THERE is no doubt that many patriotic Nigerians would prefer to engage themselves in argument on how Nigeria could attain greatness and maintain such to merit the appellation of the gGiant of Africah bestowed on it by the benevolent foreign friends of the country.Read More
IT is evident that many patriotic Nigerians are not happy with the current political and economic situation in the country. The condition of the ‘Nigerian situation‘ has always agitated serious minds since democracy returned to the country in 1999 after the hazy harmattan of military usurpation of power in the past decades.
As the Presidency was evidently celebrating the return of Ekitiland to the fold, the insurgents were busily engaged in killings and abductions in Borno and Kano States, Kaduna State not exempted. It is curiously observed that though Nigeria could geographically be described as one country, it is true that the problems of the country are viewed differently by different people in different parts of the country.
There is no doubt that many laymen, not excluding myself, are often confused about some sweet economic jargons and interesting elegant statistical figures being constantly thrown at them. However, some are no longer stranger to the melodious music of macro-economic stability of the domestic economy.Read More
Some comments on my article in this column last week on “The Theory of many Nations within a Nation” and the concept of `National Unity` have exhibited a great deal of cynicism, little realism and a bit of vision. Some Nigerians are in the habit of viewing any opinion expressed, good or bad, from their own tribal or religious perspective.Read More
MANY analysts have attributed the many ills of Nigeria to the ‘forced marriage‘ contracted in 1914 through the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Provinces by the British imperialist, Lord Luggard. In spite of many vicissitudes of life, Nigeria had managed to survive as a nation for more than 100 yearsRead More
THAT Nigeria is a great country is axiomatic; that the Nigerian economy (with all its imperfections) is the greatest in Africa has now been widely accepted through the rebasing of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Nigeria is so great that it is often described as the ‘Giant of Africa‘Read More
Any place, anytime, insurgency news appears always tragic. Nothing had become more tragic in USA than the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York, killing and maiming hundreds of people of various nationalities.Read More
The last few weeks have shown the strong resolution of Nigerians to withstand the shock of the abduction of more than 200 girls from Chibok in Borno State; the World Economic Forum was also successfully held in Abuja under strictly controlled atmosphere of peace. Agreed, it was not a normal situation when an important business discussion would be held in a situation where shops and offices remained closed for three days.Read More
Since the abduction of more than 200 female students from a College in Borno State about three weeks ago, the “Sambisa Forest” has been associated with a place of terror where any type of infirmity could not be ruled out.Read More
IT is a fact that some of the economically advanced nations in the Western World practice and embrace democratic institutions.Read More
It is better for the present politicians to be agents of peace and prosperity in the country rather than agents and apostles of disunity and ethnic warfare. Perhaps, this was one of the topics discussed by President Jonathan at his all inclusive Security meeting of Governors early this week.Read More
The problems of today could be traced to the total neglect of the indigenes of Jos who had no access to education or any type of social services. They were not considered part of the emerging Jos metropolis of the decades before the 1950s.Read More
THE statement that Nigeria is a poor country has become an axiom and that majority of Nigerians wallow in abject poverty is no longer news. The fact is that the Nigerian authorities at all levels have resigned themselves to the salient fact and are thus immersed in seeking remedy, howbeit, ineffective to confront the menace. It must be agreed that the Nigerian colourful bird is from the patient specie – waiting without struggle until it is roasted.Read More
In a sign of maturity, the delegates to the National Conference have been trying to grapple successfully the logistical and procedural problems encountered in the first few days of sitting.Read More
After the bloody army coup of 1966, General Yakubu Gowon, as the Head of the Military Government was reported to have said that “in a press conference on 8th October, 1966, I therefore put before you the following forms of government for consideration:- (a) Federal system with a strong central government (b) Federal system with a weak central government (c) Confederation and (d) an entirely new arrangement which will be peculiar to Nigeria and which has not yet found its way into any political dictionary”.Read More