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How selective is Buhari’s anti-corruption war?

During the 2015 electioneering period, it was easy to see how corruption was established as Nigeria’s most intractable problem. Hence, the then opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) vowed to deal with it head-long, if voted into office. Many people believed that the party could in reality fulfil its promise because of the antecedents of its flag bearer, General Muhammadu Buhari. In fact, many of those who opposed Buhari were ignored because they were seen by the public as corrupt officials who feared the likelihood of the exposure of their corrupt practices. Having won the election against that backdrop, one would expect that Buhari’s anti-corruption war would be fierce and that it would in turn be appreciated by all. Today, the situation is inexplicably shifting as those being interrogated have succeeded in convincing some people that the war is selective. Almost on a daily basis now, the criticism is getting louder as corruption is fighting back with groups being mobilized to condemn the policy

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A new TV experience for this Soweto resident!

NTA’s problem is not structure but govt control

Nigerian veteran broadcasters must have been amused by reports in the media last week that Government was making efforts to restructure the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and other publicly-funded media establishments to enhance their performance. According to the reports, the nation’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed made a request to the Doha based Al Jazeera Television to collaborate with his ministry in the area of capacity building for journalists in public-owned media organizations, especially the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). It is not a new attempt. During the Obasanjo administration the BBC was similarly mobilized. But are ‘Structure’ and ‘Training’ the problems of the NTA?

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Election-Bayelsa

Enough of tough talk before elections

Anyone who had opportunity to follow media reports on the preparations for rerun elections in Rivers State scheduled for yesterday would agree that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police were set for the event. On its part, the electoral body said every measure and precaution had been taken to ensure free and fair elections adding that in addition to its usual logistics, 3 national commissioners and 6 resident electoral commissioners were deployed for election duty on the D-Day.

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File: Ekiti-lawmakers

Is Ekiti House of Assembly a hallowed chamber?

The fight against corruption is obviously not yielding the desired result not because it is selective as some politicians often allege; rather it is complicated by a number of challenges. One of them is that it is a one-man fight. President Buhari is no doubt alone in the battle. Impunity which oils corruption is still quite discernible here and there. Corruption is itself aggressively fighting back and with ease, it is exploiting the technicalities entrenched in our judicial system.

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Dogara and Saraki

Bravo to Saraki and Dogara, but….

The 7th National Assembly which ended in 2015 was in several respects ignoble. It did not only set a record of passing 46 bills in 10 minutes, it did many other irritating things such as some of its committees being compromised while investigating certain alleged corrupt practices in some public bodies. Although it is probably too early to evaluate the 8th National Assembly, one can safely hope, from its performance so far, that it is not likely to decline to the level of its immediate predecessor.

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Oshiomhole

Edo 2016: What is wrong with Ize-Iyamu or Obaseki?

This year’s governorship election in Edo State to fill the vacancy that would result from the end of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s tenure will no doubt be keenly contested. For the first time in recent years, many well tested citizens have already shown interest in the position. In particular, the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the main opposition party- the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are set to give each other a hot chase as both parties are strong in the state. But before the political scene begins to boil, no one should forget that the state has so much to thank God for.

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SENATE CHAMBER

Do our legislators have alcohol allowance?

The condemnable attempt a few days ago by just 5 Kogi State legislators to remove their Speaker, Momoh Jimoh Lawal, ought not to be referred to as news. This is not to suggest that negative issues don’t make news because everyone knows that bad news is the most popular news. But considering that the newer and fresher an event is, the easier it is for it to make news, hooliganism which has since become a hobby of our legislators and which is no longer new, ought not to make news in the ordinary sense; rather it should make condemnable news. In other words, it shouldn’t even be described as news but as a story which the teller presents in a negative sense. Unfortunately, we the narrators hardly remember to sensitize the people that it is the story of shameless actors.

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Supreme Court of Nigeria

The Supreme Court and the ordinary man

Not many people know my uncle, Sir Ajayi Edobor that I often refer to in this column because of his impact on me as a young man. It was from him I learnt the technique of the communication of the deaf which I later found to be popular in government which behaves as if it does not hear what the people say. He has in earnest always served as my ever-ready barometer for measuring how the ordinary man sees every government policy.

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Wike

Congrats Governors Wike and Ishaku, but….

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike must have been greatly relieved when the Supreme Court last Wednesday confirmed him as the rightful winner of the 2015 governorship election in his state. The Apex Court upheld the elections of Wike with a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel whose lead judgment was read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun. Not-withstanding that the details of the judgment will not be available until February 12, 2016, it is only fair at this point for Wike’s critics including this column to congratulate him for emerging victorious in the laborious venture called election in Nigeria.

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File: Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly.

Now that the budget has been found, what next?

Can the 2016 budget change our fate? We hope it does. Anyway, now that the alleged missing document has been found along with the thief, there is no need for prosecution; instead let us merely use its content for the benefit of Nigerians. We are not even sure if the theft would not be beneficial in due course. In this regard, the rumour that the Presidency has reduced the allocation for exotic cars by N7billion is heart warming. So is the other story that the allocation to the State House Medical Centre has also been rationalized. But who uses the centre – is it the same people who fly abroad to treat headache or is that one of changes we should look out for?

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INEC PVCs

Let’s take steps to tame our political class

The Bayelsa state governorship election has finally ended with the declaration of Governor Sieraki Dickson, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election. Before the contest, a number of perverse things took place. One of them was the reported bombing a few hours to the election of the country home of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, which was attributed to the handiwork of some masked men.

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