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.
Crude Oil Price Crash and the Diversification of the Economy.
By Jide Ayobolu
President Muhammadu Buhari has already
diversified the Nigerian economy, Minister of Information and Culture,
Lai Mohammed, has claimed. He pointed to Nigeria’s exiting of recession
as proof that some other critical sectors like agriculture and mining
were now contributing significantly to the economic base of the nation.
My Recollection of the Late Mallam Abba Kyari.
By Abdullahi Usman
And, unless he
went on to learn how to drive after leaving UBA in June 2001, Mallam
Abba might very well have spent his entire 67 years sojourn on this
planet without learning how to drive a car. Details
COVID-19 Pandemic and the Days that Follow! By
I have argued elsewhere that the
palliative gesture of governments in Nigeria has shown that they
have no idea at all how hungry the people are; how many people are
indeed poor and the peculiarity of each of the federating states.
COVID-19 In Nigeria: Palliatives Without Relief.
By Comrade Chinedu Bosah
that ‘one cannot learn how to dance at old age’, best fits the
Nigerian ruling elite who failed in normal period and will fail the
more in an emergency situation. The relief materials being
distributed to a very tiny part of the population cannot provide
Nigeria’s National Interest Cannot Be At The Peril Of The Wellbeing
Of The People Of Rivers State. By Lloyd F.
Ukwu and Bruce DelValle
[Aviation] needs to understand that for obvious reasons, the
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has less inherent
authority to respond to pandemics than governors. In order words,
the Governor of a state and his people are closer to each other and
are at the receiving end of the pandemics.
COVID-19 Aftermath: The
Brewing Crisis. By
Is there life after Covid-19 for
Nigerians? Please fasten your belt because the ride will be rough.
Our leaders must, as a matter of necessity, quickly go to the
drawing table, to prepare the economic palliatives necessary to keep
the economy afloat. Cognisance must be given to the substantive role
of the informal sector because it is this base that employs majority
E-Learning is Key to Post
COVID-19 Reconstruction in Nigeria's Education.
The ontology of access to
education has changed from access to the physical structure of
learning in the schools and extends to access to modern instruments
of teaching and learning. Hence, demands for access to quality
education been a key component of sustainable development goal SDG 4
should equally include the provision of digital infrastructures for
online learning in our schools.
Frontlines of a Pandemic
Coordination and Communication among COVID-19
Stakeholders. By Abdulwarees Solanke
In an era of information explosion, driven by the tools and
technologies of the social media, so many experts have crowded the
public space to the extent of muffling official views and
Reducing the Cost Of Governance. By Anthony
Agitation or call for reduction in the cost of governance has been
rather perennial. I wrote on this very topic sometime in the 1980s
for the London-based West Africa magazine. I had then called for a
reduction in the number of senatorial seats per state, which then
was five. I had also called for a reduction in the number of
ministers and advisers – all these in the Nigerian Second Republic.
By Edwin Madunagu
I declare that the Nigerian Left,
struggling within and outside the Political Bureau, played a
critical role both in the debate and in the process leading to the
report whose highest point was the recommendation of socialism as
successor social system for Nigeria. I also declare that, in
particular, the Nigerian Left recorded a clear victory not only on
the issue of traditional rulers and traditional rulership, but also
on state and religion, state creation, the role of Labour, the role
of Women, and state support for the Weak and Vulnerable, etc.
The Imperatives of a Post-Coronaviruse Nigeria.
By Anthony Akinola
Nigeria, the global crisis has merely provided our politicians with
an opportunity to want to score cheap political points at the
expense of the other, and time for those who had grouses with their
government to want to embark on a crippling strike action.
“Corona” Unlike Ebola-a Call for Caution and Way Forward in Nigeria.
By Dr. Bukar Abba Zarami
Nigeria has an
estimated population of 200 million people, 5.4 million is elderly
(greater than 65 years), a reported doctor to patient ratio of
1;2500, but in reality, it is around 1;5000 due to brain drain. This
means a single doctor caters to a population of 5000 people against
the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of one doctor to
1000 people. We also have low availability of oxygen equipment and
mechanical ventilators in our hospitals. The average Nigerian State
has less than 15 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds (ICU is a place
where critically ill patients are managed). Approximately about 50%
of ICU beds have mechanical ventilators. I doubt if the whole
country has up to 500 mechanical ventilators.
Sambo Abdullahi, victory for whistleblowers in Nigeria.
By Chido Onumah & Godwin Onyeacholem
been denied his salary and other allowances since December 2017,
threatened, blacklisted, arrested and sued. All of this for acting
professionally and responding patriotically to the call of the
Nigerian government asking citizens to join the fight against
corruption by blowing the whistle on corrupt practices and other
forms of wrongdoing in the country.
The Ugly Spectacle of Street Begging.
By Anthony Akinola
On the contrary, in Nigeria, government at the
local, state and federal levels lacks the moral justification to
reproach begging in the streets. There are very many vulnerable
Nigerians, including the physically challenged and extremely poor,
who are abandoned to fend for themselves.
What is in Pronunciation? By Professor Abdussamad
This is how we have been tolerating
southerners in our country. Once you are a Northerner, you have no right
to speak English. The only sin of Dr. M. T. Liman, Abatcha’s minister of
Education, for example, was speaking with Northern accent. Of course he
said many unsavory things about Lecturers but his predecessor Prof.
Nwabueze did worse. At the end of the day M. T. Liman was nicknamed,
“empty–lay-man” by some Southerners and some Northerners foolishly