WHEN Saturday Vanguard engaged delegates at the on-going National Conference on the question of whether or not Nigeria should remain united on account of the unceasing bloodshed, their responses were diverse, interesting and thought-provoking. However, most of them are against the break-up of the country.Read More →
Ledum Mitee, former President, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) and environmental activist on his part said: “In spite of all challenges, I still believe that we stand to gain more in being together. But I think it is the basis of that togetherness that needs to be negotiated and I think that is where the conversations should go to.Read More →
SINCE 1953, exactly seven years before independence, which was consummated on October 1, 1960, Nigeria has been a haven for flurry of political and ethno-religious mayhem, which have claimed about 3.5million lives.Read More →
Adamawa State-born Professor Jubril Aminu, a Professor of Cardiology and former minister of Education and Petroleum Resources want those harbouring the thought of Nigeria disintegrating to have a rethink because it cannot happen.Read More →
MY experience also evinced the triumph of the doctrine of separation of powers. The doctrine refers to the concept that each branch of our tripartite government has its own role and that no branch shall exercise the powers of the other two. Evidently, the separation of powers and the system of checks and balances of each branch over the other is a central feature, and a criteria safeguard of our constitutional democracy.Read More →
THE thrust of the Transformation Agenda at the commencement of the 2011 presidential election campaign was that Nigeria would be transformed into a new nation in various aspects of human endeavours.Read More →
It was a true love story when they met. She was just 15 and her country was in turmoil.
Mayhem was let loose and brothers killed brothers in a civil war that was snowballing into genocide. Could it be worse than Rwanda? It had the potential.
AFTER months of rancour-filled, mud-slinging and largely issue-lacking governorship election campaigns, the Ekiti electorate will storm the polling booths today to elect a governor from a motley crowd of 18.Read More →
DAY and night, in peace as in times of crisis, they toil in spite of the elemental forces of the sun, heat, wind, rain and other adverse weather conditions. Herculean indeed is the task of providing effective security and safety for their beloved country and people. Yet, it is true that nothing bothers these unsung heroes and long-suffering Policemen as much as their retirement benefits.Read More →
FORTY-four years after the Nigerian Civil War ended and the Biafra Republic which was led by the late Ikemba Nnew, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu collapsed, the agitation for the rebirth of the defunct republic has been kept alive in the minds of some die-hard believers of the Igbo secession bidRead More →
AS noted by Matthew Kukah, “although there was no evidence of hostility visibly shown by the visit of the Archbishop to Kano, it was not accidental that the site where he laid the foundation stone for the building of the new Church became the scene of the violence that erupted in Kano six months after the visit. The violence was targeted at Christ Church in Fagge, Kano Metropolis”Read More →
THERE appears to be a feeling that a leadership is diminished when it recognises, honours and accords the rightful place in history to its predecessor. Nothing can be further from the truth, because, rather than diminish the leadership, such a recognition enhances its stature and public perception as it is seen to be confident and selfless! Evidence, however, abounds of the leadership honouring itself while in office perhaps out of the fear that once out of office no one will remember their contributions.Read More →
TO assign to President Jonathan the woes that are plaguing Nigeria today is one of the greatest ironies in Nigerian contemporary history. This essay is geared to prove without any fears of contradiction that he is the solution not the cause or the source of Nigeria’s problems. For now, let’s consider the verdict of Nigerian history as it relates to the Nigerian romance with Muslims and Muslim leaders in Nigeria.Read More →
Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the Senior Pastor of the House on The Rock, in this interview, speaks on Christianity, politics and leadership. He also speaks on the idea behind the Rock Cathedral, a Social Justice and Transformation Centre, through which the church makes special interventions in technology, education, training, and empowerment among others.Read More →
IT would have looked like a scene from a movie. I knew it was not. I am neither an
actor, nor were the others with whom I drove into the dreaded Sambisa forest. I just wanted to have an idea of the den of the terrorists. I knew when to ask my escorts that I had seen enough.
THE only non-oil revenue source accruing to the federation account is Value Added Tax (VAT), which proportionate contribution was 26 per cent in 2009, 20 per cent in 2011 and 24.4 per cent in 2012. It must be stated that even the VAT for which northern states receive larger chunk because of the introduction of very elementary and unjustifiable indices for horizontal distribution of a revenue is sourced from mainly Lagos State in Southern Nigeria.Read More →
The atmosphere was tense. Residents of Olaniye Street and environs were busy trying to find a place to watch a match involving the Nigerian national team in the suburb of Iju- Ishaga in Akande Community Development Area, CDA, of Lagos State when the Dana ill-fatal air crash occurred in the densely populated area, killing 153 passengers on-board and 10 persons on ground.Read More →
APART from a few who escaped on their own, none of the over 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, has been rescued by our security agencies, exactly 54 days after. And this is in spite of assistance from a coalition of UK, US and other forces.Read More →
WHEN Nigeria qualified for the World Cup, for the first time in 1994, it was in the midst of the crisis that attended the June 12 presidential election of the previous year. Street protests were building up; the country was torn in shreds along belief and unbelief.Read More →
Before you won the 2013 African Nations Cup you made it clear you had chosen a young squad with the 2018 World Cup in mind. So is this Nigeria side now one for Brazil 2014 or still for 2018?Read More →
With the likes of Neymar, Daniel Alves, Silva, Hulk and Willian in the side, few would bet against Brazil beating Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup this Thursday.Read More →
Nigeria’s first appearance at the World Cup was in USA ’94. Nigerians still refer to the team as their best.
World football governing body classed them as the most entertaining side alongside winners, Brazil.
The gold medal winning feat at the Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games was good for Nigeria but what followed marked the beginning of the plunge Nigeria’s football took after the era of Clemens Westerhof.Read More →
The downward trend in Nigeria’s football continued at the Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup.Amodu Shuaibu and Stephen Keshi had qualified Nigeria for the World Cup, a feat that was slipping until the FA sacked Bonfrere Jo who had lost to the likes of Liberia and Sierra Lone before he was sacked. Amodu and Keshi were brought in for a rescue mission.Read More →
The coaching problem that had now become a common feature in Nigeria’s World Cup teams continued when the Presidential Task Force set up by late President Umar Yar ‘Adua insisted on a foreign coach after Shuaibu Amodu led Nigeria through the qualifying matches. The Football Federation wanted Amodu to continue and planned to bring in Keshi to assist him. But the Task Force would have non of that.Read More →
This vision draws inspiration from our understanding of the multiple mandate of the Bank to pursue both price and financial system stability as well as provide complementary developmental functions by creating an environment for Nigerians to live better and more fulfilled lives. Rather than being competing goals, as some may argue, these mandates are truly complementary.Read More →
INTRODUCTION: One subject that has remained contentious since contributions of oil and gas proceeds became dominant in the fiscal arrangements of the Nigerian federal state has been how the revenue should be shared between the federal government and the constituent units.Read More →
BIOMETRICS must be voluntarily given without inhibitions. Second, the national identity card project must be allowed to succeed at all cost.Read More →
PREAMBLE: Part of the fundamental considerations for the convening of the on-going National Conference is to provide a platform for Nigerians across ethnic and geo-political divide to sit together to resolve all divisive issues that appear to have set our dear country in the recent past on the seeming state of conflagration.Read More →
Wasila Umar, 14, the child-bride suspected to have killed her husband at Yansoro village, Kademi general area of Gaya local government council of Kano State broke down in tears while pleading with the trial judge handling her case at the juvenile court to set her free because she was home sick.Read More →
On May 14, 2014, it was one year that Nigeria’s President Jonathan declared a “state of emergency” to curb the murderous activities of the Boko Haram terrorists group in the North-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.Read More →
To say that the last four months have been sleepless nights for local cement producers is no exaggeration.Read More →