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Has TAN Run out of Steam?
full disclosure, when Ifeanyi Uba, Chairman of Capital Oil, believed
to be the brain behind TAN and its main financier ran for Governor
of Anambra State, I openly endorsed him in this column on the
grounds that he showed more hunger for the job than other
candidates, including during the debates. However I have no
association whatsoever with TAN and have never met any of the
rumoured sponsors. Whatever theory I am propounding about the likely
trajectory of TAN is purely conjectural: One, I am not sure I accept
the argument that the desire to have his company, Capital Oil,
returned to him by AMCON, would be enough reason for him to form and
Goodluck Jonathan Is A Coward. By Babayola M.
Jonathan is a coward. Or how do you honestly describe someone who came
to office through democratic process and is now doing everything
possible to scuttle the same process that brought him to the office? In
his reckless adventure, he is not averse to bringing down the house on
everyone. His Rottweilers turned their poisoned tongues on former
president Olusegun Obasanjo for giving them straight – that the Jonathan
gang are taking Nigeria on the same path Gbagbo took Ivory Coast before
the French intervened and saved the country from a needless civil war.
The Looming Conspiracy Against GMB. By Dr. Deborah
to the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari [rtd] [GMB] is the ‘Change Agent’
that will turn the economy around, end insurgency and eliminate
corruption if voted into office as president of Nigeria. Consequently,
the APC had continued to use any available medium to inform Nigerians of
GMB’s impressive achievements when he was the military Head of State.
But if he was as competent as chorused by the APC, why did GMB object to
being judged as an individual for those things he did as the military
Head of State?Details
Ain't So: Police Commissioner Mbu.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Lagos State Police Commissioner was quoted as saying:
If any of my men
is killed, I shall kill twenty of them. Please say it ain’t so! Nigerian
Police is by far, not the worst in the world. Our police have been sent
to different countries to help train and enforce the law of the land,
not kill twenty innocent civilians for every deranged person that shoots
at the police.
But if it is true that a
commissioner actually utter those words, note he can’t be worse than a
motor park tout!
Beyond Obasanjo’s PDP Membership Card. By
Mohammed Dahiru Aminu
The problem with
Olusegun Obasanjo is that his previous words and deeds persistently
argue for his loss of that essentially moral right to critique even
during times of critical situations. For Obasanjo, it is always
easier said than done. Before he came to power in 1999, Obasanjo
laboured tirelessly to fault governments that couldn’t make fuel
available in petrol stations around the country citing Nigeria’s
global position as a leading petroleum producer. But Obasanjo came,
spent 8 years as president, and left longer queues for fuel at the
petrol stations: he was worse than those he castigated.
Lost In The Wilderness Of Nigerian Politics: Do Our Ibo Brethren
Know Where They Are Going? By Ben Igiebor
the late Col. Nzeogwu led a coup in 1966 that saw the demise of many
political leaders of northern and western origin, [with those of
them from the east spared], the seed of tribal antagonism became
sown in the minds of Nigerians and very, very sadly today, it has
grown into a great monster, terrorising the minds of even the
greatest and staunchest believers in One Nigeria.
Nigeria, History and the Clear and Present Danger.
By Chido Onumah
angst that followed the postponement, by the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC), of the presidential election scheduled for
this weekend is therefore understandable. The speech by Prof. Attahiru
Jega, Chairman of INEC, announcing the postponement has been debated
widely by Nigerians. Clearly, there are many questions begging for
answers. But if we focus on Jega, his pronouncements and the “politics”
surrounding the postponement, we miss the forest for the trees. And
here, I am not addressing the party faithfuls who can’t see the big
picture even if it is as large as the 400-metre monolith called Aso
Nigeria’s Military: A Sad Reflection.
And how has the military responded to this weighty
accusation? While he’s silent on the call for the service chiefs to
resign, defence spokesman Chris Olukolade, Major-General and Director,
Defence Information, in his first reaction dismissed Oyegun’s assertion
by offering the familiar tepid and clichéd defence of the military as an
institution operating solely to protect the constitution and safeguard
the country’s territorial integrity, warning that the army should not be
dragged into politics. And in his latest statement, he has pledged the
military’s commitment to the defence of democracy. He painted a picture
of neutrality, but what is on the ground says otherwise.
SNPA & NDPVF: Same Difference. By Babayola Toungo
The Jonathan administration is the most
divisive government ever in the history of this country and I say this
with all sense of responsibility. This government succeeded in
balkanising the country along all its known fault lines and is
continuing to do so just to achieve its selfish ends. We have seen
how it has courted, nurtured, pampered and protected hate merchants and
hooligans and exalted them far and above their fellow law abiding
citizens; we have seen how hate speech has developed into a trade for
some unscrupulous people. Nigerians were treated to the most
divisive campaign ever in the political development of the country led
by our neo Goebbels Fani Kayode and the chief proponent of Janjaweed
politics, Olisa Metuh. The duo and Doyin Okupe seem to derive joy
and satisfaction in pushing Nigeria towards the road to Kigali while the
president stand by watching with amused satisfaction.
The Nigeria I See. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba
2012 and 2015 I have seen two significant events that have fetched hope
about a more prosperous and livable union. Those two events provided
incontrovertible evidence that the two dams in the way of a harmonious
flow of the river of citizenship—ethnic and religious biases—are
systematically being pulled down. Early in 2012, Nigerians, irrespective
of language or religious differences, united against the insensitive
manner and time of removal of fuel subsidy. In the North, Christians
watched over their Muslim brethren who took time off the protests to say
their prayers, and Muslims watched over Christians as they attended
their religious meetings. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Nigerians
had found a common passion that had taken them away from the
decades-long distraction of religious and ethnic grandstanding usually
stoked by some of their selfish political and religious leaders.
Jega: Not A Serious Professor Of Political Science And
By Jibo Nura
said it times without number that Attahiru Jega is a Professor of
Political Science in theory. He is at best a local professor of
Political Science that house-train his entire professorial endeavour in
Mambayya by refusing to internationalize. He is not ready to learn from
his past mistakes or take a cue from his international colleagues such
as Andrew Reynolds who as an international Professor of politics,
election systems and conflict in Africa, has highlighted the dangers of
failed elections and election postponements.
Evidence Demands A Verdict: Why I Will Not Be Voting
For Jonathan Again. By
It shocks me to my marrow how a man who swept into
office in 2011 with the support of perhaps the biggest and best
organised coalition of the variegated strata of the Nigerian society
can in less than four years so mismanage that platform, mismanage
the unprecedented sympathy of Nigerians and indeed mismanage the
unity of purpose that helped him into office. Above all, he has by
his actions and inactions, written a bestselling template for
aspiring politicians on HOW NOT TO WIN AN ELECTION!
The 2015 Elections And Education Reform In Nigeria.
By Dr. Otive Igbuzor
As we approach the
2015 elections, one issue that is of great interest to the electorate is
the educational system. Over the years, the educational sector in
Nigeria has faced a lot of challenges making it difficult for good
quality education that is empowering and capable of bringing about
sustainable development to be provided. The challenges include low girl
child enrolment, poor completion rates, unqualified teachers, inadequate
funding, inadequate facilities, ineffective supervision and inspection,
problem of relevance and coherent and co-ordinated policy planning and
implementation by the three tiers of government (Federal, State and
Public Administration And The Management Of Nigeria’s Natural Resources
Post 2015 Election. By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D.
Despite this negative proposition, it is
necessary to point out that over the past decade, there is an increased
understanding of the problem and what needs to be done to turn resource
curse into resource blessing. What needs to be done is to have a proper
resource governance. Natural resource and environmental governance
refers to the formal and informal institutional mechanisms used by
society to address environmental issues and concerns that challenge it.
The 2015 Election And Public Administration Reform
By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D.
There is no systematic planning
framework for the country that ensures that adequate data and research,
good information system, monitoring and evaluation and tracking of
results. In addition, there is no integration of planning and budgeting.
The end result is abandonment of projects, poor plan implementation and
poor service delivery. For instance, it has been documented by the
Presidential Assessment Committee report that 11, 886 projects worth
N7.7 trillion have been abandoned across the country denying citizens of
This Is A Coup And
We Must All Take A Stand.
Anthony A. Kila
Whilst it is true that every well meaning Nigerian within and beyond the
borders of the country should act with caution and avoid utterances and
actions that can heat up an already charged polity, it also true that at
times like this it is crucial not mince words or hide behind
technicalities or formalities. In that vein we must soberly and clearly
state that the recent so called postponement of elections in Nigeria is
not just a postponement but in reality an annulment and when coupled
with the mode in which the elections were annulled, though called
postponed, we have nothing short of a coup d’état and we all must take a
Smouldering Revolution Needs Rescuers Before It Gets Bloodier.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Revolution is smouldering already, the question right now is how bloody
it is going to get before we rescue ourselves from even more disaster.
Youths are rising up across the world demanding not only an end to greed
and corruption as the root of all evil but a say in governing their
lives. Our youths cannot be hooked on gadgets and toys
forever because of
their short novelty span. If youths do not rise up, their illiterate
cohorts will continue to rule them as militia and thugs.
Jonathan’s administration: A Protectorate for the
Sulaiman Badamasi (Mahir)
President Jonathan’s campaign chief, Femi Fani
Kayode, a former Minter of Aviation and Culture & Tourism in
2003 and 2006 respectively, currently has a pending court charge
against misappropriation of N19.5bn Aviation intervention fund.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) tried Femi Kayode on
47 counts bordering on money laundering. According to Barr. Festus
Keyamo, “I am the one prosecuting the fellow (Femi Fani Kayode) on
court and the case has been adjourned to February 23 and 24 for
Femi Fani-Kayode, Dan Ulasi: I Wish You The Same.
By Babayola M. Toungo
I really pity Femi
Fani-Kayode. I pity him for a lot of reasons, but mainly for his
inability to be ashamed of somersaults and I also fear for him that he
may not have a relapse of his well documented “psychological breakdown”.
The man is truly an animal without shame. But my heart goes out to
those Nigerians who listen to and then go ahead to quote Fani-Kayode.
I thought it is only a Jonathan Goodluck or Namadi(na) Sambo, who for
lack of a better thing to do listen to Fani-Kayode. This is a man
who was once committed to a mental institution in Ghana, now the lead
spokesman of our president. Does this not tell you about the
character and comportment of our president?
2015 Nigerian Presidential Election: Diversionary Antics By
Unpreparedness. By Richmond Ejiofor
The president seems overwhelmed by the
myriad of problems and this gave eminence to the “cluelessness
terminology usage “. There was no game plan to seek the office of the
president and experience has shown time without error, that it not an on
the job training career, occupants must possess requisite ability to
perform the sacred duties with a game plan and vision.
Legacy Of President Ebele Jonathan. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
It is not
that President Jonathan has no guts; he has shown it only when
threatened personally. He rose up against Emir Sanusi as Governor of
Central Bank, helped Henry Okar to jail in South Africa, showed no mercy
to Gov. Ameachi and called Obasanjo a motor park tout. He remained
steadfast to his cabinet, defied calls to fire his corrupt favorites and
pardoned Alamieyeseigha. This resolute displayed only when personalities
are involved may have shielded him from reality.
On Nigerian Elections and “Christians”. By Leonard
Nigerian church leaders must stop
deceiving their congregations. We do not need a “Christian” to lead
Nigeria at this moment of national collapse, common insecurity,
discouraging hopelessness, and growing poverty. We need a leader that is
firm in conviction, who will fight for and defend the downtrodden.
Nigerians need a fighter at this time. Nigerians need a friend of the
poor, not a once poor who has now become the defender of the oppressors
and obscene rich, whose conscience apparently has been seared.
Towards A Functional Education Curriculum. By Femi
A lot of people have
alleged that military incursion into politics is substantially
responsible for the devastating deterioration in the objectives and
goals of our school system. A sad incidence of history was the forceful
takeover of private and missionary schools which were pacesetters in
boarding and efficient classroom administration. This is why the plans
by some Governors to return schools to their original private and
proprietors have been accorded with thunderous applauses.
Salute to Nigerian Armed Forces and Security Agencies.
By Max Gbanite
You are highly-ranked
and respected by the International community when it comes to deployment
of forces in peace-support operations. You were there in the First World
War, Second World War, the Congo Belgian War, and currently serving in
over 13 nations where conflicts exist but, most importantly, you are
“Primus Inter Pares” in the actual duty and operational activity. You
came to Liberia and Sierra Leone with a focus: to restore the dignity of
man and to bring democracy -- a fete you accomplished though in
collaboration with other member nations within the Ecowas/Ecomog
contingents; and your loss in personnel and materials compared to none.
You lost valuable comrades that politicians don’t even want to know
their names nor if they existed; but are quick to point to the success
stories and insist on Nigeria getting the credits, yet they never saw
the red-flowing-bloods of the almost 2,000 lost in Liberia and Sierra
God Forbids Any Religious Belief Tainted By Madness.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Russia and China revolted, Yoruba’s tolerance for any religion within
the same family can be understood if we dig into their philosophy that
explains the culture. Yoruba say: Olorun maje k’a gba were mo esin.
No matter how accommodating, Yoruba pray to God to forbid radical
madness demonstrated by all foreign religions. Ancient visitors to West
African sought Sango after stories of civilization by Arab historians
about Oba Koso, Ile-Ife and
Iwo Eleru 10,000 BC. Details
The Dangerous Political Landscape of Nigeria, as the 2015 Election
Looms. By Tam Alex
is most prescient here is that those who clamour for Jonathan to
remain in power are doing this out of pure sentiments. “It’s our
turn” most of them say. An argument could be made that the
south-south has had their turn in the last 5 years and should
relinquish power to another group. Everybody wants their turn;
Obasanjo from the South-West had his stint for 8 years,
Jonathan from the South-South has had his stint for 5 years, while
the late Yar’ Adua from the North ruled for only 3 years; so when it
comes to ‘turns’, the North possesses a better claim than others.
Resolution 2015 And Buhari’s Presidential Fait Accompli: A
Response To Obj’s Aviation Minister (1) (5 January 2015).
By Jibo Nura
Ladies and gentlemen, friends and
colleagues of Nigeria, it is high time we understood the arithmetic of
religious blackmail that is going on in Nigeria. It doesn’t need a
fortune-teller or soothsayer to explain to Nigerian Muslim and Christian
that we need to rewrite the narratives on religious and ethnic hatreds,
which unpatriotic elements are contracted to propagate in order to get
cheap popularity. All what they are after is to parasitically become the
incumbent president’s campaign directors.
Invest In Buhari Who Is Against. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
the case, people of South-south are warning the rest of Nigerians that
they are not going to take defeat in the coming election lightly on the
chin. It is either Jonathan or nothing. In that case, we may be
preparing for the dissolution of Nigeria as we know it. They have backed
up this threat by purchasing a war ship with the capacity to stop the
flow of cheap and stray oil from the honey ports. No be joke O!
If Jonathan lost to Mohammed Buhari. By Nwike
No Nigerian should be president by
default, neither should the office be the preserve of any group. This is
why I am ambivalent in the alternative that the PDP and the APC
presented to us. A part of me wishes Buhari to win because my
god-feeling tells me that he will make a good president. My other
character desires to retain Jonathan even in the face of his
demonstrated incompetence to register my dissent against the deliberate
sabotaging of the contributions of the minorities to the continuing
Piece of Peace: Against Provocative Campaigns, Threats and Violence
(2). By Shafii Abdulhamid
The die has been cast, the drums have been rolled out
and the dancers have already taken the centre stage. It is a very
rough road that leads to Armageddon and some may never even reach
there. We have crossed this bridge before and it was not an easy way
to Terabithia. General elections in Nigeria are a very serious
business – too serious to be left in the hands of politicians alone.
Since another general election is just around the corner, it is time
for me to pen down my piece of peace.
2015 And The Dynamics Of Change For A New Nigeria.
By Abubakar Alkali
Jonathan may have been forgotten how he was literally down on his knees
begging late President YarAdua to tackle the problem of insurgency in
the Niger Delta at the height of the violence perpetrated by the Niger
Delta militants between 2007-2009. The sincere late President Yar’Adua
moved in and resolved the Niger Delta problem. Late YarAdua set up a
committee to proffer ways out of the crisis and even made Goodluck
Jonathan the arrowhead of that committee and gave them all the support
that they need and the Niger Delta problem was solved. The same Goodluck
Jonathan is now telling Nigerians that Boko haram is a Northern problem
so Northerners should go and solve their problem.
Ready; are the People Ready?
Dr. Anthony A. Kila
In deciding how to vote, a rational citizen will see
himself or herself as the person to please, before deciding who to vote
for, a rational citizen, like a diner in a restaurant, will take time to
see what the candidates are offering. He or she will analyse the
programmes and promises each candidate is making and match these with
his or her own needs and priorities. The candidate that will get the
vote of a rational citizen will be the candidate that shows a very good
understanding of issues to be solved and also demonstrates a very good
capacity and will to solve such problems.
Olusegun Obasanjo is a Blown Fuse. By Max Gbanite
One of the greatest
problems plaguing leadership in Nigeria is the dearth of statesmanship
in the orientation of the ruling elite. They indulged themselves at the
expense of the people while pretending to be their messiahs. Their
understanding of the entrenched gullibility of Nigerians has remained
the critical ingredient for their sustenance in power. In decent
political climes, religion, ethnicity and nepotism are negative factors
and are rarely deployed in electioneering. However, these negativities
are the major trending campaign winning issues in Nigeria.
As Another Civil
There is really no
alternative to dealing with the current crisis in Nigeria other than
approaching it as you approach crises that have the potentials of
debasing humanity. The National Assembly should review the current war
effort of the government, pass a resolution postponing the 2015
elections and give the president all the powers to mobilize Nigerians to
win this war convincingly in the next one year or face impeachment.
Riding The Tiger By
By Babayola M. Toungo
The people of Nigeria are fed up with the
divisive tactics of Jonathan and his group of provincial politicians
whose only objective is to lord it over others while claiming to be the
victims. While majority of Nigerians are bidding their time for
February 2015, our lawmakers are struggling to get in bed with our
tormentor-in-chief. It is a good sign to us that the two are now
quarrelling in the open. It may be a sign of good things to come.
Next may be the governors.
By Babayola M. Toungo
So our soldiers
finally found the guts to “provide security” for Madu Ali Sherriff
to enable him visit home and consult with his “people” – a commodity
they couldn’t provide for millions of hapless citizens resident in
the northeast? It is the same army that has to be escorted by
local hunters into trouble spots in the northern part of Adamawa.
Despite the accusation hanging on the neck of Ali Sherriff as a
sponsor of Boko Haram, the army has clearly sent a signal to all who
care to know that Ali Sheriff is more important than all the people
of the northeast combined together. What insult!
2015 Election: The Genuine Fear Of Violence.
There can be no better expression of apprehension over
the 2015 elections than the spontaneous groundswell of agitation for
violence-free balloting by many prominent as well as obscure Nigerians
and some of the country’s deeply concerned foreign friends. Perhaps,
given the palpable fear of explosive conflict that the unquestionably
zero-sum election might generate, it is just as well that a strong,
full-strength case be made for avoiding violence in order to avert a
potentially disintegrating state of affairs in the polity.