The North’s Long Wait for Another Sardauna. By Ridhwanullah Abdullah

The state of emergency recently declared in the three north eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, following the unrelenting insurgence of the dreaded Boko Haram in that region of Nigeria is a manifestation of the open confession by General TY Danjuma earlier this year that the North is the middle of a civil war. Details

 

The Broken Nation. By Sunday Orjingene

It’s not a sentiment but true of a trend where religious enmity crowned with brain wash, clowned under the disguise of zonal leadership of Hausa today, Yoruba tomorrow and Igbo never, is the nations’ cancer. Details

 

The Achebe I knew. By Chido Onumah

However, Achebe did not let his love for Nigeria blind him to the fact that, Nigeria is not a great country. It is one of the most disorderly nations in the world. It is one of the most corrupt, insensitive, inefficient places under the sun. It is one of the most expensive countries and one of those that give least value for money. It is dirty, callous, noisy, ostentatious, dishonest and vulgar. In short, it is among the most unpleasant places on earth”. Details

 

President Jonathan’s State of Emergency Paradigm. By  Theophilus Ilevbare

It remains to be seen what will now become of the work of the amnesty committee. The rug has been pulled from under their feet. They can’t be negotiating with a sect that is being shelled on a daily basis in war with the special forces. Clearly, their role in peaceful resolution of the conflict has been undermined. Moreover, who negotiates with a gun to his head as a member of NASS quipped? Details

 

Forbidden In Africa Taboo In Any Community. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Many of us were embarrassed when Dr. Doyin Okupe, Presidential Information Officer argued on television that Ghana did not resort to terrorism when they were going through their difficult period like Nigeria. One would have thought that he would talk about implementing economic sustenance for young men and women fleeing out of the Country by any means necessary.  Details

 

Everyone Should Embrace Piece in Nigeria. By Babandi Gumel

Since the beginning of the campaign both parties were accused of crossing the line in the battle to gain supremacy. While the security forces were accused of systematic killing the insurgents equally the group were accused of waging  unnecessary violent vindictive campaign of revenge causing lots of destruction and mayhem.  Details

 

V20:2020 and the Future of Development Planning in Nigeria (1). By Jamal Akinade

This issue brings me to the political economy of Nigeria. The undue emphasis and importance given to technocrats who sometimes are detached from reality, in formulating development and economic policies often lead to policies which are not implementable. For example, the ‘failure’ of vision 20:2020 is non="justify"> 

I am Not a “Politician”. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

In Nigeria, the word “politics” has been misused and abused in a manner that this noble art and science now connotes everything that is evil with human relationships in the country. Accordingly, puritans are hateful of being referred to as “politicians”. They would say, “I am not a politician.” Therefore, a “politician”, in Nigerian lexicon, is perceived as someone who is dishonest, corrupt, and of very low moral rating. Details

 

The Tell Tales of The Tell Magazine; Mediocrity in a Hurry. By Mahfuz Mundadu

The piece featured in the Tell News Magazine of June 17, 2013 No. 24, titled “New Security Threat: The Middle East Connection”, calls for concern. One ANAYOCHUKWU AGBO evidently authored the “fairytale” in question. To say the least the portion that seeks to define the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and its esteemed leadership as violent and evil minded goes to demonstrate how cerebrally lethargic, ill informed and fleeced was and the writer still is. It is a clear case of journalism with some numb aroma of mediocrity in a hurry. Details

 

Addressing Nigeria’s Electricity Deficits Through Coal. By Andrew Obinna Onyearu

Over the period, government’s response in the Solid Minerals sector has taken an appropriate approach.  It is clear that appropriate momentum to engender the development of coal in Nigeria cannot happen without considerable private sector involvement and investment. Details

 

Justice Okeke: Pension Is Rotten In The Heart Of Judiciary ByFarouk Martins Aresa

It is so difficult to distinguish the sheep from the lion in Nigeria as a whole. Involvement of the Judiciary our last hope of justice in corruption, even on a small scale is disheartening. The report that one Funke Ogunbiyi, the daughter of a Justice of the Supreme Court went to Justice Okechukwu Okeke and demanded he reverse himself on a matter already executed is disturbing. If it was one of our uncles in those days, that girl would not sleep at home that night. Na who born dog?  Details

 

Of NGF Crisis And PDP’s Damage Control By Theophilus Ilevbare

The hog-wash of 19 grumpy PDP governors in the aftermath of the NGF election declaring Jang as chairman, citing a purported endorsement in a pre-election agreement to form a Kangaroo faction as a belated attempt at damage control after defeat is reprehensible. That they chose to display their asinine grievances in such a manner that undermines democratic tenets leaves much to be desired of men vested with the peoples’ mandate.  Details

 

Poverty Is Winning. By Yusuf D. Zage

I will not also hesitate to express the current trend of poverty in Nigeria. I was vehemently shocked when I discovered that 61% of Nigerians were said to be living in absolute poverty and it pains too much to know that there are 20 million Nigerian youth running on the street seeking for job. Details

 

The Burdens of Islam By Anthony A. Kila  There is no gentler way to put it; the simple truth is that more Islamic scholars and especially leaders, need to understand that there is a part of Islam that is still struggling in its bid to coexist with modern times. Just as Christian leaders and scholars have had to do in the past, Islamic scholars and leaders need to today come up with some theoretical elaborations and theological references that will deal with modernity or update their system, as my students will say. Details

 

Taming the Education Sector. By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi

The recent release of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result few weeks back by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) continues to elicit both negate and positive debates among students and stakeholders. In fact, this year’s UTME has become starkly controversial than any other period in its history, simply because of the intricacies that surrounded the exam from start to finish. Many had expected positive impact or outcome from the exercise but alas, the exercise appeared as one in futility, if the results and statistics coming from the exam body are anything to go by. Details