On Salaries Of Nigeria’s Public Officials: Stopping The Bleeding. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba, PhD The spoiling of Nigerians by those politicians with the heart of stone must be increasingly made public with reviewed clarity in order to make Nigerians know one of the reasons why the country as a whole cannot develop. The wage bill for public officials is simply unsustainable. Details


Obama Publicly Shames And Ridicules Us; We Are Nonetheless Overjoyed? By Paul I. Adujie

Obama, within one short week, gave a sanctimonious sermon in Ghana to continental Africans, and again, to peoples of African descent at NAACP convention in New York City, lectures that would elicit blissful chuckles from retrogrades degenerates revisionist such as Niall Ferguson, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Patrick Buchannan and David Duke. It is saddening that instead rebukes and repudiations, some Africans offered Obama thunderous applauses! American conservatives must be blushing with delight and immense pleasure! Details


Nigerians Are Also Dying From Prescription Medications. By Olusegun Claudius-Adeniyi

The healthcare system in Nigeria is truly in a very sorry state. Every hospital worker is either a nurse or a doctor, the ward orderlies and domestic staff inclusive. Atrocities are openly committed in the name of healthcare delivery in our dear country. Hospital attendants have practically assumed the lofty roles that doctors should normally be occupying. I must confess that their patronage is fascinating. Details


Should MEND Become a Political Party? By Max Siollun

MEND’s tactics have evolved and become increasingly violent. They started with kidnapping oil workers, then graduated to attacking oil installations in the Delta, and now to a spectacular attack in a far away city. What is the next escalation? This is a critical juncture for both MEND and Nigerians.  MEND has succeeded in bringing the Delta’s grievances to the world’s attention and has made it a major political issue within Nigeria. However, MEND has not succeeded at educating the Nigerian public about their demands. Details


A Stubborn Bid To Remain In Power. By Fr. Gerald M. Musa

Tenure elongation is no longer news in Africa when one considers a litany of African leaders who have overstayed their welcome in the leadership of their countries. Gaddafi of Libya is 40 years in power, Mugabe of Zimbabwe 29, Mubarak of Egypt 28, Biya of Cameroon 27, Museveni of Uganda 22, Jameh of Gambia 14. Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) suffered for 30 years under the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko until he was forcefully removed from power. Mamadou Tandja of Niger Republic is already seeking for a ticket to join this infamous league. At the root of this problem is the failure of most African leaders to distinguish monarchies from a democratic government. Details


Agriculture In Nigeria. By Eko John Nicholas

Presently, the Musa Yar’Aua’s administration has also made agricultural development one of its seven point agenda – its key policy thrust, allocating billions of tax payers money to the sector since its inception, with little or nothing to show so for it. Nigeria is endowed with fertile and cultivable arable land running into millions of hectares across different regions for crop cultivations and livestock breeding; miles of flowing rivers and resourceful Atlantic Ocean with varieties of fishes and a vast rich forest belt. Yet, the country finds it difficult to produce basic food items to feed its teeming population. Details


2009 Budget Controversy: Selective Implementation Or Impaired Discretion? By Ifeanyi Izeze

Was the 2009 budget passed by the National Assembly and signed into law by the President? With the passage of the bill and signing into law, the 2009 Appropriation Act became a law that must be obeyed. And where that is not followed, the punishment is very clear. The real issue here is that the budget is not being implemented as passed by law, and the National Assembly does not need either the ANPP or AC to tell them that the President is breaking the law and should be reminded. It is a very clear case. Details


President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua’s 7 Point Agenda: How Correct Are The Army Of Critics. By Emeka Oraetoka

Before Sanusi’s attack of Mr. President’s 7 point agenda, critics of president Yar-Adua’s government had reasoned that the greatest problem bedeviling Nigeria as a nation is power issue. They are of the opinion that if president Yar-Adua should solve the power problem, other problems will fall in line. Honestly, this writer thought along this line, until I was told by an expert in power generation that even if Nigeria generates Fifty thousand [50,000] megawatt of electricity now, it will still be useless to Nigeria because power is not to be generated and kept for future use. Details


The Niger Delta Struggle, Federal Government Amnesty And The Way Forward. By Benjamin Ogbebulu

Most Nigerians including this writer believes the Niger Delta crisis and other problems the nation is facing today are man –made problems and could be solved if there is political will on the part of our leaders , sincerity of purpose and determination to honestly address these myriad but solvable  problems .  President Yar-Adua amnesty to the militants should be applauded by Nigerians and our  brothers and sisters in the Niger Delta  should    for the sake of peace,   embrace this amnesty and dialogue with all the stakeholders to bring about the urgent needed development in the region. Details


The Nigerian Diaspora- Strengthening The Model. By Andrew Onyearu

It seems plainly evident that although the right to  enfranchisement is one of the key aspects of involvement in governance, the greater interest of Nigerians in Diaspora will be served by more direct participation.  In my view, the Nigerians in Diaspora can be strengthened by, amongst other feature, establishment of the Diaspora Commission which is very much in discussion at present and will give executive “bite” to achieving this objective. Details


Automatic Tickets: Nigeria’s Brand of Democracy? By Victor E. Dike

In analyzing the issues in discourse three questions are pertinent: How can a party ensure stability and build a solid foundation for democracy through undemocratic means? Is this Nigeria’s brand of democracy? Is it surprising that the senators/governors that rigged themselves into office (and failed to perform their duties) are now afraid to run for re-election in their constituencies?  Perhaps this is not surprising! Details


The President And The Governors May Sue, Though They Cannot Be Sued. By Kelechi Adiele Esq.

I read with keen interest the story on page 7 of the Punch newspaper of Friday, 19th June 2009, wherein excerpts of the judgment of an Abuja High Court delivered on Thursday, 18th June, 2009 were published. According to the report, the High Court sitting as an appellate court over the Ruling of an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court on alleged criminal defamation charge filed against the publisher of Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah and three others, held that president Yar’Adua lacked the power to maintain the legal action against the suspects because of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution which gives him immunity. The alleged defamatory matter was said to be a story published by the Leadership newspaper on the alleged ill health of the president. Details


Strange Gift To Miss Imo State. By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

A couple of weeks ago, something really strange and potentially disastrous happened in Owerri, the Imo State capital. A certain Miss Onyinyechi Ibeaga emerged winner of the Miss Imo 2009 beauty pageant organized by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Owerri. At the grand finale of the pageant, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Ada Okwuonu, offered the girl an automatic admission into the Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, to study any course of her choice. After setting this very dangerous precedent, the deputy governor then urged parents to allow their daughters to participate in beauty pageants. The implied promise in her exhortation is that future winners of the Miss Imo pageant would also be rewarded with automatic admissions or even outright degrees! Why not? Why should a whole beauty goddess be stressed and stained with such needless drudgery as registering for courses, attending classes and writing examinations. Details


Obama’s Visit To Ghana: Reflections On Nigeria. By Muttaqa Yusha’u Abdulra’uf

The recent visit of U.S president to Ghana has attracts criticism from people across different quarters. Most of the criticism stems from the fact that why is Nigeria not chosen for such a visit. A number of reasons were advanced for the skipping of Nigeria in favour of Ghana, in spite Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa and the world. Therefore, why does the U.S president opted for Ghana? What reactions do Nigerians have on such a visit? What benefit do the visit to African continent? Details


Obama Talks Shallow Simplistic Rubbish, Scolds & Lectured Africans As Expected! By Paul I. Adujie

Better yet, Obama could have attended an African Union summit and engage all African leaders in brotherly conversation and corralled them on how to press the reset button on democracy, good governance, institutional reforms, prosperity and advancement on the continent, instead, Obama chose the simplistic and voyeuristic public shaming and ridiculing of Africans, as if he was a member of the Klu Klux Klan and that is what some are courageously spinning and labeling tough love? I am dismayed! Details


The Desperation of the Opposition in Sokoto. By Dahiru Maishanu

Now for the benefit of hind sight, if the treacherous law enacted by the Bafarawa administration on appointment and deposition of chiefs did not cause rumbles in the seat of the Caliphate what else could? Was it not that administration that denied the Sultan the powers to appoint or remove even a village or ward head? And was it not the present administration in the state that amended that obnoxious law and returned the powers of appointment and deposition of chiefs to His Eminence the Sultan and the Sultanate Council? Details


Separate Quest For Equity From Agitation For More States. By Benedict Okereke

Nigeria is not practising fiscal federalism – the hallmark of a true federation. Federal doles mainly sustain the federating units of 36 states and Abuja. State of origin (rather than place of birth as is practised in other nations) defines a Nigerian and his provenience. A Nigerian is constrained to largely depend on the opportunities available to his state of origin for relevance in national politics. And to some degree, economic relevance.  Details


Forgiveness and the Culture of Cynicism. By Jideofor Adibe

On January 19, 2009, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, the former vice president, reportedly met his former boss and nemesis, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo’s perceived persecution of Atiku while in office included unconstitutionally sacking him as the VP, virtually preventing him from running for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2007 elections, marginalizing and humiliating him at the Federal Executive Council meetings, and framing corruption charges against him. Atiku’s associates explained that the former VP’s visit was a demonstration of his forgiving spirit. Many Nigerians shook their heads in disbelief. Details



2011 Election Debacles: Options Available To General Mahammadu Buhari. By Bukhari Muhammed Bello Jega

General you are a man of destiny, your country men and women are yearning and aspiring for change. An average Nigerian is looking towards you to salvage this nation from the threshold of destitution, confusion, frustration, corruption, unemployment, diseases, illiteracy, and poverty, lack of basic amenities and falling standards of morality in the country. Details


ASUU and the Politics of the Stomach. By Jideofor Adibe

The current strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities has been a source of concern to many Nigerians. The strike, which began on June 24, 2009 was triggered by what ASUU said was a refusal by the government to endorse a 2006 agreement that would, among other things, devote 26 percent of annual budgets to the education sector as well as implement a new salary structure requiring a budget of some N78 billion Naira. Details


Subdued By Poverty! By Kabiru Tsakuwa

That Nigeria is blessed in every material particular is an understatement. That its vast potentials have so far remained untapped is simply stating the most obvious fact. But is Nigeria and Nigerians cursed or under some supernatural spells? If not, what is responsible for the country having to contend with so many troubles, setbacks, failures and in inability to institutionalize some basic rudiments of civilize conducts as obtained in many other countries? Something that many of its contemporaries have over the years taken for granted! Details


Nigerians, on the Horns of Dilemma. ByKabiru Tsakuwa

Now, the irony of life is: going by what has been happening right from the advent of the fourth republic, those military rulers who have endured much bashing from the general public are now being hail as saints! At least during their time, life generally was not as hard as it is today. Corruptions was normally done clandestinely and in millions or billions of Naira, unlike today when it’s done brazenly and in billions of DOLLARS. Details


Before Another Round Of Religious Crisis! By Najeeb A. A. Gambo

If not for mischief making why on earth the so called people of ‘God’ would decide to surreptitiously abandon the path of honour and hides under pseudonym to register their Association knowing fully well doing so is tantamount to igniting cataclysm? My concern for this matter is, if the Corporate Affairs Commission refused to take heed with Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) objections, I am afraid that someday the ‘Mujtamiah’, will be masquerading as Muslims with the sole purpose of deceiving some gullible illiterate nomads and villagers to preach their religion and brand what they are teaching as Islam and at the long run hypnotize them using monetary inducement, free Medicare and other gratification to convert them to their religion. Details


The Reign Of Squander-Maniacs. By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

What can anyone say our federal lawmakers have been able to achieve to make Nigerians appreciate them? Many Nigerians see them as grossly underweight, light-minded and purposeless; individuals who lack the capacity to appreciate the gravity of the assignment they are supposed to be performing in Abuja. Yet, a Senator's basic salary is: N2, 484,242.50 per annum, while that of House of Reps Member is: N1, 985,212.50. Note that it was much higher than these before the recent reduction. Details



Re-branding Nigeria: God First. By Mustapha Ringim

What should be the cardinal principle of re-branding Nigeria for now is to lay a solid and concrete foundation for the initiative to properly take off. Already, oral tradition supported by recent historical documentations, has shown an outrageous decline towards our non challant attitude to genuine religious discipline, which has negatively produced various categories of wasted generations in the history of our nation. Therefore, going back to the drawing board and seek for the help of God to be the people and the nation we want to be is not late. Details


The Need for Atiku to Be Absorbed into PDP. By Emmanuel Y. Kwache

We cannot abandon and waste the experience of former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar. If All Nigerian Peoples Party Governors and other stalwarts can go back to the PDP, there is no need not to allow Atiku Abubakar not to go back to the largest party in Africa . Reading through the book Atiku: the Story of Atiku Abubakar, one can see the forgiving spirit of the Turaki Adamawa. Details


Super-Moms Strike Back at Family Pimps. By Farouk Martins Aresa

The changing traditional role of women turning them in many cases to the main bread winner in the families comes at another cost – exploitation by relatives. It is debatable if such a strong language can be applied to a man since we expect even more from them. Nobody is a superman or a super-mom unless we want to push them beyond capacity, which is exactly what we do to super-moms. That label has been reserved for proficient women who have it all – married, raising children with high paying powered jobs. Details


Wither Terrorism in Nigeria? By Is’haq Zango

Two towers collapsed. A couple thousand people died. And the world was changed.  September the eleventh of two thousand and one was the beginning of another era.  An age where the world was beaten into a frenzy about the present and immediate danger of Muslim terrorists who were bent on exterminating the entire world.  But it was more than the fear of a bogey.  It was the way of thinking; and the entire world was co-opted into thinking in such manner.  The powerful governments and the media ensured that.  You’re either with that school of thought or you’re against it – there was no middle ground. Details


Obama In Ghana: A Sub-Saharan Sermon. By Ihechukwu Njoku

As a Nigerian, I appreciate Obamas choice of Ghana for his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa, a nation which has managed to maintain a clean image in a continent so smeared in electoral fraud and political conflict. I applaud and agree with Prof. Wole Soyinkas bold assertion: If Obama decides to grace Nigeria with his presence, I will stone him. The message he is sending by going to Ghana is so obvious, is so brilliant that he must not render it flawed by coming to Nigeria any time soon. Details


OPEC and Oil Price: Stabilization Good for African Economies. By Emeka  Chiakwelu

OPEC cannot be compel to fix the price nor manipulate the price of oil through production. This is not the question, the key to price stabilization is to stay away from tinkering of the market. All they can do is to give credence to the market by allowing the forces of demand and supply to take its course. Details


Denudation: Remembering Dr. Bala Mohammed Bauchi {1944-1981}. By Richard Ugbede Ali

Twenty eight years ago, a government residential building stood blazing in the hot Kano sun. The smoke-filled air was one of three black billows seen from the sky. Within the house, the 35 year old owner lay burning amidst a ton of papers and scant furniture; in another room another man, equally macheted, burned. Who was this first man; and why? His name was Dr. Bala Mohammed Bauchi and he was Political Adviser to Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, the state governor, erstwhile political science don at the Bayero University and before that an ace broadcaster on the Voice of Nigeria Details


Ibrahim Shekarau and the 2011 Presidential Election. By Ndiameeh Babrik

I don’t know why the Oyibo people call some countries ‘banana republic’, but if you ask me, Nigeria is one. This is for the simple reason that it is there for the highest bidder. Any Dick, Tom and Harry who has stolen sufficient enough from the state treasury to buy voters’ votes aims at one thing. Details


Season of Greeds and Political Misfortunes. By Bukhari Muhammed Bello Jega

Today, people go into politics, not with the mindsets and ability to transform the life of the people they are supposes to represent, NO! But, with the mindset, that, politics is the easiest arbiter, to wealth and social status in the society. Details


Sanusi's Monetary Policy Salvos. By Les Leba

Sanusi, Lamido Sanusi, the new Central Bank helmsman has since his appointment made it clear that he was dissatisfied with the laissez fair approach of the apex bank’s supervision and regulation of the monetary market.  Sanusi had similarly decried the commercial lending rate of 22% plus, as being inimical to investment, industrial consolidation and expansion and also frowned at the poor culture of transparency in the banking sector. Details


Governor Wamakko, Sultanate and the Rumbles: The Reality About The Matter! By Yusuf Dingyadi, Sokoto

The whole episode began when the state Government ordered the suspension of four district heads without the knowledge of Sultan and ordered them to vacate their houses and submit their vehicles to their respective local governments. The letter of their suspension was allegedly written and copied to Sultanate for effective action by no other person than the commissioner of local government and chieftaincy Affairs.  Details


Zamfara PDP Crisis:  Right Step, Wrong Direction. By M. K. Muhammad

Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, is indeed one of such lucky people. Out of nowhere, he emerged to launch a political career. Though literally unknown in the political scene of Zamfara State, he was made running mate of Alhaji Ahmad Sani, Yariman Bakura, for the gubernatorial election of 1999 in the state. Together, they made history by, unexpectedly, snatching the mantle from the old brigade and run the state for eight years. Details


Sokoto Appeal Court Election Tribunal: Matters Arising. By Aliyu Sahabi Bodinga (Esq.)

One relevant case that has been undergoing this INEC-Judicial manoeuvring is that DINGYADI VS WAMAKKO. This is but an election petition that is lingering ever since 2007 general election. When will the Judiciary muster professional courage to expressly solve the Sokoto legal puzzle, only time will tell. Details


NAFDAC’s Blanket Approval For Supermarket Imports. By Les Leba

Investigations by some of the local sectoral associations of manufacturers have revealed that NAFDAC appears to have been arm-twisted by ‘powerful’ Nigerians and government agencies including the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) to grant potential so-called foreign investors who wish to establish supermarkets or shopping malls with a blanket approval for the products they needed to import to stock up their shelves!  In other words, while the small and humble Nigerian manufacturer is kept under the rigid gaze of NAFDAC, with regular inspections and the payment of annual fees for product revalidation, and changes in labeling or packaging sizes and strict compliance with good manufacturing practices, the supermarket investor only needs a single general approval without NAFDAC’s physical inspection or validation of product content, and no additional payment of  fees for modifications to size or packaging at any time. Details


Politically Motivated Kidnappings And Hostage-Takings: The New Challenge Before Mike Okiro And His Men. By Emeka Oraetoka Having successfully checked Organized Bank Robberies and achieved appreciable level of success in reduction of criminal activities in Nigeria , Mike Okiro led police, is being confronted by a new wave of politically motivated kidnapping and hostage taking, with serious threat of making nonsense of 2011 general elections? This scenario generally demands that Okiro-led police must go to the drawing board, with their thinking cap on, to fashion out an all embracing intellectual approach to tackling the threatening monster between now and next year, to avoid Hobbnisian state in 2011 Details


Garba Gadi, Please Resign Now. By Dr. Aliyu Tilde

The Yuguda camp is orchestrating the impeachment based on the logic that a spare-tyre is useful only when it accompanies its parent vehicle and the two belongs to the same brand. This rule is true to politics as it is to physics. Though Yuguda and I are poles apart in our conception of politics and governance, I can hardly fault him here. Instead, much of the fault lies with his Deputy, with whom I share some political space, for choosing docility in place of valour. One can even accuse him of complacency because of his failure to give the House the leadership it needed to impeach the Governor for jeopardizing the political future of all ANPP members in the government. It is difficult to see how he comes out a winner or a hero out of the mess at the end of the day. Details


Branding, Re-branding, Teleprompting and Managing Nigeria’s Image or Reputation. By Paul I. Adujie

As for those Nigerians who have and still argue against branding and re-branding in the midst of poverty and competing needs, they must be told that branding and re-branding is a wise investment, especially in the long term. New York City knows this, and it is why she spends billions of dollars annually on advertising New York City as the greatest city in the world! And billions more to market the term, I Love New York in songs and T-shirts etc. Details


OPEC and Oil Price: Stabilization Good for African Economies. By Emeka  Chiakwelu

Most of these African nations planned their budgets and tied their budgets to the price of oil. With the sharp increase of oil price, they enjoyed bountiful spending and relied less on the donor nations and the reverse is the case with the nosedived of oil price. The major problem with these African nations are their total dependency on oil for their total revenue and foreign exchange. They mostly operate a mono-commodity economy and without economic diversification they become vulnerable, unsecured and weak in the globalized market economy. Details


Yar’Adua Vs. Militants. By Garba Deen Muhammad

... in his handling of the Niger Delta crisis the President is dead right this time. Along with poor infrastructure and corruption, the Niger Delta problem is one of Nigeria’s three biggest National problems. (The problem of endemic poverty, rising illiteracy, child abuse and street begging are regional problems for which the governors of the northern region where these problems are pervasive are solely responsible). Details


How to Wrap Roasted Yam. By Salisu Suleiman

Many Nigerian professionals, experts and businesses, both at home and in the Diaspora send hundreds, even thousands of proposals to government ministries and public sector agencies every year. These proposals cover a wide range of products and services which they might have seen elsewhere and thought of introducing back home. Somehow, most of these usually well intentioned and well packaged proposals simply disappear in the labyrinth of government. What happens to them? Details


Stone Pen Or Armed Robbers To Death. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Too often we blame our leaders for everything for ignoring available solutions to our misery but at the same time we adore and defend their personal aggrandizement. They have obliged with a sucker of all time - the rule of law.  If your arm is infected with cancer, you cut it off. Why not do the same to those known as chronic looters since the first Republic, as drug peddlers, as 419 masters and as gun runners turned politicians. So we expect them to alter their hot chase for loot. Stones and sand thrown into our gari must come back, like agaracha, to hunt these Barawo. Details


Attempt On Formation Of Mega Political Parties In Nigeria – The Rivers State Example. By Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

The history of mergers and alliances in Nigeria reveals an idea that is always conceived with prospects, but devoid of strategic drive to achieve its objective. In the Second Republic for instance, despite several moves amongst the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP), Great Nigeria Peoples Party (GNPP) and Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) to fuse into a political body with the view of wresting power from the then ruling National Party of Nigeria (NPN), the mission proved to be an exercise in futility at the end. Although the parties succeeded in evolving into a platform, the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA), protagonists of the idea, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of NPP and Chief Obafemi Awolowo of UPN, failed to reach a compromise on who should lead the alliance. Details


Sanusi Lamido Sanusi: Who He Is. By Abbas A. Dikko

Barely three weeks ago, newly confirmed CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, stepped-in to replace Chukwuma Soludo for a five year term period, many Nigerians, might have expected as usual, writers/columnists to throw-light on who Sanusi is, a one time Executive Director, UBA Plc and until his appointment, immediate past Managing Director, FBN Plc, not good enough. Negligibly or otherwise, that was never given any serious thought, reason why I took the challenge with my little knowledge of the personality in question to acquaint interested Nigerians about who he is and what would likely be the out-come of his stewardship. Details


Between Nigeria And Nigerians. By Yusuf Gamawa

From all that we have learned about Nigeria, sometimes many us are made to believe in the works of many colonial and post colonial Historians on certain aspects of our History, especially when they try to argue that Nigeria is a creation of the British, a position that is still lingering on the minds of many of us and has thus created doubts as to the viability of the Nigerian project, it is indeed a position that has created a negative attitude in our people and is generally derailing our progress as a people. Details


Why You are a Nigerian. By Olusegun Claudius-Adeniyi

Just some random musing. What determines where a person is born, the type of parents one has and the country where one is born to? Is there any possible rational explanation for the nationality one comes from? Is there any reasoning to the selection of people in a country or even continent? Why was one man born an American and another a Nigerian? These were the kind of thoughts racing through my mind this afternoon. I refuse to believe that these occurrences could have a random origin nor accept the dismissive, simplistic (and sometimes daft explanation of the “work of God” phenomenon). The world is too organised for it to be a product of randomness. From the microscopic organism to the gigantic species on earth, the interwoven relationship of the cosmogony removes any doubt about a superior order. Details


Pervasive Kidnapping in Nigeria: Symptom of A Failing State? By Jideofor Adibe

The common tendency is to blame the pervasive wave of kidnapping outside the Niger Delta exclusively on the unacceptable rate of unemployment in the country, an inefficient and corrupt police force that is ill-equipped to fight crime, and collusion between kidnappers and politicians. These factors however appear to be mere symptoms of a larger malaise, namely that pervasive kidnapping, is one of the major symptoms of both ‘failed’ and ‘failing’ states. Most of the countries where kidnapping have been pervasive have been either failed or failing states – Baghdad after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Columbia from the 1970s until about 2001, and Mexico between 2003 and 2007. Details


Nigeria In Quest Of A Saviour. By Isa Muhammad Inuwa

Reflecting backwards from the time Nigeria gained independence from the British Colonial leaders in year 1960 to date, it is quite enough for any serious country endowed with abundant resources and opportunities to rise to the zenith of recognition. Experiments have shown that some Asian Countries and some form the Latin America had started certain aspects of economic development at the same time with Nigeria, in some cases, Nigeria was even the pioneer in such aspects in those years, however, the story is totally the reverse today, whereby those countries have gone far ahead, leaving Nigeria to linger and heavily rely on importation of sub-standard products from those countries, while its hitherto sound industrial base is decaying by the day. Details


The Dilemma Of Being A Vet In Nigeria. By Sylva Nze Ifedigbo

I am done complaining. This is my signing out piece. The FCT minister had on my passing out from service announced an automatic employment for me and ten others who won the Honours award. I thought I had escaped the dilemma. Four months on and its now obvious the word “automatic” doesn’t have the same meaning in the dictionary of the FCT administration as is found in the English dictionary. Not the money, not the job has showed up. I am done waiting for them. At a proper time I will launch my attack against them. For now I am looking for other options. I am looking up. Details


Federal Character And Quota System in Nigeria - A Good Public Policy. By Paul I. Adujie

It is quite interesting that time have recruited some Nigerians to become advocates and supporters of federal character in appointments to federal appointments. Disparate groups have joined this worthy discourse! All Nigerians should in good faith advocate that appointments and how we do business reflect our essential composite make-up as Nigerians, from local government to state and federal levels. All hands should be on deck. All engines for Nigeria’s development should be firing at full-throttle, from our diversities! Details


140 Million Liabilities. By Salisu Suleiman

We take pleasure in complaining about our condition - no light, no water, bad roads, poor hospitals, declining education, corruption etc. But what have we, individually and collectively done about it? Have we not, in our own small ways, contributed to this sad state? From the filling station attendant who tinkers with dispensing machines; the messengers and clerks in public offices who hide files; the stockbroker who manipulates the markets; the banker who round trips; the judge who fiddles with justice; the lawyer who sells out his clients; the teacher who solicits favours from students; the farmer who hides rotten foodstuff under fresh ones; to the hawker in traffic who runs away with your change - do we really deserve any better? Details


President Yar’adua “ New Wave Of Radical  Progressive Governance “. By Benjamin Ogbebulu

It could be said that the initial public perception about the electoral process that ushered in Yar’Adua –Jonathan Goodluck administration was flawed   but events so far in terms of policy reversals and policy making have now water down these feelings and the seven-point agenda of the government is being pursued tenaciously as these have formed the road map for the government. Details


Democracy and the Failed Nation of Nigeria. By Ibrahim Mohammed

A truly democratic society must separate its political power away from its economic power. Individuals must be seen to clearly control political power and other individuals should control economic power. This way a symbiotic relationship is created. The political power holders know they have to deliver peace and stability and functioning infrastructure if they must be supported by the economic power holders who guarantee the existence of the political class through financing of public administration through internal economic activities that provide taxes to the government. Details


Hon. Chinua Achebe and Nobel Prize Committee: The Brewing and Unending Cold War. By Emeka Chiakwelu

Whenever you have time to visit Nobel Prize website, do click to page for Nobel prize winners for literature. You come to notice that of all the important literature of 20th century and emerging 21st century winners of the prize; that the greatest literature of all time that elucidated and clarified the position of Africans on meeting of the West and Africa is missing. The book is Chinua Achebe's Things fall Apart which is based on the crash of civilizations. To say that Things Fall Apart is just a literature is a sophomoric understatement. Details


Comments on Sanusi Lamido's Suitability. By Abbas Liman

I have been prompted to make a few comments following the one made by one George who is also a member of our great forum (trustwriters forum). His comment was on Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s nominee then for the replacement of Prof Charles Soludo as Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He opined that a former Deputy Governor of the Bank, Dr Obadiah Mailafiya is more suitable. Details


The Appointment of a Vice Chancellor for Ahmadu Bello University Subverted. By Usman, Sule Machika

The tenure of Prof Shehu Usman Abdullahi ended on the May 23rd, 2009. It is in the practice of the Ivory Towers to ensure that a substantive Vice Chancellor is appointed for university in good stead to avoid a leadership vacuum. At its 131st special meeting held on Monday 18th May, 2009, the Governing Council’s effort to appoint a substantive VC was subverted. Many of us were taking aback, yet not surprised. Details


Nigeria: Ten Years Of “Democracy”. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba, Ph.D.

The Nigerian people are not being empowered. How can they celebrate democracy when they lack the basic infrastructure that will empower them? They have suffered economic exclusion. They pay for electricity they don’t consume. Nigerians are being ripped off by telecommunication companies and destroyed by oil companies (contrary to section 17 (2) (d)). Details


Bad News for Nigerians. By Buhari Bello

The Nigerian nation is fast derailing from the part of morality and development. Every day the news coming out as a result of action and inaction of its leaders is not encouraging at all. It’s always like one step forward and twenty steps backward. What is really happening to this country? Has God forsaken us or we have forsaken ourselves as people and a nation. On Wednesday March 12-2009 the whole nation wake us with the bad news that some social miscreants, who called themselves gays, had  demonstrating at the venue of joint public hearing organized by the House Representative committee on Human Right, Women Affair and Justice in National Assembly against a bill that will be presented before the house outlawing same sex marriage. Details