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The Risen First Lady. By Chido Onumah

Of course, this is Nigeria. The idle cynics have started wagging their tongues. They are questioning the First Lady’s credibility. They want to know what has changed between late October when she claimed she was not hospitalised and now. They say the First Lady’s case is emblematic of the credibility crisis of the Jonathan presidency. What else is the government lying about (apart from President Jonathan’s asset declaration) if it can look Nigerians in the eyes and blatantly lie about the health of the First Lady? But, aren’t we are used to our government and its agents lying to us? There is nothing new about the double-speak, arrogance and disdain for truth by public officers in Nigeria. We saw it with the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and his First Lady, Turai. Details

 

An Open Letter to Nigerians in the Diaspora. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

You may have a second nationality (US, UK, Australia, etc.), but you remain at best second-rate in those countries when the chips are down. A mistake some Nigerians make is to blame everyone else but themselves for Nigeria’s problems. A nation cannot develop beyond the intellectual reasoning of her intellectuals. Who should build Nigeria for you to come and enjoy? Americans built America. Europeans built Europe. Japanese built Japan. Nigerians must build Nigeria. Details

 

Cult Activities: Dent On Image Of Tertiary Institutions. By Charles Ikedikwa Soeze

The beginning of secret cults on campus dated back to the formation of the pirate confraternity in the 1950's by a group of undergraduates of the University of Ibadan among whom was the noble laureate, Wole Soyinka. At  this period, university education was an exclusive preserve of the children of the rich or high class. The poor children of the less privileged who managed to gain admission into the system were made to encounter  a lot of problems through strict conventions which must be followed and adequately obeyed. Details

 

Constitution Amendment My Foot. By Godwin Onyeacholem

It’s not as if the legislators were not warned that the outcome of the exercise on which they wasted the taxpayer’s money going round 360 constituencies in a misguided mission of consultation with constituents would redound to their discredit. But they would not listen to the voices of reason. In their typical patronising manner, they rode roughshod over alternative viewpoints and their sponsors and generally behaved as though Nigeria had nothing but legislators. Details

 

The Assault on Public Education. By Chido Onumah

A few months ago, the minister of state for education, Nyesom Wike, inspected schools in the FCT. The minister was “shocked” that some of the schools in the FCT, including those that have the incongruous tag “Government Secondary School”, didn’t have chairs and desks. Some schools had converted whole classroom blocks into toilets. So, apart from not getting quality education, the students were also at risk of contracting diseases in the name of going to school. It was a good photo opportunity though for the minister and it provided the necessary sound bites. It would be interesting to go back to those schools and see what, if anything, has changed. Details

 

Ban of Street Begging and Peddling in Kano Metropolis, A Nice Idea (1). By  Abubakar Yahaya Muhammad

Let me start by giving Kudos to the Kano State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Engeneer Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso for banning another two social atrocities in Kano Metropolis i.e. street begging and peddling. This uncalled for behaviour which demeans the cultural values and dignity of my beloved ethnic group ‘Hausa’ in the eyes of the world should have been banned since by the previous governments but due to the fear by some leaders with defeated psyche who couldn’t ban it as neither Islam nor common sense encourages begging in any form. Details

 

A Commentary on the Controversy between Mrs. Ezekwesili and Government Reputation Managers. By  Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye

I simply cannot understand why the reputation managers of the GEJ administration decided to  impugn the integrity of a woman who clearly belongs to the best and brightest of economic managers Nigeria has ever produced, and who has represented Nigeria well abroad as a Vice President of World Bank and a Director of Transparency International. In this article, I will examine the errors or mistakes of Mrs. Ezekwesili’s “offending sentence” and the unwarranted attacks by Messrs Maku and Okupe, the reputation managers of the GEJ administration. Details

 

Smart Ways To Get Valuable Work Experience Without A Job. By Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin

Internship, volunteerism, industrial training, chamber attachment, placement with a multinational company, long-term projects, students’ extracurricular activities, etc. are all veritable ways of gathering valuable experiences before ever getting a job. Your experiences in managing people, planning, executing and evaluating an event, presiding over meetings, raising funds, etc. as a president or financial secretary of a students’ association or a committee member should all be leveraged in proving to employers that you have work experiences. Details

 

David Mark and His Anti-Gay Crusaders. By Chido Onumah

Now that we have laid the incubus of “foreign interference” to rest, perhaps we can address the other issues that rile our anti-gay crusaders. Some of those who attack gays and lesbians say homosexuality is “abnormal” and “unnatural”. Others have gone a step further to query why the West that opposes polygamy supports homosexuality. This, of course, is a faulty analogy. We can have the debate about same-sex marriage, just like polygamy, but to criminalize homosexuality is the height of “legislative zealotry”. Details

 

APC and 2015: The Triumph of Reason. By Abubakar Alkali

2015 is that year that Nigerians have been waiting for in 100 years since the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates. It is that year that will usher in the birth of a new Nigeria where government is for all Nigerians and not just those in it. It is that year that will see the a genuine and united coalition of progressive elements take over power in Nigeria at the centre and bring about the desired change that we have all been waiting for. Details

 

Of Yesterday And Today’s Men: Ezekwesili’s $67 billion Poser. By Theophilus Ilevbare

At a convocation lecture of the University of Nigeria, UNN, Dr Oby Ezekwesili made an observation about “the squander of the significant sum of $45 billion in foreign reserve account and another $22 billion in the excess crude account being direct savings from increased earnings from oil that the Obasanjo administration handed over to the successor government in 2007.” President Jonathan’s government was fingered in the squandermania. Details

 

An Appraisal of El-Rufai and His Epistles on Leadership. By Godwin Onyeacholem

But one totally agrees with him that with regard to the situation the country finds itself. We should “stop passing the buck to God”. After all, nowhere is it stated in any modern literature that God helped certain countries to fix their crumbled roads, rebuilt their dilapidated schools, equipped their hospitals, provided employment for their teeming jobless, ensured adequate water supply, built refineries, guaranteed constant electricity and then finally dropped down from the skies to organise elections that would be described as free, fair and credible in the eyes of normal people. Details

 

Suggested Title for this article: The Battle For The Soul Of CAN OR Catholic Schism And Pentecostal Politicisation Of CAN OR Schism and Politicisation Of CAN. By Theophilus Ilevbare

It was high time someone said the truth, CAN has derailed! To aptly put in Bishop Matthew kukah's words, Nigerian Christian leaders "…Have become more visible in relation to national prayer sessions, pilgrimages, alliances with state power and so on. Unless we distance ourselves, we cannot speak the truth to power. We cannot hear the wails of the poor and the weak. We should not be seen as playing the praying wing of the party in power." Apparently, he spoke about CAN. Details

 

Offa Grams @ 70: Lessons in Vision. By Suraj Oyewale

... to me, even more important than flaunting our eminent old boys are the lessons to be learnt from the establishment of this secondary school. Offa Grammar School wasn’t founded by missionaries as was the case with many schools of its generation, neither was it founded by government ; rather, it was the product of the efforts of some community elders, some of whom were even unlettered, and more interestingly, spread between Islam and Christianity. Details

 

The Prince On Foot. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

I have seen very busy activities by Nigerian professional politicians lately; they work towards achieving their political desires in 2015. I have seen the prince on foot. President Goodluck Jonathan is on foot. I see him walking on foot, without any human security, towards the palace. The gate of the palace is shut against him. Yes, there are guards standing at the gate but no one opens for him. He turns around looking displeased and hopeless at this unexpected treatment. Details

 

Rose Uzoma, Abba Moro And The Rest Of Us. By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi

The news few weeks back asking the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mrs. Rose Uzoma to proceed on her pre-retirement accumulated leave, continues to raise pertinent questions why those saddled with the responsibility of  employing Nigerians into various positions in the country usually fail to play by the rules of fairness, justice and equity. Details

 

Stop Tinkering with the Nigerian Constitution. By Tochukwu Ezukanma

The problem of Nigeria is not constitutional but attitudinal. Our attitude towards the law is perverted. It is an attitude that scoffs at the rule of law, and consequently, exalts lawlessness. The constitution is the supreme law of the land. It is not surprising that a people given to breaking every law have also repeatedly trampled the stipulations of the constitution, and periodically, reduced the constitution to something of a worthless piece of paper. Details

 

Mali Ignited by Creators of Cold-Blooded Religious Fanatics. By Farouk Martins Aresa

This is an opportunity to thank President Ebele for living up to our reputation as peace keepers. We do not do it because of gain as a Country. Appreciation must also be extended to the Sultan of Sokoto for his courage to stand up and tell the North of monsters we created for ourselves in Nigeria. He has been threatened before but also vindicated by vicious attack on about 80 year old Emir of Kano. Solutions is in our head not in our hearts or stars. Details

 

Nigerian Troops And The Malian Crisis: Matters Arising. By Theophilus Ilevbare

The "brilliant record" of Nigeria's participation in peace mission in neighbouring African countries count for nothing when compared to the insurmountable security challenges at home. There is nothing ‘responsible’ about being proactive in regional conflicts when the Boko Haram menace has claimed over 3,000 lives and counting. The present security challenges at home does not warrant any form of peace-keeping outside the shores of the country. Details

 

A Case for the Annulment of the EFCC. By Nosa James-Igbinadolor

The Oronsaye report was an exercise in patriotism and intellectual rigour, however, like any human exercise, it lacked perfection. What would have perfected the report would have been a sincere recommendation for the annulment of the EFCC. The annulment would put a closure to the tragic-comedy called EFCC, blot out the existence of the commission from our psyche and legalise the reality that the pretender to crime fighting never existed to truly fight crime. Details

 

Nigeria Won’t Break Up. By Chido Onumah

Mr. President, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the reality is that Nigeria is only great in our imaginations. Nigeria is big for nothing! We are not respected in the comity of nations; our citizens are mistreated around the world, sometimes because of their actions, and other times simply because they have a green passport. What is there to respect? Even with the abundance of human and natural resources, we have one of the highest maternal  mortality rates in the world. We are ranked amongst the most corrupt nations in the world and we are in competition with Afghanistan, Chad, Angola, DR Congo and Pakistan, for countries with persistent polio transmission. To our eternal shame, while Afghanistan’s polio programme has been described as “consistently performing at a reasonable level”, Nigeria’s “has slipped back in a quite alarming way”. Details

 

Jonathan And Obasanjo Feud - Implications For 2015. By Theophilus Ilevbare

Chief Obasanjo in the past was instrumental to Mr Jonathan’s meteoric rise from a deputy governor in Bayelsa state to governor, then vice president, acting president, substantive president and later elected as President in the aftermath of Yar’adua’s death in 2010. The Ota farmer was peeved by his exclusion from Jonathan’s administration as the President now prefer his kinsmen and sycophants as members of his inner caucus rather than seeking his benefactor’s opinion on key national issues. Details

 

Put Ojukwu, Gowon and Awo on Trial. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Until we put Ojukwu and Gowon on public trial in absentia where no one has anything to lose in an academic forum or equally represented forum with evidence tabled so that they can be impeached, rebutted or accepted, we may lose some of history to our ethnic champions. The only reason Awo should be included is that he gets more blame than Gowon and Ojukwu, for no other reason than each side wished they had him. Details

 

Executive Plane Crashes & Roadblocks. By Babayola M. Toungo

Today most cities in the north looks like conquered territories because of the high concentration of gun totting military personnel wherever one turns.  Our society have been militarised, and if I can borrow Jerry Rawlings cliché, “violence have been democratised”, with a human life costing less than the cost of the bullet used to kill him.  The soldiers deployed to our cities and highways have turned out to be worse than the Boko Haram fighters it is meant to protect the people from. Details

 

2015: Let the Race Begin. By Chido Onumah

If there was any lingering doubt that campaigns for the 2015 presidential election have started in earnest, that doubt was erased with the emergence last week of the Jonathan 2015 campaign posters. The audaciousness of that action and the feeble response from the Presidency to the effect that the president is “pre-occupied with working to fix Nigeria and did not want to be distracted by undue politicking about 2015”, are all too typical of the People’s Democratic Party’s brand of democracy. Details

 

Africans Loot Enough To Invest In And Develop Africa. By Farouk Martins Aresa

It is alarming how many times presidents, governors and their ministers travel out under the camouflage of bringing in foreign investments when in fact the amount of money stashed all over them double or triple any foreign investment. They give variety of reasons for their shuttle including but not limited to learning about democracy so that wives could teach husbands. Details

 

Philosopher King, Realist Prince And National Unity. By Okachikwu Dibia

o it remains very incorrect to say that Nigeria’s unity achieved through guns should be sustained by guns. Nigeria’s so-called unity today is so fragile and unsustainable we must allow ideas and discussions of the issues surrounding it. The un-discussed, fragile and unsustainable Nigerian unity is ticking away and it is responsible for some negative attitudes of Nigerians towards development. But will Nigerian leadership allow the discussion process? These are fundamentals easily ignored but eating deep into the Nigerian complex rot. Details

 

In Defense Of Central Bank Of Nigeria Under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. By Auwal Shehu

National Assembly members should find way to stop Sanusi Lamido from saying the truth if that is unconstitutional or they should put their houses in order. Remarks that are sincere and touches on every individual Nigerian by Sanusi will always find listeners and a space within the daily papers. Honesty is the only thing that the gentleman has over them. Details

 

Refugees In Their Own Land... A Reflection On Islamophobia In Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife As It Clocks 50. By Ibrahim Balogun

The OAU campus remains the only university in the whole of Nigeria where Muslim females are deprived their basic rights even while their payments go into running the affairs of the school. Let the school bring up its arguments for this unwarranted persecution based on religious belief, and the hidden truth shall be revealed. Details

 

Yerwa: Terror in the Metropole. By Mohammed Dahiru Aminu

At present it is thoroughly toilsome to accept that Yerwa—the city that gave me too much of a good thing—is on the verge of a finish; it is not only a scene of destruction but could pass for a theater of war, au fait. What is backbreaking is the thought that at the moment, citizens, be they highly placed or found in the rank and file, cannot even get on with the daily endeavors of their lives without the fear of a portending, brewing devilment. One shudders to wonder, could this be the Yerwa that used to bear that popular “home of peace” moniker? Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ten Years Of Trust’s Annual Dialogue (III)

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The Nigerian media, it seems, is a paradox of sorts; most Nigerians acknowledge that it’s been a bulwark against tyranny and misrule in the country, going all the way back to our colonial past, but at the same time it has been widely accused of being too negative about the country. It’s difficult to deny the existence of both virtue and vice in the character of our country’s media.

 

For me, however, Nigerians themselves are more to blame than their media. The media may often malign people and distort events in society. They may often even fabricate events. But if our media appear to harp more on the vices of our country than its virtues it is simply because our vices outweigh our virtues. In other words the fault is less in our media than in our selves. Details

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Thank Goodness First Lady Didn’t Die

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The polio murders

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Al-Makura To Address Press On Nasarawa Demolition Today

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Security Operatives Surround French Nationals, Kidnappers in Borno

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Victims of Zaki Biam Attack Demand Payment of N41.8bn

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We’ve Put AFCON Victory Behind Us - NFF

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What time is it ‘twittering collective children of anger’? By Biodun Shaiban

 

Nigeria is a country where common sense is not so common. That is why you see most spiritual leaders live in opulence and extravagance and still continue to be supported and worshipped by their congregation even though majority of the worshippers are struggling financially. That is why you see a community consisting of men and women engaging in extra-judicial killings in broad daylight. It is also why the ‘Stockholm syndrome’ is prevalent here too. Yes, most people will sing and dance to praises of our past and present rulers. Details

 

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