There is evidence around that President Goodluck Jonathan is toughing up his mien. He is not heeding the caution that you stop digging when you are in a deep hole. This can be explained by a number of possible reasons. One is poor appreciation of the circumstances in which he takes decisions.Continue Reading →
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar just turned 67. Naturally, friends and well-wishers, employees and political associates rolled out the drums and took volumes of pages in newspapers to remind the nation that he is still in the market, calling on Nigerians to come forward for service.Continue Reading →
BY the time you read this, INEC would have returned the APGA candidate as winner in the Anambra gubernatorial elections held on Saturday, November 16. The APC, PDP and Labour Party candidates would have rejected the results outrightly.Continue Reading →
By the end of this week, the nation would be regaled with another twist in the PDP leadership saga. As I write, the nPDP faction is strategising for the next battle, while the President Goodluck Jonathan faction is digging in for a final battle. This bruising, all-consuming fight is unlikely to end without massive losses on all sides.Continue Reading →
FORMER Chief Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais is not a man given to outbursts or postures that should attract more than the most minimal of attention to himself. He has been very selective in his public appearances and comments and although he has been active in support of many laudable causes, he has steered clear of controversial issues. This could not have been easy.Continue Reading →
A 1998 movie titled “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”, adapted from Terry Sullivan’s bestselling novel of the same title was a huge success. It was about a married, successful woman who went on a vacation alone and then fell in love with a much younger man.Continue Reading →
THE outcome of the public engagements by the Advisory Committee on National Dialogue may offend one of the basic assumptions which informed the need to subject the nation to critical scrutiny and review.Continue Reading →
AN amusing report in one of the dailies last week claimed that PDP governors are demanding N46b worth of projects for their states for voting for President Jonathan in 2015.Continue Reading →
AN electronic medium last week reported Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode as saying that he has Fulani blood in his veins. His full name, following an ancestral line which descended from a Muslim grandfather, Shiekh Nurudeen Sa’id from Ilesha, is Abdullateef Femi Fani-Kayode.Continue Reading →
THE grounds are rapidly shifting away from the chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
For a man who came into the office under very controversial circumstances, his current travails should not surprise anyone. Still, you have to marvel at the speed of his declining powers, and wonder if it symbolises a massive decline in the fortunes of the PDP.
THIS column last week was about Chinua Achebe, his works and his legacies. I knew that there will be a backlash, and had even attributed some of it to the legacies the late legend left behind.Continue Reading →
THE dust raised by his last controversial book There was a Country has not settled. A former Military Governor of North Western State during the Nigerian Civil War, Alhaji Usman Faruk has just published his own version of the war in which he casts the Northern leaders who executed the war as patriotic heroes. On the very day he died, alarming statements were being made by people who were not even born before the Nigerian civil war, most of them threatening mayhem, revenge and even another civil war following the bombing of buses in Kano which, as it turned out, mostly took the lives of people from the same stock as the presumed bombers. One or two prominent writers even hinted that the bombing in Kano may have hastened his death. Chinua Achebe’s Nigeria is falling apart at a rate no one could have imagined. The tragedy is that history will record him as a symbol of its cultural wealth, as well as a symptom of its failure to utilise its assets.Continue Reading →
Something is seriously wrong at the highest decision-making levels of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government. A number of elementary but expensive errors of judgement are being made which, cumulatively, will cost the nation very dearly.Continue Reading →
THE Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, is a piece of legislation initially intended to address endemic structural, policy and managerial issues in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. Its goals were to enhance the value of the asset for the Nigerian people by plugging loopholes in policies and management and improving transparency and efficiency of the sector.Continue Reading →
IT will be difficult to find enthusiastic, independent support for the continued existence of State Electoral Commissions. But they will continue to exist because they serve very powerful interests that have nothing to do with the growth and development of the democratic system.Continue Reading →