On the Spot with Eric Teniola

National Anthem: Deconstructing the military legacy (3), by Eric Teniola 

National Anthem: Deconstructing the military legacy (3), by Eric Teniola 

From last week, continues the narrative of the transition of the old National Anthem to a new one, including the roles played by different individuals in this process during the Obasanjo military regime. GENERAL Olusegun Obasanjo,  who was then Head of State, accepted the work and modified it. In September 1976, he decreed that all […]
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Single party structure won’t work (5), by Eric Teniola

Single party structure won’t work (5), by Eric Teniola

From last week continues the narrative of why one-party structure cannot work in Nigeria. Even the two-party system decreed into existence by Gen Babangida was later annulled, even though the former military president later regretted his action. The story concludes today with the parties that later succeeded Babangida’s annulled two parties. FROM 1999, the PDP […]

Single party structure won’t work(4), by Eric Teniola

Single party structure won’t work(4), by Eric Teniola

From last week continues the story of the first attempt to make Nigeria a one-party structure in 1965 following developments in the Mid-West Legislature. Chief James Otobo led members of the opposition Mid-West Democratic Front to join the NCNC government. He subsequently announced the dissolution of his party. He said the MDF members chose unity […]

Single party structure won’t work (3), By Eric Teniola

Single party structure won’t work (3), By Eric Teniola

From last week continues the narrative by Sir Ahmadu Bello on what transpired among representatives during the London Conference to decide Nigeria’s independence, especially his personal remarks on the position of the Northern Region with regards to Nigeria’s Independence.  “Far from it! As I said earlier in my remarks, a private member’s motion is intended […]

Single party structure won’t work, by Eric Teniola

Single party structure won’t work, by Eric Teniola

I don’t think the founding fathers of this country wanted a single party structure. Not at all. They were aware of our diversity as a people. I don’t think a single political party or tribe or group can pocket this country for long.  Any attempt to try it, will end in futility no matter the […]

The Villa makes it easy to get lost (5), by Eric Teniola 

The Villa makes it easy to get lost (5), by Eric Teniola 

This continues the narrative that, unlike the Buckingham Palace, the Presidential Villa which was built by Germans was constructed to isolate the leader and to keep away protesters. Hence, it is so easy to get lost in The Villa if you are the President. IT has been a focal point for the British people at times […]

The Villa makes it easy to get lost (4), by Eric Teniola

The Villa makes it easy to get lost (4), by Eric Teniola

From last week continues the narrative on the architectural splendour of Buckingham Palace, the royal residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch in the UK, compared to the Presidential Villa in Abuja which was built to isolate the leader from the people IT has been a focal point for the British people at times of national […]

The Villa makes it easy to get lost (3), by Eric Teniola

The Villa makes it easy to get lost (3), by Eric Teniola

From last week continues the narrative of how Abuja came to become Nigeria’s seat of government following the failed April 22, 1990 coup and how it has fared over the years compared to other countries’ federal capital  Captain Bade Omowa from Oka, Akoko in Ondo State and others played a major role in rescuing General […]

The Villa makes it easy to get lost (2), by Eric Teniola

The Villa makes it easy to get lost (2), by Eric Teniola

From last week continues the speech by  Gen Murtala Mohammed on why Lagos lost its federal capital status to Abuja and government’s decision to maintain special defence and security arrangements in Lagos, which will henceforth be designated a ‘special area’. “These arrangements will be carefully worked out and written into the new Constitution. Kaduna and […]

The Villa makes it easy to get lost, By Eric Teniola

The Villa makes it easy to get lost, By Eric Teniola

When General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (82) moved the seat of the central government from Lagos to Abuja on December 12, 1991, he did so to hide himself. You can’t be active when you are hiding.   On August 17, 1991, he commissioned the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos. The bridge is the biggest project ever executed  […]