President Goodluck Jonathan And Nigeria’s Frail Democracy. By Chris, M. A. Kwaja

In a fundamental sense, President Goodluck Jonathan is a product of the Yar’adua/Goodluck ticket that came into power on the 29th May, 2007. In his maiden speech on the nation, the Late President recognized and appreciated the fact that the government was a product of a flawed electoral process. In this sense, he expressed the commitment of the regime towards upholding the principles of good governance, the rule of law, constitutionalism, as well as the fight against corruption in high and low places of the Nigerian society. Details


Nigeria Disbands Sports Team, Cameroon Banish Beggars, Fixations at Outcomes, & Neglects of Causes? By Paul I. Adujie

It quite obvious and exceedingly clear to anyone, even with a cursory examination, that the buildings are not the problems. The problems are clearly caused by persons with anti social behaviors, who are motivated by greed for quick profits from trade in narcotic substances, are too willing to subvert their neighborhoods, towns and country as they engage in narco-trade. The problems are clearly caused by persons who are affected and afflicted by the lopsidedness of the economic and political structures of the American society, whereby, these persons are desperate enough, and so, employing any and every means are considered fair by these desperate perpetrators. Details


Super Eagles: Before The Ban. By Opeyemi Ajala

On the strength of your maiden media chat where you indeed placed so much reliance on media feedback to feel the pulse of the nation, that is the sole reason I am putting ink to paper  to convey my humble and informed opinion to you on the prescribed 48 months ban from all FIFA (or is it International) organized football as a result of the avoidable sloppy appearance by the Super Eagles in South Africa (incidentally our refusal to defend our Nations Cup title in the same South Africa under General Sani Abacha fetched us the last ban from International football by CAF in 1996)! Details


Sango and Sate: A Metaphor for Politics in Nigeria. By kola ibrahim

In Nigeria today, amongst all existing political parties, the Labour Party still, despite its present amorphous state, has the potentials of  becoming poor people’s alternative party and to refocus the party, all genuinely minded activists, ideologues, radicals and all change-seeking elements not run away from the party but as much as possible to transform it to what it was establish for: a mass party of the working but poor masses and youths for an egalitarian society, where people’s interests and welfare will form basis  of governance. Details


2011 and Kano-PDP. By Kabiru Tsakuwa

The much awaited year 2011 is just around the corner, and several candidates vying for various elective posts in the self acclaimed largest party in Africa-the PDP are busy strategizing in a bid to project their saleable images to the electorates with a view to garnering wider support.

Among the candidates who have so far indicates interest to contest for Kano governorship election via the PDP, three names have featured more prominently. There are in addition to those yet to make their intentions known; the former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Mohammed Sani Abacha and honourable Farouk Lawan. Details


Bankole, Abba Anas and the Nigerian Polity. By Adamu Muhammad

The 360 members whom were elected from six geo-political zones are expected to make good laws that will make impact positively on the well being of the citizenry. Also the most important responsibility of any parliament is to ensure that he stands firmly and decisively on a position that will depend and promote the interest of the people he represents or stand against any move or position that will weaken or negatively affect his primary objectives, his people and his constituency. But Alas! That is the contrary in respect to the present situation in the house of representative, because some few individuals are making move to impeach the speaker, Demeji  Bankole. Details


Dodging the Issue on Yerima. By Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga

Ever since his controversial marriage to a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, the former Governor of Zamfara State (now a Senator), Alhaji Yarima Sani, has been using emotional manipulation to gain the support of fellow Muslims. It is a trick usually designed to prevent people from subjecting his action to critical inquiry. Even fellow Muslims who now dare questions his sincerity are being branded as enemies of Islam as if Yarima and Islam are synonymous!


One of Yarima’s defenders, Safiya Dantiye, warned Muslims against “falling into the trap of undermining Islam and its cultural values.” (Daily Trust Friday May 21, 2010, P.45). This is a good example of deploying emotions to cover-up hypocrisy. Admittedly, it is the duty of every good Muslim to defend Islam. Is it our duty, however, to defend the hypocrisy of our leaders when it is so obvious even to the beetle-eyed? Our leaders tend to exploit our perceived gullibility and use it as a license to insult our intelligence.  Details


Zoning: Acid Test to 2011 Polls. By Danlami Alh. Wushishi

The wisdom behind the Zoning arrangement is to give a sense of belonging to our divergent ethnic groups in view of the agitations for recognition in governance. We have a peculiar case in Nigeria, unlike other celebrate democracies where ethno – religious differences is not a factor been considered in election to the public office. This unfortunate trend has become a strong factor that even 1999 constitution recognized under Section 14(3) that provides that the composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affair shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the Federal Character of Nigeria and the need to promote National Unity.This is also to be reflected in all States and Local Government in Nigeria. Details


President Jonathan, Who Killed NITEL? By Leonard Karshima Shilgba, Ph.D.

The destruction of Nigeria’s telecommunications company NITEL by the PDP-led Nigerian government must not be swept under the carpet. It is time to resurrect the matter, indict key players, apportion appropriate penalties, heal the company, and move on. In the excitement of the Global Systems Mobile (GSM) telecommunications networks floated in Nigeria in the recent past, Nigerians have taken leave of the required consciousness of the egregious crimes that have been committed against them in the wake. Details


Chairman Nuhu Ribadu to the Rescue! By Victor E. Dike

This writer is not saying that Nuhu Ribadu is saint. Certainly, there were some mistakes. His agency was used by Obasanjo to harass his political enemies. And some of the looters are complaining that he was very harsh in dealing with them and that he was working for the PDP. But any person who cares less about the rights of others when stealing their money should not complain when crude method is adopted to recover the loot. The reality, however, is that in every war or revolution there are some accidental damages. Details


The Power Disease: Three Reasons Why El Rufai Can Heal It. By M. Dooba

Let me just go ahead and jump: el Rufai is the right person to extricate us from the gnarly tangle that our power situation has become.  Following are three reasons why he may be the best person for the job. The first reason is his previous successes.  El Rufai’s successes in his previous assignments are so consistent that he makes achieving seem so effortless. Details


The South Can’t Wait Until North Chooses New Young Leaders. By Farouk Martins Aresa

If there is anything the North and the South must agree on, it is on the rotation of presidency. The pauperism of candidates parading arena of presidential leadership from the North betrays the lack of progress in Nigeria as a whole. There is no part or region of Nigeria where we do not have young dynamic patriotic Nigerians but only one region in the Country has not produced a President. Details


Between Abu Minyar Al Gaddafi, David Mark’s Mad Man Comment And Quest For Disintegration (II). By Jibo Nura

Gaddafi, one understands, has no doubt done well for his people. His people fondly call him green in the desert, because he has in place housing, education, healthcare and food for Libyans. He is today considered by many people across the globe as the one and only person that enjoys a reputation amongst many Africans as an experienced and wise Statesman who has been at the forefront of many struggles over the years. Gaddafi has earned the praise of Nelson Mandela and others, and is always a prominent figure in various pan-African organizations such as African Union. Being the recent Ex-Chairman of the Union, Gaddafi once addressed an assembly of African leaders in Ethiopia by telling them that his vision, mission and plan for Africa and Africans “is to continue to insist that our sovereign countries work to achieve the United States of Africa”. Indeed, for a man with vision like this to be called a “mad man”, it sends signals that those that labeled him as such, are either barmy or have gone wacky about Gaddafi and what he stands for. Details


Yar’Adua is Dead: Where Do We Go From Here? By Leonard Karshima Shilgba, PhD

President Umaru Yar’Adua is dead. He died on May 5, 2010. An old chapter has closed and a new one opened for Nigeria, whose president he was from May 29, 2007. The path a nation threads can be altered drastically, one way or another, simply by a change in its leadership. Although Dr. Goodluck Jonathan assumed the office of Acting President of Nigeria, the tentative disposition of his office and the actions flowing from it, and the uncertainty shrouding the Yar’Adua drama all combined to foist on our nation a sentence of tense suspense. Details


On CBN Banking Reforms And Its Fervent Detractors. By Ibrahim Ribwan Ayagi

The decision of the CBN to embark on series of reforms aimed at enthroning corporate Governance and risk management which were hitherto placed on the back banner in the Nigerian banking industry, has generated a lot of scorching debates, with commentators of anecdotal points and some so called professionals displaying emotions and sentiments on issues of National importance, depending on which side of the divide one belongs or which charlatanic school of thought one subscribes to, but those who really hold stake in the discourse are still silent, perhaps due to the reason mentioned above . But is the CBN doing it right and how far can the Governor go? These are some of the questions on the lips of so many Nigerians. Details


Barewa: Remains Of A Great School. By Suraj Oyewale

I have been to a few other schools that pride themselves as alma maters of many important personalities in Nigeria and the case of Barewa College is just disappointing. I have been to Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti, King’s College and Methodist Boys High School, both in Lagos, and the physical conditions look far better than what I saw in Barewa. Details


Death of Yar’adua and Its Political Relevance to the Nation. By Yakubu Muhammad Rigasa

Though Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s death was anticipated by speculations months before it actually stroke, the shock it sent to both those who had waited for it with bated breath and his admirers knows no bound. This could be as a result of the reports from his close relatives that his condition was getting better by the day since his sudden and secretive return into the country which succeeded in dousing the hitherto political tension throughout the nation. So, he died at a time when very few expected it while many others kept eyes on his possible resumption to his presidential duties. Details