The State of Education and Global Competitiveness. By  Victor E. Dike

Lack of funding, lack of teaching tools and modern classrooms, poor remuneration and “acute shortage of qualified teachers” contribute to the falling standard of education in Nigeria. About 2,015 primary schools are without buildings and classes are conducted under trees. However, mostly children of the poor who cannot afford good, but expensive, private schools attend these schools. What type of education would one receive under such a harsh condition? Details


United States in African Oil Politics. By Nduka Uzuakpundu

Thus the ultimate aim of the United States presence in the South Atlantic should the building of a new regional security pact – involving all the countries within the Senegal-South Africa axis – to ward off drug peddlers, gun-runners, human traffickers, and, amongst other, the likes of African Pride, who pride themselves in such irresponsible acts as stealing other people’s crude oil. Details


2007: A fervent plea to the South-East and the North. By Christian Dimkpa

Except it becomes clear that Obasanjo is hell-bent on remaining in office after next May, the race to the 2007 presidential election will begin to rev up sooner than later. Many aspirants are already girding their political loins. The political atmosphere is getting frenzied up, and even this early, some politically-motivated killing have already been recorded in Osun, Lagos, Plateau and, I think, Benue. Details


Tinubu: A Democrat, Federalist. By Nduka Uzuakpundu

One of the pointers to the dangers, often bred by lopsided federalism, which Tinubu wanted to avoid, is the ongoing distemper in the Niger Delta – and not, necessarily, an attempt to enable his A.D. administration have an unchecked control over the resources of metropolitan Lagos: one of the largest in Africa. Details


150 Lebanese Arrive in Kano, Plan Protest. By Usman Yerima

My main concern however, is with the security of lives and property in our country. There is pattern of violence whenever protests along ethnic and or religious issues are at center stage in Northern Nigerian. Given this kind of volatile atmosphere, it is ill adviced for anyone to plan on staging a protest in that region of the country....Allowing Lebanese folks stage protests in Kano is completely irresponsible and a gamble with our national security.  Details


The Virus At National Population Commission. By Akinyemi Akinlabi

However, I was taken aback in 2003 when I was preparing to contest for house of Representative election and I needed to provide my birth certificate for party screening. Having left my birth certificate in Florida, I went to the local office of NPC in my constituency, Igboora to collect a birth certificate but the officer told me that it can only be issued at the state level because they had no computer at local government levels. Details


Limit of ‘Patriotism, Dedication and Loyalty’.  By Victor E. Dike

The chips are beginning to fall! No person guided by ethics had expected Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to serve this long in an administration that is driving all over the road! However, when she finally submitted a letter of resignation Mr. President quickly accepted that and praised for her “patriotism, dedication and loyalty.” However, there is a limit to which patriotism and dedication and loyalty would enable one to endure an excruciating pain. Details


Can the Buhari/Eweala Alliance Work? By Babandi Gumel

When She was reassigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs I wrote an Article titled Buhari/Eweala  2007 Dream Ticket in which I suggested that the duo i.e. General Muhammadu Buhari Retired and Dr  Ngozi Eweala would make good Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates respectively. Details


ING: Rumours or Obasanjo’s plan B? By Zayyad I. Muhammad

It is saddening to see individual with good reputation behaving like donkeys that carry huge burden of books but understand nothing from them; Nigerians should be quick to stop those clamouring for installation of illegitimate regime called interim government in 2007, may be the  persona non granta method will be suitable! Details


NGO Networking For Social Transformation. By Otive Igbuzor, PhD

The role, influence, recognition and resources available to Non- Governmental Organisations in Nigeria have been on the increase in recent years. At the same time, the number  and typologies of NGOs have increased tremendously. In this keynote address, we shall focus on those NGOs that are committed to social transformation. In particular, we shall examine how and what the NGOs need to do to network to bring about the required development in Nigeria. But first, we shall examine the concept of civil society and types of  NGOs. Details


The Nigerians I Know. By E. Terfa Ula-Lisa, Esq.

Is it any wonder that having been culturally colonized, Nigerian men would want to marry white? Why would it be that “Brothers Behaving Badly” because they marry white? Details


Audio – Visual Voting Method, the Only Way to Build Genuine Democracy in Nigeria By John Iteshi

There is no doubt that the conduct of free, fair and generally acceptable elections form the pivot on which Nigeria’s political problems revolves. Most of our major political crises since independence have resulted directly from disagreements over election results. Details


Degrees - Not The Benchmark To Presidency. By Sylvester I. Ukusare Esq.

But on the other hand, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has a wide experience in the faculty of humanity with the ability to rule and manage the country as a constituency, besides, he is loved nationally and internationally by the citizenry of this great country, Nigeria. Details


Yoruba World Exploration And The Loss Of Dynasties. By Farouk Martins

Oduduwa must have been here before Christ, going by parallel archeology of the Yoruba, Egypt, Greece and Rome with the history in the Bible or the Koran. Unless those before him were many centuries old before he was born! He traveled through the Nile river, spread Yoruba civilization and religion. Yoruba, named in Arabic writing noted them for their religion, before their present country brothers became aware of them. Details


African Union of Prostitution in France. By Elie Smith

Although Nigerians are not boisterous and loquacious as Cameroonians are, they are the ones who are leading the evil trade, particularly Nigerians from an eastern ethnic group known as the Igbos. Igbos gangs are well organised like those from Eastern Europe and China, whereas other African states or their nationals such as Cameroonians have remained amateurs in the malevolent trade. Nevertheless, not all Cameroonians or Nigerians are involved in the trade. And in both countries, not all parts are involved or affected by the scourge.  Details


Unsolved  Murders:  The Nigerian Quagmire. By Kayode Oladele

Talking about a country where politics, crime and unsolved politically motivated assassinations have suddenly become a desideratum and banqueting with the state today, we need not look far for such a country. The level of violence and political assassinations Nigeria continues to experience is alarming and unacceptable.  Details


Wonders Never cease! A Response to General Muhammadu Buhari By Angel Walker (A Rejoinder). By Jazuli A. Lawal

There is difference between coups to succeed and coups to reform.  Throughout my life as a Nigerian, it was only during the Generals tenure that one could beat his chest to be guided by disciplined leadership.  Details


A New Threat to Freedom. By E. Terfa Ula-Lisa, Esq.

“ABUJA— PRESIDENT Olusegun Obasanjo has forwarded an anti-terrorism bill to the National Assembly which provides, among other things, stringent sanctions  for the dissemination of true or false information that may intimidate the government or persons. Details


No To Interim National Government. By Jide Ayobolu

What continues to fuel intense suspicion and doubts, however, is president Obasanjo’s imperial stance on the choice of his successor in office. At one time, he narrowed down the selection to serving governors and at another, he openly boosted that he knew those who would not succeed him in office. Details


Nest Of Murders. By Jide Ayobolu

One terrible thing about these murders is that, the police have not been able to unravel the motive behind a single case out of all the mentioned cases highlighted above. Hence, this culture of impunity has encouraged these political criminals to carry on with their dastardly acts, yet, the 1999 constitution of the  federal republic of Nigeria, which is the supreme law of the country, section 14(2b) stipulates that, “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”. But in reality, life is so cheap in Nigeria. Details


Interim Government: They Are At It Again! By  Ayo Fawibe

It is safe to conclude that we may not have an elected president in 2007, but most likely, there would be an appointed successor. Obasanjo himself made this very clear recently while responding to some Ogoni leaders who visited Aso Rock to promote the candidacy of Governor Odili. He said that even if you tear his mouth with a knife, he wouldn’t disclose whom he wants as a successor. Details


How Not To Build A Party. By  Dr. Hadiza Isa Wada

Much uncertainty remains on the horizon as Nigeria sets its eyes on elections within a year.  It is not unusual to see some shifts and decamping from one party to another at this time.  It is in fact healthy for the political process to undergo such changes for political strategy.  But the rate at which that is happening now in Nigeria is phenomenal. Details


Who Is Nuhu Ribadu And The EFCC? By Abubakar Adamu, MSc, MCILT.

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu is not the son of the late Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu the then Minister of Lagos, Minister of Works and Defence in the first republic under President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe after the 1960 Independence. Some comments and feedback:- Details


Killing you softly. The Death of the North. And Who Cares... By Mohammed Dan-Ilori

The Federal scholarships Board does not evenly offer its services to all Nigerians with the North always being discriminated…. What follows from the Governors or the secretaries? Nothing. Nil  response. Seems like nobody really gives a hued   about this part of the country not the federal Government not even the states…. And now not even the people. Details


Sisters Behaving Badly. By  Uche Nworah

Recently, another one of these members of the reading public emailed a set of nude pictures to me, which he claimed has been making the rounds underground. The pictures (now edited for reasons of decency) allegedly are those of three female students (Nkechi, Joy and Violet) of the University of Port Harcourt (uniport). According to the email, the girls had been part of a threesome engaged for a night of romp and sex by a Caucasian male (call him Mr X) who is based in Port Harcourt. Details


Kukah: A Poor Defender. By Ibrahim M. Attahir Esq.

However, the Rev. Father was in Nigeria when Obasanjo administration was accused of not appointing a single Muslim minister from the whole of six states of the southwest among the Yoruba tribe. I cannot remember the Reverend Father coming out to support the clamour that Yoruba Muslims deserve a minister. Minorities are minorities, whether they are Muslims, Christians or animists. If, however, his fight is for a particular minority, then he is no better than those he accuses of championing the cause of a particular north.  Details


Either Yarima suffers from amnesia, or he surely takes Nigerians for fools. It is either of these presumptions that can explain Yarima’s attack on EFCC, just because the corruption-fighting agency has visited the state and arrested some of his government officials. Details


The Police that Can’t Police! By Victor E. Dike

Like those before him, whenever a political killing occurs, the Inspector General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, would rush out to tell the world that ‘the perpetrators of the heinous crime would be found.’ Embarrassingly, the killings remained unresolved and Nigerians have lost faith in the police. Consequently, the police that can’t police have employed the service of the British police to unravel the mystery surrounding the killing of Funsho Williams.  Details


Kano and FG Onslaught. By  Isiaku Abdu Mandawari

It seems that the People Democratic Party (PDP’s) Federal Government is still hell bent on creating confusion a head of 2007 election in Kano. The PDP, in its characteristic defeatist tendency has been changing commissioner of police in the state. Details


Who Did This To Kano? By Umar I. Mohammed

The highest blunder started by the alleged award of N4 billion fertilizer contract to the ever-needy but philanthropist billionaire (who first cooked the idea) through a proxy. N4 billion, experts say, would have built a large fertilizer plant that could employ and turn many otherwise unproductive Hisbah boys into productive youths.  Details


Wonders Never Cease! A Response to General Muhammadu Buhari. By Angel Walker 

This article is in response to the one by General Buhari (GCFR!!!!!).  Never mind who gave him the wonderful title reserved for the Chief Destroyers of Nigeria.  I simply want to ask what makes him think he has any locus standi for even mentioning the word "DEMOCRACY".  Details


Jerry Gana: Between Haruna’s Criticism And Rev Kukah’s Vituperations. By Tanimu Umar

Kukah’s rejoinder against Haruna’s criticism on Jerry Gana’s presidential ambition was, to say the least, misconstrued and spark of biased misconception. It is unbelievable for a person of Rev Kukah’s image to make so much furore over what can rightfully be ascertained as an objective disparagement. Details


What is Sauce for the Goose is Sauce for the Gander By Aliyu A. Ammani

The point of departure in this article is that, by accident or design, by omission or commission, competent and capable persons within the thirty-seven different civil services in the Nigerian federation, including the Academia and other parastatals funded from the budget are excluded and barred from playing active role within the nation’s political arena. Details


The Imperatives Of Free And Fair Elections. By General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

The topic of this short discussion is the imperative of free and fair elections in Nigeria.  I have said on so many occasions that democracy is the best form of government provided elections are free and fair. And are seen to be so. Details


Audio-Visual Method of Voting, the Only Way To Build Genuine Democracy In Nigeria. By John Iteshi

There is no doubt that the conduct of free, fair and generally acceptable elections form the pivot on which Nigeria’s political problems revolves. Most of our major political crises since independence have resulted directly from disagreements over election results. For instance, the general ill feelings generated by the general elections of 1964 sparked off the violent protests which led to the first coup in January 1966 and this eventually culminated in a civil war. Details


The Guardian: A Reflective Appendage To Sabella Abidde’s Article. By Dr. Sylvester Omosun Fadal

Maybe the Guardian is simply tired as an entity and plays along to remain viable.  Maybe the focus of the founder, Chief Ibru, has changed.   If this is the case, then something is wrong.  The Ibru families are industrious and often focused while involved in any chosen business field.  I know this first hand growing up in Apapa. Detail


ANPP: In Search of Its Lost Soul? By Hassan S. Indabawa

Buhari has been reported as saying that he is keeping off boiling ANPP in Kano because he believed Kano people knew enough about politics not to need his counsel. Which father watches on as his children are pulling one another apart because he sees the children as being capable of deciding the right way to live together? Which father? Details


Nigeria National Identification Card -Its Costs and Benefits. By Akinyemi Akinlabi

Only God knows the amount that has been siphoned out of the nations covers in the last forty-three years in the name of this project. I will not be surprised if Nigeria has not spent more money to provide ID for less than 10% of the 120 Million people than the United States spent to provide for her entire 298 Million inhabitants. Details


Rejoinder: Of Jubril and Aminu. By Razaque Bello

It is okay if the writer of the article ‘Of Jubril and Aminu’ would continue to recognise that his ‘erudite’ idol of late has become so incoherent and degenerated so pitiably that he has lost all the appeal he must have gotten before. So that he aptly referred to him of now having a pitiable two personalities ……….’.Of  Jubril and Aminu’. Detail


Who Picks DPP's Ticket? By Gatawa M. Bagobiri

With the burial of late Mr. Third Term, Nigerians are becoming more confident that democracy has come to stay here and that the general elections due to hold next year will see to emergence of new democratic leaders in our polity. Details


Atiku’s Compassion. By Tizhe Yame Dzangri

With the recent re-engagement of the eight sacked personal aides of Vice President Abubakar, it has virtually shown that, not only is he a man with milk of kindness; but he never forgets those that have worked for him one way or the other. Details


Between the Regional Senatorial Fora the Quest for Good Governance. By  Mustapha Nuhu (FRC)

Just check out!  from 1999 to date we have been victims of forlorn hope dwelling in bleak political future characterised by ethno religious conflicts, inter tribal war, political assassinations, inflation in petroleum products, high crime rate, massive unemployment, economic deflation, structural bulldozing, educational strangulation, disability in health sector and reputation downfall. Haba senators!  who dear to care? Details


Soccer Like Life – Only The Number Of Goals Count. By Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa

Soccer did not just rise up in Nigeria. We were practicing from our mothers’ the womb. That is why our pregnant mothers complain of kicks. There were play grounds all over Nigeria and when there was none, we turned streets into one, especially dead ends. It was our recreation that kept us out of trouble. Details


Place Branding: Conceptualizing the Abuja Brand as a Tourism Destination. By Dr. Lawal Mohammed Marafa

In recent years, Nigeria has made admirable progress in polity and governance bringing along steady economic growth. Looking beyond the traditional sales of petroleum and other natural resources, tourism in Nigeria has found itself into the coffers of decision makers.  Details


Economic Reform Team Or Political Power Contenders. By Jide Ayobolu

The impression the economic team want to create in the minds of Nigerians is that they are the only honest people and every other persons are criminals. This was what played out when Okonjo-Iweala got to the ministry of foreign affairs; she tried to rubbish the former minister, by saying there was a multi million dollar fraud in the ministry before the secretary to the government refuted the frivolous allegation. Details


Marwa, Atiku, And The Battle For The Soul Of Adamawa Politics. By Zayyad I. Muhammad

As the road to 2007 is past approaching, Adamawa politics will continue play host to the extension of front line of political-supremacy battle between Obasanjo and Atiku, Gen Marwa and Senator Aminu  Details


Power Shift and the Unity of Nigeria. By  Victor E. Dike

The Nigerian politicians do not seem to understand that political power is mostly secured in the market place of political ideas. However, the recycled power-shift (retention) mongers lack ideas on how to move Nigeria forward, Details


Federal Government’s Protest on Visa Restrictions for Nigerians Timely. By Dr. Bello Umar

I wish to salute the courage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for registering before Heads of Foreign Missions, Ambassadors and the Diplomatic Corps in Nigeria the displeasure of the federal government over unnecessary visa restrictions they put before prospective Nigerian travellers. Details


Risk of Faith. By Mahmud Jega

For many an average Nigerian voter, the decision regarding who to vote for in next year’s elections is even simpler than that. Everyday, prospective voters converge at the houses of presidential, governorship and other aspirants. Details


Copped Camp and  the South-North Perspectives. By Richard Ugbede Ali

If we are to make any true progress, if we desire “nation building”, then we must question the stereotypes be they South-North or even North-South which seek to insulate us into separate, combative and competitive Camps. Details


Why Looting May Not Stop In Nigeria. By  Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

But there is this consuming desire and deep craving by the average Nigerian to always have an unfair advantage over his neighbour, to ensure and emphasize the exclusive nature of whatever he does or possesses, and ultimately become the envy of others Details


Why Looting May Not Stop In Nigeria. By  Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

Even after the third term agenda has been effectively shot down in the National Assembly, the initiator of the infamous political agenda, rtd General Olusegun Obasanjo, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not in any way prepared to relinquish power at all. Details


Forgiving Atiku And Others… By Musa Isyaku El-Ghude

Since the coming of Obasanjo in 1999 as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there were good hopes and anticipation from members of the public especially in regards to their well being, with proper consideration of his performance as Military head of state in the late 1970s. Details


Atiku Will Go As Far As Aso Rock. By Jide Ayobolu

The point of departure in this write-up would be to trace the genesis of what led to the cold war between the president, Olusegun Obasanjo and vice president Atiku Abubakar, and this is quite easily fathomable, in the build-up to the 2003 general elections Details


Who Rules Nigeria. By Dr 'Wole Akinwumi and Mr Omusa Baba Ohyoma, FCCA

The zoning system is democratically retrogressive.  If followed for instance, no one from the South West would be entitled to contest the presidency of Nigeria for the next 40 years.  This is granting that the five remaining zones have 2 terms each after OBJ.   The zoning system is fairness go crazy and make a mockery of true democracy.  Details


Whose Eulogy Next, Armed Robbers? By Ndubueze Godson III

If the Nigerian military and their robbing police partners that are of no benefit to the country with their general unprofessional laziness are suddenly seen in high regards by my friend and the likes of Alfa Belgore (Chief Justice?) with troubling ignorance of the law that portends grave danger to democracy yet sadly at present is a custodian of the constitution, then trouble looms larger for the ordinary man than previously calculated. Details


Implementation Of the Unratified Bakassi Treaty. By Anthony Okosun

The Nigerian president's decision to implement his concordat with the Camerounian president to ostracise the Nigerian territory of Bakassi is an arbitrary, despotic, capricious, autocratic, totalitarian and high handed decision.  Implementing such a decision in the absence of the Nigerian Senate’s express ratification, endorsement or acquiescence will amount to an unconstitutional and an illegal conduct.  Details


The Nigerian Army Called For Election Duties? By A. Mohammed Bashir Shuwa

Nigeria has a peculiar way of doing things and when the army authorities recently announced that they are suspending all operational activities to prepare for election duties ones thoughts went into the last general election and how the army was used to rig the election in several states of the federation. Details


The Place Of Community Policing Under The Sharia’h And The Advent Of Hisbah. By Ahmed S. Garba

This paper seeks to examine the concept of community policing and its position under Islamic Law and the emergence of the Islamic Institution of Hisbah in Nigeria... The Islamic Institution of Hisbah as an organic and constitutional component of shari’ah implementation in states implementing shari’ah legal system in Nigeria should be allowed to stay. Details


Let All the Leaders Declare Their Assets. By Babandi Gumel

We are sick and tired of hearing our leaders declaring their innocence from the pulpit that they are not part of the problem bedevilling our Country. Well if they exonerate themselves believing that they are innocent then who is the culprit behind all the mess? Details


INEC, SIECs, Voters Register And November 4th 2006. Local Government Elections. By Akinyemi Akinlabi

Although INEC has no constitutional power to conduct local government elections, the 1999 constitutions empowers INEC to register voters and make the voters register available to the various State Independent Electoral Commissions 90 days before the local government elections. This may be a major predicament for effective conduct of local government elections in November 2006 just as it was in 2002  Details


Genocide is the Name. By Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

It is now a fortnight since the Nigerian military and police embarked on their “shoot at sight”/search-and-destroy operation in Onicha and neighbouring towns and villages in the Anambra region of Igboland. The rest of Igboland (particularly the central regions that cover the Aba, Umuahia, Owere triangle) is, for all intents and purposes, encircled by these forces with devastating consequences. Details


The Import Of Mike Adenuga’s Arrest. By Jide Ayobolu

The arrest of Chief Mike Adenuga came as a rude shock to not a few perspective Nigerians. The commando style in which his house was invaded and the valuable property recklessly destroyed as well as menacing manner he was abducted shows very clearly that respect for the fundamental human rights of people and the dignity of people as human beings are presently on leave in Nigeria. Details


The Gentleman Handshake: Lucky Igbinedion Goofed. By Dr. Sylvester Omosun Fadal

For a governor that is noted as one of the most inept, it is amazing that he made such a disappointing, unscrupulous and un-partnering comment.  Was Lucky present at the gentleman’s agreement with the North?  Was he there when the so-called promises were made?  If so, in what role?  What qualified him to be a member of the negotiating team when he gets very little regard from OBJ? Details


Unreasoned Socioeconomic Policies and Nigeria’s Underdevelopment. By  Victor E. Dike

The political landscape of Nigeria is littered by myriad of unreasoned policies - those that are hastily put together and poorly implemented. They do them, we hear and see them, and judge them every day.  Details


Assessing CLEEN Effort for Proactive Police, Community Partnership. By  Salihu Othman Isah

Every community in Nigeria today has a legion of inquisitive readers of newspapers which is not a bad development at all. What is worrisome is that they constitute themselves into what is referred to unofficially, though, as Free Readers Association (FRA). This is because the nation’s epileptic economy does not allow most people willing to buy the publications to have them hence they device alternative ways to derive news.  Details


Still On Can Atiku Rule Nigeria? By Zayyad I.  Muhammad

The next Nigeria has to be a country of ‘silicon valley dream’, though, for us to turn the dream into reality, our systems has to be considerably overhaul into knowledge based structures, hence the first port of call has to be our education institutions, a system that is evidently inefficient Details




The Of Sale Of NITEL: A Rape Of A Nation. By Jide Ayobolu

The way and manner NITEL was sold has raised a lot of dust which have refused to settle as well as continue to generate sharp reactions from a cross section of perspective Nigerians. NITEL a public utility established with taxpayers money was sold at a give away price to Transcorp owned by a few individuals at the corridors of power. Details


Obasanjo:  We Need More than One Transcorp. By Emmanuel chukwura Achife

Mr. President, at least for the last act before you leave the stage, set it up for six other “Transcorp“.   There are a lot of enterprising young Nigerians that can take the challenge.  As a foot note, the founder of Mitsubishi died a the age of 50 so you can imagine, they need not be old men but young men who share your vision of Transcorp in terms of  transforming our beloved and beautiful Nigeria. Details


2007 Polls: The NIIA Alarm On Mercenaries In Niger Delta. By Senior Fyneface

Which of the past President of this country has ever had the feelings of the people in his heart? Does the incumbent president have the interest of the Niger Delta in his heart? Which of the aspirants including those governors from the region, has or will have the feelings of the real people of the Niger Delta at heart? Details


This Is What Paradigm Shift Means To Them. By Jide Ayobolu

Now, it is important to note here that not many people know this fact, and what the anti-democratic and retrogressive forces are planning concerning next year election. It was never expected that the selfish clamour for third would end abruptly the way it did, the masterminds were jolted like bolts from the blues, now the game plan is to make next year election inconclusive, cause some upheavals, so that, they can have the opportunity to bring in an Interim National Government  (ING) that is unknown to the constitution to govern the country and organize elections. Details


The Road Map To 2007. By Musa Isyaku El-Ghude

The way and manner April 2007 general election will be conducted has been the main issue of discussion since the defeat of third term. I believe that Nigerians must be very scared and concerned with the level of confrontation by the powers that be on their intention to foisted their cronies on the nation’s leadership. Details


Haunted By A Bloody Past. By Jide Ayobolu

From the foregoing, therefore, it stands to reason that IBB has no business contesting again for the presidency of Nigeria, he should go and sort himself out first, as it regards the execution of Vasta, the killing of Dele Giwa, the misappropriation of $12.4 billion Gulf war windfall, the issues raised during the Oputa panel and the Oputa report itself, the fallout of the annulment of the June 12 presidential election and many more other nagging matters that concerns the country begging for urgent answers. Details


Atiku Abubakar Will Make It In 2007. By Emmanuel Risco

The pollster conducted in 30 states show that opinions from 10 persons over a period of stay in each of the states, with 2 days in the next most important urban towns nearby concluded that Vice President Atiku Abubakar should naturally succeed Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the number one citizen in the next general elections. The most awesome of the opinions are Atiku Abubakar can win on any party he chooses to stand.  Details


Buhari And The Hand Of God. By Mustapha Shet Shehu

I doubt if there is any person living that can build a case of indolence, vice, deceit, immorality, lies, corruption, ungodliness and what have you against the General. Even the most morally bankrupt Nigerian, when he pontificates, doles out the right qualities that are expected of a president in the present day Nigeria.  Details


The Outbreak of Yamoussoukro Syndrome in Kano. By Jaafar Jaafar

 “Here in Nigeria,” Niyi Osundare wrote in one of his incisive essays in the 80s, “Yamoussoukro syndrome has been with us since the white elephant era of the oil boom.” Osundare was referring to the ‘criminal profligacy’ of African leaders in the name of religion. He was more specific on what he termed as ‘gigantic piece of insanity’ (Our Lord of Peace Basilica) built by late President Felix Houphoet-Boigny of Cote d’Ivoire in Yamoussoukro Details


Hausa Movie Industry And Copyright Violation: A Way Forward. By Madiha Zarruk

It is very sad that majority of Hausa people are happy with Hausa movies and the industry itself who keep on preaching " it's a way of preserving and promoting culture" not minding the fact that these so called  movies, popularly called "Hausa FIM" are gradually deteriorating the rich culture of the Hausa man and replacing it with an alien culture. Details


Germany 2006: Africa's Lethargic Challenge. By Opeyemi Ajala

While the global soccer community continues with the debate over Zizzou’s misbehaviour, the letter and spirit of the rule of the game as a result of the men in Yellow (Referees) penchant for the cards, including a record breaking 3 yellow cards issued a single player by the internationally retiring Englishman Graham Details


The Of Sale Of NITEL: A Rape Of A Nation. By Jide Ayobolu

There is no doubt whatsoever that the recent sale of NITEL to Transcorp after many failed attempts in the not too distant past is a monumental fraud and, an unprecedented, shameless, heartless, callous and vicious rape of the nation. Details


Odili's Futile Quest for the Presidency. By Silva Amadi

It is hoped that someday, the EFCC will muster the courage to hold him and other thieving Governors to account for the way they have misruled their States since the restoration of democratic governance in Nigeria in 1999. Details


Even if Ebonyi Has No Male Child. By John Iteshi

One can go on and on to enumerate the acts of wickedness being perpetrated by the so-called democratically elected governor of  Ebonyi State of Nigeria on his own people, but the most critical issue of  deep concern is why there has never been any serious opposition to this evil ruler till date? Details


In Praise of Dictatorship By Chido Onumah

Two weeks ago, the Daily Sun newspaper carried a very disturbing story titled “Belgore defends military rule”. Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore is the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). It is not often that you find such highly placed judicial officer making statements that undermine the essence of the judicial system. But that was exactly what the learned chief justice did when he praised the Nigerian military for seizing power, saying their intervention was necessary. Details


Has "Power" Ever Shifted? By Umar Bello

In conclusion, I believe it is time we Nigerians stood up for our lives and that of our posterity. No one can fight for us but ourselves. We have to insist on leaders based on merit and based on the fact that they have the compassionate mind to change our condition for the better. Details


Nigerian Roguery:   A Open Letter To Mark Nelson  and CNN. By Femi Oyesanya

Nigerians are crooks.  They are champions of Identity theft, and Nigeria is one of the most corrupt nations on this planet.  Did you know?  Did you know that Nigeria, a nation of  only 0.3% Internet penetration rate commits one of the  highest degree of Internet-based crime?   I will educate you.  Details


Proudly Nigerians. By Ahmed Aliyu

We should be proudly Nigerians my people at all time, no matter the castigations by CNN and the other negatives reports about us. We should hold our heads high with pride, despite the rejections of our ideas, our discoveries, our inventions, our struggles and our sincere contributions to the world in all aspects. Details


INEC As Referee For Nigeria 2007, Trust And Optical Illusion By Prince Charles Dickson

INEC could be trusted, yes they could be believed to deliver when called upon to do so, but the fact is that which INEC are we referring to here. The elections are almost here with us, but the bitter truth is that we are not ready, the defective electoral bill has been passed and we will use it, the commission that will conduct the elections do not have a modality on how it would go about providing the platform for a free and fair elections. Details


Slug: Sale of NITEL to Transcorp: Letter to Sain Atiku. By Senior Fyneface

Nigerians would be glad to get honest answers to the following questions: Who are the owners of TRANSCORP? And will the owners of TRANSCORP be honest enough to make public details of payment of the first $500 million which is expected before 15th July, 2006 and the subsequent payment of the balance of $250 million? Details


Nuhu Ribadu: When Silence Is Golden. By Jide Ayobolu

At every sight opportunity the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu is wont on talking to the press, explaining the numerous activities of the EFCC. However, most often than not he is always speaking from both side of his mouth, trying unconvincingly to sell spurious claims to the public. Details


Who Is Nuhu Ribadu And The EFCC? By Abubakar Adamu, MSc, MCILT.

Nuhu Ribadu’s father was a Minister for Lagos, Minister for Works and the first Defence Minister under Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa when Nigeria gained its Independence in 1960. Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu, a highly respected politician and was among the Inner-Circle of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the most powerful individual in the history of the then Northern Nigeria. Ribadu is therefore not an opportunist or hungry for power. As part of Northern elite and ruling class, Ribadu has a political and administrative pedigree. I guess he learnt early about hard work, public service and not to be corrupt or abuse power. Details


Aduro Tales. By  Uche Nworah

Aduro is the name Nigerians call themselves, especially those living in Germany's many Asyl Heims or aduro houses. We never really got to find out the meaning and origin of the word, but you inherit the name on arrival. You can only live in Germany either as an illego or as an aduro. There are other options too but these were not easily within reach, one of which is to come in as a student after going through the Goethe Institute ritual in Lagos. Your status may also change eventually if you decide to marry a 'germo' (German). Because of the squalid conditions of the aduro houses (overcrowded rooms, poor sanitation, drug havens etc), every aduro therefore aspires to leave the aduro house for more better accommodation, offered in the first instance by fat, ugly and older German women. Details


Distinguished Igbo Amongst The New Crops Of Leaders. By Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa

There are people who are afraid to step into Lagos for fear of losing their lives. Many of us are familiar with horrible stories many years ago, 10 years ago, a year ago and only yesterday why you should not go back home. They asked – what good is a Country where you can not sleep well at night? There are hooligans, armed robbers, area boys and Ethnic militias. Yet, those who left many years ago, 10 years ago or yesterday said Nigeria is worse now than when they left. What about those of us who have no where else to go or hate being outside Nigeria! Details