COVID-19 Pandemic and the Global
Socio-Economic Turmoil: Going Beyond Capitalism.
the biggest and most important lesson, that underlines all other
lessons, to be learnt from the raging Coronavirus pandemic that has
infected over 11.6 million and killed more than 539, 079 people
globally as at the last count1, it is that the current
socio-economic system, represented by global capitalism cannot take
humanity forward to the next stage of civilization.
Reorganising Nigeria’s Left Politics.
There is a contradiction between an enduring desire of the Nigerian
Left (the aggregate of Nigerian Marxists, socialists, and fragments
of radical democrats), on the one hand, and the actual history of
Nigeria’s Left politics on the other. That contradiction can be
stated like this: Nigerian Leftists have always hoped to found a
substantial and respectable pan-Nigerian organization that is
capable of permanently and continuously coordinating their
revolutionary strategies and popular-democratic struggles regardless
of the electoral agenda, time-tables and timelines presented to the
nation by Nigeria’s ruling class and its governments.
Katsina Bombing: More Questions
than Answers. By Prof. Abdussamad Umar Jibia
Everyone knows that the bandits who operate in the Northwest and
parts of North Central are not the same as Boko Haram in their
ideology and methods. While Boko Haram claims to be fighting to
establish an Islamic state and even chant Islamic slogans when they
launch attacks, the bandits in the Northwest are completely ignorant
of Religion, do not claim it and have no ideology but stealing,
killing, maiming, raping and destruction. They were never reported,
even once, to chant any religious slogan while attacking their
President Buhari Reset (Part I).
By Leonard Karshima Shilgba
Buhari should spend his remaining 35
months as president on big ideas, resetting his strategies around
providing enduring solutions instead of palliatives; giving
Nigerians the opportunities to express themselves, not hand-outs;
and fashioning out bold reforms without retreating in the face of
opposition by labour unions. We need a Buhari reset; Buhari must
work towards certain signature reforms that would wean Nigeria from
foreign reliance, provide foreign trade deals for our products,
bring about quality education and health care delivery, and make
skilled Nigerians to stay back and build their country.
Nigerian Army @ 157: Need for Public Support.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka
is a mixture of knocks and praises.
have a good understanding and full of commendation, while others
ill-informed and ignorant of what military service and life.
not appreciate or understand the complexities and sacrifices of the
military, let alone appreciate its noble contribution to our peace,
security and national development. But the most worrisome aspect is
the fact that some
politicians, detractors and disgruntled elements who envy the
successes and achievements of the leadership of the Nigerian Army,
for some inexplicable reasons seems to be behind these campaigns of
calumny. They are the ones fanning the embers of hatred,
and false narratives
about the Nigerian
Disengagement: Cons and Advice.
government believes that the program is a two years initiative and
beneficiaries will be completing the duration by the time proposed
for disengagement even as some have exceeded the stipulated time, I
will advise that the federal government should leave them till when
the recruitment team will have concluded the incoming batch
recruitment process (let say till December, 2020).
What Kind Of Democracy Do We Need In A New Nigeria?
By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D.
progress that has been made since return to civil rule in 1999,
there are huge challenges that are threatening democratic
consolidation. The 1999 constitution still has a lot of gaps and has
not been fully adapted to the federal structure of Nigeria.
Experiences from the field of elections and judgements by courts
indicate that there is the need for further electoral reform. Women
participation in Nigeria is one of the worst in the world and fall
far below the African average. There are threats to the civic space
with intermittent attempts to enact laws that will restrict civil
society organising and freedom of citizens. There are several
examples of attempts to gag the press and punish outspoken citizens.
Lessons From The Murder Of George Floyd. By
The typical attitude of the
average Nigerian to the murder of a fellow citizen is rather casual.
The type of outrage that followed the murder of George Floyd-not
jungle justice-will drum it to all that life matters. No one has the
right to take the life of another.
Now That Retired Col. Dangiwa Has Woken Up. By
Ibrahim M. Attahir, Esq.
I am not in a position
to know whether retired Col Dangiwa was in Nigeria when Obj had no
single Yoruba Muslim in his cabinet. A similar scenario was repeated
during the presidency of GEJ. I can give many similar examples of
lopsided appointments by the former Presidents. I cannot recall Col
Dangiwa writing or otherwise calling for correction of such
anomalies. Was it a design or coincidence?
Twenty-One Years Of Return To Civil Rule In Nigeria:
Need To Go Back To The Fundamentals.
By Otive Igbuzor, PhD
This is why I think that as
we reflect over the past twenty-one years, we must go back to the
fundamentals. The first thing to look at is leadership at all levels.
You cannot expect the best from any society that puts forward its worst
to lead. Merit must be returned to all spheres of life.
Foundational Restructuring of the Nigerian State.
By Anthony Akinola
Nigerians are quite an
intelligent and hard working people who can hold their own anywhere
in a competitive world. Their nation, more than most in the world,
is endowed with the attributes of greatness. The drawback to the
greatness and unity of Nigeria, if one must be brutally honest, has
been the historical imbalance between the North and the South. This
social and economic imbalance was brought about by the dual approach
to education in the former British colony. The advancement of
education in the South can be credited to the Christian
missionaries who established various schools, while their activities
were proscribed in the North for understandable religious and
Of Deregulation, Public Value and National Interest.
By Abdulwarees Solanke
Similarly, some public goods
provision is therefore best left in the hands of the Private Sector
Providers if they are not of very strategic significance, if the
citizenry must be economically empowered or if the unnecessary
bottlenecks must be removed.
Almajiri: Moving Forward.
By Prof Abdussamad
But is movement of almajirai from one
state to another not against the teaching of this Hadith? Why are
the scholars silent? Where is the NSCIA which quoted 1001 reasons
from Quran and Sunnah to convince us to comply with social
distancing and lockdown? Have we been compromised or are we afraid
of some failed politicians?
The Sorry State of Nigeria’s Judiciary Among Others Makes Sowore’s
Battle Cry for Revolution Inevitable. By
It is as if the cancer has completely
swallowed up the entire fabric of the nation. Cases involving the
poor dragged on for years while those who can afford senior advocate
can get quick justice. Many warned that this will sound the death
knell of democracy in Nigeria. Every attempt to even build on free
and fair election has been truncated by the judiciary.
China Dept--Trap: African Nations Must Plan Escape.
By Monima Daminabo
Hence, even as the Nigerian government
has severally given assurances of operating within safe limits in
taking Chinese loans, not many Nigerians are convinced. So dependent
on China’s money is Nigeria that this column ‘Penpoint’ had once
asked if this most populous African country, had become a new
satellite province of the Asian giant.
Restating Rotimi On Regionalism And Military Rule.
By Anthony Akinola
On this note,
Brigadier-General Rotimi deserves our respect, his views on national
politics, even when we may not agree totally with them, also deserve
our attention. They would be deemed to have come from the honest
mind that he is.
Richard Akinjide In National Politics. By Anthony Akinola
When Chief Akinjide became
Federal Minister of Education in 1965, quite a substantial number of
students from his ethnic group benefited from federal scholarship
for university studies. As would be explained later, this is not to
say he was tribal or nepotistic . The point one is trying to make
here is that it was a departure from previous years when members of
that ethnic group were discriminated against in the distribution of
Mandatory Mass Vaccination Not Acceptable As Requirement For
Post-Coronavirus Normalcy In Nigeria.
By The Livingscience Foundation Ile-Ife, And The Christian Initiative
For Nation Building, Osogbo
mass vaccination is now being seriously touted as the only way to close the
COVID-19 season. As we shall be explaining shortly, we consider this not only
unwarranted, but extremely dangerous both to public health and civil liberties;
and even beyond. Based on previous precedents and current signals, it is evident
that proponents of this idea would want to commence implementation in Nigeria
and use their expected in route here to push the unpopular policy through in
other nations where more serious resistance is envisaged.
Reflections on the dethronement of Muhammad Sunusi II.
By Adamu Tilde
This essay will attempt to discuss the rather short stint— but dramatic
— days of the latter, and unburden the perplexed minds on some
bewildering questions repeatedly asked: was MS-II misunderstood? Was
MS-II a victim of what Chris Ngwodo called "the tyranny of tradition"
Crucial Role Of Big Data Analytics In The Nigerian Government.
Malik Kabir Mustapha
With a population of about 200 million
people and a country in desperate need of economic and social
development. Nigeria needs to integrate big data into running the
government. With the popularity of cloud computing and IoT (internet
of things), implementation and management will not be as difficult
as it would have 10 years ago.