BANDITRY AS RESOURCE CONTROL

BANDITRY AS RESOURCE CONTROL As far as Nigeria is concerned, we explain resource control to be a system where a group of people will use their comparative advantage to force the government to funnel the nation's common wealth to their side. It started after the "One Million Man March" organized by Daniel Kanu of the...... more

IS UMAHI STILL CHAIRMAN OF SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS?

IS UMAHI STILL CHAIRMAN OF SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS? Since November last year when Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Nweze Umahi, left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), we have not been hearing much about the South East Governors' Forum. We do not know whether Umahi is still the Chairman of the Governors' Forum, or...... more

KILLER HERDSMEN: MR. PRESIDENT, PLEASE TALK TO US

KILLER HERDSMEN: MR. PRESIDENT, PLEASE TALK TO US Gradually, but steadily, the storm begins to gather. The firmament becomes misty and cloudy. The ship begins to drift, moving to no particular direction. People no longer see beyond their nose. No one trusts the other. Anxiety begins to mount, Tension grips the land. Uncertainty envelopes the atmosphere. Everybody begins to...... more

MOMOH, JAKANDE, GREAT LOSS TO NIGERIAN PRESS

MOMOH, JAKANDE, GREAT LOSS TO NIGERIAN PRESS A great tragedy has befallen the Nigerian Press. Two big irokos, Tony Momoh - erudite scholar, essayist, newspaper administrator and politician; and Lateef Kayode Jakande, journalists' journalist, newspaper administrator and politician, all fell in quick succession - in the month of February, 2021. Tony Momoh died on February 1, while Jakande...... more

FANI:KAYODE: A CONSISTENT INCONSISTENT POLITICIAN

FANI:KAYODE: A CONSISTENT INCONSISTENT POLITICIAN David Oluwafemi Adewunmi Fani-Kayode, controversial, maverick, and feather-weight politician, is known to be loud-mouthed and inconsistent. Even in his private or family life, Femi Fani-Kayode, or FFK, as he is popularly called, is also unstable. With a privileged and distinguished parental background: his great-grand father, being one of the earliest Nigerians...... more

WHEN A GOVERNMENT FAILS TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS

WHEN A GOVERNMENT FAILS TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS The primary responsibility of every government is the protection of lives and properties of its citizens, wrote Philosopher Aristotle, several centuries ago. To that end, Aristotle proposed that any government that fails to protect lives and properties of its people, that its citizens are justified in overthrowing it. This seems to...... more

BETWEEN THE 'CORE' AND THE 'PERIPHERY' IGBO

BETWEEN THE 'CORE' AND THE 'PERIPHERY' IGBO The recent appointment of Major General Leo Irabor as the new Chief of Defence Staff, and the controversy that trails that appointment, has made us begin to examine the relationship between those who live in border areas, otherwise known as the periphery Igbo, and those who live in Igbo mainland. While...... more

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EBONYI STATE?

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EBONYI STATE? Since Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), all has not been well, and Ebonyi State has not known peace, which is unfortunate. If Governor Umahi was not flexing muscles with his former political allies, now turned enemies, one...... more

TACKLING THE PERENNIAL ENUGU WATER PROBLEM

TACKLING THE PERENNIAL ENUGU WATER PROBLEM Years ago, as a small boy, I remember while coming into Enugu Coal City, and looking down from the Hilltop, before getting to the Milliken Hill, the entire city would be glittering, blazing, dazzling, particularly at night. It was a beautiful sight to behold, as electric lights would be shinning everywhere....... more

ZONING AS PANACEA FOR POLITICAL STABILITY

ZONING AS PANACEA FOR POLITICAL STABILITY Years of crisis at both the national and subnational levels had necessitated the search for a system of governance that could bring peace, unity, stability and trust to the polity. The consensus among the people was that key political offices should not be held by only one group or section, but...... more

MATTHEW KUKAH IN THE EYE OF A STORM

MATTHEW KUKAH IN THE EYE OF A STORM Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, is not just a religious leader, he is also a social critic, and a moral crusader. Kukah is courageous, bold, fearless and outspoken. He is never given to semantics, nor to pretences. He tells truth to power, and says things as he sees...... more

2023 PRESIDENCY AND THE PROBLEM OF IGBO UNITY

2023 PRESIDENCY AND THE PROBLEM OF IGBO UNITY The contending issue at the moment is that the Igbo are not united. The noise is all over the place, that the Igbo are not speaking with one voice, but in cacophony of voices, and therefore are not coming together to pursue a common goal. A ready example is the present...... more

WHY THE 2023 PRESIDENCY SHOULD GO TO SOUTH EAST ZONE

WHY THE 2023 PRESIDENCY SHOULD GO TO SOUTH EAST ZONE In the recent past, some people had realized that for the largest British territorial creation in sub-Saharan Africa called Nigeria, to continue to hold together as one nation, no matter how fragile, it would be necessary to treat all of its component parts with justice and fairness. Unlike what obtained at...... more

THE KANKARA KIDNAP HOAX

THE KANKARA KIDNAP HOAX When we consider the kidnap of hundreds of students at Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, penultimate week, we begin to see that many things did not add up well. There were many loose ends, which have made us begin to think twice about the whole issue. First, President Muhammadu...... more

THE NEW FACE OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN

THE NEW FACE OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN In 2015, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was  seen as evil personified. He was clueless, naive, incompetent, weak, inept, and he headed the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria. Jonathan was also said to have lacked vision, focus, political will, and hence was incapable of tackling the multifarious problems facing Nigeria....... more

IN SEARCH OF FED GOVT PROJECTS IN THE SOUTH EAST

IN SEARCH OF FED GOVT PROJECTS IN THE SOUTH EAST The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah, has put us into a very high jump. He claimed that the Peoples Democratic Party governors in the South East have been taking credit for projects embarked upon by the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government. Answering questions from from State...... more

Enugu Traffic Gridlocks and The Ugwuanyi Challenge

Enugu Traffic Gridlocks and The Ugwuanyi Challenge In recent times, Enugu, the Coal City, has changed from what it used to be - sleepy, easy-going, no hustle and bustle, free of traffic congestion. Before 8.00 o'clock in the evening all the roads were deserted and everybody would be indoors. There was no night life, no night crawlers, the...... more

Umahi’s Political Game and Rumbles in Ebonyi

Umahi’s Political Game and Rumbles in Ebonyi Politics is a game. It is a gamble. Like every gamble, it is either you succeed or you lose. Those who succeed in politics are said to be lucky. Some people may put in several years or spend huge resources trying to pull through in politics but will not succeed, while...... more

The Demystification of Muhammadu Buhari

The Demystification of Muhammadu Buhari If former President Goodluck Jonathan had "Trumped" after the 2015 Presidential election, that is, if Jonathan had refused to conceded defeat as Donald Trump is currently doing in the United States of America, retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari would not have become President, and he would have remained a cult hero,...... more

Between Restructuring and 2023 Igbo Presidency

Between Restructuring and 2023 Igbo Presidency To have Nigeria restructured, and to have an Igbo President in 2023, are two things very dear to the Igbo at this point in time. The Igbo want Nigeria to be restructured, and they also want a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023. It may be pertinent to point out,...... more

How will Umahi square with Ogbonnaya Onu?

How will Umahi square with Ogbonnaya Onu? The defection of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the All Progressives Congress (APC), may have thrown up new challenges for the APC in Ebonyi State. Before the defection of Governor Umahi to APC, the party in Ebonyi State, had as its leader, the Minister...... more

The Obdurate FGN Versus The Intrasigent ASUU

The Obdurate FGN Versus The Intrasigent ASUU The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are currently locked in battle of wits over the state of affairs in public universities in the country. None of the two sides is prepared to shift ground to enable public universities, closed since March this year,...... more

#EndSARS Protests: Between the Conqueror and the Conquered

#EndSARS Protests: Between the Conqueror and the Conquered Some weeks ago, there was a revolt, an uprising in Nigeria. Every place was in turmoil, boiling. Police stations were set on fire, and some policemen killed or wounded. Prison yards were broken open, and some prisoners escaped. Private and public properties were destroyed or looted, and a number of lives...... more

Gov Ugwuanyi’s intervention in Federal Projects in Enugu State

Gov Ugwuanyi’s intervention in Federal Projects in Enugu State Nigeria is a federation structured into a three-tier level of adminstration: the federal, the state, and the local government administrations. Each of these three tiers of government has specific functions allotted to it as embodied in the country's constitution. While the federal government has functions exclusively reserved for it, known as...... more

AMERICA, WETIN DEY SHELE?

AMERICA, WETIN DEY SHELE? A quick rewind to 2015. Nigerians were to elect a new President. The stakes were high. The contest was between the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan, and his main challenger, Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari. Everybody was anxious. They were apprehensive.  Who would carry the day? Many people believed that it would be...... more

THE BETRAYAL OF #ENDSARS PROTESTS

THE BETRAYAL OF #ENDSARS PROTESTS "Our mistake, the mistake we Africans made was to have forgotten that the enemy never withdraws sincerely. We never understand. He capitulates, but he does not become converted. Our mistake is to have believed that the enemy has lost his combativeness and his harmfulness. If Lumumba is in the way, Lumumba...... more

If #EndSARS will wake our youths from slumber

If #EndSARS will wake our youths from slumber I am thrilled by the ongoing protests across the country, where thousands of youths are pouring out on the streets, demanding immediate disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force, due to their recklessness and fragrant abuses of human rights. From Lagos to Abeokuta, to Ibadan,...... more

ASUU: LONE FIGHTER FOR IMPROVED EDUCATION

ASUU: LONE FIGHTER FOR IMPROVED EDUCATION As things currently stand, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), appears to be the only group fighting the federal government over its failure or inability to pay adequate attention to the education industry in the country. Every other group appears to have soft-pedalled, or to have entirely given up. Over...... more

THE RETURN OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN?

THE RETURN OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN? In 2015, he was "the most criticized President". He was "clueless", "weak", "incompetent", and presided over the "most corrupt" administration in the country. But in 2020, he becomes the darling of the people. He is "humane", "humble", "gentle", "detribalised", "a democrat par excellence", etc. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, is a Nigerian...... more

ORGANIZED LABOUR AND ITS BETRAYALS

ORGANIZED LABOUR AND ITS BETRAYALS We heard the organized labour in Nigeria, fuming. There were very angry, furious. They outrightly rejected the new price regime introduced by the federal government for the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, and the increase in electricity tariff. They began to talk tough, to threaten fire and brimstone,...... more

 

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