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Rebranding With Olisa Metuh. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali
It was a startling admission of what millions of
Nigerians already knew, which is that the PDP, in its current form, is
incapable of winning any decent election anywhere in the country outside
the Southeast and the South-South. The party no longer has the same
national appeal it had between 1999 and 2011.
Social Media Assisted Governance. By Oseloka H.
challenges in Nigeria are broad, diverse and at times sudden. When a
list assigning portfolios to President Buhari’s ministers-designate was
posted on the social media on 1 November, 2015, it seemed authentic. Few
questioned its veracity or suspected any ensuing problem or confusion.
The list was hardly considered bogus, until it was disavowed by the
Presidency. That incident wasn’t the first time the social media would
be deployed positively or deceptively as a tool for influencing
policies in Buhari’s six-month old administration.
The Imperatives of a Drastic Cut in the Number of
Ministers, Senators and Members of House of Representatives in
Nigeria. By Abubakar Alkali
By Mr President’s declaration, the question arises as
to whether Nigeria can afford the current bloated size of the
national assembly consisting of 109 senators and 360 members of the
House of Representatives making a total of 469 members of the
It goes without saying that if Nigeria is broke and
cannot afford 36 ministers, then the country can also not afford 469
members of the national assembly. Of course it is understandable
that Mr President didn’t include the national assembly in his
statement as a mark of respect for the principle of separation of
powers as enshrined in the constitution.
So Nigeria Is Finally Broke Eh.
By Farouk Martins
Nigeria finally succumbed after all the millions, billions and trillions
disfarahan? We have been asked for several years: how much money
is in that Country when so much keeps on disappearing? We wish we know
how much we lost, actually nobody knows for sure. What is surprising is
that the Country is still standing. Right now there is a consensus
between the ruling Party and the Opposition that we are on our way to
the poor house. Lower prices! I doubt it.
Tasks Before The New Ministers. By
If President Muhammadu Buhari refuses to change the
precedence set since the return of democracy to these shores in 1999;
the much anticipated inauguration of his cabinet should hold tomorrow,
being the first Wednesday since the screening and confirmation of
nominees by the Senate. That has not stopped the rumour mill from going berserk
as usual, in the various permutations on the sharing of ministerial
portfolios. In one particular probable list on the social media for
instance, we had the name of our very own Adamu Adamu pencilled down as
the likely Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
Ministerial Candidates Should Win Elections in Their States to Qualify
as Ministers. By Abubakar Alkali
minister is representing his/her state at the esteemed federal executive
council (FEC) and he/she cannot memorise even half of the local
government areas in that state, then a question arises on the extent to
which he can effectively represent that state. Can a ministerial
nominee who lived almost all their lives in Lagos or Abuja or a
combination of the two cities still be judged as qualified to represent
their state where they know no one and nobody knows them in the state?
Like Biafra Like South Sudan. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
envisaged what Biafra would have been if Ojukwu had succeeded with the
Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Ibibio, Okrika and other ethnic groups in
Biafra? Creation of South Sudan is not far from our curious minds. As
long as Africans cultivate ethnic champions within our communities, no
African country will live up to or near its God given natural potential,
it is not a curse.
Whipping the Dead!
Abubakar Atiku Alkali
It’s in the news that the IMF is pressurising Nigeria to
further devalue its currency. It’s equally in the news that former CBN
governor and HRH the Emir of Kano has advised the FGN to withdraw
petroleum subsidy, devalue the Naira and raise VAT! With due reverence
to the Emir, I personally find these pills unbearably bitter to swallow.
I defer to the fact that he’s unquestionably sagacious in matters of
finance and economics – I know nothing about either – thus, my arguments
may be impressionistic, but I’m sure I know more than the Emir does, how
agonisingly painful it would be for the ordinary Nigerian when such
policies are implemented.
Multinationals And Their Crimes Against Nigeria.
By Muhammad Al-Ghazali
Not only have Nigerians had to put up with the
intermittent cases of poor service delivery from the company, a
mind-blowing report carried by the online media platform Premium
Times yesterday revealed that MTN Nigeria had deliberately engaged
in underhand dealings to avoid the payment of its fair share of
local taxes to the detriment of the nation’s economy badly in need
of improving its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) due to the
virtual collapse of the international price of crude oil.
Need To Do Something About This NTA.
Anthony A. Kila
After a long period of
abstinence, I have returned to discover that there is still an open sore
on the airwaves of Nigeria and since about over a decade ago, thanks to
technology, from Nigeria to the airwaves of practically the whole world.
The sore is in the form of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). It
is an open wound that hurts millions of Nigerians within and beyond the
shores of Nigeria and it needs urgent healing; there is no other way of
saying it, this NTA as it stands today needs to be either thoroughly
reformed or completely disbanded.
Buhari: Nwabueze’s Troubled Soul.
Let me confess from the onset that I am not a fan of
elder citizen Benjamin Nwabueze; a one-time Minister of Education; a
supposed authority on constitutional law and prominent member of the
so-called “patriots” and I doubt very much if I will ever be in my life
time. I have no particular liking for any Nigerian individual, or
politician, whose sole calling card, or platform of appeal, is never
different from the primordial reality of their ethnic identities.
Whither Nigeria’s History? By Oseloka H. Obaze
With the composition of the Federal
Executive Council becoming clearer, it’s time to set national agenda
priorities. There will be competing interests, but none should
supersede education. This piece addresses a flawed component of our
education policy, outside its parlous funding. Details
Generational Change in Nigeria and Youth
participation in Politics. By
It is relevant to put the records straight that I have
never been a fan of my former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa. As a matter of
fact, I have always thought that my dear Sokoto state deserves better
than his 8 years as governor (1999 – 2007). Howe ver, Bafarawa became a
somewhat instant hero to me when during an interview with the BBC Hausa
service several months ago said that he cannot stoop so low to go to the
Senate where he will have to raise his hands before he is allowed to