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The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) was introduced to the National Assembly in 2007. Contrary to all Nigerians’ expectations, the Bill, in its wholesale form, has survived three presidents and four convocations of the National Assembly. But its passage will not sacrifice thoroughness on the altar of speed, because it will be in the nation’s best interest and we all believe this is the time to pass it. Everyone has been waiting for the passing of the Petroleum Industrial Bill. This is the bi...
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As the country searches for a solution to the impasse generated by the #EndSARS protest against police brutality, President Muhammadu Buhari should take his portion of the blame for failing to address the protesters in good time before the protest degenerated into a crisis. His failure in this regard is not only against expectations of Nigerians who wanted a quick resolution of the stand-off, it is a pointer to a high level of contempt for the youth and indeed Nigerians. On October 12, 2020, ...
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By: on October 29, 2020
Some knowledge of history is useful in leadership, going by recent gradual and silent encroachment on, and outright abridgements of the masses’ welfare by the Federal Government via increase of Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 to 7.5 per cent, re-introduction of Stamp Duty Charge, re- introduction of Stamp Duty on house rents and C of O transactions and the electricity and petrol price hikes crisis which are inextricably linked both in their causes and solutions. All the evidence and arguments nec...
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By: on October 29, 2020
There are lessons for all of us in the EndSARS protest that finally ended in an endless tsunami. It is not clear even now that the protest, fueled by the relentless internet warriors, would petter out. Whatever way the denouement comes, our country would no longer be the same. We have seen now that the rich cannot sleep because the poor are hungry. Those who started the protest were the ajebutter children of Lekki, who understood the meaning of Instagram and Facebook and all those jargons of ...
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By: on October 29, 2020
The plundering of the Oba of Lagos’s palace in last week’s statewide riots here gnaws the mind. The sacrilege, both to the stool and Lagos cultural heritage, is condemnable in its entirety. A thorough investigation by the police and a panel of inquiry can work out empirical details and bring the philistines to book. But in the interim, there are moral and socio-cultural issues that should not be glossed over. Let us ask: why was the palace invaded? Where were the gods and residents when the king...
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By: on October 29, 2020
In the last couple of weeks, protest against bad governance and demands for change have rocked the country. The public space is clogged with huge associational conversations. As it were, Nigeria is under pressure for change. Well-meaning Nigerians including this medium have at various times tried to provide solution to our un-ending problems of nation-building and development. Nigeria is not well at the moment. Some have even referred to it as ‘‘the sick man of Africa’’ because of its unending c...
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By: on October 28, 2020
Nigeria’s democracy has scored a notable point vis-à-vis the mantra, “power belongs to the people.” Following intensive protests by youths, human rights activists and other concerned persons over excesses of the Nigeria Police particularly the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Federal Government through the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu announced proscription of SARS across the country. Without a doubt, the word ‘SARS’ usually put criminals to extreme fear; unfortunately, thei...
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By: on October 28, 2020
Every prolonged mass action always carries with it the risk of law and order breakdown. Criminals are always on the lookout for opportunities. The two week-long peaceful #EndSARS nationwide protests eventually dissolved into anarchy, burning and looting following the invasion of the Lekki Toll Gate and the killing of unarmed protesters on Tuesday October 20, 2020. The following day, hoodlums virtually seized power in Lagos. Several federal and state government properties were targeted and bur...
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By: on October 28, 2020
THE world is gradually making important headways in the concerted efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Gone are the days when lack of the simplest inputs of protecting the people and the heroic medical workforce, such as nose-masks, hand sanitisers, personal protective equipment, respirators and ventilators held even the most advanced and powerful countries like US, UK, Italy, Spain and others to ransom. Five months after the World Health Organisation, WHO, finally declared COVID-19 ...
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By: on October 28, 2020
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, aka Sanwo-Tinubu, is one of the agents of aged despot being used to stamp out domestic dissent. Sanwo-Olu in cahoot with General Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his political godfather, violated constitutional safeguards and disregard the rights of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate by using soldiers to fire live ammunition on defenseless peaceful protesters. Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu had vigorously denied knowledge and involvement in the killing...
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By: on October 27, 2020
The #EndSARS protest in its current form has come and gone. It is time for a post mortem, soul-searching, and a few sobering thoughts on what just happened, and what it could have been. The most critical aspect of the protest, in my view, was the leadership or leader(less) dimension of the phenomenon. And, it was indeed a phenomenon; a moment in history. We were led to believe that the protest was not organised, not coordinated, managed, or directed by any individual or group of individuals; tha...
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By: on October 26, 2020
THE groundswell of agitation for true federalism and restructuring should now warrant more than a passing interest of the Buhari administration. As usual, his apple-polishers are showing zero common sense, either dismissing voices of reason or denying existential threats to Nigeria’s unity. But there is no reasonable denial at the moment that Nigeria is on the precipice. Should it roll over and break-up, only Buhari and his handlers should be held responsible – for dereliction of responsibility....
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