Editorial

Beyond Abuja’s operation sweep

Beyond Abuja’s operation sweep

In a proactive move, the Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, swept through some outliers of Abuja recently and nabbed 85 criminal suspects from their hideouts in the Durumi and Dei-Dei sections of the city. These are some of the numerous slums that have developed to accommodate the poor who erect […]
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CBN’s donation of fertilisers 

CBN’s donation of fertilisers 

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Yemi Cardoso, last week handed over 2.15 million tonnes of fertilisers worth N100 billion to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari. He said it was the Bank’s contribution to the Federal Government’s effort to drastically reduce the current unbearable cost of food. He said government’s […]

Ukrainian food for hungry Nigerians!

Ukrainian food for hungry Nigerians!

The recent donation of 25,000 tons of wheat grain to Nigeria by war-torn Ukraine has sparked off a needless political huff which is obviously purposed to divert attention from the poor picture it paints of our country in the eyes of dignified Nigerians. The donation, which is part of President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine’s “Grains […]

Death threat on Remi Tinubu

Death threat on Remi Tinubu

About a fortnight ago, a Bauchi-based Islamic preacher, Idris Tenshi, called for the “killing” of wife of the President, Senator Remi Tinubu, on grounds of being an “infidel” married to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a Muslim. The first lady is a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG. Tenshi was quoted to have said: […]

Stop the hunger-driven looting now!

Stop the hunger-driven looting now!

A FAIR idea of what anarchy looks like was witnessed in Lagos after the October 20, 2020 Lekki Toll Gate shooting. Patriotic Nigerian youths, responding to police brutality in Delta State, staged a series of street protests code-named with the hashtag: #EndSARS. It was initially a demand for the disbandment of the Special AntiRobbery Squad, […]

Questions over continued mass abductions

Questions over continued mass abductions

April 14, 2024, will make it 10 years since the first mass school abduction took place in Nigeria. On that day, 278 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno South, were sensationally hauled into captivity. After ten years of manhunt and expensive military actions, over 100 of them remain unaccounted for. Government officials […]

IWD 2024: Inspiring total inclusion

IWD 2024: Inspiring total inclusion

Friday, March 8 was the International Women’s Day, IWD, for 2024. The day is set aside every year to mark the trajectory of women’s struggle for equality to enable them develop their enormous potentials to help make the world a better place. This year’s edition marked the 114th edition of an event that has been […]

The need to develop our local football league

The need to develop our local football league

The 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations tagged 2023 AFCON which ended in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on February 11, 2024 proved to the world that the continent’s football has really come of age. This is coming weeks after the Atlas Lions of Morocco put up a scintillating display of football artistry which saw […]

Return to same-day general elections?

Return to same-day general elections?

A BILL to take Nigeria back to the practice of electing all officials on the same day has passed the second reading at the House of Representatives. This means it has been adopted for full debate for possible approval by the lawmakers before being presented to the president for possible assent into law. Since the […]

Costly SIM-NIM linkage failure

Costly SIM-NIM linkage failure

Our public service in this country is atrocious. People employed in government offices to run the affairs of the citizenry, ensure their safety and drive development are preoccupied with other selfish pursuits. Nobody pays a price for failure that leads to loss of lives and property. This syndrome, which is evident at all levels, is […]

Closing ranks against insecurity

Closing ranks against insecurity

About 30 years ago, what is happening to Nigeria would have been unthinkable. The internal security of this nation was so sure that the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida fronted the formation of the ECOWAS Monitoring Group, ECOMOG, a military coalition that successfully restored order and democracy in war-torn Liberia and Sierra Leone. Today, […]

Oronsaye Report: How far can Tinubu go?

Oronsaye Report: How far can Tinubu go?

The Steve Oronsaye Report is a hot-button document that every president since the past 12 years had wished but failed to implement. The political will has been spectacularly lacking. This prompts the question: how far is President Bola Tinubu willing to go in confronting it? Over a decade ago when our national debt stock was […]

Passage of South-East Commission Bill

Passage of South-East Commission Bill

For those untutored on Nigeria’s history, the passage of the South- East Development Commission, SEDC, last week was just one of the crummy activities of the Senate. In truth, it was a historic milestone of sorts, the breaking of a jinx. The effort has fared particularly badly in the House of Representatives, where it was […]

ECOWAS’s furtive back-track

ECOWAS’s furtive back-track

THE Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, recently swallowed its pride and reversed its sanctions against member-states now under military juntas. Currently, five ECOWAS countries, all French-speaking, are under military rule. They are Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. They form an unbroken arc across the Sahel. Mauritania, one of the few countries […]

Looting of food trucks in Niger State

Looting of food trucks in Niger State

About two weeks ago, protests erupted in some parts of the North, notably Minna, the capital of Niger State, over the wave of hunger, food hyperinflation and hardship. The police arrested and detained many of the protesters (among whom were women). The state’s Governor, Mohammed Bago, later got them released and issued a public apology. […]

Tinubu’s tripartite gambit

Tinubu’s tripartite gambit

President Bola Tinubu has continued to show his pragmatic approach to governance instead of sticking to his own pet ideas even when they are not yielding the desired results. He has constituted a tripartite economic advisory committee to help him steer Nigeria out of its worsening difficulties. The president said his intention was to broaden […]