Goodluck Jonathan Is A Coward. By Babayola M. Toungo

President Goodluck Jonathan is a coward.  Or how do you honestly describe someone who came to office through democratic process and is now doing everything possible to scuttle the same process that brought him to the office?  In his reckless adventure, he is not averse to bringing down the house on everyone.  His Rottweilers turned their poisoned tongues on former president Olusegun Obasanjo for giving them straight – that the Jonathan gang are taking Nigeria on the same path Gbagbo took Ivory Coast before the French intervened and saved the country from a needless civil war. Details


The Looming Conspiracy Against GMB. By Dr. Deborah Nelson

According to the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari [rtd] [GMB] is the ‘Change Agent’ that will turn the economy around, end insurgency and eliminate corruption if voted into office as president of Nigeria. Consequently, the APC had continued to use any available medium to inform Nigerians of GMB’s impressive achievements when he was the military Head of State. But if he was as competent as chorused by the APC, why did GMB object to being judged as an individual for those things he did as the military Head of State?Details


Say It Ain't So: Police Commissioner Mbu. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Lagos State Police Commissioner was quoted as saying: If any of my men is killed, I shall kill twenty of them. Please say it ain’t so! Nigerian Police is by far, not the worst in the world. Our police have been sent to different countries to help train and enforce the law of the land, not kill twenty innocent civilians for every deranged person that shoots at the police. But if it is true that a commissioner actually utter those words, note he can’t be worse than a motor park tout! Details


Beyond Obasanjo’s PDP Membership Card. By Mohammed Dahiru Aminu

The problem with Olusegun Obasanjo is that his previous words and deeds persistently argue for his loss of that essentially moral right to critique even during times of critical situations. For Obasanjo, it is always easier said than done. Before he came to power in 1999, Obasanjo laboured tirelessly to fault governments that couldn’t make fuel available in petrol stations around the country citing Nigeria’s global position as a leading petroleum producer. But Obasanjo came, spent 8 years as president, and left longer queues for fuel at the petrol stations: he was worse than those he castigated. Details


Lost In The Wilderness Of Nigerian Politics: Do Our Ibo Brethren Know Where They Are Going? By Ben Igiebor

Ever since the late Col. Nzeogwu led a coup in 1966 that saw the demise of many political leaders of northern and western origin, [with those of them from the east spared], the seed of tribal antagonism became sown in the minds of Nigerians and very, very sadly today, it has grown into a great monster, terrorising the minds of even the greatest and staunchest believers in One Nigeria. Details


Nigeria, History and the Clear and Present Danger. By Chido Onumah

The angst that followed the postponement, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), of the presidential election scheduled for this weekend is therefore understandable. The speech by Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of INEC, announcing the postponement has been debated widely by Nigerians. Clearly, there are many questions begging for answers. But if we focus on Jega, his pronouncements and the “politics” surrounding the postponement, we miss the forest for the trees. And here, I am not addressing the party faithfuls who can’t see the big picture even if it is as large as the 400-metre monolith called Aso Rock. Details


Nigeria’s Military: A Sad Reflection. By Godwin Onyeacholem

And how has the military responded to this weighty accusation? While he’s silent on the call for the service chiefs to resign, defence spokesman Chris Olukolade, Major-General and Director, Defence Information, in his first reaction dismissed Oyegun’s assertion by offering the familiar tepid and clichéd defence of the military as an institution operating solely to protect the constitution and safeguard the country’s territorial integrity, warning that the army should not be dragged into politics. And in his latest statement, he has pledged the military’s commitment to the defence of democracy. He painted a picture of neutrality, but what is on the ground says otherwise. Details


SNPA & NDPVF: Same Difference. By Babayola Toungo

The Jonathan administration is the most divisive government ever in the history of this country and I say this with all sense of responsibility.  This government succeeded in balkanising the country along all its known fault lines and is continuing to do so just to achieve its selfish ends.  We have seen how it has courted, nurtured, pampered and protected hate merchants and hooligans and exalted them far and above their fellow law abiding citizens; we have seen how hate speech has developed into a trade for some unscrupulous people.  Nigerians were treated to the most divisive campaign ever in the political development of the country led by our neo Goebbels Fani Kayode and the chief proponent of Janjaweed politics, Olisa Metuh.  The duo and Doyin Okupe seem to derive joy and satisfaction in pushing Nigeria towards the road to Kigali while the president stand by watching with amused satisfaction.  Details


The Nigeria I See. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

Between 2012 and 2015 I have seen two significant events that have fetched hope about a more prosperous and livable union. Those two events provided incontrovertible evidence that the two dams in the way of a harmonious flow of the river of citizenship—ethnic and religious biases—are systematically being pulled down. Early in 2012, Nigerians, irrespective of language or religious differences, united against the insensitive manner and time of removal of fuel subsidy. In the North, Christians watched over their Muslim brethren who took time off the protests to say their prayers, and Muslims watched over Christians as they attended their religious meetings. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Nigerians had found a common passion that had taken them away from the decades-long distraction of religious and ethnic grandstanding usually stoked by some of their selfish political and religious leaders. Details


Jega: Not A Serious Professor Of Political Science And Electoral Systems. By Jibo Nura

I have said it times without number that Attahiru Jega is a Professor of Political Science in theory. He is at best a local professor of Political Science that house-train his entire professorial endeavour in Mambayya by refusing to internationalize. He is not ready to learn from his past mistakes or take a cue from his international colleagues such as Andrew Reynolds who as an international Professor of politics, election systems and conflict in Africa, has highlighted the dangers of failed elections and election postponements. Details


Evidence Demands A Verdict: Why I Will Not Be Voting For Jonathan Again. By Nosa James-Igbinadolor

It shocks me to my marrow how a man who swept into office in 2011 with the support of perhaps the biggest and best organised coalition of the variegated strata of the Nigerian society can in less than four years so mismanage that platform, mismanage the unprecedented sympathy of Nigerians and indeed mismanage the unity of purpose that helped him into office. Above all, he has by his actions and inactions, written a bestselling template for aspiring politicians on HOW NOT TO WIN AN ELECTION! Details


The 2015 Elections And Education Reform In Nigeria. By Dr. Otive Igbuzor

As we approach the 2015 elections, one issue that is of great interest to the electorate is the educational system. Over the years, the educational sector in Nigeria has faced a lot of challenges making it difficult for good quality education that is empowering and capable of bringing about sustainable development to be provided. The challenges include low girl child enrolment, poor completion rates, unqualified teachers, inadequate funding, inadequate facilities, ineffective supervision and inspection, problem of relevance and coherent and co-ordinated policy planning and implementation by the three tiers of government (Federal, State and Local Governments). Details


Public Administration And The Management Of Nigeria’s Natural Resources Post 2015 Election. By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D.

Despite this negative proposition, it is necessary to point out that over the past decade, there is an increased understanding of the problem and what needs to be done to turn resource curse into resource blessing. What needs to be done is to have a proper resource governance. Natural resource and environmental governance refers to the formal and informal institutional mechanisms used by society to address environmental issues and concerns that challenge it. Details


The 2015 Election And Public Administration Reform Issues. By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D.

There is no systematic planning framework for the country that ensures that adequate data and research, good information system, monitoring and evaluation and tracking of results. In addition, there is no integration of planning and budgeting. The end result is abandonment of projects, poor plan implementation and poor service delivery. For instance, it has been documented by the Presidential Assessment Committee report that 11, 886 projects worth N7.7 trillion have been abandoned across the country denying citizens of the benefits. Details


This Is A Coup And We Must All Take A Stand. By Anthony A. Kila

Whilst it is true that every well meaning Nigerian within and beyond the borders of the country should act with caution and avoid utterances and actions that can heat up an already charged polity, it also true that at times like this it is crucial not mince words or hide behind technicalities or formalities. In that vein we must soberly and clearly state that the recent so called postponement of elections in Nigeria is not just a postponement but in reality an annulment and when coupled with the mode in which the elections were annulled, though called postponed, we have nothing short of a coup d’état and we all must take a stand. Details


Smouldering Revolution Needs Rescuers Before It Gets Bloodier. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Revolution is smouldering already, the question right now is how bloody it is going to get before we rescue ourselves from even more disaster. Youths are rising up across the world demanding not only an end to greed and corruption as the root of all evil but a say in governing their lives. Our youths cannot be hooked on gadgets and toys forever because of their short novelty span. If youths do not rise up, their illiterate cohorts will continue to rule them as militia and thugs. Details


Jonathan’s administration: A Protectorate for the Corrupt? (I). By Sulaiman Badamasi (Mahir)

President Jonathan’s campaign chief, Femi Fani Kayode, a former Minter of Aviation and Culture & Tourism in 2003 and 2006 respectively, currently has a pending court charge against misappropriation of N19.5bn Aviation intervention fund. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) tried Femi Kayode on 47 counts bordering on money laundering. According to Barr. Festus Keyamo, “I am the one prosecuting the fellow (Femi Fani Kayode) on court and the case has been adjourned to February 23 and 24 for trial. Details


Femi Fani-Kayode, Dan Ulasi: I Wish You The Same. By Babayola M. Toungo

I really pity Femi Fani-Kayode.  I pity him for a lot of reasons, but mainly for his inability to be ashamed of somersaults and I also fear for him that he may not have a relapse of his well documented “psychological breakdown”.  The man is truly an animal without shame.  But my heart goes out to those Nigerians who listen to and then go ahead to quote Fani-Kayode.  I thought it is only a Jonathan Goodluck or Namadi(na) Sambo, who for lack of a better thing to do listen to Fani-Kayode.  This is a man who was once committed to a mental institution in Ghana, now the lead spokesman of our president.  Does this not tell you about the character and comportment of our president? Details


2015 Nigerian Presidential Election: Diversionary Antics By Unpreparedness. By Richmond Ejiofor

The president seems overwhelmed by the myriad of problems and this gave eminence to the “cluelessness terminology usage “. There was no game plan to seek the office of the president and experience has shown time without error, that it not an on the job training career, occupants must possess requisite ability to perform the sacred duties with a game plan and vision. Details


The Legacy Of President Ebele Jonathan. By Farouk Martins Aresa

It is not that President Jonathan has no guts; he has shown it only when threatened personally. He rose up against Emir Sanusi as Governor of Central Bank, helped Henry Okar to jail in South Africa, showed no mercy to Gov. Ameachi and called Obasanjo a motor park tout. He remained steadfast to his cabinet, defied calls to fire his corrupt favorites and pardoned Alamieyeseigha. This resolute displayed only when personalities are involved may have shielded him from reality. Details


On Nigerian Elections and “Christians”. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

Nigerian church leaders must stop deceiving their congregations. We do not need a “Christian” to lead Nigeria at this moment of national collapse, common insecurity, discouraging hopelessness, and growing poverty. We need a leader that is firm in conviction, who will fight for and defend the downtrodden. Nigerians need a fighter at this time. Nigerians need a friend of the poor, not a once poor who has now become the defender of the oppressors and obscene rich, whose conscience apparently has been seared. Details


Towards A Functional Education Curriculum. By Femi Oni

A lot of people have alleged that military incursion into politics is substantially responsible for the devastating deterioration in the objectives and goals of our school system. A sad incidence of history was the forceful takeover of private and missionary schools which were pacesetters in boarding and efficient classroom administration. This is why the plans by some Governors to return schools to their original private and proprietors have been accorded with thunderous applauses. Details


Salute to Nigerian Armed Forces and Security Agencies. By Max Gbanite

You are highly-ranked and respected by the International community when it comes to deployment of forces in peace-support operations. You were there in the First World War, Second World War, the Congo Belgian War, and currently serving in over 13 nations where conflicts exist but, most importantly, you are “Primus Inter Pares” in the actual duty and operational activity. You came to Liberia and Sierra Leone with a focus: to restore the dignity of man and to bring democracy -- a fete you accomplished though in collaboration with other member nations within the Ecowas/Ecomog contingents; and your loss in personnel and materials compared to none. You lost valuable comrades that politicians don’t even want to know their names nor if they existed; but are quick to point to the success stories and insist on Nigeria getting the credits, yet they never saw the red-flowing-bloods of the almost 2,000 lost in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Details


Yoruba God Forbids Any Religious Belief Tainted By Madness. By Farouk Martins Aresa

While Russia and China revolted, Yoruba’s tolerance for any religion within the same family can be understood if we dig into their philosophy that explains the culture. Yoruba say: Olorun maje k’a gba were mo esin. No matter how accommodating, Yoruba pray to God to forbid radical madness demonstrated by all foreign religions. Ancient visitors to West African sought Sango after stories of civilization by Arab historians about Oba Koso, Ile-Ife and Iwo Eleru 10,000 BC.  Details


The Dangerous Political Landscape of Nigeria, as the 2015 Election Looms. By Tam Alex

What is most prescient here is that those who clamour for Jonathan to remain in power are doing this out of pure sentiments. “It’s our turn” most of them say. An argument could be made that the south-south has had their turn in the last 5 years and should relinquish power to another group. Everybody wants their turn; Obasanjo from the South-West  had his stint for 8 years, Jonathan from the South-South has had his stint for 5 years, while the late Yar’ Adua from the North ruled for only 3 years; so when it comes to ‘turns’, the North possesses a better claim than others. Details


Resolution 2015 And Buhari’s Presidential Fait Accompli: A Response To Obj’s Aviation Minister (1) (5 January 2015). By Jibo Nura

Ladies and gentlemen, friends and colleagues of Nigeria, it is high time we understood the arithmetic of religious blackmail that is going on in Nigeria. It doesn’t need a fortune-teller or soothsayer to explain to Nigerian Muslim and Christian that we need to rewrite the narratives on religious and ethnic hatreds, which unpatriotic elements are contracted to propagate in order to get cheap popularity. All what they are after is to parasitically become the incumbent president’s campaign directors. Details


If Igbo Invest In Buhari Who Is Against. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Whatever the case, people of South-south are warning the rest of Nigerians that they are not going to take defeat in the coming election lightly on the chin. It is either Jonathan or nothing. In that case, we may be preparing for the dissolution of Nigeria as we know it. They have backed up this threat by purchasing a war ship with the capacity to stop the flow of cheap and stray oil from the honey ports. No be joke O! Details


If Jonathan lost to Mohammed Buhari. By Nwike Ojukwu

No Nigerian should be president by default, neither should the office be the preserve of any group. This is why I am ambivalent in the alternative that the PDP and the APC  presented to us. A part of me wishes Buhari to win because my god-feeling tells me that he will make a good president. My other character desires to retain Jonathan even in the face of his demonstrated incompetence to register my dissent against the deliberate sabotaging of the contributions of the minorities to the continuing Nigerian narrative. Details


Piece of Peace: Against Provocative Campaigns, Threats and Violence (2). By Shafii Abdulhamid

The die has been cast, the drums have been rolled out and the dancers have already taken the centre stage. It is a very rough road that leads to Armageddon and some may never even reach there. We have crossed this bridge before and it was not an easy way to Terabithia. General elections in Nigeria are a very serious business – too serious to be left in the hands of politicians alone. Since another general election is just around the corner, it is time for me to pen down my piece of peace. Details


2015 And The Dynamics Of Change For A New Nigeria. By Abubakar Alkali

President Jonathan may have been forgotten how he was literally down on his knees begging late President YarAdua to tackle the problem of insurgency in the Niger Delta at the height of the violence perpetrated by the Niger Delta militants between 2007-2009. The sincere late President Yar’Adua moved in and resolved the Niger Delta problem. Late YarAdua set up a committee to proffer ways out of the crisis and even made Goodluck Jonathan the arrowhead of that committee and gave them all the support that they need and the Niger Delta problem was solved. The same Goodluck Jonathan is now telling Nigerians that Boko haram is a Northern problem so Northerners should go and solve their problem. Details


Politicians are Ready; are the People Ready? By Dr. Anthony A. Kila

In deciding how to vote, a rational citizen will see himself or herself as the person to please, before deciding who to vote for, a rational citizen, like a diner in a restaurant, will take time to see what the candidates are offering. He or she will analyse the programmes and promises each candidate is making and match these with his or her own needs and priorities. The candidate that will get the vote of a rational citizen will be the candidate that shows a very good understanding of issues to be solved and also demonstrates a very good capacity and will to solve such problems. Details


Olusegun Obasanjo is a Blown Fuse. By Max Gbanite

One of the greatest problems plaguing leadership in Nigeria is the dearth of statesmanship in the orientation of the ruling elite. They indulged themselves at the expense of the people while pretending to be their messiahs. Their understanding of the entrenched gullibility of Nigerians has remained the critical ingredient for their sustenance in power. In decent political climes, religion, ethnicity and nepotism are negative factors and are rarely deployed in electioneering. However, these negativities are the major trending campaign winning issues in Nigeria. Details


As Another Civil War Looms. By Chido Onumah

There is really no alternative to dealing with the current crisis in Nigeria other than approaching it as you approach crises that have the potentials of debasing humanity. The National Assembly should review the current war effort of the government, pass a resolution postponing the 2015 elections and give the president all the powers to mobilize Nigerians to win this war convincingly in the next one year or face impeachment. Details


Riding The Tiger By The Tail. By Babayola M. Toungo

The people of Nigeria are fed up with the divisive tactics of Jonathan and his group of provincial politicians whose only objective is to lord it over others while claiming to be the victims.  While majority of Nigerians are bidding their time for February 2015, our lawmakers are struggling to get in bed with our tormentor-in-chief.  It is a good sign to us that the two are now quarrelling in the open.  It may be a sign of good things to come.  Next may be the governors. Details


Northern Leaders?  Grrrrr. By Babayola M. Toungo

So our soldiers finally found the guts to “provide security” for Madu Ali Sherriff to enable him visit home and consult with his “people” – a commodity they couldn’t provide for millions of hapless citizens resident in the northeast?  It is the same army that has to be escorted by local hunters into trouble spots in the northern part of Adamawa.  Despite the accusation hanging on the neck of Ali Sherriff as a sponsor of Boko Haram, the army has clearly sent a signal to all who care to know that Ali Sheriff is more important than all the people of the northeast combined together.  What insult! Details


2015  Election: The Genuine Fear Of Violence. By Godwin Onyeacholem

There can be no better expression of apprehension over the 2015 elections than the spontaneous groundswell of agitation for violence-free balloting by many prominent as well as obscure Nigerians and some of the country’s deeply concerned foreign friends. Perhaps, given the palpable fear of explosive conflict that the unquestionably zero-sum election might generate, it is just as well that a strong, full-strength case be made for avoiding violence in order to avert a potentially disintegrating state of affairs in the polity. Details