ON Wednesday last week, I was at the Enugu State High Court to attend a session. Shortly before 10am, a large number of prisoners, accompanied by their wardens, arrived.Read More
People & Politics
I HAVE been thinking through President Muhammadu Buhari’s threat to “deal with (pipeline vandals) like Boko Haram”. That was the president’s “latest release” from foreign land, when he completed his one-week epic tour of China last week.Read More
YES, “change” has come. But it was not the kind of change most people who voted for General Muhammadu Buhari this time last year had expected. I am not talking about the economic sense of change. That is a topic for another day. And I am not talking about it in the sense of political change. That is a basket of topics for the days to come. I am talking about the growing insecurity of some sections of Nigerians who are now increasingly being turned into second class citizens in their country in a way never experienced before.Read More
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari appears hell-bent on imposing the establishment of grazing reserves across Nigeria in spite of the many unpalatable implications it will unleash on unsuspecting Nigerians.Read More
YOU may have seen the copiously advertised job vacancies by the Police Service Commission (PSC) entitled: “Recruitment Into The Nigerian Police Force”. It was published over the past week in major national dailies. Going through the advert, you will not notice anything odd about it.Read More
CHIEF Ahmed Bola Tinubu celebrated his official 64th birthday, symbolically, in the Presidential Palace (Aso Rock) Abuja, hosted by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, 29th March, 2016. This was the very first time a private citizen’s birthday (Tinubu is not an elected or appointed officer of the Federal Government) was held in the nation’s seat of power, and it may not happen again any time soon.Read More
IN January 2016, the traditional ruler of Ubuluku in Aniocha Local Government of Delta State, Obi Agbogidi Akaeze Ofulue III, was kidnapped by suspected “Fulani herdsmen”. They demanded a ransom of N100 million which, reports say, was paid by the family. But alas! The royal father was found dead as a result of his ordeals at the hands of these agents of darkness.Read More
EVERY election sends a message. What were the messages behind the partially conclusive parliamentary rerun polls in Rivers State which took place last weekend? It is important to answer this question to know the juncture of Nigerian politics and democracy from that corner of the Nigerian commonwealth.Read More
I AM a diehard opponent of bringing past military leaders back to preside over our democratic dispensation. Apart from the fact that they would always bring back the better forgotten memories of the 1966 coups, the Nigerian civil war and their evil aftermaths that leave a bitter taste in my mouth, they are singularly incompetent to correctly and successfully operate our democracy.Read More
AS the hoopla over the abduction of 14 year-old Ese Oruru from her parents’ home in Yenagoa, Bayelsa to Kano was dying down, more similar stories have been crawling out of the woods.Read More
THE announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigeria will join ISMAT, a Saudi-led military coalition of Sunni Muslim countries fighting rival Muslim factions in the Middle East is capable of destabilising Nigeria and unsettling its already seriously challenged unity in diversity. It is not only against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but more than that, it is liable to reduce Northern Nigeria and the nation a whole to a theatre of Muslim proxy wars as we see in Yemen, Syria, Libya and other countries.Read More
IT was described in official circles as a visit to deepen trade relations between Nigeria and South Africa. Nigeria’s largely unutilised Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geffrey Onyema, said the state visit of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa was also meant to calm the tension that “may exist at another level”. After all,Read More
THE decision by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Alliance (APGA) in the 2016 election, Dr. Alex Otti, to remain in politics and put up credible opposition to the government of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State is the best thing that can happen to Ikpeazu and Abia State in the next four years.
Some say Ikpeazu has started well. That was how his predecessors, Orji Uzor Kalu and Theodore Orji started, but because there was no one to breathe down their necks, they turned the state into their private estates and successfully transferred power to their cronies in spite of their failure and their rejection at the polls. Good governance came to Anambra State when Governor Chris Ngige turned against his godfathers and used good governance to protect himself from them.
In the same vein, Ikpeazu, who will obviously want a second term, will be forced to continue to do well, knowing that Otti and his mass of followers are waiting in the wings.
When there is no credible opposition in a democracy, the people are always the losers.
A CURSORY check of the outlines of the abduction of teenager, Miss Ese Oruru from her parents’ home in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State by one miscreant, Yinusa “Yellow” (what a befitting alias!) and her transfer to a hiding place in Kano immediately flooded my mind with the Chibok Girls saga. Let’s compare and constrast.Read More