Farewell to Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Danmajen Kano).
By Ibrahim Muye
suspension of SLS and immediate nomination of his successor has once more
picture the administration of been managed by poor advisers, sycophants, and
strategists. The ill-timed sacking of the apex Bank Governor who has for the
past a year raised alarm for unaccounted missing Billions of Crude sale and
subsidies by the Presidency, NNPC, Finance and Petroleum Ministries and of
recent for not accounting to the tune of over $20 Billion dollars has exposed
the administration that it condone, nurtured, fed, water and breed corruption.
The Internal Dialogue Before the National Conference.
Ogwu Paul Okwuchukwu
As for the no go- areas of the
dialogue, we should all understand that there is strength in unity. We are great
because of our collective contribution as a country. Nation building is a
gradual and continuous process even for countries that have existed for
Stella Odua Was Not the Problem. By Tochukwu Ezukanma
My gripe with her is
her poor performance as Aviation Minister. It was during her time as Aviation
Minister that the country experienced the tragic Dana Air crash of 2012 that led
to the death of 153 people. According to the Flight Safety International, it was
the worst air disaster of 2012. The crash was a direct consequence of the
failure of government (aviation) agencies to enforce quality and safety
standards in the aviation industry.
Income May Sober Us Into Brothers Again. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
No amount of crude
oil is worth the amount of bad blood it has generated between brothers, sisters
and within families. Someone put it best in Warri when he exclaimed that my
people are killing my people. Families that have existed in peace for centuries,
married one another are killing and maiming one another over the control of oil
income, allocations, wells and ferocious foreign religious fatalism. It may not
stop until the oil income fueling all these fires, runs dry.
Some Perspectives on the Alleged Unremitted $10.8 Billion Oil Revenue. By Dr.
are at least two important lessons which political appointees like the Governor
of Central Bank, Ministers and Heads of Federal and States Agencies in Nigeria
must take away from the suspension of SLS. The first lesson derives from the
proverbs which state that “those who live in glass houses should not throw
stones” and “When you point one finger, there are three fingers pointing
back to you”.
Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk Dance and the National Conference: The Parallels.
By Nwike (S) Ojukwu
some Nigerians have characterized President Jonathan in unprintable and
disparaging patois, others have questioned his academic credentials. I resent
the disrespect for his office (although I will defend the right to the exercise
of free speech), which a section of the polity seems to revel; I have
particularly been concerned with the quality of his advisors.
while Boko Haram is waging a Jihad against the country, churches in Nigeria are
waging crusades against the pockets of their adherents. Nigerian churches employ
mind-bending strategies to keep their faithful mass of penitents under a regimen
of compulsory and thankless giving. Nevertheless, that is a subject for another
Of Defections and Political Prostitution.
The ease with
which our politicians change political party support clearly suggests that
ideology is of little relevance in our politics. Our politicians are divided by
their greed and selfish interests than by anything else. Where there is
commitment to ideology, a politician will not transfer his or her loyalty for
the fear of competition by potential rivals.
Expenditure and the Rest of Us.
Ogwu Paul Okwuchukwu
The current staff strength of the various ministries and agencies of
government are over bloated. The government should be able to
rationalise the staff and identify those relevant to the organisations
they serve. They should also engage in massive retraining of some of
the trainable staff members to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
APC Membership Registration Drive: The Preparation for Scientific
Rigging. By Taofeek Ramat
By the way, the Judiciary abracadabra that
led to the conduct of that election, at the time, December, is still not
fully demystified. I heard tales of some head boy in Aso Rock and his
wife wanting to do away with some pesky and ungrateful fellow at helms
of affairs in Bayelsa. They got judiciary pronouncements that set 3
governors packing. So much for the judiciary contribution to destroying
a democracy won by blood and sweat of patriots!
Inequity in Nigeria’s Party Politics. By Ado Umar Muhammad
governors of Kano and Sokoto states, Shekarau and Bafarawa were among
leaders of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) which lost its
registration certificate to pave way for the emergence of APC. With no
party to return to, they were therefore forced by circumstances to seek
refuge in the PDP against their perceived personal and political
Sheikh Albani: Legacy Beyond Dying. By Mahmud Yabo
Nigeria is ironically a country presently
not trapped in war but whose internal security situation has, largely
due to institutional collapse and dearth of competent leadership,
grossly deteriorated to the extent that criminals like kidnappers,
armed robbers and murderers have turned its once serene and peaceful
cities and towns in to a terror-stricken population.
Made in Nigeria
Vehicle: Regulatory Compliance and Safety Concerns.
have pondered since I stumbled on the web, the “Made in Nigeria vehicle
"by an indigenous manufacturing company, based in Nnewi, Anambra State.
I was initially excited and elated at the prospect of having a vehicle
DNA, originating from Nigeria in my lifetime.
Sayers In The North: Same Old Crooks.
By Babayola M. Toungo
While Sanusi and El-Rufa’i are undergoing their separate mental and
physical ordeals in the hands of Jonathan’s kinsmen, a senile old man
was inaugurating what he called Northern Elders Council (NEC). Tanko
Yakassai, a man who have been in the political field since the days of
NEPU in the first republic, is embarrassing himself in public by
denouncing all those having beef with Jonathan on how he is running the
Ngozimycin-Penta-Nairate. By Ahmed Garba
Remember when ex-convict Obasanjo was
catapulted to presidency, thanks to Babangida, Aliyu Gusau, Danjuma?
Well, that was the first time voodoo lady Iweala brought her sham
medicine to Nigeria. In that first coming, quack doctor Ngozi pushed
Nigeria to pay off debt that some experts still contend was, at best
As the Igbo Become a Minority in Nigeria. By Fredrick Nwabufo
Igbo today are groping in a labyrinth of confusion; a labyrinth
they have knitted together out of humongous morsels of selfishness,
avarice and ignorance. And as they waltz in the ball of anodyne
confusion their status or place in the Nigerian entity magnanimously
National Conference: Resource Control, Derivation And Tiv Interests. By
Leonard Karshima Shilgba
President Jonathan has called a national
conference to discuss important issues that are connected to the
interests of all ethnic nationalities that make up Nigeria. Those
interests are many and variegated. I am a Tiv man with a Nigerian
nationality. In this essay, I shall attempt to articulate an issue of
utmost importance to my people with respect to the national conference.
I also seek to shed some little light on the issues of Resource Control,
Derivation and Land Ownership.
The Ejigbo Pepper Sodomy & Murder Case:
When Violence Must Be Curbed.
It is most disheartening that on a daily basis and across
the country, the wanton bestiality that had characterised Nigeria’s
inglorious military past continues unabated in a country which prides
itself as a giant of a divisive continent. At every corner of the
country and even in open spaces, all kinds of savage acts are
perpetrated either by the wealthy against the poor or sadly, the poor
against the poor, leaving in its trail sorrow, tears and blood.
When Small is Not Beautiful. By
Dr. Aminu F. Hamajoda
issue is how we collectively react to our colonial experience and the
modern challenge of globalization. It will be negative if we accept the
colonialist concept of Africa as consisting of primordial ‘tribal’
entities fighting each other, and positive if we reject the above
colonial construct by striving for a truly African identity that is
multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural.
Mu’azu And The Task Of Repositioning The PDP. By Theophilus Ilevbare
we approach 2015, the ambition of President Jonathan to pursue another
four-year term in office will continue to generate tension between the
presidency and arrowheads of the north’s quest for power return to the
zone at all cost. This is one issue that is capable of exposing the
fault lines in the party. For Mu’azu, blind loyalty to the presidency
even when the party’s interest is at stake is a super highway to sliding
further down the slippery slope of the PDP’s descent into crisis.
The Politics Of Ethnic Nationalism. By Babayola M. Toungo
The campaign of hate
and the popularisation of hate speech in Nigeria is a legacy of Goodluck
Jonathan’s campaign tactics which many people failed to see it for what
it was because we were blinded by one sentiment or the other. It first
reared its head in the final days of the late Umaru ‘Yar Adua, his
former principal. After the death of ‘Yar Adua, it became Jonathan’s
mantra – with his no shoes slogan saturating the airwaves and the print
Dear President Jonathan, Corruption Is The Problem Of Nigeria.
present administration has embarrassingly failed to realise that the
root cause of the present wave of terrorism ravaging the north east is
the result of decades of corruption and impunity of perpetrators coupled
with the failure of successive government to provide quality, affordable
education to Nigerian children. Graft goes beyond misappropriation of
Emerging Markets: Foxes Teach Chickens How To Survive.
Farouk Martins Aresa
know how much it cost to attend Lagos State University? Prices are so
high in Nigeria, if you travel to Benin Republic, Togo or Ghana, your
money would buy more. You can buy enough for yourselves and some left
over to sell. Indeed many take their vacation in highbrow locations in
Ghana and Benin Republic before submitting to hustle and bustle rat race
2015: Why There Will Be No Free And Fair Elections.
By Godwin Onyeacholem
No matter the promises made by Jega or anybody, Nigerians
will not witness free and fair elections in 2015. However, unlike Nasir
El-Rufai, one would not speculate on what would happen afterwards.
Interestingly, not even the INEC boss’ brain wave, which ensured only
his professor-colleagues in the universities are returning officers in
most of the elections, has lent any credibility to the voting process.
Indeed when next another professor is introduced as chairman of INEC,
Nigerians must not forget to allow some degree of distrust.
A Battered Presidency.
Had the Yar ardua presidency not killed
the leader of Boko Haram, we would not have witnessed the level of
blood- letting and devilish manipulation of some unknown forces that are
bent on creating mayhem and disunity. He did well with the Niger-Delta
amnesty but in the long run that would be a disaster.