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
Price Reduction: A Greek Gift.
foregoing, it will be a wise thing, for Nigerians to start preparing
their mind for another period of fuel scarcity as a result of increment
in the pump price. But the question is: if the government is planning to
increase petrol price after some months why reduce it or is the
reduction a kind of coronavirus relief measure for the populace which
will not attract another indirect hardship on the citizens sooner or
Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic
Lockdown in Nigeria: A View from MPAC.
Muslim Public Affair Centre, MPAC
Nigeria warns Lack
of a coherent and special social protection initiative specifically
to deal with the individual economic challenges of Nigerians may
work against the fight against the spread of the Corona virus
Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Essays on Nigeria at 60.
By Chido Onumah
The aim of this project,
therefore, is to produce a book of 60 essays on Nigeria—60
Years, 60 Voices – Essays on Nigeria at Sixty—by
young Nigerians, the critical change agents, to help the country
understand and sharpen its focus on those issues that hold the key
to our collective survival as a people.
Coronavirus and the Casual State. By Anthony
These temporary measures have had
to be taken in the national interest and have had nothing to do with
relations, cordial or otherwise, between nations. Nigeria may have
been rather casual in all of these. Flight restrictions have neither
been made, nor testing and quarantine measures taken with the
seriousness the crisis demands. There seems to be an assumption on
the part of the Nigerian government that banning flights from some
countries reflect bad relations-a very naive assumption in the face
of current crisis.
Road To The House. By
E. Francis Waive. Book Review by Dr. Otive
Road to the House is the story of why and how a Pastor and a
General Overseer of the Church of Anointing decided to go into the
murky waters of politics in Nigeria.
Alternative Views On Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
By Lawrence P. Ganchok
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
as a Presidential candidate will have given any other candidates in
Nigeria bloodied noses. The usual accusation on him would have been
the usual-he is Fulani, a Northerner, born to rule, his degree is in
Islamic Shariah etc but never for charisma, leadership qualities,
international connection and recognition or pragmatism. Details
The Unfair Use of the $500m Loan That Must Not Be Allowed To Happen.
By Abdulkareem Mohammed
Already, the burden of debt
is getting heavier on the Nigerian nation and its citizens. And to
crown the burden with any inappropriate usage of loan(s) must not be
allowed to happen. The judicious use of any loan is an inalienable
rights of citizens to demand from the leadership. Therefore, I
hereby humbly submit that the Federal Government’s intention to
utilize $245m of the $500m for an “ultra-modern media city” at Ogijo
Ikorodu in Ogun state is grossly unfair, unjust and inappropriate.
Revisiting Jokolo’s Continuing Unjust Incarceration:
In Retrospect By Abdullahi Usman
A situation where the government would
insist on applying an outdated primitive colonial practice of
banishing deposed traditional rulers to remote areas, very far away
from their places of domicile, should have no place in modern day
Nigeria, and must simply be done away with, without further delay.
Towards Democratizing Development and De-politicizing Transformation
Public Interest and the Media Agenda.
By Abdulwarees Solanke
For us in Nigeria, we are not impeded by any lack of
appreciation of our development crisis. Rather, we are constrained
mainly by the politics of approaches and choices we take to push
through our reform projects. For this reason, we often disagree or
vacillate while trying to generate ideas in the planning stage or we
waste time and resources in the implementation stage to compound our
Nigeria: What can the Left do?
Having said all this,
what can the Nigerian Left do on the current state of “insecurity” and
“threatening state of failure’’: generalized violent attacks on the
masses by Boko Haram, “Islamic State”, armed robbers, kidnappers,
“bandits”, cattle herders, political thugs, armed agents of the state,
etc? The fundamental demand that should be made on the Nigerian state is
that everything should be done within the Constitution to protect the
masses – at no extra cost to them, but rather, with a substantial
reduction of their current existential burden.
Using Technology to Boost Agriculture. By Jide
President Muhammadu Buhari recently in Abuja pledged that the Federal
Government will sustain the deployment of Geographic Information
Services (GIS) and other similar technologies to help farmers achieve
A Barrier to Progress: Nigeria’s (Un)Just
Law and Order. By Najib S.
The foundation of our
staggering deficiency of law and order is a dysfunctional criminal
justice system that begins with a force. Despite having a police force
whose job is to serve and protect citizens, our record of security is a
far cry from standard expectations. Rather than rely on the police for
safety and security, wit, planning, and communal support are the tool
kits many Nigerian possess soon as they leave their houses.
Repositioning the cocoa industry for maximum economic
growth. By Jide Ayobolu
Nigeria could perhaps take a closer look at the success of Ivory Coast,
Ghana, and others, and consider emulating and hopefully repeating their
success in the processing of cocoa beans into chocolate and other
products to earn more money. The Government has taken note of this and,
along with the Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN), has set out a 10-year
action plan to boost the agriculture sector. The Buhari administration
wants to revive agriculture even more so as a result of the massive drop
in crude oil prices, which has negated the country’s economy.
Strengthening the ease of doing business. By Jide
Over the last three
years, Nigeria moved up 39 places from 170 to 131, on the World Bank
Doing Business index. During the same period, the World Bank has
recognised Nigeria as top 10 most improved economy. Some key reforms
implemented since 2016 included the automation of companies’
registration by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and facilitating
the legal frameworks for the operation of credit reporting bureaux. More
so, the use of movable assets as collaterals for loans in Nigeria.
Now That The Courts Have Spoken. By Babayola M. Toungo
Politicians are a funny
bunch. While they crisscross their constituencies canvassing for votes
from the electorates, the post-electoral reaction of the losers indicate
their lack of faith in the sanctity of their constituents’ choices.
They, most often than not, go through the motions of ‘connecting’ with
the electorate in order to justify whatever shenanigans they have up
their tricky sleeves.
Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad: Not Too Young To Lead. By Babayola M. Toungo
The appointment of Engr. Ahmad Salihijo
Ahmad as the Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA)
brought out the knives from those who never, ever see good in any
appointment made by President Muhammadu Buhari into any public office.
To these group of people anyone appointed into any office by the
president got appointed because of nepotism and not because he has the
requisite qualification to be so appointed.
Egypt to Egypt?
Muhammadu Buhari is a good man and Nigerians have to appreciate God for
a man of his ilk as Nigeria’s president. He has done ‘this’, ‘that’,
‘and the other’, all in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.
Forget the fact that the government, which he heads, is now sitting,
comfortably, on a huge debt profile of not less than N24.4 trillion; and
not a few Nigerians are concerned and palpably worried.
Of IPPIS and ghost workers. By Jide Ayobolu
implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information
System (IPPIS) in Nigeria has unveiled about 60,000 ghost workers in
Federal government payroll. The Minister of Communication and Digital
Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami disclosed this at the 29th convocation
lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Minna in Niger state.
Amotekun is lawful.
By Professor Abdussamad
The Amotekun initiative was followed by
different reactions from different quarters. Surprisingly, even the
Yoruba were not united in their support for Amotekun. Prof Wole Soyinka
did not waste any time in telling President Buhari that he was the one
that brought about Amotekun by failing to do his job of protecting the
lives and property of Nigerians. Femi Falana defended the idea of
Amotekun but advised each of the state governors to submit a supporting
bill to his state house of assembly to provide an enabling law.
Scrutinizing the National Security Roadmap. By
National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, said if the county did not
end the almajiri system of education, it would “come back to bite us big
time”. He underscored the need for all stakeholders to join hands and
tackle the challenge of the almajiri phenomenon before it became one of
the regrettable security threats.
Routing Corruption, Ravaging Scourge of a Nation.
In 47 years of Nigeria’s nationhood, the public
service in the country has metamorphosed from an elite institution
of efficient service delivery, with well-trained, competent
personnel, responsive to public needs and demands to that of a
bloated work force, with complement and corrupt elements until the
return of democracy in 1999.
Reenergizing the Digital Revolution in Nigeria. By Yau Isa Garba
been an ardent visitor to the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX)
in Dubai, UAE. But I must confess that this is the first time I am
attending the eNigeria summit. To say the least, I am impressed and
reenergized seeing such a platform that is heralding our dear nation
further into the digital era.
NIPOST, FIRS and Stamp Duty Collection.
It is neither a bad idea for
the Federal Government to take measures aimed at bolstering the total
revenue accruable to its purse, nor was it ignoble or less productive
for its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to compete and
struggle to outdo one another. However, all competitions for relevance
by the MDAs must be done in accordance with the stipulated laws of the
case in hand is the Stamp Duty collection which, if not well-managed,
may set two prominent agencies of the government on the warpath. The cost
of collection is the issue here! Details
Education: PMB not leading by example.
By Prof Abdussamad Umar Jibia
When I saw [Wada] Nas in Buhari campaign
train, it gave me more courage to continue to support the General. At
least there will be some level of sanity in the Education sector. The
good old days in which an almajiri like me was in the same class as the
governor’s child shall be back. The practice of Government officials
taking their children abroad while killing our local universities or to
private schools while leaving our public schools to rot will soon be
over. Wada Nas died along the way but my confidence in Buhari as the
best person to solve the problems of the Nigeria’s education sector
Sector and Civil Society: How Can We Change Together?
By Otive Igbuzor, PhD
Every society has the
capacity to develop and all societies strive for development. The
trisector model consisting of the government, private sector and civil
society is crucial for the development of society and this should be
done in partnership. The government needs to improve in policy making,
transparency and accountability and citizens’ responsiveness for better
service delivery. The private sector should focus on the production of
goods and services while working to spur innovation, make long term
investments in infrastructure and create more decent jobs and employment
opportunities beyond narrow focus on profits. The civil society will
need to make better decisions and hold government and leaders
accountable for their actions. If this is done, then the trisector will
help us to attain the change we need.
Politics: Nigeria’s Delicate Delicacy. By
we talk about money politics, we are talking about how money influences
and affects our political engagements and participation. To be sure, a
robust understanding of the basics of the negative effects of
money-politics gives meaning and intelligibility to the greed and
Modus Operandi of most governments. When people, who are
apathetic to democratic ideals, development and Public Administration,
come together as a formidable force, it then becomes problematic for the
Fixing Nigeria’s infrastructural deficit. By Jide
It is therefore very alarming and
worrisome that when President Buhari became came to power, he noticed a
very wide infrastructural chasm; it is not that the previous government
did not embark on infrastructural efforts, but the work done did not
match the inflow of funds during the period in question. And,
infrastructural development has a formidable nexus in actual development
of any nation state.
Encouraged By Our Apologists Of Crime Culture. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
The reason people from the richest countries leave and
come to Nigeria we hate so much, is because Nigeria is the easiest place
in the world to make money; as long as you can hold your nose, they say.
Those of us who think otherwise must accept we are cowards that cannot
face the Vagabonds in Power and vultures sucking our blood, deny us
riches of our land in exchange with Europeans, Americans, Asians and
Arab for mirrors. Aided by Apologists of Crime Culture.
See Me See Wahala: Cannot Go Hostipals Or Enjoy Loot Abroad Again O.
Farouk Martins Aresa
You are a Nigerian, a politician and militrician and never
looted, abi? Look, I want to live the rest of my life in peace,
they can take back their loot. I do not care for money anymore, this is
just too much trouble. Can you imagine an African and a Nigerian for
that matter, that has money he cannot spend abroad because some thugs
are waiting to beat him up or at least harass him? It is worse than
hell, my broda
Jibia: A week of bloodbath and what we expect of Government.
By Prof. Abdussamad Umar Jibia
President Buhari seems to underestimate
the level of crime taking place in deep areas of Katsina State. Even
people like me who are not security experts know that the approach of
Federal Government cannot work. How can a Commander-in-chief who has
ordered his Army to rout criminals wherever they are allow a Governor to
provide a hideout for the same criminals in the name of reconciliation?
As things are, Zamfara state serves as the base for the bandits where
they resort to after launching attacks in Katsina state.
Kidnappers Will Face Death Penalty At Home As Drug Peddlers Abroad.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Nigerians have been known for soft crimes like 419 outside the country
for some time by British and American Police profiles; but not hard
crimes. When a Nigerian was pointed out as a suicide underwear bomber,
we were surprised because we were not known for self-destructive
crimes. Soft crimes has become ancient history. Even African neighbors
are now typecasting Nigerians as infecting their countries with crimes
that were un-African just a few years ago.
Munguno and the Ban on “Street Urchins” By
Professor Abdussamad Umar Jibia
The move by the Katsina
state Government, I would like to believe, was done in good faith.
Governor Masari deserves our commendation for it. He has abandoned the
futile waiting for Northern Governors Forum or the Central Government to
take a decision. I, however, had my humble observations which I didn’t
want to make public immediately for two reasons. One, to avoid the wrong
notion that I m against everything coming from Government, especially
Katsina state Government. Only days ago I criticized the Governor for
his approach to security. Two, and more importantly, to wait and see the
details of what the Government has in mind.
Western Nigeria On The Verge Of Submission Or Secession.
Farouk Martins Aresa
Kidnapping for ransom with impunity and ethnic suzerainty has divided
brothers and sisters into different hamlets and villages turning their
Chiefs, Emir or Igwe into President of nations. People are calling for
regional police to check incessant deadly assaults across state lines.
We already have Sharia Police, so regional police cannot be a big deal.
Indeed, Nigeria used to have Special Constables locally years back
How Buhari and Masari
allowed Katsina to become a killing field.
By Professor Abdussamad
If you judge me as an
opposition writer you are not being fair to me. I supported Buhari when
he needed support. As a non-political person I never joined his party or
any other political party. But since the time he joined politics in 2003
I made sure I voted for him and mobilized those I could mobilize to vote
for him. My hopes, like majority of Nigerians, were thus high when he
won the 2015 election. My prayer along with others who went on hajj the
previous year was answered. Jonathan was defeated. The killing of
innocent Muslim Northerners was thus over.
Economic Salvation Is In Your Pockets Not In Foreign Land.
Farouk Martins Aresa
hope O! Some youths, at the risk of their lives, belled the cat. They
invaded a police station with petrol cans demanding the release of their
colleagues unjustly detained. Police relented for fear of their dear
lives. These are not armed robbers, hooligans or thugs, they are just as
mad as hell as in Arab Spring. Why not your Looters in the States and
Republic at 20: Imperatives of the
Nigeria’s experience in democratization since the
first republic shows that ours had been one of unnecessary
muscle-flexing among tiers and arms of government when all should
play complementary roles without prejudice to the norms of checks
and balances, given the enormous challenges confronting the nation.
Between the Federal and State governments in many instances, there
is power or jurisdiction contestation while the local governments
often claim subjugation under the states.
Still on NIPOST’s Core
Mandate. By Abiodun Komolafe
To begin with, Nigeria
is an interesting country which drama will not stop amazing the world.
The interestingness of her Nigerianness derives its oxygen from
the fact that previous governments have been known to spew out policy
statements and ideas as if they are going out of fashion. In most cases,
these policy pronouncements and rhetoric are more for political effects
than their stated, intended objectives and projections. However, the
Muhammadu Buhari-led government has chosen to be different and the
results are already showing!
Sustainable Development Stories: Accepting A TRUST.
Certainly, it is our responsibility as media content
providers and distributors in Africa, Asia and more to tell compelling
and impactful stories about our continents’ strides which would
galvanize all stakeholders to commit themselves and indeed ensure the
attainment of the 17 lofty sustainable development goals within target.
But how do we tell these stories? Such stories must be told creatively
and engagingly for the governments to appreciate and respect the mass
media as partners in progress and not just as mere watchdog of the