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Short-Sightedness in Separatist
Dr. Anthony Akinola
fought a civil war between 1967 and 1970, the rest of the world was not
looking at our nation from the prism of future greatness. On the other
hand, the young African nation was still perceived as the burden of the
British, the erstwhile colonial masters, who played a major role in
ensuring that Nigeria remained one nation. Were there to be another
senseless war today, there is bound to be a U-turn. External influences
will conspire to partition Nigeria into very small and, somehow, subdued
Let Biafra Go. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
and Odua Youths give quit notice to Biafra? It was Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe
that cried out loud when the children of Nkrumah were kicked out of
Nigeria with their Ghana Must Go bags. The guilt of seeing the children
of Nkrumah pack even after Kofi Busia had kicked Nigerians out of Ghana,
was too much to bear. If Azikiwe were alive, after fighting to keep
Nigeria One, after deserting Ojukwu before Ojukwu deserted the War
himself, Azikiwe would weep. Biafra stop!
The ‘Kaduna Declaration’: Of Ultimatums and Counter Ultimatums -A Word of Caution. By Abdullahi Usman
A close review of the fallouts of that infamous ‘Kaduna Declaration’, which elicited the deluge of responses by the different groups across the country, by way of social media commentaries and direct personal discussions with some individuals in the North, reveals two broad categories of reactions.
Essay on the World Bank’s Objective of “Ending
Poverty and Ensuring that Future Generations Share in Broader
Prosperity”: African Perspective. By
Eleanya K. Nduka
The World Bank is determined to achieve its twin
poverty and boosting shared prosperity - and ensuring that future
generations share in broader prosperity".
These goals elude Africa due to the usual politics
that surrounds policy implementation in the region. The major
are corruption and rent-seeking by the ruling class.
Biafra: To Leave or Not to Leave. By Farouk
It is no longer if Biafrans will leave
but when and if they will survive without all of the old Eastern
Region. There are there three types of agitations ringing from the
former Eastern part of Nigerians: the 1) Igbo 2) Biafrans and 3)
Ibo. Not all Igbo are Biafrans and some Igbo resent the label of Ibo
while others far from the hinterland embrace it. Indeed many Igbo
think this is a conspiracy after the War to divide and conquer them
ideologically. In other words, there is no difference between the
Igbo; Igbo is Igbo.
Nigeria has no choice but to listen to the Igbo that wants out of
Nigeria. Their voices cannot be ignored. Their indirect referendum,
like Brexit, of shutting down trade and commerce, their livelihood,
did not deprive the rest of the country. Nevertheless, it is an
affirmation that Igbo local areas support Biafra. We know that in
United Kingdom, some areas would want to be part of European Union
and some areas want to be independent of the Union. Yet British
Government at the center would wants all areas out.
Why Defend a Pseudo-Democracy?
grasping avarice and remorseless misappropriation of public funds,
many state governments refuse to pay their employees for months,
sometimes, for up to 6 months. And those
that demand their salaries are severely punished. For example, a
primary school headmistress, Mrs. Maryleen Ezichi, who, like her
colleagues, had not been paid for six months appealed to the wife of
the Abia State governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, to intercede on their
behalf to get paid some of their backlog salaries. Unbelievably, she
was punished: demoted and transferred to a rural outpost.
Anatomy OF Nigeria's Sickly Democracy. By Rahaman Olalekan
a situation whereby
workers receive twenty five percent fraction of their salaries on
monthly basis as subvention from government
, it is predictive that the efficiency and
productivity of such workforce will be dwindled and greatly
diminished. It appears most of the state governors lack the proper
understanding of roles of the public servants in policy formulation,
policy review, policy interpretation,policy implementation,
project execution and evaluation
otherwise the workers could have been treated well.
Nigeria’s Housing Deficit – We Must Act Now, lest the “Angry gods” Be
By Chima Christian
with a population of about 180 million people, is presently challenged
with a threatening national housing deficit. In 1991, the deficit was 7
million units. It has since increased from 7 million units in 1991 to 14
million units in 2010 and currently 17 million units. By 2050, exactly
33 years from today, popular estimates say Nigeria will be the third
most populous nation, with a projected population of about 390 million
people. If we do not, as a matter of priority, build well ventilated and
affordable houses for our teeming population in this era of global
warming, let Gov. Yari and his followers be assured that the gods were
just test running their anger in Type C Meningitis.
Review Of Inequality In Nigeria:
Exploring The Drivers.
Reviewer Dr. Otive Igbuzor
The report indicates
that poverty in Nigeria is very high and that the country is among the
30 most unequal countries in the world (page 9). As at 2010, more than
112 million people were living in poverty. According to the 2015 Human
Development report, Nigeria had the highest number of people living in
multi-dimensional poverty (88.4 million) in the world, followed by
Pakistan (83 million) and Ethiopia (78.9 million) (Page 16). The report shows that
the gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria is very wide. According
to World Bank data, in 2009, the poorest half of the population held
only 22 percent of national income (page 9).
entire northern protectorate of Nigeria.