If we are to be guided by media reports, everyone is set for the eventful year, 2011 â€“ the year of all important elections. Even President Goodluck Jonathan appears more enthusiastic than others when he cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against any form of failure when he emphatically said that, â€˜gone are the days when those in charge of electoral or other responsibilities will use such phrases as â€˜our hands are tiedâ€˜ for justification or failureâ€˜.Read More
NIGERIANS are in celebration after the scintillating performance of the Falconets in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The 4-2 (penalty shoot outs) defeat of the USA in the quarter-finals of the competition is epochal, not because for the first time Nigeria would be playing in the semi-final, but the expectation that women’s football would get respect for the first time.Read More
Whenever Nigerians talk about zoning in particular or politics in general, they talk as if they are totally wedded to the idea that a Southern President must have a Northern Vice-President; and vice versa. There is also a tendency to regard each geopolitical zone as a united interest group…AND a widespread assumption that itâ€™s OK for every Head of State to have two four-year terms.Read More
THE new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, got me worried when he gave the â€œsalvagingâ€ of the Maurice Iwu voters register as an option. In his maiden press conference on Thursday, July 22, 2010, he had hinted that his Commission would have no choice but to attempt a salvage of the old register if the N72 billion required to acquire the machines and logistics for the creation of a credible and computerised electoral register and database was not granted.Read More
When Senate President, David Mark declared that the â€œsuccessfulâ€ amendment of the 1999 Constitution showed that the Senate has the â€œcourageâ€ to do what is right, he was stating an obvious untruth. As a retired general he knows that courage or bravery is the ability to do what is dangerous or painful without showing fear.Read More
THE ships involved were constructed to secure the chained passengers in the long journey from Africa to the Americas. On the auction blocks in the New World African captives were sold to their ultimate buyers still in chains.Read More
So the Federal Government has placed orders for the purchase of about 100 units of Peugeot cars for the use of the Police in combating kidnapping across the country?Read More
When a colleague from Brila FM first called to sound me out on the purported friendly against South Korea, I was very angry and said so. I asked him, â€œ what friendly, why?â€Read More
No matter from what angle you look, what you see of Nigeria is a bleak future unless something drastic is done and pronto. Because of greed and corruption, we are, as former Governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke, put it in a talk he gave at a Save Nigeria Group forum in Abuja recently, â€œdesigning a system that would destroy us in the endâ€.Read More
The just concluded football extravaganza in South Africa, in my view, is one of the most interesting World Cup finals in recent history. Indeed, it is a pivotal achievement for FIFA, because it was the first time the soccer fiesta was held in Africa.Read More
Nigeria can now, properly speaking, be described as a mafia state. Its
national ethic in other words is structured by a distinct disregard for the rule of law.
Letâ€™s not deceive ourselves. The kidnappers of four journalists are known.
They are not ghosts, not spirits as the radio jingle tells us.
â€œOf course you cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of judgment, not till he shows his colors, ruling the people, making laws. Experience, thereâ€™s the testâ€.Read More
I am yielding this space today to my son, Boye, who has some observations concerning this country. You see, Boye has been out of this country for about 13 years.Read More
A light bulb moment is an experience that can be life challenging. It simply means you get a new perspective or an understanding that puts some fundamental pieces of the puzzle that is life together.Read More