The Nigerian political system is characterised by lack of mass participation, a mainly unaccountable leadership, violent elections lacking in credibility, and political parties that parade programmes without the input of those they want to govern.Read More
GEORGE Jackson was in 1960, an 18-year-old American youth accused of robbing a gas station in Los Angeles and stealing $70. A wrong legal advice saw him pleading guilty ostensibly for a light sentence. But he was given a one year to life sentence. Which meant he would be eligible for parole in one year?Read More
THIS intervention is necessitated by two items: a report in the Premium Times of March 10, 2018 and an essay by the famed columnist, Owei Lakemfa in the Vanguard of March 19. The subject matter of both items is a criticism of the recent hosting and celebration of Chief James Ibori who was governor of Delta State from 1999 to 2007. Both items pooh-poohed the organisers of the event that it was morally reprehensible for them to do so.Read More
OUR political seas are rough. Our economy, experiencing a tsunami. Yet, the two leading political parties; the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which are expected to lead us out of a serious crisis, have dug trenches from which they throw missiles at each other. Publicly, they beat their chests on who can better hurl insults at the other.Read More
Owei Lakemfa, the OATUU scribe, was a student activist, former Acting General secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress and the pioneer Labour Editor of Vanguard .
The KMF annual lecture has been sponsored solely by Friedrich Ebert Stifftung for 17 years.
This edition of Labour Vanguard presents excerpts from his paper which can be described as a well documented history of the Nigerian labour movement.