By: on January 17, 2021
Let me state from the outset that the specific objective of this article is to engage the power elite in Western Nigeria, the most developed region in Nigeria, on why they do not need a federal Development Commission at this time to develop their region. It is also not to berate the southwest federal legislators who have sponsored the South West Development Commission Bill (2019) now being debated in Abuja. I just would like us to ‘calm down’ and reason together without raising dust over needles...
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By: on January 17, 2021
We are outcomes of our society and our society is a consequence of our essence. We live by the governing examples and norms of our community and we cannot be more than what we settled to be -- most especially when we are averse to change and unwilling to disrupt the punitive order. Simply, we cannot exist outside the prevailing moral and cultural dome. Our law enforcement agencies are a reflection of the ugly underlay of our society. I believe even if the best police or security agencies in ...
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By: on January 16, 2021
Ever since he happened presidentially on the national stage five odd years ago President Muhammadu Buhari and his handlers and aides had not ceased bemoaning the past, blaming the national woes on the past (PDP) administrations. While the blame-game goes on the nation slides further into anarchy and chaos, something unprecedented in the democratic evolution of our nation. Receiving recently the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam at the Presidenti...
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By: on January 15, 2021
CALLS on the government to secure greater foreign assistance to crush terrorism have peaked as insurgents continue to slaughter and kidnap Nigerians and vandalise communities. A Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, adding his cerebral voice to those of security experts, governors and traumatised victims, said Nigeria’s situation had become desperate and required robust external assistance. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), must face the cold reality that no country on its own can d...
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By: on January 15, 2021
THE high-handed and overzealous approach of state governors to instilling order has in recent times led to the arbitrary demolition of buildings, exposing the long-established imperial attitude to governance by Nigeria’s political elite. It is regrettable that government officials continue to perpetrate injustice across the country. Such penchant for governance beyond the law was on display recently when the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority, acting under the instruction o...
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By: on January 15, 2021
Have you been wondering why ordinary folks seem to be less affected by COVID-19? Whenever my drivers, home helps and security guards come back from their leave at home, I always asked them the state of things in their villages. Up till today, for the past one year, none has come back with any news of deaths or serious illnesses requiring hospitalisation in their homes or surroundings. I visited the Sabo market in Sagamu and the tomato market at toll gate in Ogere in Ogun State. I questione...
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By: on January 14, 2021
UNTIL recently, Zamfara was by far the most depressing State in Nigeria. Everything coming from there was bad news for the past two decades, until Bello Matawalle was elected governor in 2019 by a sheer act of providence. Zamfara tops in virtually all the underdevelopment indices in Nigeria, where 91 per cent of the population live in extreme poverty. Zamfara fared spectacularly poorly in the education sector. Even in a situation where the pass mark was drastically lowered for Zamfara pupils,...
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By: on January 14, 2021
When I read the recent directives by the NCC on SIM card registration and the National Identity Number I was astounded at the willingness of those in government to place their people in danger, in order to solve a problem of their own making. We find ourselves where we are because of the long-term and persistent failure of government to understand the most fundamental data set it needs. To know who its people are, where they are and how to communicate with them. That is not the fault of the peop...
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By: on January 13, 2021
Behind Nigeria’s problems, over the decades, have been the conspiracies of successive political elites to inflate and politicize population data for partisan agenda. Since those controversial censuses of the early 1960s, the credibility of population estimates across state boundaries has played out as toxic fights, especially between the North and the South, with the former singled out, although unfairly, for tampering with national data to maintain political dominance. This generational dis...
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By: on January 13, 2021
ASUU finally called off its protracted strike in December on the platter of nothing, only promissory notes. As I write this now (11. am, 12th January, 2021) only two months of the outstanding salaries of 5 to 9 months was paid in December, shortly after the strike had been called off, as if the reason for the strike was to get two months salaries paid. Again, salary payment for a majority of university lecturers who are not on IPPIS has stopped: December salary is yet to be paid and the outstand...
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By: on January 13, 2021
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Muhammad could not have been more succinct when he decried disrespect to lawful court orders by some members of the public. Such acts, sadly, have lately become common place among very senior public officers who often feel they are above the law. Nothing can be more condemnable because such disobedience constitutes flagrant disregard to due process and rule of law, without which a country can hardly survive. However, while the judiciary is entitled to...
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By: on January 13, 2021
Strikingly often, government and its officials continue to assure Nigerians that education is the soul of a nation and the key to its secured future. Therefore, they are doing everything humanly possible within their powers to make education available and affordable for Nigerians. But, it is quite disappointing that government’s best efforts could only make education standard to nose dive annually. Hence, it is quite difficult to be optimistic about education future in Nigeria because of the fed...
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