By: on November 23, 2020
It was always there, but I didn’t appreciate it: Love and more important appreciation. It is possible to love without appreciation; especially if one is coming from and within the fog of entitlement. She was my wife; I was entitled to her care. For well over 40 years, my wife had been there for me, for the children, and for the extended family. As each child was born, I dutifully took her to the hospital and waited intermittently for the news of the birth. I was never actually there through the ...
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By: on November 15, 2020
Something is brewing at the National Assembly. Reliable sources say the ‘thing’ is capable of shattering the peace of the two chambers if not managed well. Sentry learnt that for weeks now, there has been serious agitation by some members of the House of Representatives for its Committee on Loans, Treaties and Protocols to present the reports of the investigation it conducted into loans obtained from China by the Federal Government since 2000. Findings suggest that some forces within the N...
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By: on October 8, 2020
In 2017, the Federal Government sent the National Water Resources Bill to the National Assembly requesting that it be passed into law. The bill sought to transfer the control of water resources from states to the Federal Government. Owing to a countrywide outcry against the measure, it was dumped by the Eighth Assembly. But earlier this year, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business reintroduced it as an executive bill. The faulty manner by which the bill was ...
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By: on September 25, 2020
“I equally concur with the fact that the overcentralization of decision making and inadequate stakeholders’ involvement are significant problems in developing countries, which has led to the high level of corruption in our system, the clerk of the National Assembly, Ojo Olatunde Amos, noted during a courtesy visit by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) on September 17. Indisputably, the true worth of any leader be it in politics, government or private corporate entity is normally measured by...
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By: on September 16, 2020
The first part of this piece which was published last week frowned at the abuse of power and privileges by those in positions of authority. It concludes today by raising issues over gratuity, pensions and other entitlements being received by governors, state commissioners and legislators in the country. THE money has already been voted and I suspect on some unstated understanding which Mr. Keyamo was unable to substantiate. How can, in the face of it, anybody quarrel because 774,000 labourers...
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By: on September 14, 2020
Real interesting times are here as the country’s objective realities are beginning to impact the way we Nigerians think. Nothing can be more gratifying than seeing the Northern Elders Forum, this past week, gloriously graduate out of its usual ethnic redoubt, to speak for Nigeria. It was a particularly good outing, demonstrating as it did, the fact that all was, after all, not lost for Nigeria. Let us listen to NEF at some length: “Nigeria’s future, it said, rests largely on its willingness...
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By: on September 9, 2020
I borrowed the title of my article from the poem I read long ago. Assembly of Fowls was written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th Century. The poem is about love. In the poem, birds gathered to choose their mates. The birds have a parliamentary debate while three male eagles try to seduce a female bird. The debate is full of speeches and insults. At the end, none of the three eagles wins the female eagle. The National Assembly can be likened to the Assembly of Fowls. They congregate to debate w...
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By: on September 9, 2020
NEWS organisations in Nigeria have to be ashamed of themselves for lacking the ability to truly inform the Nigeria public. All we do is to be a megaphone of government, big businesses and indeed anyone who can pay. Chibok and Dapchi happened, no Nigerian journalist reported it properly: no one went there; no one interviewed anybody in Boko Haram, etc. In fact, reporters are spoon-fed with hand outs which are then digested – no in-depth analysis. We had to wait for CNN to do that or carry wha...
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By: on September 5, 2020
The wasteful obsession of the National Assembly with the review of the constitution has quite often baffled me. What really is it about? Is it about giving the country the perfect constitution? I have searched for answers in vain and said so in this and other forums. But the law-makers persist with their obsession and the waste of our common financial resources, as if being law-makers, their right to be deaf to public opinion is cast in stone. They have just put one billion Naira on the table...
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By: on August 12, 2020
The flaws and malfeasance that characterized the 2019 general elections were too apparent and pervasive to ignore. As the nation grapples with the failures of the Buhari regime whose legitimacy continues to be questioned by a large section of the populace despite the judicial approval given to the 2019 presidential election, it behooves on the National Assembly and the President on the one hand and the civil society and the citizens on the other hand to expedite actions towards the reform of the...
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By: on July 30, 2020
POOR leadership is one of the key issues posing a huge challenge to accelerated sustainable development in Nigeria. This point is germane in the sense that, since the country’s independence on October 1st 1960, visionary, examplary and focused leaders and leadership have been in short supply. The resultant effect is a precarious situation where a chunk of our leaders, out of lack of required leadership skills, prowess or acumen have simply failed to deliver proactively and progressively, in the...
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By: on July 30, 2020
The farm animals once gathered on an idle afternoon. Though the sun was at peak, the animals were in high spirit, except for one – the tortoise. Tortoise was the witty one, with guile and theatrics to light up any gathering, but not on this afternoon. He was in a somber mood, as if bereaved and broken. It didn’t take too long to have him noticed. With persuasion from others, he broke the silence: “I feel like killing my wife,” tortoise said, and the gathering erupted with shock. Abomination! “Sh...
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