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Culture of secrecy in governance is stale

During colonial rule, the British evolved a convention that Nigerian public servants were expected to be seen but not heard. The convention facilitated the inclusion in the General Orders and later the Public Service Rules (PSR), the requirement for public servants to take oaths of secrecy not to disclose any information obtained in the course of their duties. The pioneer civil servants imbibed the convention and handed down to posterity, the culture of secrecy for official business in Nigeria.

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Labour Party candidate, Mimiko

Workers’ strikes: The annoying posture of Ondo State

Many of Nigeria’s 36 states are still in turmoil over unpaid workers’ salaries. Although the fall in oil revenue which drastically reduced government income accounts for the present situation, those who are unable to appreciate the dilemma of the states cannot be blamed, considering the pattern of recklessness of some governors in the nation. If the affected states had made salaries their priority as soon as they observed falling incomes, the situation would not have been this bad.

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Wike and Amaechi

Alas! Rivers State politicians are still mad!!

There are so many things that often appear irrational about the Nigerian people. One of them concerns the saying that “wealth can induce madness”. How can someone suddenly develop traces of madness simply because he has much money? The unending story of Rivers State, an entity which regularly picks up the highest federal allocation in the country has made me to begin to appreciate the saying and to imagine that in truth money makes some mad, just as others madly pursue it.

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Abubakar Audu

Kogi: Will Abubakar Audu return?

A one-time governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu is at this point probably a few metres away from Lugard House Lokoja, the official abode of the state governor. Having won the party primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to become its flag bearer in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, it is more likely than not that he will eventually win the race.

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INEC interim boss, Zakari and Buhari: President of Nigeria

Nigerian Elections: Amina Zakari is not the problem

Timi and I served as technical experts on elections with the Independent Elections Commission of Liberia to organize the first post civil war election in that country in 1997. Some 5 days ago, he called me to commend last week’s article in this column, titled, “Who should the police tear gas?” Tim was delighted that i openly commended Mrs. Amina Zakari, the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for her policy decision not to defend in court an election marred by malpractices done by her officials.

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Who should the Police Tear Gas?

Last Wednesday, Mrs. Amina Zakari, the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made a bold statement in Akure, Ondo State. On the occasion, she publicly disowned the April 11, 2015 House of Assembly election in Ilaje State Constituencies 1 and 2 of Ondo State, admitting that the election lacked credibility, in spite of the fact that the winners of the election were declared by the commission.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari! Beware of public opinion!!

In a democratic society like Nigeria, an elected President is the embodiment of power. Such power does not really belong to him; rather, it belongs to the people. Put differently, the President is merely a custodian of the people’s power making it imperative for him to feel their pulse all the time and ensure he always acts on their behalf. What this suggests is that the President is obliged to listen to public opinion. But then, to determine public opinion on a subject is not easy considering the improbability of unanimity of opinions on an issue. In fact, in matters of opinions, the public

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