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Who are Nigeria’s true heroes of democracy? By Tonnie Iredia

Who are Nigeria’s true heroes of democracy? By Tonnie Iredia

IN 1987, the then Federal Military Government led by President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida IBB set up an electoral body – the National Electoral Commission NEC to midwife a robust transition to civil rule political programme. This columnist was deployed from the Nigerian Television Authority NTA, to serve as the pioneer Director of Public Affairs of […]
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Governance by condolence and summons in Nigeria, by Tonnie Iredia

Governance by condolence and summons in Nigeria, by Tonnie Iredia

From the days of western philosophers – Jean Rousseau, John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, the concept of government has been the subject of unending commentary. Today, people see ‘government’ more as a product of the social contract theory which depicts the relationship between government and the people into two main parts of an unwritten contract. These […]

It’s time to hold Nigerian judges accountable, by Tonnie Iredia

It’s time to hold Nigerian judges accountable, by Tonnie Iredia

The National Judicial Council (NJC) is the body set-up by law to among other things discipline erring Nigerian judges. This was probably to prevent different agencies from harassing judges thereby boosting judicial autonomy. One would therefore have expected that the body would be up and doing in ensuring sanity in the Nigerian judiciary thereby giving no […]

Fraud: Another minister may soon be caught, by Tonnie Iredia

Fraud: Another minister may soon be caught, by Tonnie Iredia

In many developing societies where the government of the day is unable to provide basic facilities to improve living standards the way out is usually to resort to the tokenism of distributing palliatives to citizens.  Nigeria adopted the option in 2015 – an option which from inception has been unable to wear a transparent and […]

‘Edo 2024: Home-boy is good, but…’ – By Tony Iredia

‘Edo 2024: Home-boy is good, but…’ – By Tony Iredia

Nigeria’s national political attention would expectedly focus more on Edo and Ondo states this year because it is their turn to hold governorship elections in the country in September and November respectively. Electoral activities would understandably pick-up earlier in Edo as it would be the first contestation centre. Indeed, Ondo is slightly drawn back because […]

Political cabals all over Nigeria: Ondo testifies, By Tonnie Iredia

Political cabals all over Nigeria: Ondo testifies, By Tonnie Iredia

It is no longer news that Arakunrin, Odunayo, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, who was governor of Ondo state for the larger part of the last 7 years has passed on. May the soul of that sworn courageous activist rest in peace.  His former deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa is now governor bringing to an end political skirmishes that have […]