ARTICLES

 

NIGERIA AT A GLANCE

 

WORLD IN THE NEWS

 

MEDIA

 

WE WELCOME YOUR  ARTICLES AND COMMENTS JUST EMAIL THEM TO US AT webmaster@gamji.com . THANKS

 

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @officialgamji

ARCHIVE

 

The Game-Changer Is Upon Us. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

The outgoing President Jonathan may have made the statement partly in jest; but he was spot-on when he said Buhari will need even more prayers than himself at the inaugural church service over the weekend. The incoming president may not have all the solutions to the mountain of socio-economic problems the nation is confronted with presently; but what he has, in abundance, is the capacity to decisively with corruption in all its manifestations. And I pity any public officer who intends to test his resolve in these troubling times. Details

 

President Muhammadu Buhari: Sacrifice, Patience, Change, and Peoples’ Expectations (I). By Bukhari M. Bello Jega

For a man who shed innocent tears of agonies and sympathy for Nigerians, over the choice and the mistakes they are about to make in choosing disaster and hell fire for themselves and children over the promised change, repositioning and redirection for a better tomorrow he was promising them. He was not only ridiculed, humiliated and call all sort of names, but, he was tagged as a man desperate for power. Unfortunately, for the gullible, fatalistic and narrow-minded Nigerians, the future the General envisage and the dangers he saw ahead was beyond their understanding, appreciation and foresight; until few years later when the pretender and clueless man began to unleashed his reign of terror, incompetence and light feather approach to governance. Details

 

A Quick Analysis of the CBN Governor’s Proposal to Sell a Portion of  Government’s  Equity in Joint Venture Oil Companies in Nigeria. By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye

Speaking to the Financial Times of London after the recent Presidential Elections in Nigeria, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) advised the incoming administration of Mr. Buhari to give serious thoughts to scaling down the Government’s majority shares in the Joint Ventures (JVs) with major multinational oil companies operating in the country (The Street Journal, April 23, 2015). According to the reports, the highlights of the CBN governor’s proposal are as follows ...

 

Firstly, why did the Governor not offer the same advice to outgoing President Jonathan who appointed him? After all, oil revenue started crashing almost a year ago when the price of Nigerian crude oil declined from about $114 a barrel in June 2014 to $48.57 a barrel in January 2015,... Details

 

Why Buhari Must Remember Samoza. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Active resistance occurs when the few freaks undermined by positive change react violently to protect their turf like the late General Murtala Muhammad unfortunately discovered in 1976. Buhari must not make the same mistake. He must never mistake his overwhelming popularity for general acceptance. For the sort of changes contemplated by his party to be meaningful, they must be comprehensive. Details

 

Buhari Beware Of Our Pharisees & Sadducees. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Here we go again! Buhari, beware of Nigeria’s pandering Pharisees and Sadducees. Political jobbers that brought us to our knees and disappointed the black race are at it again lining up behind Buhari with all sorts of advises that fell every government. Same folks exaggerated your insubstantial flaws as a major distraction. But forage for the good of.... nobody but themselves. Details

 

GEJ: Between ''Persecution'' And ''Prosecution''. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Giving the well-document profligacy of the first couple in the miss-use or miss-application of words and grammar, could it be an honest error on the part of our dear president? Are we to believe the view of so many of my friends who think President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (PHD) truly does not know the distinction of between the two words? ...When a Minister is alleged to have imported bullet proof limousines, at more than three times their normal cost, and without appropriation or  recourse to due process, will it amount to persecution if the incoming administration decides to do that which the President has failed to do - which is to thoroughly investigate the allegation to bring all those guilty of any malfeasance to justice? Details

 

The Curious Case of Ben Murray-Bruce. By Anthony A. Kila

Now that he has become a Senator-elect, guess where? Yes, on the platform of the PDP, it is a very curious case to see that he is planning to go to the senate on everything to alien to the PDP. Over the weekend I read him on twitter and on some online publications say “we must sell presidential fleet, we must cut the salaries of public servants”. I hate to state the obvious but really someone must tell our new Senator-elect that these abnormalities came about under the rule of a party he was friendly with and under a government he had access to. We need to remind Ben Murray-Bruce that maybe we could have saved a bundle if he had spoken to his friends in power. He needs to be told that what he is asking for is change whilst he worked for continuity against change in the last elections. Is Ben Murray-Bruce a traitor or a convert? Details

 

Re-Engineering Nigeria’s Education Sector (Part 2). By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

President Buhari must begin to address higher education in Nigeria by looking into the accreditation of higher education programs and the process of recruiting vice-chancellors and leaders of other tertiary institutions. He knows that poor leadership of any enterprise would yield poor outcomes. The vice-chancellor should be the real CEO of his university in all practical ways, and search for vice-chancellors of federal universities should attain international prestige and outlook. Details

 

Re-Engineering Nigeria’s Education Sector (Part 1). By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

Nigeria’s education sector is hobbled by corruption, and no amount of funding can significantly reverse the rot until this huge drain is satisfactorily blocked. This means the main problem with our education is not insufficient funding. Only the mentally disturbed would sow among thorns, and those that sow without first preparing the land could be termed lazy. The most dedicated worker cannot fill a basket with water. Details

 

Will Buhari Liquidate Tompolo’s Navy? By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Why on earth should the Navy be interested in re-arming the vessels procured by a private concern when it is more convenient to have the same warships formally procured for its operations? How did Tompolo come about the massive resources it took to acquire the battleships? What was the exact role of NIMASA in the entire mess? Was the entire transaction done in accordance with the laws of the land?

These, certainly, are questions which should be of serious concern to the in-coming government of the retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. The new administration cannot afford to treat the matter with levity. Tompolo of course, has already publicly congratulated Buhari for his victory, but this matter is beyond him and the General. Details

 

The Able As Inferior To The Incompetent. By Babayola M. Toungo

It makes no sense for a government that is on its way out and effectively in its lame duck period to recklessly “buy” two SUVs for the scandalous sum of N180million – irrespective of whether the vehicles are missile or bulletproof.  To top it all, another 50 Hilux pick-ups were bought for N400million.  Are you serious?  This nonsense taking place under the watch of a supposed ‘man of God’? Details

 

Mandela’s People Who Kill Black Africans. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

This new wave of xenophobic attacks on black Africans resident in South Africa by their fellow black hosts is one that will not leave Africa the same. There must be severe consequences. The stench of black South Africans has gone upwards, and now shall that nation begin to fall behind so terribly before Africa and the world. I am so convinced, and I speak boldly this way. Details

 

Memo To President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari. By Jibo Nura

In November 2012 I visited a village in Stockholm to see the impact of projects undertaken by IMF and World Bank on the lives of rural people. I did not see any that genuinely transformed their lives to the zenith. In December 2014, I was on a journey to South America.  I visited indigenous people and communities in Loreto, along the Amazon River – engaged in community based rural tourism in Sulluscocha and Chagmapampo and down to Porcon Farm. I did not see any IMF and World Bank genuinely inspired projects either. Details

 

Pidgin English: A Bridge for Our Cleavage. By Muhammad Muhsin Ibrahim

I love my language, Hausa a lot. I similarly admire the linguistic heterogeneity of Nigeria. But our overdependence on and overvaluing of English is way too much. We often idiotically align positivity with the comprehension of the language such as intellect, education, prospects in job or marriage, and so on. For instance, no doubt the utterances of the outgoing President’s wife, Patience, are largely silly, or worse, but the downright condescending remarks trailing them are too much. Ditto, the way some fellows poke fun at the English of the out-going First Lady. The latter is all the more uncalled for, I have to admit. Details

The Scandals Buhari Cannot Ignore. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Just like Mandela, Buhari endured the indignity of incarceration soon after his overthrow in a palace coup in 1985. Buhari also survived the most vicious negative media campaign ever waged against any Nigerian - dead or alive- to clinch the right to take up temporary residence in the Aso Rock Villa on May 29, 2015. Indeed, when the history of the 2015 Presidential election is documented for posterity, it will be marked by the crude and desperate strategies adopted by the PDP to undermine his legitimate aspiration for the presidency. Details

 

Buhari: Alternate Power Generation For Homes And Industries. By Farouk Martins Aresa

We cannot afford to fail again on generation of electricity to homes and industries in Nigeria. But we certainly need a new approach without dislocating the enormous investments made by previous governments. Details

 

Xenophobia In South Africa, A Symptom Of African "Misculture". By Akinbinu Olusola

Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini said it openly that African Foreigners should leave South Africa, for their citizens to get job, as he claimed to be defending South Africans as his progenitors did. Another self-acclaimed leader of the wild killing, who identified himself as Sergeant Mabutubutu Masekosuma Kongugu, sent out a wild Video broadcast, justifying his actions and promising to do more. In his own words from the Video "...you don't know how we survive! You don't know what it is for a fellow black person to be here unemployed". Details

 

Fashola: Making a Case for the Next FCT Minister. By Aliyu Bala Aliyu

From 1976 –date, the list of FCT ministers are as follows: Mobolaji Ajose-Adeogun (1976-1979), John Jatau Kadiya (1979-1982), Iro Abubakar Dan Musa (1982-1983), Haliru Dantoro (1983-1984), Mamman Jiya Vatsa (1984-1985), Hamza Abdullahi (1986-1989), Gado Nasko (1989 -1993), Jeremiah Timbut Useni (1993-1998), Mamman Kontagora (1998-1999), Ibrahim Bunu (1999-2001), Mohammed Abba Gana (2001-2003), Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (2003-2007), Aliyu Modibbo Umar (2007-2008), Muhammad Adamu Aliero (2008-2010), Bala Mohammed (2010-Date). Of all of them, no one has impacted the Federal Capital like Nasiru El-Rufai and it is quite tragic that the shoes he left behind since he bowed out in 2008 have been difficult if not impossible to fill. Details

 

Who Swindled Our President? By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Call it temporary insanity or whatever you like; but acting in defiance of our electoral laws, and in full view of the entire world, a congregation of grown men and women from the PDP, joined by their cronies in the corporate world who should know better, had gathered in Abuja for what they dubbed a fund-raising dinner for their preferred  candidate Goodluck Jonathan. At the end of the extravagant exercise, it was announced that a whopping sum of 21 billion Naira was raised for the President’s campaign! And as if that was not shocking enough, it was also declared a lion share of the sum came from ghost donors or some so-called friends of the President’s henchmen like the now Professor Jerry Gana. Details

 

Nigeria: Search for Union Beyond Amalgamation. By Muhammad Muhsin Ibrahim

The elections were over. The winners (and losers, too) are known, and Nigerians await their inaugurations on May 29th. However, the repercussion of the elections is far from over. Igbos, whose undaunted, though paranoiac, doubt of Hausa-Fulani leadership forbade them to vote for Gen. Buhari, are still being brazenly abused, especially on cyberspace. And they respond in crudest kind by calling their attackers with unprintable names. Details

 

Buhari: Why Igbos Need To Rethink Strategy. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

With what I can see going on presently in Igboland, what cannot be denied is the politics of stomach infrastructure at the highest level. It is intended only to nourish the expansive bowels of the rich and affluent. When the likes of Arthur Eze and Emeka Offor romanced Sanni Abacha, it was never to bring the Igbos into the mainstream of Nigerian politics or for the benefit of the entire South-East. They did so to expand their business empires. Details

 

Nursing Nigeria Back To Health. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

The people, the masses of Nigeria, have a choice to make. If I am trapped in a deep well, and someone comes and lets down a rope to pull me out, but rather than gladly seize upon the kind gesture, I ask, “Can you tell me your religion and ethnic group?” I should be called a fool.Details

 

How To Protect Future Public Elections In Nigeria. By Okachikwu Dibia

Lest we forget, it was the failure of the Nigerian police to maintain law and order and protect lives and properties that led to the establishment of national organizations like the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in 1988, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in1967 through to the enactment of its Act in 2003 that saw to its present enlarged and enhanced status, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in 2000, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2004 etc. At the state level, similar organizations have been established also. Details

 

Why Buhari Won. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

In the next several months and years, when volumes are written on the actual reasons why President Jonathan became the first Nigerian leader to fail in his re-election bid, one important factor will rank highest for its singular potency, in my opinion.  A lion share of the blame must be attributed to the shabby and disrespectful manner President dealt with a majority of the governors from the northwest and north-central parts of Nigeria after his successful re-election in 2011. Details

 

Has Our Democracy Come of Age? The Lagos State Example. By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi

At a time when the CHANGE mantra is fast overwhelming the entire country, it is time we began to see our democracy as one that can stand the test of time. No country has ever moved forward with its people heavily divided along tribal or religious lines. Details

 

It's Buhari! Nigeria Has Decided. Buhari Promised and Now We Wait. By Bernard Doro Pardon my skepticism, but permit it for this moment, some of your campaign promises, Mr president-elect, appear unrealistically hyped. It does cast negative perceptions as to how you intend to achieve such promises, not least in four years. It would be in your interest and that of your party, Mr president - elect, to keep your promises because broken promises hurt reputations and not lightly. Details

 

Celebrating A Crime Hero. By Abdullahi Danladi

The outcome of the presidential election of 28th March, 2015 has put to rest the tenure of Good luck Jonathan’s administration. The five or six years of Jonathan’s government has been characterized by bloodshed, corruption and total disdain to the ethics of good governance. Never in the history of Nigeria as a nation has so much revenue been generated, yet little has been done to improve the welfare of the governed. Details

 

The Man of the Decade. By Tochukwu Ezukanma

In anticipation of the impending doom and a total breakdown of law and order, many Nigerians made contingency plans and preparations. They stockpiled on food and other necessities. Some left perceived trouble areas for supposed safe havens. On the day preceding the election, some businesses shuttered their doors, and those that opened operated half day, so as to allow their employees enough time to scamper home before the outbreak of the brewing violence. Refreshingly, to the credit of Nigerians, no violence attended the election. Details

 

The True Meaning Of Change. By Mohammed M Mohammed

Despite what we went through that motivated us to yearn for change it seems we do not really have a good understanding of this refreshing   word change. As such it has become imperative upon us to explore and clearly understand the true meaning of change particularly as  it apply in a democratic set up and how it works in other  democracies across the globe to impact positively on the life of the common man. Details

 

Electing A New Speaker For The House Of Reps. By Godwin Onyeacholem

However, as the race gathers momentum with intense lobbying and fine-tuning of strategies, it is important to highlight one singular factor that should determine the choice of Speaker of the House: Merit. Details

 

Now Nigerians Need Patience; Good Luck to Buhari. By Muhammad Muhsin Ibrahim

I read and heard that no fewer than 100 souls were lost and dozens others injured in celebrations over General Buhari’s victory in the 28th March Nigeria’s presidential election. How sad and unfortunate! While telling my wife that people were euphoric to that extent, she rather inadvertently told me that when we returned to Nigeria in the middle of the year, there would be no more electricity outage, no more terror attacks by Boko Haram, and no more any other unpleasantness. That unrealistic wish left me transfixed, for I have heard and read many others expressing the same or similar expectations, as, to them, the ‘Messiah’ has attained power. Details

 

ARCHIVE

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON

 

Ask Google when Nigerians will get constant energy

[GAMJI WRITER]

Ask Google and it will tell you that the Nigerian Federal Government has earmarked $8 billion (N1.3 trillion) for the execution of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan with specific interest in meeting the gas-to-power demand in the country.

 

Google would tell you that outgoing vice-president Nnamadi Sambo said government had also embarked on an extensive programme for the upgrading of the nation’s power transmission capacity.

 

‘‘We are also implementing an extensive programme for the upgrading and expansion of our power transmission capacity. We plan that before the end of 2014, we can transmit up to 10,000mw and by 2016 to transmit up to 20,000mw,” Mr. Sambo said. Details

EDITORIAL COMMENT

bullet

Hope for a new dawn

bullet

Monitoring the police monitors

bullet

Jonathan’s uncommon bursts of energy

bullet
bullet
bullet

Dangote’s Arsenal ambition

TOP STORIES

bullet

FG declares Friday public holiday

bullet

FG, marketers reach deal to end fuel scarcity

bullet

Nigeria faces shutdown as energy crisis worsens

bullet

May 29: LEADERSHIP Celebrates Buhari, Other Heroes Of Democracy

bullet

I Believe In Buhari’s Leadership – Obasanjo

bullet

Nigeria Plunges Into Darkness As Power Allocation To Abuja Drops To 15MW

bullet

Nigeria faces shutdown as energy crisis worsens

bullet

FG to Buhari: We're ready for questioning

bullet

Countdown To May 29: Darkness Visible

bullet

Don’t take Nigerians for granted, Obasanjo tells Buhari

bullet

Jonathan mismanaged Nigeria –Obasanjo

bullet

Rivers CPs, military commanders reporting to Patience Jonathan –Amaechi

FROM THE STATES

bullet

Gunmen Kidnap Kogi High Court Judge, Kills Orderly

bullet

Lagosians Protest Fuel Scarcity, Perpetual Blackout

bullet

Fuel Scarcity: NURTW Members Protest In Ondo

bullet

Yero Holds Farewell Prayers with El-Rufai

bullet

Get ready for extradition hearing, NDLEA tells Kashamu

bullet

Over 100 feared killed many houses burnt in Benue Fulani attack,

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

bullet

FG, States Shared N6.21tn From ECA In 4 Years – Okonjo-Iweala

bullet

Non-Metering: How Nigeria Lost N4.25trn Oil Money

bullet

Dangote’s $480m Ethiopian Cement Plant For Commissioning June 4

bullet

FG pays Disco $186m in last minute deal

bullet

Online businesses scale back on fuel shortages

bullet

Fuel scarcity: Travellers abandon Abuja airport, airlines scale down flights

bullet

Energy Crisis: Nigerians Groan, As Power Plants, NNPC Depots Shut Down

bullet

Fuel scarcity forces GTBank to close early

bullet

Fayose’s fraud case suspended, seven ex-govs on trial – EFCC

bullet

Fuel scarcity, workers' strike, blackout: Jonathan handing over nation in crisis - APC

POLITICS

bullet

Political Appointments in Nigeria: Between Zoning and Competence

bullet

Sambo: We're Ready to Answer Queries Anytime on Handover Notes

bullet

Jonathan in Dilemma over Acceptance of BoT Chairmanship Post

bullet

Buhari Needs More Prayers Than Me, Says Jonathan

bullet

Senate Presidency: APC Senators Bicker Over Choice

bullet

Buhari can't transform 8 yrs' rot overnight - Obasanjo

ARTICLES

bullet

Buhari and Mutually Assured Restoration!

bullet

Confused Opposition

bullet

Another ‘Genius’ Fails Nigeria: Okonjo-Iweala (1)

bullet

Fuel scarcity, workers' strike, blackout: Jonathan handing over nation in crisis - APC

SPORTS

bullet

Eagles To Play ‘Katsina 11’ For Stadium Launch

bullet

AFCON 2017: Keshi Calls Up 13 For Chad

bullet

NFF Offsets Flying Eagles’ Camping Allowance

PEOPLE AND POLITICS BY MOHAMMED HARUNA

 

Education as Buhari’s priority

[GAMJI WRITER]

One short answer, of course, is to fight corruption, a fight which the in-coming Buhari administration says is one of its top priorities. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, as we all know too well. Even then we can make a start by sanitizing our contract system whereby it seems the cost of any contract in Nigeria is invariably the highest in the world. Details

AL-JAZEERA

bullet

Yemen humanitarian ceasefire comes into effect

bullet

Powerful second quake rocks Nepal

bullet

Syria air strikes blamed for deaths in Aleppo

bullet

Giles Trendle named Al Jazeera English's acting MD

bullet

Kerry meets Russia's Putin amid tension

bullet

Syrian opposition group to skip Geneva talks

bullet

Analysis backs veracity of leaked Egypt recordings

bullet

Another Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death

bullet

Deadly bombs target pilgrims in Baghdad

BBC

bullet

Migrants' deportation halted in SA

bullet

Deadly floods in Kenyan capital

bullet

Malawi arrests former army chief

bullet

Africa round-up: Tuesday 12 May 2015

bullet

Chad's Boko Haram fight 'hampered'

bullet

Yemen rebels 'down Morocco warplane'

CNN

bullet
bullet

Serial killer case: 4 more bodies found

bullet
bullet

bullet
bullet
bullet
bullet

NATIONAL

BusinessDAY

Daily Independent

Daily Sun (tabloid)

Daily Trust

Desert Herald

Leadership

National Daily

New NIGERIAN

Observer

Punch

The Guardian

The News

Thisday
TimesofNigeria

Tribune

Vanguard

Weekly Trust

INTERNATIONAL

AL-JAZEERA

BBC Africa
CNN Africa
CNN.com

IRIN
MSNBC Africa
Yahoo News 

Financial Times
UN News Wire

USA Information
WorldNews Network

HAUSA SERVICE

Al-Mizan

Voice of America

RADIO

FreedomRadKano
NTA
FRCN

VON

STATES
 KanoOnline

IMPORTANT LINKS

Amana Online

Gumel.Com

ENGLISH RADIO

BBC World

BBC Africa

VOA

HAUSA RADIO

 BBC

05:30 - 06:00

13:45 - 14:15

19:30 - 20:00

VOA

1500 UTC
2030 UTC

RADIO FRANCE

GAMJI WRITERS

ABUBAKAR JIKA*

ALIYU TILDE

AMINU MAGASHI

JIDEOFOR ADIBE

KOMBO MASON

MAGAJI GALADIMA

MOBOLAJI E. ALUKO

MOHAMMED HARUNA

NASIR A. EL-RUFAI

NOWA OMOIGUI

PAUL MAMZA

POEMS

PRINCE C. DICKSON

SAM NDA-ISAIAH

SANUSI L. SANUSI

WADA NAS*

 

* LATE

 

DISCLAIMER

Views expressed herein are those of the individual writers not those of gamji. Facts and accuracies are the responsibilities of the authors. Also, some people may use pseudo names or generic emails, to which gamji has no way of verifying. Therefore an author's identity should not be inferred on the basis of name, subject matter, or any other characterization presented here.

SPONSORS

Ismail Iro, Ph.D. (Founder, Gamji.com) EMAIL 

 

Magaji Galadima (Gamji Coordinator, Nigeria)  [NIGERIA] EMAIL