Nigeria as “Election 2019” draws near. By
Nigerian situation as we approach “Elections 2019” can be sketched
around five issues. Three of these are “problems of Nigeria” as
summarized in my last published piece, Nigeria 2019: Hoping for
another reprieve? (January 3, 2019). The fourth issue may be called
the “power of incumbency”. The fifth is the problem of the Nigerian
Why we should thank Mathew Kukah. By Professor Abdussamad Umar Jibia
What one would
expect of a responsible people faced with this type of challenge is
to thank the Church for reminding them of their responsibility and
come up with a more comprehensive programme than that of Mathew
Kukah. Unfortunately, the kind of sentiments being expressed and the
fact that more than a year after Kukah mooted this idea nothing has
come up from our religious leaders and our “Shariah compliant”
politicians portray us as a people not serious.
Who is Talking
Buhari’s Politics? By
One of the reasons
Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 election is because none of his
followers took quality time to explain to Nigerians the good works of
his administration. It was after he had left office and these books were
written that I got to know that he initiated the treasury single account
(TSA) policy that was geared towards fighting corruption in the Public
Service. ... President Mohammadu Buhari (PMB) is about to suffer the
same faith. Whenever I hear or listen to his lieutenants and followers,
all I deduce is reactionary responses to the distracting allegations
from the opposition political parties.
on Nigeria’s Stolen and Wasted Resources. By
As a young boy growing
up in Nigeria in the early 1980s, Rumour told me that $2.8 billion got
missing during the military government of General Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ-rtd)
which lasted between 1976-1979. But no one has challenged him in the
court of law over the matter; and Rumour insists that even the
government was aware of it and did nothing. In Naira terms today, this
Must Not Become Political Football In Lagos. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
There is a
growing rift between Yoruba and Igbo in Lagos. It will be sheer folly to
dismiss the obvious. But the way to solve it is by appealing to your
intellect, not scary political tactics against your neighbors. Sincere
sensible people must discuss problems openly and look for solutions.
Leaving it in the hands of politicians only, will make matter worse.
There are growing nationalism, ethno phobic and xenophobia sentiments
Pantami as a Metaphor. By Adamu Tilde
appointment of Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), September 2016, to the
position of the Director-General, National Information Technology
Development Agency (NITDA) by president Muhammadu Buhari could have
provoked the usual and expected bashings of the north by the Southern
press as a product of quota and federal character system. For the fact
that Dr. Pantami had a steady academic career that spanned for almost
two decades, rising to the position of an associate professor, put an
end to the question of competence and merit; his expertise and training
in the IT-industry made the appointment more relevant and timely.
Should INEC Allow Can To Monitor 2019 Polls?
By Nduka Uzuakpundu
leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are being
unnecessarily ambitious. There appears to be a drive in them, for what’s
clearly a selfish – if destructive – motive, structured on inordinate
expectations – with a touch of arrogance – to dictate the modalities and
constitution of certain crucial political developments in Nigeria. The
other day, CAN was reported to have approached the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) that it wanted to be recognized as one of
the posse of observers of the 2019 general elections.
“Gifted” Showoff Teasers Daring Our Poor Majority To Crime.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Philanthropy is not new in Africa, it is part of our culture. We pride
ourselves by how generous we were to our neighbors and communities.
There was a boss of ours that reminded us of this African way of life.
People whispered behind his back that the children of his girlfriend he
was sending to school were not his. He whispered back that if he could
send the children of those he hardly knew in his community and children
of his house helps to schools, why not those of his girlfriends. This is
who we are as Africans. Details
Osibajo Vs Obi: Implication Of The Choice Of A Running Mate.
The Game is set, in less than 95 days
Nigeria will decide. But the beauty of any game is when the contenders
abide by the rules governing the game.the question is ', is it always
easy to abide by the laws of the game when you are at the verge of
losing and with the consciousness that the instruments to subvert
Justice are at your beck and call? Find out in the next article
"Electoral Umpire and Security Operatives: path to ensuring free and
fair elections in Africa."
General Alkali: What Will His Death Change? By Ezekiel Daminabo
circumstances surrounding the recent death of retired Gen Idris Alkali
elicited deep seated pathos round the country and even beyond as many
found it difficult to come to terms with the brazen and heartless
conduct of his killers. While the circumstance of his final moments at
the hands of his killers remain uncertain, the reportedly frantic
efforts by his killers to move his body from place to place in the heat
of the chase by the Nigerian Army team, who had earlier launched a
systematic search for him, tells volumes of the dastardly enterprise of
his traducers. Details
Gandujegate And Absurd Celebration Of
Fraud In Kano. By
Mukhtari Usman Dandago
One is of
the opinion that, civility and patriotic disposition would have demanded
all and sundry to remain calm only, especially as proceedings of the
investigating panel were aired live in all radio stations in Kano and
beyond, to reflect on the dire consequences of the fallout to collective
integrity image of the people of Kano and the state as a corporate
entity. Running in circle in defense of indefensible by untoward means
will not help anybody, especially our dear state. We must call a spade a
spade so that we can use a spade when only a spade is needed.
Datti Ahmed: Time for a Paradigm Shift in the North.
many parts of the south, the perception of the North has remained an
abstraction from the pre- and immediate post-independence era, where
because of historical reasons, the rate of attainment of Western
education remains abysmally low. Though every part of the country has
its unique challenges, there has been a tendency to see the North from
the prisms of the pre-indence era: many people from the South still
believe that many Northerners, especially Northern Muslims in
responsible positions must have attained their heights because of quota
or favouritism; those doing very well in business are also believed to
have done so through the connection or manipulation of access to state
power or exploitation of feudal privileges.
Missing the scripts of a columnist: A tribute to Mohammed Haruna @67.
By Abdullahi Yusuf Tela
After his service to the motherland, in
1976, the veteran journalist got a job as a reporter in the defunct
vibrant New Nigerian newspaper where he had his long time professional
career. Haruna because of his resilience, rose from the ranks from a
reporter to being the Managing Director in 1985. During his years in the
NNN, he had his Masters in Mass communication from another prestigious
institution, Harvard University. He retired in 1989.
Reflection on the Future of Public
Broadcasting in Africa and Asia.
At a time public broadcasting has patriotic role to play
in galvanizing public participation in the polity, engendering
development, promoting cohesion, inclusiveness and diversity as well as
preserving cultural identity in the developing countries, many public
broadcasters are in serious hiccups with lacklustre appeal, losing their
best hands to private and foreign broadcasters with the commercial and
cable channels who smile to the bank as advert revenue flows freely for
them while it thins out for public broadcasters, most whom are under
threat of being commercialized or sold to private concerns because of