PDP: Rebranding With Olisa  Metuh. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

It was a startling admission of what millions of Nigerians already knew, which is that the PDP, in its current form, is incapable of winning any decent election anywhere in the country outside the Southeast and the South-South. The party no longer has the same national appeal it had between 1999 and 2011. Details


Social Media Assisted Governance. By Oseloka H. Obaze

Governance challenges in Nigeria are broad, diverse and at times sudden. When a list assigning portfolios to President Buhari’s ministers-designate was posted on the social media on 1 November, 2015, it seemed authentic. Few questioned its veracity or suspected any ensuing problem or confusion.  The list was hardly considered bogus, until it was disavowed by the Presidency. That incident wasn’t the first time the social media would be deployed positively or deceptively as a tool for  influencing policies in Buhari’s six-month old administration. Details


The Imperatives of a Drastic Cut in the Number of Ministers, Senators and Members of House of Representatives in Nigeria. By Abubakar Alkali

By Mr President’s declaration, the question arises as to whether Nigeria can afford the current bloated size of the national assembly consisting of 109 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives making a total of 469 members of the national assembly.

It goes without saying that if Nigeria is broke and cannot afford 36 ministers, then the country can also not afford 469 members of the national assembly. Of course it is understandable that Mr President didn’t include the national assembly in his statement as a mark of respect for the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution. Details


So Nigeria Is Finally Broke Eh. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Wow! So Nigeria finally succumbed after all the millions, billions and trillions disfarahan? We have been asked for several years: how much money is in that Country when so much keeps on disappearing? We wish we know how much we lost, actually nobody knows for sure. What is surprising is that the Country is still standing. Right now there is a consensus between the ruling Party and the Opposition that we are on our way to the poor house. Lower prices! I doubt it. Details


Tasks Before The New Ministers. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

If President Muhammadu Buhari refuses to change the precedence set since the return of democracy to these shores in 1999; the much anticipated inauguration of his cabinet should hold tomorrow, being the first Wednesday since the screening and confirmation of nominees by the Senate. That has not stopped the rumour mill from going berserk as usual, in the various permutations on the sharing of ministerial portfolios. In one particular probable list on the social media for instance, we had the name of our very own Adamu Adamu pencilled down as the likely Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Details


Ministerial Candidates Should Win Elections in Their States to Qualify as Ministers. By Abubakar Alkali

If a minister is representing his/her state at the esteemed federal executive council (FEC) and he/she cannot memorise even half of the local government areas in that state, then a question arises on the extent to which he can effectively represent that state.  Can a ministerial nominee who lived almost all their lives in Lagos or Abuja or a combination of the two cities still be judged as qualified to represent their state where they know no one and nobody knows them in the state? Details


Africa Like Biafra Like South Sudan. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Has anyone envisaged what Biafra would have been if Ojukwu had succeeded with the Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Ibibio, Okrika and other ethnic groups in Biafra? Creation of South Sudan is not far from our curious minds. As long as Africans cultivate ethnic champions within our communities, no African country will live up to or near its God given natural potential, it is not a curse. Details



Whipping the Dead! By Abubakar Atiku Alkali

It’s in the news that the IMF is pressurising Nigeria to further devalue its currency. It’s equally in the news that former CBN governor and HRH the Emir of Kano has advised the FGN to withdraw petroleum subsidy, devalue the Naira and raise VAT! With due reverence to the Emir, I personally find these pills unbearably bitter to swallow. I defer to the fact that he’s unquestionably sagacious in matters of finance and economics – I know nothing about either – thus, my arguments may be impressionistic, but I’m sure I know more than the Emir does, how agonisingly painful it would be for the ordinary Nigerian when such policies are implemented. Details


Multinationals And Their Crimes Against Nigeria. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Not only have Nigerians had to put up with the intermittent cases of poor service delivery from the company, a mind-blowing report carried by the online media platform Premium Times yesterday revealed that MTN Nigeria had deliberately engaged in underhand dealings to avoid the payment of its fair share of local taxes to the detriment of the nation’s economy badly in need of improving its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) due to the virtual collapse of the international price of crude oil. Details


We Need To Do Something About This NTA. By Anthony A. Kila

After a long period of abstinence, I have returned to discover that there is still an open sore on the airwaves of Nigeria and since about over a decade ago, thanks to technology, from Nigeria to the airwaves of practically the whole world. The sore is in the form of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). It is an open wound that hurts millions of Nigerians within and beyond the shores of Nigeria and it needs urgent healing; there is no other way of saying it, this NTA as it stands today needs to be either thoroughly reformed or completely disbanded. Details


Buhari: Nwabueze’s Troubled Soul. By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Let me confess from the onset that I am not a fan of elder citizen Benjamin Nwabueze; a one-time Minister of Education; a supposed authority on constitutional law and prominent member of the so-called “patriots” and I doubt very much if I will ever be in my life time. I have no particular liking for any Nigerian individual, or politician, whose sole calling card, or platform of appeal, is never different from the primordial reality of their ethnic identities. Details


Whither Nigeria’s History? By Oseloka H. Obaze

With the composition of the Federal Executive Council becoming clearer, it’s time to set national agenda priorities.  There will be competing interests, but none should supersede education.  This piece addresses a flawed component of our education policy, outside its parlous funding.  Details


Generational Change in Nigeria and Youth participation in Politics. By Abubakar Alkali

It is relevant to put the records straight that I have never been a fan of my former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa. As a matter of fact, I have always thought that my dear Sokoto state deserves better than his 8 years as governor (1999 – 2007). Howe ver, Bafarawa became a somewhat instant hero to me when during an interview with the BBC Hausa service several months ago said that he cannot stoop so low to go to the Senate where he will have to raise his hands before he is allowed to speak.Details