UNEASY lies the head that wears the crown. Lately, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has cried out twice on the fate of the Nigerian Judiciary.Read More
THE debate over which is preferred, the death sentence or the life sentence, may never be resolved to finality. They are two sides of the same coin. In the case of the death sentence, punishment comes rather swiftly; but life sentence is punishment prolonged and postponed.Read More
WE remember Alexander Pope (1688-1744), “For forms of government, let fools contest. That which is best administered is best”. This is mainly true of budgeting systems. Nigerian governments have experimented with virtually every form of budgeting ever known to man but like Hamlet’s opinion of drinking, budgets have been honoured more in the breach than in the observance.Read More
WE have maintained that if all a man has is the hammer, everything he sees will look like a nail. For too long, the press has been gagged by various governments.
That explains the mutual suspicion existing between the press and the government, to the extent that any move by the legislature is quickly seen as another attempt to gag the press.Read More
THE impression has been created in many quarters that INEC may have changed its name to the Inconclusive National Electoral Commission. Of course, if it is by coincidence that the two gubernatorial elections so far conducted under the new INEC leadership ended up being inconclusive, it must be a serious coincidence.Read More
One major problem with Nigeria is that there is hardly any respect for specialisation. Everybody dabbles into every area, with the result that as we engage in the business of others, we ignore ours and in the end, everything suffers.Read More
For too long, Nigeria placed all her reliance on revenue from oil. But so soon, we have reached a point where oil is now receiving a bashing from every direction – the price is plummeting; the vandals are stealing a good part of the oil we produce; and the little that is left by the oil thieves, no one wants to buy. Triple tragedy!Read More
When people do the same thing the same old way and keep expecting different results, that is the very definition of foolery. Nigeria is one country where we simply laugh when calamity strikes and after that, life continues.Read More
WHEN an organisation no longer knows what to do, it starts grappling with everything. That is when the loss of one genuine purpose leads to the pursuit of a dozen pseudo purposes. That is also when the organisation begins to work at cross purposes with other organisations.Read More
AS Edo State, nay the Oshiomhole-led administration, clocks seven, we congratulate the administration on successfully navigating the mucky waters of Edo politics.Read More
THE Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria requires that the President’s nominees for appointment into the top echelon of government – Ministers, Judges, Ambassadors, Chairmen and Members of Federal Executive Bodies – must be subjected to a screening process in what has become known as the Advice and Consent of the Senate.Read More
The view is popularly held that he who has never failed has never really succeeded because, properly used, that which people look upon as failure could provide a major springboard to bigger successes.Read More
WERE the law of comparative advantage to be fully operational, Nigeria would have benefited tremendously from an arrangement where its criminal cases would have been firmed out to Britain and America.Read More
ONE theme that runs across the entire spectrum of public administration is that leaders should say less than necessary because power cannot accrue to those who squander their treasure of words. Essentially, the more you speak, the more likely you are to make mistakes. And words are like the toothpaste – once you press it out of the tube, it cannot be put back. In the words of Cardinal de Retz (1613-1679), “It is even more damaging for a Minister to say foolish things than to do them”.Read More
FROM the rural frying pan to the urban fire, the average Nigerian has been virtually an endangered specie. His life has been characterised by continuous struggle – he has to struggle even for those things that citizens of other countries take for granted and, which they get as basic rights.
If a man must struggle through school and finally graduate into unemployment; if the system is such that enables the few lucky ones who are said to be working to be owed backlogs of salaries, sometimes for upwards of 24 months; and meanwhile retirement has become a death sentence as many pensioners have perished, “waiting for the dead-man’s shoes”, as it were, then, there is something fundamentally wrong. And in our type of situation, every window of opportunity should be explored to the limits.