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Of Ornaments And Beauty. By Babayola M. Toungo
Our politics, and indeed politics
everywhere, is in such a way that no one man is any one thing which
anybody else can’t be. If you believe in the doctrine of
equalitarian rotation, then you will know what I mean. A lot of
people have been governors in the past. Some are dead while others
are alive. None among them is remembered by how flashy they dress
or how much time they devote to pampering their skin. They are
chiefly remembered by the impact they made on the lives of the
Recession Is Adequate Reason To Cut
Politicians Outrageous Pay. By Farouk Martins
Is anyone serious about cutting
politicians’ outrageous salaries and allowance? If this recession is
not enough reason to deflate an economy that was pumped up by
corruption for so many years, it is very difficult to see what else
it would take. Sending that message alone would have reciprocal
effect on the economy, driving inflation and prices of goods and
services down so that poor people at the bottom of the salary leader
can increase their purchasing power with the little they make.
Buhari, APC and
the Road to 2019. By Abiodun
elsewhere that the way the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)
is preparing for the battle of 2019 has not been all that
encouraging and the party has to address this particular temptation,
especially, now that ovation is still ascending.
The Tragedy of an Unthinking Agitation: the Case of the Niger Delta
Militants. By Austin Emaduku
challenge all “Waferians” with memory to cast their minds back to the
mid-80s to early 90s before the agitation that drove away the companies
and tell me when the region was better off: before or after the
agitations? What gains has the so-called militancy brought us if not
strife, tears and pain? Besides making billionaires of a few, what gains
have the years of criminal militancy disguised as agitation for freedom
Fall In Global Oil Prices And Nigeria’s Economy: When A Problem Becomes
The Solution. By Dr. Abubakar Alkali
is today the only unrecognised global super power. Our country has all
the potentials to be a world super power but alas, we are still ranked a
third world nation. The super power status doesn’t just come as a gift.
Nigeria has to earn it. We have to take our chances to be recognised as
a global super power. Our chances lie in the enormous natural and human
resources in our country, arable land, agriculture, solid minerals, etc.
Governor Ambode and the Michael Jackson Syndrome.
By Tochukwu Ezukanma
Governor Ambode’s urban renewal policy is
fundamentally flawed. For one, it strives to recast a Nigerian city in
Parisian or Washingtonian mold. Secondly, it fails to realize that Lagos
does not have to look like Paris, New York or Washington DC to be a
beautiful, functional and livable city. A city is not just an
agglomeration of buildings, streets and public spaces cobbled together
by architectural, engineering and urban planning standards.
As The Most Viable State May Secede. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
foreign currency that cannot be printed in Nigeria, we export them
prodigally. Believe it or not, in the days of Jakande, all the
fertilizers allocated to Lagos was given to the North! Today most of our
food comes from the North, yet they have less rain than the South.
Indeed, if the North decided to secede and starve the South, the militia
and their supporters may die of hunger. Can you think of a better way to
win a war than starving your enemies?
The Sultan And The 22 Religious Bodies: Distortion Of
Law And Facts.
Sultan did not declare any day a holiday, he did not announce any public
holiday and the 22 groups are either responding to the sultan out of
ignorance or mischief. The only anomalous development in Nigeria since
the advent of the Buhari’s administration which has gone to great length
to deepen religious divide and tension in Nigeria is shameless
opposition-like behavior of some self-centered religious and ethnic
Recession And Nigeria’s Disarticulated Economy. By
is that Africa’s political leaders have refused to change the disarticulated
economies they inherited from the colonialists. They tout the idea of economic
diversification or structural adjustment as mere lip service because doing so in
reality will not avail them with the money they had come to steal from
government. Who would imagine in 1980 that Nigeria would still be exporting
crude oil in 2016? Or that her agricultural resources are yet to be seamlessly
channeled to her home industries for further processing and reprocessing.
Nigeria: Battling Corruption to a Standstill.
By Godwin Onyeacholem
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
Igbo and Hausa
Will Make Peace, If
Yoruba Contest Next Presidency.
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.
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.
On Nigerians, Religion And Everything In-Between
Rejoinder to: Why I am Convinced God Does Not Speak To Pastor
Leonard Karshima Shilgba
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
Leadership Selection in Contemporary Nigerian Politics:
Challenges and Prospects. By
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
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.
Jibrin In The Realm Of Values. By Babayola M.
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
Buharinomics and the Hedonistic Calculus.
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.