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Democracy and the people’s role (9), by Afe Babalola

Democracy and the people’s role (9), by Afe Babalola

WITH the recent happenings in the country especially agitation for a new constitution, should it be concluded that democracy is under threat?  I do not think so at all. First, democracy, like a seed, when planted must be allowed to germinate.  For it to blossom to maturity and produce bountiful fruits, it must be nurtured, watered, […]
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Short-term and long-term solutions to hunger and violence, by Afe Babalola

Short-term and long-term solutions to hunger and violence, by Afe Babalola

LAST week, I examined how the abandonment of agriculture by successive Nigerian governments has continued to bring untold hardships and other unpalatable consequences on Nigeria. The unpleasant consequences include, but are not limited to unpaid salaries, pensions and other emoluments, spiral unemployment, different shades and shapes of violence, armed robbery, grinding and debasing poverty, grossly underfunded […]

Hunger and violence, by Afe Babalola

Hunger and violence, by Afe Babalola

I HAVE said at different fora and in many of my lectures in the past that an hungry man can become an angry and an angry man can be violent, while a violent man can do anything. This brings me to some unpalatable developments in the country where people reportedly looted government silos in search of […]

Constitutional review or a new Constitution?  Nigeria at a crossroads, by Afe Babalola

Constitutional review or a new Constitution?  Nigeria at a crossroads, by Afe Babalola

IT is with mixed feelings that Nigerians welcomed the news of another round of tinkering with our military constitution of 1999. The Constitution has been subjected to series of amendments. These amendments were necessary to cure various anomalies in the Constitution discovered per time, and anomalies that were caused by adopting a constitution that did not […]

President’s call for mechanised farming: Good for agricultural revolution, by Afe Babalola

President’s call for mechanised farming: Good for agricultural revolution, by Afe Babalola

I READ with great delight the statement credited to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his vision for food self-sufficiency. On February 12, 2024, The Punch reported the intention of the President to make Nigeria a major food exporter through “aggressive mechanised farming”. I have been an advocate of mechanised agriculture for several decades. The old […]

The continued relevance of penalty shoot-out in soccer, by Afe Babalola

The continued relevance of penalty shoot-out in soccer, by Afe Babalola

IN a divided world, humanity has always found common denominators. One of these is soccer, also referred to as football.  Soccer at a glimpse Soccer is the world’s most popular spot. It is a game played by two opposing teams of eleven players each with the object of getting the ball into the opposing team’s goal. The […]

Executive immunity and good government (4), by Afe Babalola

Executive immunity and good government (4), by Afe Babalola

In the previous publication on this topic, opinions in support of Executive immunity and vice versa were considered. It is obvious that the executive immunity has been exploited by chief executives to the detriment of the governed. In 2013, Ekweremadu stated that above $100 billion had been looted by immune executives, many of which have not […]

Executive immunity and good government (2), by Afe Babalola

Executive immunity and good government (2), by Afe Babalola

Introduction  Lord Denning, a highly celebrated judge in England and the Commonwealth, once said in the case of Carrier v Union of Post Office Worker and I quote: “be ye ever so high, the law is above you”.  However, it seems that there is a class of people who are above the law. Section 308 […]

Executive immunity and good government

Executive immunity and good government

Introduction  The paramount duty of a government is the promotion of the welfare of all persons in the country. Good governance is a necessary tool to improve state capacity in fulfilling its constitutional responsibility. A good government properly so-called should put in place all necessary measures to protect its Chief Executive from malicious litigation which […]

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end? (Part 6), By Afe Babalola

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end? (Part 6), By Afe Babalola

INTRODUCTION  After the 2nd world war, there was the desire to put an institution in place to prevent the advent of another world war. This led to the creation of the United Nations (UN) through the UN Charter. The preamble to the UN Charter reads as follows: “WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED […]

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end? (Part 5)

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end? (Part 5)

The momentary peace that began on 24th November, came to an end on 8th December after only 10 days. The truce ended when the Israeli Iron dome intercepted rockets launched from Gaza. In response, Israel resumed air and ground attacks on Gaza. Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets later, stating that they were a misfire.  It is […]

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without end? (Part 4)

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without end? (Part 4)

On the 7th of October, 2023 the Hamas leader, Ismael Haniyeh, made a press release. His words: “Today, the enemy has had a political, military, intelligence, security and moral defeat inflicted upon it, and we shall crown it, with the grace of God, with a crushing defeat that will expel it from our lands, our holy city […]

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end (3), By Afe Babalola

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end (3), By Afe Babalola

ON November 24, 2023, a temporary ceasefire was announced between Israel and Hamas. This is about the twelfth time a cease fire has been announced in the region since 1948. It was a welcome development and the world had wished that the ceasefire would lead to permanent solution to the conflict between the parties. Unfortunately, the […]

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end (2), By Afe Babalola

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end (2), By Afe Babalola

IN my last week edition, I stated that from time immemorial, Palestine and Israel had been entangled in a recurrent tale of hate, wars and death. History tells us that the area known as Canaan was not an empty land nor an inhabited land when the Israelis came into Canaan sometime in 12th Century BC. They […]

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end (1)

The Palestinians and Israelis: Hate without an end (1)

Introduction CONTEXTUALLY, proximity is the defining factor of neighbourhood, regardless of nationality, religion or belief. Most religions urge that neighbours submit to a mutual lifestyle of love, mercy, forgiveness and tolerance, even in the face of differences of opinions. Christianity in particular advocates that you should love your neighbour as yourself. In the Bible, it is […]