria now, is that the long overdue restructuring will happen, when the cost of not restructuring far outweighs the cost of restructuring. Details

PEOPLE AND POLITICS BY MOHAMMED HARUNA

 

Obasanjo, Buhari and the rest of us

[GAMJI WRITER]

 

Whether or not the fall of Jonathan was due to teamwork or the cumulative impact of individual efforts by Obasanjo’s “eminent” Nigerians, Nigeria was saved from tipping over into an abyss last year. Even then Obasanjo’s claim to the leading role in the rescue mission seems as dubious as it is one more evidence of the man’s predilection for reaping where others have planted – and of denying responsibility for any of his decisions that have gone awry. Details

PUBLIC SQUARE BY MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZALI PMB

 

Does Not Require The Approval Of Nass For Emergency

[GAMJI WRITER]

 

For now though, we can be under few illusions that times are extremely Hard for Nigerians and while it can be argued that Nigeria has handled the sudden collapse in the international price of crude oil better than Venezuela and Angola, the APC administration does not require anyone to remind it that it is running desperately out of time to make the desired impact on Nigerians before the next elections. The current status-quo may not be its making, but Nigerians are becoming increasingly wary of excuses to say the least. Details

 

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