The Unfamiliar  Familiarity. By Mr. Sylvester I  Ukusare

Most of the  present leaders are hard criminals and not bona-fide governance but the real leaders that supposed to rule the country were ignorably left behind because of the corruptive electoral commission that rigged the past elections to their favours  as such  gave births to these delinquents that presently demonstrates themselves as elected leaders. Details


Please Give Governor Goje A Chance. By Musa Kalamullah

The Governor was known in buying houses from his kinsmen including his brother, an ex-convict, who build a house at GSADP Quarters, the Goje’s so called new GRA, the house  initially constructed at the cost of 13 Million Naira in 2004, was over valued to a tune of 120 Million Naira, and bought over by the government in 2005.  Details


Corruption: The Trouble with Nigeria. Presented by  Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

WHAT IS THE TROUBLE WITH NIGERIA? The answer to this question can simply be answered in one word, “Corruption”. However, there are a myriad of factors that contribute to the crisis of corruption we are facing in Nigeria today. I want to isolate a few of them that I think are at the heart of the matter. Details


The Niger Delta Question: Incubating the Future Suicide Bombers of Nigeria. By Hosiah Emmanuel

But, I see a progression in sophistication of the Niger Delta millitants.  They get more and more fearless by the day; fear less of death.  Are we breeding the first set of suicide bombers for Nigeria?  This is a country that has no capability to respond to the minutest disaster.  The other day, an international airport in PortHarcourt watched helplessly as children burnt to death when a Sosoliso aircraft caught fire. Details


Is It Ladoja Or Akala? Quo Vadis? By Dr. Wunmi Akintide

I am ashamed that the old wild, wild West remains the right cliche to describe my own part of Nigeria. The January 15 Coup that became the mother of all coups in our country could be traced back to the breakdown of Law and order in the old Western Region Details


Peter Odilli Has To Hand Over To An Ogoni Man, Come 2007, In Rivers. By Cornelius Akata

Is now about thirty six years after the creation of Rivers state, an Ogoni man has never been allow to lead the executive cabinet of Rivers state, the last time an Ogoni man contested and almost win the gubernatorial race in the 80s, he was boorishly addressed as ‘monkey’ by Melford Okilo. Details


IBB: The Unresolved Conflict Between Conviction And Conspiracy. By Al-Sheriff dan Koko

Margaret Thatcher captures IBB thus, “he was a forceful, intelligent man trying to put Nigeria’s economy on to a sounder footing and in due course, we hoped, to create the conditions for a restoration of democracy.” (Please see p.525 of “The Downing Street Years”). O…….Babangida is extremely kind, warm, intelligent and very easy to get along with”.  “……. n the other hand, Professor Ojetunji Aboyade described him this way “…Babangida is a gamesman. Even when he feels convinced on an issue and he finds that he is alone or he is not carrying his team with him, he backs out” (extracts from Newswatch, May 16, 1988).  Details


The Impeachment Process, Ouster Clauses, Non – Justiciable Provisions and the Interpretation of Nigeria’s Constitution. By Omoba Oladele Osinuga

That in order to sustain our indivisible and indissoluble sovereign nation (words taken directly from the preamble of the constitution) defending our Constitution is a price worth paying in a truly democratic society where the values of justice, fairness and equity prevail. Details


Cornelius Dumerene’s Olympic Summersault:  “Why Governor Chimaroke Nnamani, Shunned Ogoni & Saro Wiwa in an All-Souths’-Unity Congress”. By Nduwụeze Godson III

People whose disposition is to lure Ndiigbo to perform miraculous impossibility on survival matters must first convince of their own super intelligent design to overcome and endure such first. Alas, the constant rule changes mid game are designed to keep the Igbo down and away for them to feel sense of triumph. What the Igbo experience is is an echo that returns back what you give to them, be it hot load of crap, kindness or whatever Details


Economic Restructuring and the Power of Productivity.  By Victor E. Dike
Nigerians had expected that the present sociopolitical and economic restructuring would improve their living standard, but it has instead created more miseries because many people have lost their livelihood. The reforms have not yet improved productivity and competition and health of the nation because the supply of petroleum products and electricity is still substandard and this spurs inflation. Details


What Is A Nigerian’s Life Worth? By Bashir H. Adamu mnia

In Nigeria we all know the danger of arriving at an hospital without policemen in case of an accident. One can die right in the hospital, in front of the emergency staff. if there was no policeman to confirm that ones injuries were not sustained “illegally” – and I leave illegally to the reader’s imagination! Details


Robbing Our Children To Pay Our Creditors- A Clarion Call For Stronger U.S. Policy On Africa. By Kayode Oladele

While it is very difficult to place the blame for the looting of African treasury at the door step of foreign creditors alone, it is submitted that this sordid state of affairs in Africa was caused by interplay of poor economic management, bad political leadership, the ever-increasing interest rates on loans, grants, and the growing debt burden.  All of this act in concert with unconscionable backing of corrupts leaders in Africa by the West. Details


Obasanjo In A Democratic Romance With Johnson-Sirleaf, Boos Weah. By  Nduka Uzuakpundu

The other day, somewhere near the Eagle Square, in Abuja, Obasanjo was visibly mad with a certain irresponsible journalist who put it to him, while he was jogging, that, if the Johnson-Sirleaf historical, democratic phenomenon was any guide, it presupposed that whenever he chose to leave office, Nigeria’s equivalent of Johnson-Sirleaf – in terms of international exposure and political experience – Finance Minister, aggressive Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – who’s also a former labourer at the Bretton Woods institutions – would naturally step into his shoes. Details


That IBB Alliance : Buhari, Be Careful ! By Muhammad Bashir Usman

I am not yet convinced if IBB is not part and parcel of this present regime in Aso Rock. Or what are people like Abubakar and their likes, whom we all agree are foot soldiers of IBB, from yesterday through today to tomorrow, scheming together with Obasanjo if really as they want us to believe the president has since parted ways with the general in Minna? Details


Trust Dialogue and Nuhu Ribadu's curious complaint. By  Crispin Oduobuk

Moreover, staking out his own spot under the sun, Ribadu said, "Our fundamental problem is that we are a lawless people." His solution? A strong law enforcement and justice system. The thunderous ovation the man got left one in no doubt that many Nigerians are aware of the considerable role the EFCC chairman is playing. Details


CNN and Nigerian Governors - Insanity laughs! By Angel Walker

Permit me to use this forum to ask the governors of Zamfara, Delta and Enugu what they intend to achieve by advertising their states on CNN.  Having watched in pure pain, the hideous advertisements screened, I simply want to know the objective of the advertisements. Details


Third Term: A Monster We Nutured? By Nnaemeka Oruh

Quite a lot has been said about President Olusegun Obasanjo, and third term as a president. The argument seems to be going round in circles, round the man who appears to keep mute on the issue. The most nauseating of all those statements seems to be the one credited to one  Mr. Chinedu Offor (“a Washington Correspondent”), to the effect that the US is against Obasanjo’s third term bid, and has further short listed five possible successors, “screened and approved” by the US. Details


Government Plan To Outlaw Same-Sex Marriage! By Tony Ishiekwene

 was very disturbed when I read in Nigerian dailies recently, of a bill been proposed by the presidency to be sent to parliament for approval, of the federal government plans to ban same-sex marriage or relationships. Details


Salvaging Hajj Operations in Nigeria: The Samanja Approach By Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u

The failure to execute a successful Hajj operation is one of the strong signals that good governance has been hospitalised in Nigeria and a clinical investigation is required to diagnose which part of the Nigerian structure is not functioning Details


Our Nation In Wrong Hands. By  Saleh Yamusa

Let me pause for a moment here and give Baba, (as most of his associates call him) a piece of advice. Let him not allow his chronic addiction to power guide him make political miscalculation for it may likely show the way to a gigantic political uproar, God forbid. Alas! He is already missing the steps. Details


When Talk Alone Is Cheap. By Abdulmumin Yinka Ajia

We have to note that there has been a pattern amongst past and present Nigerian leadership. More often than not, they are anti people, morbidly corrupt, oppressive and utterly totalitarian. The result has been the continued deterioration of every facet of life of the Nigerian people. Details


The Heart Of Africa Project. By  Uche Nworah

Should the Nigeria image project be discontinued? Not really, but in order to benefit from the 600 million naira budgeted for the project, the Nigerian government should involve the states and local governments as well, so that they will all be singing from the same hymn book.Details


Ahmadu Bello: Forty Years After. By Ahmad Usman Kollere

Ahmadu Bello’s administrative abilities in Nigeria is above board and matchless. From the foregoing, we may conclude that Ahmadu Bello was a historical convenience, whose untimely loss was a historical mistake that is bitter for all of us in this nation to eschew. Details


Bauchi State: How Far? How Much Further? By Nasiru Bappah Muhammad

As far as Governor Mu’azu’s policies are concerned, from the state’s capital to the smallest and remotest ward in the state are what make up the state. Unity, education, welfare, health care, agriculture, urban and rural development, security and many more are the priorities of his administration. That is why Governor Mu’azu was re-elected in 2003 so that he can continue his good works. Details


Yobe: A Visit Home. By Isa Sanusi

No road in Yobe state is good today with the exception of the one leading to the governors village which has built expensively and is hardly of use-except when the governor visits.  From 1999 to date the people of Gashua and Nguru have been going through a lot of pain resulting form bad leadership. Details


MPP3 The Giant In Community Development. By  Samuel Uwhejevwe-Togbolo

The vision of MPP3 in the development of the Niger Delta region is a laudable programme which most be commended by all stakeholders. MPP3 as in recent time assistant in community base projects, which is directly savoring the hardship, the people are going through over the years. Details


Nigerians Under Siege: Re-thinking Exit Strategy. By Murtala S. Sagagi Ph.D.

At present, Nigerian politicians are preoccupied with 2007 election quagmire. The irony is that the current political debate is focused on where the next president would emerge from and which of the ex- rulers would be recycled. It is also evident that the current leadership is reluctant to let go power.Details


The Blabber, The Bunglers And The Undertakers. By Kennedy Emetulu

Was it reasonable for Gbenga to assume that the information he was giving freely was being given off-record without him making a formal request that this be so before the conversation or at any time during same? Details


Why The Aspirants Are Shy. By Garba Abdul-Majid

Surely, Gen. Obasanjo’s third term ambition has thrown Nigeria at the crossroads, thereby shooting the country’s political temperature to one of its most frightening levels in our political history. Details


Hajj Pitfalls: The Adamawa Case. By Zayyad I. Muhammad The general consensus among Nigerians is, the recent stranding of pilgrims throughout the country’s Airports and Hajj camps is due to shoddy preparations and official negligence at both the national and state levels. Details


An Open Letter To Sir Ahmadu Bello. By Abdulkareem Mohammed

Obasanjo has neither said nor reputed that he has 3rd term agenda. But indicators like the constitutional amendment, fury over the Honourable Speaker’s pronouncement that there will be no extension of political tenure beyond 2007, North-South divisive tactics and others, have raised 3rd term agenda to the point of harnessing resistance from progressive groups to the unholy agenda. Incidentally sir, you are becoming the rallying centre for northern standpoint. Details


Citizens As Journalists. By Uche Nworah

Gbenga Obasanjo in the said interview remarked thus; ‘One day, I was at Abeokuta with the Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniels; these press guys came in and started asking hard questions. The moment they were served with food, they left their scrap papers and rushed the food. Of course the next day, their reports were very shiny. That’s the way it goes over here. The press boys are a hungry bunch’. Details


Lack Of Accountants And Accountability In Nigeria Financial District[s]: Is Sheer Irresponsibility. By Carlisle U.O. Umunnah

In the meantime, in a country called Nigeria, at no time did her trained accountants question the credibility of Parish Club, question its financial balance-sheets when its financial records are comparatively placed side-by-side with those of Nigerian financial balance sheet[s].  Conversely, some financial think-tanks and critics against this arrangement believe that Nigeria has long paid off its debt believed owed Paris Club and as such a remittance of additional nickel to this entity is deemed as account irresponsibility by default. Details


There Could Be Some Method to Obasanjo's Ways of Doing Thing. By Dr. Wunmi Akintide

In my last article on Obasanjo, I concluded there is a chance the enigma of a uniter could end up a divider of our country and an embarrassment to his Yoruba base. I still hold that prediction to be self-evident, but I am having a rethinking on some of what the President has done. Details


Don’t Give Corruption A Good Name Emulate The People Of Anambra. By  Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa

This fight against corruption is now taking a new turn that must be guided against before we throw out the baby with the bath water. The people of Anambra have demonstrated to us that they can tell the difference between goats and sheep. Most Nigerians are very decent people even though we are sometimes misled by the unscrupulous leaders. Details


A Celebration of the Trivial and the Third Rate. By Mr. Sabella Ogbobode Abidde

A celebration of the third-rate. A celebration of the treacherous and the iniquitous. A celebration of mediocrity and the unintelligent; of thievery and thuggery. A celebration of lawlessness and the trivial. A celebration of Ubanism and Adedibuism. These have been the order of politics since the advent of the current republic. Details“Adieu to Nigeria”. By  Chidi P Eze

Nigeria's democracy has become one man’s industry with Obasanjo as the only managing director, who has created Bill Gate of Nigeria in the names of Mike Adenuga and Alhaji Dangote.Details


DSP Yari: Whither The Rule Of Law? By Kabiru Mailafiya

Despite its limitations from one polity to another, democracy still remains the most fashionable system of government around the world.  Its beauty lies not only in the freedom to choose our own leaders, but also because it holds leaders accountable through the rule of law and   accords respect to the basic rights of citizens, including men in uniform. Ironically, however, despite our celebrated return to democracy in 1999, the jungle order still seems to dominate the practice of democracy in our every day life.  The rule of law means we are all equal before the law, including our leaders who are entrusted with our mandate to enforce the law. Details


Removing Immunity Clause from the Constitution will undermine Executive Capacity. By Kayode Oladele

Prosecution of a sitting president or Governor prior to impeachment would create serious practical difficulties and interruption in political administration. The reason is simple, if the constitution is amended and the immunity clause is removed, the question then becomes at what point will the executive be impeached? Is it while the criminal proceedings are going on against him or after his trial and conviction? Details


The Tragedies for Pilgrims. By Saad S. Khan

As if the Hajj flights fiasco, where the intending Nigerian pilgrims had to be sent home from mid air, due to the mismanagement of the Nigerian government, and the hotel building collapse where many pilgrims died, were not enough signs of mismanagement, over 362 pilgrims are confirmed dead in a stampede near Mecca. Details


Lamidi Adedibu-The Crooked Wood That Upsets The Fireplace-(Igi woroko ti n da’na ru!!). By  Wale Akin

In as much as I would have loved to sing and shout for the political demise of Ladoja, I am very cautious of the obvious fact that due democratic process was not followed, nonetheless, we need to address the main issue which will continue to rob us all of the dividends of democracy-POLITICAL GODFATHERISM. Details


Ladoja's Issue: A Political Language. By Tony Adesemoye

Until we are able to address these issues of god-fatherism, elected leaders will continue to use public funds for political patronage. If Ladoja's spoon had been long enough to the expectation of his godfather, regardless of how much he steals (if he does steal), the public will not be informed. Details


Banking Sector Consolidation: Not Yet Uhuru? By Baba Kabiru Isa

The basic import of enhanced capital base is in the area of depth of portfolio and competitiveness with new vistas for participation in highbrow business ventures like oil and gas, telecommunication, energy (hitherto done with syndication or consortium) and warehousing of foreign reserves.  Details


Atiku’s Media-Poisoned Chalice. By Uchenna Akwiwu

All you constantly glean from the newsprint is that Atiku is all at once licentious, greedy, corrupt and desperate.  The only way for you to have pity on the man is only if you have the mind of Christ. Details


Creative Whistle Blowing and Non-Violence for the Nigerian Beginner. By  Dr. Kọmbọ Mason Braide


In order to turn around the on-going charade in the Nigerian theatre of the absurd meaningfully, we urgently need to inject some more robust and more direct measures of radical ethical reorientation in Nigerians. Whistle blowing and non-violence are proffered as workable alternatives to our usual flaccid tolerance of Aso Rock-designed targeted vindictiveness, masqueraded as anti-corruption crusade. Details


Blooded Democracies? By Saad S. Khan

The past few months weeks saw a "rape of democracy" on all the four corners, first, it was at Zanzibar in Africa; second, Azerbaijan in the Caucus; third, Egypt in the Middle East, and fourth and more recently, in Kazakhstan in the Central Asia. Then I stopped counting out of sheer frustration. Details


Third Term And The 1999 Nigerian Constitution. By Dr. Otive Igbuzor

Finally and perhaps more importantly, the way that the third term issue is resolved will have a long lasting implication for the political stability, social cohesion and economic prosperity of Nigeria. It is discomforting that barely one year to the 2007 elections, there are no credible, popular and progressive candidates. Where are the Awolowos and Aminu Kanos? Details


Nigeria: Time Well Wasted! By Habu Dauda Fika

There is now a new clamour for new and hopefully relevant political group blossoming under the usual acronyms like MDD, MRD, and so on. The people that are pushing these new political franchises are the same ones that have dominated the power structure in our 40 years of many failed attempts. Details


Nigerian Politics And 2007. By  Dr. Abayomi Ferreira

The platform for public political discussion in Nigeria is being deliberately and consistently abused by the very intense concentration of efforts and energy on the Third Term Bid allegedly being promoted by Olusegun Obasanjo, but strictly more by the PDP governors and the political godfathers that dominate the Nigerian political terrain. Details


Ayagi and the Morality Decline! (1). By Muhammad Bashir  Usman 

There is no gainsaying that the present breed of Nigeria’s political leaders and quite a number of academic professionals careers civil servants, businessmen, technocrats etc. especially those hailing from the vast Northern hegemony can compromise their moral burden and obligation to do the dirty biddings of other people so long as the pay master offers sizeable amount for payment Details


Parties and the Party System. By Anthony A. Akinola

Obasanjo may not be quite the “messiah” he assumed himself to be, there are nevertheless some ideas of development which can be associated with his name when, hopefully, he leaves office honourably in May 2007. Details


Performance Management by Targets in Our Banking Sector: A Case for Edward Deming’s Principles of Management. By Jameela Ichalla

I personally support a shift in emphasis from the sole use of paper qualifications as the basis for career progression in Nigeria. A combination of factors should be used instead. Ideally, these should include; academic achievement, on-the-job performance, dedication to duty Details


Judiciary As The Last Hope Of Itself. By I. M. Attahir Esq.

What is not in doubt is that the judiciary has been severely condemned, lambasted and castigated since the aftermath of 2003 presidential election otherwise known as 419 elections. Even the verdict of the apex court in Buhari’s petition has not abated the anger of Nigerians on the judiciary. Details


An Open Letter To Gordon Brown. By  Uche Nworah

I do not believe that rich countries like the UK have a legitimate claim to these debts – many of which are the result of loans given to dictators set up by the west in recent history not forgetting the revenue received by the Western countries (European and American) from their past slave trade legacy Details


National Dialogue: Adopting A National Language. By Carlisle U. O. Umunnah

The fact that we are still using English language as our national language reveals an appalling state of the country’s psyche about its identity and direction as a republic. English language showcases, as part of the conspiracy theory, the demise of Nigeria languages, Details


State of The Nation: The Reuben Abati Award. By Hillary Okoronkwo

The State of The Nation’s submission is that by default we all 'contracted' for where we are today when the elections were rigged and we said or did nothing!  Details


The Advocates Of Power Shift And The rest of Us. By Samuel Agboola

One thing even the worst critic of Obasanjo’s administration cannot take away from the man is the subtle and matured manner he has manage to reinvigorate our belief in this country, showing all that cares to know reason the country is still a toddler after more than 40 years of independent from the colonial masters and that the country can rise again with good  leadership in place. Details


Pension Reform in Nigeria. By Ahmed Makele

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the Federal National Assembly are to be warmly applauded and congratulated on the passing of the Nigerian Pension Reform Act of 2004. A few weeks ago, the new regulator for Pensions, the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) granted licences to several pension fund administrators and  handful of pension fund custodians to begin the receipt, investment, management and administration of defined contributions pensions in Nigeria. Details


The 'devil' the EFCC Can't arrest. By  Crispin Oduobuk

Ribadu himself is even less concerned about these charges of bias. In an interview with the Trust editorial board last year, he made it clear that he believes the war against theft in public service is entering a phase where nobody can protect anybody. Details


As We Move Into 2006…By Jibo Nura

By virtue of what happened from May 1999 to date, we should have understood that no amount of advanced mathematical calculations, be it in form of logic, abracadabra, complex numerical analysis or even double integration, can solve the nation’s geometrical problems that are daily induced by the so called political advocates of democracy and governance. Details


Which Way Nigeria. By  Mohammed Bashir

Recent developments in Nigeria has made it necessary for any observer to become concerned as to where the country is leading to. At the beginning quiet a number of Nigerians have expressed doubts on the half baked democracy handed down to the nation by the Abdulsalami Abubakar military junta in 1999. Details


Nigerians Are A Lot of Things, But Failure We Are Not. By D. Akinsanya Juliuson

Let's appreciate the fact that mutual respect (especially for our leaders), partnership, and understanding between men and women are the best and only way. Let's not be afraid of changing slowly; but let's be afraid of standing still. Details


Deji of Akure, Par X: A Post Mortem Analysis of the Winners and Losers. By Dr. Wunmi Akintide

Let us begin with the winners. Yes, the newly created Osupa/Odundun Ruling Line had to be seen as a winner. The last time any Deji from their unit ever reigned in Akure was in 1845. It was a tremendous achievement for them to find one of their descendants being selected a Deji again. Details


A Politician And The Legacy Bequeathed To The Society. By Ibiyinka Solarin

On Monday, Dec.5, 2005, Chief Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais addressed the All Nigerian Judges Conference in Abuja.  Justice Uwais spoke of ‘disobedience to court orders…those in authority cannot pick and choose what court order to obey. If they feel aggrieved, the only remedy they have is to appeal but in the mean time, the order must be obeyed’ Everybody in Nigeria knows to whom Justice Uwais words are directed. Details


Valuing Our Values. By Mamman Lawan Yusufari

Unknown to the admiring fellow, life away from home could be hell. With all the ‘good’ life abroad, and the ‘frustrating’ home life, home could be unsurpassed. Details


Reflections On Femi Fani Kayode’s Venom. By Dr. Sadiq Isah Radda

The message Gowon sent to Obasanjo is timely and if one goes back to history it is congruent with Patrick Wilmot’s Message to Oppressors of Africa of which Obasanjo was/is still one. Wilmot says: “What I have tried to do is to hold-up a mirror so that you can see your own reflection. If you do not like what you see....Details